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Mike Haines

Mike Haines

Mike Haines

Mike Haineswrote a review of on January 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Girlfriend loves it. She says: "It has a high neck, which is nice when you're hunched over the handlebars. It doesn't have a zipper (I've had other zippers break in the past, which is frustrating), the pattern is flattering, and it doesn't ride up in the front." The rear pockets are nice, but a little hard to get in and out of while on the bike."

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Mike Haines

Mike Haineswrote a review of on October 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Get a wheel/tire combination that works tubeless, and put in the elbow grease to set it up - you'll thank yourself when you rack up ride after ride without flats. Changing tires on the trail stinks, and this is an extremely effective way to steer clear of those situations.

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Mike Haines

Mike Haineswrote a review of on October 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm on my third straight bike that I built with XT brakes. They're easy to set up, low maintenance, have consistent power with good modulation, and the price is right compared to the XTR line. They've given me no reason to consider switching to another brake, and I don't hesitate to recommend them to anyone interested.

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Mike Haines

Mike Haineswrote a review of on October 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This review is less about the Reverb in particular, and more about dropper posts... GET ONE. I've been guilty of slight weight weenieness in the past, and considered a dropper a luxury for downhillers that's not worth the weight going up, but now I see the light and won't build another bike without a dropper. The mobility you gain on the downhill by getting the saddle out of the way is a big boost to your confidence and fun factor.

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Mike Haines

Mike Haineswrote a review of on October 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a really confidence inspiring tire coming down in dry conditions - I've been really impressed with it in dust, hardpack, and rocks (but haven't tested it in wet conditions). A little heavier than the XC tires I'm used to, so you do pay a penalty on climbs, but the fun factor on the down definitely makes up for it!

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Mike Haines

Mike Haineswrote a review of on October 2, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've seen some saddles advertised as "great for those who are usually on their feet". This isn't quite that bad, but it does have a wood-like quality to it that you'll notice if you're seated for too long. Nice option for short rides or technical trails where you're out of the saddle a lot, but if I was riding it on a long XC ride I'd go with something else.

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