Mark W

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  1. It is a bit overkill, but you're talking to someone who used to have a 203mm Avid BB7 on the front of their mod back in the day
  2. Yeah, 180s would be fine. I've got the same setup on my bike at the moment
  3. It'll be the same tyre, just different finish. Same deal as the new Arcade Team bikes featuring a single grey logo: The newest tyres are a touch heavier than they used to be, and the sidewalls feel a little thicker almost. Not a huge difference...
  4. It won't - you can't fit a 4-piston Magura caliper with a 160mm rotor unless it's on post mount, unfortunately. It just doesn't clear the adaptor.
  5. The good thing with the Flow range is that the base spec Flow is still a good bike, and has a solid frame/fork/wheelset so you can get it and then not worry about having to drop a load of money on having to replace an expensive part of the bike through breakages. The upgrades on the Flow Plus are good value compared to the Flow, if you look at it compared to you making that change yourself at a later date. As an example, the crankset upgrade from square taper on the Flow to a splined setup on the Flow Plus would cost a bit of money. Similarly the change from steel to alloy forks on the Plus would cost £100+. The brakes are similar, although with the Flow having an optional upgrade to BB5 brakes it does help make that a bit cheaper if you specifically wanted discs from the get-go. To cut a long story short though, either bike would work well enough so you don't need the Plus as such, but it's got some features that would be nice to have.
  6. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Apparently most of the brands we stock have decided to bombard us with heaps of new products so they're the priority at the moment. Hopefully after they're up I'll get some time.
  7. Haha, that was cool. Enjoyed that Got some good riding too! Didn't realise Will Ackerley was as good as he is, dude's got skills.
  8. Marco Hoesel, maybe?
  9. I was using one of the Xtreme ones, but switched to a Trialtech one. Most forged stems are all much of a muchness. Them being forged makes them stronger than welded stems but also means they're cheaper to produce, so you can end up getting really good stems that are relatively cheap. It's pretty much the only instance where the whole "Light, strong, cheap - pick two" thing isn't actually true as you can basically have all three. I'd go for the Trialtech one purely because it doesn't say "XTREME" down the side of it, but satin black spray paint can be your friend there The Trialtech one has nicer bolts too, and a slightly nicer faceplate setup IMO.
  10. That's the thing really, there's no 'right' way to do it, but all I'd say about Luke's setup is that Luke doesn't really ride an Arcade in a way that really gets the most out of one. I don't mean that in a bad way, just that Luke's riding is very much more orientated towards the trials end of the spectrum, so having Carthy bars suits it. Having ridden his bike I can't imagine ever doing a 3 hop or a manual 180 on it because the front end feels so sluggish to carve/move around. Having your bars rolled forwards shifts your weight forwards and that's good for some stuff, but for a lot of streetier stuff you ideally need your weight a bit more neutral/further back, so having your bars like that doesn't really help. If you ride like Luke though it may work for you. If you don't, it probably won't. Having gone from a similar geo Fourplay to an Arcade it was much better in every way, simply because the short stays make it way nicer to bunnyhop, manual and spin, and the steeper head angle makes the whole bike feel more lively and nimble. If that's what you want then go for it. If they're not, they're not. There's not really much point wasting time thinking about hypothetical bar angles for a bike you may or may not get.
  11. Weird. The 33's seem pretty decent from all the feedback I've heard. Pretty sure that some big hits/twists can mess the tyre itself up though - seem to remember Ali did a wallride to 90 a while back and it put a bulge in the tyre that didn't go away.
  12. That's because it is an MT4 and an MT5? The only difference is the HC blade and "TRAIL" written on it rather than "FIVE". Aside from when Mantel are chopping stuff out cheap the Trail setup is the one I'd go for just because it's pretty cheap for two very good brakes. Semi-related, the HC blade fits all their brakes from the MT4 up to the MT8 (officially, at least - I've got the HC blade fitted to my MT2 lever body with no problems), so there's not really any performance advantages inherent in the lever itself apart from the BAT adjuster. That said, the BAT adjuster seemed to be the source of all my problems with my MT7s, and seem to lead to most problems our customers mention, so the MT5 is probably a better bet in that sense.
  13. They should be back in stock in late June...
  14. That's probably an extra reason to vote then Dave - if everyone thinks "I can't make a difference" then nobody does, and you never know whether there might be a bigger turn-out this time round. It seems there are more disaffected people out there who might want their voice heard. The thing with politics in the UK now is that I can't see any party other than the Conservatives winning a majority again. They've got the votes locked in of one of the largest, most consistent voting blocs (and are now being bolstered by the UKIP vote too, having swung into "UKIP Lite" mode), so essentially it seems that the role of other parties is now just to dilute their power. That's one of the reasons that this whole "Corbyn is unelectable" thing doesn't make sense to me. It seems that the Tories are still destroying things primarily for their own gain, and that's the thing that needs to be stopped IMO. The shit they've pulled with the NHS is unreal, their bullshit over rail privatisation is ridiculous (so a nationalised railway in the UK can't work but we're happy to sell our railways off to national rail services from other countries who then syphon off the profits while we help fund the investment needed in the infrastructure?), the deals they're striking with China for things like nuclear power are total dick, their austerity measures were proven not to work in other countries that tried them and still don't in ours, their funding c**ts are f**king up schools all around the UK, wage regression, massaging unemployment statistics with the continuation of shit zero hours contracts and unpaid work through DWP schemes, etc... Nothing "positive" they're doing makes a dent in all that shit for me. Sadly though, I see it being another hefty majority for them so it'll be fun seeing where that leads. It'd be nice if we had any idea, but bearing in mind the specatular U-turns May has made since she took power (e.g. the fact we're having another shitty election in the first place) f**k knows what will actually happen - especially with the way that Cameron and Co. made their pre-election promises before and said "If we don't uphold these then kick us out", but then deleted all record of that from their website... I get that no party fully upholds what they say they'll do, but they've got to be one of the most duplicitous parties out there. Their "We're standing up for workers rights" thing is a case in point - the introduction of a 4-figure sum to hold a tribunal to uphold your rights has meant a massive drop in the amount of people trying to take things to employment tribunals, and I highly doubt that's because companies have suddenly started playing nicely. It's like all the working class voters in America who voted for Trump now finding out that they're about to be f**ked over because he didn't care about them, just about their votes. EDIT: People saying they're voting Conservative due to how they'll handle the Brexit process seems mental too. Leaders from various countries of the now-EU27 have said that they don't know why May, Johnson and David Davis keep saying things that are patently untrue, and it sounds like they're not particularly hopeful that anything much will be resolved when they do all sit down at the negotiating table. That's not a problem for the EU27, but it very much is for us. Similarly, the idea of this election giving May a mandate to do whatever she wants in the Brexit process and have a stronger bargaining position doesn't really make sense either - just ask Alexis Tspiras, Yanis Varoufakis and Syriza.
  15. The Trialtech Carthy Signature Series Rims are now available - currently out in 26", 32h form front and rear. Ridiculously stiff but pretty light too (577g for the rear, which isn't a million miles off other companies rims, despite the Trialtech rim being a hell of a lot stronger). Due to them being double wall the sidewalls have a bit more support/stiffness too so should improve brake feel. Carthy seemed very happy with his, and Joe Prattley and Gilles Coustellier have been giving them something to think about too. A video overview thing from Trialtech: And some general photos: