Ryan Donahue

Ryan Donahue

Bozeman, MT

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Ryan Donahue

Ryan Donahue wrote a review of on November 4, 2011

5 5

If you're not on the wool sock bandwagon, you're missing out! Slowly, I've been converting all of my socks to wool and I just picked up two more pairs. I can't comment on the durability or wear resistance just yet, hence the 4 stars. But I can say that they are quite warm and really, really soft. Very comfortable!

Wool socks; get on it!

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Ryan Donahue wrote a review of on November 4, 2011

4 5

Great shirt; love the thumb holes. Once the snow flies, this will see regular rotation in the layering. As mentioned already, it is a bit thicker.

I can't comment on the durability or snag resistance. I'm also curious to see how the shirt resists piling.

It should also be noted to that the Deep/Shale color is darker than the picture provided. It's more of a darker turquoise, than the sea blue pictured.

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Ryan Donahue wrote an answer about on October 5, 2011

Kyle, thanks for the info. In some serious interwebbing, I found the same. The ski will look the same but be called the Bibby Special. It will feature a bigger shovel at 150 and a narrower tail at 120, I think? Also, it will have less tail rocker in what MOMENT calls their mini-twin. It will also be sold in a 186, in addition to the 196 you mention. Blister Gear did a review of it and it's what you say; a huge AK line sort of ski and less versatile than the Bibby Pro.

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Ryan Donahue wrote a question about on October 3, 2011

I've been reading that there will be a Bibby Pro Special Edition in both 186 and 196. On the Moment site, there are lengths listed as such. So two part; will these be sold at backcountry.com and what are the differences on the Special Editions? The Moment site lists tip/tail rocker profiles, so I'm a bit confused ...

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Ryan Donahue wrote a review of on June 16, 2011

5 5

Suh-weet. I need to shorten the OEM stem on my Slayer and this did the trick. It was the right length and it is far beefier than anything I'll ever throw at it.

The Top Lock feature is a nice touch to visually check for tightness around the bars. I've had previous stems come loose on climbs and once on a descent. Not cool. So this is a great thing to have.

The machines surface and finish is uber cool and it keeps it from being super bulky. Plus, it adds just enough bling to the bike. I like!

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Ryan Donahue wrote a review of on June 15, 2011

5 5

These things are this shorts I've been looking for! I just spent a long weekend pedaling around NE Utah in the heat, dust, cactus, slick rock and mosquitoes and these things were killer! They breathe exceptionally well, the fit is a great compromise between full on DH and weight weenie shorts, they stretch and move very well, they weight is quite light and the included chamois liner is actually really good. The fabric held up to some gnarly crashes into some cactus and rocks - much better than I thought. The length is about perfect and the pockets are super deep so nothing will fall out. The openings will also fit over you knee pads.

The only issue I have found is that because the pockets are so deep, there's a lot of material that pulls out when retrieving gear out of your pockets. Tacking these to the inside of the short would help. But given how awesome these are, no worries.

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Ryan Donahue wrote a review of on June 8, 2011

4 5

If you're looking for some additional protection, but need or want to pop for the full compression suit; this is a great compromise.

Be warned, it is very much a compression top. It fits very tight. I wear a medium in most everything across the board and have a 40 inch chest and this goes on, albeit with some effort. Though once on, it is not constrictive and moves very well.

The fabric seems very tough and will help with rash on a hard fall. The chest padding is flexible, save for the center piece which is hard. The shoulder pads are comprised of hard, outer plastic and the skin side is a bit softer.

It would be nice if the same material on the chest area were stitched in the rear for some spine protection and the reason for 4 stars and not 5.

But otherwise, a solid investment in protection.

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Ryan Donahue wrote a review of on June 8, 2011

4 5

If you don't know, now you do. If you ride platform pedals, you need these shoes. Seriously. Ditch those garbage Vans or whatever else you're using and get these. The grip like nothing else I've tried - even an old pair of stiff approach shoes. The Stealth rubber literally sticks to the pins on your pedals. The sole is tough and stiff that provides for a great pedaling platform.

The are actually a wide shoe. So people with Hobbit feet like me, they fit great, with little break-in. This allows you to order truer to size. I typically wear a 10.5 or 11 depending on the manufacturer and I was able to fit a 10 quite comfortably.

A few things to note: They will take at least one hard ride to break in. The padding around the heel cup and tongue is soft, but needs a bit to break-in to your foot shape. What's not shown in the pictures is the seemingly over-stuffed tongue. Upon tightening the laces, this really compresses down for a nice fit.

The exterior shape of the shoe is a bit big as in they appear a bit chunky. I was concerned about this and getting in the way. Not an issue. The toe rand and forefoot have plenty of protection.

The only reason for 4 out of 5 stars? Breathability. To be the perfect bike shoe, they need more of it, especially for those of us with warmer than normal feet. A good pair of SmartWool socks certainly helps with this.

Believe the hype. Buy them.

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Ryan Donahue wrote an answer about on June 1, 2011

Sizes: XS - S - M - L - XL. I found that it tends to fit a slight bit smaller than true to size. As in, if you're on border with most helmets between a medium and a large; the large will fit great - as it did with me.

For the 661 sizing chart, check this link: http://www.hucknroll.com/mountainbike/sizingchart.html?sizing_id=1348&sku=SSO0073&pg_id=100000739&subcat_id=100000055&cat_id=100000010

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Ryan Donahue wrote a review of on May 31, 2011

4 5

Pretty sweet tires. They came as the OEM offering on my Rocky Mountain Slayer 50. The front came in a 2.4" and I love it. It corners exceptionally well and tracks very well, especially under braking. Since owning it, I've managed to steam roll a few cactus and they keep on truckin'. I've even converted the front to a ghetto tubeless set up which works well, despite the difficulty seating the bead.

The rear at 2.25" is only so-so. High rolling resistance and doesn't seem to grip quite as well as the 2.4". But for an OEM tire, it's prettty tough to beat - hence only four stars and not five.

Overall it's a great, no-nonsense, tough and good looking tire.

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Ryan Donahue wrote a review of on May 24, 2011

4 5

Decent pair of shorts. Plenty of pockets. The fit is actually about true to size - unlike other Zoic shorts, which tend to run very small. The length is good on these and the move well. The fabric seems tough, but it is no downhill type short. It's a great short of all sorts of riding and they will fit over your kneed pads without looking like a pair of man-pris.

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Ryan Donahue wrote a review of on May 8, 2011

4 5

Pretty straight forward ... fits like a 3/4 sleeve jersey should fit. Not crazy baggy, but not roadie tight. I'm 6'0" and 185 lbs with a 40 inch chest and a medium fits great. The sleeve openings fit great over my 661 2x4 arm/elbow pads.

I can't comment on durability, but the blue is nice and bright and provides a nice contrast to sea of grays and blacks out there. It seems to resist the funk pretty well, too.

If you need another jersey to throw in the trunk or work into the rotation, this is a great choice!

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