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Madsedan

Texas, suburbs of Dallas.

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Madsedan wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was a first time user at the recommendation of some friends have been really happy with the level of grip and the light weight of the EXC model. It did take a little more sealant than normal but once that was sorted they have been no problem.
Cornering grip is higher than the Racing Ralphs on my last bike, they are fast rollers with the nifty center tread pattern, and did I mention they were light!
I ride mostly hardpack and loose over hard and have been gaining back some of the full throttle cornering speed I had lost on the Racing Ralphs.

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Madsedan wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I know everyone thinks the new XT's are the be all, end all brakes but its not all about brute power. I have had the current XT's and loved them once I got used to them, but they are basically an on/off switch with hardly any modulation.
The new 4 piston Sram trail brakes have comparable levels of power but due to the dramatic nature of the XT's they feel much more powerful.
If you do not have experience trimming the lines and/or bleeding them, do yourself a favor and take them to a shop after install to get them set-up right. Then enjoy.
Lighter than the XT's and the new HS1 rotors are light and quiet on my bike. I went from 180mm fr/rr XT icetech rotors to 160mm fr/rr HS1's with the X0 trails, that says allot.
I'm a big rider, about 230#, and they work perfectly with no fade anywhere I've ridden, even with the smaller rotors. And they have gotten rid of the CPS washer system on these, nice.

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Madsedan wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As is the case with all the rest of the X9 level components, its hard to beat for the price. You are really getting last years X0 performance for less money, especially now that they are putting the ball bearing internals in the X9.
A few grams heavier but on the trail you'd be hard to realize a difference between these and the X0's. I've been using X9 shifters for a few years, on my last couple bikes. I've had XT and SLX shifters on some of my rides and while they are nice I prefer the 1:1 actuation of the Sram units.

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Madsedan wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sure you could spend some more money to get a slightly lighter model with the same basic technology but really the X9 is the sweet spot in the range for price and features. Been using X9 rear derailleur's for years on numerous bikes, get last years X0 for half the price!
The type 2 feature is great for those wanting to run a 1x9/10 drivetrain without buying the XX1/X01 parts, just pair it with a no drop or narrow/wide chain ring and you are free of the front shifter and a chain guard.

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Madsedan wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a big guy, 6'+ and 230# and have been riding a 145mm phenom for the last couple years. I wanted to try something different and got some advice from a bike fitter about trying this out and its great. From the first ride it was super comfy, whether I'm sitting more upright in a cruise to the trail or leaned over hammering away at race pace.
The giant slot down the center works wonders to relieve pressure and, as a side benefit, aid in cooling. But be careful when doing creek crossings in cold weather lol.
I know the cost may be prohibitive to some but for a high quality saddle that's also very light weight its hard to beat.

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Madsedan wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used the 20mm rise model on my last 2 builds, its stiff, light, and reasonably priced if you catch it on sale. The sweep and rise make the grip position very natural and comfortable even for longer rides lasting a couple hours. I have mine paired with some very light and thin foam XC grips and love it.

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Madsedan wrote a review of on October 11, 2012

Nickel 650b conversion, yes we can!
5 5

Built a 650b rocket with this frame, total build with nice components and 1x10 drivetrain is a touch over 26# and could easily be in the 25's with $250 worth of lighter components.
Geometry makes for a very engaging and fun ride on moderate to technical trails, feels very light on its toes and I'm running a 140mm front fork.
The bike is a bargain at anything under $1k for the frame, at the $699 price and with as much buzz as these are getting online in bike forums they will be gone soon.
A well executed single pivot design works well, awesome bike, buy it.

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Madsedan wrote a review of on April 22, 2012

5 5

Mine came with a pair of pearl izumi baggies and I bought another pair for wearing other older baggies, work well and great price. The $100 models may feel like riding on cotton balls but I'll never know it cause these work great and I can't justify the price difference.
I had a wreck that ripped a 6" hole in one leg last year and still wear them with no issues.

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Madsedan wrote a review of on April 22, 2012

4 5

Would have given this a 5 if it was a little lighter or a little more economical.
Lets be honest, the only reason 95% of us upgrade from stock is to save weight or add bling. This part is anti-bling but lighter than your average QR factory clamp, but I replaced it on my latest build with a titanium unit weighing 10g that was half the price, so.....

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Madsedan wrote a review of on April 19, 2012

4 5

Running these on a Pivot Mach 4 they are a great trail tire, pretty fast roller, light, UST with no issues on Mavic Crosstrails and Stan's Flows. Corner grip on loose over hard is a little lacking but if you have been riding a while you can manage and the speed you pick up in a straight line will make up for going into a few corners at 90%. Pricing could be a little better.

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Madsedan wrote a review of on April 19, 2012

3 5

No frills, nothing beyond normal, basic disc hydro's. Once they are set-up properly and working at their potential thats about as good as you'll get. They are competent brakes that came stock on my bike and if I had never ridden any other disc brake it wuold have been fine but knowing how other stuff performs for the same or less price I sold them and bought my second set of Formula Rx's, done.

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