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Alex S.

Alex S.

Alex S.

Alex S.wrote a review of on June 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I gravitated towards this helmet because I'm not 100% sold on MIPS technology. I think this LDL system makes more sense personally, and it appeared to be very well ventilated. So I pulled the trigger sight unseen, and I've been nothing but pleased.

For starters, I really like the looks. I've been complimented several times on the helmet. It looks and feels high quality. I mainly ride in Oklahoma/Arkansas, and our summer heat is absolutely tremendous and the humidity is horrible to boot. On 90 degree days I can without a doubt say that this is much better ventilated than my Bell Super 2r and Troy Lee A1. Not even a comparison really...

The fit is quite nice, I like it for the most part. It's not quite as comfortable as the A1 helmet, but I will trade a small amount of comfort for a huge bump in ventilation. I don't notice it on long rides (3-5hrs), and its quite light.

Overall I'd rate it a 4.5, but I'm giving it a 5 star official rating because its definitely better than 4 stars!

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Alex S.

Alex S.wrote a review of on March 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a bike for general trail riding and one that could pull doubly duty for some XC racing. This bike caught my eye with the Fox Factory suspension and wide wheels and dropper, all of which are things I value. So I pulled the trigger and I'm very pleased so far.

On my first ride out I could tell that I was scooting along pretty well, but I wasn't necessarily blown away. I got back to the truck after my short 5 mile spin and I had PR'd every trail I rode. And these are my home town, ride every week trails. So needless to say its a fast bike.

The DW-Link suspension has quite a firm and supportive feel. It has great pedaling properties, and you are able to climb rough or chunky trail with no pedal kickback. I'm a Yeti fanatic, and having owned a SB5, a SB4.5, and I currently have a SB5.5... The switch is maybe a little better in some aspects, but this Ibis is honestly neck and neck with the 4.5 in climbing capability. I would say this bike has a slightly more active rear end than the Yeti 4.5. The Ripley is also a sharper handling bike, with it's steeper head angle and lower bottom bracket. It can't quite plow a rock garden on the same level as my 4.5 did, but it's close.

Some of the things I liked most about this bike and build is high end carbon construction on the frame, with the stainless hardware and internal routing, and threaded bottom bracket. It has a nice polished look to it. I like the KS LEV Integra dropper, I've had good luck with their reliability and they just have a nice smooth action. The Fox 34 and Fox EVOL rear shock are fantastic. The wheels are quite wide (almost too wide!), and they seem to be sturdy.

Some of the things I will nitpick on this bike/build would be... the brakes. These are pretty much the bottom of the totem pole here, but they will stop you. Coming from bikes with the SRAM guide brakes, these shimano (M396?) brakes just seem lacking in almost every area. The wheels, while sturdy and reasonably stiff, are heavy. 2060g according to my scale, and that's with tape and valvestems. The SLX drivetrain is adequate, but I much prefer the feel of the higher end XT shifter and derailluer. But again, it works, and this is just me nitpicking here.

Overall I would absolutely recommend this build to anyone looking for a capable trail ripper or something they could even do some XC racing with some component changes here and there. It's an effortlessly fast bike, and it's just plain good looking! And I will also throw this in there, I'm 5'11 with freakishly long arms. This large frame paired with a 90mm stem fits quite nicely! I was very worried it would be too small based off of the numbers. Also, your first thought may be to ditch the longer stem, but give it a chance. This bike's geo (reach and ETT) maybe slightly 'dated' compared to some of these bikes you're seeing today, but it just feels right. And this is a guy who owns a Yeti SB5.5 with a 50mm stem and 800mm wide bars.

If you're considering this bike, I highly recommend ordering it now! Zane will fix you right up!

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Alex S.

Alex S.wrote a review of on May 21, 2016

Excellent all around tire
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I normally don't do product reviews, but seeing as how there's little to no info on this I figured I'd throw in my two cents.

Maxxis is labeling these as a wet conditions tire, but I feel they're much more versatile than that. I mainly ride in western arkansas, and for our trail varieties and conditions this is seeming to be a fantastic tire. We have everything from loose, loose over hard, medium, hard pack, and of course mud. We have a lot of exposed sharp rocks with technical rooty trails, and these are outperforming the newest Nobby Nics by a longshot. Not only is all round traction and rolling resistance better, but I no longer have to "baby" them because of how durable they are. Braking traction is fantastic also.

They're not as high volume as the Ardent 2.4 or the Ikon 2.35, but they're close enough. For my occasional XC race to my all day trail rides these are awesome. I'm about to go to central Colorado , so I'm curious to see their performance on the kitty litter over hard pack trails. I fear they're not ideal but I think they'll be fine.

Buy these tires.

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Alex S.

Alex S.wrote a review of on January 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My Yeti SB5C came with a 2015 Fox 34 150mm, and after reading the rave reviews about the new FIT4 cartridge, I knew I had to have it, not mention the weight savings. According to my digital scale it shaved off right under 12oz. of weight. I've read a few more reports as well of it being lighter than what Fox is claiming.

The fork performs much better, especially with high speed trail chatter such as braking bumps or rock gardens... I have a lot more control now. Also, while being much more "supple" feeling overall, I don't bottom it out like my old fork did. It's a hard pill to swallow on the price tag, but if you have to cash its a worthy investment. Or maybe you can get it while there's a sale going on! It's worth it.

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