Wasatch Range, Green Mountains
I distinctly remember wasting time in elementary school reading BMX PLUS! and lusting over the Diamondback Reactors. (http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/diamondback/24675)
Now, with Kelly McGarry's 72 ft backflip, 2nd place, and viewers choice award at the RedBull Rampage, they have rebuilt the brand into a formidable player.
I have been riding this bike for a month or so now, and have been greatly impressed. I knew Diamondback still had it, and that they would come back and produce great bikes again. This is one of those bikes. Stiff aluminum frame and a great (105 level for around a grand? YES). This bike is a great entry level cross racer, a one bike quiver, or a gravel adventure bike. I have since upgraded the seatpost and saddle to some personal preference parts, but the stock build will get you and keep you rolling for years.
I have put about 200 miles on it so far, both on and off road, and have found myself wanting to ride back on the road more and more. The frame is confidence inspiring and solid, and wide tires and disc brakes make descending both more fun and more "spicy" because of brakes that feel like brakes. Discs on road bikes are here to stay and I will only ride them from here on out.
Fit and finish of this bike is on par with bigger names, and the price can't be beat. I'm looking forward to getting a nicer set of wheels, as with bikes in this price range, thats usually the one component selection to suffer. It is a bit heavy to keep up with the fit roadies I work with, but I'm probably having more fun. I can't wait to do some bikepacking, gravel adventures, and longer rides next summer, and this race (http://www.vermontoverland.com/vogp) but with single digit temps, its trainer time.
I went back to ODI Non-Lock on rubber grips, but these things are always vying for my grips. an awesome grip that damps vibration well. So comfy.
This is a great stem. Light, Stiff, Torx bolts, and Zipp quality you have come to love. A great upgrade from stock stems, and won't break the bank.
Hey Charles, I know this is late, but that won't work, you would need a 25.4 clamp stem.
Look no further. The rubber compound makes these pads super grippy and provide great modulation and control on aluminum rims in all conditions. Definitely a great option for those looking to replace worn pads.
Keep it simple. Simple, functional, and durable. This chain is a great option for 10 speed drive trains. While it may not have the nicest coating or lightest weight, it will get you home and be a solid, reliable component.
this is a great bar. Short drop, shallow bend, comfy grip in lots of positions, and the price is right! Suprisingly light for the price, and stiff enough for the casual rider.
Comfy, classic, and easy to install, this tape makes me wax poetic of days of downtube shifters and mustaches. Its a good thing only the former has gone the way of the dinosaur. This stuff works as it should and is timeless.
Rock Shox makes it incredibly easy to rebuild your fork. You should follow the correct manual for your fork found http://www.sram.com/service.
Below is an example for the Revelation. You need this oil to do the job.
Maintenance interval are the numerics in ride hours.
Change Speed Lube oil bath 25
Check front suspension fasteners for proper torque 25
Clean and lubricate remote lockout cable and housing 25
Remove lowers, clean/inspect bushings and change oil bath
(if applicable) 50
Clean and lubricate air spring assembly 50
Change oil in damping system (including hydraulic lockout) 100
Clean and lubricate coil spring assembly (coil forks only) 100
This is a great alternative to the pro level chain tool, its light enough to fit in your pack if you don't have a multi-tool with a chain breaker, but also handles home shop duties with ease.
This tool is precisely made, fits in to my park socket set to have a socket cassette tool, and has removed many a cassette.
Durability, Reliability, Quality. Honestly, when you pick up park tools, you know they are worth the price. Feels like Craftsman stuff. These do the job, cutting cables, housing, and crimping ends as needed. Always in my tool box at races and bike trips, or on my bench.
You are keeping the stand in one location. I generally take my stand with me to races and camping and this becomes just a bit of a nuisance in those situations, but it is definitely attached when my stand is at home. A great add on.
This is a great stand for the money. If I could have I would have bought the Pro due to the quick clamp, but this option works great for the money. Its always set up in my garage, and travels to all races and bike adventures with me.
Reliable, does its job, and doesn't clog valve cores. All in all a great product, especially if you are using Stans rims, strips, and valve cores. The total package makes tires a breeze to install and set up. Be sure to shake it, and check your tires every 4-6 months and add more if they have dried up!
This is, in my opinion, the best dropper post on the market. Having ridden demos with Reverbs, DOSS, a Specialized, and both the Joplin and Kronolog, the KS takes the cake. Perks include clean cable routing, small, easy to operate remote, ODI lock on compatibility, clean cable routing, and infinite adjust, no hard stops. I owned a KS Supernatural before my LEV and will be putting a LEV Integra on my next bike (hopefully).
It is also the most intuitive to use, the lever is small and out of the way. The only issue is slight play developing on the head, but that comes from the saddle loosening up, not the post itself.
Active shell is hands down the best Gore product I have ever used for a high-output activity. Being a 100 day a year skier, a hiker, and cyclist, I have used numerous different Gore Products, from Pac-Lite, to Windstopper, to their high end Pro Shell, there is nothing I would rather use for high output activities than Active shell. This is the most breathable jacket that is water proof. I use it riding in the fall and spring, as well as when I am touring in the backcountry in the winter. Absolutely top notch breath ability and waterproofing.
What can I say? I have never really been too keen on VPP, but now that they have made some tweaks, and added some 27.5 wheels in the mix, I have finally found a bike that is hanging out near the top spot for my one bike for next season. I had the chance to demo this bike on two rides, both, unfortunately were over relatively mellow, smooth trails in the wasatch and I never got to really open the bike up through technical terrain the way I wanted to. This bike had a perceived speed that made descending down the jump and berm filled Rush trail feel faster than ever before, as well as the light weight and suspension riding high in the travel (~15% sag) led to a bike that would be at home rallying a slalom track. I'm hoping to get a few rocky, technical rides in before the snow flies to give it a full run down and make my decision for next season, but the 5010 is an incredible bike and will handle all but full on DH trails with reckless abandon.
Great product, When something says keep away from open flame, I know its gotta be good stuff. This is some of the best out there. Shake well, apply to your chain, have a beer, work on something else on your bike, then wipe fully off. Some of the quietest chain lube I've used and I have used tons and tons of products.
Squeeze and it delivers. Great high-flow valve, and durability and quality I have come to expect from Camelbak. I like being able to shut the valve off, makes transporting a full bottle less worrisome.
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