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Jonathan L.

Jonathan L.

Jonathan L.

Jonathan L.wrote a review of on December 30, 2015

Best Garmin mount out there!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like this mount becuase it limits the chance of the item breaking in a fall. The other longer ones attached to bars are more prone to breaking (mtb) and of course the same for the road if you crash.

The one great thing too if you do break this mount is only the plastic piece mounted inside the mount is what breaks and can be purchased for $6. So no need to get an actual mount again, just the plastic mounting piece. I have this on all my bikes and the viewing angle is perfect for all of my bikes.

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Jonathan L.

Jonathan L.wrote a review of on December 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Once I rode these rear hubs for a few hundred miles and went to other hubs. I definitely miss how the infinite POE (felt like to me) helped me in my riding a lot. So I got a little spoiled with the way it feels and prefer to ride them for technical trails (after 3 mph this no longer matters of course)

The sound isn't SUPER loud on the trails but can be heard, I like how subtle the packaging is but the attention to detail in the hub is like artwork. I had it laced by my LBS and nothing but good things to say regarding Chris King Hubs. I have yet to service it after riding dust, mud, wet conditions and the hub still rolls smooth.

Installing the XD cassette was also a breeze. Would love to buy again if only the wallet agreed!

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Jonathan L.

Jonathan L.wrote a review of on December 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Im a big guy. so the waist strap is sort of on my stomach (more like straddling the bottom side of my belly to stay in place) and the bag moves around on rough stuff no matter how tight I put it.

Otherwise I like how easy the hydration pack is to fill and clean. All quick disconnect with the hose. The compartment is easy to get to without having to go through the main compartments. I use the big compartment to put in clothes like socks and a rain coat. I use the smaller compartment for tools and a tube. Then the quick compartment i put my snacks in there. The waist side compartment I put my phone in one side, and a small multi tool on the other. I put a branch cutting knife on my shoulder compartment. Its been holding up to a year of abuse with a few tumbles and no rips or scuffs. Only thing that came off are the yellow M thingys on the zippers. Almost all of them fell off.

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Jonathan L.

Jonathan L.wrote a review of on December 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Currently installed with a Renthal Carbon bar and I don't have the squeeks and noises peopel complain about. It is a bit tricky to install at first but once you figure out a way its pretty simple. I tighten the bolts on the bottom piece on the steerer tube first, then the handle bar, then the top part touching the steerer tube. Very sturdy and stiff. Light as well. No complaints.

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Jonathan L.wrote a review of on December 30, 2015

Jumpy and playful bike!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this bike primarily because it was on sale and I wanted to try it since I had all the parts. The bike i compared it to is my HD3. I will admit this bike doesn't climb as well but excels in a few items. Mostly in descent down rocky stuff as it felt more confident and vpp felt more smooth and bottomless. The bike also did well jumping. But I felt the build and bike was too burly for my trails built as is (pike, wide tires etc) so I decided to hold on to it for park riding next year and maybe some races if im not too lazy

One thing also is how quiet and smooth carbon is on descents. Quality of the frame and attention to detail is great, no issues installing BB or headset. DT Swiss axle is very nice and easy to use. Frame came with a checklist from Backcountry, a grease gun, a SC garbage bag?, carbon grit grease and grease. Very happy with the transaction.

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Jonathan L.wrote a review of on December 30, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I gave it 4 stars since stitching ripped(too small of a size so I can see why) and the size chart was incorrect with my measurements. but I didn't use it enough to really give it a full review. The item is tight but can imagine its similar to the TLD knee pads where it won't slip on. I would of kept them for their protection but it was cutting circulation. I wish they made a size bigger so I can wear them as I enjoy the Slip on knee/shin pads very much.

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Jonathan L.wrote a review of on December 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used this for ALL tires, makes things a breeze when changing any type of tire. Most importantly are the DH Tires. I use it primarily as a starter pick, then I put in a plastic piece, then use the tool again to go around the tire. I use it for both installing and removing tires.

Also this tool is great for removing bushings of forks when servicing.

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Jonathan L.

Jonathan L.wrote a review of on December 29, 2015

Fun/Flickable little frame
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this frame because I wanted a low travel frame for the flat trails I do in the area. This bad boy can hold its own in the steeper stuff that my HD3 can handle and it handles it great. I love how flickable and poppy it is around turns. I was able to ride more than I normally can without getting too tired (i think due to how efficient it pedals with lower travel). The bike handles on rails and feels more planted to the ground for the type of riding I do in my area. But on some steep descents this didn't have any issue. Waiting to try it out on some really rocky/technical areas but have been very happy with it!

I set it up with a Pike RCT3 to 140 MM. Renthal bars at 760 with Maxxis MR2 and this bike handles like a dream. Will switch to Ardents eventually as this seems to be a bike meant to go fast on the trails!

I originally bought the Bronson since this wasnt on sale but once I saw the 5010 go on sale I ordered it up and will use the Bronson for park riding instead. I don't regret buying this frame one bit as Im having a blast riding it!

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Jonathan L.wrote a review of on December 29, 2015

My go to tire
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have this tire as a front and rear combo. Works great for all of NJ riding. Very grippy in tacky dirt and predictable in slippery dirt (not full on mud but slimey mud) I've hit many rocks they hold strong, easy to set up tubeless. Currently has 250 miles on one rear tire and looks to still have 70% life. I like to slide around turns, ride rocky terrain, do jumps and beat the crap out of my stuff!

Picture is of rear tire from 250 miles, 1 race, 1 park day and many trail days.

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Jonathan L.wrote a review of on December 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The quality was great, good amount of detail from the many positions to adjust the helmet. But unfortunately its too small for my melon head. I bought the large, thinking it will fit up to 63 CM as stated but unfortunately its a tad too small. I wear a 7 7/8-8 fitted basebal hat and this just wasnt cutting it. I normally wear the L Bell Super and XL TLD A1 which all fit nicely but wish this one did as its a sweet looking helmet! Maybe Smith will make an XL in the future.

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