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Barton's Passions

Hiking & Camping

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green taco wrote a review of on October 16, 2012

5 5

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

I was attracted to the Young Turk because of the minimalist setup (10-speed) and the cool design. The more I played with it, the more I appreciated the geometry and design. I bought this mostly to cruise around town because I already have a full-suspension trail bike. However, I had to know how it handled off-road. This bike really climbs beautifully. It's not ultra-light, but the geometry and wheel size just want to climb hills. I was also really impressed with the descending. It was a bit chattery in the really bumpy areas at high speed but still better than expected. It actually at the bumps well and held control perfectly. It was just a bit chattery which is tough to endure for an extended period. However, in the fast, smooth single-track descents, this bike is really at home. It tracks really nice. The big wheels/tires and the steel frame really subtle the vibration. The tires were also a real plus off-road. I'm likely to change tires for my primary urban purpose but I'll always feel a little guilty knowing how capable this bike is off-road.

Good looks
Spec'd well
The feel of steel
Eats single track
10-speed setup

Tight turns aren't ideal

I'm looking forward to updating my review in a few months.




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green taco wrote a review of on May 23, 2012

5 5

I bought three of the ibaia color because the price on that color was so good. I'm definitely happy with the chair design and function. They're plenty big, comfortable to sit in, light weight, easy to collapse, etc... They also pack down real thin for storage and pack-ability. The most pleasing part is that the ibaia color actually looks really nice in person. I was expecting them be ugly but after I received them, I prefer that color. I also really like the adjustability. The chair offers three settings to adjust the recline from a comfortable upright position for a kids soccer game or concert to the nice recline position for poolside or stargazing.