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    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    My understanding of the reasoning behind Microspline:
    1. Shimano would rather die than use a standard (for free) that Sram created.
    2. Ability to run cheaper cassettes a la SLX. XD can never be cheap because of the all on piece thread on nature of it.


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    I thought it was more that XD required SRAM approval for licencing even though 'open', and they wouldn't ever grant it to Shimano

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    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    My understanding of the reasoning behind Microspline:
    1. Shimano would rather die than use a standard (for free) that Sram created.
    2. Ability to run cheaper cassettes a la SLX. XD can never be cheap because of the all on piece thread on nature of it.

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    Sram made the XD hub driver open source, but patented the means of attaching a cassette to it. e13 got around it with their clamp on system, but that's fiddly and not an ideal solution. Shimano wasn't going to be allowed to make good XD cassettes.

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    Trying to convert an old Kona Jake the Snake that i bought used back to a gravel type bike. The guy converted it to flat bars with mountain style shifters and brake levers... question is can i run the XT V brakes that are on it now with road style STI shifters? i've read i may have to install some type of pulley to increase the leverage? looking for some advice!

    Also anyone have any cheap/ish STI shifters they wanna sell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandbox View Post
    Trying to convert an old Kona Jake the Snake that i bought used back to a gravel type bike. The guy converted it to flat bars with mountain style shifters and brake levers... question is can i run the XT V brakes that are on it now with road style STI shifters? i've read i may have to install some type of pulley to increase the leverage? looking for some advice!

    Also anyone have any cheap/ish STI shifters they wanna sell?
    I may have some (or at least a single for the right side). Shoot me a msg if interested

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    Converting a SS commuter to 1x10.

    Bought a 105 RD, 105 cassette, and a Zee shifter. Is my Bike going to explode?


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    Quote Originally Posted by nickwm21 View Post
    Converting a SS commuter to 1x10.

    Bought a 105 RD, 105 cassette, and a Zee shifter. Is my Bike going to explode?


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    You're gonna die.


    But actually, that won't work. The cable pull is different on 10s Shimano road vs MTB derailleurs. You'll need a MTB derailleur to work with that shifter. I might have one in the parts bin, I can look tonight.

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    Thanks - Iíll return some shit and buy all mtb stuff


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    You can run a road cassette if you want. Just need to swap the derailleur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickwm21 View Post
    Thanks - Iíll return some shit and buy all mtb stuff


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    I have a 1x10 setup for sale if your interested. GX derailleur and cassette, sram X9 shifter. PM if interested
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    My new Hightower is nearing completion and I need a 150 mm fork. I was set on a Lyrik Ultimate but reviews of the Marzocchi/Fox Z1 are pretty solid.

    The Lyrik is $300 more. Worth it? Iím not a rider whoís always tweaking suspension adjustments. Anyone ridden the new Z1?


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    Buy a barely used Lyrik off PB. Or a Fox 36. I’d personally go with the known commodity.

    Plus, resale on a bike with a Marzocchi fork will suck, if that matters.
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    ^^^ agreed

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    Isn't a Z1 just a Fox 36 Rhythm with a few small differences? I don't see why that would hurt resale value other maybe poorer brand recognition compared to a very similar fork with Fox stickers.

    That said, the high-end Lyrik is a great fork.

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    For sure, the Z1 will hurt your resale.
    But, it is literally a Fox 36 on the inside. Just a touch heavier.
    That said, it's really not that hard to find a take off Factory Fox 36 for hundreds less. Half a season into any fork on my bikes and it's just a scratched up vessel for premium internals.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/FOX-Factory...oAAOSwEj5eISQd
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    What's the deal with Giro single-size helmets?

    Also, will I die if I use these DT Swiss centerlock adapters with 180 mm rotors?
    https://www.jensonusa.com/DT-Swiss-C...T-Disc-Adaptor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    Also, will I die if I use these DT Swiss centerlock adapters with 180 mm rotors?
    https://www.jensonusa.com/DT-Swiss-C...T-Disc-Adaptor
    I've used them. They're fine-ish.

    I've had them come loose on me, but I've also had regular centerlock rotors come loose on me, so that's not really any different. They also allow a little bit of slop in the rotor, which makes zero difference while riding, but can definitely be felt if you rock the bike back and forth with the brakes on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    I've used them. They're fine-ish.

    I've had them come loose on me, but I've also had regular centerlock rotors come loose on me, so that's not really any different. They also allow a little bit of slop in the rotor, which makes zero difference while riding, but can definitely be felt if you rock the bike back and forth with the brakes on.
    Cool. Is there another centerlock adapter you'd recommend? I'm less than thrilled that my new wheels have centerlock hubs, but I didn't have much choice in the matter.

    edit: derp, managed to find the Shimano ones (https://www.jensonusa.com/Shimano-SM...-Rotor-Adaptor) which for some bizarre reason don't have "center" or "lock" in the name. Might as well get these I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    Cool. Is there another centerlock adapter you'd recommend? I'm less than thrilled that my new wheels have centerlock hubs, but I didn't have much choice in the matter.

    edit: derp, managed to find the Shimano ones (https://www.jensonusa.com/Shimano-SM...-Rotor-Adaptor) which for some bizarre reason don't have "center" or "lock" in the name. Might as well get these I guess.
    I haven't used those Shimano ones, but they look better than all the iterations I've ridden. Having actual bolts would mostly solve the rotor slop issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    Cool. Is there another centerlock adapter you'd recommend? I'm less than thrilled that my new wheels have centerlock hubs, but I didn't have much choice in the matter.

    edit: derp, managed to find the Shimano ones (https://www.jensonusa.com/Shimano-SM...-Rotor-Adaptor) which for some bizarre reason don't have "center" or "lock" in the name. Might as well get these I guess.
    I’m pretty over bolting and unbolting twelve bolts, myself.
    (But I change wheels frequently)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    I’m pretty over bolting and unbolting twelve bolts, myself.
    (But I change wheels frequently)
    Sounds like a problem better solved by a second set of rotors.

    I'm happy to live with the centerlocks, though. New wheels are Reynolds Blacklabel Wide Trail 347 Hydras () and I got them for, um, significantly less than retail.

    edit: x2 on what Andeh said. That's my MO.

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    Swapping rotors isn't too bad if you use a cordless drill to do most of the spinning, and just finish the tightening with the torque wrench. Saves a lot of sliced knuckles too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    Sounds like a problem better solved by a second set of rotors.

    I'm happy to live with the centerlocks, though. New wheels are Reynolds Blacklabel Wide Trail 347 Hydras () and I got them for, um, significantly less than retail.

    edit: x2 on what Andeh said. That's my MO.
    I went the other way, all of my 5 wheel sets are now centerlock.
    And they all have rotors.
    Speaking of, anyone need some brand new 200mm six bolt centerline rotors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andeh View Post
    Swapping rotors isn't too bad if you use a cordless drill to do most of the spinning, and just finish the tightening with the torque wrench. Saves a lot of sliced knuckles too.
    x3 I've toyed with the idea of getting one of those little 4V drivers just for rotors.

    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    Speaking of, anyone need some brand new 200mm six bolt centerline rotors?
    I'm pretty much constantly in need of rotors at the right price. Used to be sold on Ice Tech, but have become disillusioned and now wonder if they're actually worse than solid one piece.
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    Would $75 for two work for you?
    They are $34 each in QBP before shipping (wholesale), and $39.50 on eBay.
    I like the centerlines better than ice tech.
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