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Huh, fancy that… absoluteBLACK’s OSPW HOLLOWcage is absoluteRUBBISH…

I kind of feel bad for absoluteBLACK. They tried so hard to create something beautiful*, and then Hambini had to go and apply basic engineering principles to it; highlighting to anyone with access to YouTube what a dumpster fire the absoluteBLACK Hollowcage® carbon ceramic oversized derailleur pulley cage for Shimano is. Sigh… So cruel… TBH, I’m also kind of surprised that the video hasn’t been taken down yet. I watched it on…

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Oh Dear, absoluteBLACK, You Keep Embarrassing Yourself Here

To be completely honest, the first time I saw the absoluteBLACK HOLLOWcage® ceramic oversized derailleur cage, I had to check that it wasn’t April 1st. But, I should have known that the $699 price tag wasn’t crazy enough for it to be the epic industry troll that I initially thought it was. Post enlightenment, I didn’t say anything here because, even negative coverage is coverage. Seemed like exactly the kind of thing…

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No. The answer is no. That £114 chain lube is not “worth it”.

I mentioned absoluteBlack’s GRAPHENlube massive claims when it was announced a while back, and road.cc has gotten around to testing it. The TLDR, err… W, is yes, it is a bit more efficient. Not a lot, but, some. Is it a number that you would feel on the bike? Ah… No, I don’t think so. Unless you’re well, well, well, into The Princess And The Pea territory with marginal gains, there is…

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Do buzzwords make you faster?

A series of unprintable lube-based jokes ran, quite rapidly, through my thoughts when I saw this Graphene chain lube news this morning. Fortunately, for you, and likely my liability insurance premiums, they will all remain “inside-the-head” thoughts. But, let’s pause a moment for conjecture. Now, let’s just assume that absoluteBLACK’s GRAPHENlube, is every bit as good as their grasp of proper casing. No, wait… let’s roll with “lives up to all of…

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