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Ben M.wrote a review of on May 1, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The jump from GX to X01 cassettes is big. You're saving 125g in (unsprung, rotating) weight right here.

My understanding is the XX1 cassette is functionally the same.

Save some dough and buy a GX shifter and derailleur but spend the money here. Or upgrade your OEM unit since most bike companies spec lower end cassettes.

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Ben M.

Ben M.wrote a review of on April 12, 2020

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a luxury item. It's really beautiful and looks great on the bike.

However, no amount of adjusting could get my saddle to stay in place. I consulted shops, Enve and the internet. I was doing everything right but the saddle kept slipping (tilting back).

I sold this post and put a Thompson back on.

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Ben M.

Ben M.wrote a review of on January 27, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is what I've been looking for.

Full disclosure, I have a relationship with this company. But not enough for me to wear stuff that I don't like. Also, I bought these.

I spent a bunch of time as a roadie and in spandex. Sometimes even with shaved legs. I know. But, what this taught me is that bib shorts are the only way to go.

With that said, my life is so much better for baggy shorts and tops on a mountain bike. So what's a guy to do?

Sure you could wear good bib shorts under your stylish shell but that always felt too hot and a little bulky.

So here these come: Bib shorts with decent liner but made out of mesh. Perfect! They disappear once you're dressed and you never notice them. Not after 15 minutes. Not after 3 hours.

There are pockets that can be taken off. The guy below me didn't like the size of them but PinkBike says we need to wear fanny packs now so this should be a non-issue.

Frankly, if you want lots of storage in your liner (and I get this is a helpful and cool innovation of the last few years, look at the Specialized SWAT shorts).

But I digress. I'm *maybe* a little concerned about durability based on how light these feel (they feel like the kind of garment you have to be careful putting on) but time will tell on that.

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Ben M.

Ben M.wrote a review of on March 28, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fit is better than any helmet I've tried. Ventilation is amazing. They've figured something out that eludes Giro, Catlike and Bell.

I don't love the strap material though. It's more akin to what you find on cheaper helmets.

You forget about it when its on but I'm not sure it *feels* like a $230 helmet when it's in your hands.

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Ben M.

Ben M.wrote a review of on March 28, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are good brakes. If you come from the moto world and like a firm, consistent lever feel, these are for you. Maybe not the same overall power as Shimanos but excellent modulation and feel from that radial master cylinder.

That said, they squeal like a pig.

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Ben M.

Ben M.wrote a review of on March 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been having the hardest time finding mountain shoes but these may be what I've been looking for all this time. They're stiff and so comfy. At first when I put them on, the tow box and forefoot felt a little wide. Don't worry about that. Ride in them for 3 hours and you'll see that your dogs are comfy and happy.

I'm a size 14 street shoe and wear a 48 in these. They're pretty close to perfect.

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