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Old 3rd October 2015, 21:02   #2821
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This thread seems really interesting! Started almost like 8 years back and still running! I started biking more than a year ago and got addicted to it Now restrained to indoor training rollers due to a bad crash that happened a few months back. Presently on a BTWIN RR 5.1. Planning to upgrade to roadie when the doc gives green signal for outdoor rides. So started saving for the same! Happy riding mates! Keep revving...err pedaling
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Hi guys! Need advice to choose between cannondale trail7 29 er and Giant talon 27.5. Both are mtbs . Use would be mainly road n trail mixed.Job Involves shifting places after two-three years.thanks.
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Hi guys! Need advice to choose between cannondale trail7 29 er and Giant talon 27.5. Both are mtbs . Use would be mainly road n trail mixed.Job Involves shifting places after two-three years.thanks.
I think 29ers are trending nowadays. Marginally faster on road. I was planning on a Focus 29er, but then decided to go roadie instead.
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I think 29ers are trending nowadays. Marginally faster on road. I was planning on a Focus 29er, but then decided to go roadie instead.

How do you say that they are faster on the road?
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Hi guys! Need advice to choose between cannondale trail7 29 er and Giant talon 27.5. Both are mtbs . Use would be mainly road n trail mixed.Job Involves shifting places after two-three years.thanks.
We have 2 Cannondales - My husband's Trail7 and mine is Trail6 SL.

When purchasing mine, i tested different models among Giant, Cannondale, Merida and Fuji. Finally settled on Cannondale because when riding the bike, the lengths and rations seemed just right for me. Giant Revel came (very) close but the weight of Cannondale tilted the scales in its favor.

I also opted for the 2014 model which landed me a very good discount.

I was told that 29ers require a certain amount of fitness level and not for the total beginners.

Please try both before you make the purchase. Subtle changes in the frame geometry will be make or break in some cases.

Do post which one you finalized
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tested different models among Giant, Cannondale, Merida and Fuji. Finally settled on Cannondale because when riding the bike, the lengths and rations seemed just right for me. Giant Revel came (very) close but the weight of Cannondale tilted the scales in its favor
I too tried the same bikes & then some more, final call was between Canon Trail & Giant Revel. Chose Giant Revel 29er as its geometry suited me best.
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I too tried the same bikes & then some more, final call was between Canon Trail & Giant Revel. Chose Giant Revel 29er as its geometry suited me best.
Yes.. different fits for different people. No way it is "one size fits all"

Many bike forums stress on trying out the bike before buying.
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Hi Folks! I shifted my Firefox Trek to new place. While assembling the bike again the cycle wala screwed the pedal shaft on right side in reverse grooves resulting in damage to pedal and the shaft. After the shaft was replaced, the gear shifting has become a problem. The bike rides only on front gear 2 and it does not engage front gear 1 & 3.

I would like to solve this problem through DIY route. Any help on the setting and adjustments of the gear?
I am not exactly sure which component is damaged. There is one single shaft that connect left and right crank arms. And the two pedals are groved into these two crank arms. So what is damaged?

Secondly, damaging this would not affect the front derailleur directly. Most likely scenario is, the front chainrings (3 rings set at the front) got out of alignment at the time of re-assembly. You'll have to adjust the front derailleur to overcome the shifting issues. You can check youtube for videos and DIY.
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We started from Stockholm after having lunch, so didn't take the lunch break like the onward journey. My average speed was below 20 Kmph for most of the return leg, my friend had to wait for me for almost 45 minutes(total) so that I can catch up with him. The last 31 kms was fun, it was getting dark and we didn't have proper headlights, so I decided to draft behind my friend and asked him to ride at my pace.
Not any more, got my self Sigma Speedster.

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Claimed battery life is 2.5hrs(100%), 4.5hrs(70%) and 9.5 hrs(30%). Will update the actual battery life after fair usage

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There is no flash option

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The build is good, the led housing has metal finish, the black part is plastic.
There is five bar led battery indicator, which is necessary in my opinion. Slightly on the heavier side.


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5V, 1A USB power brick
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Sturdy mount, feels good to hold as well.
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The main reason for the purchase was the light throw. Optics looked good for me.Cateye Volt 300 was also a contender, but as I said earlier the optics of Sigma Speedster won me over. Both of them where similarly priced, but in Cateye, you get two flashing modes, Hyperconstant and normal flashing. Where as in Sigma there is no flashing modes
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Sigma Speedster. Initial impression.

Went for a small ride on a relatively unlit road, came out impressed. This particular stretch is about 500m long and went upto 35Kmph, no problem in seeing the road. The light throw is more like, its from a motorcycle and the best part is it won't blind the oncoming traffic much.

There is a better road to test the headlamps, but it was -1C outside, so I cancelled the plan.

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My previous headlight, runs on 3AAA batteries, I fixed it on the mud guard. For the price I paid, its not that bad. This is more to show my existence rather than illuminating my path.
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Just loved this click, thought I will share it here as well.
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Off-topic possibly... Do you think the broader theme of cultural or social identification has resonance in the Indian context? For example, it may be urban-rural instead of cultural or social
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Off-topic possibly... Do you think the broader theme of cultural or social identification has resonance in the Indian context? For example, it may be urban-rural instead of cultural or social
Thank you for the link. I found it quite similar to the status here in India. However here, it can be seen that cycling is taken up more as a hobby/exercise than just commuting. You can spot people cycling early mornings but not during the day. Yes, a few will be spotted using cycles for commuting, but that is rare.

Also, I maybe bashed on the forum for this, but the cyclist in India is a person who is accustomed to his air conditioned car, yet won't hesitate at all in using the bus/local when needed. He/She doesn't boast about it at parties, but if the topic comes up they'll try to convince you to try it.

Broadly, I can see two categories of cyclist here in India. The ones who do it as part of the job - delivery guys, the paper guy, etc and the well to do lot who take it up as a hobby/exercise. I've got respect for both, but the former's life is tough and he's just trying to make ends meet.

Also, cyclists tend to be on the fitter side, don't think about what others think of them and if they drive a car as well, they respect other road users on the road.
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How do you say that they are faster on the road?
Simple! More distance covered per pedal revolution due to larger tires The same reason why cyclocross bikes and hybrids are faster than MTBs on road
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Simple! More distance covered per pedal revolution due to larger tires The same reason why cyclocross bikes and hybrids are faster than MTBs on road
That's only half the cookie - a lot of factors play their part in speeds, the biggest being the rider comfort and tuning setup (between bike and biker); than just the size of the bikes.

29ers are also bigger and (generally) heavier in size; causing you to put more effort in increasing momentum.
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