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Joe G.

Joe G.

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Joe G.'s Passions

Biking

Joe G.'s Bio

I love to ride my bike in the mountains, desert, and well anywhere that there are trails. I ride 7 days a week, and its my own best form of therapy, fitness, and peace. I love to ride in all seasons, including winter on the fat bike. If its a blizzard out, its time to ride! No exceptions. Bikepacking is also something that I recently got into and i love being able to stay outside for longer periods of time and cary my gear with me.

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Joe G.wrote a review of on May 31, 2019

5 5

These tires are simply amazing, they are worth the extra weight and actually are not that bad for climbing, they rip on the downs. This tread pattern and compound simply cannot be beat for maximum grip. I used to run 3" tires and loved the plus tire for a while, but honestly 2.6" really is the sweet spot as far as plus goes, I've tried and ridden just about every tire out there and size, and for me this is the goldilocks tire for sure.

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Joe G.wrote a review of on April 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this bike because it was on sale, and I wanted a fun long travel bike that I could afford. Honestly after building it up and having some time to ride on it I can't say enough good things about this bike, santa cruz, and VPP suspension. I have ridden hardtails and rigid bikes almost exclusively for the past 15 years. I haven't owned a full suspension bike or even ridden one until last season for a decade or more. So I was very wary about picking a bike manufacturer that had a good suspension design that rides high in its travel, and doesn't feel like your pedaling a trampoline. Santa cruz has knocked it out of the park. On the climbs, i dont even have to lock out the suspension, i just keep it in pedal mode the whole time and it climbs like a goat! This version of the bronson is the best if your a person that climbs to the top of your rowdy enduro flow trails. If you shuttle, or ride the lift parks, the new suspension design of the bronson is probably what you need. But I spend more time climbing, and this bike can climb! On the downs, i literally have a grin on my mouth so big I have to remind myself to close my mouth so i dont get dirt in it. It honestly rips and is so fun and playful, my heart rate is spiked on the descents because I'm using so much energy popping off every lip and launching off every rock I can find. It build up to just under 30 pounds with alloy wheels and sram gx, so it could definitely be build up sub 28 if you had high end components. Santa cruz is one of the few remaining bike companies that still uses threaded bottom brackets which is extremely important to me because i can't stand any kind of creaking on my bike. Also they have grease injection ports to keep the suspension noise free as well. Its just such a well built bike, room for up to 2.8" rubber, and i have a 160mm front fork a rockshox pike up front and it feels amazing. I would have preferred a fox 36 but ya i had to make some sacrifices for cost sake. Absolutely an amazing bike I would recommend it to anyone looking to have more fun on their rides and to get a little bit more rowdy then you can on a shorter travel bike.

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Joe G.wrote a review of on December 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tire dropped 4 pounds off of my brothers fat bike! It also was the only tire he has found that could tubeless to his stock surly fat bike rims. Its not the knobbiest fat bike tire out there, which is one of the reasons why its so light, but if your looking for something that works well in deep snow, and that will float above it, this is a great light option. Also if you have non tubeless rims, this is a great choice as well. And if your looking to lighten up your beast of a fat bike, once again. Check, Check, Check. Great tire.

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Joe G.posted an image about on December 19, 2018

Works Great!! Love the Roll Top!

I am no stranger to frame bags, my summer ride has a custom 300 dollar frame bag on it that I use for bikepacking, so when I decided I needed another frame bag for my snowbike I decided to try this option. It was inexpensive and looked like it would work well. I was not disappointed. Winter riding you have to wear lots of layers to stay warm, but often after you have been climbing for an hour you might need to peel a layer off, and well you need somewhere to put it This frame bag works perfectly for that purpose. I have the large model and it fits my medium frame barely. The roll top closure system works nice because there is no zipper to struggle with and you can stuff a lot more in the bag like a full coat if you need to. Definitely recommend this bag for a much less expensive option to the bags that often cost hundreds. Its made very well, waterproof, and bombproof. I have ridden mine in rain, snow and I've never had anything inside of it get wet. It has multiple layers to protect your gear inside. Make sure to look at the measurements and measure your frame to get the best fit, its important. Definitely love this bag!!

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Joe G.wrote a review of on December 19, 2018

Great Chainring XX1 Rocks
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this with my XX1 Carbon cranks on a 1X10 Set up for my fatback winter ride. I have the 28 tooth chainring on front and 11-42 on the rear. With the 28 tooth and the 42 my granny gear is just low enough to be able to climb steep sections when I'm in snow. I had a 30 tooth before in the summer but needed that extra gear for snow. It makes it tougher to climb and well, 1x10 is nice because it makes the spacing slightly larger for riding in poor conditions where stuff can get in your drivetrain. Definitley recommend this chainring, plus it looks nice!!

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Joe G.wrote a review of on December 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The first time I tried a pair of these on in person I knew I had to own them. These gloves are designed to fit tighter than normal gloves which threw me off initially. I have huge hands, and almost always have to get xxl size bike gloves for them to fit. These only come in xl so I was worried and they felt tight at first, but they are supposed to. I use these gloves for a cycling glove and in the winter I use them with pogies. They work amazingly. Their like a second skin and are extremely comfortable. They have a grip compound on the fingers as well so I can leave them on when I use my phone for strava etc. Water/Windproof keeps the hands dry and warm, and they dont have or need any padding. Awesome glove for any activity. They are much more comfortable than any of my full finger cycling gloves, but not to warm that I couldn't use them in the summer as a do all glove either. Highly recommend. Gore stuff is amazing, and though the say north face they are made from that amazing gore material.

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Joe G.wrote a review of on December 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this shoe as a fall mud/winter snow fat biking shoe. I know there are a lot of really nice full on winter boots for fat biking but I decided I wanted something that would be more versatile and that I could use in sloppy wet conditions as well as snow. I have not been disappointed. As a snow riding shoe the Ragnarok is amazing. It is fully waterproof, and has the neoprene is velcro top to seal the elements out of the shoe. They are also very warm and my feet have yet to get cold on 2 hour plus adventures. My brother rides with full on Lake winter boots and has a hard time clipping in and out of his pedals because the stiffness of the boot coming up so high on his ankle. The ragnarok is almost as easy to use clips as a summer riding shoe. These things are amazing, and comfortable and best of all, you can put studs on them!! I didn't even know this, but I ride with studded tires and you can easily forget that your standing on ice when you need to get off of the bike, so that fact alone makes this shoe go from great to amazing! very happy with the purchase and the quality 45nrth has rapidly become my go to brand for all things winter cycling!

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