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Blake T.

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Blake T.

Blake T.wrote a review of on October 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you have the A) the terrain and B) the skill to use this bike to it's potential you will be rewarded. If you are on the cusp I would look at the SB5.5 or SB5.

Cornering, pedaling, jumping, my friends on DH bikes are surprised I'm holding their wheels on steep, technical lines and unlike their DH bikes I can take this on a 15+ mile trail ride and feel right at home.

This is however, a lot of bike and If I didn't not live in the mountains, shuttle a lot and ride a decent amount of park I would have probably opted for less bike. That being said, this thing rips and after some time getting used to the geo and suspension it feels like an extension of my body.

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Blake T.wrote a review of on October 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great braking, cornering and it feels faster rolling than the DHF.

The downside is that the EXO sidewalls in my opinion are not up to task for Enduro, Bike Park or clydesdale use and this tire is not offered in a Wide Trail Double Down configuration just yet.

Plenty of tread left but the sidewalls give me pause and a .5" tear from a rock garden made me realize the EXO casing is not up to task for really aggressive riding.

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Blake T.wrote a review of on October 8, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The turbine dropper has been pretty reliable but the stock lever is probably the worst on the market. This is a big improvement over the stock lever but at $60 this is a complete rip off.

The MTB market, particular the accessory market, is too competitive to nickel and dime like this. The cost to manufacture this is probably around $3.

I would not be sour about paying $35 or $40 for this, but $60 is a rip off.

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Blake T.

Blake T.wrote a review of on October 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Beautiful build quality, well designed with numbered hash marks for perfect, centered alignment on your stem (every pair of bars should have this!) and a dramatic increase in stiffness/dampening vs the previous aluminum bars I was using. Quicker handling and more comfort at the bike park or on the single track.

Oh and BTW, no need to upgrade to 35mm, 31.8mm is perfect. All of the various changes in MTB standards over the past 5 years the move from 31.8 to 35mm clamp diameter is one which can be labeled as essentially without any merit.

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Blake T.wrote a review of on October 8, 2017

2 5

These may be fine for thin sidewall XC and lightweight enduro tires but they are useless on Maxxis Double Down casing tires. The thin plastic deforms on your wheels and you'll have to use every ounce of strength to get a tire on or off. The pedros are a better choice and if you're going to be working with Double Down or wire bead tires get steel core levers.

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