Bob Baldwin

Bob Baldwin

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Bob's Bio

I bike and ski often

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Bob Baldwin

Bob Baldwin wrote a review of on November 8, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an awesome bar if you don't need a super deep drop. I can actually stay in the drops much longer than any other bar I have used, which is great because the flats on the drops are huge and comfortable.

Solid, cheap, light, everything you could hope for, as long as you don't want a drop that is deeper.

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Bob Baldwin wrote a review of on September 26, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are super light, stick like cement to the bar, and grip oven when wet. They are fairly skinny, so if you like fat grips, they might not be for you, but I love the feel.

They even come in colors other than black.

Best Grips Ever! I'm on my 5th set in 4 years, with a ton of use. They go 2x longer than rubber.

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Bob Baldwin wrote a review of on September 26, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have mainly used these as XC/Race tires, and they have performed will.

They have good size, decents side knob, roll well, and have average weight.

The lifespan is fairly normal, but way less than my previous Maxxis Ikons. The side knobs go early, and the whole rear tire didn't make it much over 700 miles. My Ikons kicked it after 1500 dirt miles.

Overall, at half the cost of Maxxis or Schwalbe, I'd say these are very worth it. If you are a serious racer, I'd stick to Ikons, they are just better everywhere.

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Bob Baldwin wrote a review of on September 26, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm giving 5 stars to the Blue or Red mono gloves, due to the very thick terry cloth on the thumb and simple, great fit. There are no closures or velcro to scratch your face or glasses, and nothing to break. These are inexpensive, comfortable, and simple gloves. I sweat a ton and appreciate a lot of soft terry on the back. I sized up from a normal large/9 glove to the XL on these and they fit way better.

The black gloves have a more fleece like material in the place of the terry. The construction is just as good, just the material is not as comfortable or absorbent. The black ones are 4/5

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Bob Baldwin

Bob Baldwin wrote a review of on September 26, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are perfect, with a removable core and included tool to take it out, you can add fluid without making a mess. You can also add air way quicker with a blowgun from a compressor, to instantly seat and seal. No leaks or complaints.

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Bob Baldwin wrote a review of on September 26, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll give these a 4 out of 5, not totally fair, since I am using them for a modified purpose.

They have knobs that allow them to fit yakima rain gutter towers tightly. I have a "Utility Van Rack" that I mounted on my camper, and it required using an angle grinder to remove these knobs.

I think they could get away with a knob on only one side, the rear, and still have a great product.

For the intended purpose, with Yakima towers, these are a 5/5. I just want better versatility.

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Bob Baldwin wrote a review of on September 12, 2012

5 5

After having Sidi Dominator 5's, Shimano 315 and 240L's, and various other Time and Northwave shoes over the last 10 years, I can easily say that these are the best. My Sidi's weren't stiff enough, and the Shimano's lacked in traction and buckle quality.

I have a regular to wide size, 9.5 and these fit very true to size. Don't go with the High Volume model unless you have E+ width feet, the regular model has plenty of room in the toe box. The fit kit is pretty nice too. I run the high arch in the left, and low in the right, and they feel custom to my messed up feet.

I tried these head to head with the Code's, and I see no reason to get Codes. The Gauge is lighter, all leather, and doesn't have the cheap looking plastic parts. They are very plain in all black, but that is my style. I can't comment on the grey. Also, even though they have different EC70 and EC90 soles, I can't feel the difference, and neither can you. I walked and rode them blind, and pushed in my hands, and both will not bend. They are both ungodly stiff. I also tried the Privateer and Carbine, and they lack the "Board" stiffness of the carbon Giro models.

The price is what you would expect for a top of the line XC/Race shoe, and way lower than some other models.

I couldn't be happier. After 2 months and 1000 real offroad miles, they are hardly showing wear. I'll add a pic later.

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Bob Baldwin wrote a review of on May 31, 2012

5 5

After wrecking and cracking my Ionos, I wanted to find a cheaper replacement. The Savant is a perfect alternative. The fit is very similar, and the vents are nearly the same. Oakley Radars fit in the vents the same too.

Great alternative for 1/3rd the price.

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