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This is a competition race tire. It is meant for racing, but it is more durable than the Rocket Ron or other super light race tires. So although it is light, it isn't ultralight. I love the tread pattern and it grips well on a variety of surfaces, and very fast. It isn't a great mud tire, but that isn't what this tire is for. (It is rare to be racing in mud). They do make a snakeskin version of this tire if you want more durability, but of course it adds some weight. I did have one puncture that wouldn't seal using this tire during a race in Park City last year, but it wasn't on a sidewall so I'm not sure the snakeskin version would have prevented this (I just impaled the front tire on a ridiculously knife-sharp like rock). I usually go through a set of these tires about every 3-4 months, and that is riding 2-4 times a week for about 1.5 hours.
I paid $2,000 for my XL frame a couple of years ago, and it is still going strong. It is a quality carbon frame. With a top of the line XX1 build and Easton EC90 wheels it weighs 20 lbs even. In the fall, this frame does double duty as a cross bike, I throw on a rigid Niner carbon fork and lightweight tires and it weighs only 17.5 lbs, which is actually lighter than my carbon/Ultegra road bike.
I suspect that there are a couple of reasons why this frame is on mega clearance: first, the big XL size doesn't fit many people. It fits me great, I'm 6'3" and 180 pounds. The second reason is that I suspect that very soon Niner will be updating this frame to the 142mm rear axle standard. This may not bring any weight savings, but will be an update to fit in with this trend of the marginally stiffer 142mm thru-axle. I will be riding this frame for a few more years before seeing any need to upgrade, it is holding up great.
What is a "metric shit-ton?"
Super lightweight, just the right amount of sweep, not too wide, not too narrow, what's not to like? I also like that it has a hint of rise. This is my favorite handlebar.
This is an expensive pedal for a very high-end XC bike. If you are building an ultra-light XC dream bike (like a near 20 lb hardtail) this is the way to go. You need a stiff carbon soled shoe to mate with this pedal as there is no "platform" on this pedal. I would stick with the Candy pedal if you are doing bigger drops or ledgier trails, or are close to 200 lbs.
This is the perfect fall or spring weather jersey, when the riding is a bit chilly but not really cold. Quality seems great and the fabric breathes very well. The front zip allows ventilation and the back pockets give easy access. What more do you need? Well I should have ordered two because I keep wearing mine even though I haven't washed it...