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Jon J

Jon J

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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on October 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Wahoo Kickr SNAP is just that, a snap to setup and get riding. Throw a trainer tire on your wheel, tighten the blue knob until the tire doens't slip on the drum, and turn on your devices Blue Tooth connection, or ANT+ dongle. Start pedaling, connect the trainer in the software of your choice, and commence increasing your watts. I paired mine to an Ipad Mini, and tried a number of apps to get a feel for each. The SNAP give a realistic road feel, and is quiet enough that my sleeping 1 year old in the next room never woke up. The only danger is with trainers like the Snap, and apps like Zwift, Trainer Road, and the like, your road bike may have found a new permanent home.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on October 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After spinning in circles forever, I put an oval ring on when my last Cinch ring finally wore out. I'd always run a 30T roung ring, and decided to go up to a 32T oval. I didn't, and still don't, notice any difference in the pedal stroke feel. What I did notice was more effort when I rode a demo bike with a 32T round ring and the same Eagle X01 drive-train.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on October 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I decided to give an oval ring a try, and while I was at it decided to try OneUp's Switch System. I've been impressed thus far, with both the ring and the system. I greases all the bolts when installing the ring, and haven't had any creaking, which was an initial fear. The ring/system looks really clean, and has work flawlessly with my Eagle X01 drivetrain.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on September 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'd call the 5010 Santa Cruz's 27.5 wheeled Swiss army knife. Capable of toeing the line of a weekly XC series, but also more than happy to ride the lift for park laps. Santa Cruz calls it "a bike handlers bike", and it's short wheelbase and tight geo give it a lively and playful feel on the trail. It happily boosts off the smallest rock or root, and rails the corners. My only qualm coming from a 29er was the extra effort needed to get the smaller wheels up to speed once the trail pointed downhill. Let me know if you have any questions about the 5010 and how if compares to other offerings in Santa Cruz's range, or those of other manufacturers.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on August 2, 2017

Bomber Upgrade
5 5

I've been running these wheels for a few months, and they've been fantastic. I have Enve's on my other bike, and I can't say I notice the difference when riding in engagement between the 52 tooth star ratchet of the 240 hub and the 4 pawl engagement of Mercury. If you're looking at a Stans Arch wheel, or a Trail S, I'd take a look at the X1s. I've had carbon wheels on my bikes for the past 5 years, and have had zero durability problems, whereas the one alloy set I've had in that time ended up getting a dent in the rim. The Mercurys are hand built in Ogden, and I have yet to have any reason to look at another option.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

Best of the best
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: small

I've had a number of helmets in my time with Competitive from Bell, Giro, Fox, and Kali, all have kept my senses intact. The Tectal is the one that fit best, topped in style points, and breathed the most. I've got a slightly oblong shaped head, and the Tectal fits it perfectly. The large venting keeps things cool, and I haven't had any issues with the easy adjustable retention dial. My one small gripe is the visor adjustment screw. At fist it would come loose and even fell out once, thankfully in my gear bag. I took some need nose pliers, and cranked it down tight, and haven't had an issue since.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’ve been at Competitive for 5 years, and in that time, I’ve changed bikes after each year. The SB45 is the bike hat has bucked that trend. From XC/Endurance racing, to trips to Moab, this bike’s versatility is boundless. Anchored by Yeti’s Switch Infinity suspension platform, which provides excellent small bump compliance and a progressive mid stroke, I have yet to feel a harsh bottom out on this bike. Add to that the unparalleled pedaling performance, and you have in my opinion the best suspension platform in the industry. Personally, I’m the one holding this bike back when things get really rowdy. Are there other bike that have more of a “hold on and stay off the brakes” mentality, sure, it’s the 4.5’s big brother the 5.5, but I’ve ridden that also, and felt that it was overkill for the majority of trails I ride day in day out. Yeti wraps all that into a frame with progressive geometry, clean internal routing, and great visual lines.
My bike with carbon wheels, X01 drivetrain, and a Fox dropper tips the scales at 26.5 pounds with pedals. If you’re looking for a bike that can rip the local descent, and hold its own at the town XC race, the SB45 fits the bill.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on June 22, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was surprised to find how comfortable the Stratos was for me. My go to saddle is a Selle Italia SLR, and have always been comfortable on similar, flatter profile saddles, like the WYB Volt on an MTB. When I mounted the Stratos on my bike, even without fin tuning for and aft positioning, and eyeballing the level, it was just comfortable. The Stratos is the "medium" padded saddle in the "narrower" line of SMPs saddles incuding the Composit, Evolution, Blaster, and Glider. This is the family SMP recommends for riders whose body frame generally matches the small/medium size in bibs,

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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on June 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Swamp ass is a thing of the past with the Give-N-Go Sport Mesh 6in Boxer Brief. The lightweight, super breathable material is soft next to skin. I'm 5'8", with a 30 in waist and a 30 in inseam, and the smalls are awesome. If you're afraid of them running up your leg, ExOfficio offers a 9 in boxer, but the 6" have been great for me.

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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on June 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Great shorts for anything you're doing. Workouts, hikes, casual attire, they fit the bill for all. Velcro rear pocket, and deep front hand pockets carry your essentials. Lightweight, slightly stretch fabric is durable and breathable.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on June 5, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Got these for daily use. Wouldn't be my first pick as a swimming/board short. They come with a draw string, but I pulled it out use a belt. Not bad for $20 shorts, poly blend material has a little stretch. I ordered the sz small which equate to a 30" waist, and they fit well

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Jon Jwrote a review of on June 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs

My dad uses these as an everyday, do-it-all, shoe. They've held up to daily work abuse, weekend hikes, and everything in between. Finally after two years he asked for some new ones as the sole has started to slightly separate. He raves about the comfort, which is high praise, as he'd had surgery in the past that makes his foot more prone to numbness.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on April 10, 2017

5 5

Coming from Guide RSCs, I knew the 2 piston feel of the Levels would be different, but I'm really enjoying that difference. At 145lbs, I don't need tons of braking power. I didn't feel like the Guides were grabby, but the Levels feel much smoother in their modulation.

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