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Adam Brown

Adam Brown

Adam Brown

Adam Brownwrote a review of on October 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have ridden and raced this tire on most trail conditions this year. I have also ridden the Barzo and Mezcal. This seems to me to be the most utilitarian of the bunch, meaning that it is fast enough and grippy enough. The Mezcal is faster, (I use it only on the rear), but it is also more susceptible to damage. The Peyote is still grippy in damp soils, but if really sloppy, I would choose the Barzo.

I have used both TNT and regular versions of this tire and run both tubeless without any problems. The non-TNT version rolls faster and is lighter. If not too many sharp rocks, you will have no problem with it.

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Adam Brownwrote a review of on October 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The only conceivable advantage of a carbon fiber seatpost over the Thompson Masterpiece would be flex. In a 31.6mm, you wont get much beneficial flex from carbon anyway. Save the money and get the Thompson. It is lighter than most carbon posts and it is durable too.

The fore/aft adjustment screws makes it super easy to adjust the saddle.

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Adam Brownwrote a review of on October 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own this bike with SRAM Red build. For reference, I have ridden Litespeed, Cannondale CAAD 9, and Cannondale SuperSix with DuraAce builds. I ride about 5,000 road miles annually-- mostly in mountainous terrain and mostly on good paved roads.

I LOVE this bike! I have complete confidence in descents and as a result, descend faster than on other bikes. Owing to its very light weight and stiffness, it is an excellent climber both in and out of the saddle. It is equally as comfortable as I remember my titanium Litespeed being, but it is lighter and far more responsive.

My confidence in races and my enjoyment in riding has increased with this bike.

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Adam Brownwrote a review of on October 12, 2015

EASY IN EASY OUT
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like these pedals for XC racing as well as CX racing.

Things I like best:
1) Light weight
2) Just the right amount of float
3) So easy to engage and disengage
4) Engagement is certain
5) Easy maintenance keeps them going for years

Note:
- I change bearings and re-grease at the start of every season. Takes about 10 minutes and requires a $10 rebuild kit.
- For comfort, this pedal requires a very stiff, carbon sole.

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Adam Brownwrote a review of on October 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this wheel for both training and racing. I have ridden it on hardtail and full suspension bikes. Simply put, this wheel has no equal. I have ridden and raced other carbon and high-end aluminum wheels. You either have to sacrifice weight, durability, or comfort. Those trade-offs are a thing of the past with the M50. And a very generous 5 year warranty should put any durability concern to rest. Ride this wheel hard and don't worry about it. You will be faster.

Note: I have put a large variety of tires on this bike. Tubeless ready or not doesn't matter. Every tire I have tried seals up well and mounts easily.

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Adam Brownwrote a review of on October 9, 2015

DAMPENS VIBRATIONS
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a very comfortable handlebar. Although incredibly stiff, it smooths out the trail. The difference is noticeable, especially compared to an aluminum bar. I like a bit of a rise and the dimensions on this bar are just right.

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Adam Brownwrote a review of on October 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like that this chainring does not require a spider. It almost feels as though you are more connected to the wheel. Very solid and any flex is imperceptible.

Watch your chainline. Zero offset was recommended for my setup, but the 6mm offset best preserved the original chainline. (My setup is X01 with BB30)

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Adam Brownwrote a review of on October 8, 2015

PAIR THIS LID WITH POC SUNGLASSES
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This helmet makes me look like I am going fast, even when I am not. This is important, because when you ride up to the starting line, all of your fellow competitors will be intimidated. It has worked for me this year and surely helped me to the podium a time or two. Seriously, this is the most comfortable, barely there, helmet I have ever worn. I have complete confidence, that when I do spill, I will have maximum protection.

Note: It cleans up nicely and still looks bright white after a season of hard use. Just take it in the shower with you every week or so. The straps and inner fittings are very soft and flexible.

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Adam Brownwrote a review of on August 19, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This saddle is really lightweight and comfortable especially for pricing. It takes out some of sting when the trail gets rough because it has a good amount of vertical compliance. It also looks great on almost any bike and I would use it from trail riding to CX racing. I had been using it for several months and me and my friend went DH riding up at Sundance. Maybe it was the lift operator who ripped the back of the saddle off of the bars, it could have been a manufacture defect, or it was just worn out. Either way, the saddle didn't hold up as long as it should have. Still a great, compliant, lightweight saddle at a good price.

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Adam Brownwrote a review of on August 19, 2015

It saved my eyesight!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used to tiny glasses that don't cover your eyes as much as you would like? Now you don't have to worry about having direct sunlight blazing into your eyes or a branch hitting your eyes with POC's DO Blade Sunglasses. I crashed while using these and there was no way that any sort of object or projectile was going to get into my eyes. These things give you full coverage and protection. What a life saver!!!

They fit really well with the POC Octal AVIP MIPS helmet-- either over the eyes or resting on top.

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Adam Brownwrote a review of on April 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used POC stuff now for about 8 years for both skiing and cycling. If you're looking for a new helmet stop and go no further, this is the helmet that you want. I use both on and off road. It's lightweight, looks great, and keeps you cooled down. With its MIPS technology it's as safe as a helmet can get. The bottom line is that POC makes the best gear.

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Adam Brownwrote a review of on March 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The reason why this pair of sunglasses works so well is because it fits nicely and docent slid off your face. It also looks great both on and off the bike and functions nicely. Spy's happy lens also make for an improved vision quality.

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