Recent content by Nova Haibike

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    Hydra Pedal Options

    Sun Ringle and ProTaper are both brands of Hayes Bicycle, so the ProTaper ZuZu and Sun Ringle are perhaps one and the same.
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    Dangerous and Illegal Helmet Cam

    Legalities aside, I worry that a helmet cam or light may compromise the safety of a helmet. I do not think I have ever seen a test demonstrating the effectiveness of a helmet with such accessories added to it.
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    Anyone have one? Thoughts?

    I did not mean to imply that S-pedalecs are unavailable in the EU. Regardless, I still don't think there is really any special requirements in engineering that makes the Tout Terrain somehow inferior, other than it is less modern-looking. I do understand that if there are two bikes with similar...
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    Anyone have one? Thoughts?

    Depending on the design, it can also have disadvantages as well. As it is a European e-bike, its speed is limited. Analog bikes are ridden at speeds beyond 32 km/h and with great weight without ill effect. Now, if it had a high power system, I might be inclined to agree more with you. But...
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    Anyone have one? Thoughts?

    The motor is in the hub, so I do not really see a problem. You might argue that the frame needs to be stiffer or stronger in some fashion, but that is a design choice a manufacturer makes. Stiffer is not necessarily better. Stronger is somewhat academic; steel is more than up to the task of...
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    Ripcurrent S - can the shocks be upgraded?

    I have not checked, but I suspect all the name-brand forks will be thru-axle only. It is a superior technology and all higher end bikes use it, so there is not much incentive for manufacturers to make high-end forks for a fading 9mm quick release market. FYI, another thing you need to be...
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    Help. Can't get shimano downtube 500w battery out

    Here are the service instructions:
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    Ripcurrent S - can the shocks be upgraded?

    Yes, you would need to change the front wheel as well, with one that has a thru-axle hub. As for increasing the life of the bike, unless the frame is not properly built, it really should not make any difference what kind of fork is installed. There are plenty of bikes that have so-called rigid...
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    Ripcurrent S - can the shocks be upgraded?

    The Recon won't work because you have a fat bike. The lone Rockshox for fat bikes is the Bluto, about $700. The Bluto is a thru-axle fork, so you would need a thru-axle wheel as well.
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    CrossCurrent X is it possible to sit up straight

    Hydraulic lines and control cables can be changed.
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    First time working on threadless steerer tube, me likey!

    Having a long steerer tube gives a consumer more options. It can always be cut, after all, but if it was short to begin with, then the need for a stem extender becomes more necessary. I like what Giant did; it is a cleaner-looking, more elegant way to have the handlebars higher without...
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    CrossCurrent X is it possible to sit up straight

    I do not own one, but in order to sit straight up would require modifications to the cockpit. You would likely want to raise the bars using a stem extender, and/or change the bars with a model that has rise and/or sweep. I would also recommend changing to a somewhat wider saddle.
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    looking for softer ride

    Pretty much. I suppose it could be argued that a longer one is better, but I have never known one to not work regardless of the length.
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    looking for softer ride

    A 30.9 mm post would not go in at all. Whichever post you choose will require an appropriate shim.