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Nathan Fisher

Nathan Fisher

Nathan Fisher

Nathan Fisherwrote a review of on July 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is what you want for bleeding your Shimano hydraulic brakes once they start feeling mushy or not as responsive. One bottle is enough to last a lifetime of brake usage. My Deore XT brakes from 2002 are still going strong and I've barely put a dent in the bottle. Make sure to confirm that your brakes use mineral oil and not DOT fluid before bleeding. Also check to see if the Shimano brakes you are bleeding use a open reservoir (less common) or a nozzle design. If your brakes have the latter, make sure to pick up a Shimano bleed kit which will have everything you need.

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Nathan Fisherwrote a review of on July 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With so many different types of grease and lube for bikes, what type to use can be confusing. This grease is designed for high wear parts such as freehubs, bottom brackets, headsets, and suspension linkage bearings. This is not what you want to use on your seatpost (use ASC-1) or for other general use purposes (use PPL-1 or PPL-2). I recommend using the Finish Line Grease Injection Gun for more precision application and to avoid wasting expensive grease.

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Nathan Fisherwrote a review of on July 13, 2018

5 5

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

After breaking several of the Park Tool CG-2.3 chain cleaners, I was on the prowl for a better chain cleaner. In comes the Pedros Pig Pen! Don't be fooled by the cute appearance, the Pig Pen is a well designed tool to degrease and remove dirt from your chain. The latch design is much more durable and well designed than the Park Tool version and there is a hook to hold the tool on your rear derailleur. Instead of having to hold the cleaner on your chain and turning the cranks with your other hand, this simple addition makes chain cleaning a one hand job. Included is not only a degreaser for the Chain Pig, but a quality chain lube that works well. There is also a toothbrush for removing dirt from the chainrings and rear cassette. I will have to see how the Pig Pen holds up over time, but after a couple of uses, I am impressed.

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Nathan Fisherwrote a review of on June 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking at upgrading to Eagle and confused about all the different models, let me break it down for you. XX1 Eagle is the top of the line with a hollow pin chain and single piece milled Cromoly cassette. X01 saves about two Benjamins and is functionality the same except for weighing 40g more than the XX1. The GX eagle cuts some corners, using a standard chain design and the cassette is stamped and riveted like a normal cassette instead of milled.
FUNCTIONALLY THE GX EAGLE IS THE SAME AS THE XX1 AND X01. I cannot stress this enough. The only reason to go with the X01 or XX1 over the GX eagle is if you are an super extreme XC rider trying to save every gram or just really like gold and willing to drop and extra grand. With that cleared up, onto the review.
Installation.
The Sram GX eagle is surprisingly straightforward to install. Sram has a fantastic video that breaks down the installation and adjustment to a 10 minute video. With the proper tools it took me an hour, included the time it took to install the XD driver. But if your bike already has an XD driver, installation is a breeze.
Performance.
The smoothest shifting I have ever had the pleasure of using. With every gear change the chain seems to lock perfectly into the next chainring, even when downshifting 5 or 6 gears at once. With the narrow wide design being utilized on the jockey wheel as well as front chaining, I have had no issue with the chain slipping or coming off, even after testing it off some intense drops on a hardtail. The clutch keeps the chain very taught and prevents it from slapping around on rocky sections.
Overall the best drivetrain for the dollar right now. The only complaint I have about the GX groupset is I am not a fan of the front chainring mounting design on the new cranks. Save some money and use your old cranks and just purchase the drivetrain. I'll take my old XTR four bolt cranks with a Raceface chainring over the Xsync design anyday.

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Nathan Fisherwrote a review of on June 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking at upgrading to Eagle and confused about all the different models, let me break it down for you. XX1 Eagle is the top of the line with a hollow pin chain and single piece milled Cromoly cassette. X01 saves about two Benjamins and is functionality the same except for weighing 40g more than the XX1. The GX eagle cuts some corners, using a standard chain design and the cassette is stamped and riveted like a normal cassette instead of milled.
FUNCTIONALLY THE GX EAGLE IS THE SAME AS THE XX1 AND X01. I cannot stress this enough. The only reason to go with the X01 or XX1 over the GX eagle is if you are an super extreme XC rider trying to save every gram or just really like gold and willing to drop and extra grand. With that cleared up, onto the review.
Installation.
The Sram GX eagle is surprisingly straightforward to install. Sram has a fantastic video that breaks down the installation and adjustment to a 10 minute video. With the proper tools it took me an hour, included the time it took to install the XD driver. But if your bike already has an XD driver, installation is a breeze.
Performance.
The smoothest shifting I have ever had the pleasure of using. With every gear change the chain seems to lock perfectly into the next chainring, even when downshifting 5 or 6 gears at once. With the narrow wide design being utilized on the jockey wheel as well as front chaining, I have had no issue with the chain slipping or coming off, even after testing it off some intense drops on a hardtail. The clutch keeps the chain very taught and prevents it from slapping around on rocky sections.
Overall the best drivetrain for the dollar right now. The only complaint I have about the GX groupset is I am not a fan of the front chainring mounting design on the new cranks. Save some money and use your old cranks and just purchase the drivetrain. I'll take my old XTR four bolt cranks with a Raceface chainring over the Xsync design anyday.

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Nathan Fisherwrote a review of on June 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking at upgrading to Eagle and confused about all the different models, let me break it down for you. XX1 Eagle is the top of the line with a hollow pin chain and single piece milled Cromoly cassette. X01 saves about two Benjamins and is functionality the same except for weighing 40g more than the XX1. The GX eagle cuts some corners, using a standard chain design and the cassette is stamped and riveted like a normal cassette instead of milled.
FUNCTIONALLY THE GX EAGLE IS THE SAME AS THE XX1 AND X01. I cannot stress this enough. The only reason to go with the X01 or XX1 over the GX eagle is if you are an super extreme XC rider trying to save every gram or just really like gold and willing to drop and extra grand. With that cleared up, onto the review.
Installation.
The Sram GX eagle is surprisingly straightforward to install. Sram has a fantastic video that breaks down the installation and adjustment to a 10 minute video. With the proper tools it took me an hour, included the time it took to install the XD driver. But if your bike already has an XD driver, installation is a breeze.
Performance.
The smoothest shifting I have ever had the pleasure of using. With every gear change the chain seems to lock perfectly into the next chainring, even when downshifting 5 or 6 gears at once. With the narrow wide design being utilized on the jockey wheel as well as front chaining, I have had no issue with the chain slipping or coming off, even after testing it off some intense drops on a hardtail. The clutch keeps the chain very taught and prevents it from slapping around on rocky sections.
Overall the best drivetrain for the dollar right now. The only complaint I have about the GX groupset is I am not a fan of the front chainring mounting design on the new cranks. Save some money and use your old cranks and just purchase the drivetrain. I'll take my old XTR four bolt cranks with a Raceface chainring over the Xsync design anyday.

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Nathan Fisher

Nathan Fisherwrote a review of on June 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking at upgrading to Eagle and confused about all the different models, let me break it down for you. XX1 Eagle is the top of the line with a hollow pin chain and single piece milled Cromoly cassette. X01 saves about two Benjamins and is functionality the same except for weighing 40g more than the XX1. The GX eagle cuts some corners, using a standard chain design and the cassette is stamped and riveted like a normal cassette instead of milled.
FUNCTIONALLY THE GX EAGLE IS THE SAME AS THE XX1 AND X01. I cannot stress this enough. The only reason to go with the X01 or XX1 over the GX eagle is if you are an super extreme XC rider trying to save every gram or just really like gold and willing to drop and extra grand. With that cleared up, onto the review.
Installation.
The Sram GX eagle is surprisingly straightforward to install. Sram has a fantastic video that breaks down the installation and adjustment to a 10 minute video. With the proper tools it took me an hour, included the time it took to install the XD driver. But if your bike already has an XD driver, installation is a breeze.
Performance.
The smoothest shifting I have ever had the pleasure of using. With every gear change the chain seems to lock perfectly into the next chainring, even when downshifting 5 or 6 gears at once. With the narrow wide design being utilized on the jockey wheel as well as front chaining, I have had no issue with the chain slipping or coming off, even after testing it off some intense drops on a hardtail. The clutch keeps the chain very taught and prevents it from slapping around on rocky sections.
Overall the best drivetrain for the dollar right now. The only complaint I have about the GX groupset is I am not a fan of the front chainring mounting design on the new cranks. Save some money and use your old cranks and just purchase the drivetrain. I'll take my old XTR four bolt cranks with a Raceface chainring over the Xsync design anyday.

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Nathan Fisherwrote a review of on June 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My favorite feature of the Cliff bars is how good they taste in every condition. After skiing in below zero temps, my Cliff bar got a little hard but not frozen solid. Mountain biking in the summer they can get a little soft, but not too gooey it's failing apart while you eat it. I have never encountered such a versatile snack in all conditions.
These babies pack 250 calories which is plenty for when you start to get low on energy. Cliff bars are so filling I find myself nibbling on them during rides or saving half for later.
For flavors I have stuck with the standard chocolate chips flavor for years but recently decided to try branch out and try new flavors. I was pleasantly surprised with the walnut raisin. Tastes like the cookies my grandma used to make!
Cliff bars are my favorite energy bars and I don't find myself switching anytime soon.

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Nathan Fisherwrote a review of on June 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The versatility of the Kuat Vagabond cannot be beat! I've used it for quite a few mountain biking trips. Holds two bikes easily. The skewer mounts actually work great with thru axle mountain bikes. Just use a 135mm rear QR to secure the fork, then the included tie downs to secure the rear tire. Holds two large plastic totes for road trips and car camping no problem.
Installation is pretty straightforward but time consuming. Only tools required is a hex that is included. There is a total of 8 hand nuts that have to be carefully tightened by hand. The windscreen is a bit easier, but be sure not to overtighten and crack the plastic mounts.
The huge advantage of the Vagabond over Thule and Yakima racks is that no specialty crossbars or mounting kits are required. All you need is a vehicle with two cross bars. Attached with no issues to the stock roof system on my Ford Explorer.

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Nathan Fisherwrote a review of on June 25, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use the Raceface narrow wide chainring with an Eagle drivetrain and old XTR cranks and it works perfectly. No issues with the chain coming off thanks to the narrow wide design. The Raceface logo pattern is a nice touch and the anodization is high quality and comes in every color to match your other components.
But I have two complaints with this item. First is you need very specific, shallow chainring bolts that really should be included. Second is while aluminum is great for weight, steel is exponentially more durable. I do not understand the obsession of the bike industry to save a couple grams at the cost of durability, especially for mountain bikes.

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Nathan Fisherwrote a review of on June 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using simple green to clean my bikes and components for years with no issues. However simple green leaves much to be desired in terms of finish. That's when Pedros Bike Lust polish comes in. This stuff not only makes your bike sparkle like a new car, the silcone helps keep dust and dirt from adhering to the frame. Practical and pretty!

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Nathan Fisherwrote a review of on June 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i have only used Stan's for years with no problems. This stuff lasts forever in your tire and when you run low, just add more. I've used it in tubes to provides flat protection and for tubeless setup. One thing I recommend is getting one of the 2oz bottles and refilling it with this. The small bottle has a nozzle that makes it much easier to install.

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Nathan Fisherwrote a review of on June 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The G-Shock Elite pads are the most comfortable pads I have ever worn. Compared to plastic and rigid pads, these feel like nothing.
The main build of the G-Shock Elite pads is a stretch material that is very well ventilated. The top and bottom of the sleeve has a rubber or silicone ring that prevents the pads from slipping. Due to the non-adjustable design, I highly recommend carefully measuring your leg and using the size chart or trying on in person.
The actual protection is very unique. It reminds me of a turtle shell but is made from a deceivingly soft rubber. Upon impact this material feels like concrete.
I went with the G-Shock Elite over the other models due to the shin protection. These provide about the same about of protection as my POC long knee guards
Overall definitely recommend the G-Shock Elites. Great climbing performance with more than adequate protection on the downhill

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