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Josh H.

Josh H.

Josh H.

Josh H.wrote a review of on October 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

People often say, 'This is a great post for the price,' but I would definitely leave off the 'for the price' part. It's a very reasonably priced piece of equipment, but the performance gives exactly zero indication of where it sits in the pricing hierarchy. It's fast, smooth, and has that nice little 'thunk' at the top-out point to tell you it's time to let go of the lever.

I forget about it because it's so good at its job, and that's all I can ask from any component.

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Josh H.

Josh H.wrote a review of on October 18, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted to like this post, I really did. It's not bad, per se...it's just slow. Also, there's no audible 'thunk' at the top to tell you it's fully topped out.

I'm coming off a Rockshox Command Post IRCC and that thing is a nut-rocket, so my view may be skewed. I'm so used to that instantaneous extension that it was affecting how I ride because the Crank Brothers post moseyed like a burned out hippie trying to find the porta-potties at a 'Dead concert when I hit the lever.

I traded it in for a PNW Bachelor, and I'm really happy with it. I've got it pumped to about 280 psi (300 is max) and it extends quickly, though not baby-maker-threatening-quickly, with a nice little 'thunk' sound at the top. The PNW Loam Lever, which I bought separately, is the best lever I've ever owned for a dropper.

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Josh H.wrote a review of on June 27, 2014

4 5

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

Just went on my first ride (maybe 10 miles?), and I'm feeling pretty good about the frame. It feels stiff, but it's extremely forgiving through the bumps. This thing runs HUGE by my assessment. I'm used to riding mountain bikes, though, so take that with a grain of salt. Although, I have ridden a few mediums in other brands recently, and this one feels the biggest by a good margin. I immediately pushed the seat forward, and silently wished for a slightly shorter stem, but when I got going, I appreciated the extra length and what it does for bump absorption. The wheels seem okay, but I'm not familiar with Fulcrum at all, so I can't say much more than that they seem decent so far. The reflectors must go (forgot to take them off before my ride) as they make all kinds of weird noises while I'm riding. They could just be improperly tightened onto the spokes, but I don't tend to ride with reflectors anyway...other than what's on my shoes and my camelback.

On to the critical part:

The shop did a piss-poor job of tuning this sucker up. When I put it together, it wouldn't drop onto the smallest sprocket in the rear, and the trim was all wonky up front. I got chain-rub on the front derailleur in pretty much every gear (small sprocket AND large). I did some minor adjustments, but I'm not a road-parts expert. I'm used to adjusting my XTR stuff, and that's pretty simple since there's no trim adjustment there...and with the 9-speed, the tolerances are a little less strict when it comes to fine tuning. Anyway, I got rid of the rub by adjusting the front D, but it's still having trouble getting into the small sprocket in back. It also seems to be pretty slow shifting, but maybe I'm expecting too much, again, because I'm used to the XTR gear I run on my mountain rig.

For a first road-bike, I feel pretty good about it, but will update if my experience changes.

Pre-ship tune-up: 2/5
Value/price ratio: 5/5
Frame quality: TBD
Overall quality: 4/5

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