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Erik B.

Erik B.

Erik B.

Erik B.wrote a review of on July 20, 2018

3 5

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

I was stoked that Competitive had this bike available for demo. Their demo experience was spot on. They have a bunch of high-end bikes to demo. I took the bike up to Snowbird. I rode to the top of hidden peak and rode the Big Mountain trail down. I was a good test of the bikes capabilities.

Climbing: This was my biggest gripe about the bike. The bike felt supper light on the front end. It made climbing pretty squirrely. The front end would just wonder while climbing. I think part of this is the head tube height on the bike combined with race face bars. You might be able to remedy some of this with some lower rise bars but you shouldn't need to buy anything on a 6k bike. Another issue I noticed while climbing was my heal was constantly contacting the rear triangle on the drive side. I've never had this issue on my SB6 running the same XTR pedals.. I'm not sure if the Q factor on the cranks was smaller or what but again this bike/frame needs to be perfect in this price range. The eagle gearing was great for climbing no complaints there.

Descending: This is where this bike shined. The geo felt way more at home flying downhill than up. I love the way the way switch infinity bikes feel in their rear suspension. It feels bottomless. It lets you brake latter into turns. The front fork didn't feel as good as my Fox 36 with the Fit4 but I might have had a tad too much pressure in it. It ate up snowbirds big mountain trail with no problems. Very playful in the air for a 29er.

The Build: I weighed this bike at home. It was tipping 29 lbs with xrt trail pedals (size medium). Again this is porky for a bike labeled as an xc bike. Hell my SB6 is probably only half a pound heavier. I'm sure you could swap out a bunch of stuff and get the weight down but again 6k. I like that they spec'ed it with xt brakes. They were solid. I hate the WTB seat they have on this and it's heavy. The bars and stem are nothing special. I'm a sucker for fox suspension and I wish I had more time to dial in the fork to see how it performed.

All and all I wanted to love this bike but I think I will keep searching for perfect Wasatch Front ripper.

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Erik B.

Erik B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2016

Great shoe covers
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got to love Gore Tex. These hold up to wintery elements like a charm. Wet, cold, pouring these keep your feet toasty. I've used them down to about 20 degrees with my feet only getting cold after about an hour of riding. The fit runs small. Because they are Goretex they don't have much stretch to them. I'm a size 10 shoe and got the extra large.

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Erik B.

Erik B.wrote a review of on December 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I found I like a wide flat saddle and this fit the bill. I'm glad I went with this over my previous Fizik Antares. It's much more comfortable without sacrificing too much weight. It has more padding and a better shape than the Fizik. The build is also better, more sleek. It also isn't as bouncy over bumps. The material of the seat cover is also the best stuff. Grippy yet smooth... FABRIC??? IDK but it's nice.

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Erik B.

Erik B.wrote a review of on December 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've put about 1,000 miles on this bike in a months time and it is a dream to ride. I came from riding a Ridley Phoenix and this bike has the same Ridley finesse but much more suited for racing. It handles very well through the corners. The bike is notably much stiffer through the triangle. The fork places the bike well on descents. The bottom bracket area is much stiffer than the Phoenix and it puts the power down better in sprints.

The aero advantages are really noted over 25 mph. I love highspeed sprints and this bike does them effortlessly. You can feel the weird fork doing magic with air in front. It's like cheating. Areo doping.

Competitive was good to work with as well. I built mine with my own wheels and crank. I did a mix of Sram red with a Force front Derailure and bottom bracket to save on the price tag a bit. It's cool they let you include/ exclude things.

The frame was on backorder but they kept good communication through the process and I'm glad I waited.

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Erik B.wrote a review of on September 3, 2015

Defective?
1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There's a lot to love about these shoes. The fit is great for my wider feet. The latching mech is simple. The look is loud and IMO great. However.

There's a large lump in the footbed of my shoes. It seems there was some sort of fiberglass flap used to install screws for the cleat holes. When they layed this down, it was extremely uneven. This has created a large lump directly under the ball of my foot. I only noticed after getting bruising on the ball of my feet. This is where the majority of the force is applied to the pedal and likely the most critical area of the footbed. I've tried emailing Fizik with no response. Since 30 days had passed I couldn't return them either.

The screws that hold the ratchets on also needed lock tight. They would back themselves out after a few rides.

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Erik B.

Erik B.wrote a review of on September 3, 2015

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I thought this would be equivalent to lizard skins. The name suggest that's what they were shooting for. First the tape is thin. It makes it harder to wrap because you must stretch it out so much. And being so thin, there's no real padding to comfort your hands.

Next is the quality. This lasted me about a month before it was toast. It lost all of it's tackiness within that time period making almost a slick surface. I wish I could say better things about these but I can't.

The bar ends are spot on though. They will be staying on the bike a while;)

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