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slimshady

¡Mira, una ardilla!
I'll see your Yamaha and raise you one.
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Only one thing I see on that bike.
Starts with a "K" and ends with ...best moto suspension period.

Well, except possibly for Ohlins, their moto stuff is pretty good.
But also crazy expensive.
Wasn't Showa superior to KYB? I recall the Japanese Honda team had Kayaba suspension, while Minnaar's one had Showa
 

slimshady

¡Mira, una ardilla!
How is it not big news that KYB made a shock and fork for MTBs, let alone a single crown inverted fork? Must be DNM stuff with KYB stickers?
Those limited units ran by the Japanese Honda team were supposedly destroyed after the end of the project. Same fate suffered the Showa ones ran by the international team.

BTW, I can't recall which weird brake brand the Japanese team used to run. Any monkeys with less Alzheimer than me could chime in?

EDIT: They were Akebono brakes.
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Kurt_80

Monkey
Jan 25, 2016
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Perth, WA.
Those limited units ran by the Japanese Honda team were supposedly destroyed after the end of the project. Same fate suffered the Showa ones ran by the international team.

BTW, I can't recall which weird brake brand the Japanese team used to run. Any monkeys with less Alzheimer than me could chime in?

EDIT: They were Akebono brakes.View attachment 202366
Yoo, that's awesome! It's rare I don't know or at least haven't heard bike stuff from the old days.... but Akebono brakes is a newie. Cheers
 

slimshady

¡Mira, una ardilla!
Yoo, that's awesome! It's rare I don't know or at least haven't heard bike stuff from the old days.... but Akebono brakes is a newie. Cheers
I got obsessed about the RN-01 back in the day, scanning the still embryonic web in search of information about it. I recall reading a piece about it on the Solo Bici Magazíne from Spain with just drawings.of the schematics of that gearbox and thinking "the editor should be doing coke 24/7". Then when the MB Action one came out with pictures confirming those weird drawings my mind was blown.
 

trib

not worthy of a Rux.
Jun 22, 2009
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I’m always surprised that there isn’t a bigger Japanese component selection available in America and Europe - what with shimano being one of, if not the largest parts supplier globally.

Tioga had a big presence for a while, in the road world Nitto is well regarded, but who else is there designing/making parts in Japan and selling well in the West? I know there are plenty of Kierin bike makers, who make some very coveted frames for the track bike community.
 

sethimus

neu bizutch
Feb 5, 2006
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not in Whistler anymore :/
I’m always surprised that there isn’t a bigger Japanese component selection available in America and Europe - what with shimano being one of, if not the largest parts supplier globally.

Tioga had a big presence for a while, in the road world Nitto is well regarded, but who else is there designing/making parts in Japan and selling well in the West? I know there are plenty of Kierin bike makers, who make some very coveted frames for the track bike community.
panaracer? their gravel tires are my favourite
 

Gary

"S" is for "neo-luddite"
Aug 27, 2002
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UK
Gravelkings? Had any last more than 1500miles yet?

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Fuckers impregnate themselves with bubbles filled with jizz between the tread and casing and delaminate.
 

sethimus

neu bizutch
Feb 5, 2006
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not in Whistler anymore :/
never had any problems, i‘m on my 3rd pair so far. had the slick, the sk and now the ss in 584x47, standard casing
usually switch after 2-2500km as the thread is more on the thinner side. but they are oh so subtle
 

Gary

"S" is for "neo-luddite"
Aug 27, 2002
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UK
It seems to happen when a puncture allows sealant to seap inbetween the casing and tread as it seals the hole. Has happened to every one I've run somewhere between 700-1500miles. UK distributor's warranty procedure is slow so I now just prick the bubbles with a pick and squeeze the sealant out like an unfortunate teenager might pop puss out their spots and fit a tube and it'll run fine bubble free from then on. .
It may be worsened because I run fairly high pressures. (commuter bike) or I suppose it may be something to do with the sealant I use (Stans) but I find lesser sealants just don't work at higher pressures and can't really see another brand Sealant that actually works curing the issue anyway.
I really like the tread/compound/volume so will be sticking with them anyway.
 
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Kurt_80

Monkey
Jan 25, 2016
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Perth, WA.
To add to this thread derail (gravel!), I have found Stan's to seal poorly with pressures higher than around 40psi. Switched to Orange Seal and it works in all bikes- road, gravel and mtb.
 

HardtailHack

used an iron once
Jan 20, 2009
6,495
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It seems to happen when a puncture allows sealant to seap inbetween the casing and tread as it seals the hole. Has happened to every one I've run somewhere between 700-1500miles. UK distributor's warranty procedure is slow so I now just prick the bubbles with a pick and squeeze the sealant out like an unfortunate teenager might pop puss out their spots and fit a tube and it'll run fine bubble free from then on. .
It may be worsened because I run fairly high pressures. (commuter bike) or I suppose it may be something to do with the sealant I use (Stans) but I find lesser sealants just don't work at higher pressures and can't really see another brand Sealant that actually works curing the issue anyway.
I really like the tread/compound/volume so will be sticking with them anyway.
Have you tried Tyre Juice? It's a fair bit more viscous than Stan's, maybe it would be less likely to get between the layers....?

That reminds me, the Tune stuff I bought that is supposed to last a year is bouncing around inside my tire at well under a year, damn Germans and their lies, rabble rabble rabble.
 

Gary

"S" is for "neo-luddite"
Aug 27, 2002
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5,330
UK
Damn Germans and their unapologetic truth too TBF.

Nah. I haven't tried Juice lubes in these tyres (too late now anyway) but i have used it in others. Thought it similar to Peatys. Which IMO didn't seal the sort of road debris punctures as well as Stan's.

Back to lies. IME Cycle company rep's lies are laughably the worst. But that's mainly because barely any of them actually ride or wrench on bikes anymore but have found themselves stuck in a cycle of driving from town to town to blindly spout dumb marketing BS at folk who probably know better. I'd actually love to be a fly on the wall in a German shop when a rep arrives with the shiny new "purple" I reckon it'd be pure Monty Python.
 

Gary

"S" is for "neo-luddite"
Aug 27, 2002
7,408
5,330
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Pre brexit/covid they used to bring coffees... Now they moan they can't afford a coffee.
I hate coffee. Coffee wankers even MOAR
 

toodles

ridiculously corgi proportioned
Aug 24, 2004
5,419
4,642
Australia
To add to this thread derail (gravel!), I have found Stan's to seal poorly with pressures higher than around 40psi. Switched to Orange Seal and it works in all bikes- road, gravel and mtb.
If you're running high pressures you really need some pepper or particulate in the sealant to give it a fighting chance I reckon.
 

Kurt_80

Monkey
Jan 25, 2016
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Perth, WA.
If you're running high pressures you really need some pepper or particulate in the sealant to give it a fighting chance I reckon.
Haha, reminds me of the time I went down the glitter in Stan's pathway.... Worked semi decently, but got that stuff everywhere
 

Gary

"S" is for "neo-luddite"
Aug 27, 2002
7,408
5,330
UK
Despite their claims Peatys seems to be a generic glittery concoction. I found it worse sealing than normal stans.
will try Orange seal or Panaracer next set
 

jonKranked

Detective Dookie
Nov 10, 2005
85,077
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media blackout
Those limited units ran by the Japanese Honda team were supposedly destroyed after the end of the project. Same fate suffered the Showa ones ran by the international team.

BTW, I can't recall which weird brake brand the Japanese team used to run. Any monkeys with less Alzheimer than me could chime in?

EDIT: They were Akebono brakes.View attachment 202366
i know greg minaar still has one of his RN-01 frames, it hangs on the wall of his bike shop, but i believe the drivetrain / transmission was removed.

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toodles

ridiculously corgi proportioned
Aug 24, 2004
5,419
4,642
Australia
Yeah I run that one and had pretty good luck with it. Plus it glows under UV so if you explode a tyre trying to bead it, the garage looks like a teenage boy found a porno mag
 

toodles

ridiculously corgi proportioned
Aug 24, 2004
5,419
4,642
Australia
Just finished the Blister podcast with Dan from Privateer on the new 161 and 141. Keen to see the finished product on those things. The dudes I know on the Gen 1 Privateer stuff are stoked with them.
 

6thElement

Schrodinger's Immigrant
Jul 29, 2008
15,684
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Just finished the Blister podcast with Dan from Privateer on the new 161 and 141. Keen to see the finished product on those things. The dudes I know on the Gen 1 Privateer stuff are stoked with them.
New v3 Raaw Madonna is supposed to be out next week too.
 

troy

Turbo Monkey
Dec 3, 2008
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vivisectxi

Monkey
Jan 14, 2021
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yeast van
hey, those frames are only $6kUSD (with conventional drivetrain cradle, no gearbox); can't expect light weight at that value pricepoint.

to be fair, i like what they do (conceptually). i wouldn't buy the bike, but they do neat stuff. i do own a wrp mullet link.