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    Are there any items, accessories, or products for MTB that you wish existed? Any ideas for things that would make mountain biking better?

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    I too am looking for an idea to get rich. So I am subscribing.

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    the idea of a dropper post that you don't have to push down has been suggested. that might exist, but most of them don't do that. if you could push a lever and the seatpost would just drop out of the way on its own, then pop back up with another push of a lever, that would be perfect.

    odd tooth-count direct mount chainrings. not useful to most people but for dialing in the gear ratio and CSL on a singlespeed would be easier on modern cranks if I could use a 33t.

    Microspline SS cogs. also very niche, but I'd buy a microspline hub if I could use it. I am sure those will appear on the market eventually.

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    we need to do away with rear derailers. internal gear hubs and frame-mounted gearboxes have been around for a long time, but they are far from the mainstream. I predict that no one will want to buy a bike with derailers on it at all in a decade. I just don't know what will replace them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    dehydrated water, so I don't have to carry it
    Instant water already exists ó just add water.
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    I want some way to attach a fishing pole to the front of my bike to clear spider webs from my path as I ride. if only we had an engineer around to make something this awesome...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    Instant water already exists ó just add water.
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    No no no. I don't want instant water. I want DEHYDRATED water. It's a TOTALLY different thing!

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    I too am looking for an idea to get rich. So I am subscribing.
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    Picard has suggested a device to light his cigarettes, whilst riding, hands-free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    Picard has suggested a device to light his cigarettes, whilst riding, hands-free.
    Must be a left handed cigarette

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmango View Post
    Are there any items, accessories, or products for MTB that you wish existed? Any ideas for things that would make mountain biking better?
    can we get new trail users with instant responsibility and ingrained trail stewardship? Seems to not come with mountain bikes anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    can we get new trail users with instant responsibility and ingrained trail stewardship? Seems to not come with mountain bikes anymore.
    when was that the case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    when was that the case?
    when there was 20 of us.
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    We the people ...

    1. GPS within your bike. Can be used with your smartphone apps (for location) and can be used a bicycle "lo-jack" if bike is stolen.

    2. RFID chip within bikes. I think I have the name of this correct. Similar to tagging/chipping your dog, the bike's serial number is also a chip but invisible -- for carbon fibe bikes maybe its embedded (unseen) in the frame. Could make recovery of stolen bikes easier.

    3. This is just my opinion-I have zero authority/influence over any trail--Everyone needs to acknowledge E-bikes (versus human powered bikes). They're here to stay. E-bikes need to stop trying to gain (assume?) access to mtb trails and create their own ride opportunities. Mtb'ers need to be more accepting of multipurpose trails where ebikers are approved to ride. I think there can be time and place for both to exist but history and each local trail's politics sometimes prove otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bingemtbr View Post
    3. This is just my opinion-I have zero authority/influence over any trail--Everyone needs to acknowledge E-bikes (versus human powered bikes).
    WTF does that have to do with this thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    WTF does that have to do with this thread?
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    I may have misinterpretted the question and replied incorrectly then. I can delete/edit if my post if needed. Not my intention to troll or derail the OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I want some way to attach a fishing pole to the front of my bike to clear spider webs from my path as I ride. if only we had an engineer around to make something this awesome...
    Whoa. I just found this on youtube. Seth beat you to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by telemike View Post
    Whoa. I just found this on youtube. Seth beat you to it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjU_C85uBx8
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    Quote Originally Posted by telemike View Post
    Whoa. I just found this on youtube. Seth beat you to it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjU_C85uBx8
    It is as if mack_turtle had somehow seen it already and was sarcastically mocking it.....

    I laughed my ass off watching that, so hilarious. Glad that I'm working on my "engineering" degree as well with stuff like that. Maybe I'll just stick with wrenching where I'm actually good at what I do.
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    So this is where we dummies unwittingly reveal great ideas that the OP capitalizes on and pushes to market and becomes filthy rich. Sorry been there before.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    we need to do away with rear derailers. internal gear hubs and frame-mounted gearboxes have been around for a long time, but they are far from the mainstream. I predict that no one will want to buy a bike with derailers on it at all in a decade. I just don't know what will replace them.
    I was shouting about that ten years ago, and I was wrong. They still havenít overcome drag and weight, absolute killers of sales with any currently available system. The market has proven it is resilient to any cost considerations, the highest high end ig product will have to be as light as XTR/ETC, and 99.9% efficient. Anything less will continue to be niche.
    I must reiterate, though, I was wrong before!
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    No question, a regenerative braking generator that charges a small battery which is connected to heating elements in my grips and pedals.
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    No question, a regenerative braking generator that charges a small battery which is connected to heating elements in my grips and pedals.
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    How can I know I want it if there aren't ads and reviews telling me I need it?

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    Self cleaning bike.

    With a self oiling chain while we're at it (works after the cleaning part).
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    So this is where we dummies unwittingly reveal great ideas that the OP capitalizes on and pushes to market and becomes filthy rich. Sorry been there before.
    almost no one becomes "filthy rich" selling bicycle components. if they do, good for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    Must be a left handed cigarette
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    something that automatically adjusts tire pressure based on terrain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    dehydrated water, so I don't have to carry it
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    So this is where we dummies unwittingly reveal great ideas that the OP capitalizes on and pushes to market and becomes filthy rich. Sorry been there before.
    I agree. Screw this guy. But in the meantime, I need to share my ideas:

    A bidet type device that will clean my underside every 45 minutes or so, dry it, and then apply some baby powder to it, all without missing a pedal stroke. And while we're at it, it would be a great time saver if this device would also brush my teeth and shave my back at the same time. Time is money!

    Now if I find out the OP uses my ideas to make millions I will pound the crap out of him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I want some way to attach a fishing pole to the front of my bike to clear spider webs from my path as I ride. if only we had an engineer around to make something this awesome...
    you might be in luck
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    All kidding aside: airless tires that performed as well as pneumatic tires plus no increase in weight.

    Not interested in foam inserts, not that they meet the criteria anyway.
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    Bike computers that don't use dipshit touch-screens and Li-Ion batteries that last 10 minutes in the cold (replaceable lithium batteries work great in the cold).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    All kidding aside: airless tires that performed as well as pneumatic tires plus no increase in weight.

    Not interested in foam inserts, not that they meet the criteria anyway.
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    Similar thought for a long time running now. Wasn't there a spray foam product on the scene for a blip? Can't remember. I'm guessing cost is the limiting factor here but wager we still see something like this in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megashnauzer View Post
    something that automatically adjusts tire pressure based on terrain.
    Since this guy took my idea, I'm going to fall back to variable-diameter wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I want some way to attach a fishing pole to the front of my bike to clear spider webs from my path as I ride. if only we had an engineer around to make something this awesome...
    This exists. Seth's bike hacks tested it out. It actually kinda worked, but was pretty sketchy. Not a fishing pole, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megashnauzer View Post
    something that automatically adjusts tire pressure based on terrain.
    Adaptrac - Adaptable Traction Control for Mountain Bikes

    So this with a GPS tie-in, that learns like NEST thermostats would?

    Maybe something like this?

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    I predict that no one will want to buy a bike with derailers on it at all in a decade. I just don't know what will replace them.
    eBikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmango View Post
    Are there any items, accessories, or products for MTB that you wish existed? Any ideas for things that would make mountain biking better?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    almost no one becomes "filthy rich" selling bicycle components. if they do, good for them.
    Key word there is ďalmostĒ. So youíre saying thereís a chance?

    Seriously though, plenty of inventions in the bicycle industry has created rich inventors.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garcia View Post
    This exists. Seth's bike hacks tested it out. It actually kinda worked, but was pretty sketchy. Not a fishing pole, though.
    not a fishing pole for sure, because fishing poles don't break in half if you wiggle them a tiny bit
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    I'd like to see better utilization of space between the front wheel and BB. Good to get stuff stored low and centered, and that open space seems wasted. All the stuff one might carry on their back... maybe block spray from mud and puddles better too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    So this is where we dummies unwittingly reveal great ideas that the OP capitalizes on and pushes to market and becomes filthy rich. Sorry been there before.
    I've gotten past the, "hey, I had that idea first" stage in my life.

    Now if I see a product that I previously thought of, I'll say, "good for them." Whoever invented it did more than just talk about it on the interwebs. Usually they spent many hours/day/months/years developing and refining, testing, and iterating on their idea. They're the ones who put their money where their mouth is, finding funding and manufacturing, marketing the thing, and dealing with the hassles of starting a business, legal issues, customers, logistics, and so many other things.

    Really, anyone who successfully invents a new product usually deserves what little riches they can make off of it, and I applaud them for it. Again, even if I think I had the idea first.

    I understand that it's not enough to have the idea, one must also execute on it and bring it to market.

    For instance:
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    Maybe something like this?

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    Yeah, I had a idea of a hub pump, but these people actually made it. They thought through the shortcomings and addressed them, making their fix an actual useful feature. Of course that increased the complexity and their site refers to future products in 2017, so maybe they're not making fast progress. Still, if they do well, it's because of their effort and persistence. Certainly more than I'd have.

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    Inventing the product is the easy part. Capitalizing on it is the hard part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    Inventing the product is the easy part. Capitalizing on it is the hard part.
    Okay, if you want to be concise about it

    Here's something that I've spent some time thinking about and maybe a hour of CAD work on until I redesigned it:

    How about a dropper remote (or suspension lockout remote) that's knee operated? Clamp a wide, smooth lever/paddle to the top tube so it works when you squeeze your knee against it.

    Advantages are: You can keep hanging on for dear life as you use it It clears up space on your bars and make your cockpit neater. It doesn't matter what your hand position is (good for drop bars, especially considering there's not many good dropper levers for them, especially if you have a 2x). It's a shorter, lower drag cable run to the dropper or rear shock.

    Disadvantages: Harder to raise saddle while pedalling. May abrade knee. May need to be designed with two levers, one for each knee, but for a shock lever, that would be one side for lockout, the other for release. Might intrude on frame bag space or make carrying the bike harder. Might be susceptible to accidental actuation or snagging. Because top tubes aren't all the same diameter- and some aren't even round- mounting it isn't as simple as a bar clamp.

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    I sent a list of ideas to OneUp, and found that WolfTooth came out with one of them like months later, in the form of B-Rad. I only feel bad cause it's not as popular as I imagined it would be.
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    A few months back Jayem said something on these forums that got me thinking. The topic at the time was dropper posts and Jayemís comment, in summary, is that itís absurd to have a component thatís supposed to slide up & down quickly and smoothly ó in this case a dropper post ó and then clamp it by its shaft, which can easily enough be over torqued, inhibiting the internal plungerís up & down motion.

    Meanwhile if the seatpost collar isnít tightened adequately, the whole seatpost will slip down. Itís a fine line.

    Jayem suggested our sport would benefit by the invention of a new system that optimizes dropper post fixing. One that doesnít clamp and therefore potentially pinch the shaft restricting internal motion. (Jayem, if Iím not paraphrasing you accurately or I misunderstood what you said, I apologize. Please correct me.) Anyway I thought Jayemís comments were insightful so I started to ponder solutions to the problem.

    Iíll tell you what I came up with now. First Iíll state that I already know that probably half the people who comment will say there is no problem and my suggestion is merely a solution looking for one. Iím fine with that. If youíre good to go with the status quo, more power to you. Meanwhile maybe thereís improvement to be had, maybe not. Hereís the simplest way (and therefore most elegant) I could think of to offer improvement. If anyone wants to run with my idea, please go for it. Iíll be the first in line to buy the product if itís produced. I hope you make million$.

    Simply stated, my idea is to place rings (similar to stem spacer rings but different diameter) on the shaft section of the dropper post to take up the space between the top of the frameís seatpost collar and the underside of the seal collar atop of the dropperís fixed section. This stack of spacers wouldnít compress ó even if the frameís seatpost collar wasnít tight ó so the frameís seatpost binder/collar wouldnít have to be overtightened. Essentially the frameís seatpost collar would only need to be tightened enough to keep the saddle pointed forward ó the shaft spacers Iím proposing could bear most of the weight of the post, saddle & rider.

    These dropper spacer rings Iím suggesting could be made of say, black delrin (plastic) so as to not mar the frameís seatpost collar nor shaft of the seatpost itself. The spacers would be available in all the various seatpost diameters and offered in many thicknesses (similar to stem spacers but down to 1mm thick) so the user could exactly match the application as needed. The spacerís wall thickness would be thin enough that theyíd be practically invisible while in use. Theyíd be cheap to produce and weigh practically nothing.

    Thatís it. I welcome your thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    A few months back Jayem said something on these forums that got me thinking. The topic at the time was dropper posts and Jayemís comment, in summary, is that itís absurd to have a component thatís supposed to slide up & down quickly and smoothly ó in this case a dropper post ó and then clamp it by its shaft, which can easily enough be over torqued, inhibiting the internal plungerís up & down motion.

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    Naw, that's it. Yeah, it's a catch-22, so many posts get easily affected and damaged by clamping, yet the torque spec is often not enough to prevent slipping, so you either over-torque and not have it slip and damage it, or under-torque and have it slip. It's a poor way to do it and there's got to be a better way!

    I think I had a similar idea of how "it could be done" with yours, but I'm sure there are other ways that engineers can come up with that I could never fathom.
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    You wouldn't even need that many spacers, maybe 40-50mm of them at most. Any taller and the clamp is far enough away from the bushings that they wouldn't be affected by clamping force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeah, right View Post
    You wouldn't even need that many spacers, maybe 40-50mm of them at most. Any taller and the clamp is far enough away from the bushings that they wouldn't be affected by clamping force.
    On my Wednesday with a PNW Cascade, I have about 90-100mm from the frameís seat post collar to the collar of the dropper, and I have the issue being described.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Oh yeah, there's the lower bushing too...

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    USA based company that will QC your bb area and install a bb for a reasonable price, say $500.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    So this is where we dummies unwittingly reveal great ideas that the OP capitalizes on and pushes to market and becomes filthy rich. Sorry been there before.
    I think I'm safe.

    Quote Originally Posted by Varaxis View Post
    Closer, but still not quite what I'm after. It still has a container where you have to carry at least some water. Still, it's clever enough and I wonder about the rate it pulls water from the humid air. I certainly ride in a humid environment, so the potential is there to save on some water carry weight. But since this product is already made, my idea of an INSTANT dehydrated water solution could still be a massive

    Quote Originally Posted by Varaxis View Post
    I sent a list of ideas to OneUp, and found that WolfTooth came out with one of them like months later, in the form of B-Rad. I only feel bad cause it's not as popular as I imagined it would be.
    I'm using the B-Rad system on my Guerrilla Gravity Pedalhead to fit a bottle and attach one of their little roll-top bags in the nook just above the bb for a spare tube. It's great, although it was a little fiddly getting the dropper housing guides on the DT figured out. A riding buddy of mine has B-Rad brackets on 2 of his bikes, I think. I think they're more popular than it appears, because it's something you don't notice and lots of people don't really talk about because it sorta disappears on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    I was shouting about that ten years ago, and I was wrong. They still havenít overcome drag and weight, absolute killers of sales with any currently available system. The market has proven it is resilient to any cost considerations, the highest high end ig product will have to be as light as XTR/ETC, and 99.9% efficient. Anything less will continue to be niche.
    I must reiterate, though, I was wrong before!


    I think it's mostly the price. A Rohloff system will cost you around $2000 if you count building a wheel...and then you also need sliding dropouts or an eccentric bottom bracket.

    The need for adjustable dropouts is not a deal-killer but the costs mount rapidly.

    The cheaper internally gear hubs are...well...cheaper and don't have the gear range and have a lot of drag. I own a Rohloff and really like it a lot and have tried a Pinion and am definitely thinking of getting one as soon as I sell a few bikes.

    Plus, not to belabor the obvious but a Pinion needs a dedicated frame that can't be used for any other upgrades later.

    But both the Rohloff and the Pinion are extremely high-quality, durable, and rugged components that would have a broader appeal, I believe, if they were cheaper. The weight and drag are over-stated although I did replace the Rohloff with SRAM Eagle on my bikepacking/race bike.

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    oh...wait....they already have that....

    It's called an e-bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopaka View Post
    I would love a device that automatically injects painkiller and increased aerobic soup into my legs on any kind of uphill.

    oh...wait....they already have that....

    It's called an e-bike
    There's also blood-doping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ailuropoda View Post
    I think it's mostly the price.
    No, it's a combination of factors that make it impractical. First, yeah, price is significant, but as mentioned, so is the drag, and that is significant and important. Also that most systems use the hub placed in the wheel, which means way more unsprung weight, detrimental to suspension performance, also handling being at one of the extreme ends of the bike. Some have gotten around this by moving the hub to the frame or going with a Pinion gearbox or one-off, but that just means even more cost due to not as much commonality. Then they aren't very user/home-mechanic friendly either. So it ends up being a very hard sell with very few advantages...like what is the advantage? That you won't hit a derailleur? I think the tucked-in designs from the last 10 years or so have made huge inroads and the tension on the systems really cuts through mud and gunk way better. Lastly, due to their more modular setup (gears, derailleur, freehub) you can "fix" and adjust these parts separately. I fail to see any real advantage with a gearbox/geared-hub. Maybe it'll come around...but I wouldn't expect it in the next 10 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TylerVernon View Post
    Grease fittings on all major linkage bearings
    Grease port IGUS bushings, for much better lateral ridigity. Bearings are ill suited for bicycles, except for the high rotation applications OR very high end tapered/roller-bearings that are generally not needed. Keep it simple and go to the grease port IGUS system. Best I ever used.

    To many people based bushing experience on early poor implementations of copper/teflon bushings that would wear out. Then the industry made it seem like glorified skateboard bearings was an upgrade, despite only rotating for like 10į of what they are actually supposed to do.
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    It would be nice if there were a standard interface to bolt in mid-drive components such as gear boxes and pedal assist motors. Even have a dummy piece so a regular crankset could also be attached, and let the user/builder decide which bottom bracket standard and front derailleur mount.

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    a drone (or swarm of drones) that could video you while you ride. not the ones that fly a couple of hundred feet above you but close behind or in front of you. that would be cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megashnauzer View Post
    a drone (or swarm of drones) that could video you while you ride. not the ones that fly a couple of hundred feet above you but close behind or in front of you. that would be cool.
    Mavic drone can do it. You have to set up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeah, right View Post
    It would be nice if there were a standard interface to bolt in mid-drive components such as gear boxes and pedal assist motors. Even have a dummy piece so a regular crankset could also be attached, and let the user/builder decide which bottom bracket standard and front derailleur mount.
    front de-what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I would pay good money for a map of all the forest.
    Meanwhile thereís Trailforks.
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    A valve stem standard that can actually pass enough air for seating tires without air compressors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    A valve stem standard that can actually pass enough air for seating tires without air compressors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    Meanwhile thereís Trailforks.
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    yeah, but where's the printed version? why are they hiding it from us? I demand answers!

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    A valve stem cap that does not get lost in a pile of dirt and leaves on the trailside.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta View Post
    A valve stem cap that does not get lost in a pile of dirt and leaves on the trailside.
    put them in a pocket when you remove them. if you lose them, they're not expensive or difficult to replace. in the meanwhile, you really don't even need caps.

    here's a fun solution: go to a novelty toy store that has small gag items. find the "pencil toppers." I found a series of zombie head ones. glue a cap inside the pencil topper and you now have a fun valve cap. I have a zombie head on my mtb and a chrome skull with red eyes on my CX bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    put them in a pocket when you remove them. if you lose them, they're not expensive or difficult to replace. in the meanwhile, you really don't even need caps.
    Lighten up, bro ;^>
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta View Post
    Lighten up, bro ;^>
    pro tip for lightening up: ditch the valve stems. they weight a ton!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    pro tip for lightening up: ditch the valve stems. they weight a ton!
    Yes, and air is overrated, anyway.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    Picard has suggested a device to light his cigarettes, whilst riding, hands-free.
    I figured he was so hot that he could light his own cigs just by his own radience

    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    can we get new trail users with instant responsibility and ingrained trail stewardship? Seems to not come with mountain bikes anymore.
    hey...don't infringe on peoples "rights" to be stupi...I mean, to "have fun"

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    No question, a regenerative braking generator that charges a small battery which is connected to heating elements in my grips and pedals.
    this is legit

    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Self cleaning bike.

    With a self oiling chain while we're at it (works after the cleaning part).
    I have one of those...it cleans itself in the rain.

    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post

    here's a fun solution: go to a novelty toy store that has small gag items. find the "pencil toppers." I found a series of zombie head ones. glue a cap inside the pencil topper and you now have a fun valve cap. I have a zombie head on my mtb and a chrome skull with red eyes on my CX bike.
    I might be doing this just for fun....I do have blue dice on my BMX...but it is a shrader valve, and I can't get them for my Krampus
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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta View Post
    Yes, and air is overrated, anyway.
    And it's unacceptably heavy.

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    I don't necessarily wish for products to exist, but some ideas have floated in my mind based on all the product news that makes it past me.

    For example, I want to see Roval Control SL Rim shape made from Revel's Fusion fiber, the rim strip from Enve M70 or Bontrager TLR system, spokes from Pi Rope or Berd, and silent freewheel. Hubs being whatever makes the wheel system be convenient to live with, like making the spokes all the same length with a close to even tension as possible.
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    A deflector for weeds and grass, so the stuff doesn't get caught in the cogs and RD pulley in a way that forces me to dismount and get it all unstuck.

    I see people pull out big tools (bigger than can fit into a pack) to clear trails to counter this, and I sometimes just dismount and use my bike, angled/leaned in a way to use the tire to get it all to lean away from the tread.
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    180 mm cranks for fat bikes.

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    On the fly, remote adjustable tire treads.

    Ralph/Ray on the way up, DHR/DHF on the way down.
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    EMP device that disables all electronic devices in a 100 yard radius....bt speakers, headphones, garmin, strava, e-bikes, ranger mms game cameras, ranger speed radar guns
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    No, it's a combination of factors that make it impractical. First, yeah, price is significant, but as mentioned, so is the drag, and that is significant and important. Also that most systems use the hub placed in the wheel, which means way more unsprung weight, detrimental to suspension performance, also handling being at one of the extreme ends of the bike. Some have gotten around this by moving the hub to the frame or going with a Pinion gearbox or one-off, but that just means even more cost due to not as much commonality. Then they aren't very user/home-mechanic friendly either. So it ends up being a very hard sell with very few advantages...like what is the advantage? That you won't hit a derailleur? I think the tucked-in designs from the last 10 years or so have made huge inroads and the tension on the systems really cuts through mud and gunk way better. Lastly, due to their more modular setup (gears, derailleur, freehub) you can "fix" and adjust these parts separately. I fail to see any real advantage with a gearbox/geared-hub. Maybe it'll come around...but I wouldn't expect it in the next 10 years.
    You make some good points.

    I actually just pulled the trigger on my new bikepacking/race bike built around a Pinion C.12 gearbox (Solace Cycles OM-2P) with a Gates CDX Carbon belt drive. I've ridden a Pinion and have a Rohloff and, on reflection, I think the drag issue is overstated. A clean chain running in a relatively straight alignment is probably as efficient as you can get in a drivetrain but the Pinion/Belt combination (and my current Rohloff with an eight-speed chain) is not that far behind.

    Weight is definitely an issue. When you add the mounting plate and other hardware the Pinion/belt system is probably 2-3 pounds heavier than my current mix of Eagle GX and XX1 parts.

    The advantage to me is reliability, performance in bad weather, and simplicity of the system. All of the complexity is in a non-user serviceable hub or gearbox which, in the case of the Pinion, just needs an oil change every few thousand miles. And you can hose the whole thing down. It also has a pretty big gear range (626 percent). The low gear is ridiculous and you can get some speed in the high gear.

    And I confess there's a certain cool-factor to it.

    But really, an external derailleur drivetrain is a pretty well-designed system and you're absolutely right about their suitability for almost everybody.

    I think gearboxes and IGHs would be good for commuters and those city bikes that you can rent by the hour...if they were cheaper.

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    If there was just some device...maybe a strap...that I could use to secure tubes and such under my seat. That would be awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ailuropoda View Post
    I think gearboxes and IGHs would be good for commuters and those city bikes that you can rent by the hour...if they were cheaper.
    This is straying from mtb products, but don't most bikeshare bikes already have IGHs? Maybe only 3-speed, but good enough for flat cities.

    I assume they also usually have only a chain guard and not a fully enclosed chaincase for ease of maintenance, especially pulling the rear wheel to fix flats. I don't know, are bikeshare bikes tubeless?

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    I've been waiting for more than 20 years for the build-your-own cassette (right after Shimano stuff began to use the aluminum carrier instead of 7 or 8 individual cogs).

    Something with a shifter that can be set for anywhere from 2 to 12 shifts and a combination/assortment of cogs and cog carriers for any combination. For example, I want an 11-40 8-speed. Someone else probably wants a 9-28 6-speed. Why can't we have that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas View Post
    I've been waiting for more than 20 years for the build-your-own cassette (right after Shimano stuff began to use the aluminum carrier instead of 7 or 8 individual cogs).

    Something with a shifter that can be set for anywhere from 2 to 12 shifts and a combination/assortment of cogs and cog carriers for any combination. For example, I want an 11-40 8-speed. Someone else probably wants a 9-28 6-speed. Why can't we have that?

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    The Archer shifting system gets what you want. Electronic remote, wirelessly controlling a motor by the RD. A friction shifter also gets what you want.

    Regarding setting custom gear ratios, you can get that with CVT. The EX1 (ebike 8 spd) was intriguing, with how they went with a narrower cassette for better chainline with bigger steps between gears, to better synergize with shifting 1 gear at a time. Seeing that in a non XD version would be cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas View Post
    I've been waiting for more than 20 years for the build-your-own cassette (right after Shimano stuff began to use the aluminum carrier instead of 7 or 8 individual cogs).

    Something with a shifter that can be set for anywhere from 2 to 12 shifts and a combination/assortment of cogs and cog carriers for any combination. For example, I want an 11-40 8-speed. Someone else probably wants a 9-28 6-speed. Why can't we have that?

    -F
    Wouldnt make money. Technically it would be possible, esp now with electronic shifting. But it would be so expensive.
    And the conpanies would also argue that shifting would be cruddy as components are designed to work ao closely with each other.
    Or as said go friction and dig up old cogs and steel freehub bodies and spacers.

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    And why the hell aren't brakes self-bleeding?
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    TPMS system.

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    TPMS system.
    this exists: https://www.sram.com/en/quarq/models/wh-trwz-a1
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    Adjustable equalization port location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuse6F View Post
    Privateer 161 in a trail version. With the same cost
    "Funnily enough, weíve heard a rumour that Privateer have a shorter travel 141 on the way, with a slightly slacker seat tube angle for increased versatility."

    https://enduro-mtb.com/en/privateer-161-2020-review-2/

    As an aside, I personally was looking forward to their enduro emtb, but it looks to have questionable seatpost insertion depth. https://www.instagram.com/p/B8Rk8lMHFgA/

    Anyone know about duty fees from UK and Eurozone for things over $800?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuse6F View Post
    Privateer 161 in a trail version. With the same cost
    I think people kind of wish the Privateer 161 existed today:

    https://forums.mtbr.com/general-disc...t-1141765.html
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    as long as the privateer 141 comes in a size for clydes

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    I want a chain cleaner that is attached to the bike. It cleans mud and dirt from the chain

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    I want a 7-speed drivetrain like this:

    Teeth Increase
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    18 28.6%
    23 27.8%
    29 26.1%
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    46 27.8%

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    I want a chain cleaner that is attached to the bike. It cleans mud and dirt from the chain
    Use paraffin wax, chain stays like new, nothing sticks. Just it's a PIA and doesn't last long.

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    Helmet tech:
    Phase 1) will drop an appropriately tinted visor from the helmet in front of impending sticks, branches, spiderwebs, etc., and retract, of course, once clear of the obstacles.

    Phase 2) Regular 1/2 shell helmet that automatically extends a wrap-around chin/mouth guard around your face just prior to impact. Is retractable/reusable.

    Phase 3) Helmet extends from a collar integrated into a shoulder harness contraption, again jpti. Also retractable/reusable.

    And now we need 'instant bone knit pills' and 'tooth regenerator paste' because they're taking so long on the helmet stuff.
    This is either a good thing, or a very bad thing.

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    self driving ebike. heard tesla is working on it.

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    I've had this idea for road bikes for a long time, but it would apply to MTBs. At least for cable actuated shifting.

    I don't need gear indicators. I don't need to know when I'm in my min/max cog on back, or if I'm in the 3rd or 4th cog. But I would like to know when I'm in the second lowest cog on back (i.e., only one more downshift left).

    You could have a small window in your shifter housing and have the cable painted day-glo at a certain point on the cable (which would be pretty close to the cable end), so the painted section cable is visible in the window when you're in that cog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyNil_Rider View Post
    Helmet tech:
    Phase 1) will drop an appropriately tinted visor from the helmet in front of impending sticks, branches, spiderwebs, etc., and retract, of course, once clear of the obstacles.

    Phase 2) Regular 1/2 shell helmet that automatically extends a wrap-around chin/mouth guard around your face just prior to impact. Is retractable/reusable.

    Phase 3) Helmet extends from a collar integrated into a shoulder harness contraption, again jpti. Also retractable/reusable.

    And now we need 'instant bone knit pills' and 'tooth regenerator paste' because they're taking so long on the helmet stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDUBku View Post
    Custom anodized caps/knobs for forks. The Blue knobs on my Fox 36 really mess with my color scheme
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Naw, that's it. Yeah, it's a catch-22, so many posts get easily affected and damaged by clamping, yet the torque spec is often not enough to prevent slipping, so you either over-torque and not have it slip and damage it, or under-torque and have it slip. It's a poor way to do it and there's got to be a better way!

    I think I had a similar idea of how "it could be done" with yours, but I'm sure there are other ways that engineers can come up with that I could never fathom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timpanogos View Post
    I want a 7-speed drivetrain like this:

    Teeth Increase
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    14 27.3%
    18 28.6%
    23 27.8%
    29 26.1%
    36 24.1%
    46 27.8%
    Same I'm running a hacked dh derailleur with an 11 40 rn (With 11 speed cogs!). At the very least I'd like some niche of the industry to go back to totally individual cassette cogs. Making a custom cassette is made 100 times harder by spiders but also rivets for some reason. Idk why companies like micro-shift and shimano insist on adding weight to cassettes with rivets just so its harder to swap around individual cogs. 11 to 46 is a bit extreme for me with a 7 speed but 8 speed for sure. Sram is already doing this with there 8spd e-bike drive-train but the cassette on that thing is way too expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timpanogos View Post
    I want a 7-speed drivetrain like this:

    Teeth Increase
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    14 27.3%
    18 28.6%
    23 27.8%
    29 26.1%
    36 24.1%
    46 27.8%


    Ouch, that 11-14 jump is a little harsh!

    You can use 11-sp and double shift to miss the ones you don't like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Ouch, that 11-14 jump is a little harsh!

    You can use 11-sp and double shift to miss the ones you don't like.
    The 11-14 jump is pretty much the same as all the others.

    Iíve played around with custom (loose cog) cassettes with similar gap ratios. It actually worked fine. Some folks need tighter ratios, others donít.

    One advantage of a 7sp (or 8 or 9) over 11sp in my view is that you could use the lower cog count shrink the freewheel and widen the hub flange.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta View Post
    The 11-14 jump is pretty much the same as all the others.

    A 27% jump @20 mph feels nothing like a 27% jump @5mph IME.

    I agree about the potential advantage of a wider flange & narrower cassette, that would make for a stronger wheel and better chainline.
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    I would like a remote for the rear shock that adjusts rebound from fast - for downhills - to slow - for rough climbing to prevent "pogo".

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    A 27% jump @20 mph feels nothing like a 27% jump @5mph IME.

    I agree about the potential advantage of a wider flange & narrower cassette, that would make for a stronger wheel and better chainline.
    Yeah I really value the closeness of my 3 smallest cogs 11-13-15 Is really useful in town or on forest roads. The rest of the jumps can be a lot wider. My sram dh 7 speed setup uses 11 speed cogs and thusly I have it fit on a "single-speed" free-hub body. with a boost chain ring my middle cog is bang on a straight chain-line. Spoke tensions on both drive and non drive side are pretty close to even. I've railed this wheel on my hardtail and a year on its still perfectly true. I've enjoyed all the benefits of this system but it was a pain in the ass to get going.

    Thankfully with box components, sram, and micro-shift the idea of going back to fewer cassette cogs seems to be growing in popularity. Sram at-least seems to acknowledge that this doesn't require us to throw out any of the developments created out of the quest for moar speedz.
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    I would like mtb clothes that actually fit. Some of us aren't skinny weasels with no hips, butt, or gut.

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    I want some hubs that play a tune, like the intro to crazy train or some other bad ass guitar riff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    I want some hubs that play a tune, like the intro to crazy train or some other bad ass guitar riff.
    hell no. I want a quiet bike

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    I want something to clean cassette

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    hell no. I want a quiet bike
    I guess you're not down for a jam session

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    Why not just wish for a maintenance-free, or extremely low maintenance, bike?

    Do you want something simple, cheap, and efficient like a Toyota, or a luxurious ride quality like a Benz? Some enthusiasts here seem to refer to their rides as some F1 race car, trophy truck, or some kind of hotrod.
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    Some on-the-fly mechanism that allowed saddle height, fore-after and tilt adjustments.

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    I am sensitive to noise so I ride with my ear plugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    hell no. I want a quiet bike
    Yes, silent drive train.

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    I want some sort of saddle offset options, to fix seat angles that are disagreeable.

    In my case, I'd like my saddle a bit more forward since my mid-foot pedal axle placement makes current seat angles feel like 5 degrees slacker (axle's 60mm behind the ball of my foot), and I've been spoiled by steeper STA.

    Guessing it could be something like what 9point8 does for their 25mm offset seatpost heads, or saddles with offset rails.
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    Sometimes I wish I wasn't a mountaur. Not like a regular person but with legs on the bottom and the bike on top.

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    Indoor MTB

    Indoor mountain bike park for these Wisconsin winters. Actually, there was a Rayís in Milwaukee (not too far from where I live) but it went under a few years ago before I was riding. As far as I know, itís still the same inside the building...sign is still out front making it look like itís still in business.

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    We need adjustable seat tube angle

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    Refrigerated full face helmets. Would easily be worth carrying an extra 5 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CromolyCowboy View Post
    Same I'm running a hacked dh derailleur with an 11 40 rn (With 11 speed cogs!). At the very least I'd like some niche of the industry to go back to totally individual cassette cogs. Making a custom cassette is made 100 times harder by spiders but also rivets for some reason. Idk why companies like micro-shift and shimano insist on adding weight to cassettes with rivets just so its harder to swap around individual cogs. 11 to 46 is a bit extreme for me with a 7 speed but 8 speed for sure. Sram is already doing this with there 8spd e-bike drive-train but the cassette on that thing is way too expensive.
    Box has the 9 speed 11-50 w/ individual cogs already.

    https://www.vitalmtb.com/features/On...Dspeed%20chain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thustlewhumber View Post
    Box has the 9 speed 11-50 w/ individual cogs already.

    https://www.vitalmtb.com/features/On...Dspeed%20chain.
    Holy crap, I was just thinking the other day when switching cassettes between wheel-sets how nice it was that SRAM was making cassettes that aren't 30 different pieces that gouge out your freehub. I can't think of the last time I wanted to change individual cogs, especially the small ones.
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