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Robert S.wrote a review of on March 4, 2017

3 5

After two months of use I have to say that the post works as I expected. This is my first dropper so nothing to compare to but...it goes up, it goes down. There isn't any sag and the control mechanism works fine. The on issue is the thumb lever. The way the cable connects to the unit is simply ridiculous. It is hard to describe but basically you have to thread a cable into a ridiculously small hole, upside down and use a very, very small allen wrench to secure it...without being able to see where the screw is. And once you have the unit installed the barrel connector actually is in the way of the whole in case you had to adjust it. It is this bad...if i were to buy another dropper for one of my other bikes I would not buy this dropper just because of this poor design at the lever.

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Robert S.wrote a review of on March 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Been riding mountain bikes at a high level for 23 years...tried every cool brand made for every part of the bike...In the end I also learned not much reason to buy anything other than Shimano XT for any drivetrain/brake part on the bike. They work flawlessly, awesome quality, always improving...and these new xt brakes? Lever perfect size and fit, the new clamp allows for attaching other things to the bar...and of course amazing braking power.

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Robert S.wrote a review of on February 15, 2017

1 5

This is a great helmet. Quality build, nice fit, good styling...But, the sweat pours down into your eyes. Before I purchased this helmet I looked at several reviews and everyone mentioned this as a problem. But like everything else I thought this would not be an issue for me. Man, was I wrong. Forget wearing your glasses because within 15 minutes of the ride they are covered with streaks of sweat and dirt. And the entire ride after the water pours down into your eyes. I added a different pad on the edge of the helmet where it meets the forehead..that just filled up with sweat and poured down after. I also tried wearing different beanie caps, but again no luck. I have owned many, many helmets over the course of 20 years riding and never have I had such bad draining issue. As much as I like this helmet it is simply unusable.

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Robert S.wrote a review of on December 28, 2016

1 5

Made in Germany, TR, all the tricky rubber designators, crazy low price....How could I resist? But they are simply terrible tires in every way. Super stiff and very hard to mount using latex fluid. The grip on the trail is also bad, unpredictable, slides out, a lot. I was using a Maxxis High Roller before I tried this and the performance difference is huge. Grip corning vs no grip corning, grip on slippy climbs vs. no grip on slippery climbs. And the thing rolls like a Mac truck tire. Kept it on for 8 rides and finally gave up. Back to Maxxis or Schwalbe.

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Robert S.wrote a review of on March 29, 2016

These are dangerous.
1 5

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

Unfortunately I crashed, the first ride I used these pads. At speed on a loose corner, front wheel went out and down I went, hard.... These pads simply slipped away from my elbow and ended up with the pad facing the wrong direction. Basically this is an arm warmer with a heavy rubber disc sewn onto the outside. It was completely in place when I went down.The attached pic says it all, that grinding abrasion is directly on my elbow and a bit forward...CC you need to take this product off your shelves.

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Robert S.wrote a review of on March 29, 2016

Large runs very small
3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These look like well made, and I think they might be a nice option for what they are supposed to do. But, they run small. I ordered a size large, not even close. My biceps are 13.5in and forearms 11 in. I have biker arms, not weight lifter arms. I would suggest finding out what size your arm is before buying, and what size they actually are as this info is not in the description . Now I have to go to the trouble of shipping them back and paying for it.....Bummer.

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Robert S.wrote a review of on January 8, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have used Rock Shox products for the last 10 years and decided to use the new FOX 36 160 a go. Big mistake. (It is on a Pivot Mach 6.)
Here are the three reasons:
a) The slow speed, small bump performance is terrible. No matter how I adjusted the fork the result was the same. Felt like I was on a rigid fork at times.
b) After just three weeks the right seal blew out and began to leak oil. Called Competitive cycles and told me it might be because it was new. Well kept leaking and eventually had to ship it back, at my own expense.
c) Fox Customer Service is slow to respond and will not pick up the shipping costs for me sending them the fork. This is a $1000 fork that failed after a few weeks and they make me pay to ship it back...Seriously? I understand things do break from time to time but when they do you expect the service to be accommodating and act like they care about your business. I have been without the Fork/Bike for one month now.

I will never buy another Fox product again. Going back to Rock Shox for future fork purchases.

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Robert S.wrote a review of on October 15, 2015

Not impressed...Poor quality!
2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It looks cool when you see it on other cars...it is more expensive than the comparable competition. So it must be better...right?....Wrong.... Alas after getting it out of the box and installing it I quickly realized this is just another piece of metal and plastic Chinese junk. Lots of plastic parts where there should be metal, the swing arms don't lock down, The cradles that hold the tires are held on with a self tapping screw into a plastic hole, drilled holes not aligned, low quality connectors...I had to file the hole where the pin fits in as the aluminum piece they installed was not mitered correctly....You get the picture. I have owned Yakima and Thule and I think they are simply better quality products. But now I own it and am stuck with it....I would be very surprised if this lasts the year.

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Robert S.wrote a review of on February 22, 2015

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Been using Stan's for years and have a love-hate relationship. Yes it works but dries up after a few months and such a mess to install. Tried Caffee Latex as an alternative, but doesn't work as well as stan's. It is a thinner liquid and takes longer to seal a hole which means you lose more air. If the hole is made by a bigger thron it won't seal at all and then a tube needs to be pulled out. On the plus side it is a bit less messy than stan's. Anyway, stopped using and still looking for a better alternative than stan's.

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Robert S.wrote a review of on April 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding and racing mountain bikes for 18 years and have come to a point where I only use products that hold up to the abuse mountain biking dishes out and that will last a few good years (or more). i.e. Chris King headsets, Thomson, Shimano pedals, DT Swiss hubs and Sidi Dominators. I have tried a few other brands over the years just to make sure I wasn't missing something (Specialized, Giro, Shimano) but came back to the Sidi's after these brands fell apart after one or two seasons. Bottom line, they hold up after severe beatings for several years before needing to be replaced. They are comfortable. The buckle has never failed me. They offer great platform support to transfer energy to the pedals. And for me they fit is perfect for my feet.

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