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Johnny's Passions

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#1 Headband wrote a review of on January 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For the price and weight, these wheels are hard to beat. I've been hammering on mine for 2 seasons. I've only broken 1 spoke due to a branch nub poking out of the trail. After I replaced the spoke, the rear wheel required minimal truing. I've done a variety of trail riding on these and have even taken my 429c on the dirt jumps up at the Canyons in Park City with no sign of fatigue. May not be the lightest wheelset out there but they are strong! I'm about 225 lbs and have barely done anything to them in regards to service. My only gripe is that replacement spokes can be tricky to source from an LBS.

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#1 Headband wrote a review of on November 15, 2013

3 5

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

When this arrived my girlfriend was sure it was the best rolling gear bag ever...but looks can be deceiving. The Vera color-way is in her words, "super cute!" The pockets and stow panels are well thought out and in the right places for travel and accessibility. But the quality is sub-par at best. 2 of the the internal zipper panels tore out when she packed the gear bag on its maiden voyage. A couple more tears happened throughout our week long trip. A little thread work and the tears are fixed, but this is hardly acceptable. Dakine products are often pretty sweet products but it seems their luggage series could use a bump in the quality catergory.

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#1 Headband wrote a review of on February 17, 2013

4 5

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

All-in-all Pretty sweet pole. Graphics are a bit intense, but quality of these go-getters is hard to beat. They feel super light and much stiffer than some of the other BD carbon touring pole offerings. The fliplock pro is a huge improvement over the past all-plastic fliplock. Haven't used the "probe" so no 5 star rating yet.

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#1 Headband wrote an answer about on May 1, 2012

Hey there Speedy,
As the review says, "Schwalbe stripped this tire down, leaving only the absolute essentials intact. Limited gripping ability and a lack of puncture protection limit these tires to race days". That said it is not a rated ust or tubeless ready, but if its a race day tire, well, all bets are off. I will be picking up a set of these to go mobbin' in moab. Should be an exceptional tire on the slick rock (big volume and minimal tread). I'll probably run them tubeless for the heck of it. I'll post when I return, but I will be packing spare tubes for sure.

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#1 Headband wrote a review of on December 25, 2011

5 5

So Fun! She drives like a beautiful woman: You got to be forward and confident. I: 200lbs 5'11", she's a 192cm and all legs. Not for the lean back and wiggle-your-ass type skier. I skied this on a "Colorado day" at Alta. Hard packed, variable conditions; icy to wind packed. Like I said, you bought them so you better own them, otherwise these skis will own your ass.
This ski will make you work, but when you figure her out, she'll shine.
She's a no-go on tight tree's; wide open and a crud buster for sure! It's the tail that make's this ski unforgiving. If you want a little 4giveness, try the Bibby or Live Life- they both have a little reverse camber but are still considered a forward directional ski.

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#1 Headband wrote an answer about on December 2, 2011

The Unleash Hell has an "I-Core" a.k.a. lighter wood core.
Weight for Unleash Hell in 185cm is 4lbs 10oz.
Weight for 193cm Patron is 5lbs 9oz.
Flex patterns feel identical i.e. poppy camber with a soft tail, construction on both looks awesome-quality is apparent... both are made in Austria.

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#1 Headband wrote a review of on August 29, 2011

5 5

By far the best grip out there for folks looking to get a little extra girth in their grip. They are unlike OURY grips as they are not as fat and squishy...the lock-on grip keep things tight and in control while the underlying hard plastic tube keeps things flex free.
The only minor modification I had to do was cut the lower flange off of the moto-style to accommodate for the shifter throw.

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#1 Headband wrote a review of on June 16, 2011

3 5

Well I was sooper stoked on these shoe's until I tried them on. I generally run 10/10.5 in skate shoes. The 44's were huge! So big in fact my buddy with a size 11 shoe thought they were a little roomy for him. So I sized down to the 43 and could barely fit my foot in the shoe! Needless-to-say, these shoes may be the bomb but if the shoe doesn't fit...I hope I got a mislabeled 44 or something, because these whales had some serious AM potential.

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#1 Headband wrote a review of on June 6, 2011

5 5

I've had many Shimano SPD's over the years. Only one pair has broken on me...ever. The rest I've gotten rid of through rationalizing a "goodwill" donation to friend in need.
After fighting with my CB mallets and breaking a few beater springs, I've gone back to the ol' SPD's. And man, I forgot how much better these are! The adjustable tension is and has always been awesome. I find I can feather my foot position with much more confidence on these by using the spring tension as a marker point. CB's just kind of wiggle around, where these inspire confidence. Probably my pedal for the next decade, because yes they will last that long.

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#1 Headband wrote a review of on June 6, 2011

4 5

Great grip. Love the way the grips have tiny wedges for grip when you are pulling back on the "throttle" and give when you twist forward to reposition your hands...Would be a five star product but the grips are minimal in volume. I'm going to try these on my shuttle/resort bike as the ride time is much shorter. On all-mountain, all day rides I found my hands fatigued quicker than the Lizard Skins.

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