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Stephen Tam

Stephen Tam

Stephen Tam

Stephen Tamwrote a review of on February 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After being a huge fan of Schwable Nobby Nics I was a little hesitant to try these tires but they came with the Mavic Crossmax XL Wheelset so I gave them a try.

First off, they sealed up easily with a floor pump. The riding conditions have been abnormally dry and even dust due to the lack of precip in the West so I have not tried them in mud.

Running these tires with 22psi front and rear. Rolling resistance is low on these and it was nice not feeling a sluggish tire during climbing and on rolling terrain. I was impressed with how well these tires gripped in a variety of conditions...from semi-loose to rocky to hardpack. The more I ride these tires, the more I like them. The sidewalls feel durable and do not feel like they are folding over when cornering. I can't comment on sidewall durability since the once jagged, rocky, technical trails here are been smoothed out. Overall, very satisfied with these tires.

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Stephen Tam

Stephen Tamwrote a review of on February 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

In the age of carbon rims, it was refreshing that Mavic did not jump on the bandwagon but rather stuck with what they do best: Build a top notch set of wheels.

The XL's have a 23mm internal rim width (which is narrow by today's standards) but that does not stop them from being a wheelset that can do it all.

Handling is predictable and they are laterally stiff when out of the saddle chasing singletrack. They have a solid feel to them when descending and winding through tight turns. When climbing, they don't feel heavy and accelerate instantly.

As for the aluminum rims versus carbon....I raced for years on the old Crossmax SLs and even dented the rim during a race and was still able to finish without any issues or losing tire pressure. Afterwards, with a handy set of pliers it was fixed and they kept going. If you're a fan of the old Crossmax wheelsets, you'll be thrilled with these.

As a bonus, they come with tires. The wheels came with the tires installed with tubes. They also come with all sorts of adaptors so you can run them standard QR, 15QR front, 20mm front, and 142 rear. Since Mavic uses the UST standard their tires seal up easily with a floor pump.

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Stephen Tam

Stephen Tamwrote a review of on February 24, 2015

Maiden Voyage Initial Impression
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Today I took the HD3 out on a shake down ride to iron out the final positioning and shock air pressure settings. The DW link on this bike is impressive. It climbs more like an XC bike and its pedaling efficiency is simply stunning. It handles well downhill, is finely balanced, and is an absolute joy to ride (I have yet to take it on anything super technical yet). A large bottle even fits on the size medium frame (using a standard cage) which is a bonus for those that dislike wearing a pack. More in depth review to come as I get more hours on this bike.

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Stephen Tam

Stephen Tamwrote a review of on February 17, 2015

Add to your Toolkit
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you build bikes or like to add tools to your home mechanic tool kit this tool is a great addition. If you don't build a lot of bikes you're better off taking your fork to your local shop to have a crown race installed. This tool will prevent mangling the crown race during installation. The photo below shows the Park CRS-15 in use installing a Chris King crown race (there is a Chris King crown race adaptor on there too which is not included with the Park tool).

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Stephen Tam

Stephen Tamwrote a review of on February 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This molded guard will help protect your HD3 downtube. There is a thin layer of foam, on the side that contacts the frame, to help protect it. It is bolted on. It would have been nice if this downtube guard came with the frame purchase instead of as a separate item to purchase after. SM/MD fits small and medium frames and so forth.

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Stephen Tam

Stephen Tamwrote a review of on February 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tool makes life easier when setting a star nut. If you're a home mechanic and like to build up your bikes or your friends' bikes this tool will come in handy. It is very easy to use. If you use a carbon steerer you won't need this tool since you'll be using some type of compression nut instead.

I've used this tool a lot more than originally thought. The tool may sit for a while but when you need it you'll be glad you added it to your home tool arsenal.

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Stephen Tam

Stephen Tamwrote a review of on February 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a set of these on my trail bike and love them. I've been a long time SPD user and like to stick with what works. This is the same quality as a standard XT SPD pedal but with the added support of the larger platform. The large platform comes in handy, especially if you descend a lot, because it dissipates the pressure over a larger surface area.... in short you just have less of a chance to get a hot spot under your foot. Save some money over the XTR version by going with these and add only 29 grams of weight.

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Stephen Tam

Stephen Tamwrote a review of on February 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tool is mighty handy while servicing your disc brake calipers. In the past I would use a flat head screwdriver to push the pistons back in which didn't work that well and more likely to cause damage to the brake . The large flat surface of this tool makes service easy and the handle is also comfy.

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Stephen Tamwrote a review of on February 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's a tube for fat bike tires. It does what it is supposed to do and keeps air in your tires! The tube can still be fit into a jersey pocket but it will take up the entire pocket. In a pinch you could probably inflate it and use it as a small floatie at the lake.

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Stephen Tam

Stephen Tamwrote a review of on February 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After purchasing a fat bike I was almost going to get a new rack to carry the bike but Thule offered this Fat Tire kit for the T2. Install was easy and the rack mount works well. As an added bonus, the wheel tray still fits standard mountain bike tires (my daughter's 20" mtb fit in there too and was stable). The wheel strap is adjustable by sliding it out of one slot and placing it in another.

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Stephen Tamwrote a review of on February 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tire has an aggressive tread and hooks up well in all conditions. The wide spaced knobs also cleared well in the mud. I've been using these tires in dry loose conditions too and they don't give a hint of loosing grip. I have not attempted to set these up tubeless but have been running them at 8psi with tubes. Check clearance on your frame before you purchase.

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