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comment Why are there metal shavings in my brake pads?
You're thinking of sintered disc brake pads. They're quite normal on bicycle disc brakes, but this question is about cantilevers :)
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revised Why aren't most suspension bikes extremely long travel?
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comment Why aren't most suspension bikes extremely long travel?
@mattnz Look to the high end (where the proper race bikes are) and for the most part you'll find that's where we are right now (obviously there's some blatant exceptions e.g. Spesh Enduro 29). Besides, it was more to make the point about compromises, and how different riders want different things. I'll revise it.
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comment Why aren't most suspension bikes extremely long travel?
@cherouvim Agreed, they're all compromised in some way. But "do everything well enough for me" bikes do exist :)
Mar
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comment Why aren't most suspension bikes extremely long travel?
All-mountain/trail bikes are the norm, and XC or DH race bikes are the exception. A trail bike will compromise to make the majority of trails fun (at the expense of the extremes). How much of a compromise is up to you: If you're more into the steep rocky, rough trails, buy an Enduro (or similar: slacker, stronger, heavier and better at descending), but if you prefer covering long distances and smoother, flowy trails, buy a Camber (or similar: lighter, flickable, less strong, better at climbing).
Mar
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answered Why aren't most suspension bikes extremely long travel?
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Feb
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revised What is the difference in procedures for bleeding different disc brakes?
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Feb
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comment What is the difference in procedures for bleeding different disc brakes?
By the way, for Shimano brakes, this looks like a very good bleed kit: epicbleedsolutions.com/products/bleed-kits/shimano/complete-kit. There's also complete bleed instructions on their site.
Feb
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comment What is the difference in procedures for bleeding different disc brakes?
If the oils are of a different consistency (e.g. if Magura oil is thinner than Shimano) they'll separate in the hose (the heavier one will sink to the bottom of the system). I can't imagine that would lead to good braking! Bicycle disc brakes use hardly any fluid anyway: I've seen people on other forums say they've filled a pair of XT brakes with a 50ml bottle of Shimano fluid!
Feb
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answered What is the difference in procedures for bleeding different disc brakes?
Feb
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answered Thru Axle and Quick Release Fork/Frame Compatability?
Oct
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comment Why does cable routing utilize alternation of sections of shielded and unshielded cable?
In the case of mountain bikes, the middle one you refer to is probably a brake hose, not a cable. You can't have an uninterrupted hydraulic brake hose :-)
Oct
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answered Rockrider btwin 6.2 swingarm pivot
Oct
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comment Why does cable routing utilize alternation of sections of shielded and unshielded cable?
Note this isn't always the case for full-suspension frames. As the suspension moves through it's travel, the length of the "bendy bits" of outer cable can change, so it's often easier to run a full-length outer. They also tend to get used in the mud, so benefit from the extra protection afforded by a full length outer.
Oct
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revised Is there a best suspension frame?
Added a link explaining different suspension designs.
Oct
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comment Why no threaded headset cups?
@Vorac The press-fit BB shell isn't just wider, it's a larger diameter. You need to look at the bigger picture, too: Trek make both aluminium and carbon fibre versions of their frames and would want to standardise components across the range (see my earlier comment about ease of manufacturing).
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comment Is there a best suspension frame?
@Vorac Theoretically, nothing. But look at an XC Trek and a DH Trek side by side: The suspension might use the same basic layout, but the linkages, pivot points, leverage ratios, shocks and so on are all very different because they're designed for very different tasks. Even if you conclude that it's same design across the entire range, what makes it "the best", when compared to a Specialized FSR, Santa Cruz VPP, Yeti Switch or Pivot DW Link design in all situations?