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Jonathan E

Jonathan Ewrote a review of on July 11, 2019

The CC Dream Build
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Want a bike that will grab everyone’s attention on the trails? This stealthy yet flashy SB100 will do just that. I had the opportunity to ride this exact bike for a few days on some epic singletrack and flow trails in Park City, Utah and was loving the bike after just a few miles on it. Where do I begin?

The SB100 frame alone is a fun platform and once you add in the AXS drivetrain and a Trust Message fork it turns into a blast. This bike falls into a strange category of mountain bikes. It’s not an XC race machine and it’s not a full-on trail bike either. It’s that odd downcountry segment that isn’t great at either XC racing or more rowdy trail riding. But it’s a fun bike that is good at a lot of things. Let’s call it fun-country. If you’re the type of rider that enjoys climbing up singletrack as much as you love descending it but without the need to be the fastest, this would be the bike for you. It’s a great climbing bike with the rear shock locked or even unlocked. Same for that Trust fork. It rolls right over things that you would traditionally have to lift the front end for on a traditional fork. If you want to read more about the fork, check out the 6 month Pinkbike review. I feel pretty much the same way about it as they do.

With that said, if the Trust fork is a little too adventurous for you we can work with you on swapping to something more traditional. But I liked the Trust on this build and would leave it on there. Dare to be different! It looks bitchin’, grabs people’s attention, and performs quiet well.

This was also my first time riding a bike with Eagle AXS and I am blown away. Amazingly quick and crisp shifts every time. I was shifting just for the hell of it at times because it was so easy and fun. And the rainbow cassette/chain looks beautiful paired with the Turquoise I9 wheels. In my opinion, Industry Nine makes some of the best alloy wheels out there and with their new Hydra hubs the engagement can’t be beat. I have a set of the I9’s on my personal XC bike and can’t go back to anything other than the Hydra hub now.

I almost forgot to talk about the SRAM G2 Ultimate Disc brakes that are spec'd on this bike. These are by far the best SRAM brakes that I have used and am looking to get a set soon. Amazing feel and braking power in a lightweight package.

The only thing that I would change on this build would be the dropper post and possibly the tires depending on where you ride. Overall, this bike is awesome and I was able to set some PR’s on Strava without even feeling like I was pushing it. Was it the fork, the AXS drivetrain, the wheels/tire, or just a combination of the entire build? All I know is I had a lot of fun climbing up singletrack and literally flying down the Tidal Wave trail in Deer Valley. Please reach out if you want to talk more about this build.

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Jonathan E

Jonathan Ewrote a review of on July 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Gaerne partnered with Michelin’s designers and technicians to create this new lightweight carbon fiber sole which offers durability and strength. And are quite a bit lighter than my other shoes from another popular Italian brand. The sole provides excellent stiffness and power for pedaling in all conditions. The grippy Michelin tread is nice for those random hike-a-bike moments. I'm a big fan of how easy it is to get in and out of these shoes with the single BOA. As far as sizing goes, they run larger than other brands so be sure to check the sizing chart. I am normally a 46 in most other shoes but a 46 in these is a half to a full size larger. If you are looking for a lightweight and stiff carbon sole shoe then give these a try.

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Jonathan E

Jonathan Ewrote a review of on June 24, 2019

4 5

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

I recently got the chance to ride this sweet bike at a demo event on some local trails. Coming from an XC background, I was impressed how well this bike climbed for a 140/150 travel bike. And once I pointed it downhill it gave me so much confidence. If I were in the market for an All Mountain machine this one would be at the top of my list. The build quality of the frame and specs of this build are hard to beat. At 6'1" I felt right at home riding a Large.

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Jonathan E

Jonathan Ewrote a review of on June 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My new favorite bibs. Why did I stay away from Pearl Izumi for so long? I don't know. But I'm glad I discovered these Pro bibs. The PRO Escape 1:1 chamois is not bulky like some other brands but it's super comfortable. I've mainly been wearing these while out gravel/road riding and hitting the trails on my XC bike and they have provided hours of comfort in the saddle. The laser cut leg openings with silicone leg grippers are some of the best I've experienced in shorts. The shorts just blend into your skin if that makes sense. I think that they run pretty true to size. Maybe a little on the snugger side but I am happy with the Mediums at 6'1" and 165lbs. Oh, and the
laser cut bib straps are some of the most comfortable I've experienced. Similar to how the leg opening blend into your legs, the bib straps disappear with their next to skin comfort. That is not always the case with my height. I highly recommend you give these bibs a try!

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Jonathan E

Jonathan Ewrote a review of on June 17, 2019

4 5

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

I would normally wear a size Medium in most jersey's but this one runs small. Be sure to size up. It's a nice race-fit jersey that breathes well for those warm summer days. It has the classic three back pocket layout for loading up on longer rides. If you are looking for a race-fit jersey then be sure to take a look at this one.

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Jonathan E

Jonathan Ewrote a review of on June 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The best part about these shorts is definitely the PRO Escape 1:1 chamois. It's not bulky like some other brands but it's super comfortable. I've mainly been wearing these as liner shorts under my mountain biking shorts. I prefer bibs for road/gravel riding. The laser cut leg openings with silicone leg grippers are some of the best I've experienced in shorts. The shorts just blend into your skin if that makes sense. I think that they run a little small so if you are in between sizes it would be safest to go up to the larger size.

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Jonathan E

Jonathan Ewrote a review of on April 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've always been a fan of half rim sunglasses. The double bridge enhances and accents the entire frame. These are my first Prizm polarized lenses and wow are they awesome. It will be hard to go back to anything else after wearing these. The cam hinges are nice so the ear stems will never be loose. All of these features give them a distinctive look, fit, and feel. Mercenary will not disappoint.

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Jonathan E

Jonathan Ewrote a review of on April 19, 2019

690 Points of engagement!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It was time to upgrade my wheels on the XC machine and what an upgrade it was. The new Hydra hub from Industry Nine is worthy of the hype. If you want a hub with engagement look no further! Laced to the 27mm wide tubeless ready rims (come taped with tubeless valves) with 28 straight-pull spokes makes a strong wheelset ready to take on some nastier XC trails. If you are looking for a great alloy wheelset then this is my recommendation.

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Jonathan E

Jonathan Ewrote a review of on April 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you have a Wheels Manufacturing BB on your bike you will need a couple of these to install/remove your BB. It's compatible with all current Wheels Manufacturing bottom brackets with notched cups as well as many other outboard bearing bottom brackets. A high-quality tool to add to your toolbox.

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Jonathan E

Jonathan Ewrote a review of on April 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These Gore Windstopper knee warmers do what the name implies. They stop the wind on those chilly days where you still want to get out and ride. They do a great job of blocking the wind. I would recommend these for early spring and late fall riding where the temps are still just a bit too warm for full tights.

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Jonathan E

Jonathan Ewrote a review of on April 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This ultralight Gore glove is great for those sunny 50 to 60 degree days. And you can keep them on whenever you need to mess around with your phone. The palm breathes super well while the back of the hand offers good wind protection. They are not only good for biking. I have used them quite often while running as well.

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Jonathan E

Jonathan Ewrote a review of on April 5, 2019

3 5

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

I thought that this would be the perfect minimalist seat bag but I am not able to fit everything I want in the pouch. If you don't want to carry a spare tube then this bag will work great. If you want to carry a tube you can shove a road bike sized tube in but it will be bulging. Not the best looking. I am usually a fan of Lezyne products but I wasn't super impressed with this one.

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