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"26", 27.5", 29", starting to feel a bit crowded in the MTB wheel size format." This was my thought when deciding to upgrade my rig before my disposable income goes kaput. I had a Blur LTc and while I loved the feel of the frame and the suspension was the perfect amount, the smaller wheelsize made things a little squirrely for some reason (I'm all legs - 33.5" inseam at 5'11" - might be part of it). When I saw that SC made the Solo (now the 5010, clever) with a very similar geometry as the Blur with the 27.5" wheelsize, it seemed to make enough sense for me.
(-side note- no 29er for me, for a do it all bike I don't like to get that tactical with my descents)

And I was right. This is a very capable do it all bike, especially in this particular build. The rolling resistance of the wheel size feels easy and it takes much less energy to maintain speed. Climbing comes very easily here with the three ring crankset and the fact that the Solo/5010's best quality is the rolling resistance on the small stuff when climbing. Descending feels almost as much at home as it is a harmonious blend of stability and nimbleness due to the Blur's geometry being instilled.

The build is fantastic as well with Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes, a RockShox Reverb seat dropper, Fox Float front and back and a nice wide Easton bar. Liked the tires (HighRoller 2s) and don't love the wheels for the weight, but gives me something to upgrade and can't afford that ENVE goodness yet.

Enough with the gushing, time for the down-points. Not many here as it feels like nitpicking, but while there is not much that the Solo/5010 doesn't do, I feel that there is no real bright spots either other than that rolling resistance I mentioned earlier. I also don't see the need for the triple crankset as I'm not using the granny or the biggest gears much.

Overall, a great do everything bike for those who loves the new 27.5 wheel size.

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4 5

Was able to score an M-Frame frameset with a broken lens so I decided to hop on a couple of these replacement frames. The vision is the usual better than most Oakley quality while the nose piece is good at hugging the shnoz without cutting off the air. The array of tints is endless (a good thing) and the shape is a good medium between wind protection while remaining low profile.

The lens is a bit strange to put on the frame itself. I'm a bit afraid of breaking the tip corner off of the lens each time I try, but that is the only complaint.

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4 5

Bike Computers are something that I have skimped on a bit. Since my rides are getting longer and rigs more sophisticated, I decided to plunge in to the Edge 500 from Garmin and I wasn't disappointed. A plethora of information awaits those who take the time, study the manual and plan out the display system that is right for them. The unit it self is very small and feels sturdy and most of the extra gadgets are pretty easy to install. This unit does come with a Heart Rate strap and while I feel that it could be easier taking on and off, it does the job well.
I want to revisit the earlier statement of "plethora of information awaits those who take the time" etc. etc. If you are the kind of person who doesn't mind digging in to the manual and experimenting with all the settings, then the Edge 500 will reward those people with a streamlined display of all the stats needed. If you are more of a "plug and play" type of person, the Edge 500 will be a little lost as it will be set to the factory pages of stats and that isn't necessarily what people need. Also to mount is good in a pinch, but if you want something that extends the unit further out then I would start checking Bar Flys out as I feel like I have to crane my neck down further than comfortable at times.
Overall, a great training tool for those who are willing to take the time to unleash it.

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4 5

When i started road riding, I found out real quick that a lighter, more ventilated helmet made for an easier ride temperature wise. So, I started out with the Giro Atmos Helmet and was glad I did. The 26 vents almost keep my head too cool and the roc-loc 5 keeps the Atmos snug on top of my head after a bit of adjusting.
Sizing can get a little tough if you are right at the 55cm (common) head size. I went with a medium and had to play with the adjustments a bit, but was able to get a snug fit.

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