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#1 Headbandwrote a review of on September 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The shear volume of great reviews on the XT lineup speaks for itself. I'm running an XT 1x11 (46t) drivetrain and love it. Yes, there is a pretty large jump between the 37t and 46t granny gear but its nothing that's gonna ruin your ride. The 46t cassette I bought is the most cost effective drivetrain upgrade out there. You can retrofit your 10spd HG freehubed bike into an 11 spd 1x gear monster with just a shifter, cassette and chainring...that's all you need. Yes, there are prettier, shinier, more goldier cassette options out there, but for shear bang-for-the-buck upgrades, nothing beats the XT drivetrain. Good stuff to get your goods going.

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#1 Headbandwrote a review of on September 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are great for the area I ride in...Bone dry, fast running hard-pack with occasional rock garden and sharky toothed tech sections. They run fast and punch above their weight class in toughness. They are not going to excel in mud or anything exceptionally loose. What they do do well is go fast and rip berms in dry, hard conditions. Excellent rear tire, pretty durn good front tire. All-in-all, a great all around, do everything, go-fast tire for trail riders.

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#1 Headbandwrote a review of on September 21, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Ergon grips are pretty cool if they fit your hands (I ride the Large size).
I've been running the GS and GX Ergons on my mtbs for years and have had great luck with the fit and design. I bought the GPs as a cheaper alternative to the GS and GXs for my commuter and have had mixed results. It seems the taper of the platform on the grip is more pronounced on these (GP) which has lead to more pressure being put on the area between my thumb and forefinger. As with all Ergons, the pitch of the platform is very important to proper fit and relief, but I find these don't fit my hands as well as the others. Its not necessarily a dig toward these grips, its just that the GS and GXs fit my hands better. The ergon quality is always great and there is definitely a reason why they offer a variety of grip styles. So please bear in mind that my 3 star fit could be a five star fore someone else. Best advice would be that if you prefer a chunky, over-sized grip these might be the Ergons for you, If you prefer a standard sized grip I'd say go with the GX or GSs.

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#1 Headbandwrote a review of on September 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shorts are great. The only reason I gave them four out of five stars is that the previous generation was a little higher quality. These newer versions have velcro where zips or snaps used to be. The material isn't quite as durable feeling. That said, the padded liners are waaaay better than previous generations. The pads are more form fitting and comfortable compared to the "diaper" liners of other riding shorts.
While the actual quality of the short itself may have slipped a little, the padded liner is leaps better than the majority of other shorts out there.
If you're looking for a budget friendly short that you can also hang out in, these are definitely a go-to for me.

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#1 Headbandwrote a review of on September 21, 2017

5 5

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

I just got this ring and it does make a difference on those techie climbs and areas where you need to throw the hammer down to make it over an obstacle. I haven't noticed the ring's oval profile while I'm pedaling at a steady cadence and it definitely doesn't affect my knees like those previous generations of oval chainrings. The jury is still out on the longevity of this product but the machining quality is self evident when you see this ring in person. My initial impression of this ring is a definite grade A!

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#1 Headbandwrote a review of on September 21, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had a few iterations of this bartape over the years. It would easily be a five star product if the surface material didn't wear off so easily. If you have the habit of twisting the bars while you ride, you may want to reconsider buying this product. However, I really like the fit and feel of this tape, so much so, that I continue to buy it even though I know it will wear significantly quicker than other tapes. The DSP tape really is great stuff, but its gonna wear quick. I generally get about a season of riding out of a set then its time for a re-wrap.

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#1 Headbandwrote a review of on August 4, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Quality construction, cool little pockets on the flanks and fits great....But. The material is not lightweight. Not even close. I bought this 3/4 length jersey for more arm coverage but the material is dense, almost feels like you're wearing two jerseys. Might be a good option for cooler weather riding, but I wouldn't wear this on a summer ride.

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#1 Headbandwrote a review of on August 4, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These shorts don't a traditional zipper. The fly is sewn up almost completely with about an inch and half of "fly spread". It seems like fox was just trying to save money by omitting a traditional zip fly on an otherwise pretty solid looking MTB bike short.
Fabric is lightweight, stretchy and seems breathable but the no-fly zone was a no go for this guy.

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#1 Headbandwrote a review of on July 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these for about a year and they are perfect in just about any riding condition. They have great ventilation so I'd suggest something a little less airy for shoulder season riding when its a bit cooler.
I have what I'd consider standard sized hands. I've always bought size Large gloves but found these to fit a bit snug. They work but I also ended up purchasing an XL pair that I've ended up using more. Both sizes work for me but I ended up preferring the XL's even if the fingers run a little long.

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#1 Headbandwrote a review of on June 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My dad finally replaced the drivetrain on his 2012 Look. Five years of riding 3-4 times a week at 25-50 miles each ride. Not too shabby old man! Yes you a pay premium for Italian steel but it has held up to the Minnesota humidity, rain and sun for five years. No complaints, just time to reinvest.
Best to replace the whole drive at once. Chainrings, chain and cassette.

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#1 Headbandwrote a review of on June 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These cranks are unbeatable if you are looking for something to beat up!
These could be most aptly be described as the Eagle XO1's burlier brother.
It's a bit heavier but the direct mount chainring is identical.
To my understanding, the only difference is that these are solid carbon arms which makes them tougher vs. the XO1s which have a foam core with a carbon chassis making them lighter.
I'm 100% happy with the product and 110% happier with the price.

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#1 Headbandwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Industry Nine recently updated some important tech spec's pertaining to their trail wheels. Enjoy.
***32 hole 29" wheels:
Weight: Set 1650g, Front 765g, Rear 885g
Rider Weight: Recommended 230lbs/105kg max
***24 hole 29" wheels:
Weight: Set 1560g, Front 720g, Rear 840g
Rider Weight: Recommended 210lbs/95kg max

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