That's just the point. Mountainbiking can be expensive, but there are many many less costly bikes out there that are perfectly good bikes for a fun ride. No user fees to speak of other than lift riding. You don't even need a car to ride to trails in most cases. Less weather dependent than other sports too. Ever seen wind sport participants just hanging around waiting for the wind to blow? Golfers or Tennis players having to book a time to play and no one can play tennis alone. We riders have little to complain about and much to rejoice.
More choice is always good. For ski helmets it had been Smith and Giro as a choice for years.There were Uvex and Carrera available so if either Smith or Giro did not fit or not your liking.. It is better now with POC and others now available. And cycling is much better now too. Lots of styles and fits available.
I will say that I liked the zippers. I have lots of failures with coil zippers. $200 for a technical jacket is cheap boys. Cheap. Less than that at regular price is questionable.
Arm pockets. I meant to type arm pockets. Useless as tits on a nun.
I used one last winter. Great cut and features. I don't care for a hood and collar especially if the hood is not detachable. But the fabric is poor. The DWR wore away really quickly and started to pill too. Then the waist cord detached and became useless. It was repaired at no charge though.
Here's what off road riders need. Good fabric. Big cuffs that will take in air when your climbing slowly but cinch down. No inner cuffs. Wasted material that just adds complexity where none is needed. Pit zips or better front vents. Zipped outer chest pocket for keys, phone etc. and you know those are pockets? Don't. Just don't put them on a jacket as they are useless. You need two hands to operate the ones I have on jackets. Or at least in one direction and who wants a set of keys on your shoulder or wrist to bump on trees or the ground. Cord pulls need to be internal so you don't snag the loop on a bush or tree.
Upgrade to a clutch. You'll be happier. I know I dropped chains on my 1X10 with a regular Chromag DH ring, XCX guide and clutch XTR shorter cage on a hardtail. Without a clutch the chain will simply bounce too much to stay put on the front.
Ha. S'cool bus.
That is just stupid in a Jackass stunt kind of way.
I have the same gloves in disco white. Should have bought a few of them when they were on sale. I always try on gloves always seeking that perfect pair for road riding, alpine skiing and Nordic. I am am a glove hoe.
To me, that has as much relevance to mountain biking as a quad jump in figure skating does to hockey.
But how well will a non XX1 derailleur shift into a cog size larger than it is designed for? I know people are doing that with other 40 and 42 cogs but it sounds from the reports that shifting is merely OK.
Oh I meant to also add that the rear hub was fully repaired with new bearings on warranty, but the parts are original design so I don't know how long they will last. Currently in my garage in storage.
Easton did not offer a hub retro fit upgrade for all their hubs. I have a pair of the original Easton Haven wheels.Because it is one the first generation sets, there is no hub upgrade as far as I know. I did check when that upgrade kit was announced. The wheel build is excellent and all aspects of the wheel set are very good except that rear hub.
Along with having the suspension set up by a pro, getting the bike fit properly is maybe more important. I see lots of riders that throw a short stem on a bike that's too small for them in the first place. To be fair, I think we are learning only more recently that longer bikes with a short stem work better.
I went for the fatter ones in an attempt to alleviate numb fingers. It worked for me so I bought another pair for the other bike. They don't feel fat anymore which they did initially. I don't really notice them at all which I think means they are very good.