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John P.

John P.wrote a review of on September 19, 2019

4 5

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

These are well designed bibs. The straps go along the side of your chest rather than down your chest (very smart). You can't feel a seam anywhere, very soft material. Easy access for a bathroom break. Nice wide leg grippers. Pockets are great, deep enough for most things, not so deep to be cumbersome. Only thing I'm not 100% sold on is the material. So many companies sacrifice performance trying to make a liner more breathable. I prefer when the liner is more or less like a lycra bib. These are more like a stretchy polyester material, not a true cycling short that can take years of use. The material therefore bunches up a bit because it just isn't as form retaining as a lycra short. Chamois feels great, a bit on the thicker side but felt natural while riding.

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John P.wrote a review of on July 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought one of these in 170mm for an sb150. I never thought anything could feel better than my MRP Ribbon but this fork really amazed me. It absorbs small and large impacts so well that you can better focus on the trail and gives less fatigue. The RS app gave a very good setup starting point for pressure and rebound. Good job RockShox!

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John P.wrote a review of on January 24, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are definitely not trail shoes. They are very comfortable and of good materials, but not made for 2-3 hour rides. They have very thick/hard soles which is good for power transfer but doesn't give you the feedback/feel you need for trail riding. It also adds quite a bit of stack (so you may have to raise your saddle). While ventilated, the faux-leather uppers are probably best for sub 80 degree weather. They are also very heavy. If you do rides of less than 90 minutes, I'm sure these are great. But for all-mountain longer days, something lighter, more flexible (but not flexy), and ventilated will be the better choice. I'd like to see Giro come out with a trail version of this shoe (kind of like the Shimano AM7) that had a lighter-duty sole, more open venting, and shaved a 100g off the weight...because otherwise these are super comfortable shoes. I really appreciate that they did put some soft-touch materials on the inside.

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John P.wrote a review of on January 20, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently switched from a Fox 36 to an MRP Ribbon. I couldn't be happier. The ride quality is so much better. And the adjustments are very intuitive and you can actually feel the difference with small adjustments. The ability to change the feel from plush, neutral or firm via the upper and lower air chamber pressures is pure genius. And the ramp control gives you the option of changing your spring curve with dial rather than messing with tokens. I ended up buying a second MRP for my other bike. Another plus of this fork is the 200g weight savings over Fox.

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John P.wrote a review of on January 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've ridden these hard for 4 months. I first bought a pair of 46s, returned them and got a 45.5 which worked well with a medium thick Sole insole. However, I still felt I could go down to a 45 so I bought a second pair and use them with a thinner insole. I'm an 11.5 so should be a 46, but these shoes are very deep and average width. I love these shoes! Very walkable, stiff but not too stiff, great traction, cleat channel allows for very aft placement. They are made of very tough, rubber like material but have excellent ventilation. I do wish they would have used a little more soft/flexible materials on the lateral aspect of the toe box for when your toes push out on that area. The quick lace system and strap work well, but in the mid foot between them, I could use and additional strap for better tension. The lace cover is kinda pointless (though it works well) and covers up the tongue ventilation. I'm cutting it out off my 45s and leaving it on my 45.5s which I'll use more in the winter. These are really comfortable shoes and suited for everything from bike park to trail.

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John P.wrote a review of on December 29, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been waiting for Shimano to release an all mountain shoe that had either straps or a boa. I like their shoes but am not a fan of laces (like my AM7s) or the quick lace system. Straps and boas are much better at getting a snug stay put fit. I like that these have lots of ventilation, a stiff but not too stiff sole, and some medial ankle protection. I'm an 11.5 and ordered a 46. Shimano is very consistent in their sizing. My only critique of these and most shimano shoes is that they don't cover the inner part of the sole (the part under the insole), which results in the plastic molded parts being felt through the insole(depending on which insole you use). I wish they would put a very thin layer of foam over it. I use gorilla tape to cover the cleat hardware and other parts with recesses. The other critique of this shoe is that it has a bit of excess material in the upper. If you have a very high volume foot you might appreciate this. But even with my slightly wide foot, the material bunches up and I had to almost max out the boas to achieve adequate fit. The good thing is there is plenty of vertcal room if you want a thicker insole or orthotic. After putting about 40 miles on these I have mixed feelings, they are very comfortable and have great grip when walking. They are just too high volume. They would make excellent winter shoes with some thick socks. I also found myself wanting just a tad stiffer sole. Going to try the me7s and see if the fit is a little better (and the me7s have a stiffer sole according to Shimano). I'd say these shoes were really made for a more recreational rider with a very voluminous foot.

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John P.wrote a review of on November 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had a few bikes over the past year: Hightower LT, Pivot 5.5, Norco Sight 29 and like this bike the best. I ride in mountainous terrain that is rocky/loose with lots of climbing and descending. Without a question, this bike climbs so well and you don't feel that loss of energy when you stand up or really give it gas. On the downhills it feels very controlled and plush. I did put an X2 shock on mine because I find the adjustability is worth the price. I opted for this bike over the sb130 as a) I wanted more than 130mm travel but less than 160 and b) like the geometry better than the super long fit of the newer models. I've rarely hit my pedal on technical sections. My only criticism of this bike is the internal routing is dated. I can deal with the PIA of getting cables through it, but wish the cable securing ports were more secure (something with a tightening screw that really sealed off the port except for the cable...like what Pivot does on their bikes). As such it is easy to get water in the ports when washing your bike (so I tape them when cleaning). The second thing is this bike does run on the short side. If you're even close to between sizes you should definitely size up (shorter legged folks may need to use a shorter dropper, I have over 2 inches of extra room on my 150mm dropper...so could easily do 170mm). I'm 5'11 with long legs so the shorter reach of the Large suits me fine with a 50mm stem, but when descending I do get that 'too far forward' feeling sometimes and have to really squat back (update 1/7/19: don't get that feeling anymore with 28% sag). I'm also lowering my sag as Yeti recommends the full 30%, which will probably help with that issue as well. I debated even going XL and using a 35 stem...which probably would have worked great as well. But everything is a trade off. What I notice about this bike as compared to my other 29ers is that the front wheel turns like a 27.5 bike. That is, it doesn't give you the feeling that the front wheel is going to fold over in a 180 degree turn. I also like that the chainstays on this bike aren't super short because when riding loose rocks that stability helps. A little harder to lift the front wheel, but with all bikes you adjust your technique to the geometry. This bike is ridiculously fast and you'll find yourself touching the brakes because it wants to scream downhill when you're not quite ready! If you're over 5'11 I'd definitely consider the XL size! Update 1/7/19: I bought a second frame (XL) to build in to a more downhill oriented bike. That's how much I love this frame....I'll have 2 complete sb5.5s in different sizes!

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