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Lawfarmwrote a review of on August 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I tend to write pretty positive reviews at this point in my life. That's because I've tried a lot of crap, found what works, and I try to stick with it.

ENVE is as good as it gets. These are, bar-none (pun intended), the best riser bars on the market. Wide enough to bridge small rivers, they can be cut to your preference or left alone for total control. Pair these with a short stem, and go destroy some personal records on the trail.

Perhaps the best thing about the ENVEs is that while they are incredibly durable, they are also shockingly good at dampening vibration and helping your hands have a fun day on the trail.

I recommend these without any reservations. They're simply the best bars out there.

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Lawfarmwrote a review of on August 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've tried all of 'em. Candidly, I really wanted to love one of the pumps that has a hose on it, because that seems soooooo convenient. But after trying the Crank pump, I've found the one that lives in my pocket. It works under all conditions, and I can carry one pump for mountain and road. The switch-function works really well--high volume/lower pressure, or low volume/high pressure. Even with road tires, I put a couple "high volume" pumps into them, and then switch over to finish them off.

Reliable, even after being submerged, dropped in mud, etc. Wash it off, let it dry, and then throw it back in a pocket or hydration pack. This one rocks.

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Lawfarmwrote a review of on August 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used Shimano XT Ice rotors for a few years and had thought they were the bees-knees. The AVID/SRAM rotors are a step up in my opinion.

The Avids are equally good at dumping heat, equally light, equally blingy. Where they come out on top is in 2 areas:

1) They seem to be more resistant to all of the annoying sounds calls that brake rotors can be prone to making--the mating sounds of geese and the sound of dying burros. The Avids are quieter, longer--even when used with Shimano pads.

2) These seem to be more corrosion resistant than Shimanos. I use disc brakes in snow, salty roads, rain, mud, crud, and crap. Sometimes literally. The Avids wash up simply and just don't corrode or show deterioration.

Longevity wise, I have no complaints. Get them nice and flat/even at the start, and these will last for years, even under hard use. I tend to replace several sets of pads before replacing rotors.

Highly recommended.

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Lawfarmwrote a review of on January 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had this watch for about 1.5 weeks now, so no long-term review. In that time, I've used it for 3 long bike rides, 1 day of skiing, a long run and a few hikes. It's fantastic. The bluetooth syncs wirelessly with my iPhone, so when I'm riding, I can set my watch to notify me of certain events--like if I'm getting a mid ride text from my wife, or a phone call. The wireless sync also uploads post-ride data...so after a day of skiing with my daughter, I can instantly show her our tracks from the day and the vital stats.

Used with the Suunto HR monitor, it is very reliable at getting both HR and respiration rate data, which has been interesting to monitor on endurance bike rides.

Battery life has been great. With a full day of skiing and GPS, I ended the day with 65% battery left. Used without GPS, it goes for a long time--I don't know how long yet.

Waterproof, seems very durable. Watch strap seems a bit soft, but we'll see. The watch strap is long enough that I can strap it on outside my jacket, to keep good GPS signal and to be able to monitor my ride/ski/hike all day.

The Movescount service works well, when it is working. Their service was down for 3 days, but once it went up again, it has been pretty straightforward to use. The user interface is a bit lacking, but it is stable, and you can figure it out. The ability to customize watch displays is pretty awesome.

All in all, this is a great watch. I was torn between the Ambit 2 with ANT+ capability and the 3 with bluetooth. I went with the 3 so I could sync with my phone, but that means that my power meter and cadence sensors won't work with this. Suunto really needs to support both formats in one device. Until then, this is a pretty great tool to use.

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