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Pre-May 2023 4iiii Power Meters Have a Plastic Problem

A friend recently noticed that the plastic housing around the power meter pod on their crank was cracking. As the PM was still under warranty they reached out to 4iiii for assistance and found out that this is a larger issue with the plastic formulation used in pre-May 2023 power meters. If you have one of these, it would be a good idea to be extra careful. Or maybe the opposite :).…

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Ben Delaney goes to a wind tunnel, demonstrates that Science is hard

It’s great to see this kind of content.  But we need to note that the lack of proper controls during testing almost certainly changed the results. Impossible to say which way, or how much. For e.g. the lug pattern is different between the two tires used with the different wheelsets. The tire that tested slower appears to have squared off lugs that protrude past the edge of the tire. The disc rotors…

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Form Smart Swim 2 goggles seem cool, but…

I briefly looked at the previous version of the Form’s Smart Swim googles when I was in my tri-curious phase (still a little bit, but need to figure out running again before I can really do that). The Smart Swim 2 look really cool. AFAIK, they are based on the same basic technology as the ENGO glasses that I reviewed a while back. I’m sure they are awesome, DCR seems to like…

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Please, please, please tell me it’s April

I don’t even know what to say, but that’s mostly because I should not say any of the things that came to mind when I saw the SaddleSpur this morning. I really did have to take a moment to check the calendar, even though I know, for sure, that it is November. What is going on there? Who thought that was a good idea? Even if it is scientifically sound, which you…

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