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Wesley Eads

Wesley Eads

Wesley Eads

Wesley Eadswrote a review of on July 11, 2019

Great Build Great Bike
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a huge fan of Santa Cruz's lineup and this bike is no exception. With the new lower linkage rear suspension system Santa Cruz has managed to create a mid long travel bike climb really well. I typically don't lock my suspension out on any bike when I climb and compared to the previous version this suspension system delivers significantly less bob.

The 27.5+ tires definitely don't roll as well on the way up but grip corners really well on the decent. And the lower linkage really does preform much better at the top and more consistently through the stroke. Overall this bike is a blast to ride and delivers some of the snappy feel you may get out of a 5010 with the hard charging feel of a Megatower.

I am 6'2" 175 with a 34" inseam. I typically ride and XL but can still comfortably ride a L with some adjustment for a bit more playful feel. I usually run pretty stock shock tune in the front but I would recommend 20-30 psi more than your body weight in the rear.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on July 3, 2019

4 5

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

I recently demoed a hightower with the Trust fork and I must admit I was impressed by the way it preforms. Going into the demo I had little expectations and to be honest was unsure that it would offer much of a different ride from a traditional fork. While this new tech is not going to completely replace a telescoping fork right now it is a major advancement in the industry for riders with trail or downcountry bikes. On technical climbs, rooty/rocky trails and corners this thing is pretty incredible. Especially in corners this fork comes alive. You can really maintain speed and lay into turns with much more speed than a traditional fork. The biggest downfall I noticed was on steep drops. Jumps were fine (you do need to land a little nose heavy) but on drops the rider really feels much more of the impact than a traditional fork.

If you are considering adding one of these guys to your bike I would consider riding one first. It is definitely not a solution to some of the ailments of the traditional fork but it is a pretty amazing piece of technical innovation for the right user.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on May 20, 2019

Hell of a Bike
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Devinci and team did an incredible job on this bike. I have had the chance to demo it a few times now and I have never ridden such a big bike that performs as well on the up as it does on the down. When i first got on the bike after looking at the specs the rep told me that everyone keeps telling me how well it climbs. And at 170 front and 165 rear travel my initial thought was "yea right". After just the first ride color me convinced. I was not only impressed by how it climbed for a long travel bike but I felt as though it stacked up well against many other trail bikes I have ridden. The acceleration that you can achieve going uphill was incredible. Not to mention how nimble a bike it felt for a long travel 29er. Simply put this bike is a riot and if you haven't ridden one you should change that. I'm 6'2" 175lbs and I have ridden both the XL and L. While I felt the XL overall fit me better I definitely could see riding a L to get a bit more snappy and playful feel.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on March 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These guys are a breeze with Thule's rack system. They hold snug and contour your roofline really well which is confidence inspiring. If you ever have any questions about what set you need check https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/fit-my-car and you'll be able to get your set up dialed in.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on March 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used a number of friends pads over the years and have always found them to be a bit flimsy in their construction. This pad though is beefy. The external polyester is thick and really confidence inspiring when throwing bikes on your rig day in and day out. Its also super simple to set up and fits really well on most trucks. There is not much flare to this pad but its pretty bombproof.

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