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You need only one mountain bike. You need this bike. I've raced competitively for 12 years. I've ridden for sponsors and have been unsponsored. XC, Short Track, Enduro and Marathon. These days, I own a single bike, and this is it. A recent weekend looked like this:
Friday - Race the Pro fat tire crit, all on city streets, at the Grand Junction Off-Road in Colorado.
Sunday - Race Pro 40 mile XC, on arguably the most technical XC in America at that same race.
Monday - Do lift-access runs for hours at Deer Valley, UT on "Expert only, downhill bike required" trails.

During those three days, I never changed a single thing on the bike aside from dropping the seatpost four inches on Sunday. I ride Enve M60 wheels, Continental X-King 2.4 tires, and XT brakes. The bike weighs in at 24 pounds.

I work at Competitive Cyclist, I race the fast races and I do the fun rides. I could have several bikes and I could have any bike, but this is the one and only.

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I've had several Rapha bibs in the past. I heard that in the early days (still?) DeMarchi and Rapha were produced in the same factory by the same people. I'd believe it, these are great bibs. Clean, crisp design, quality ditching and materials and the price is amazing. Stock up and go tick off some KOMs.

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My Hakkal�gi Disc had a few CX seasons under it. In those I was throwing bar-spin no-footed cancan's over the barriers. I need to replace to continue dominance in the 2014-15 season. This popped right in the lower part of the headset and I was back to my Rainier in no time.

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Game changer
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I first thought lace up cycling shoes were a gimmick. And then I tried them, first on the road with the Giro Empire. The fit is far better than anything I've ever had with buckles. Buckles tend to leave a hot spot, even if you don't realize it until after you've tried something else. Full velcro will wear out over time and come loose. Laces are king. No, the laces do not come loose and no they will not get caught in your chain. There is an elastic loop for them on the tongue.

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Miir does something good for society, that is the most important thing here. You pay a fair price for a high-quality coffee cup and it helps others, simple as that. The cup is well insulated for both hot and cold drinks. This is my go-to for traveling and camping because it looks and works just like a pint glass. Your coffee stays hot and in the cup with a tightly fit lid, and then when beer:30 rolls around you just leave the top of and you don't look like your drinking beer from a coffee mug. As a bonus it stays cold longer.

- My one con of the mug is that the air hole in the lid is very small, so while it doesn't leak it can easily clog with dry coffee residue and become blocked. Once that happens the java doesn't flow out as easily through the mouth piece. To remedy it, just blow through the hole and you're good to go.

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That babe from high school has grown up
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The XLM being re-birthed as a 29er, along with updated geometry and specs, makes me a happy man. I was lucky enough to race this bike recently, along with some high country rides. I came from a Santa Cruz Highball Carbon, so the bar was high. This bike is smooth as silk, typical of Ti but once again proven here. The oversized head tube brings it in touch with the modern era. The bike actually climbs better than my Highball, and is nearly on par on the descents. All around, it's sexy and it performs.

My one complaint is that there was some seat post slippage with both an Easton Carbon and Thomson aluminum post. I hope this can be dialed in, otherwise it's a lovely machine.

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