Patrick Mulligan

Patrick Mulligan

Tahoe Backcountry, Squaw Valley, Jackson Hole and Surroundings, the Trails and peaks of the Sierra.

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Patrick's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Backpacking
Camping
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Patrick's Bio

20+ years experience with all my activities.

Patrick Mulligan

Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on August 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a hold out for sure. I still ride a 26er, and until this week was on a 3x9. If it aint broke don't fix it has been my motto. Given a really good deal on the X01 group, I modified my XTR cranks with a narrow wide chainring and went for it. I dropped over a pound, cleaned up the cockpit, and simplified my shifting. There has been zero chainslap since, zero missed shifts, zero "oh s@#$ I can't get the gear I want moments". I'm loving it. That said, I cut out my two top end gears and three bottom end gears by making the change. I've spun out a couple of times, but really, who needs to go faster than 34mph on a mountain bike. I've also done a couple longer climbs of 3000' where a gear or two lower would have been OK. That said - I'm sold. I've been a life long shimano lover, but sram's got a winner with these groups.

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Patrick Mulligan

Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on August 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a hold out for sure. I still ride a 26er, and until this week was on a 3x9. If it aint broke don't fix it has been my motto. Given a really good deal on the X01 group, I modified my XTR cranks with a narrow wide chainring and went for it. I dropped over a pound, cleaned up the cockpit, and simplified my shifting. There has been zero chainslap since, zero missed shifts, zero "oh s@#$ I can't get the gear I want moments". I'm loving it. That said, I cut out my two top end gears and three bottom end gears by making the change. I've spun out a couple of times, but really, who needs to go faster than 34mph on a mountain bike. I've also done a couple longer climbs of 3000' where a gear or two lower would have been OK. That said - I'm sold. I've been a life long shimano lover, but sram's got a winner with these groups.

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Patrick Mulligan

Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on August 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a hold out for sure. I still ride a 26er, and until this week was on a 3x9. If it aint broke don't fix it has been my motto. Given a really good deal on the X01 group, I modified my XTR cranks with a narrow wide chainring and went for it. I dropped over a pound, cleaned up the cockpit, and simplified my shifting. There has been zero chainslap since, zero missed shifts, zero "oh s@#$ I can't get the gear I want moments". I'm loving it. That said, I cut out my two top end gears and three bottom end gears by making the change. I've spun out a couple of times, but really, who needs to go faster than 34mph on a mountain bike. I've also done a couple longer climbs of 3000' where a gear or two lower would have been OK. That said - I'm sold. I've been a life long shimano lover, but sram's got a winner with these groups.

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on August 27, 2014

5 5

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

This is a great shirt and the materials do what they're supposed to. I rode yesterday morning starting in 47 degree weather. The shirt kept me dry while the darker colors helped to warm me as we climbed 2000' in the sun / shade mix. Once warmed up the day hit about 65 degrees prior to our ride ending. The shirt breathed well and kept me dry allowing me not to overheat.

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on August 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I took a flyer on the 2015 36 float Fit RC2 when it became apparent that many of the advances to the Factory Racing forks from last year had made it into this years line up. I've ridden current versions of the Specialized S-works Enduro since 2010 and use it as my do all bike doing mostly highly technical All Mountain Riding and a decent amount of Enduro style downhill (with drops to 10' and mid/large doubles thrown in). I was riding a 2010 Push modified 36 w/ custom valving that I was reluctant to ever give up. The tunability of that fork along with its beefy performance made it the best fork I've ever owned and have ever ridden by a long shot. Push's valving allowed me to run very low pressures and get the performance I wanted though high rebound and HSC / LSC damping.

After talking to a couple of folks who were at the Fox Launch this past April, I decided to throw down and pick up this one. It dropped just over two pounds from my bike. It also dropped the axle to crown by about 2/3 of an inch allowing me to go with the float rather than the Talas. Its as stiff as the other versions of the 36 I have ridden and is noticeably stiffer than the Pike, while being svelte and light. It is far more tunable than the competition. In the last couple of weeks I've found what seems to be my sweet spot. I've found that riding lower pressures (I'm riding 59-60lbs for my 177 rider weight) with 6 clicks (from closed) of LSC and 10 clicks of HSC with a little more than 1/2 rebound damping makes this thing every bit the fork it replaced and then some. Its smooth through its travel, never bottoms harshly, and is actually really sensitive to fast smaller (braking) bumps without packing up or diving under braking or in heavy turns. I did just remove the one air volume spacer that is included in the internals as I had never used the full travel of the fork (it still felt smooth). I may further add HSC as a result but haven't bottomed harshly yet.

Its Sick! Get IT and GET SOME!

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on July 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

And should have done it sooner. Same engagement and lighter than my 3 year old eggbeaters. I'm loving the new all metal platform (I owned the original plastic version years ago). They always work; mud, sand, etc doesn't challenge them. I love the slight float (it feels better on my knees). And these offer enough platform to allow you to crank and go big.

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on July 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these on my s-works enduro for two weeks and roughly 100 miles now. They're excellent. They're wide, but not DH wide, making them perfect for tight trails (although I have caught a bar end once on a tight rock section). They're damp, light and so far bulletproof. They look great too.

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on June 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I actually do not have the steel biner sold as part of this set. However, I have spent over a year using the Jul and really like it. I still use a GriGri when sport climbing or cragging. With today's smaller diameter ropes (using mostly 9.5 or less these days) and with doubles this thing can't be beat. Its light, strong, and locks consistently with these ropes. It does take some getting used to, but once accustomed to the device its amazing. I will say that it is necessary (and recommended by Edelrid) to use the device "backwards" as a normal tuber when rappelling. It is a PIA to use it in locked mode, even with the biner as a lever. That said, I back it up in the same way I would with an ATC or the like when rappelling with an autoblock.

I will also say that it takes a little more effort than an ATC or similar for belaying the second in guide mode, but it has not caused me any issues.

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on May 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are great shorts. They're tough, remain cool, dry quickly and with the zippered vents on legs and pocket are great for hot rides. They're also the correct length for riding with knee pads. I ride with these when I'm going to wear pads.

Only complaint is that with the bright color they do show dirt and you need to clean well or the color won't last.

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on February 25, 2014

5 5

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

Rope. Have only climbed on it twice, but it handles well and does the job. I've not fallen on it yet. For the weight however, this thing is amazing. The 70 meter feels lighter than my 9.8 60M "work" rope. I'll be using this on my backcountry adventures this season for sure.

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