I followed Andrew's lead and wanted to report back. I picked up a pair of the Saxx kinetic long and added them to the rotation. So far I have three rides on them (SQ Lab 611 Active saddle). First ride was a short ride just to see if it was viable. Second ride was about 2 hours, and afterward I definitely felt sore- kind of an early-season-getting-used-to-saddle-time-again feeling. Third ride was much better. I used some chamois butter to stack the odds in my favor but didn't feel any discomfort during the ride or after. And the feel is so much better than chamois! Thanks for the suggestion.
It wasn't too bad. If memory serves, between the parts and installation it came out to about $200 USD. Whole lot cheaper than a new fork... I just wish it went to more than 150mm of travel so I could throw one on my other bike. I guess that's what the new Mezzer is for though!
I know this is quite belated, but what did you end up doing Thomas? How did it work out? I've been running a SE4 2.6 up front and like it, but I have a butcher on hand too (like you, got a screaming deal on both). Thanks!
Thanks for the assist Andrew! I'm going to give those a shot, there has to be a better way.
This is going to sound odd, but would you mind sharing more about this? What model Saxx seem to work well? Do you have to be selective about what shorts you ride in? Thanks!
Kindshock does this- it's dead simple. I feel like adding the plastic bit can't add all that much maybe $.50 or $1? I'd gladly pay that for making the installation easier.
Ran the AT-2 and AT-3s. So light. I'm not light. So lucky I never broke them.
Agreed. Is that a Rift Zone? Looks like that's penned on the inside of the seatstay in one of the pictures (assuming all the shots were of the same bike). Does it have a constant chain length as it moves through the travel or does it need a tensioning device?
I’ve had good luck with trucker co cream. Easy cleanup, doesn’t stink, seals pretty well, even in cold weather. I’d be interested to hear how it stacks up to the two products reviewed here.
I can only speak from my own experience... I have a 2018 Fox 36 Performance Series. It has 5 months of riding on it, and has been out of commission for more than a month of that time. My shop rebuilt it once (excess grease plugged port between air chambers), it went in for warranty service in July, and is back for another warranty service now to address a creaking CSU. This will likely be my last Fox fork.
THIS. Preferably ones that don't creak.
I bought a pair of these through my local shop late this spring. Wanted to check in and provide an update on how they have fared for anyone who is considering them. They were amazing out of the box- I thought I had found a new go-to shoe. Now it's two months later, and the pins from my pedals (one-up and kona) have shredded the sole to the point where you can see the different colored rubber from inside the shoe peeking through. As one might expect, at this point the grip is nebulous at best. I'm 225 lbs. geared up and ride 3-4 times per week, and the majority of my rides are less than 2 hours (none have been over 4 hours).
I'm pretty disappointed in the performance, and I took them back to my shop and they agreed that the wear was premature. They called Shimano, who declined to provide any support as the issue was with the sole rather than due to a manufacturing defect. As they put it, we have no idea what you were doing with them. So beware- these shoes perform quite well but, in my experience, have proven to have a limited lifespan.
I'm calling my local resoler in the morning to see if he can work any magic on them... I know that the approach shoe rubber he would use won't be as tacky, but hopefully it would last through the rest of the season.
No worries! I now have a second SQ Lab saddle for my other bike, and recently had another spectacular customer service experience with the company. I'm seriously impressed with the support they provide, and can't wait to hear about the 610.
I wish I were confident enough in my slingshot abilities to shoot stones that close to my shock!