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Eric B.

Eric B.

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Eric B.'s Passions

Road Biking

Eric B.'s Bio

I am 61 years old and I currently like: Long distance road cycling, Automotive road racing enthusiast and former participant, SCUBA diver, Woodworking and home restoring, Auto technician by trade.
My road bike: 2012 LOOK 695 I-Pak with Dura-Ace 9000 group, Mavic R-SYS SLR [2016] wheels, Speedplay zero pedals, Fizik saddle, and FSA carbon bars. I also ride a Cannondale Super V mountain bike as a commuter. My previous road bike: Cannondale R-600 with Dura-ace and FSA, Easton, Mavic, etc. was ridden for nearly 50,000 miles on numerous adventures. Still a great bike, I had to switch to a carbon frame to find some improved comfort without loss of performance. The LOOK 695 has that covered.

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Eric B.wrote a review of on December 21, 2017

4 5

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

I used this bleed kit after installing Magura 8MT brakes on my bike. I had to run the rear brake hose through the frame, so I expected to have to bleed them after installing. Turns out, you can get the job done without bleeding being necessary. I found no air in the system and the brakes work perfectly. But, if you do need to bleed the brakes, this kit will do the job. [Many times over, I might add.]

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Eric B.wrote a review of on December 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To put it simply, these brakes have the best feel and control of any I have ever used. They are mounted on my Pivot Mach 429SL with 160mm Storm rotors. The levers adjust to a perfect position with ease, and are very comfortable. I also like the fact that they use mineral oil instead of brake fluid.
Now, if Magura would just make centerlock rotors, so adapters would not be needed. [I used DT Swiss adapters to mount the discs.]

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Eric B.wrote a review of on May 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have these brake rotors on another set of wheels that are six bolt mounted. I needed these centerlock discs for my new wheels. Both mounting versions are the same fit and performance with an exception being, no brake noise with the centerlock. Braking performance is very good with Sram's Level TLM calipers.

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Eric B.wrote a review of on May 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this set for two reasons. (1) To update my tools by adding some modern versions of tools that I already own, and add new tools that I do not own. (2) Have a portable set for trips away from home. This set did help in both areas. But, only slightly. The quality of the tools are not up to the level of say, Park tools, but they will get the job done. As far as having what is needed to get most jobs done, I still had to go to my old tool set to replace a Raceface MTB crankset, and also changing a Sram XO1 eagle cassette. Due to the sprocket pliers not engaging well and a lack of leverage of the cassette retainer tool. My old Park tools worked much better to perform both operations. Plus this set does not have a ISIS BB tool for removing/installing Raceface front chainrings on their cranks. Other tools in the kit are nice, such as the large allen wrenches with handles, nice tire tools, spoke and valve wrenches, along with some other service tools that may be useful in future repairs. Overall, the kit is a good purchase if you do not own many specialized bicycle tools and need a good starter kit. But, expect to have to add to your collection if you venture beyond the most basic repairs. And finally, Make sure you own torque wrenches for any work on carbon fiber parts.

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Eric B.wrote a review of on April 8, 2017

2 5

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

I ordered the red color, which may be relevant here. These gloves work well, are comfortable, and offer good feel and control. The problem here is: My hands have developed a very nasty rash on the backsides, in identical patterns on both hands. After visiting two doctors, and a dermatologist to find the cause of the irritated skin. It was concluded that an allergic reaction is the cause. Since these gloves are the only change in recent times, I have been inclined to believe that they are the cause, and are rendered useless. Which is too bad, since I do like them. I do hope that this was just a fluke thing and that no one else has a problem.

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Eric B.wrote a review of on April 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I simply chose this this bar over other carbon riser bars, due to it's appearance. It is otherwise as good as any when it comes to function, and seems to be a top quality product. Fit and function are spot on. I have it mounted on my Pivot Mach 429SL with a Renthal apex stem. Also, my Ergon GSX grips clamp on without any threat of crushing the bars.

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Eric B.wrote a review of on March 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

[Unless you like to go fast!] If going faster and having more fun is your goal, then this bike might be for you.
I purchased this frame as a complete bike in a 27.5+ configuration. The front fork is a Fox factory 34-Fit4 120mm travel, i9 wheels 27.5+ boost. RaceFace dropper post, SRAM X01 eagle drivetrain and Level TLM brakes. An Ergon carbon Pro saddle and Deity carbon bar with a Renthal 50mm stem round out the cockpit.
The best way I can describe the performance of this bike is: That it fits in between a hardcore XC and a trail bike. The handling is super tight, and the bike works very well in tight turns. It pedals like a hardtail and rolls really well. Climbing is as good as any, and better than most I suspect. I also found it to be quite good on descents, though a bit twitchy due to the very quick steering. Once I gained a bit of courage, I realized that I could go faster through any turn than I ever have before. Many reviews have stated that the suspension feels like it has more than 100mm [R] and I have to agree.
There is not much that I can find wrong with the Pivot Mach 429SL, keeping in mind that I am not really qualified to review it's performance beyond my capabilities. And this bike is way beyond my capabilities. I just wanted certain characteristics from my bike, and this one delivers.... A great trail bike that is fun to ride and can be raced competitively on our tight, challenging trails.

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Eric B.wrote a review of on December 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the XO1 group on both of my bikes. Shifting is spot on and the quality seems quite good. Something I do like in particular is that, the downshifts are very good. No need to push the lever past the click, unless you want to downshift more than one gear. My older Shimano XT is not nearly as crisp. I have actually had to get used to such accurate shifting. That is a good thing.

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