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mattywrote a review of on September 29, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased a Santa Cruz 5010 a couple months ago which came with the Reverb Stealth, and like everyone told me it has completely changed my riding. That really frustrates me, because this seat post has become a pain. The seat has locked out in the up position multiple times, requiring bleeding the system. At first I thought I was just doing it wrong, but I took it to a great bike shop and they fixed it, only to see the problem a couple weeks later.

Great piece of kit, if you can keep it working.

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mattywrote a review of on September 16, 2014

5 5

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

I'm really excited about picking up this helmet. Yeah its big, but I'm more concerned about surviving. The interior is plenty plush, and having options for the cheek guards ensured a proper fit.

Only recommendation is that you look at what color you're buying. Ordered Bohrium Red and in the picture it looks like a matte finish, but it is not. My fault, I could have just looked at the video and seen the reflection.

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mattywrote a review of on August 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You can read below all the reasons this is a great shoe. I've enjoyed riding it and they are the best I've worn when you need to jump off the bike. Here are the two reasons they aren't 5 star worthy for me.

#1: Toe box fit. The toe box is narrow and puts a good bit of pressure on my outside toes. Over time it got a bit better, but especially so after I forded a river in them.

#2: Don't get them wet. It will help stretch the material and help form to your foot, but it took two days in the sun to get them dry after stepping in a river. Even sweat takes a long drying period.

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mattywrote a review of on August 11, 2014

3 5

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

I purchased this bag in the last 3 weeks and packed it with my medium Santa Cruz 5010 (27.5) for a trip to Spain. Everything fit in fine, with plenty of extra space for anything else I didn't feel like carrying on the plane. For its size it rolls well, and never felt like too much of a burden.

The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars, is that when the bag arrived back in Germany after my first trip, the exterior fabric in a few places was significantly worn and you could see the padding behind it. I can blame that on the airline, but not a good start to what I am hoping will be a long life.

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mattywrote a review of on March 19, 2014

Super secure
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This rack is pretty freakin sweet. It attached to my Subaru Aero bars very easily, enough so that I don't just leave the rack ontop of the car all the time. I'm also a big fan of how easy it is to change the wheel size so I can toss any of my bikes up there in no time and still be really confident its not going anywhere.

Reminder: you'll want two lock cores, one to secure the rack to the car, and one for the cable lock that is already on the rack.

With security comes a price. It takes a minute to secure the bike to the rack using the large red knob. It is a minor issue, but if you're short (5'6") and putting it ontop of a larger vehicle eventually it gets tiring. But again I think the security is worth it, just get some tall friends.

Also, here is the rack pictured ontop of my '14 Subaru XV Crosstrek. There are a couple inches on clearance when the rear door is up. Nice not to have to make any modifications.

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mattywrote a review of on January 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been running trails seriously for a few years and have just signed up for a 100k in the German Alps. Having run with the 3 pairs of the non-Goretex version of this shoe in 2 years, I decided to grab these for winter training in soggy ole Germany. These fit almost exactly like the non-gore version though they don't wrap and snug around the foot. There are slight modifications to the pull tabs which can get folded onto your achilles if you aren't careful putting them on. Otherwise, the large lugs give great grip in the mud, but the rubber on these sticks well when navigating rocky terrain. The shank is stiff enough to dampen the sharp limestone edges we run over, but still leaves flex in the foot which gives good trail feel. I have put a couple hundred miles on these, and I have been worried from the start about the durability of the zipper, but it has yet to fail.

All in all this is the best trail runner I have used when compared with some Montrail (Hardrock, Masochist) and New Balance (MT 100 (but I dont run minimalist anymore).

These definately seem geared towards a narrower foot.

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