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Jon G.

Jon G.

Jon G.

Jon G.wrote a review of on July 31, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've worn these shorts on a handful of rides now, and they're definitely one of my favorites. The cut is on the slim side - I wear a small and have had to cinch up the waist on all my other shorts, but not the Zoic's - they fit perfectly out of the box. Along the same lines, I've noticed that they don't cover my knee pads as much as other shorts with a 13" inseam - because the cut is slimmer, I don't think they hang down quite as much when you're in the saddle.

The fabric is nice - fairly lightweight and with a little bit of stretch, but still feels durable enough to take some abuse. Sewing and overall build quality is top notch and everything works as it should. Once I'm riding, I don't notice them at all, which is the way shorts should be!

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Jon G.

Jon G.wrote a review of on November 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The DHR II is an excellent rear tire in loose, rocky or steep terrain (or all three!) - though I haven't ridden it much in the wet. Excellent braking and cornering, decently fast rolling in the 2.3 size (though the 2.4WT felt slow as molasses), and not too heavy given the grip and durability. It's certainly not an XC race tire - but you already knew that!

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Jon G.wrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

No, it's not a full-on downhill helmet, but it's also not a full-on downhill helmet :-) The Super 3 provides extra protection to keep you from losing teeth, while being light enough that you'll actually use it on those gnarlier trail rides where something bad really could happen, but you want to be able to breathe and not overheat on the climb. The chin bar is easy to put on and take off (it's actually easier to do with the helmet on) and while it's not DH-certified, it's pretty sturdy and I'd rather crack it on rocks than my jaw. I bought it for my first enduro race, but will also use it when we ride fast, rocky trails where the consequences of a little slip could be serious.

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Jon G.wrote a review of on December 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very nicely made, seems to stay put on my back well, and the compartments are nicely laid out. Oh, and the bladder and bite valve work well.

One minor quibble: the smaller side-access zip pocket has a divided mesh compartment inside it that's accessed from the top - which makes it hard to get at things in the compartments.

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Jon G.wrote a review of on October 31, 2016

Can't really ask for more
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a Hightower CC frame 6 months ago and built it up as a 29er with a 150mm Pike up front and carbon Nox / I-9 wheels. This is by far my favorite mountain bike ever. It climbs extremely well, even in very slow technical stuff that I expected to have trouble with due to the slack (for a 29er) head angle. And when I point it downhill, I just can't stop smiling. It's stable, the rear end is incredibly solid, and it tracks wonderfully through just about anything. And unlike my old Tallboy LTc, it likes to pop off things. More and more, I'm finding myself taking the "big line" across the top of rocks rather than avoiding them - the Hightower is easy to launch, and lands with a solid "thump" on the back side, totally under control.

The only downside I've found is that the bike encourages you to seek out more technical terrain and go frighteningly fast on descents - it makes you want to push the boundaries and it's so capable that those limits are pretty far out there.

Oh, and that's just with 29" wheels and 2.35 tires - I haven't even tried the 27+ configuration yet :-) For reference, I'm 5'8" and 150 lbs - the medium frame with a 40mm stem fits perfectly.

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Jon G.wrote a review of on August 2, 2016

4 5

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

The rack is nicely made, really good looking, and fits 15mm thru axles. And you can get an optional axle mount for boost forks too.

Unfortunately, the trays are so low-profile (usually a good thing, right?) that the giant plastic side rails on my 2017 Subaru Outback interfere with sliding in and tightening down the fork axle. To allow room I had to move the trays way inboard of the side rails - which then doesn't leave enough space between 2 trays to allow for wide handlebars without the bikes tangling or bumping each other.

The alternative was to mount the trays out farther but reversed, so you insert the thru axles from the inboard side of the rack. But holding onto the bike and getting the axle lined up from the opposite side can be challenging. I've now got a dent in the roof of my new car to prove it :-(

So after fussing with racks and bikes for a while, I ended up returning them. Nothing against the racks themselves, they just didn't work with our particular car and bikes.

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Jon G.wrote a review of on April 17, 2016

5 5

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

I used to have a Trico IronCase, and while it was bulletproof, it was also a royal pain to pack. I was hesitant to switch to a soft case until a well-traveled buddy pointed out that his bike is always loaded onto the plane last because they can't stack anything on top of a soft case. And the EVOC packs SO much easier than the Trico. I can fit my medium Tallboy LTc (29er) in it easily after just lowering the dropper post and removing the handlebars, pedals and wheels. I do have to let air out of big tires (29 x 2.35) before the zippers will close on the wheel pockets, but you can literally pack your bike in 10 minutes in the parking lot using one wrench. I've only used it on one cross-country trip, but the bike was well-protected and came through unscathed. Oh - and the wheels and handles make it a breeze to move around too (given its size, anyway).

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