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Alex C.

Alex C.

Alex C.

Alex C.wrote a review of on June 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Breathes well, and helps keep you cool in the hot sun. I've recently bought some Club Ride apparel, and have enjoyed all of it. Very casual looking so you don't feel like a dweeb when you run a few errands after your ride. I also found to my surprise on the bottom left corner of the shirt a piece of clothe for wiping sweat of your sunglasses. It works really well too.

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Alex C.wrote a review of on May 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have worn many different chamois', and this one is simple and comfortable. I have a 32 waist, and bought the medium. This pair is nice since it doesn't get super tight in the crotch. I have worn some pairs of chamois that are tight enough to make your goods sore for the rest of the day. Definitely happy with this one, and will probably buy another pair. The cost is very fair considering the comfort. I've spent over 3 hours on the saddle with plenty of climbing, and have been thankful for the forgiving padding of this short.

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Alex C.wrote a review of on January 16, 2016

4 5

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

The only reason I knocked off a star is due to two things. The dropper post can stick when it rest in the down position. You have to use your thighs at times to give it some assistance. I also broke the plastic remote lever during assembly. Backcountry replaced this with an alloy lever. They bend over backwards to make sure you're happy. Thanks! Also a very minor issue was the spokes and nipples of the Stans Flow EX wheels. I'm very particular about what hubs go on my bike. During the disassembly I noticed the spokes were of no recognizable brand. Hmmm ok. I measured the length and came to find they were a match for my replacement hub! Nice right? The spokes had inconsistencies in the threads which means during the rebuild with new dt swiss brass nipples (didn't want alloy) the threads caused issues not allowing for proper tension or for any threading for that matter. I ended up buying some new dt swiss comps and problems solved. Again just a minor issue, but if you like solid crisp wheels that are going to last you may want to to something about this angle. Stans went cheap on the quality of their spokes and nipps. Probably Chinese spokes and nipples.
Now for the bike itself! Great components, awesome frame, the DVO suspension is freakin awesome! A lot of tune-ability! The fork and shock are a little on the heavier side, but very firm with no flex. Better than a Pike IMHO. If you're a home mechanic you will be happy with these suspension components. Very user friendly. No proprietary tools needed. I took the bike to Green River and had a blast. Definitely a bike you want to send off some drops and hit some jumps with. Can't wait to get it in some technical rocky rooty stuff on a black diamond at a bike park. If you're not mechanically inclined I would buy a new set of wheels like some I9 enduros. Also you might want another dropper, but I haven't had any serious issues yet with the LEV so you may not mind. FYI the frame warranty is 5 years not 2 years which is listed.

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Alex C.wrote a review of on March 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I saw these the other day at the store in West Valley and was eager to try them. A couple years ago I was eating the honey stinger waffles and thought those were good too. I picked up a box after reading some of the other reviews knowing that one would more than likely not be enough. Was I right! Currently living in the semi winter months there is still cold weather in the mornings. One of these "wafels" and a hot cup of joe really hits the spot before my 1 1/2 to 2 hour morning rides. On the label it tells you to cover your coffee w/ the wafel and let it soak up the steam which you definitely want to do. I've noticed that your best result should involve a spoon over the top of your coffee cup to support your wafel as to keep it from caving in and drowning in your coffee to mush. Once you notice it soften, flip it and let the other side absorb some steam and BOOM! you have a good treat! I probably steam it for more than you would if you're staring at it, because I let it do it's thing while I change and get my riding gear on and ready. It's really good by itself, but it is so much better if you get the inside caramel nice and gooey :)

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Alex C.wrote a review of on September 21, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After finishing a wheel build on my rear wheel (which is a Stans Flow Ex) I had one of those moments where you've come so far, but still haven't finished because you need rim tape! Calling about 10 bike shops in town I could not find the 25mm stans rim tape I needed and settled w/ this 24 mm tape. It's easy to install and sticks well. After getting a flat on the Wasatch crest I put in a tube and about 5 mins later had another flat! I pulled out the tube looking for a pinch flat. Found a weird small little slash in two spots of the tube (wasn't a snake bite) and cleaned the area to put on 2 patches. I installed the tube and inflated w/ another CO2 and the tube didn't hold any air! How can that be? Took out the tube again and put in some air to find the hole and realized that there are many of these little slashes on the inside of the tube. I realized even w/ the tape around the rim that the spoke holes were abrasive enough to lash into the inner tube. If this is the kind of tape you have to wrap around 3 times count me out. I'll pay the same price for Gorilla tape which probably has 4-5 times the amount of tape and is thicker. I learned of the Gorilla tape after going to a local shop who has experienced the same problem w/ orange seal. This tape works tubeless, but as soon as you need to put in an inner tube you're gonna wish you had used some other tape.

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Alex C.wrote a review of on September 19, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After installing the 15mm conversion to a set of stan's crest I've noticed a lot of play (aka wiggle) in the thru axle/hub parts. They also pop off easy and don't stay in place very well. The kind of small AL part that pops off and gets lost easy in the car. They also play/wiggle enough to scar your thru axle. I really like stan's wheels. Not so much the hubs, but the rims are nice and very underrated. Cheap too. The conversion kit doesn't work too well unless you do very mellow xc rides. If you do some rough stuff you'll notice a beating on your thru axle and the hub from the play. I would just buy a set of wheels from stans w/ the HD hub since there is no 9mm conversion necessary. Just straight 12mm or 15mm thru axle.

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Alex C.wrote a review of on September 14, 2014

1 5

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

I ran into the leaking issues on day 1. Low water volume when you want a quick sip. NOT ergonomical in the on/off switch. You need to stop your ride in order to re-open it. I took this valve off a 2014 dakine pack and put on my older camelbak valve. Camelbak has such a simple design which is why the valves last forever. You can't really clean this valve, because of its unnecessary structure. Look to something more simple and easy to clean instead of buying a new one of these when yours is moldy. I've used camelbaks since 98'. The camelbak valve fit my dakine tubing perfectly. I kept the valve only as a spare in pack in the low probability that my camelbak valve gets yanked off by a bush or tree.

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Alex C.wrote a review of on August 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Originally I was going to buy a fizik saddle that I used to have on a Cannondale team scalpel from 2007. I didn't end up w/ that saddle due to the vendor no longer manufacturing the specific color I wanted. I wanted to give this a try since my friend has a wtb saddle on his bike that I've road around a couple of times. I mtb and do a fair amount of climbing since I live in an area that has 0-9000ft in elevation changes on a good ride. The saddle I had prior to this purchase was a stock bontrager saddle. I've never been a fan of them. Reason why is that they always give me some nasty monkey butt on long 5-6 hour rides. I would snap a pic, but I would be crossing the line ;) I have since swapped that saddle for this and as a man feel like I've done my goods a favor. On those 5-6 hour rides w/ thousands of feet of elevation change, I no longer have that red burn in that certain area. That means no more evenings applying vaseline every 2 hours between the nutz and loaf pincher. I would not say this saddle is as long as a fizik, but for me it is very comfortable and ergonomical. Works well for a lot of pedaling and shifting around on steep technical business. Looks cool and is super light. I would buy again for another bike in the future.

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Alex C.wrote a review of on August 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The drafter is hands down a very comfortable pack for it's size. I originally purchased the 1100cu in Amp by Dakine. When I received it, it was too big. I previously had a camelbak rogue for 10 years which was very very limited in the volume dept. The drafter is your go to pack that holds 3 L of water for a good 4-5 hour ride w/o any water bottles. The nice thing about the air mesh on your back is that it keeps your back cool and the water too. It can easily hold food, many tools, airpump, 2 tubes miscellaneous things, phone, ipod, car keys, inhaler (if you have asthama), and keeps all of those things secure. I rarely use the helmet pouch, but it does keep mine secured. It's also a good option for more warmers and such. My only complaint is the bite valve. If you're used to a camelbak, than it's hard to settle w/ this one. I simply swapped this bite valve out for my existing camelbak bite valve and it fit perfectly w/ no issues or stress. I actually prefer the bladder more than camelbaks. It's super easy to clean and to top off with water. The pack has great value for what you pay for. Good quality fabric and zippers. Never had a pack w/ a hip strap, but really don't notice it unless a bee gets stuck between it and your hip (yes, I was stung or bite 3 times lol). Oh I forgot to mention you can manage 3 beer cans or 2 bottles pretty comfortably on top of all your normal things. That is if you live the high life ;)

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