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Barrett Cox

Barrett Cox

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Park City, UT

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Barrett Cox

Barrett Coxwrote a review of on October 14, 2019

Skids and Wheelies
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'd always wanted a Blur TRC back when Santa Cruz was still making them, but couldn't justify the purchase. Always concerned that it would be fun when the trail was smooth and bermy, just not able to handle the chunkier stuff. Fast forward and here we have the 2019 5010, with slightly larger wheels, a bit more reach, and some addition geo tweaks, but generally the same idea: an incredibly fun trail bike with dual slalom roots you can clearly feel.
While there are situations where the 5010 gets overwhelmed, usually extended, brutally deep rock gardens, let's remember that this is a 130mm trail bike. With that noted, over the course of the past 6 months I've tried to throw this bike into situations where it shouldn't work. 99% of the time, it comes out the other side asking to ride it again and ride it faster.
Unsurprisingly, you'll likely have most fun when the trail filled with jumps, bonus lines, side hits, and slappable berms. The 5010 generally prefers to hop over or float through rocky sections rather than plow through with your heels down. Pump and manual through single track and thanks to the solid mid-stroke support, you'll exit sometimes even faster than you'd like. Push into corners, nose into transitions, actively drive the bike and you'll quickly learn why its been compared to a big BMX bike. And yes, it can climb too.
Build wise, the X01 Reserve model checks off almost all the boxes. The X01 Eagle drivetrain has been basically flawless thus far, having only needed to be cleaned a regular intervals, Guide RSC brakes are much more capable than they're given credit for and have only needed to be bled once. I was concerned that the Reserve 27 wheels would be a bit narrow at 27mm internal width, but when paired with 2.35" Maxxis Minions, the feel like the perfect wheel/tire combo for this bike. The Fox DPX2 rear shock was easy to set upand has provided stellar performance while climbing and descending.
I did swap the 130mm Fox Float 34 for a 140mm 36. This fork change gave me slightly more travel up front, but also upgraded the damper from Fox's Fit4 to the newer and more adjustable Grip2. The upgrade certainly isn't necessary, but for those who want a stiffer chassis and extra adjustability, its definitely nice.
Both high and low geometry settings have been ridden extensively. Honestly, its very difficult to say if either is better, but I've ended up sticking with the high setting.
Not only do I love my 5010, but my girlfriend is on the aluminum version with plus tires and she's been extremely happy as well. It is clearly a bike that can be ridden on a variety of terrain, by a variety of skill levels. Now go do some skids and wheelies on the most fun bike out there.

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Barrett Cox

Barrett Coxwrote a review of on May 16, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Good:
- Fit was true to size.
- Very solid construction, I don't foresee issues with the shoes falling apart quickly.
- Comfortable out of the box, didn't need a long break-in period like other riding shoes have.
- Pretty good looking for an MTB specific shoe.
- Sole stiffness feels great so far, just enough pedal feel while still providing a firm platform.
- They've been plenty grippy on my Crank Bros Stamp 7 pedals.
- Sole durability seems great.

The Not-so-Good:
- If you absolutely need super grip that Five Ten provides, these just aren't quiite there. I'd say they are about 80% as grippy as Impact VXI's or Freerider Contacts.
- While I haven't had issues yet, the heel pocket seems a little shallow and I'm slightly concerned about heel slip in the future.
- Haven't ridden in hot weather yet, but these aren't going to be a very breathable shoe. That being said, I'll take a bit of extra foot protection over breathability any day.

Overall I'm very impressed with this new variation of the Marana. I was expecting less grip and a much softer sole, but these will be my daily riding shoes until they wear out. If you're looking for a change from Five Ten or are just a fan of Etnies, give these a shot!

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Barrett Cox

Barrett Coxwrote a review of on March 8, 2019

5 5

Any day that there's less than 6" of fresh snow, these are my go-to skis. With a bit of tip and tail rise combined with camber underfoot, these absolutely charge in a wide variety of conditions. They're definitely stiffer than other 100ish park/all mountain skis that I've ridden before however, they're still extremely poppy and playful.

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Barrett Cox

Barrett Coxwrote a review of on March 8, 2019

5 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

That graphic tee or plaid button down not quite doing it for you? Do co-workers think you're boring? This shirt solves both and more. Not only is it comfortable, the tiger pattern announces to the world that you're here and ready for anything. My only complaint is that it does run a little smaller than other Stoic shirts that I've owned in the past.

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