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I bought these to upgrade the stock wheels that came on my cyclocross bike. I wanted a wider profile for better handling as well as a lighter wheelset. These wheels offer more confidence when bombing through a dried up river bed than their carbon counter parts which are twice the price. The hubs have held up nicely through heavy use in mud and snow as well. If you have budget for carbon wheels you might want to consider these Ardennes as an alternative. You could buy 2 sets and have different tires for different terrain and conditions, or just have a backup.

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5 5

I was so stoked to get a dropper after years of adjusting my seatpost with a quick release multiple times during a ride. It took a little getting used to. On my first ride I accidentally shifted when I tried to raise my seat on the fly. I could see why people would get the right handed option and put it on the left for when you flip your bike upside down to clean it. I haven't had an issue yet with the long loop of cable that expands and contracts every time I adjust my seat. It does require a little extra care when you through your bike on a stand though.

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I bought this for my Wife's Bronson mainly because she was adamant about having at least a 2.4" wide tire in the front. She normally rides Highroller 2s but I couldn't find a HR2 in a 2.4 that was tubeless compatible. The tread design on the Trail King is actually a little more versatile than the HR2 because it has intermediate knobs. which gives a more consistent feel when cornering.

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I bought 2 of these for my Wife's Santa Cruz Bronson. She runs tubeless but if she slices her tread beyond a sealant fix, she has one of these tubes to throw in there. I was recently on a ride with a large group of people and one of the guys tore through his 27.5 tread. A bunch of people had spare 26 and 29er tubes but no one had a 650b. Bummer.

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5 5

I have these on my Santa Cruz Tallboy LTC and my Borealis Yampa. They are so bomber. I haven't had to bleed or do anything, aside from changing the pads with the one set for over 2 years. They come with some fancy pads that have little cooling fins on them, but when it comes time to replace the pads these:
http://www.backcountry.com/shimano-xtr-race-resin-disc-brake-pads
will work fine. Just make sure you save the original hardware because you will need it to install the XTR race pads.

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I recently installed new rotors on my Santa Cruz Tallboy LTC. After riding a friends bike which had 180mm rotors front and rear, I decided I'd do the same. It's made a noticeable difference for sure. I got the Post for the front and the ISO option for the rear. Just a heads up sometimes ISO is referred to as IS.

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5 5

I'm a huge fan of ODI for mountain biking and Lizard Skins for road. I use these on my hard tail and fat bike because I'm a little more weight conscious on it than my dual suspension. The rubber is sticky and the blocks are low pro.

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5 5

My Wife loves this saddle. She has it on a Santa Cruz Bronson. After researching the internet I found this to be one of the most popular women's saddles out there. Saddle width is super important for comfort, at 142mm this fits an average sized backside.

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5 5

I bought these to use for snowmobile skiing. I normally dont ski with knee pads but they are nice to have when youre getting slammed against a snowmobile. I like how they are soft so if there is ever a knee vs face situation, your face is up against foam rather than hard plastic.

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I have switched my mountain bikes to tubeless, but always carry a spare one of these just in case I get a puncture that doesnt seal. A couple of other things you may want to consider purchasing are:
http://www.backcountry.com/portland-design-works-shiny-object-co2-inflaterti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6Y28yOjE6MTU6Y28y&skid=PDW0006-ONECOL-ONESIZ and http://www.backcountry.com/innovations-20g-threaded-cartridges-2-packti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6Y28yOjE6MTY6Y28y&skid=INN0011-ONECOL-ONESIZ

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5 5

The best bike shorts I have used. They are very well padded and stay where they are supposed to on long rides. Don't bother with the more expensive shorts, these are the ones to get. I really like how there's different elasticity in places you need it. I am a 36 waist and the large fits perfect.

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