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Jake M

Jake Mwrote a review of on December 28, 2014

4 5

I put ~1000 miles on this setup with a Force on the rear before swapping out for something wider. It help up very well on nice tarmac and broken asphalt. It rolls fast, brakes well and looks pro. I ended up swapping out for a 25mm tire to gain a little confidence descending - the 22mm on the front was just a little too twitchy for my taste

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Jake Mwrote a review of on December 28, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

2 stars only because they are rubber and round. Otherwise they don't qualify as CX tires. I'm 130 lbs, race mountain bikes and am a pretty delicate rider. Still, I've managed to flat on these more than any other tire I've used, on any other bike in the last 4 years, combined. I've had at least 6 pinch flats running these tires on non-race situations. On gravel roads with the occasional root. Hardly epic riding conditions. Too narrow to be great offroad, too delicate a carcass to keep the air in. The side knobs shred pretty quickly. These tires are best used as presents for racers you don't like. I wouldn't even run them on my commuter.

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Jake M

Jake Mwrote a review of on December 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've run this cassette on my CX bike for 1.5 seasons. It has worn fine and I'm never counting grams once I'm on the bike. Fun fact: this cassette uses the same intercog spacers as a Durace cassette. Which is super pro. It's a wear item, same the $$$ for post-ride coffees.

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Jake Mwrote a review of on December 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought my Thompson 125 dropper post to replace a KS LEV seatpost that was spending months away at KS for a standard rebuild. Sick of waiting and longing for the ability to lower my seat, I shelled out for the Thompson. In two months, it's been great. No discernible play up or down or side to side. The seat remains tight and I have not had to adjust anything since the initial install. My only qualms so far is that the last 1 cm of travel is sometimes sticky when the seat returns. It is usually the first 4-5 times I use the post in a ride, and I have to manually pull the seat back up to full extension. I've heard of this happening with other Thompsons. Right now it a 4 star post. The first rebuild will determine if the rating goes up or down.

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Jake Mwrote a review of on January 28, 2010

3 5

Off the bat: awesome bag but desperately needs load lifters. I packed this thing full with 50 lbs of gear (overstuffed for sure) and had a 3 hour approach through some gnarly off trail terrain. The bag resisted thorns and being thrown around like a suit of armor but my neck and shoulders were killing me, all that are missing are load lifters like its larger siblings.

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