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Oni

Oni

Honolulu, HI

Oni's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking

Oni's Bio

Let's see, fanatical mountain biker on a wee bit of a holiday till the little babushka grows up enough to take him out on the trails. I've been into bikes since my small kid BMX days. Currently there's a Yeti 575, Scott FR, Voodoo Wazoo, Titus Racer X, and an urban play bike in the quiver. Known amongst my friends as being a gear whore.

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Oniwrote a review of on February 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

I'm always looking for a minimalist short that is light and comfy. This short fits the bill. I wore it over a set of Mavic Bib shorts while sitting on a Tioga Spyder saddle and worked well. There are two small thigh pockets, so if you like to carry a lot of stuff it won't work. The waist adjust strap is on the inside of the short, which isn't ideal but isn't a deal breaker. Found the shorts to be comfortable, in that they stretch in multiple directions, wick sweat well, and look good in the gray color.

I range between a 32 to 34, but have lost a little in the butt lately so the 32 fits fine. Little snugger than my TLD 34s or Yeti size L shorts but it works.

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Oniwrote a review of on September 3, 2014

3 5

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

Okay, I bought this jersey because of the color. It's a nice turquoise blue, matches the trim on my Yeti.

I've somewhat moved away from baggy jerseys, I'm finding that tighter jerseys just wick sweat better. I wouldn't say that this is a super tight jersey, but it's not baggy/flappy. If you've got a potbelly, it'll show.

Like the full zip. Like the venting. Like the reflective bits.

Not super excited with all the pockets. I ride with a hydration pack, so I tend not to use pockets, and they just add more material between your back and the pack. If I rode without a pack, I think the pocket set up would be ideal.

Good quality material and finish work.

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Oniwrote a review of on March 2, 2013

4 5

I like this helmet better than the Fox striker. Seems to fit me a bit better. Visor is a tad bit cheap (fell off on my first one), but overall, I like this helmet. The plastic piece on the back makes me go fast and make varrroom noises.

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Oniwrote a review of on March 2, 2013

3 5

Had to get an XL size when I normally wear L. Figured it would be a slimmer Euro cut so the Xl wouldn't be huge. And it's not. Jersery is really comfortable. Nice and airy. More of a hot weather, keep the sun off of you versus a keep warm thing. Like the zipper and the mesh inserts.

Bought white. Which has to be the dumbest color for MTB clothes ever. At least you can wear black when its cold out.

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Oniwrote a review of on March 1, 2013

3 5

Bought it to replace my well loved and used 2006 Yeti 575. Very different bikes. Very different feel. Have one trail ride on it and half a dozen DH runs that involve a 35 minute road climb, so I really need to take it out on the trail more. I don't love this bike, and usually I do.
Sometimes on the road climb up I can feel the suspension doing something that makes me think the grips are loose, first ride I stopped and checked the grips several times, but it was just how the frame moved. Coming down the dh isn't bad, stiffer than my 575 (but really, what isn't??).
Think the wide handlebars are bugging me, steering seems twitchy, probably will try to move controls and grips in a bit to see if that's part of my issue.
Had issues with the XTR discs, had to have a caliper warrantied. Rest of the components are working well. 2X10 is interesting, but works. Haven't had an issue running out of gears when climbing for the dh. If I was going to build this bike from scratch, it would look pretty close to this. I like the 2012 spec better than the 2013 spec. Not really excited with the Fox CTD system, wanted the CK headset, the 240 hubs are a nice treat as well.
Let me get more miles and I'll come back and update this.

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Oniwrote a review of on March 1, 2013

3 5

After a painful warranty period, I now like these brakes. :-) While they were not working and I was trying to get them warrantied, I really didn't like them.
The brakes came preinstalled, but since you have to disconnect the lever to install, I suspect that some air was introduced. So I had to bleed them early in the process. managed to drop ( and lose) the bleed screw, and that was a proprietary screw that I had to source from a bike store in Korea as it's not available from US distributors at all. Then contaminated the pads, but managed to get them working again and then the rear piston was leaking fluid, so can imagine all sorts of fun that caused.The replacement came with a hose that was about nine feet too long, so had to cut and install the barbed fitting and new compression olive. That barbed fitting doesn't like to go in the hose.
Had to purchase a bleed kit, because you can't do much with a special bleed kit.
Here's what I like.
Shimano has the best lever feel. Truly one finger braking, even in crazy downhill sections.
Good stopping power.
Goofy finned pads seem to work.
What I don't like;
Shimano mineral oil (really? it's how expensive?)
Barb and compression fitting set up.
The fact that the first pair leaked oil.

I wouldn't have bought these if they didn't come on the bike. Not convinced that I'd buy them again. I've had a better bleeding/maintenance with other brands (Magura and Hope). But now that I've got them working, I'll keep them for a while.

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Oniwrote a review of on April 11, 2012

2 5

I have the 3AAA Remix as well. I just bought this one because I wanted to try it and I have a stash of CR123s at home. And it's all black. It's a little lighter than my 3AAA but other than that, I'd go with the 3AAA version instead. Batteries are cheaper and performance is better.

The always comes on in the low mode was a little annoying.

I do like the Remix platform though. I've used it a lot over the years, from hiking at night, to running, to fixing stuff in the car or just to see where I'm going.

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Oniwrote a review of on March 11, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been looking for a performance black shirt for a while. I was pleased to see that Stoic had one, as I have several other Stoic products and I like them. I'm wearing it today for the second time. It's comfortable. Not too hot, not too cool. Just right. I spent time out in the sun and despite it being black, I wasn't baking. The different colour buttons on the front are kinda weak, why do I need a grey button mixed in with the black ones? And this was the shirt of stink when I took it out of the package. Had to wash it 2x to get it not stinking. Fit is a bit snug, I'm wearing a Large and it's comfy, although I'm not a Hugh Jass so your results may vary.

Been wearing this shirt for almost a year now. Liked it so much I bought a blue one as well. Really, really, really like these shirts. Probably my favorite casual shirts.

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Oniwrote a review of on January 11, 2012

3 5

Just read the reviews on this watch and I'm kinda surprised. I bought it five or six years ago and haven't had to change the band yet. Changed the battery a couple of times and the slot in the back of the watch is kinda chewed up. While I've worn it outdoors/ocean, it hasn't seen a lot of that kind of use, so maybe that's why my band hasn't deteriorated. I've found the altimeter to be kinda wonky; there have been times when I'm standing at sea level and my altitude can vary widely. Manually setting the altitude to sea level helps for a little bit.
I don't find resetting the watch to be at all intuitive; I'm going to use the altimeter tracking function this weekend and I need to reread the directions on how to do it.
I find it comfortable and light.
I bought it on close out for cheap, don't think I would pay the asking price for it.

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Oniwrote a review of on November 21, 2011

1 5

Hated it. Opened the knife, played with it for five minutes, put it back in the box, mailed it back.

The ergonomics of this knife are designed for someone who wears gloves or has slippery hands. I found the knife far too painful on bare skin, as the contact points would dig into the hand in a variety of grips. This included the thumbstuds, the hilt, and the slide lock button.

I let a couple of friends with knives (fwk) play with it and they all thought it was very uncomfortable as well.

I thought the opening system was a gimmick. If you held the slide lock open then flicked your wrist, the blade would open. Which is no big deal as several of my other knives you can just flick your wrist and the blade opens.

Really wanted to like this knife, with the Sai-Mai steel.

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Oniwrote a review of on June 27, 2011

3 5

Got these shoes off S&C. Wanted a pair of trail runners to use for hiking (when I don't want to wear the Garmont hiking boots). Initially felt odd out of the box, but after wearing them around the house for a while, they were comfy. I wore them on a rocky beach/coral hike and they were fine. Followed that up with a lengthy wet/muddy rocky hike, and I have to say they were very good. The minimal tread didn't clog (although there is a cut out on the bottom of the sole) but still delivered good traction. I like the lacing system as well. Works better than conventional shoe laces. Not as light as some other shoes I've had, but still, worth the S&C price. Three stars as they are better than average but not a standout.

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