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Paul Braunstein

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Salt Lake City

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Paul Braunstein

Paul Braunsteinwrote a review of on October 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Megatower sounds exactly like it feels. This thing is an absolute beast of a bike that just gets better and better the faster that you go. This bike is NOT for the feint hearted. If you are looking for a bike to bring out to your local races, to ride the bike park with while still being able to pedal or to just get really rowdy down your local secret spot, than the Megatower is the bike for you.

This bike does not like to go slow. I found that the bike was almost uncomfortable at lower speeds but as turned up the speed and threw some chunk at it, the bike seemed to settle down and feel right at home. The Megatower will absolutely go over whatever you throw at it, giving me the same confidence inspiring feeling going over rocks and roots that I get while riding my v10. Sharing the same rear triangle and VPP design as its bigger DH brother, it makes sense as to why the Megatower felt so unstoppable on the descents.

When it came to climbing, the seat tube angle and reach felt great for me in a Large size being just under 5'11. It was a very comfortable position for me, but the bike itself was just as much of a beast on the climbs as the descents, but not in a great way. Obviously, you wouldnt be looking at a Megatower if you were looking for the best do-it-all bike or a super efficient climber, but for what it can do on the descents, it does a decent job on the climbs and will hold its own.

If you're looking for next years most popular race bike, you've found it. And it will be for good reason. The Megatower was built to go fast and be able to eat up even the most gnarly trails that riders can throw at it.

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Paul Braunsteinwrote a review of on October 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After you've ridden the SB130 for the first time, you'll be asking yourself what category its suppose to be in. It does a great job blurring the lines between the many various categories that the biking industry has created and truly defines itself as THE All Mountain Bike.

With the ability to charge up any climb with ease while maintaining an extremely comfortable rider position, to the insane capabilities of the SB130 when charging down whatever chunky decent you throw in front of it, this bike does an outstanding job keeping the wheels underneath you and keep you pointing down the hill.

There were a few situations that I got myself into where I wasn't too confident that the shorter travel bike would do its job absorbing the trail and obstacles in front of me. This lack of confidence quickly left my brain after getting through some sections of trail that would have most other bikes bouncing around and off line. The SB130 did an incredible job tracking; Where ever I pointed the bike, the rear end seemed to seamlessly follow.

This bike is FAST... and I mean really fast. The platform of the SB130 is perfect for the type of rider that doesnt like to feel robbed of their power that they're putting into the bike. Whether its through the pedals or pumping through the whole bike, I felt like I could come out of a turn and take a few cranks or pump a roller and really feel the bike accelerate unlike other bikes in this same category.

All in all, the SB130 is the perfect all around, do everything bike for riders that are really looking to get every last drop of performance out of their rigs. Race weekend? Sure. Bike park laps? Sure. Long pedal with the boys? Yep.

Whatever you're looking to throw at the SB130, you better believe that its prepared.

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Paul Braunsteinwrote a review of on October 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Solid pair of minimalist gloves from Royal Racing. I tend to gravitate towards a thin glove with little to no padding on the palm, so these were a perfect choice for me. I also like it when the palm and finger section is made from one piece of fabric, especially on thin, minimalist gloves as it helps prevent bunching on your hand and will in turn, give you a more comfortable ride. Sizing is definitely a little on the small side, so some riders may need to size up to get a comfortable fit. Going with a minimalist design typically, I would like to see this glove "claspless," but thats more of a personal preference.

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Paul Braunsteinwrote a review of on October 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

If you want to ride like your favorite biker gang, you need to start by looking like them! With cool designs, a great quality product and a fit thats just right, its clear why one of the best groups of riders in mountain biking choose to associate themselves with a brand like Royal Racing. These shorts held up nicely after taking a few falls trying to jib the mountain like Ratboy and performed better than I would have thought for a pair of shorts in this price range. My only complaint is that the inseam is a bit long for my liking. I would perfer the inseam be 2 or so inches shorter, but if you like a longer inseam, these will be perfect!

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Paul Braunsteinwrote a review of on October 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

"'Climbs like an XC bike, descends like a downhill bike!!" yadda yadda yadda.. How many times have you heard this age old adage and then rode said bike and realized how full of malarkey the reviewer was?? THE LIES STOP HERE.

This is the bike to end all other bikes when it comes to versatility. The true quiver killer.

Coming from a downhill background, I haven't spent much time on shorter travel bikes. Before riding this bike, I actually hadn't spent much time on anything below a 150mm travel bike and was more commonly on a 170-200mm bike. The 5010 really opened my eyes as to how capable (and fun) a shorter travel, steeper HTA bike can really be. With great climbing positioning and a solid peddling platform, I felt just as comfortable climbing on this bike than I have on any other bike out there. My only gripe with this particular build when it comes to climbing would be the wheel and tire set up. The 37mm rims paired with the 2.6 are a very interesting combo that really shine when you get into the rough stuff, but for climbing, it could tell that any amount of sluggishness that I was feeling was attributed to the heavy and sticky wheel and tire set up.

Even with the small downside of the wheel and tire combo for climbing, as soon as you start descending down some gnarlier, rockier terrain, this combo will make the bike ride more like a 150mm bike and provide some extra cushion to the rider while flying over whatever you put it its path (similar to how a 29er has better rollover, the 27.5+ increases the rollover ability of the bike while still maintaining the playfulness of smaller wheels). The bike really outperforms itself on the descents in my opinion, giving the rider extra confidence to point it down that wild chute that you might otherwise decide to go around. This bike just GOES.

Even when you're not in the rough stuff, this is one of the most playful bikes I've ever ridden which is why it remains at the top of my short list. With instant pop and seemingly unlimited maneuverability, this bike will keep you smiling from ear to ear, even on the mellower terrain. This build is running Fox Performance Elite suspension which will give you all the adjustability and performance that you would get from the factory level suspension from Fox without the added cost. One of the only changes that I would make on this whole build would be throwing a longer travel fork (140mm) to increase the performance on bigger hits. But even spec'd with the 130mm, the 5010 will be able to handle whatever you throw at it, from your local trails, to enduro racing and bike park riding and everything in between!

In closing, the 5010 has been one of my favorite bikes that I've ever ridden and will most likely remain at the top of my short list until another company brings a bike to market that's as versatile and playful as this bike is, and even then, it'll be hard to be convinced otherwise.

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Paul Braunsteinwrote a review of on June 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bike was one of my favorite rides from this past season, and I put my leg over quite a few bikes! A great climber for a longer travel bike that was very comfortable on both the climbs and the descents (I'm 5'11 and rode a Large). Where this bike really shines for me is going down. The Spartan really lets you attack your favorite trails with the confidence and speed of a downhill bike but the nimbleness of a trail bike. The combination of the Split Pivot design paired with the Rockshox suspension and the liberal head tube angle give this bike a truly bottomless feel even on the roughest and rowdiest trails.

While I haven't had a chance to ride the new Spartan 29", I feel right at home on the 27.5" bike and feel like it can handle anything that you throw in its way, regardless of its wheel size. Playful, light and truly just a charger of a bike!

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Paul Braunsteinwrote a review of on April 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You will wonder why you didnt have this stand years ago. Perfect for storing your bike in your garage without having to find something to lean it on all the time. Just pop your bike in the Scorpion and enjoy!

Also great for bike park days or car camping when you dont ever have a place to lean the bike and you dont want your expensive toy laying on the ground!

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Paul Braunsteinwrote a review of on April 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Whether you're just trying to wash your bike, do some simple maintenance, or build a bike from the frame up, this stand will be perfect for you! Ultra sturdy tripod design with easy to use adjusters and clamp, this stand will take care of all your bike holding needs!

Folds up super compact to storage or travel when not in use. Great for the on the go mechanic or the bike owner that doesn't have a ton of space, but wants a great stand for working on their bike.

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Paul Braunsteinwrote a review of on April 30, 2019

5 5

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

Not much needs to be said here.. The classic, quintessential DH fork made for the big wheels! Factory coated and with the 4-way adjustable GRIP 2 damper, this is what World Cups are won on. Available with the unmistakable orange lowers or in a more low-key, but classic black. Small bump compliance is unrivaled while being able to also suck up the biggest hits that you can throw at it!

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Paul Braunsteinwrote a review of on April 30, 2019

5 5

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

So pumped on my new Airmatic shorts. Great materials in a perfect mid-weight short with all of the features that you would want out of a great short. Zippered pockets and a unique clasp are two of my favorite features. The clasp is adjustable and eliminates the need for those awful velcro adjusters found on many bike shorts while also providing unparalleled security compared to your standard button.

I highly recommend these shorts for anyone thats looking for a quality short that can be pedaled in all day and can also hold up to the abuse that park riders will put them through.

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Paul Braunsteinwrote a review of on April 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great product for those out there that are looking to protect their investments. Awesome pre-cut pieces that are easy to apply and come in many different colors. Forgivable adhesive lets you pull it off if you dont get the stick right the first time.

Another thing to note is if you have a matte colored bike, these will do a pretty good job maintaining the matte look compared to using just clear 3M protective tape

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Paul Braunsteinwrote a review of on April 30, 2019

5 5

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

I just got this tailgate pad for my 2005 Toyota Tundra and I was blown away by how perfect it fit the tailgate! Almost every inch of the gate is covered by this pad which is made out of some high quality materials with ample padding in all of the right places. Fox even included a small storage pocked on the inside of the gate which is a nice addition.

All in all, a great pad that that will do a great job at protecting your favorite toys!

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Paul Braunsteinwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

At a really affordable price in a very competitive goggle market, the Klevelands have a great range of vision with a variety of different strap and lens combos. The quality is really nice for a google and this price point and the fit is perfect for someone who likes a google that's on the bigger side when it comes to frame size.

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Paul Braunsteinwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I bought this hoodie as a gift and was blown away with the quality of the sweatshirt as well as how soft it was.. I want to buy one for myself! I bought the hoodie in a size small for a girl that is 5'6" and it was a perfect "comfy" fit for her!

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