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Darrenwrote a review of on December 8, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Stan's definitely doesn't stand out. It works for small pinhole punctures, but definitely struggles with larger holes. I love Orange Seal for that reason, but it makes a freakin' mess inside your tire. At least with Stan's there is no mess... you just pay for it with minimal puncture sealing performance.

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Darrenwrote a review of on December 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Absolute Black makes an absolutely amazing chainring. It's a beautifully machined and the oval timing is incredible. I've been using oval chainrings for years and love them. When the time is correct, ahem Shimano, you don't notice them and they actually make sense biomechanically.

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Darrenwrote a review of on December 8, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Okay, first off, Sram drivetrains are silky smooth and I love them. I prefer almost every aspect of Sram drivetrains over Shimano, except for one huge glaring miss... why is the return lever so freakin' short?

At least for me, my thumb is at it's longest when using the longer downshift lever (the one in front). From there, the radius arch of my thumb is moving away from the shifter, so I have to make an un-natural movement with my hand and reduce my grip on the bar to perform a downshift. Anatomically and ergonomically, this leaves me scratching my head and wondering who tested these things for Sram.

You may wonder why I have put up with this and not been using Shimano then. One word... Eagle. That's right, I'm a weenie and love that 50t bail out gear. However, Eagle's reign of soaring high above Shimano on the cog number game is about to come to a quick close. Finally Shimano has released a 12 speed drivetrain and that just means it's a matter of time before it trickles down to XT and SLX. Then I can have my 12 speed drivetrain with a comfortable shifter that's actually made for the human hand. Not to mention the option if using your index finger to downshift!

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Darrenwrote a review of on December 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Okay, there is absolutely no reason to get the XT or XTR versions. The only difference is the adjustable contact point that doesn't even work on the XTs. So for significantly less coin, you get the exact same performance and internals with reach adjustment.

What do you have to say about Shimano disc brakes? Depending on how you feel about modulation, you may or may not like the on/off nature, but one thing is sure... they are going to stop you each and every time without fail. As far as the on/off nature, you actually get used to it fairly quick.

I have both these brakes and Sram Guide RSCs. Both are excellent brakes with approximately the same stopping power. The Sram's ramp up smoother (modulate), but again you'll get used to either one very quick.

For the price though... it's Shimano for the freakin' win with the SLX disc brake.

Bonus, these things don't honk at all unless you get them wet. That can't be said about the Sram's paired with the Centerline rotors.

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Darrenwrote a review of on December 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used a few different levers and keep coming back to this one. Love the machined face of the thumb lever. Simple design and setup that is very reliable. Good stuff generally doesn't get the positive reviews they deserve, because we generally only write them when something is negative. Get this one and you'll be glad you did.

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Darrenwrote a review of on December 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've ridden a lot of droppers and this is the one I always come back to. Silky smooth, reliable, and brain dead simple to setup. Once you set it up, you completely forget about it... which is the best complement I can give a component. If you are constantly aware of a component, it's because you have to think about it because it doesn't function properly or wasn't designed well, which is a distraction on the trail and gets you in trouble. I keep trying other droppers and I'm always disappointed.

The only con I can see is the slower return speed than some other droppers, but unless you require supersonic return speeds, this isn't an issue. Some will say the servicing is a problem, but honestly, if I'm taking the bike in to have the suspension serviced, it's easy to just have them add this to the list.

Tip: pair this thing with the Wolftooth lever... that thing is simply amazing too!

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Darrenwrote a review of on December 8, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own a lot of Raceface gear and this is the first piece of kit I absolutely despise. I'm going to keep this one short and sweet because the numerous issues of this dropper have been listed multiple times. For the money, there are so many other better options.

I believe this one is a licensed 9point8 design. The list... looses air constantly, does not function reliably and is very finicky to setup.

Save yourself the headache of dealing with this moody dropper on the trail. I recommend the Fox Transfer just because I've had two and they are the bar for me. However, there are several other options out there that work... period... this one doesn't. Raceface should be embarrassed to sell this thing.

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Darrenwrote a review of on December 8, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had high hopes when I saw this dropper come out. Perhaps my issues are related to the 170 model and the bushing overlap needed for a dropper this length.

Overall, I love OneUp components. I have their steer tube EDC, bash guard, etc. and they've all been great. I even like the carbon dropper trigger that get mixed reviews. The craftsmanship is great on this dropper and I hate writing this review, but I did have to return it. I didn't take a chance and get a replacement so perhaps I had a dud.

First, the stiction was terrible. This is by far my biggest complaint. Right from the start, I noticed the seat post portion is much smaller in diameter than the other droppers I've used. Perhaps this is the cause of the binding. However, getting the initial travel to start always involved some sort of wiggle dance or bum up/down on the seat and then you could feel the stiction all the way down. Then on the return, it would never top out. It required 2 or 3 stabs at the trigger to get full return length.

The other issue I encountered was the seat post continually slipping down the seat tube until I torqued it to at least 5.8 Nm. On a carbon frame, that's getting right up against the torque limit. This might be due to the very smooth finish of the outer shaft. All other droppers I've used have had a textured finish. However, that's just my speculation due to my experience and observation.

If I didn't read other similar reviews, I would have written it off as a one off. However, I've read where others have experienced the exact same issues, so I decided not to try a warranty replacement.

Ultimately, I returned this dropper and replaced it with a Fox Transfer. So far the Transfer is the bar for me. Silky smooth and reliable operation. The only small downside to the Transfer is the return speed, which isn't as fast as others, but certainly not a dealbreaker unless you require supersonic returns.

As always, the Gearheads at CC are amazing. In this case, it was Matt Conn, who knows his stuff and never dropped the ball once when I decided this wasn't the dropper for me. So kudos again to CC.

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