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Grant Johannes

Grant Johannes

Grant Johannes

Grant Johanneswrote a review of on October 15, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shorts are perfect for that quick lap during lunch or right after work. Throw your keys in the zippered pocket and go. They fit true to size, and the length is perfect to keep away any pad gaps.

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Grant Johannes

Grant Johanneswrote a review of on October 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I would wear this jersey for anything from a lunch lap to a day-long ride. The cut is perfect with the long tail and ragland sleeves. The material isn't super light, but it feels substantial. It will definitely hold up in a crash, and it wicks moisture very well. The lens wipe is especially useful on hot days when sweat is dripping down your face onto your glasses.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on October 15, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These bibs are a great go-to. I wear them under my baggies while mountain biking and they're great for a quick afternoon ride for up to a few hours treck. The chamois is comfortable, the straps stay in place, they don't get too hot, and the compression in the legs is perfect.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on October 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These gloves have become some of my go-to gloves for so many rides. They breathe well, the fabric on the back of the hand is durable, the leather on the palm feels nice, and the nose wipe works really well. They lose a star because they don't work with touch screens, but other than that these are some great gloves.

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Grant Johannes

Grant Johanneswrote a review of on October 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The SB130 is truly the closest thing to a quiver killer bike I've ever ridden. It's a rocket ship up the hill with the super efficient Switch Infinity suspension and incredibly comfortable 77 degree seat tube angle. You can climb all day on this bike. The just as modern 65.5 degree head tube angle and 160mm travel fork makes for an incredibly confident descender. Also, to me, every Switch Infinity bike always feels like it has 10 to 20mm more of suspension in the back when descending, and the Fox DPX2 makes for a fun and poppy ride as well. The SB130s shoots ahead when you pump over rollers and out of corners, and it's so easy to load up and pop off of any and every side hit.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on October 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After my first ride on the SB150 I was a little uncertain of it. It climbed incredibly well, but that's to be expected of any bike with Switch Infinity suspension and a 77 degree seat tube angle. Descending, the front felt like it was wandering and constantly on the edge of washing out. Then, I took to the bike park and on some steep and rowdy runs. That's where I unlocked its secrets. Once you get aggressive, over the front, and lay off the brakes, the SB150 is one of the most fun, capable, and fast bikes ever created. I've never ridden a bike as fast as I have the SB150. I know fast doesn't always equal fun, but this time it didn't. For a 170/150mm travel bike, it's quite flickable a slower speeds, but the more you put in the more you get out.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on October 1, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Bronson has been a staple Santa Cruz bike for years now, and it has only gotten more capable with moving the to lower link suspension platform. The bike pedals well with great traction in the techy sections, good efficiency on the fire road, but the pedaling platform can break away when you stand up to sprint.

This bike can handle pretty much anything on the descents. The 2.6" tires provide a bit more comfort and traction with the lower pressures you can. The suspension can sometimes feel a little dead when you're trying to load it up for a bunny hop, but that translates into being super comfortable and providing tons of traction if you want to ride through the rough stuff instead of hopping over it.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on October 1, 2019

5 5

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

I had always heard that DW link suspension platforms are incredibly efficient, but I was blown away by how well the Ripmo pedals. Even with the shock left in the open position, it just sits at the top of the travel and remains firm while you're sat down churning away, and it rockets forward when you stand up for a sprint.

Descending is remarkable as well. It's light and poppy and easy to flick around the trail popping off roots and side hits. All while being able to bail you out when things get rowdy. The Fox X2 rear shock on this build makes the bike even more capable, and you dial it in to perfect suit your riding style.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on September 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this chainring. It's not super noticeable until you go back to a circular chainring. Your pedal strokes have a much smoother power transfer, and I feel less fatigued at the top of a climb. Also, at 51 grams for the 30T, there's no added weight.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on July 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These sunglasses have great coverage for when you don't want to wear goggles, but still want to keep your eyes safe from over grown brush. The Chromapop lenses always provide enhance clarity and contrast so that you can pick out all the obstacles. The nose piece is adjustable so that the glasses fit perfectly whether the bridge of your nose is wider or narrower.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on July 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The first thing that stands out when slide these knee pads on is how nice the knit sleeve material feels. Along with compressing in all the right ways, the sleeve did a great job of managing sweat as well. The pad provides really good coverage on the front of the and down onto the shin, but the sides are lacking a bit on protection. The exposed hard cap does a great job of sliding when you take spill so that your pads don't slide off your knees.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on June 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When I go to the end of the climb on my local after work loop, the first thing I noticed about the Spartan 29 was responsive and poppy it was when I put any sort of preload into the suspension. On a relatively flat, traversing section of trail, I was able to pop off little lips and flick the bike around like it was 120mm travel trail bike. The suspension is super progressive, so you have so much platform to push off of and hop the bike around the trail. The Super Boost spacing makes the rear end feel very precise, and it helps the rear wheel track through the chunky stuffy flawlessly. When you get the bike point down hill, it feels very stable, but it doesn't hug ground quite the same as something like a Pivot Firebird 29. Personally, I like that it is easy to get off the ground, but others may like something that is a little plusher. I felt very comfortable in cockpit. I wasn't to cramped, but I didn't have to get way over the bars to maintain traction on the front end. The 77.4 degree seat tube angle on a large in the high setting had me feeling very centered on the bike for the climbs, and the short offset fork kept the front wheel from wandering around too much.

All in all, if you want a big, 29er enduro bike that is lively and likes to get in the air, while maintaining high speeds through the chunk, the Spartan 29 is an excellent choice.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on June 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've experience no numbness or discomfort when riding this saddle. Whether I'm climbing for hours in mountains, or just out for quick lap on the local trails after work, I hop on this saddle and I forget it's there. The lip in the back is great for feeling secure on steep in the saddle efforts, and the channel removes all the pressure points.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on June 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love the Tectal. The shape of helmet fit my head (not too round not too oval) perfectly, and the SPIN pads, as well as adding the extra protection from rotation forces, are very comfortable on the head. The Tectal has awesome ventilation, and great coverage of the back of the head and temples. Also, I think it's one of the best looking helmets on the market.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on March 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Alps 8.0 jersey has become my go-to jersey whenever I'm heading out on the trails. The material feels great, and does a great job pulling moisture away from the skin. The fit is tight in all the right places so it's comfortable without ever billowing. The mesh on the back and under the arms does a great job at dumping heat.

Some mtb jerseys I've owned had weird collars that were way too wide or tight. The Alps 8.0 is not like. The collar feels like your favorite t-shirt.

Thankfully, I haven't had the opportunity to test the durability of material in a crash yet, but it does a great job of not catching on branches in tight sections of trail.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on October 4, 2018

5 5

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

The Following MB was the first Evil bike I've ever ridden, and it lived up the expectations. I was pretty surprised at how well the it climbed. I am awful at climbing, but the MB felt supportive and just powered up climbs. Being an Evil, though, this bike is in its element going down. It feels like it has a lot more than just 120mm of travel at the back as it just eats up chunky rock gardens and square edge hits. Also, the suspension is super lively. With the slight in put of preload, this thing pops off of anything. The Following MB is one of, if the most playful bike I've ridden. If your go to trails consist of anything short of an EWS stage (although it could probably get down those fine as well), then the Following MB will be the perfect bike.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on August 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great a jersey for a quick ride in the evening after work, or a few good park laps, and then go straight into town and still look good. It is 100% cotton so I wouldn't recommend wearing this in really hot weather or for long days out on the trail. Overall, great shirt for casual and trail wear.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on August 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I absolutely love these knee pads. The D3O technology has saved my bones in more ways than one. Whether slamming knee on a rock while out on the trail or some dude wailing on my elbow with a lacrosse stick, my D3O padding keeps me going strong. Along with having great protection, the Raid knee guards are very comfortable and stay up while pedaling. I haven't had to readjust them on a single ride yet. If you are looking a knee pad that is good to climb in, but still holds up when things get pretty rowdy, these are the way to go.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on August 8, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this helmet because it was pretty cheap to come with MIPS, had room for goggles, and some cool color ways. When I bought it I paid no attention to the sweat guide tab that extends from the brow pad. I tend to sweat a lot, and always expect to be wiping away sweat when I ride. But, after about 30 min of hard climbing, I noticed that all the sweat was falling in front of my face, and not on it. The sweat guide actually works. Now the 4Forty did have some pressure points on the back of my head where the adjuster is which became a little uncomfortable after a while, but overall a great helmet. Also, I'm not saying that a little bit of extended pad is a make or break piece of tech, but, if you sweat a lot, maybe it is.

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