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OldSchoolBMXer

San Diego, CA

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Qwan's Passions

Snowboarding
Mountain Biking

Qwan's Bio

I'm a avid solo sports type of guy. Team sports is not my thing (although I've played them). Live in beautiful San Diego and get out on the trails with my bike almost daily. The type of riding that suits me is All Mountain and Freeride. I'm reliving my younger days as a dare devil on my bike and love it.

I venture up to Mammoth when I can, not as much as I would like but with kids, mountain bike trails at my doorstep and surf 5 minutes away -- sometimes it's just hard to want to make that 7 hour drive.

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OldSchoolBMXer wrote a review of on August 24, 2011

1 5

I think the designers use roadies to come up with sizing for these elbow guards... who has puny arms like this? The S/M feel very small. With some effort, they'll go on but they feel like they would cut off the circulation to your hands. Since they are one piece construction (foam) with a couple hard plastic pieces sewn on, they do not bend freely. Your arms have to be bent for them to feel normal. When you straighten out your arms, a crease on the inside is created and it digs into the back of your arm. The thing I hate the most is the fishnet mesh on the inside. When you take these off after a ride, it'll leave a nice lizard pattern on the inside of your arms... it's just another reminder (even when you don't have them on) of how bad they really suck. You can buy Cheapo elbow pads from a dirt bike shop for $25 and they will work better. So far, I'm unimpressed with Alpinestars mtn bike gear. Good looks but they work like crap.

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OldSchoolBMXer wrote a review of on August 24, 2011

3 5

it'll be hit or miss whether these bother the back of your knees. Specifically, it's the velcro on the flap that is the culprit. I have removed the velcro from the outside of the flaps (not on the strap) and this problem went away. the velcro also reinforces the flap so it is a bit stiff, but by removing it, the flap just forms to your legs. It feels like it breathes better and I won't need to worry about pedaling with these on. It's a really nice knee / shin guard but the straps is poorly designed. It's wider than it needs to be. If they reduce the bulk of the strap, and figure out the velcro mess in the rear; this will be worth the money.

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OldSchoolBMXer wrote an answer about on July 3, 2011

depends on the size of the helmet. Only the S/M helmet is limited. Oakley, Smith, will not fit. the 2 I know of are Vonzipper Sizzle MX and Spy Optic Alloy. Or try mtn bike specific goggles... addidas is a smaller frame. MX goggles tend to be on the larger size.

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OldSchoolBMXer posted an image about on June 29, 2011

Riding with Urge Down-o-matic

The comfort of the helmet is good and I might even say it’s great, but it isn’t plush. Knowing that this helmet was designed and tested by pro-racers, this is a matter of performance. Think of it as the race car, what goes on or in has to serve a purpose of getting more performance. Comfort can be derived from weight savings, your neck and shoulder muscles aren’t as fatigued. It can also be attained in ventilation, this helmet rides cool and if you hike a bike in some sections like I do, you can keep it on. That being said, after a few rides, the padding has contoured to my melon and feels about as natural as a full face can feel.

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OldSchoolBMXer wrote an answer about on July 23, 2009

Hope this is still timely for you. Sizing runs small to true. I normally would wear a small in 661 pads but these in a medium (which is their smallest size) fit was fine. It's a gamble but you can always send it back if it doesn't work out. About a $7 rental to try them out -- that's the way I rationalize it.

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OldSchoolBMXer wrote a review of on July 10, 2009

Good for intermediate trails
3 5

I bought 2 sets of these (2.25 and 2.4).

26 x 2.25:
Rolling - rolls very good because of the center tread blocks being closely placed.
Climbing - climbs good for what I was doing, not a whole lot of climbing done on these.
Cornering- on loose to moderately loose sandy soil over hard pack they were not confidence inspiring. You have to be on top of them, the give point is much sooner than I would have expected. I did not ride them in wet conditions since we have none in socal. But I would imagine them being inadequate for wet.
Overall: I heard good things about these tires and wanted to try them. The bigger volume had more downside than upside. Comfortable ride, but think monster truck tires for a second -- not really designed to corner going fast? They're a good tire for those who like to get into terrain but aren't planning on railing turns. Basically the big volume is like riding a beach cruiser with a fat seat. It's good to absorb a lot of vibration beyond that it just holds air.

26 x 2.4:
The rolling and climbing characteristics are good as the 2.25 size (again I don't climb so I'm not worried about that).
Cornering - The Ardents are better at the 2.4 size... not sure why a 2.25 was even made TBH. Riding slopestyle and bermed tracks this tire did okay (I'm back to Minions now). I still did not feel confident and I could feel the bike sliding when other tires (minions) would continue to rail.
Weight - for the size, these are pretty light and was my main reason for trying them.
Overall: I got rid of these soon after the 2.25s. These tires are good for those who do not intend to ride aggressively. On certain bikes, these tires would rub the front deraileurs -- so the higher volume is hit or miss, depending on your set up.

Side note: I'm on minions DHF 2.5 ST and DHR 2.5 3C. They are heavy but the tradeoff is well worth it as these tires feel like they stick to the ground. Night and Day difference.

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OldSchoolBMXer wrote a review of on April 23, 2009

5 5

I purchased these elbow guards with the matching knee/shin. They Arrived in 2 days to my door and shipping was free. Dayyum, great turn-around time. I was thinking it'd be at least a week.

I took these out on the jump trails and sessioned with them for 2 hours. The fit, even being brand new was close to perfect. No slippage like you would get from the cheapo $17 elbow pads with the criss/cross adjustable straps. These 3 velcro strap system makes it ultra comfortable and reduces binding in certain spots like you'd get with the cheapos.

I tried Fox cheapos, I've tried the 661 race. I won't even bother with any other brand from now on. I'm hooked on Dainese. It's a bit more spendy but I ask myself, do I want to go on the cheap with saving my skin? The answer was a resounding NO.

Besides, right now, they're 20% off if you have the promo code.

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OldSchoolBMXer wrote a review of on April 23, 2009

5 5

Wow!!! I barely noticed them being on me (on my first ride). They're form fitting, light weight, the quality is excellent. The velcro straps are the best I've seen used on any equipment. You hold them and you can tell they're well made. Materials, craftsmanship, design and little details. All great traits that come with Dainese.

I might just order another set to have them for back up. :-)

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OldSchoolBMXer wrote a review of on April 23, 2009

5 5

Wow!!! I barely noticed them being on me (on my first ride). They're form fitting, light weight, the quality is excellent. The velcro straps are the best I've seen used on any equipment. You hold them and you can tell they're well made. Materials, craftsmanship, design and little details. All great traits that come with Dainese.

I might just order another set to have them for back up. :-)

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