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A while ago, I bought a pair of Teva Links for myself and have since been oogling over these FiveTen Freeriders. Well I just bought a pair for my wife as her first MTB shoes, and they are just as awesome as I expected. She reports that they are stiff, sticky, and responsive on downhills -- duh. We ride more XC/AM than DH, so climbing in them sometimes proves clunky and her feet get a bit tingly because of how stiff they are. However the performance after the climbing is well worth it.
Plus, they look sweet on or off the bike!
Based on her experience and other friends' reviews, I would gladly ride these instead of my Tevas. However, I'm sad they changed the Freerider model to the VXi... loved the more casual look of these. Oh well.
Great tasting and easier to eat than trail mix or a protein bar. I've even eaten them during a trail race. They give tons of energy - more sustained energy than just gels or chews. Favorite flavor = vanilla. Best product from Honey Stinger - get it!
These things are a huge motivation to even go on a run or ride just to 'earn' them! Perfect tasty sweet snack, lots of energy, and a good amount of chews in each bag. More than shot bloks or chomps. The fruit smoothie flavor is my favorite. Love all of honey stinger's products.
I've thrown this saddle on my XC, AM, and SS commuter bikes and it is my favorite hands down. It has never put my legs or butt to sleep, it's comfortable on long rides, and it looks good. I am 150lbs, 32in waist, 6' tall for reference - although saddles are mostly personal preference. Very satisfied with this saddle.
Ive used these in various widths on various bikes throughout the years. They are always my go-to tire here in Colorado. Great tread for loose granite and rocky conditions, but still keeps rolling resistance down. These never feel sketchy in the corners and offer great traction on climbs as well. I definitely recommend the 2.35 version unless you're doing strictly XC. Also, no problems at all with the tubeless system on Stans rims and Mavic XM819 rims.
I use the 2.2 on the rear. Always good traction on climbs, and the tire works very well for me tubeless on Mavic XM-819 rims.
The reinforced sidewall on these is a winner. After a hard hit, I got a bubble in the sidewall and thought the tires were done. About a week later, the bubble completely went away, and I've been on a dozen rides on it since then!
Overall, not my favorite tire, but no complaints really.
Love these for chilly aerobic workouts when I don't want to layer up too much. I use them for running and cycling - they work great in both instances.
They keep my arms really warm without adding bulk to my torso. If I get hot, Ijust take 'em off, roll them up like a pair of long socks, and put them in my jersey pocket or shorts pocket.
Buy a pair of these instead of longsleeve jerseys and shirts!
Had this watch now for around 1.5 years. I mostly just use the altimeter function and haven't really tried to figure out the compass/barometer parts because they're so complicated. I'm sure I could learn the functions but it just seems too difficult, even after watching a few videos.
The altimeter is usually off by 100ft and has to be calibrated at every trailhead (and at every possible elevation marker, if you really want accuracy, which defies the point...). Also, the battery screw on the underside of the face was nearly impossible to take off.
On the plus side, it looks sweet, is very comfortable, and the basic functions are very useful.
Fully vented top side keeps hands very cool.
No velcro strap makes it easy to get on/off and comfortable. Pull tab between middle and ring finger helps get it off, but don't pull it off too hard - pull tab seems to be coming unstitched after a while. Wristband is coming unstitched in 1 place too.
Tried using for mountain biking...no good because of all of the gel pads. Stick to the roads.
These shoes are great downhill/freeride/street/casual shoes. Stick to platforms well enough and stay locked on your feet. My favorite part about them is the Ionmask water resistance (its basically waterproof). I was hiking my fat bike in some powder for a few miles and my toes stayed warm and dry, and these are my go-to casual shoes on rainy days.
Gave them 4 stars because they are bulky for XC use. I like their stiffness, but I wish it was in a more low-profile package.
Also, the laces are weirdly long and have to be tucked in (or triple laced), or else the little metal tips are flailing everywhere and get stuck in the chain. Not the right setup for bike shoes, methinks.
The Good: I really like the fit of this helmet, and I often forget it's even on my head! The RocLoc fits well and is easy to adjust. Helmet allows tons of wind flow and is very cool.
The Bad: The RocLoc is so lightweight that it is held by 2 very small rivet pieces. Half of one broke off, so the closure device sometimes comes off, but it can still operate when snapped back into place. I've seen this happen on a lot of these helmets. Also, the RocLoc system often gets in the way of my sunglasses behind my ears.
The Ugly: While light and airy, the helmet looks very bulbous on top of my head. Very wide.