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Nick G.

Nick G.

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Nick G.'s Passions

Mountain Biking
Cyclocross
Road Biking

Nick G.'s Bio

I ride bikes, sometimes to work, sometimes around town, sometimes in dirt, sometimes on gravel, sometimes over mountains, and sometimes with skinny tires.

Nick G.

Nick G.wrote a review of on June 24, 2019

4 5

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

Freehub might be louder than an i9; take that as a warning or a selling point. Wheels are very stout; I have very limited clearance in rear triangle and still don't get tire rubbing when standing and mashing, cornering hard, or landing funny. I'm told the hub internals are shimano so when the time comes I doubt servicing them will be expensive or difficult.
Hard to complain about anything at this price point but the loud freehub just isn't my thing.

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Nick G.wrote a review of on June 24, 2019

5 5

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

Running this fork on a hardtail; it feels as stout as a Pike but is much smoother (and obviously lighter). Adjustments are intuitive and noticeable. I've never been a fan of lockouts but this one works great; so well that I almost want a remote for it!

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Nick G.wrote a review of on February 22, 2019

4 5

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

This is a great jacket, I'm hoping and thinking I'll get ten years out of it.
Not made of the trash bag material other rain jackets are made of. Flexible and breathable.

I've marked it as true to size because it's true to the waist and chest measurements supplied, NOT true to the traditional M/L/XL. The elasitc material on the waist conforms well (in and out) but, speaking from experience, a smaller chest size than your measurement will not fit.

Only takeaways are:
More colors please!
Not as packable as competing products.

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Nick G.wrote a review of on December 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased the upgraded damper since I was doing a travel change on my fork and it was worth the insignificant price difference.
One important thing to note - The DebonAir air spring uses about twice as many bottomless tokens as the standard air spring. Refer to Sram's guide to determine how many they suggest.
I recommend the following when ordering (also available on Competitive Cyclist):
Motorex Racing Fork Oil - higher quality oil than Rockshox, also cheaper, also lower viscosity (unless you're bombing 30 minute descents you don't need rockshox syrup)
ProGold EPX Grease - A convenient replacement for slick honey
And of course bottomless tokens

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Nick G.wrote a review of on November 9, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I replaced my TRP-14 rotors with these as the lower grade model would warp slightly on heavy braking. These seem to fix that. They look pretty cool, are quiet, and may even provide some of the marketing benefits outlined in the description.

Only complaint is that they are heavy (35 grams more than a comparable shimano rotor)

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Nick G.wrote a review of on November 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The ergonomics of a 'Y' wrench allow you to get sufficient torque when you need it and speed when you don't. That makes them perfect for bolts that are resistive all the way in and out (like rotor bolts due to the loctite). Pedros makes high quality stuff, excited to have another lifetime piece!

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Nick G.wrote a review of on October 30, 2018

4 5

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

Pros:
-Durable
-Great aesthetics
-Much easier to use than a standard multitool
Cons:
-The tool wrap is too bulky for what is offered (large footprint)
-An 8mm hex bit is not included though the tool seems stout enough to turn one
-No chain tool
Recommendation:
Sell the version with the torque wrench!

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Nick G.wrote a review of on August 27, 2018

5 5

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

I have a mountain bike specifically for flowy trails on rolling hills (metro Atlanta). I ran metal pads for a year and though they never got hot, they were severely lacking on power and modulation. Since our descents are short I gave these a shot and they're great. Quite, great modulation, and enough power. I haven't taken the bike up to the mountains on these pads but might eventually and will probably carry the metal pads just in case.

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Nick G.wrote a review of on August 10, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Edit: Stopped wearing these. In my personal experience shoes need to be adjusted a few times on long/all day rides. With velcro/ratchet shoes you can just reach down and make the adjustment while riding but with lace-ups that means stopping and retying. They look cool and they feel great when they're right but keeping them 'right' proved too tedious.
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Good looking, lightweight, stiff soles but still comfortable, and came with two different color laces.

Normally wear a 42 but had to go a whole size up.

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Nick G.wrote a review of on August 2, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In my 18 years of riding clipless this is my third pair. With these shoes you don't need all the cable and ratcheting systems the higher models offer since the leather comforms to you.On a 5+ hour ride you'll need to re-tighten at some point.

Lost a star - in the past 3 months these shoes have see a lot of creek crossings, wet weather, and sweaty feet. With about 3 rides a week under these conditions they never really dried out and now the leather has stretched. I've had the shoes for about a year and might have killed them as they are now too big. If you buy these be warned, it's ok to get them wet but take the inserts out and stuff some paper towels in them between rides!

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