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gearmongerwrote a review of on July 13, 2017

Big slack beast....
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There's not much in original parts on my El Oso Grande (New components include 120 mm RST fork, X Fusion Hilo, 26/ 11-42 1 X 11 drive train, Maxxis Minion FBs, cheap but effective Formula C1, etc.)

The bike, as is, is very adequate and much lighter. The FSA 26-36 is a good basic set-up, the TRP Spykes are probably one of the best mechanicals that I've ever used and the Chaoyangs are good, fat snow tires.

I'm 6' 2" and am on a LG....with the enormous tires, a MD would've probably been large enough and easier to stand over.

A very good intro level fat bike that can be built up with improvements and grown into.

The only negative I have is that it seems heavy.....but it only seemed really noticeable with the addition of the suspension fork and dropper post

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gearmongerwrote a review of on March 8, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm really not sure why these pedals are so popular or why there is so much praise for them (on this site and others)

I piled one of these into a rock trail riding and completely broke through the pedal. It was a hard strike, but I'm not sure that it should've gotten as mangled as it did for the hit that it took.

As for performance, they are OK, but nothing exceptional. They have pins and a large platform. Big deal. There are a number of sub $50 platforms on the market that are just as good or better.

$80 (on sale) is a lot of money for a pedal, I think my money would've been better spent on something else.

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gearmongerwrote a review of on August 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Yeah, as others have said, almost like wearing nothing at all.
The photo doesn't really portray them as they really look. When I look at the image above, they look like"Coach Pants" The tight ass shorts the gym teachers and coaches back in the 70's and early 80's used to style in.

I'm 6' 1", #220 and the XLs fit like board shorts. I may go with the Ls next time to go for that middle school athletic instructor look next time.

The construction and material seems solid. The welded seams give it a unique feel. It'll be interesting to see how they hold up over time, but for the price they are going for, it's hard to go wrong.

So far my only concern is the ability for the side tabs to keep them up. When you're freeballing it, having that kind of wardrobe failure can be kind of embarrassing. Belt loops would be nice for added confidence. The snaps and pockets have yet to win my confidence too.

But other than that, they rock.

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gearmongerwrote a review of on August 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: lg

Material and construction is excellent. Fit over all is very good. I like the gussetted knees and the fit of the seat. The pocket placement is well done, practical and stylish. A cargo pocket on both legs would be nice, but still, can't complain as they are.

The material and cut would make the pants suitable for wide temperature variations. They will make for great travel pants. I wear them as casual 'khakis' to work. They are very comfortable and if I had to go without a change of clothes, these would be the pants I'd want to be in.

Only real complaint I have is the weird crotch fit...Maybe normal for crag pants?

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