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    Q-factor

    Do you care about Q-factor?
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    I remember learning about it...waaay back in like 92, cause Ritchey Logic cranks had low Q factor and it was like oohh Ok thats cool...er... um...dunno what my bike has, but it seems to work... and thats how it's been evermore.
    All the gear and no idea.

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    Apparently not. It has not bothered me even when splitting time between a fat bike and a road bike. I thought I would because I'm short... But nope!

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    Factor, the Raiders did.
    I wouldn't even get my hair cut except it's near the liquor store and it seems like my eyebrows need trimming now and then.

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    I care about q-factor, but I'm not concerned as there are BB and crank choices to mitigate the issue with money and time.

    I dislike the 190/197 cranksets and feel the same about the more narrow road cranks. I would like to try an 83mm BB wunderframe, it could be a Goldilocks feel.... but money.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    I didn't care much about Q until I bought my Fatbike.
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    I didn't care

    then got a fatbike

    cared for about two years

    now used to it
    and can switch between 'normal' mtb, road bike, or fat bike I don't notice a thing
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    It is a problem with these higher forms of Boost. Original Boost 148 didn't change the Q factor. I've never seen any studies on how Q factor affects pedaling efficiency though, but I suspect it does.

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    Q-factor was a late 1980's to early 1990's topic that kind of disappeared as the mountain bike world moved on to more interesting things like suspension and disc brakes. While in school I was the principal investigator in a study researching Q-factor and foot function until after awhile we decided it was silly. Is the Q-factor subject making a resurgence?

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    Coming from the road bike world, Q on my first fat bike felt like riding a horse. I never had any pain, but it felt funny. With the narrow Q on my Otso I do not notice the difference with my road bike.

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    I can squat with the feet narrower, at hip width, and wider than hip width. I can say there are some slight mechanical advantages with any. But do I ever measure the distance between my feet done to the mm...never.

    I can see Q-factor being an issue on riding clipped in because you are creating repetitive stress in the EXACT location all the time. This is NOT an issue riding flats.

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    Is there a factor for each letter of the alphabet, or are we letter discriminatory?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    Is the Q-factor subject making a resurgence?
    Yes. I'd say a lot of that has to do with fatbikes. My fatbike has a 177mm rear hub spacing, and a q factor of about 213mm. It's noticeably wide, but doesn't hurt anything, and I don't have a problem bouncing to my road bike (whatever q factor that is) or to any other mtb (whatever q factor they might use). I don't think I'd much care for a bike wider than the one I currently have, but if I wanted a bike for riding in deep snow, I wouldn't have much choice in the matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Is there a factor for each letter of the alphabet, or are we letter discriminatory?
    B screw
    Q factor - blame G Petersen for this one
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