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Michael P.

Michael P.

Pacific Northwest

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Road, XC, Cross, AM weekend warrior trying to stay young in body, mind and spirit

Michael P.

Michael P.wrote a review of on May 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was skeptical at first given that these are an older model but all I can say is wow. These things are stiff and they role oh so well. Tubeless setup was simple. The only draw back is that these are only set up for a Shimano 10 speed and requires another $100 to get an 11speed cassette hub.

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Michael P.

Michael P.wrote a review of on February 1, 2015

4 5

It truly handles like a 26er, nimble, easy to flip, great in single track and climbing. The 29er just rolls over everything! I am 5'11" 195 pounds and on the downslope thing definitely get a bit hairy. The frame is a lot more flex than my Pivot Mach 6. A bit nerve racking but the climbing strength of the bike makes for a good compromise. You truly can't feel any kind of peddle bob when you are climbing be it in the saddle or out. Going to put a pair of Enve carbons on it to stiffen the ride up a bit. The Mavics are good but I can feel the hoops flex when riding hard. Think it's just a weight thing as I am a bit of a Clydesdale and like to hammer the pedals when I ride.

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Michael P.wrote a review of on August 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I upgraded to this post on my Mach 6. It's been a great post for AM riding. A nice feature to have when you are heading down something pretty hairy. It's a super functional post - works well, does not creep. The remote is super convenient but I find it to be a bit stiff to engage at speed. No problem at all when I have time to think about it.

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Michael P.

Michael P.wrote a review of on August 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought an XT/XTR setup in stealth black and outfitted it with a KV dropper post with internal routing. This bike is incredibly stiff and quiet. It is hands down my favorite AM bike for it's versatility across the mountain in climbing, descending, cruising - whatever you throw at it. The 27.5 wheels are noticably more agile than a 29er yet roll much smoother over the roots and ruts than my old 26FS. It's heavy bike at about 28 pounds but the only time I feel it is when I am putting in on the roof rack. The DW suspension is real. It really doesn't bob and it really climbs that well. It's definitely made me a better rider. Tires are the achillies heel - the Kenda's are just not that good even with tubeless setup. The Fox Float 150 is a great fork. The combination is really so smooth at high speed descent it's really unbelievable and the traction and smoothness I get on high speed berms is simply awesome. Can't say enough about this bike. Pivot really got it right with the Mach 6! This thing is a pure joy to ride anywhere!

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Michael P.

Michael P.wrote a review of on August 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great product. Rigid yet light. The seat clamp is a real beauty and highly functional. I bit of a chore to get the saddle on but it has really clean lines once it is on. I ride with the saddle laid back a bit and at 12Nm my saddle kept slipping back. I had to ratchet the torque up to 15Nm to fully lock down my saddle. The 25mm offset is great. Just love this seatpost. I am definitely becomming an Enve loyalist for the quality of product they build. Wheels will be next...

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Michael P.

Michael P.wrote a review of on August 14, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this rack for about 6 months now and functionally it is superbly convenient. One and off with great ease, haven't lost a bike yet. But the design on those darn end caps is just plain stupid. Lost them in the first two weeks and put another set on. Lost them again about a month later. They have to think of a better solution there. I use the aero cross bars and these things are not a natural fit. I also don't like all the knobs hanging off the bottom. Hopefully their future generations will improve. It gets the job done but it could be so much better.

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Michael P.

Michael P.wrote a review of on August 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love these tires - set them up as tubeless. Nice grip running up here in the Seattle area - this particular tire seems to be versatile for all types of terrain. They hold super well on the corners too! Competitive Cyclist took care of me when I noticed one of the tires I bought was warped. They swapped out a new one for me no problem. Great customer service and competitive prices is what keeps me coming back.

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Michael P.wrote a review of on August 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Set these up this week on my second mtn bike. I am pleased with this particular derailleur and have been riding it on my first rig for the better part of a year now with no problems at all out here in the Pac NW. it is super crisp on the shift and the clutch works great to keep things quite on the back. Love the black and silver look too.

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Michael P.

Michael P.wrote a review of on August 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have historically shied away from Enve due to cost but I finally took the plunge on the Sweep bars and Seatpost. It's amazing how light their gear is given how stiff and durable the stuff is. I am a clydesdale at 195 pounds and I hammer my gear hard. I set these bars up at 740 and on an all out uphill hammer I felt no flex, I am mean no flex at all as compared to my older 3T aluminum bars. Well worth the premium price. Well done Enve.

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