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Matty F

  • Matty F replied to the topic Low Friction Bearings in the forum TECH TALK 3 years, 7 months ago

    Fun fact: That grease (currently named Shimano Premium Grease) is one of the very, very few Shimano products that is not made by Shimano themselves. Reason being is that Shimano couldn’t manage to make a better grease for the job. So that grease is made by a German company called Agip. The factory name for the stuff is “Autol Top 2000 Super…[Read more]

  • Matty F replied to the topic Low Friction Bearings in the forum TECH TALK 3 years, 7 months ago

    I have two bikes, and all the bearings on both are angular contact with the exception of the derailleur pulleys, and 1/2 freehub bearings on one of the hubs (the other of which is a roller bearing assembly).

    As far as I know, all bearings Shimano makes for all their components are angular contact, except derailleur pulleys, possibly some freehub…[Read more]

  • If you’re a bike geek like me and reads all the news web sites and such, you’ve no doubt come across a few of these videos showing how well wheels, bottom bracket, derailleur pulley, etc. bearings spin. A couple examples below.

    Well I am writing this to tell you that “testing” a bearing like that is completely useless. Find a clapped out old…[Read more]

  • If you’re a bike geek like me and reads all the news web sites and such, you’ve no doubt come across a few of these videos showing how well wheels, bottom bracket, derailleur pulley, etc. bearings spin. A couple examples below.

    Well I am writing this to tell you that “testing” a bearing like that is completely useless. Find a clapped out old…[Read more]

  • Today I had my first chance to take a look at one of these fancy Jagwire rotors in person, for which I took a few minutes to poke around with it. As such, I figured I post a little breakdown and analysis of them here before anyone makes the mistake of wasting $88 a piece on this rubbish.

    These are meant to be a knock off of Shimano’s pristine…[Read more]

  • Today I had my first chance to take a look at one of these fancy Jagwire rotors in person, for which I took a few minutes to poke around with it. As such, I figured I post a little breakdown and analysis of them here before anyone makes the mistake of wasting $88 a piece on this rubbish.

    These are meant to be a knock off of Shimano’s pristine…[Read more]

  • Today I had my first chance to take a look at one of these fancy Jagwire rotors in person, for which I took a few minutes to poke around with it. As such, I figured I post a little breakdown and analysis of them here before anyone makes the mistake of wasting $88 a piece on this rubbish.

    These are meant to be a knock off of Shimano’s pristine…[Read more]

  • In the Don Valley the hills gets pretty bloody steep, but they are short enough that I can muscle through them with a 1x. However, in retrospect, I don’t really feel like I need to do that. Here in North Bay, though, I have a tidy 150m or so of elevation to deal with. I end up climbing for 15-20minutes at a time, and if I have to get out of…[Read more]

  • I’m with aerius. Dropper, no question, and I wouldn’t even ditch the 2x if I were you. I’m on a 1x right now and I want to switch to 2x. 1x is alright for the Don, but anywhere with appreciable hills (eg. where I’ve been living for the last three months) a 1x won’t cut it. Plus any sort of OneUp/Wolftooth cassette expansion doesn’t tend to…[Read more]

  • Matty F replied to the topic Newb brake question in the forum TECH TALK 3 years, 10 months ago

    Sram and Tektro brakes are both notorious for being noisy. It’s impossible to avoid the turkey gobble sound and vibrating feel. I mean, any brake is liable to do this if they are not worked in properly, and in the wet any brake will howl a bit. But from my experience there is almost no hope for Sram or Tektro. It is mostly an issue with the…[Read more]

  • I keep Sram quick links in my pack and event tool box just for emergencies. I would never use a Sram quick link over a Shimano pin in an ideal environment. But I’d also never beat my rotor into shape with the edge of a Park folding allen wrench set just to get the rotor barely spinning inside the caliper in an ideal environment. Sometimes ya…[Read more]

  • This is why Shimano took so long to release a quick link. They asserted that they wouldn’t put one to market until it was equally as a) strong, b) stiff c) long wearing, and d) shiftable as the rest of the chain. The master pin was the only way for them to achieve this until they finally developed the new 11spd quick link. KMC quick links…[Read more]

  • I’d be quite interested to see what you come up with on the Sil-Tec chain! Keep me in the loop. Keep in mind that on an XT chain (CN-HG701) only the inner plates and side plates are treated. Not the rollers (or the pins, but they get Sil-Tec. They a chromized instead).

    I know many companies like to toot their own horns about fancy industry…[Read more]

  • @renegade-hardware

    Good input. Thanks for posting.

    Your data on TiN and DLC seem correct from my experience. However, as you ultimately concluded, the fact that KMC doesn’t apply those treatments to the friction points of the chain means they’re useless no matter what.

    Sil-Tec is somewhat different than typical electroless nickle/PTFE…[Read more]

  • I hear ya, Owen. When I was reviewing the Kona Process a couple years back it came with a textbook Shimano drivetrain other than the KMC chain. It snapped on the second ride.

    I do at least 95% of my riding on Shimano chains. I only ride other chains if they are on review/loaner/demo bikes. That remaining 5% of riding accounts for 100% of my…[Read more]

  • Yesterday @jcitizen asked me if I had anything written up anywhere I could send him on why KMC chains should not be used with Shimano (specifically XTR) drivetrains. I didn’t have anything in text, so I decided I would just write something up. The resulting e-mail reply took me about an hour and a half and spanned something like 14 paragraphs.…[Read more]

  • Yesterday @jcitizen asked me if I had anything written up anywhere I could send him on why KMC chains should not be used with Shimano (specifically XTR) drivetrains. I didn’t have anything in text, so I decided I would just write something up. The resulting e-mail reply took me about an hour and a half and spanned something like 14 paragraphs.…[Read more]

  • Up here in North Bay we’re pretty much fully into fatbike season. Toss your big tires in the truck and take a drive up!

  • Up here in North Bay we’re pretty much fully into fatbike season. Toss your big tires in the truck and take a drive up!

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