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Dan Be

Dan Be

Alta, Moab, Utah

Dan Be's Bio

Spend most my time skiing, hiking, climbing, biking or just about anything outside.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on October 31, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thorns? Glass? Nails? No problem. This patch kit provides quality patches that will get you back on your bike in no time. Unlike some more affordable patch kits I have used in the past, the patches in this kit are top notch quality. They are easy to apply and in just a few minutes you are back up and running. Plus who doesn't love saving money. Patching your tubes works, and saves you from purchasing a new tube every time you get a flat.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this when I transport my mountain bike on top of my Subi. It is easy to install and works very well. Sure it is not quite as easy to use as a rack that does not require you to remove your wheel, however this works better than any of the other axle mount adapters I have seen or used. Simply flip it open, remove your wheel, install your axle, and slap your ride on the rack and lock it down. Once this is tensioned properly it holds your bike in place very well.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using these cartridges all summer and they work very well. Considering how affordable they are I would have to say they are the best value cartridge on the market.

Compared to the innovations cartridges I have used these 16 gram cartridges seem to hold more CO2. This is nice when you are using them to inflate a tire larger than a 26 inch tire. These will completely fill my 650b tires and in some cases I still have a little left in the cartridge for a top off. Some of this will be determined by how high you run your pressure and what tires you are riding. Must say I am very happy with these cartridges and I will continue to purchase them.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This inflator is is lightweight and compact. It works very well and for the money I don't think you can find anything better. When pulling a trail fix the last thing you want is complications. You won't find anything on this inflator that is complicated. Simply twist it on to the cartridge, attach it to the valve stem, and release the CO2. If the cartridge you are using holds more CO2 than is needed for your tire just throw it back in your pack and save it until you need to top off. Basically buy it and forget it is there until you need it.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These tubes are what I have been running in my all mountain bike. So far I don't have one complaint. The rubber seems comparable if not possibly a little nicer than the rubber used in the Q-Tubes. After hundreds of trail miles I have only pinch flatted once with these tubes. If you are looking for a new tube and want something that holds up check these out.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently purchased this helmet and have been using it for the last few weeks. The helmet is very comfortable and is quite light considering it is a hard shell helmet. The hard shell makes the helmet more resistant to damage from light crashes compared to a helmet with out a hard shell. This is ideal for someone who might use the helmet not only for trail riding but also for hitting dirt jumps. I use this helmet for both jumping and trail riding.
I occasionally wish there was just slightly more vents on the helmet, however I have only wished for these when pedaling uphill on extremely hot days. If you are looking for a cross country helmet you might want to look elsewhere.
My head measures right at 58cm and the large fits well with the thicker pads added. I tried the medium and though it fit it was quite snug. I figured I would rather add padding than wish I had ordered a larger size. Plus the larger helmet size will now allow me to wear a thin beanie on cool weather descents.
Overall I think this helmet has to be one of the best bargains available. The colors are also killer and look even better in person.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have now owned this tire in a few different variations. Currently I have this Dual Compound in a 27.5 as my front and rear tire. Though I would prefer the full Stick E compound for the front tire this Dual Compound works very well. The side lugs are extremely sticky and inspire confidence while laying into a turn. The Dual Compound is the preferred compound for a rear tire as it has a more durable compound in the center which decreases roll resistance and improves longevity. Looking for a killer tire to do it all with, look no futher!

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had this bike for a few weeks and have loved every second of it. I use this bike on tight single track trails as well as more open fire roads. The bike climbs very well with the CTD suspension. For me, unless I am on a fire road, the suspension works best with the rear locked while climbing and I prefer the front left on the trail setting while climbing. This allows the front end to go up and over large rocks or obstacles with ease. I can't believe how well this bike climbs considering the amount of suspension and the geometry it has. Also on a side note the bike I have did come with a float 32 in the front.

I have not yet weighed the bike but I suspect with pedals it will weigh in between 32-33 lbs which is awesome for a full aluminum frame, 27.5 wheels, and long suspension travel. It is awesome that this bike comes with platform pedals included as most bikes do not. However I am sure most people will change to their preferred pedal as soon as the bike arrives.

Now to handling. This bike turns in similar to a 26 inch wheeled bike but with the larger wheels you can roll over larger obstacles with ease. The suspension soaks up larger drops and jumps while still providing an especially damp feel over rough rooted or chopped trails. I find I can ride the same trails as before much quicker with confidence. The brakes work exceptionally well and in my opinion Shimano really does offer the best brakes on the market. Considering that the M447 brakes are middle of the road the stopping power they provide is better than expected. All parts of the drive train, from the wide narrow ring up front to the SLX Shadow derailleur out back, compliment each other. Shifts are smooth and direct without delay.

Really for the money I think you would be hard pressed to find a better build in this price range. Bikes to compare this to would be the Kona Process 134 and Santa Cruz Heckler. In my opinion this bike has comparable components and is priced better. Now hit the trail!

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I threw these on my commuter. So far they have worked very well. I have had less flats using these than the last pair of tires I had on the bike. The tires seems to have a fairly stiff sidewall which helps them resist pinch flats from pot holes. These roll well and don't seem to have much roll resistance.
If you are looking for a performance road tire I suggest you look elsewhere. If you just need a solid tire that will get you from point a to b this one works great for that. So far I have noticed very little wear and they seem to be holding up well.

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