BJ and Martina Platte

BJ and Martina Platte

Park City, UT

BJ and Martina Platte

BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on August 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros: The fabric on the Henley short sleeve jersey is super breathable, so much so that you can even rock the black color on a warmer day. It's extra long in the back so you don't have lower back gap when riding, and it's got a nice little secret pocket for your keys or ID when on a ride.

Cons: The fit is huge. Runs large is an understatement. I normally wear a medium to large, and went for a medium, knowing that Dakine runs a bit big on their tops typically. I should have gone for the small. I have several other Dakine jerseys and a medium always has done the job just right in the past, but this one is enormous. It fits like I'm riding in one of my husband's old jerseys. Definitely size down, possibly twice.

Over all, I do still like riding in this jersey, its breathable and I don't mind a baggy jersey, but I wish I would have sized down more than I did.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on August 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been a fan of Ergons for quite a while. I got these as a cheaper alternative as the profile and shape is very similar. The materials are not as high quality as the Ergons, however, they provide a very comfortable hand position that can help relieve some fatigue. Not to mention you certainly can't beat the price.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on August 17, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got these tires in a 2.4 for my hardtail. I am not quite ready to make the jump to a true plus tire yet so I figured a high volume 29er tire would fit the bill for now. The tire certainly gives a lot more flotation and cushion, however, the protection sidewalls make it a bit difficult to gauge appropriate tire pressures. 30psi is a bit too firm while 25 feels a bit squirmy. I think finding the correct pressure is key in getting the most out of these tires.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on August 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I always use Avid pads for any Avid/Sram brakes. There are several aftermarket brands available, however, the stock pads seem to always work the best.

As a heavier rider I generally prefer the Metallic pads as they seem to have less initial bite but have more power once you really start riding.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on August 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these for myself, however my wife has more or less stolen them because she digs black/grey leopard print.
They fit true to size and are over all pretty comfortable. My only gripe is the lack of zip pockets. There are only two front pockets, and nothing else. Velcro "zipper" which is pretty popular for Troy Lee, and adjustable hip straps for a better waist fit.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on August 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This jersey makes for a nice alternative to the super baggy more downhill oriented style that Troy Lee tends to be known for. While I generally prefer a baggy jersey it is nice to be able to have something a little more fitted and with pockets when you are going to be spending a long day in the saddle. The jersey overall was very comfortable, the pockets work well, and having a half zip up front was a nice way to cool off on some of the longer rides.

As far as fit goes, it runs true to size as far as a slightly slimmer fitting jersey is concerned, however, I had to size up from what I normally wear in Troy Lee to get the length I am more comfortable with.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on August 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this jersey for me wife and she really likes it. She digs the bright ceramic color, and the back and sides have some cool design details that you don't see in the photos online.
The fit is pretty normal for Dakine, a bit relaxed and comfortable. The fabric seems durable and breathable so far.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on July 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is in my opinion some of the simplest and best bar tape out there. You get a soft texture with ample stretch and length to easily wrap any set of bars. Having a ton of colors is always a nice plus as well.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on July 15, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The texture and feel of this tape is super durable, looks good, and offers great grip even with sweaty palms. Having a variety of colors is also a nice perk. So from that perspective it works wonderfully. I will say that the microtex does not have a lot of stretch to it so I would advise against using it on dirt drops or very wide bars.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on July 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Like the other reviews mentioned the blue and grey is actually a black and darker blue. Not a complaint, just a warning. The jersey itself works very well. It has a nice long and loose fit which I am a fan of and is actually nice and light weight despite being from a more gravity oriented company.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on July 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This liner does it's job wonderfully. The fit is great, have a good length, do not ride up, and the minimal liner is perfect for all but the longest of rides. The only complaint I have is the seam in the very back. When paired with certain overshorts I own, the seam can chaff in out of the saddle efforts. I have only noticed this with certain short combinations but it is still something worth noting.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on July 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The first thing you will notice about these shorts is that they are incredibly thin and light weight. A very nice plus if you do a lot of hot weather riding. Having had a week of 100 plus degree days I have been using these shorts almost exclusively. The shorts have a board short style with many pockets and a drawstring so you do not have to use a belt or worry about velcro straps wearing out over time. The light weight quick dry material is also nice if you decide to hop in some water to cool off quickly.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on July 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think these handlebars are the perfect addition to any XC set up. I think the 710mm width fits the bill nicely and the sweep seems to be just perfect. These bars are great for any situation where you want to get the front end low and keep your center of gravity balanced. One thing I will say is that for more aggressive bikes or riding styles I would definitely steer towards something a bit wider.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on May 19, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These jeans look really nice, and have a couple of nice added features. The gusseted crotch and articulated knees make for a nice durable package that is comfortable to move it. I did find that the cut in the thighs was far too tight to be really comfortable when on a bike though. There were also not any good provisions for preventing the hem from getting caught in the chain. I would wear them as a pair of casual jeans, however, the price is a bit steep considering they did not work great for the intended use.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on April 21, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I had a chance to take one of these out on a demo run and I was really excited to ride what all of the magazines claim to be the ultimate quiver killer. After all the hype that it has been given in the media I could not help but be let down a little bit. The bike rode very well, however, I think I kept expecting more. It did not feel nearly as composed and stable as other bikes I have ridden that are similar, the Santa Cruz Tallboy LT comes to mind. The RIP is a very playful bike and takes a special riding style to get the most out of it. If you like skip across roots rocks and other trail features and ride a lot of jump strewn flow trails this bike is an absolute ripper. Despite various shock adjustments and set ups, the bike just did not offer the amazing all around performance I have heard so many people claim about it. Maybe i just let all of the positive reviews and media attention go to my head and I had built it up too much in my mind.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on June 12, 2013

4 5

So I finally got a chance to get out and take this rack on a nice long overnight, and the rack performed very well even when loaded to max capacity. Everything stayed in place very well my only concern is that certain bags will fit better than others. The swooping legs on it make some of the hard plastic backed bags not want to sit perfectly against the rack and bumpy dirt roads can occasionally give you a little buzz from a spoke touching the corner of your bag. Anything with a more rounded profile works very well though. All things considered though, the rack performs very well and never gave me any signs of flexing.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on June 12, 2013

5 5

This bag usually sits on my cyclocross/commuting bike and easily fits spare tubes tools and any other small bits you would need. Makes it nice to go out on rides and not have to bring a backpack or anything of the sort. The zippers are waterproof so you can even drop your phone in there on the wettest of days and know it will stay perfectly dry.

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BJ and Martina Plattewrote a review of on June 12, 2013

4 5

These shoes are pretty cool. The fabric for the uppers is super tough and I do not think that I will be wearing them out anytime soon. With the toughness does come some stiffness so they do take a little while to get broken in so that they move with your fit better. After a few weeks they fit and feel great. I took them on a 60 mile ride over the weekend and the performed admirably.

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