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Tyler S.

Tyler S.

Tyler S.

Tyler S.wrote a review of on October 27, 2019

5 5

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

I've got this on my Ibis Ripley on the rear with the Racing Ray up front. It's used on my local trails in southeast Michigan. Mostly hardpack with some lose dirt and gravel areas, roots, and minimal rocks and sand.

So far I've tried 2.6 nobby nic, 2.6 ikon, 2.6 rekon, 2.4 rekon and this on the rear. It rolls significantly faster than all the other options. It's better climbing than the 2.4 rekon, the rekons ramped knobs don't grip very well under climbing. I didn't like the 2.6 tires due to resistance and what I felt was uncontrolled bounce.

It's currently mounted on my 35mm inner width Ibis aluminum wheels for testing. It was super difficult to get the beads set with a compressor and soap. No way I could perform a Trailside fix. I'll probably move it to a 25-30mm rim next year.

On the 35mm rim it was still more of a rounded profile than the 2.4WT rekon.

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Tyler S.

Tyler S.wrote a review of on October 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my first bike so I'm loving it. I live in southeast Michigan and most of the trails around here are pedally singletrack with some < 2 foot drops or jumps in a few areas, roots, man-made rock gardens etc. The most I've probably been off the ground is 4 feet.

I settled on the 120mm travel class of bikes because I have more fun going fast on the downs and getting in the air than chugging along, even though I think a 100mm or less travel XC bike would be a better fit for my local trails. For 120mm travel from what I've read this bike pedals the best which is the main reason I went with it. I was able to demo a $5k ST stumpjumper and can confirm this is a significantly better pedaling bike and it's lighter.

I'm also not a fan of the stock tires. Interestingly, the most expensive version of the bike ($9k XTR build) comes with 2.35 tires instead of the 2.6 tires. I've tried Stock 2.6 Hans Damf / Nobby Nic, 2.6 Rekon / Ikon combo, 2.4 Rekon/Rekon, and 2.25 Racing Ray/ Racing Ralph. My favorite so far is the Ray/Ralph combo (probably because of the pedally nature of my local trails). Looking at a narrower carbon wheelset for next year now.

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Tyler S.

Tyler S.wrote a review of on September 8, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I ended up returning these before using them. The kneecap wasn't a good shape for my knee and I found that the material wasn't conforming enough considering that it was a soft kneepad to begin with.

I ended up getting the Leatt Airflex pro and it conforms to my knee much better.

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