I really like the fit and material feel to these shorts. They have just the right amount of stretch to them, are lightweight, and the waist cinches work well. All 3 pockets are quite deep and large. You can fit quite a bit of gear inside each. I was kind of hoping for a smaller stash pocket for a car key, but that is just being picky. The shorts sit right at your knee, and a bit more baggy than tight, which I would say would pay well between either an all mountain or XC type short. The size seemed true, which I sized up a bit on and utilized the waist cinches.
The material is lightweight and breathable, but the downside of that is the material can show what you have going on underneath. In my case, a pair of Fox Evolution Pro Bib Liners. In my personal experience, I would recommend these shorts without the liner, as I found it to not be very comfortable. Recommend pairing with another liner or bib liner.
In my opinion, what makes Enve carbon bars stand out from the rest is their ride tuned construction. These bars offer a bit more compliance and shock absorption than other bars I've tried, meaning I can go out on longer rides, or keep taking laps at the bike park. These bars are 760mm wide, which I left uncut.
This goggles offer a ton of bang for the buck with a multi-layer face foam, silicone coated strap, tear-off compatibility, and clear lens included with the mirror option.
I've only been using the mirrored lens so far in Utah since it's usually sunny and bright. The addition of a clear lens is great just in case conditions change. That being said, the mirrored lens offers enough light transmission that I wouldn't have any problems running it later in the evening or if it's cloudy. I haven't used tear-offs yet with the goggles, but nice to have the option available in case it gets muddy.
The D3's proven track record just got even safer with the addition of the Multi-directional Impact Protection System or MIPS for short. While I haven't put the system to the test, it's said to reduce the chances of concussions under rotational impacts. It's good piece of mind to know that the D3 now includes this technology. Having met Troy Lee and his strive for creating the safest helmets for not only his employees, racers, but even his family, I feel at ease that wearing this lid will provide some of the best protection I can buy when the going gets rough.
Aside from the safety aspect of the helmet, the D3 has distinctly unique styling and a smaller volume than other full face helmets. Additionally, the inside shape of the brow on the D3 has been reconfigured a bit to fit better. With this new shape, I was able to drop from a size XL D3 to a Large.
I freaking love these shoes. Everything I didn't adore from the Kestrel Boa Five Ten came back with the Kestrel Lace and blew it out of the water. First and foremost, the Kestrel Boa is a stiff shoe, not only in the shank, but also in the upper materials. The Lace version offers a bit more flexibility in the shank making it more comfortable to walk in or long days in the saddle where some give is appreciated. In addition to the more flexible shank, the upper is more forgiving providing better next to foot comfort. I also credit the laces to providing a bit more comfort across the tongue, as opposed to the Boa steel wire. Weight is not super light, but manageable. Stealth sole provides outstanding grip when finding your pedals, or while mid hike-a-bike.
The only issue I've had with the Kestrel Lace's was that I had an issue with the cleat plate threads cracking. Admittedly, I did not use grease on the threads. Luckily there is a slit in the shoe under the insole to easily replace the cleat plate. While I had other shoes to ride while I was waiting on new cleat plates, I was really wishing I could lace up the Kestrels. Word to the wise, use grease when installing your cleats and don't hamfist them.
These have been my go-to knee pads for lift assisted riding this season. The reason I grab these among the handful of other pads I have is primarily due to the comfort they provide in a pad I have confidence in the protection they provide. TLD really nailed the fit of these pads to make them non-restrictive and seemingly disappear on your legs. Adding to the comfort, the D3O internals offer a ton of security in a lightweight package that is flexible. Coming from the T-Bone pads, these offer just a bit more shin protection as well. You won't regret getting these!
These are the thinnest MTB gloves I have been able to find. They offer a ton of grip, in an ultra-thin, lightweight package that spares no expense to tactical grip. The elastic wrist closure is comfortable, and offers a no-fuss secure fit. Like I said, these gloves are super thin, but have held up surprisingly well to wear and abuse from an entire season. That being said, like most lightweight, breathable gloves nowadays, expect them to not hold up well if you find yourself tasting dirt.
I (luckily) wasn't able to put much into using this product. I bought it quickly after tweaking my ankle riding. The reason I bought it was from my overwhelmingly positive experiences with other TLD/Shock Doctor items such as the Wrist Guard or Knee Braces. This item is right up there with those other items. While it took awhile to get it properly secured on my ankle, due to the lace closure, it provides a stable platform for even the most haggered ankles. The laces make it really easy to adjust the pressure needed or wanted for support. Additionally, the Ultralight version seemed slim enough to work with a riding shoe, but I did not get to test it out. Whether you're on the mend or working on preventative maintenance, you can't go wrong with the TLD/Shock Doctor products.
To preface my review, I use the AM9's strictly for clipped in DH riding. The reason is for the cleat position I had setup on these shoes. These shoes offer a TON of adjustability in the cleat position, and easily the most rearward positioning available I've seen in any other shoe. As far as clipping in, it's apparent that they are designed with Shimano's pedal's in mind as clipping into my XT Trail pedals are a breeze. While some shoes will have subtle delays when clipping in, these shoes guide the shoe/cleat exactly where it needs to go and it is seamless. The shoes are comfortable and offer a fair amount of ankle protection. I carefully removed the lace cover since rain or muddy conditions are rare in Utah. I did this prior to trying the shoes so I can't comment on how warm they are with the lace cover on, but without you get a bit of airflow through keeping them more comfortable. As for weight, they are ever so slightly on the heavier side than the trail shoes I've been wearing so that is also why these have been designated DH shoes. All in all a durable, burly shoe for the price, just a bit heavier than what some riders may want for doing much climbing.
I usually wear a 11.5 (sometimes 12) for a standard shoe and the 46's fit well.
The matte black/transparent frames get plenty of compliments while keeping it casual. The Kaenon Clarks I think are more comfortable and have nicer lenses, but there is no denying the solid build quality. I like the value.
Great bag for everything from weekend road trips to stashing bike gear on the way to the trail head. Good no frills bag at a nice price point for all your gear.
I really like this lock more and more I use it. Much easier to carry around than a medium ulock. I like to wrap it around my handle bar while commuting. Good length to tie up and comes with plenty of extra keys. Every once in awhile the shank has trouble getting hung up on the edge of the pad lock housing when relocking but overall its my go to when out around town for errands.
Great build quality is well worth the higher price over other rear lights. Running strong after 2yrs of commuting. Really like battery life and that can charge at my desk after riding into work. Holds a long charge and small lights on the side show how much battery is remaining. Previously purchased the Niterider cherry bomb which was brighter but broke after only a few months of use. Only complaint is the rubber around the usb outlet puts pressure on the cord which makes charging finicky.
I was hesitant to try a cable actuated dropper post due to a harsh lever feel. For this reason, I always preferred the Rockshox Reverb as I felt it had the best lever feel. That being said, I've been blown away by the Fox Transfer post so far.
At first I was slightly disappointed that I could not rotate the lever closer to the bars, but after installing, I realized Fox definitely did their homework and got it dialed (at least for me). The aesthetics of the lever is very clean and minimalist. The cable tucks in neatly behind the paddle. The lever length offers good leverage to not only offers a smooth, consistent lever feel when engaging the dropper, but also the ability to feather how quickly the dropper responds since the speed is not adjustable on the Transfer. Lastly a barrel adjuster is present on the lever assembly to help remove any cable slack and get the perfect lever feel.
While I use a XTR 1x11 drivetrain, I prefer this Sram cassette since it offers lighter weight and better range than the Shimano offerings. Additionally, I prefer this model over the cheaper Sram options as this raw finish does not show wear nearly as fast as the black options.
While I use a XTR drivetrain, I prefer this Sram cassette since it offers lighter weight and better range than the Shimano offerings. Additionally, I prefer this model over the cheaper Sram options as this raw finish does not show wear nearly as fast as the black options.
This kit is basically everything you need to install a solid drivetrain and brake package on your bike. The shifting is buttery smooth and the brakes offer loads of power for when the trail takes an unexpected turn. The shifter/brake combo is I-spec B making a really clean look on your bars. Keep in mind you will need the necessary bottom bracket, brake adapters, and derailleur housing for this kit.
I must be cheap since I feel like plastic cleats should be closer to the price of a tube. That being said I try not to walk in these too much. Whereas other brands tend to slide around more on slick surfaces, these tend to grip a bit better. If you're unsure of which ones you need, you're likely looking for the yellow version with more float.