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Ian McMillan

Ian McMillan

Ian McMillan

Ian McMillanwrote a review of on October 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things have been a game-changer for me. They are really light and the most comfortable riding shorts I currently own. Gone are the days of velcro tightening straps and fabric belts, these shorts come in a yoga pant style fit. Just pull them on and you are good to go. The elastic waistband is lined with rubber to ensure minimal slip. I ended up ordering the largest size possible to get a more trail style fit and while they are a little big around the waist they still stay put through all but the gnarliest descents. There are two zipper pockets with just enough space for a phone, your keys, and your nutrition. They are extremely light and water-resistant. I have worn them in temps ranging from 95 all the way down to 35-degree temps and they keep you cool when you want them too and help block the chilly wind when needed.

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Ian McMillanwrote a review of on September 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked up this jersey a month or so ago, and it has pretty quickly turned into my, "wash it after every ride so I can use it on the next one" jersey. The first thing I noticed was the weight, this thing is light, very light. The layout of the different fabrics is thoroughly thought out and is one of the main things that makes this jersey so comfortable. The underarm vents are very breathable and help keep you cool even on the hottest of days. One of my favorite features is the dyneRope textured fabric on the forearms. While it may not look like a lot of extra protection I can say from experience, it feels good to have it there during a crash.
Time to Discuss the fit. It is important to remember that this is Assos and will run on the smaller side. The cut is also more styled for the XC riders out there but if you order a few sizes up It will fit like your favorite baggie jersey. That is what I did, I am 6ft 4in and 220lbs, I ordered the TIR (the largest size they have) and it fits a little baggier as I like it.

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Ian McMillanwrote a review of on September 9, 2019

4 5

The Megatower is, as its name suggests, is a big burly enduro race bike. On the ascents, I was pleasantly surprised with the pedaling efficiency, I did tend to reach for that climbing switch on sustained efforts but for the short punch stuff fully open worked pretty well. The descents are where the Megatower really shines. This thing likes...nay...needs to go fast. It's not like it feels overly cumbersome or sluggish at slower speeds by any means, but it really comes alive when you take your fingers off the brakes and let errr rip. This bike is confidence-inspiring and keeps you glued to the ground through the roughest terrain. Naturally, the groundhuggy nature of this bike does leave some to be desired when it comes to playfulness.

Pro's:
Climbs surprisingly well (for what it is)
Confident inspiring
Bottomless suspension feel
FAST

Cons:
Climbs like a long travel bike (yes pro and con)
Not very playful


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Ian McMillanwrote a review of on September 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these pads just before my Heli Biking trip this summer and I have got to say they are the most comfortable pads I have ever worn. Breathability is top-notch, able to wear them all day without sweating more than the average amount. I wanted to get a pair of pads that I could fit under my long sleeve jerseys and these fit the bill perfectly. The construction has been great I have taken a tumble or two on them with no visible marks. They are incredibly light and flexible when riding but provide really great protection when you fall on them. I recommend these to any avid trail rider looking for a light breathable pad that offers a solid amount of protection.

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Ian McMillanwrote a review of on August 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tire is absurd.....in all the right ways. I was hesitant to make the switch from my trusted Maxxis Minion DHR 2, but I can honestly say I don't think I will be going back any time soon. The grip is very impressive on this tire, my stopping distance has been reduced drastically and the aggressive corner knobs hold an edge like a finely tuned ski. It will work equally well in wet conditions as it does in dry. If you are looking for a tire to take to the bike park, on the gnarly pedal up shred down rides or basically anywhere where you will want maximum grip this is the tire for you. If you are wanting a rear tire that is easy to kick out into drifts this is not the tire for you. This think wants to keep you locked to the ground at all times. When you do decide to do some jumping and leave the ground you can be certain that this thing will land with confidence and brapp you through that next berm with ease.

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Ian McMillanwrote a review of on August 12, 2019

4 5

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

When I first got these things in my hand I was convinced they were a winter riding glove. To the touch, they felt thicker than your average summer hand helmets (gloves), but after the first few rides, I can honestly say they have impressed me a lot with their comfort and breathability. I had very little of my normal palm juice (sweat) and didn't feel like I had to take them off at every stop like some of my other thicker style gloves. I took one small fall straight to my hand and both the gloves and I walked away unscathed. The only problem I found was that one of the seams tended to get in the way of my braking fingers and cause minimal discomfort. I would recommend these gloves to anyone wanting a very comfortable glove with a little more protection than your standard summer threads.

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