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4 5

This pump has saved my butt several times on the trail when my Co2 cartridges fail. Solidly made, super easy to use valve that works with both schrader and presta valves without having to change anything in the pump head. The gauge is great for fine tuning pressure on my mountain bike. It also has a switch to change from low volume action (for road) to high volume (Mountain). All in all, nicely made, nicely thought out product that has a permanent spot in my backpack.

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3 5

Let me preface this review by saying I've always been a die hard shimano fan when it comes to pedals, both road and mountain. They just work, and keep on working. I was given these as a demo to try and convince me that crank brothers have figured out their problems, and I was about 50% convinced.

They are definitely better than the eggbeater, the cage surrounding the clipping mechanism is great, and the retention system itself is substantially better than the flimsy wire on the eggbeater pedal. They've taken quite a few rock strikes which would have broken the eggbeater, and they're still working great. The bearings still spin true, although they have developed a little bit of play in them after about 2 months of hard riding.

The downside of them however, is the release. The step in is fine, almost an identical feel to shimano. The release however, leaves much to be desired with me. I like the positive click and release from shimano, and the crank brothers have a more mushy release with a lot more float in the pedal. I prefer to feel solid and secure in my pedal, and these pedals just don't give me that (same reason why I don't like speedplay on the road). That being said, this is more of a personal preference thing, so definitely give them a try. For 80 bucks they're definitely a good value pedal.

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5 5

I've had this tool for about 6 months, and I can say that it's one of the better multi tools out there. it has everything you might need on it, from a full set of allen keys to two sizes of both philips and flat screwdrivers. It also has T25 and T10 hex keys, which is useful, because a lot of modern componentry is starting to switch to those sizes. I'm a mechanic, and I leave my full set of tools at the shop I work for, so this has actually turned into my "home tool set". I've done everything from install stems, to adjust cleats, pedals, even sized and removed a chain with it. Still holding up strong. It's not a bad idea to put a couple drops of chain lube on the pivots of the tool to keep it running smoothly, especially in dusty climates. It's a bit on the heavy side, which some people may get bothered by, but it doesn't bother me at all since I ride with a backpack full of all sorts of things. A couple extra grams here and there isn't a big deal. Well done crank brothers, now fix your dropper posts and pedals and we'll be talking.

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5 5

I've been a loyal Fox customer for quite a while. I loved the bombproof quality of the forks, but I always thought they required a bit more tuning and maintenance and a much longer break in before they really felt optimal.

Enter the Pike. I had heard about this fork, and after demoing it at a local event, I was blown away by the smooth, buttery feel of the travel. My initial thought was "well, these are demo bikes, so they've had tons of time to let the oil cycle and the seals break in, which is why they feel so awesome". Even so, I decided to give it a go on the new Ibis Mojo HDR 650b I was building up.

I went with the 27.5 inch 150mm SoloAir platform, because I've never used a travel adjust and never found it necessary. I installed it, and was shocked at how good the fork felt right out of the box. Cycled it a couple times, set up the sag and compression, and got moving.

The 35mm stanchions give such a precise, stiff platform, that the fork really only moves in an up and down manner, there's no tweaking or torsion side to side. The action is buttery smooth, and with 20% sag, there is no brake dive or hyper squishiness when standing up and mashing on the pedals. Rebound is easily tuneable, and it's super simple to get the fork dialed, it took me about 3 rides whereas it took me an average of about 5-10 for the fox forks.
Maintenance is super easy, simply drop the lowers with a 24mm socket and a 8mm socket. The oil change intervals are also less frequent than with fox, which I like.

Overall, super super impressed, I would recommend this fork for any all mountain/trail/enduro rider, it really is a game changing fork like Nate said below.

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4 5

The shift cables are amazing, they really do make a difference in the lightness and crispness of the shift. The brake set is also VERY good, much lighter action at the brake lever, and much more power resulting.

The only downside that I've found is that the brake housing is VERY stiff, and also wider than normal housing. You're going to need to cut it with a dremel or something simmilar, as regular housing cutters will crimp the housing and cause it not to work well. Also, because of the stiffness, its vital that you get your housing lengths exactly right otherwise the stiff housing will push the brake caliper to one side, causing uneven braking.

Other than that, solid cable set that will really increase the performance of both shifting and braking.

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5 5

Got this for my Ibis Mojo HDR 650b. The quality and precision of the headset are legendary in the bike industry, and it certainly shows in the headset here. I loved how tight the tolerances are on the headset, and the peace of mind in knowing it won't creak or loosen is a huge relief.

Bearing quality is some of the best in the industry, and plus I like the polished silver look of the headset, gives my bike a bit of bling.

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4 5

I always wanted to fit into sidi shoes, and aside from the arch support, they fit me almost perfectly. Then I stumbled upon these, and the fit width wise and in the toe box is identical to the sidi, but the insole that they come with has a higher arch support, which I like.

The shoe seems to be more suited for someone with a low volume foot. I've used mine for 2 seasons, varying from light XC riding all the way to heavy duty lift access riding at Deer Valley here in Utah. They've held up great, with no rips, tears, or separation of panels. The carbon sole is still holding strong, even after many near bail outs with me scrambling to clip back into my pedals.

The sole is STIFF. When I say stiff, I mean it. I wouldn't recommend this shoe for someone who does a lot of cyclocross or does a lot of hike a bike sections, as I found my heel was coming up a bit because the sole was so stiff.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend this shoe to any mountain biker who spends more time on the bike than running with it/carrying it.

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5 5

I spec this cassette on all of my 10 speed shimano mountain bikes without a doubt. GREAT durability out of this cassette (as long as you change your chain before it stretches too much) and awesome shift performance. Matched up with a XT 10 speed chain, the shifts are always super crisp. At the price point, you really can't beat it.

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5 5

I've always been a huge fan of the 26" wheel platform, and was never sold on the 29ers. When 650b came out and started pushing forward with full force, I had a chance to demo 3 of the main offerings. The Pivot Mach 6, the Santa Cruz Bronson, and this bike. I ended up picking the HDR, for several main reasons.

This bike is by far the most fun, playful, active bike out of the three that I tested. The Pivot was a close second. I've always been a big fan of DW-Link bikes, and so have Ibis, so they've had the chance to really refine and fine tune their suspension design to optimize their pedaling efficiency. At the same time, they maintain enough plush in the suspension for even lift access/downhill trail riding. You definitely sit a bit higher in the travel than you would on a VPP or a CVA suspension setup, but the return of that is you have more travel to work with on bigger hits.

I noticed that I am spending a lot more time in the air on this bike than I did on my previous, a 2012 Cannondale Jekyll carbon. The Jekyll felt more grounded, this definitely felt more playful and flickable, which I prefer completely.

I set the bike up with a full shimano XT build kit, and a rockshox Pike 150mm fork. The build comes in right around 29 pounds, but I could easily drop plenty of weight with a lighter groupset (think xx1).

Overall I love the bike, and I also like the fact that if you use the different limbo chips and a different rear shock, the bike works as a 150mm travel 26" bike, which would be great to have for the lift access trails around here in Salt Lake City. I'm very happy with the bike, and would recommend it to anyone.

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4 5

I've ridden a Reverb, a Doss, and a Specialized Commandpost. This KS post is by far the best one I've ridden. The cable routing is much nicer, with the cable attaching at the seat collar as opposed to under the saddle. Less cable clutter, and cleaner appearance.

It's a SUPER smooth actuation, and it is an infinite adjust height, like the reverb, but it uses cable and not fluid, which is lower maintenance IMO. Super easy setup (took me 20 minutes) but I would reccomend using your own shift housing, as the housing supplied with the post is pretty junky. Overall, I'm super happy with it.

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4 5

Great grip, nice and fat so it's good for guys with slightly larger hands. Locks in place, and the nice thing is if you have a KS dropper post, the lever integrates nicely on to the grip to keep a super clean handlebar set up.

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5 5

These things are awesome. The only reason SPD pedals aren't the gold standard in the mountain pedal world is because their mud shedding capabilities aren't as good as Crank Brothers or TIME. These things have handled hundreds of rock strikes, and still click in and out perfectly, and bearings are still spinning smooth and crisp. I never want to worry about my pedals on my bike, I just want them to work, and these definitely fulfill that wish.

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4 5

Super grippy, but so much padding on it that I actually preferred to hold the bar tape as opposed to the hoods. Also synthetic material, so really easy to wash off at the end of a nasty race. Great for CX/gravel grinder bikes.

Make SURE you listen to the instructions and don't stretch this tape when you install it, or it will rip, like what happened the first time I tried to install.

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5 5

The first reaction I always get when people see this hub on my bike is "Damn, that thing is expensive!"

Yes, it is, but it is expensive for a reason. The bearing quality in the Chris King is the absolute best you can get without going ceramic, while at the same time, more durable for a mountain application than pretty much any ceramic bearing hub out there.

The ringdrive is also so precise and provides such tight engagement, that it has legitimately bailed me out of more than one super slow technical section with the instantaneous nature of its engagement.

Yes, it's pricey, but it's a hub that you install, adjust once after the bearings "settle" into their places, and then never have to touch again. Plus, the freehub sounds like you have a billion bees following you which I think is awesome.

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5 5

I have these on both of my mountain bikes, and as a mechanic with quite a bit of experience, I tend to be a bit picky with my mountain bike componentry. That being said, these brakes are extraordinarily reliable, and some of the most powerful brakes I've ever experienced. I've had a set of them on my trail bike for two years, and i have not had to bleed or adjust them once except for installing new pads. They are not the lightest brakes in the world, but I've always preferred a bit heavier to get a bit more durability, especially with brakes. Go for them if you can, but if they're a bit too pricey, the SLX versions of them have the exact same features and stopping power, with just a bit more weight.

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