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Carlos A.

Carlos A.

Puerto Rico, 00693

Carlos A.

Carlos A.wrote a review of on April 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have SRAM Centerline rotors on my Yeti SB5c paired up with SRAM Guide R brakes. The Guide R’s have great modulation (gradual increment in braking force with proportional lever pull) and Centerlines are the matching rotors for them. I use one of these 200 mm up front and a 180 mm rear. Needed the SRAM +40 mm post mount adapter (bracket) for my Fox 34 fork and the +20 mm post mount adapter (spacers) for my rear swing arm mount on my Yeti SB5c. They are simple, reasonably priced and work really well for my needs. I run a Large frame and weigh about 200-205 lbs with full riding gear and like to ride 15+ minutes descents. No howling or squealing so far. Riders with lighter weight and/or cross country riders (shorter or less aggressive downslope riding) may not get much benefit of large (200 mm F/180 mm R) rotors.

If you need further advise shoot an email to Connor Johnson (Gearhead ) at < cojohnson@backcountry.com > , he is able to provide good guidance on mountain bike stuff.

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Carlos A.

Carlos A.wrote a review of on April 24, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the +40 mm post mount adapter to put a 200 mm SRAM Centerline rotor with SRAM Guide R brakes on a 2017 FOX 34 fork (160 mm direct post mount). The +40 mm p/p (post mount to post mount) version is a solid single piece post bracket.

Also used the +20 mm p/p version to install a 180 mm rotor on my frame (160 mm direct post mount). The +20 mm p/p version consists of two separate post spacers (one per bolt) and uses the self-centering (concave and convex) washers. I’m not a fan of the self-centering washer system but conservatively decided to go all with the same brand and it works well.

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Carlos A.

Carlos A.wrote a review of on April 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the TW-6. Actually received the TW-6.2 which is a newer version of the tool. The TW-6/TW-6.2 is a 3/8 drive click-type torque wrench suitable for use in higher torque applications such as Bottom Brackets, Cranksets, Pedal-to-Crankset, Center-Lock Disc Brake Rotors and Cassettes. The wrench reads and registers torque in both left had and right hand threading which is useful on pedals and Bottom Bracket. It comes in a nice hard case for safe storage and is reasonably well calibrated in both directions. Scale readings are in N-m and has a conversion scale to in-lb printed on the tool. Always store in the lowest torque setting to maintain tool calibration over a long lifetime. Here are some specs of the TW-6.2 from Park Tool:

- 10–60 Newton meter range (88–530 Inch Pounds)
- Adjustable in 0.25 Nm increments
- Ratcheting 3/8" drive
- Reads and registers for both left hand and right hand threading
- Dial-adjust system allows desired torque setting to be preset
- Calibrated to be accurate to +/- 4%
- Length: 36.2cm (14.25")

The TW-5 is the 1/4" drive version which is more useful on the rest of the bike (smaller torque settings).

If you have any inquiries shoot an email to Connor Johnson at < cojohnson@backcountry.com > , he is an experienced Gearhead on mountain bike stuff.

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Carlos A.

Carlos A.wrote a review of on April 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These pads reasonably protect the front and sides of the knee without being bulky. They are flexible and do not restrict movement. VPD padding is somewhat similar to the D3O material used by other brands, which claims to be flexible under normal movement but hardens upon impact. I haven't crash-tested them but I believe its enough for aggressive trail riding in terms of abrasion and impact protection. If you're riding more aggressive downhill I'd recommend heavier pads with thicker padding and larger coverage. I use them for every ride on technical trails. I wouldn't say you'll not feel the pads while riding because that'd only be true if you go bare knees... I feel them comfortable enough for my normal 1-1/2 to 2 hour trail rides. The pad is "pre-shaped" to a slightly bent knee so they are comfortable on the riding position while helping pad to stay in place during pedalling and/or crash. After two or three rides they were "broken-in" and felt better than on first ride. I was on the lower side of the Large size range and they were spot on for my taste... maybe a size down would have felt good as well, but I don't like things too-tight.

Connor Johnson assisted me with the purchase < cojohnson@backcountry.com >... his advise was good!

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Carlos A.

Carlos A.wrote a review of on April 3, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these to match with my Yeti SB5. These are thin and light gloves with silicone print on the palm and fingers that meets the purpose of adding grip. I haven't crash-tested them but think they wouldn't offer as much protection as thicker gloves with significant padding on the palms and fingers. They have a micro-suede fabric on the thumbs to wipe-off sweat from your face. On longer or more aggressive rides I use Fox Reflex Gel gloves for added protection and stress relief.

If you have any inquiries shoot an email to Connor Johnson at < cojohnson@backcountry.com > , he is a Gearhead and very knowledgeable on mountain bike stuff.

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Carlos A.

Carlos A.wrote a review of on April 3, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this chain as an exact replacement for my bike with sram 1x11 Gx groupset. It works great with nice, smooth and quiet shifting. In my honest opinion, there is no need to pay more for a higher-end chain. Does what it needs to do ... just keep it clean and lubed with suitable lube for your riding conditions and it will last long as other good quality chains would do!

If you have any inquiries shoot an email to Connor Johnson at < cojohnson@backcountry.com > , he is a Gearhead and very knowledgeable on mountain bike stuff.

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Carlos A.

Carlos A.wrote a review of on April 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this shorts in Miami Green for my girlfriend ... she and all her riding mates loved them! Had to place a second order for two of her friends. Nice and comfortable for the warm weather here in Puerto Rico. True to size but a little slimmer fit than other two Fox Shorts she has. Soft and stretch fabric that does not restrict movement at all. Got the Fox Ripley Jersey Short Sleeve - Women's as well for the perfect match and is equally comfortable.

If you have any inquiries shoot an email to Connor Johnson at < cojohnson@backcountry.com > , he is a Gearhead and very knowledgeable on mountain bike stuff.

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Carlos A.

Carlos A.wrote a review of on April 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this jersey in Miami Green for my girlfriend ... she and all her riding mates loved it! Had to place a second order for her friends. Nice and comfortable for the warm weather here in Puerto Rico. True to size and tailored fit but not tight. Soft and stretch fabric. Got the Fox Ripley Short - Women's as well for the perfect match and are equally comfortable.

If you have any inquiries shoot an email to Connor Johnson at < cojohnson@backcountry.com > , he is a Gearhead and very knowledgeable on mountain bike stuff.

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