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PNW Rainier Dropper Post and Loam Lever - Reviewed - Jan. 24, 2019, 8:51 a.m.

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.

Dorking Up MTB - Nov. 12, 2018, 5:38 a.m.

Ran the AT-2 and AT-3s. So light. I'm not light. So lucky I never broke them.

Cold Smoke and the Wozo - Nov. 2, 2018, 12:35 p.m.


Chromag Rims and Chromag Wheels - Oct. 25, 2018, 9:55 a.m.

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?

Peaty's Sealant VS. Effetto Mariposa - Mano a Mano - Oct. 15, 2018, 2:36 p.m.

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.

Rat-bagging the 2019 FOX 36 GRIP2 & FLOAT X2 - Sept. 11, 2018, 3:27 a.m.

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.

Rat-bagging the 2019 FOX 36 GRIP2 & FLOAT X2 - Sept. 10, 2018, 6:38 p.m.

THIS. Preferably ones that don't creak.

Shimano GR7 Flat Pedal Shoes - July 22, 2018, 6:54 p.m.

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.

SQLab 611 Ergowave Saddle - July 13, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

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.

Racing Winter with Yeti/Fox Factory Rider, Shawn Neer - May 23, 2018, 9:39 a.m.

I wish I were confident enough in my slingshot abilities to shoot stones that close to my shock!

Defying Convention: SQlab 12º and 16º Sweep Bars - March 25, 2018, 10:44 a.m.

I’d echo what Andrew said. When I first switched to alt-bars I went with the Mary. It was good, but not great for drops, etc. Then I switched to the answer enduro 20/20, which I believe had 20 degrees of sweep. Moved to the sq lab to get a wider bar, and it’s been great. I tried the 12 but found that I prefer the 16 on both my hardtail and full suspension bikes. Hope this helps.

Shimano GR7 Flat Pedal Shoes - Jan. 24, 2018, 7:08 p.m.

Too funny- where do you usually ride? 

Mark looked my shoes over and suggested a 3/4 resole because the heel wasn't worn at all. I think a full resole would have been more expensive, but I can't imagine that many people are wearing out the heels of their five tens. I actually had the same pair of impacts resoled twice since the uppers were in good shape. No complaints there- I got a ton of use out of them.

Shimano GR7 Flat Pedal Shoes - Jan. 24, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

Since you're asking: I'm not promoting Mark's business over any other outfit, just saying I've had good luck with his work.

Shimano GR7 Flat Pedal Shoes - Jan. 24, 2018, 9:08 a.m.

It IS an option! My local cobbler does it. He usually resoles climbing and approach shoes, but was more than happy to resole my Impact's with new rubber. It's not quite the same compound that they came with, but it fits my needs just fine (Kona Wah-Wahs). Basically a brand new pair of shoes for $40 US.

That being said, I like the look of these new shoes a lot.

Manitou Mattoc Pro Fork - Jan. 15, 2018, 7:20 a.m.

Nice review. I have the comp version of the 27.5+ Magnum fork upgraded to the higher end dorado air spring. I like it a lot, and it's definitely stiff and capable. In response to legbacon's question, in terms of stiffness I didn't notice a difference between this fork and a pike or MRP stage. If anything, it might be torsionally stiffer. The Fox 36 is a bit stiffer, but I'd put that fork in a different category than the others I mentioned.

The Manitou works well in the cold too, better than most forks I've seen. I took mine out in -20C temps and the rebound needed to be adjusted, but I still got full travel no problem.

Random question- what bottle cage is mounted to the seat tube of the stache? Looks like a nice solution.

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