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Max Wheelerwrote a review of on November 12, 2019

Rider and dog-approved for charging
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Do you want a bike that bombs downhills, crushes rock gardens, and has Mega in its name? Are you scared that your dog is faster than you on the trail? Then this is the bike
Honestly, if you are looking for something the up your confidence when finishing the third or fourth stage of an enduro race than this is the bike for you. While riding this bike I had to take everything at high speeds for it to feel like it was at its home. That is what will give that confidence for those extra downs when the legs are feeling the past two stages. The geo of this bike (mainly headtube and seat tube angle) match up perfectly with each other to create a bike that loves the descents and loves to charge the climbs as well.
While I was riding this I did feel like the bike was pretty unwanting to be playful like many other bikes in this demographic(ie Ripmo, SB150 or the Pivot 5.5) during the slow speeds which felt a little weird with the x01 eagle gear in the granny gear.
Fortunately, when taking this out I was always riding with a dog that hates it when you go to the granny gear and only wants to charge everything until her legs fell off. Both of us enjoyed taking this thing out and letting it rip through the mountains
For fit, I am 6'1" and felt great on a large frame and didn't have to bring the post out of the frame either which instils a little more confidence on the downs.

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Max Wheelerwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you are looking for a long sleeve jersey that is a little thicker then this is the guy for you. I have taken it out a couple of times while waiting for the true cold of Utah winter to hit and it has been a perfect layer for me in the mid-'40s to low 50's temperature. When I originally got it I was turned off by the weight of the material as I wouldn't be able to ride it during the summer in Northern Utah. After a couple of rides, I have come to the conclusion though that this is going to be a lot better of a layer for the shoulder season and before breaking out the true winter riding gear. POC does label this as their enduro jersey but unless it is an end of season enduro I would see this definitely being way too hot and thick for a long day of riding. One of my favorite aspects to this compared jersey is the zippered side pocket that allows room for a couple of gel packets which in times of an enduro race would truely come in clutch.

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Max Wheelerwrote a review of on October 2, 2019

 The bike of the Future
4 5

Just from looking at this bike you are able to see all the advancements mtb have been making since it originated, This bike build sets its self into a whole new level for bikes and it noticeable anywhere on the trail just with the look of the trust fork. With the linkage for this thing tracked better at high speeds through turns better than any other fork telescoping fork that I have been on. If that doesn't sell you on it then just watching how the forks actuation is mesmerizing as well. The biggest thing for me on this bike was the xx1 axs build. I was blown away by the performance on a Bluetooth electonic shifting. It was so responsive and straight forward that I never had to worry about shifting issues. Besides the components the Sb100 is a super capable XC bike that takes no prisoners when needing to pedals and crush in the racing mentality. This bike came weighted in with one bottle and pedals at 28.02lbs which can definitely be confusing when looking for an XC race rig. That's the thing this build isn't necessarily intending to be the lightest fastest bike out there. It is to show off how far technology has gone and what it can do. As well as all your friends to be jealous of this bad boy after you pull up to the trailhead and after you leave them in the dust

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Max Wheelerwrote a review of on October 2, 2019

5 5

The biggest thing that sticks out on this bike is the lack of road vibrations that it transfers to the rider. This is all because of countervail system that Bianchi took the time to perfect into a bike without having to add any extra technology that could possibly need any maintenance. After riding this all around the Salt Lake Valley and over different types of road(SlC road can range from fresh asphalt to a broken up potholed pipedream of a road). While on the different terrain that the valley allows even with the worst potholes this thing absorbed the vibrations and quickly allowed me to forget how horrible the road I was on truly was. In the past, I justed to really enjoy a nice long endurance ride on the weekend like everyone else but after run-ins with car hung that hat up. It wasn't until riding the Infinito that I had the urge to but the hat back on and get to spinning on the road.
3 enjoyable takeaways from the bike
1) the countervail isn't a scam or gimmick and eliminates all the harsh vibrations over any other endurance bike I have ridden
2) The bike may have the comfort of an endurance bike but still had the geometry to crush long climbs in a great comfort level
3) The fizik Arione that was on the build was by far the most comfortable saddle that allowed me to settle in for the long spins and not have to worry
2 Things I would change
1) I was not too big of a fan ot the Fulcrum wheels and would have preferred something different like the DT Swiss
2) The bars come stock was too comfortable on the flats and as weird as it sounds I wish I had the Cervelo Carbon bar( after testing a lot of different rigs I have fallen in love with these)
With all that aside the best part of this being a custom build is you can easily change the dislikes or things you see mentioned above to whatever you want it to be. As for riding and fit I am 6'1'' and was on a 55cm frame and felt like it was a perfect fit

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Max Wheelerwrote a review of on September 18, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I commuted on this bike a total of 20 miles daily for two weeks and never had a single day that I felt uncomfortable in the commute. One of my favorite fit features to this was the ergonomical bars on the top. This bike is definitely able to put you in the upright position for rides and comfort. While riding I was on a 54cm frame( I usually need something closer to a 56cm) and had no issue with reach while on the flats of bars or the hoods. While on the sprints the bike responded well with a fair amount of stiffness while combine with the DT Swiss wheels and the excellent engagement of the hubs. Paired with the Grand Prix 5000 tires the bike was always a joy to ride and the Ultegra drivetrain always responds perfectly to the rider input not making me wish it had and type of electric to it.
Now for the next part and a big debate between roadies..... Is the disc brake really necessary? In my use of this, I would say yes. After years of road riding and long descents on rim brakes I could feel any more confident while descending down the canyons the encompass Salt Lake City.
For the last side note even though I said earlier reach was great while upright the time I wished there was more room was when I was in the drops on long descents I felt cramped in that positioning and made me rethink sizing to wanting a 56cm frame to instill more confidence in steering on the drops.

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Max Wheelerwrote a review of on September 17, 2019

4 5

So if you are looking for a lightweight breathable glove. Then these are the gloves for you. The back of the hand feature a light mess which breaths better than any other glove I have ridden. The palm is full-on piece leather and after a few rides till feel great and have good grip on them. The one downside is that I have had issues using a touch screen phone with them even though they have the rubber pads to make it possible. On the other side, that is just another advantage to them because they make you have to take a break from technology and really enjoy the ride. I got a pair of these in a large and the glove fit was pretty standard in comparison to my Giro or Dakine gloves.

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Max Wheelerwrote a review of on September 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These shorts have everything I have looked for in a good pair of riding shorts. This is even coming from someone who didn't use to ride bike-specific pants. These have changed my ways. They are light and breathable and the DWR coating on the butt area prevents any water from getting to the chamois while going through creek crossings. For the fit, they are pretty comfortable and on someone that is 6'1'' with a 32 inseam, the short end right above my knees and I don't have to worry about riding short shorts. When combined with my G-form pads these legs come down long enough to leave no gap spaces between the shorts and pads so the weird tan legs can be considered a worry of the past when these bad boys are on.

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Max Wheelerwrote a review of on September 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is one of the most comfortable jerseys I have worn recently. I purchased it in the black and was scared about it getting too hot in the summer. The good news it doesn't! this thing is incredible in its breathability as well as night being overly breathable. This was something I tested a couple of times will riding at night and not having any issues with getting too cold. This one has jumped to the top of my rotation for jerseys and has become one of my go too.
I am average build and 6'1'' and the medium fits me just right. The sizing is very similar to any American sizing which is nice since this is a Uk brand

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Max Wheelerwrote a review of on July 19, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bike was great. Being in the bike world I have always ogled and drooled over Evil waiting for the day to ride one. Finally, that day came! I took this time out for a long day of riding and tons of different terrain. All I can say is it handled and rode like a dream the whole time from lift service to pedaling on a 15-mile trail this bike was amazing. After riding 8 hours at the local park I took this out to see how it did with a full pedal and it was amazing and I still enjoyed the ride the GX drivetrain was great and a huge help with my legs as I noticed no difference in the performance of this thing climbing after a long day. On the build was also the Crank Brothers Highline dropper which I was also incredibly pleased with. The lever felt great and the response for a cable actuation was better than another post I have ridden in the past.

If there was something I would change on this bike it would definitely be going straight to the stan's flow Mk3 wheel to feel more comfortable and not worry about dinging rims while on the riding. As well as changing the brakes from the Guide Rs to a set of Xt or Code RSC to help prevent brake fade on longer descents and rides.

For Sizing I do definitely recommend jumping down a size I am 6'1'' with a 32-inch inseam and usually, ride a large but felt at home on a medium in this bike

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