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Nawrockiwrote a review of on November 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have an older 26" mountain bike with a QR style axle which works just fine. You do need to get a tire designed for use with a trainer, or something very slick, though, otherwise it's really loud.
If you were to use this with a newer type of mountain bike, with through axles, you'd need to get an adapter so that the included QR would work, I think.
https://www.blackburndesign.com/trainers/trainer-and-trailer-adapter-kit-1-75mm.html

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on October 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 65 and 165 lbs. I had been running the 2.6 Rocket Rons in a SS, Pacestar, TE and really loved the tire. Still do, but these set the bar just a little higher. I got one tire and mounted it on the back of a Yeti SB5 version 1 on an Ibis 742 wheel, inner width 35mm. I'm running it at 16psi (that's not a misprint, and it's what I ran the Pacestar at as well) and after mounting, immediately got 2 new PR's on my next two rides. For those of you familiar with the Wasatch back, the first PR was on Sweeny's-John's (rocky, rooty climb, about 40 minutes) and the second was on a 45 minute segment of Flying Dog (smooth hardpack). The Addix material on the RoRo replaces the Pacestar, I believe. On these rims, at this pressure, they measure 2.59.
The blue stripe goes away after a hundred miles or so.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on October 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Edit: I've now ridden them and love them.
I'm coming from Giro Terraduros and have some quick observations.
1. I got them because I'm tired of going on "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" in Moab on the features with slickrock if I put a foot down. I have yet to test it, but these seem to have a softer material on the sole which should grip well.
2. The sides pushed against my ankle bones. I wore them for a couple of hours around the house and that seemed to solve that issue as they quickly broke in. You could get slightly thicker insoles (I may get better ones anyway) and that would also take care of that issue to some extent. (After a ride, they're fine.)
3. I came from Terraduros, which require a spacer (such as what comes with Eggbeaters) to drop the cleat enough so that there is no rubbing on Shimano pedals. I have Shimano XT Trails, and with these, no spacer is needed.
4. Edit: They fit slightly larger than Terraduros. I wear a 43 Terraduro (tight) and these are about 1/4 inch longer in a 43, which is perfect.
5. The cleats can be slid further back on these, also. They come with red spacers. I put those in place from inside the shoe on the rear and then placed the inner plate as far back as it would go, with the spacer in place. That placed the cleat in a good spot to be close to the positioning you'd get with flats and made it easier to get the same spacing on each shoe.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on September 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the 28 tooth which replaced a 28 tooth round on my RaceFace Next SL, non-boost.
1. Because it's oval, the rear D will oscillate back and forth a bit. Before use, I made sure the clutch was properly serviced and the set up worked great. No shifting problems at all.
2. All sizes are +2 teeth at the 3 o'clock/9 o'clock position and -2 teeth at the 12 o'clock/6 o'clock position. Chain length is the same as on a round chainring of the same size, so I didn't have to adjust that.
3. No noticeable surging when pedalling.
4. On a 28 tooth, you are pushing 30 teeth at the 3/9 line and I noticed that on very tight climbing switchbacks, there was a tendency at first to go a bit too fast compared to what I was used to. It only took a couple of rides to get used to that.
5. You definitely accelerate faster on the oval chainring. Might be particularly nice on a 29er.
6. I seem to be less tired on comparable rides.
7. I also seem to shift gears a bit more. I suspect the "sweet spot" of cadence may be narrower.

The chainring works great, I'm fast....and happy with it. I think it may take a dozen or so rides to really take advantage of it, but it feels natural on the very first ride.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on August 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I have this, the AIR version and I have the TLD Skyline (no AIR in the title). They both are great, but if you really need something that breathes, this version is the one you want.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on August 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Nice and light and breathes well. However, I also have the Troy Lee Designs Skyline AIR jersey. That jersey is also very nice and is even lighter and breathes better than this one. If you really need to beat the heat, go for the AIR version! They fit as advertised. I got the large for just a bit more room.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on August 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I had the old design for quite some time. These have slightly narrower legs for a more tailored fit. No zipper....WHAT? It works, though. I like them better than the old design. I wear the 34 and have to size down slightly with tabs on the shorts. They seem to fit true to size, to me. Liners are OK, but Club Ride Woodchucks are the best!

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on July 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

These are only available with centerlock discs. Not a problem for me, but something to consider if you are moving a 6 bolt disc from another wheel. They came in slightly under the claimed weight, are nice and stiff, and the torch rear hub has the "angry bee" sound, but it's not at all intrusive, IMO. The 29mm inner width is perfect up to the 2.6" tires that are on the bike. They seat easily, tubeless, and the valves that come with them do have removable cores to make inflation and adding sealant a breeze.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on June 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

Nice looking shirt. I think it would be good for biking in the mid 70's for temperature. I got the medium based on the comment that it fit slightly large. It does not. Based on measurements, I'm a medium...33 inch waist and 40-41" chest. I'd say it runs very slightly small. I returned it unused.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on June 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very nice. Exactly the kind of quality you would expect at this price. Removeable valve cores (I would say, "of course", but that's not always the case). Claimed weight is 1610, came in at 1600 on the nose. Takes centerlock discs, 6 bolt not available. I was told that the Torch hub was loud....not true....they are quieter than my DT Swiss 350 hubs with 18 and with 54 tooth engagement even after new grease. It's a quiet "angry bee" sound. I doubt anyone would find it objectionable. Riding over gravel is louder. If you spin one up in the shop it'll be louder than on the trail. I think once you put on a cassette and disc it dampens the sound down. The engagement is pretty near instantaneous as advertised. I have about a dozen rides on them with 2.6" Nobby Nics and with Rocket Rons. Both come in around 2.6-2.65" on these at 18 psi.
Something to consider when putting a tire on tubeless...The "groove inside the rim is offset. I found that, if you first put the tire on the side that is offset in and then move the bead out board, it gives you a better shot at getting that other side of the tire on by putting the bead in the groove...I'm not even sure that makes sense to me, but when you see the rim I think you'll know what I'm talking about.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on June 15, 2017

New ride for wife
5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

1st: Kudos to Brock Price for helping me put together a smokin' build at a fair price, and to the folks that did a great job of putting it together.

My wife is 5'7" about 30" inseam and ended up on a medium frame with a 35mm stem and the fit is absolutely perfect.
The build also came out at 25.58 pounds with flat pedals! It's on 2.6" Rocket Rons mounted to Ibis 735 rims front and back and on this boost frame, those tires easily fit front and back at 2.65". I measured the rear frame clearance at 3.16" as close as I could estimate at the tire and the front has more in the Fox 150 Factory boost fork.
Fantastic ride!

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on June 4, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have about 1000 miles of riding on these in mostly dry Utah conditions. It's mounted on a Yeti SB5c with Next SL cranks. I had an issue that required taking the crankset off and I found that the bearings on both sides had gotten pretty rough. As a basic BB, they do the job, and they're not expensive. It would probably be a good idea to check them at least once per season, though. If you get better wear, great.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on May 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've reviewed this before, as I'm on a 2016 model. Here's an additional bit of info. It says up to 2.4...it'll take a bigger tire than that. I'm running 2.6" Nobby Nics front and back (which, BTW, are 2.5", as is the 2.6" Rocket Ron) and there is plenty of extra room. I was at the SLC warehouse and measured their 2.8" Rekon on a 35 mm rim, and it came in at 2.6" which would also fit, I expect, with a reasonable amount of room. I just measured the frame width at the widest part of the 2.6 NN and it came out to 2.81". My lovely bride of 38 years is about to take delivery on a 2017, and it has even more room. You're not going to get a real 2.8 on there, but 2.6? No problem. I came off of a Pivot 5.7c and it took a little while before I was able to get the most out of the bike and the upsize in wheels to 27.5, but after about 2 months, I started getting some personal bests on timed climbs up in Park City. For those of you familiar, one on Sweeny's/John's (rocky, rooty) and one on Armstrong (smooth). I found that, once used to it, the bike was more nimble on uphill switchbacks even though it has a slightly longer wheelbase (maybe positioning, or something...and that's with a 160 Pike on the front end!). I felt the rocks and roots on the downhills a bit more than on the Pivot, but somehow the bike felt more "planted" and secure, less likely to be knocked off course and though not timed, my son seemed to believe I was faster as well. It's hard to go wrong with this bike!

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on April 29, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have yet to get them out on anything challenging, but here are some measurements which might help in your decision to get them.

Just got a pair of Evo, TL, Pacestar, Snakeskin.
Mounted on 23 mm internal width by 24.0 mm external height rims on a Yeti SB5c with 160 Pike fork.

Bead to bead out of the box was 161.5 mm, 6 3/8". A bit narrow, but they stretch.
One tire weighed in at 770 gms, the other at 780. Claimed weight is 810.

Initially, mounted at 45 psi (the rated max), the total height rim+tire was 80.70 mm. Initial width was 57.62 mm for both tread and carcass.

After sitting overnight at 45 psi, I reduced the pressure to 16-18 psi to remeasure.

Running 18 PSI rear and 16 front. Both tires are 62.48 mm, 2.46" carcass and tread.

They fit inside the rear and front easily on this bike.

I'd call them an honest 2.45" tire on a 23 mm inner width rim. It wouldn't surprise me if they were really close to 2.6" on a 30 mm inner width rim, though.

Update, I'm about to get a wheelset with 35 mm inner rim width. I'll report measurements when I do.

Update: 2.61" on 35mm id rims at 14 psi.





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Nawrockiwrote a review of on March 23, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

For those who have used the IR shorty, which has a rubber bead inside the neoprene neck gasket (which seals well), this does not have that rubber bead. In the large, with a 16.5" neck size, this was too large. It will let in water. I may try a medium. It may be that the smaller neck opening will seal better. It's a Semi-dry top. As long as you understand that some water may come in when you roll, you'll be well informed.
Also, understand that the review requires a rating. I haven't used this product.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on February 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used the Freedom ever since it came out, in, what 2012 or so? I transitioned to them from the Freeride. There is a bit of an issue with these with snow build up underfoot, particularly if you ski switch. After trying a few remedies, the most successful one I've found is to spray silicone lubricant in the entire area underfoot and allow it to dry. Any basic spray silicone should work, but I've been using "Blaster Industrial strength silicone lubricant with Teflon" that I got at Home Depot. If you are aware of the season we've had this year in Utah - lots of snow with some of the storms dumping wet snow - you can appreciate how annoying the build up can be. Using this spray has solved the problem for me. I just reapply after a few days and it continues to do the job. And it's cheap!

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on November 23, 2016

4 5

They work well, last longer than the resin pads which are also good. A smidge more noise and maybe a bit less modulation, but it's not real noticeable in dry conditions - I haven't used them in very wet conditions, being in Utah. Just to add, they are also compatible with the M8000 XT brakes; in fact, the M8000 XT brakes come with this pad stock. It would be helpful to add that compatibility to the list.

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