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Noah Singer

Noah Singer

Park City, UT

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on May 20, 2015

One pair of pants with the pockets of 2
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 32x31

I have initial impressions, let's start by making that clear. I've worn my Osloh Crank pants for a few days and commuted in them, like I do to work everyday. My background is deep in racing road and MTB so my second skin is a chamois or baggy short. I currently own Rapha Jeans, Levi’s Commuter and a nice pair of pants from NAU that do the job well. I was eager to try another purpose built item.

It is clear that fashion is the focus here, and a very particular take on it. The packaging is actually very cool, and I can tell expensive. The color hint there and on the inside of the pants is Purple, that’s a statement.

I’m 6’0” 155lbs and the 32x31 is the size for me. The waist is a bit big but I used the snap to bring it in.

Out of the box I couldn’t believe how many pockets there were. I counted 10 pockets. By comparison the traditional denim jean as 5 (including that “Zippo” pocket). Why would I need 10 pockets when I am commuting, I am certainly wearing a small pack to store my stuff in? To me, these get a bit in the way of the flex but are somewhat made up for with the ample amount of stretch these pants provide. I mean, they really stretch and that is very welcoming. I am interested to see how that holds up over time and miles.

The overly reinforced crotch is the focal point. It actually does work on the bike, you can feel a bit of padding. You would never want to ride command because the amount of seams in there would eat you like a cheese grader. Also, you can feel the “chamois" a bit when walking around. If you are used to a bike chamois like myself this is not a big deal, but if you aren’t I can almost guarantee it will feel more like a pair of Huggies.

The reinforced lower right leg is an obvious must because of the drivetrain rub from your bike. The snap down there is nice too.

There is no reflective material, this itself looses a start. You don’t need to look like captain safety but subtle hints and using newer materials that are toned-down during daylight hours should be a requirement for commuter pants.

Overall, if you live in the big city and appreciate the Osloh style & want to make a statement, these seem to be a good fit. On the other hand, if you want minimalism in your pant this is definitely not the one for you, try the Levi’s Commuter instead.

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on May 7, 2015

Solid and simple
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You don't need a carbon bar. ProTour riders often pick the aluminum variety because if your bike simply tips over and you crack a carbon bar under your bar tape you won't know until it sheers in two crossing that cattle-guard at 36mph. There is no rotational weight here so a savings in grams in hardly noticed. Opt for the aluminum variety, save a ton of money and risk, and ultimately look more PRO. This one has a traditional shape which means you'll be a bit lower when in the drops. The subtle flats on top are very nice, especially on rough roads. The added surface area reduces fatigue in your hands, then arms, then shoulders...and so on, putting more watts to your legs and core where it matters.

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on April 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride a set of Enve M60's with DT 240 hubs. People often ask me if they should get these hubs or Chris King on their next bike. My response -- Basically, you get Chris King if you want to prance around and say you have a quality hub, then at night you don?t mind working on it. You get DT Swiss if you actually want a quality hub and at night you?d rather ride then just drink a few beers after.

I've had both and put a lot of miles on each. King is good, but has a break-in period, that is longer than a few rides and requires constant adjustment to keep them running like a tight ship. As far as DT, I've never touched them.

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Noah Singerposted an image about on March 11, 2015

Also consider the Roamer Leash

This is a great idea and I can appreciate it being the owner of two super-human labs. However, for over a year I've accomplished the same thing with the Ruffwear Roamer leash. I like it because I've used a retired carabiner to walk both my dogs at once on this single leash. It has a handle loop at the bottom which I hook to and, boom, both are at the end and there is only one leash. See it here-- http://www.backcountry.com/ruffwear-roamer-leash

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on March 11, 2015

More PRO than CON
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Here's the thing, I love this leash for a few reasons, my wife thinks less of it for another. Here's the full picture, you can make your decision. 1) I like it because the elastic keeps the leash from tangling around Lola's feet as she walks slowly (which rarely happens). 2) I like it because I've used a retired carabiner to walk both my dogs at once on this single leash. It has a handle loop at the bottom which I hook to and, boom, both are at the end and there is only one leash. 3) The clip on my human side of the leash is great for hooking them to a light pole when I run inside the store to grab basil, pinenuts and a six-pack for tonights pasta dinner. 4) Now, my wife likes all those things too, but she takes points away because the elastic actually does make it hard to hold the dogs back from jumping on somebody in tight places. They basically have extra room to pull if they want it. Oh, 5), it's super rugged. Damn Lola ran off for three hours in the woods once and came home with a muddy leash but the buckle is fine and abrasion is minimal.

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Noah Singerwrote a question about on January 22, 2015

Although I am typically not a fan of Schwalbe because of the horrific luck I've had with cuts, the tread pattern of this tire looks ideal for long gravel grinder races like the Leadville Trail 100. That race I have done, and if there tire were around in 2011 I would have considered it. The other part is that it's a 29er, which is the only wheel that should be ridden at those types of races. Does anyone have first hand experience?

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on December 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I previously used a Salsa QR clamp but switched on my new SCZ 5010 Carbon for these reasons:

1) The Salsa has a really long QR arm. It helps with leverage but might actually allow too much, cracking your post.

2) The long, pointy QR arm is literally a pain in your ass while sitting on your top tune, hanging out at the top of the climb waiting for ride buddies.

3) It's Santa Cruz and will match your bike.

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Noah Singerposted an image about on December 4, 2014

A sleeper glove that is among the best

I have awful circulation and I live at 7,000 feet. I need the best globe I can get and I hate bulk. All of that is a tough combination to assemble. This does it though. I only have about five rides in them so far but was anxious to post this soon for everyone to know. The gloves are tough. They are extremely warm without bulk. The black/black is slick and will double as my Nordic ski glove without being too loud.


They are Euro too. What else need be said?

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on December 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The warts are the best part and the pups love it. I get great momentum as I toss it far into the lake. It floats a bit low though. No biggy. It doesn't hold a stink and I expect to bring it on our travels from this day forward.

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on October 13, 2014

2 5

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

I was overwhelmed with when I saw WTB release such a fat tire for cyclocross bikes. From my MTB background I know volume is king. I own a 2014 Ibis Hakkalugi Disc with an ENVE disc fork.

When I installed the tires on my Crossmax SLR wheels I could tell the tire/frame clearance would be a bit snug on the back, and have ample room on the front with the ENVE fork. On my first ride, within about 15 minutes I heard the first bit of tire rub on the rear. I don't know if the tire expanded a little or the wheel shifted, but it was rubbing the frame ever so slightly near the bottom bracket junction. I centered the wheel in the dropouts, cranked down the quick-release but it didn't fix it. I found the quickest route home as to not wear my frame anymore, and removed the tire.

This tire in 40C does not fit into a Hakkalugi. It does however fit in the ENVE fork, so if you have that on another frame give it a shot or only run it on the front.

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Noah Singerposted an image about on September 3, 2014

You need only one bike. Period.

You need only one mountain bike. You need this bike. I've raced competitively for 12 years. I've ridden for sponsors and have been unsponsored. XC, Short Track, Enduro and Marathon. These days, I own a single bike, and this is it. A recent weekend looked like this:
Friday - Race the Pro fat tire crit, all on city streets, at the Grand Junction Off-Road in Colorado.
Sunday - Race Pro 40 mile XC, on arguably the most technical XC in America at that same race.
Monday - Do lift-access runs for hours at Deer Valley, UT on "Expert only, downhill bike required" trails.

During those three days, I never changed a single thing on the bike aside from dropping the seatpost four inches on Sunday. I ride Enve M60 wheels, Continental X-King 2.4 tires, and XT brakes. The bike weighs in at 24 pounds.

I work at Competitive Cyclist, I race the fast races and I do the fun rides. I could have several bikes and I could have any bike, but this is the one and only.

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had several Rapha bibs in the past. I heard that in the early days (still?) DeMarchi and Rapha were produced in the same factory by the same people. I'd believe it, these are great bibs. Clean, crisp design, quality ditching and materials and the price is amazing. Stock up and go tick off some KOMs.

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

The Bronson pant is at home on the rock, around the camp fire or in the office...any office you'd want to work in at least. Fit is true and construction is great. You see the details inside the pant seams, closures and pockets.

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