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Matt B.

Matt B.

Matt B.

Matt B.wrote a review of on May 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a Pivot Mach6 which doesn't have a bottle mount in the frame, but it does have the screws/mounts on the bottom of the downtube. The problem with using a traditional bottle cage in this location is that they arent designed to be used upside down and I frequently lost bottles. This bottle/mounting system works perfectly for this non-standard location and is super secure. If I have any gripe with the system it is that is is so difficult to remove the bottle that I frequently cannot do it while riding, but in this case I'm happy to substitute security for ease of use

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Matt B.

Matt B.wrote a review of on April 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As an elite cross country racer the 429sl is the perfect bike for increasing technical and rough race courses. It is cliché to say, but it really does floats over rock gardens and roots with ease and rides much more like a longer travel bike. Much of the ride quality is attributed to the DW Link suspension design, which on the 429sl maintains a very efficient pedaling platform. Before riding it I was sure that I would need to upgrade my suspension and buy a remote lockout system, but I am happy to report that since then I have never once wished I had a remote. The bike is simply that efficient.

I ride this bike hard, and it takes everything I can give it. I cannot say the same of other xc racing machines I've ridden.


At 6’ tall and with lanky build the large 429sl fits perfectly for a somewhat aggressive riding position.

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Matt B.

Matt B.wrote a review of on April 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The added coverage in the Tectal is obvious as soon as you put it on. The helmet sits low on my forehead and covers to ear level. Ventilation is key in xc and trail lids, and the Tectal get plenty of it. The vent holes are huge and really get air moving through. The visor is adjustable and in fact removable, and I've used it in nearly every configuration I can come up with. The Tectal is noticeable heavier than its little brother the Octal, but for my mountain bike rides, I always grab the Tectal.

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Matt B.

Matt B.wrote a review of on March 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ive been riding this tire front and rear for the past 3 months over varied terrain and I can only say good things about it! The tread pattern is fast and grippy in every situation, and it is wearing much slower than standard Vittoria tires. Even at low pressures the TNT casing has prevented flats. This is a solid tire for xc and light trail use!

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Matt B.

Matt B.wrote a review of on April 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Having to worry about your grips rotating on your bars or hand sliding off of them is the absolute worst feeling to have during a race. ESI grips on the other hand are very grippy, and will not budge off your bars. I have been using ESI's for three years now and have yet to find a reason not to love them. Definitely worth a try, you'll be hooked.

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Matt B.

Matt B.wrote a review of on April 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My helmet is one piece of kit that I won't compromise anything for, even looks. Good thing neither of those are a problem with this helmet. The Octal gets more airflow through the helmet than any other I have used, and it is EXTREMELY light. But, like I said safety is everything and this lid checks all of the boxes.

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Matt B.

Matt B.wrote a review of on April 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Mavic has been onto something for a while, and they definitely know it. This wheelset is one of the last aluminum XC race rims still in use today, and that too is no mistake. Weighing in at just over 1500g they are significantly lighter than most carbon wheel sets, at less than half the cost! The rear hub has a very fast ratchet action, giving the bike a feeling of instantaneous acceleration which is only helped by their incredibly low weight. Overall it is a great quality buy at half the cost of the competitors carbon wheels.

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Matt B.

Matt B.wrote a review of on April 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Wholedration is my new go-to training and racing drink mix. The two mixes for higher or lower sweat rate are significantly different and both taste great, especially at their targeted temperature (sweat rate range). The fact that they are organic and non-GMO is only icing on the cake.

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Matt B.

Matt B.wrote a review of on April 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While these aren't the strongest brakes Ive ever ridden, (and they aren't designed to be) they offer tons of modulation and reach adjust. I have them on my XC race bike and they do the trick without hesitation. I have yet to hear a squeak out of them in the wet and they love racing in the dust. The MT6's do exactly what they are designed to do, be light and reliably slow you down.

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Matt B.

Matt B.wrote a review of on April 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Every aspect of this bike has been meticulously planned and executed to create an incredibly smooth and playful ride that comes in a race winning package. As always, sram's XO1 drivetrain works flawlessly and reliably and is complimented nicely by the Fox float 32 fork. This is my go-to hard tail and I think it will continue to be for the near future.

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