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CanyonChaser

CanyonChaser

CanyonChaser

CanyonChaserwrote a review of on October 27, 2015

Love this bike!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I test rode and shopped around for well over a month before pulling the trigger on this one. But to be honest; this is my first proper full suspension and my first Santa Cruz, but I'm in seventh heaven with this bike!

First, I kinda wish I'd realized that I could have tweaked the build a little bit. Thats my fault, not anybody elses, because I totally would have added a dropper post. And the handlebars were crazy wide. The first few times I rode it, I couldn't even fit between tree's in aspen stands and have the bruised shoulders and hands to prove it. I had to cut a fair bit of width off the bars.

But beyond that, this bike is doing everything I ask of it. The 1x11 is extremely flexible from long, grueling climbs to asphalt canyon descents to catch the next trail head and even fast, flowy, Gravity Logic descents. Plus the Race Face Turbine Crank is bomber!

I really wanted to go with the single pivot because of simplicity, but what I really dig about the Santa Cruz design is, because of the shape of the swingarm, you get virtually no chain slap! Added bonus!

Overall, I don't think I'd change anything about the build, other than I sure do wish I'd added a dropper post. So learn from my mistake and add a dropper post, which makes this bike pretty much perfect for what it is.

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CanyonChaserwrote a review of on October 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I did a lot of research before buying this because I hate that these simple pads cost upwards of $100. I was using a thick blanket with good results, but I hated how the bike could slide or tip or bounce. I felt better about the money when the Race Face pad arrived, largely because of how much attention to detail. Plus the square pads on the front and the back of the pad totally hold the bike in place with no tipping of sliding. I purchased the size small for my Gen II Tacoma and it fits perfectly, although it can be difficult to get the straps around the bottom of the tailgate.

The pad is covered dense Cordura Nylon, with soft, non-scratch stuff on the inside. Plus the Race Face logo is white embroidery. I think the biggest flaw with this tailgate pad is that it's so nice that it's very likely to get lifted. It would be nice if there was some means to secure it or make it less easy to steal.

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CanyonChaserwrote a review of on October 27, 2015

Exceeds Expectations
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sure, comparatively, this is a pretty affordable wheelset - particularly when you consider it's a wheelset with tires. But these things are really solid! Very strong, reasonably light, good hubs and even the tires are pretty good for packed conditions (Which is mostly what I ride on the Wasatch Front). They've remained true through lots of jumps bigger than I should have jumped and through rock gardens that I should have gone through slower.

They come with a tube installed, but about 15 minutes to swap out the valve stems (included) and a bottle of Stans and these things are tubeless.

For the price, I really couldn't be happier. 10/10 - would buy again.

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CanyonChaserwrote a review of on October 19, 2015

Fantastic Value
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is not the most expensive helmet I've owned but for the price, I think it's pretty fantastic. I have what they call a "round-oval" head so it fits me perfectly. It vents well and the integrated, subtle, retro-reflective panels are a great touch.

Complaints: there's not an easy place to slip your sunglasses into the vents. Thats kind of a bummer. And the adjustment system is the old school ratchet, strap design instead of the rotation knob. The rotation knob is a better system, but so long as you are not adjusting the fit of your helmet to accommodate a sweatband or liner it doesn't pose a problem.

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CanyonChaserwrote a review of on October 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Normally, I'm an SPD guy, and in the past never really fell in love the traditional Crank Brothers pedals, largely because the traditional CB pedals are so small that if you were not clipped in, the platform was too small to have any stability and you'd fall off the pedals too easily or on any kind of bump. SPD's seemed better with the larger pedal size, but the flaw with SPD's is that the pedal itself clogs too easily with mud or sand.

This pedal works better in both situations. The CB system is way less likely to clog with mud, but if you can't click in (or you want to pedal down to the coffee shop in your Chuck Taylors) the platform is big enough and grippy enough to still be totally usable.

My only complaint with the pedal is that the cleats (that attach to your shoes) are not as robust as SPD cleats - so expect them to wear out quicker and need replacement from time to time.

Other than that, I couldn't be happier with these.

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CanyonChaserwrote a review of on September 19, 2011

3 5

Pretty marginal really. It fits a bit small and is a bit long, so It'll fit taller riders better. The zipper along the front is stiff so it puckers pretty badly unless you are standing bolt-upright.

The nice thing about the jersey is meshy panels under the arms, along the sides and there's even a patch of the meshy-stuff on the back, between the shoulder-blades.

And ol' George must be a bit insecure because every conceivable place there's room, HINCAPE is displayed, and if there isn't enough room for his last name then there's a giant "H". It's a little much. Expect some ribbing from fellow riders.

All in all, not a bad jersey, but I'd have been a lot happier with a Castelli or a Santini jersey (both which fit much better than this).

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CanyonChaserwrote a review of on March 28, 2011

3 5

Overall, I do like these shorts, they have a great chamois and the cut is really great except for one minor detail.

They are cut really low around the belly. I suppose this is so you can perform quick nature breaks, but if you have any kind of belly this can be really uncomfortable. I really would rather have them come up just a bit higher and I'll be a bit uncomfortable for my nature break rather than feel like I'm getting saw'd in half while riding.

Also, because the short is lower in the front, the straps attach farther to each side. For me this causes the straps to dig into the front of my shoulders more than I'd like.

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