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William R.

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William R.

William R.wrote a review of on May 13, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As advertised, the SB100 falls in a category of its own, somewhere between XC and trail. The geometry is decidedly trail oriented, but the 100mm of rear travel and the bike's climbing efficiency make it a compelling XC rig. I'm looking forward to some occasional xc racing and lots of trail riding. That said, those looking for a true XC bike will find the aggressive rake angle a challenge on steep climbs, and those looking for a true trail bike may find themselves wanting more travel. The new fox step cast makes the XO1 build well worth the cost. The bike isn't particularly light for the money so I would definitely recommend the highest end build you can justify. The lines are beautiful and it looks amazing. The ride quality and control are unbelievable. Very pleased with the purchase.

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William R.

William R.wrote a review of on November 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 41.5

I purchased a pair of 41.5s to replace my 41.5 s-works mtb shoes. The Giro's fit is a bit more snug - enough that I can't chalk it up only to my old shoes being stretched out. All's good though, I'm still breaking them in. In hindsight I should have gone with a 42.

This is my first experience with lace-ups. So far, I have only good things to report. I don't miss boa cranks particularly, laces aren't flying everywhere, etc.

The quality is apparent and the vibram sole is much more sticky than my old shoes, or other shoes I have owned previously. This makes them great for Fall in the NE with our damp, leaf-covered rocks and roots.

Looking at the comment "Ain't Got No Sole," I'd argue that if you abuse the hell out of any piece of bike equipment, its likely to fall apart. Look at how warn his metal cleat pieces are - I'm not sure you can point to a defective sole as the primary issue here. Props to the reviewer for getting after it assuming he isn't working construction in his bike shoes. In sum, the lugged up, sticky vibrate sole = traction on slippery surfaces.

Most importantly though, they look sick. Don't lie, that's why you're looking at lace up shoes.

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