Well there are a couple stand-alone knobs that are pretty big - like the entire device is just a rotary encoder with a big aluminum cylinder around it.
Haven’t even heard of it yet - but I bet you’re right. Since Creams did the Oops, All POM! flavor, there’s been ever-increasing experimentation with plastics in the space. It’s been trendy to bring-in this or that low-friction plastic that hasn’t yet been squeezed into an MX mold.
Honestly I’m all for it - switches have gotten significantly better in the past few years and I wouldn’t mind one bit to see that continue.
At some point someone is going to come out with silenced stabs. Not sure how, not sure when, but the market is ripe for it - overdue, even. @Walkerstop has done a number of pioneering experiments in this realm, and if any given manufacturer were to study his videos on the subject, they’d have all they need to get started.
Hmm, do you mean stabs that have rubber on the bottom and top like silent switches? Would love to have one of those.
If you mean by silenced as in no tick or rattle, stabs with the “Plastic Insert” in the housing like zeals would be nice in more budget stabs… Had to purchase one of them just because of my ticking issue.
I’m pretty sure the whole full-UHMWPE thing has already been tested and some have mentioned stick-slip when using those stems in UHMWPE housings that have more than a negligible amount in their composition. Same phenomenon as found in the all-POM cream housings.
Given how fast TX stabs and Staebies have sold out, we are going to continue seeing vendors and brands push for the best stock stabs. I have a strong feeling we will see some “best for x profile” lists by the end of the year given that some stab designs create bigger issues with certain caps (epbt and c3 as an example from a few years ago)
Keyreative will deliver a bunch of long-awaited sets near the end of summer and it will be a make-or-break situation if quality isn’t improved, especially with doubleshot quality up in the air. Basically, after this they might be basic dye-sub only OR they could be a doubleshot alternative to GMK for those who don’t like cherry profile.
The hobby will fully embrace cheaper Chinese pre-lubed switches. Between this and the growing number of solid stock switches (looking at you Gateron Pro and Jwick), switch modding will become less-valued outside of super premium builds.
Definitely doable. If they can do brake levers and derailleur bodies in forged carbon for bikes, they can do keeb cases.
I feel like I’ve even seen one recently, but I could be imagining it.
@smshark All of that sounds spot-on to me, and at very least reflects my own sensibilities when it comes to switches. Most of my personal-use keebs are going to be full of TTCs, but my curio-shelf keebs might have something more specialized.