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Doug M

Doug M

Colorado

Doug M's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Cyclocross

Doug M's Bio

Avid cyclist. Love to ride all disciplines (road, cross, gravel, x-country, and dabble in a little bit of enduro). My place of zen when not on a bike is working on my stable of bikes, or building a new one. There is nothing better then building up a bike yourself.

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Doug Mwrote a review of on August 9, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've seen the other reviews about the flimsiness of the material of these shorts, and while it's true the material is thin, I found it to be pretty durable. I have a few pairs of these shorts, each with over a dozen uses. I've crashed in two of them, no rips or tears. I wouldn't think if you hit hard on rocks that these would hold up like thicker material. The thinner material is stretchy and cool, so it's your choice. You want bulletproof and hot or cool and a little bit fragile?

For sizing, these run a little tight. With the stretchy material it's less of an issue. I actually prefer a little tighter to too baggy. These shorts have never gotten hung up on my saddle or other parts of the bike.

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Doug Mwrote a review of on July 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have many sets of knee pads, these are by far my favorite. I used to use knee pads only for bike parks, but with these I use them for any type of mountain riding.

The padding portion of these pads is enough for anything that may happen outside of a direct hit from 10 feet up. I've had at least two instances where I didn't voluntarily dismount my bike and these pads saved my knees.

The sleeve is lightweight and doesn't overheat. Being black it does heat up in the sun, but there is plenty of venting. They also stay in place, unlike many pads I've used. I hardly ever have to pull them up, and the pad stays put.

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Doug Mwrote a review of on June 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have the previous generation of this wheel, bought the newest generation as an upgrade/backup. The rear hub is definitely the highlight of this purchase, it's like there is virtually no lag in pedaling. Feels like cheating how quickly it engages.

The weight is great considering it's not an exotic carbon wheel. Simple aluminum rim, easily replaceable spokes, ideally suited for the privateer racer.

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Doug Mwrote a review of on May 8, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this helmet for a few months. There are some great things, and other things not so great.

It's light. Looks good. The rotational energy system seems like it's a good feature, fortunately have not had to test that yet.

For me, the comfort is lacking. I will admit that when I went to their site, I was kind of in a "no mans land" for sizing, their sizing is different from the GIRO/Bell or POC sizing when it comes to the ranges. I bought the M/Xl, normally I'm M in other brands. The XS/M size seemed small to me.

First time out, I had an action camera mounted to the top of the helmet. It kept slipping forward on me, even though I tightened the straps and the dial, and put in the thicker pads. Even without the mounted camera, each ride it seems like I'm constantly adjusting the helmet out of the sight. The other thing that has annoyed me is the pad on the back, where the dial is, seems to be an issue, mid-ride the pad has moved and the hard plastic is digging into my head.

I know for some, certain brands of helmets don't work. This is the case for me. Be aware that if you are a M in Bell/GIRO, you may find yourself between sizes with the Shred.

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Doug Mwrote a review of on May 8, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had two pairs of these, or the earlier iteration with the same sole. They look good on paper, fit well, and are comfortable (plenty wide toe box).

Where they sorely lack is the sole life. The sole starts to degrade on pinned flat pedals quickly, and leaves large gaps in the sole pattern shortly after.
If you want to get half a season out of a pair, or don't ride much, they are adequate. You will be better served buying a different brand though if you want longer sole life.

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Doug Mwrote a review of on March 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a perfect trail bike. Anything from flowing to light downhill, even enduro with some upgrades. This is my third Yeti and the best yet.

What I like:
* Switch Infinity, plenty written about how great it is. You can ride all day with the shock in "open". I do find climbing while standing I benefit a small amount switching to the firmer, but only really needed if doing a long climb.
* GX Eagle. All you want in a price conscious component group. Works perfect for this bike, ride it a bit rough and damage a part you won't need to skip this month's mortgage to replace.
* Has multiple personalities. On tight curves, the 27.5" wheels allow you to flick around. Downhill the geometry gives you confidence. The bike is just right in most conditions.

I got this bike from CC with a few upgrades (one was actually a substitution by CC that is a welcome one) The three that make a difference at least for me:
* Substituted I9 Trail wheelset. Lost some weight and gained some strength I think.
* Substituted for XT brakes. The Guides are a good brake with better modulation, but I'm used to the more on/off feel of XT, which gives me confidence.
* Substituted a 36 - 160mm Fox Grip 2 Fork. Gives it some of the "Lunch Ride" personality for the more aggressive trails here in Colorado (I ride trails north of Golden where their employees ride the LR SB5 set up) I like the extra travel, but it does change the geometry a small amount, I under-steered when first riding this bike. I rode an SB5 with 150mm last year but I'd have to ride side by side to really know which I prefer.

This bike is not "cross country light", but not heavy either. You won't notice any weight penalties with the GX when climbing, the way Yeti designed this frame 200grams here or there won't make a difference. I think carbon wheels, and cockpit could take this bike to the next level, but as-is the bike checks off 98 of the 100 boxes for me.

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Doug Mwrote a review of on January 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wasn't sure a few years ago when I bought a couple of these, the absence of a strap for the seat post seemed like it would be unstable. Not at all, it's stable with just the single strap. Fits the essentials, nothing more.
BUT, these aren't just good as saddle bags. If you need a little more storage space on your bike, add a second up front. Since it just uses the one strap, you can mount it at the front or back of the frame for an extra bag (Mount on the top tube and either slide against the head tube or the seat tube). I've used it in this manner for almost a season, and it's great to have that extra storage space. On an aluminum or carbon frame, the bag is about as wide as the tubes, so it's not any penalty for aero.

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Doug Mwrote a review of on November 4, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted to use my rooftop racks on my truck, and didn't like the idea of putting towers on the cab. This is a great option to use them ON the bed. The set up is great, leaves the area under the racks available to transport other stuff.

Two things that would make them 5 stars for me:
1. Ability to use other types of bars besides the round bars would be great. The round bars are ok, but if someone has other types they won't work with these towers.
2. A quicker release option to take off the bed. They have a lever mech that helps to tighten them, but it would be great if there was a more "macro" way to use a lever to remove and secure. Instead you have to thread and turn which can be a nuisance. There are times you want to use the whole bed to haul, and it takes awhile to remove and replace.

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Doug Mwrote a review of on December 11, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

SRAM Force 1 derailleurs are great for a 1 by build, the precision and chain retention is second to none. I have built bikes up with similar configurations, this derailleur has been the best I have used. It was great that it can be set up as a 10 or 11 speed since I could use some older 10 speed Force shifters with this. For winter riding in Colorado on dirt or gravel roads, the chain retension this derailleur provides is key as snow or mud can cause dropped chains. I am using the medium cage with a 11-34 cassette, feel it gives me plenty of options.

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