Peter N

Peter N

Peter N's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Running

0 Comments

0 Comments

Peter N

Peter N wrote a review of on February 28, 2013

5 5

Pair these with a nice tire like Michelin Pro Race, Conti Grand Prix 4000S, or Vittoria Evo Corsa, and you'll get the closest ride quality to a tubular possible. The valve cores are removable, so I'm using Tufo valve extenders to run on deep section wheels. Unlike butyl tubes, these do not stretch so make sure you get the right size for your tires.

(1)

 

0 Comments

Peter N

Peter N wrote a review of on January 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm pretty hard on my headphones, but have used these every day for the last two months and they've held together great. Inevitably when something is going to break (usually the connector cord), every piece of this headphone is replaceable with parts from Sol Republic's site. You can also buy different headband colors as well, if that's your thing. Most importantly, the sound from these headphones are great. I doubt you'll be able to find a pair of headphones that give you clarity for the highs and enough bass for the lows at anywhere near this price.Highly recommend.

(1)

 

0 Comments

Peter N

Peter N wrote a review of on January 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Mainly a roadie, but I got this bike to dabble a bit off road. Comes with Shimano's workhorse series SLX drivetrain in a 3x10. SLX is mechanically very similar to Shimano's higher end XT and race level XTR, but a bit heavier at a fraction of the cost. A Rockshox Recon fork is a solid but not flashy part that does the job

The bike has a pretty long top tube compared to others in its range. I'm 5 foot 7 and am definitely on the smaller end of the size Small that i got.

A lot of 29ers I've ridden feel very unwieldy and cumbersome in the size Small (a lot of wheel compared to the frame), but the short chain stays and short stem quickens the handling and make it feel less like a 29er.

My biggest gripe about the bike is the Avid Elixir 3s and their feel/stopping power/noise, but realistically these brakes are way better than anything Tektro you'll usually get in a bike in this price range.

I'd recommend this bike to anyone who's looking to get a solid mountain bike to start with plenty of room to grow into, or someone who wants to try the whole 29er thing but isnt ready to commit a huge amount. I'm planning on getting a new set of wheels this year and maybe switching to some Shimano SLX or XT brakes, but overall its a great bike and I've been really pleased.

(1)

 

0 Comments

Peter N

Peter N wrote a review of on January 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Shimano SPD style pedals have been around for years and there are a dozen different copied designs because it works so well. Not particularly light pedals, but 1/2 the price of XT pedals and 1/3 the price of XTR. Best value for your money in terms of mountain pedals, in my opinion. Double sided, with spring tension adjustments

(1)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments