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Grant Johannes

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Grant Johannes

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 Johannes

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 Johannes

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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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on August 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Man do these shorts keep you cool. I've only ridden them in the hot Salt Lake City summer so far, but, with the breathable fabric and ventilation, I barely noticed them on. The ratchet strap closure is super easy to use, and they are cut the perfect length that the legs don't go halfway down you calf yet are still long enough so you don't get the dreaded gap above your knee pads.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on August 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've always had trouble with goggle fogging up on me, whether it's while mountain biking or skiing, but the Squad goggles have stayed completely dry. Even on the 100 degree afternoons here in Salt Lake the Squads have stayed clear while I'm pouring sweat. Not to mention the carbon-x lenses that keep vision sharp and cut out glare.

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Grant Johanneswrote a review of on August 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This helmet fits perfectly, and has no points that poke or prod anywhere. The Roc Loc Air fit system is very easy to adjust and fine tune for the perfect fit. Also, this helmet looks fantastic. I got the Matte Sonic Psych color way and am not disappointed with the looks. The rubber grippers on the back vents hold goggle straps perfectly in place, and the visor flips up with plenty of room store goggles out of the way.

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