I have ridden the Wolf Tooth 42 tooth cog for over 2 1/2 years, but I didn’t buy the GoatLink until about a month ago. I was pretty happy with the shifting on my 1X10 setup but I was on the Wolf Tooth site for another reason and had $20 burning a hole in my pocket so I figured I would try the goatlink and report back.
Installation was as easy as they said – actually even easier. They said to allow 30 minutes but if you’re a reasonable mechanic it will only take 15 minutes to install the link and adjust the B-tension screw.
On the bike stand I didn’t notice any difference in the shifting performance but out on the trail the improvement was noticeable. Very little discernible difference on the small cogs but on the large cogs I really noticed a change. Particularly shifting to and from the 3 large cogs was smoother. Shifts were quicker and with fewer skips. The Wolf Tooth and Lindarets sites also say the linkage results in less wear but I can’t comment on that at this point.
With the proliferation of SRAM 1X11 drivetrains at lower price points I imagine that the number of people converting to 1X10 has dropped a lot compared to the early days since you can now buy a complete 1X11 drivetrain at only a little bit more than the cost of converting a 1X10. But if you already have the 1X10 conversion you might consider buying the goatlink. It isn’t absolutely necessary to make the 42 tooth cog work but with it you’ll go from good shifting performance back to what feels like standard Shimano performance so I would say it’s worth the 20 bucks.
I moved here from California just over a year ago and was surprised to find that Utah drivers are worse than California drivers. They are more aggressive, less careful and more dangerous to other road users. The ONLY good thing is that it’s very rare to see someone get flipped off – I’m guessing that is mostly due to the old adage of ‘An armed society is a polite society’.
If you are new to the Beehive State here are some rules that will help you fit in:
- Speed – all the time. It’s your right.
- Don’t slow down for congestion. See #1.
- When entering the highway, merge IMMEDIATELY to the fast lane. Those drivers in front of you are too slow.
- Is there someone in front of you? Pass them no matter what speed they are going.
- Are there double lines on the road? See #4
- Are you pulling a trailer? See #5 then #4
- Turning left across a road? Just do it – that approaching driver will slow down.
- Stop in the crosswalk. Pedestrians are wimps.
- Right turn on red after stop in Utah? Yes. But drop the ‘after stop’ part.
- Driving a pickup? Jack it up. Then jack it up again.
I know it’s been a good week when there is more bike clothing coming out of the wash than ‘civilian’ clothing
Photo Courtesy of Annoyed Cyclist Photography School
It’s carbon. So it’s light and strong. I’ve been riding these bars for 2 years and they are like new. Realistically, I’ll never break them since they were probably designed for people who get more than 1 foot of air.
They are 740mm wide which is perfect. Unless you like narrower bars. Or wider bars. I just don’t want to bash trees. Because the trees always win.
It has sweep and rise (I’m sure the Enve website has some numbers) and magically my hands land right on the grips. I’m guessing your hands will find the bars, too.
The graphics – white on black
The graphics are understated. When I bought these bars that was cool. Now I’m not so sure – seems like Neon is big right now.