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Cory Davis

Cory Davis

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Mountain Biking

Cory Davis

Cory Daviswrote a review of on October 10, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently mounted this rack on my 1985 Toyota pickup after years of transporting my bike "motorcycle style" with cam straps. I have a few years of experience with this rack on some of my friends vehicles, so when I was ready to buy a rack, choosing Kuat was an easy decision.

The rack holds two bikes of any flavor (except for ultra fat tire fat bikes) very securely and without any unnecessary movement, rattling or wiggling. There are times when it might be necessary to rotate a brake lever to clear a saddle, but usually two bikes will mount up readily, with no adjustment of components.

I'm very happy with the rack overall, but I do have 2 complaints.
The locking cables could be about one foot longer overall and made of a larger gauge cable.
On it's maiden voyage, the cable guides on my friend's Fox forks cut in to the front wheel cradle rubberized material. I'll probably wrap them with an innertube (all hail ghetto innertube fixes!).



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Cory Davis

Cory Daviswrote a review of on October 10, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Shimano XT has always been my number one choice for drivetrain and brakes. The value provided is the best in the industry and as the years go on, XTR technology always trickles down to the XT level.

The new M-8000 series cranks are no exception to the above statement. The cranks are plenty light and stiff and are easily mounted with their thru axle and pinch bolt design. It is worth noting to absolutely follow the torque specs for the pinch bolts printed on the non-drive side crank. Tighten the bolts in sequence, to assure even clamping force, make sure the plastic clip is seated and flush, and use a torque wrench to achieve the recommended setting. Ride your bike then check these again.

All in all these are a great crankset, packing performance and value in a sleek black package...About that black finish-
The black coating is wearing off very quickly due to shoe contact with the crank, leading to a polished surface beneath. This doesn't really bother me, but it can be a bit unsightly. A person could use one of the many aftermarket crank protection films on the market, or some clear 3M tape.

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Cory Davis

Cory Daviswrote a review of on October 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like every other reviewer here said, this is the one to get. There are only 2 use cases where Stan's did not work for me and they can not be blamed on the product.

1. I experienced a major pinch flat that put a 1/4 inch tear in the sidewall. I guess I can't bunny hop my trail bike up 5 stairs.

2. After 2 months in the arid Rocky Mountain west, the stuff had dried up and offered no flat protection. Add fluid monthly in dry climates, and you're good to go.

Ditch your tubes, go "ghetto tubeless" if your rims aren't tubeless ready, get some Stan's and go ride your gosh darned bike!

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Cory Davis

Cory Daviswrote a review of on October 10, 2015

4 5

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

I am 6'1" and about 190lbs. I usually wear size 33 waist jeans and pants and purchased the size 34 in black. I find them to be true to size, despite the other reviews, as they are a touch too big in the waist-I'll wear a thin Patagonia belt.

I didn't measure the inseam, but I find them to fall just above my knees, but nowhere near "short shorts" territory. I find them to be a flattering, "neutral" cut and they are fast becoming my "go-to" shorts for trail riding.

The styling is very low-key and I wouldn't hesitate to wear these off the trail as well because they don't necessarily look like mtb shorts.

Where these shorts really shine, is the nature of the material. It is light and stretchy and breathes very well. All in all, great shorts!

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