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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:30 pm 
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Just been sent this, a chap doing hill climbs! Insane. Image


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:50 pm 
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Dude's looking forward to maxillofacial reconstructive surgery.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:59 pm 
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Either a wind-up or a fork-wit ;)


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:37 pm 
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Probably sees minutes of action at low speeds per short hill climb season. Can see his thinking there.

He's looking at it like it's a disposable item. eBay some light, cheap tat, drill it, inspect it after the single effort, then maybe use again at the next event if it's still intact. Wouldn't be quick to assume he's dense, could be smarter than all of us put together.

If he was out training on it hard I'd get out my Mr. Sensible hat but it's all good I'm sure. Those guys are a world apart from regular roadies. Weight-weenies but with a purpose. Kudos :P


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:11 pm 
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I'm not sure how smart he is, I doubt that these holes will even save him a 1/10 of a second.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:20 pm 
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Weight savings are additive. And will eventually add up to a second or two. Which is podium or not for those guys.

Unless of course you're saying he's just riding the fork by itself, you know, like a pogo stick, up the hill? :)


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:34 pm 
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What's worse, when your steerer tube snaps, your stem snaps, your handlebars snap, or your brake lever clamp snaps?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:38 pm 
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How many grams of carbon could he possibly save?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:41 pm 
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Why not? The center section of the steerer should see very little stress, since it is supported by bearings on each end.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:46 pm 
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Just the opposite. Because there are bearings on both sides of the holes acting as fulcrums, that portion of the steerer tube will be flexed whenever load is applied to the fork.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:02 pm 
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I can't believe that anyone would think this would be an ok idea - so little benefit.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:14 pm 
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Agreed. It probably didn't save more than 2g at most.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:48 pm 
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Seen some awesome stuff (Godzuki) but this is just retarded. Drilling your seat tube would be safer...


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:50 pm 
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I can't believe that anyone would think this would be an ok idea - so little benefit.

Not advocating modifying the steer tube, but seems like a better approach would have been to have a shop with a CNC Machine, create long, thin flutes, instead of the multiple stress risers from drilling that many holes.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:53 pm 
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To save 2 grams?

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