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william S.wrote a review of on May 5, 2019

Definitely an upgrade
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Install was very simple. It took less than five minutes to install it under the seatpost of a 2019 Specialized Venge. After install my phone detected it immediately however it failed the firmware update multiple times. I kept getting an error message about unstable wireless connection. I pulled the seatpost and had the unit almost right next to my phone and still got the message. It took a lot of patience to finally get it connected and working. After the update it paired immediately with my Garmin 520. The main reason I wanted it was for using the buttons on my brake hoods for scrolling the Garmin screens. This function was was easy to set-up and has functioned flawlessly. Also allows for easy shift profile changes (I prefer semi-synchronized) and allows monitoring of Di2 battery levels.

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william S.wrote a review of on May 5, 2019

Nic Works
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nobby Nic is my go to day-to-day training tire for typical Idaho single track (I race on Racing Ralphs). Nic works in damp forest soil, dry August moondust, sand, and the common loose over hard. I ran 2.25" for awhile but have been running the 2.35" version for about a year and have liked the larger footprint despite the weight penalty. I've never had any punture issues or sidewall tears. Durability is pretty good as long as I stay away from Moab rock. It seems like one trip to Moab always eats the tires. I mount them on a set of 27.5" Enve M60s and they setup tubeless with no hassle. Pic shows a Racing Ralph on the rear but that's because I was riding Utah rock.

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william S.

william S.wrote a review of on April 25, 2018

5 5

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

Installation - I'd rate 2 out 10 on difficulty scale. Less than 5 minutes if you have average skills.
Connection - Immediately recognized by Garmin 520.
Fit and finish - It's a Shimano crank arm so flawless from that standpoint. The Pioneer module is very cleanly installed and very low profile.
Accuracy - I don't have anything to compare with.
What I like - Uses a standard CR3020 battery so no hassles with charging. Very easy to open the battery compartment.

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william S.wrote a review of on November 2, 2017

Awesomeness has a downside
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I put about 1500 miles a year on my mountain bike. I do some endurance racing and local sprint races. I upgraded my drivetrain to Eagle XX1 in February and I'd never go back to anything else. So about the chain.
Pros: Super smooth shifting, quiet, stays a lot cleaner than other chains I've used and is easier to clean, the TiNi coating really lives up to the hype, last of all it looks great.
Cons: I only get about 500-600 miles out of a chain before it stretches enough to cause a noticeable decrease in shift performance. I'm light and not a "pedal masher." I'd imagine that a bigger power rider would really struggle with longevity.

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william S.

william S.wrote a review of on November 2, 2017

No complaints
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When racing I run Racing Ralph's front and rear but I keep a Nobby Nic mounted on the front of my spare wheels. I typically run it early and late season when conditions are looser or wetter. Mounts tubeless with no fuss. Durable enough to keep me happy. I've used the 2.25" and 2.35" versions. Pros and cons to each.

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william S.wrote a review of on December 8, 2016

5 5

The Ultegra pedals have a solid platform, great feel, and smooth bearings. With all metal and carbon fiber construction these pedals look as good as they perform. The engagement is positive with a reassuring click in and out so there's no guessing about whether or not you're actually connected. I prefer the blue cleats, minimal play, no slop.

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william S.wrote a review of on December 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use the blue cleats for less play but the yellow cleats should be the starting point for beginners. These work as intended and fit well with my Ultegra pedals. I put over 500 miles on these in just a couple of months and they have held up well.

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