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Will S.

Will S.

Will S.

Will S.wrote a review of on November 29, 2018

3 5

The Wilier Elite Custom Race Bottle cage does it's job, but comes across as kind of flimsy plastic. It does hold bottles tight, but actually maybe a little too tight because I've hit my hand on the top tube as the bottle suddenly breaks free. Or maybe it's just that I've gotten used to my fancy carbon side-loading bottle cages, so it's hard to go back ...

But if you need an affordable cage to match your sweet ride, then go for it.

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 29, 2018

4 5

The Super Sticky Kush Star Fade Bar Tape looks really slick once you manage to wrap it. There's a two tone pattern that will complement any color scheme. I put the white and black on a silver bike with a white saddle and it looks sharp.

The feel is quite grippy -- more so than most tape. You'll either like that or hate it, personal preference.

The one downside is that the tape was super hard to wrap due to being thick and stiff. It took me three tries. Otherwise I'd give it 5 stars. But it looks and feels great!

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

5 5

My favorite road shoes are a 10-year old pair of Sidi Genius that I thought I was going to have to retire this year. But I just changed the heel pad and now feel good continue to clomp around in them for a while longer.

It was super easy to swap out -- just unscrew an allen bolt and rescrew in the new pad.

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

5 5

I'm a huge fan of the Camelbak podium bottle because of the quality of the cap, and most of the time that's sufficient. But for super dusty mountain bike rides, the nozzle can get a little gross. The cap is an effective solution to that problem that is great for long rides. I wouldn't use it for races because of the additional time to take the cap on and off, but for any casual ride it's a great option.

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

5 5

I was a bit skeptical when I first tried the Oakley Flight Jacket Prizm sunglasses because the nose-piece lever seemed a bit gimmicky, but I actually found that I use it ... a lot. Most of my riding is mountain bike in the mountains around Park City, which means I spend a lot of time between 4-6 miles / hour. This can cause sweat to drip down onto my sunglasses, but the Prizm's solve that with a quick flick of the nose piece that moves the lens away from your face (but still keeps it close enough for sun protection.

I've used them heavily this season with no issues, but we'll see whether they are durable enough for multiple years of use.

Like with other Oakley's, the lens quality is also very high.

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

5 5

I've always been a fan of Lizard Skin bar tape due to the excellent grip and durability. But until now I've been skeptical about dual color bar tape. Older versions always looked kinda cheesy.

But Lizard Skin has pulled it off. I put it on my black and white Santa Cruz Stigmata and it looks sharp! (if I do say so myself)

And based on a lot of the other pictures on the page, it looks good for a lot of folks.

Great choice!

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

5 5

We go through a lot of skratch in our house, especially during the summer cycling season. We use Exercise Hydration mix in our bottles, Anytime Hydration mix with dinner, and Recovery mix for ... you know ... post-ride recovery.

Even with the long-handled scoops, I pretty quickly got tired of reaching into a small bag opening multiple times per day, and the Skratch Labs Mason Jars have solved the problem. It's a super clean solution to one of lifes very minor problems. Love it!

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

5 5

The K-ed Splayd Race Mount is a great option for keeping the cockpit clean with integrated bars and stems. Note that it does NOT work for the Wilier Alabarda bars, but does work for most others on the market.

As with all K-edge mounts, it securely holds your wahoo in place and positions it so you can see all of your data all of the time!

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

5 5

I'll let folks in on a little secret with Sidi shoes that I finally learned after over a decade in Sidi's. You're supposed to cut the tongue at each of the little slits so that it can fan out around your ankle. I was already a huge Sidi fan, but that trick made them even more comfortable right out of the box!

Anyway, for the Sidi Dragon 4 Mega specifically, I got them to replace my thoroughly broken in Dominator Megas that I'd been riding for the last 6 years. I found the fit to be very similar, but that that the Dragon excelled in ease of tightening and retention. I love the BOA closures.

My 2nd ride in them was the 50 mile Silver Rush mountain bike race in Leadville, and they were very comfortable throughout -- no need for a break-in period.

It's a great shoe!

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

4 5

I put the 160mm Crank Brother's Highline on my Santa Cruz blur and have been pretty happy with it. The weight is very competitive and the dropper itself works well, but I don't like the stock crank brothers remote very much compared to my wolf tooth (unfortunately, there wasn't space for the wolf tooth alongside the suspension lockout lever). Compared to the Wolf Tooth lever, it's hard to push, and results in the post taking about 1 second to go up (versus ~.25 seconds). Not a huge deal, but I notice it.

The post has been very reliable with minimal (i.e., zero) maintenance so far (knock on wood!). I would happily use the Highline on another bike, but I'll definitely look harder for a different lever option next time.

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

4 5

The SIS Go Energy plus Electrolytes gels are part of my regular nutrition quiver for long rides. I usually stick with the regular (non electrolyte) version, but I take these on long rides in case I start to run low on salt. I find that that the key to staying happy and fast on longer days (4-8 hours) is to keep my levels of water, sugar, and salt at the appropriate levels and proportion. I also find that I over-focus on water and sugar and sometimes get behind in salt. So especially on long mountain bike rides where I can't bail out at a gas station, I like to carry a few electrolyte gels just in case.

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Will S.

Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

4 5

I'm a huge fan of SIS gels, though I typically use the non-caffeinated version. But at the end of a long day, these can provide that little bit of mental focus so you can keep laying down the watts.

As with other SIS gels, I'm a big fan of the isotonic formulation that reduces the need for water when re-fueling. This is especially key on long mountain bike rides when water stops are few and far between.

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

5 5

The Race Face Chester Pedals are an excellent all around mountain bike flat paddle that is friendly on bank account. It provides great grip and the burly construction makes it durable through lots of abuse.

Maybe not the right choice if you're chasing every gram, but if you're main goal is to reliably pedal your bike, then you won't go wrong.

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

4 5

If you're like me and want all of your data even on a burly enduro bike, then the K-Edge mountain is a durable choice. It will hold your Wahoo in place over extremely rough terrain (I've yet to have my Wahoo come unsecured (knock on wood!) and the aluminum build will last forever.

Just make sure that you have 35mm diameter bars, otherwise this will be too big.

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

5 5

The Evoc Saddle Bag Tour is an easy, durable option for keeping all of your emergency repair equipment together and out of the way until you need it. The velcro attaches securely to the saddle and remains in place even on very rough terrain.

The bag is large enough for a 29" mountain bike tube, tire levers, multi-tool, and a handful of CO2 canisters (I try to carry 4-5 extras just in case things go really haywire). As others have noted, this bag is on the larger side, but unless I'm racing, I'd rather play it safe and have whatever I might need.

Overall a good bag.

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

5 5

The ESI Chunky Mountain Bike Grips are one of my staple items that I add to every new bike. For me, they are the right balance of comfort, control, and grip. I especially appreciate that their soft enough to use without gloves on days when I just don't want anything on my hands (though with the advent of thing cross country gloves, I find myself riding less and less with exposed hands).

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Will S.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

4 5

Skratch Labs Wellness Hyrdation address a pretty specific need for nutrition -- situations where you're extremely depleted of salt and need an abrupt intervention. I regularly use many other skratch products (exercise hydration mix, anytime hydration mix) to proactively AVOID this, but I'm comforted knowing I have a more aggressive option available if I get behind for whatever reason.

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