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Nawrockiwrote a review of on September 22, 2019

4 5

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

These are pretty nice gloves. I just got back from riding down from 11,000 feet in Moab (TWE) and they kept my hands nice and warm in about 40 degree weather. I think they'd work nicely down to 30 or so. Unfortunately, they run small. I'm a little over 5'8" tall and the large seemed like it would work for me, but they turned out to be too small for me. It may be necessary to size up if you get these gloves.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on August 1, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used the 27.5x2.6 RoRo Addix with great success here in the Wasatch Back - Park City area. Fast, long lasting and grippy. But, the transition to a 29x2.25 did not work out for me. It's slightly undersized at about 2.2, which is fine, but it doesn't have the durability of the same tire in wider options in the 27.5 version. RoRo's wear fine in 27.5, as do Nobby Nics in 27.5x2.35&2.6 and also in the 29x2.35 version. There's very little penalty for going to the NoNi in the 29x2.35 in speed or weight and they wear and grip considerably better. I'd go with those instead.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on June 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Moving to a newer geometry 29er, I started to get numb hands. Going to these grips has solved that issue. Experiment with the wing position a bit, as I'm sure everyone is different. When adjusted properly, I've found these improve comfort dramatically both climbing and descending.
I now have about 300 miles of trail riding on them, with much of it chunky descending in Moab and it seems as though it even eases how hard I have to grip them on the down because of the platform it creates for the heel of my hand.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on November 29, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I tried these on, but didn't get them, so I can't testify to how they work on the slopes.
The fit, color and design were all top quality. But the distance from the crotch to the hip was too short for me. They're hip-huggers. If you're fine with that, I think you'll like the pants. The insulation is just a nice liner...maybe the 40 grams (just under two ounces) of insulation is in the seat. I would guess they'd be warmer than a simple shell, though.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on May 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First, this pump makes it very easy to set up tubeless tires without the need for a compressor. Even if you don't normally use a compressor, this, at least makes it unnecessary to pump like a frantic monkey to get tires inflated. For 27.5x2.6" tires, I find that 160 psi results in a tire that has a final pressure of about 25 psi, and can be done without removing the valve core. My only quibble is that using the pump just to top off a tire later is a little bit awkward. But, it works for that as well. The nozzle is of the screw on variety, but it is only necessary to make a couple of turns to properly seat it.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on April 28, 2018

Fantastic!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the 2.6" SnakeSkin TL Easy - Not the Apex version. Mounted on Ibis/i9 742's with 35mm inner width. I have about 120 miles on them so far, front and back, with about 100 of that in Moab....Navajo Rocks, Slickrock, Amasa Back road/Ahab, Rodeo. I'll include a picture of the wear.
I'm 65, and was in Moab with my 27 year old son and cleaned a couple of climbs there that I had not been able to (my son can, though) and at one point he said, "I don't think I like the new dad!" High praise indeed!
Locally in the Wasatch, at 160 pounds, I'm running 14psi front/16psi rear with great success. In Moab, I was running 16/18 and for Ahab, just to prevent burping, around 18/20. Great, grippy, fast rolling tire.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on April 2, 2018

3 5

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

I got these for my wife. I wear a 34 Fox short and my wife got the 32 in this short. It was way too big even for me to wear. I'd guess a 32 in this would be a 36 in the Fox brand.
They were not used. 3 stars were given because you can't write a review without assigning stars. They look like they would be adequate if they fit you.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on January 28, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium/Short

These are hard to beat in the "cost effective" area. They keep me completely dry and breath extremely well. Not quite to the level of something like eVent, but very close.
My only complaint is that the coff protection is a bit lacking. I get about 80-100 days out of them before that area is damaged enough to warrant replacement, but at this price, I can live with it, especially since they are available in a size that doesn't look like they are 4" too long for me!

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on January 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'8" tall, 165 pounds and 65 years old. I'm on NTN Freedoms and Scarpa Tx Comps and mounted the bindings boot center over the recommended mounting point.
I have a pair of 186 Armada JJ's that I have been using for big powder days and wanted to add a ski to the quiver for powder days in the bumps, so I bought a pair of these. Due to the application, I got them in a 172cm/102mm underfoot and a tight 16m turn radius (with some hesitation!) to make bump skiing on them a bit easier.
I have had powder days at Big Sky, Grand Targhee and the Park City area since getting them. In total, about 20-25 days so far. In the bumps, they are truly superb! I've skied them on bump runs in untracked powder and for several days afterward. Once the bumps get really hardened up, I go to a different ski (Atomic Vantage 85 CTI...another fantastic ski), but these are super quick and carve very well (I sharpened the edge bevel by a degree). Because they are a bit on the short side, I thought they'd be a bit overpowered on 16"+ days, but I was happy to discover that is not the case. I will hang on to my JJ's for Cat skiing and such, but I expect I won't be using them any more on a regular basis.
They also have enough tail rocker to ski switch, and do so very easily.

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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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