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Rev Grips Race Series Shock Absorbing Grip System - Jan. 19, 2021, 9:22 a.m.

I have had the "Pro" versions for a few years now, swapping between different bikes and other grips in the process.  My findings:

1) the new elastomers that are in a single ring are miles better in terms of being able to setup correctly without getting the the elastomer jammed or cut.  Installation is easier, and it seems more consistent overall in performance. This is a big improvement IMO.

2) I have had these come loose on rides (old elastomers), which is highly disconcerting and hard to reassemble on the trail.  My multi-tool (Specialized Swat) didn't have the correct hex key in that case.

3) Currently with these on my hardtail, I definitely appreciate the feel more than when I had it on my full suspension.  To me these play less of a hand fatigue reduction role than inserts or good suspension, but it's noticeable.  You definitely feel a bit less directly connected to the trail - in a good way - through chatter sections.  The rotation bit never bothered me even in full soft mode on the Pros.  It's something you get used to really quick IMO.

4) They have a new grip that is more ergonomic,  which I think could be of benefit.  I always found these a bit too slim (I am on medium) in certain portions of the grip. I also don't always get along with the dual clamp setup on certain handlebars - with my hand seemingly on the outer clamp portion rather than on the grip.  I have Ergons on my full suspension for comparison.

--Edit-- I should add  that my original intent was to help with finger pain on chatter in fast sections (braking bumps, etc) as well as some arm pump.  I broke my thumb and seem to have lingering issues with longer, rougher descents.  When I originally bought these, they were for an Evil Insurgent (a size or two too small) - so lots have changed with my overall setups since then as well.

Banshee Titan - Part One - Jan. 14, 2021, 7:59 a.m.

Though I am not too interested in single speeding this bike, I would have been interested having adjustable chainstay lengths to try out.  They are fairly short given the other dimensions.  Still a blast though!

Banshee Titan - Part One - Jan. 13, 2021, 3:13 p.m.

I recently picked up a Banshee Paradox V3 XL (hardtail) frame to build up. Obviously, way different bikes, but some of the geo numbers are close with the biggest difference (besides it being a hardtail) being chainstay length and WB. I just wanted to comment on fit as it may relevant: I am 6'1, ~33" inseam - for reference:

I have a oneup 210 v2.1 dropper, and I barely make it work at the full 210mm. There is close to 15mm of exposed post from the top for the seattube to collar, and that's with max insertion. 210mm feels a tad bit overextended at some points(maybe 5-10mm max), but I haven't adjusted the travel as of yet.

Rockstop Tire Insert Review - Dec. 22, 2020, 11:54 a.m.

I am excited to try the Tannus tubeless.  Got one for the rear of my hardtail that I am building (Banshee Paradox).  Interested to see how it compares to the Cushcore XC I have on another bike.  Haven't run the CC Pros

2020 Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay Alloy 70 B.C. Edition - Oct. 3, 2020, 11:38 a.m.

"Do more" to me is more downhill in an allotment of time or equivalent workout.   To me, that's more fun, which is the primary reason I ride bikes.  The compromises I didn't like with a typical ebike was the less responsive handling.  My current bike solves that.

If I lived where there was more variety or less ebike friendly trails, I would be happy to ride a standard MTB

2020 Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay Alloy 70 B.C. Edition - Oct. 2, 2020, 12:19 p.m.

As one of those guys that got an ebike, but really wanted to just have a mtb that let me "do more" in the limited time I have,  I would  highly recommend checking out the Levo SL (or the next variant "enduro SL" whenever that  actually comes out).   I think that this type of bike is the future for those on the fence. Maneuvers like a mtb in most scenarios, and you still get plenty of support when you want it.  It's  not going to win drag races, but I always found the "turbo" or "boost" mode of most ebikes , not that practical or fun unless it's purely for a non-MTB experience.

In terms of weight, you do get used to  the 50lb+ of heavier ebikes,  but it's definitely a different feel IMO.   On the SL  - I have no problem with it anywhere I would like to take it, and I prefer it on the DH and bike park (though mine is heavily modded 170mm Mezzer, Ext Storia  w/ Cascade Components link).

YMMV  -  I am admirer from afar - San Diego - where ebikes are a plenty and roots are minimum.

EXT Releases Era Fork - July 30, 2020, 1:20 p.m.

Seriously.  Just got my ext storia v3. It’s amazing! Makes my 150mm bike feel more composed in pretty much all scenarios than my 180mm bike (which has a ohlins ttx22m - no slouch either).  

If I didn’t already have a mezzer upfront,  this would be at the top of the list.  But the mezzer is pretty darn good too.  Love the different choices outside of fox and rs these days!

Riding Tall With The Manitou Mezzer Pro IRT Fork - April 21, 2020, 9:20 a.m.

Funny - it would seem we have come full circle given the recent debonair change to RockShox forks to “solve” the situation described above!

I may have to try that if/when I go to 170mm (with a 160mm dynamic A2C equiv.)

Riding Tall With The Manitou Mezzer Pro IRT Fork - April 20, 2020, 10:11 p.m.

Fair questions.  I am 6’1” 180lbs kitted by my best guesstimate right now (don’t dare the scale in quarantine!).   This fork is on an XL Levo SL (~40lbs - heavy for a bike, light for an ebike ;) ).  One other tidbit is that I am about ~1400miles south of you in San Diego, CA - so my trails looks a bit different.  I primarily ride hardpack or loose , rocky steeps, gravely, dry (though it’s been pretty rainy/tacky lately).  I do love flow trails when and where I can get them. I tend to prefer supple suspension given the terrain, but I don’t like it wallowly by any means. Perfect setup for me is supple enough to reduce high speed chatter, have ample traction, and lively mid stroke with a soft bottom out.

Reasons why I stuck with 160mm for now are the following:

1) STA is fairly slack on the SL at the stock 150mm fork length. HTA is 66 deg, which I slackened already a bit with an offset bushing.  Running the fork too much higher would inevitably produce an even slacked STA

2) Stack is higher than I have ridden in the past.  I am concerned about going too much higher on stack.

3)  Reach is a comfortably 480mm stock (why I went with an XL), and I don’t really want to shorten that too much.  Granted,  going to 180mm over 160mm won’t do that much, but it still a consideration.

4) Lastly, this is going to be my main “trail” bike, and I don’t really want this to be single minded in intent.  My other bike right now is 180mm F/R.  I may end up selling that, but it remains to be seen.

I haven’t yet ridden this fork too much outside of my backyard given I am weather and waiting on some other parts, but I am eager to give it a real test this week.  I will definitely report back my findings.

Love the site BTW!  Even relevant down here :)

Riding Tall With The Manitou Mezzer Pro IRT Fork - April 20, 2020, 8:53 p.m.

The fork comes with spacers that let you go down to 140mm.  So - you can buy a 180mm and get it down to 140mm or anything in between in 10mm increments..

In terms of the issues,  I think Manitou has that under control either for QCing existing forks (mine is of that variety) or offering new lowers in the latest runs.

Riding Tall With The Manitou Mezzer Pro IRT Fork - April 20, 2020, 7:11 p.m.

Great timing!  Just got my mezzer over the weekend and have been playing with settings in the yard.  I have a lyrik with DSD Runt (same concept as IRT) and a Push HC97 damper that I will be comparing against ( though admittedly on different bikes).

I have read that some folks on certain forums are starting to retune the damper to be a bit softer.  Curious to see how I find it.

Edit 1:  I picked mine up on sale for $800.  Not sure if the deal is still going but it was a bargain!

Edit 2:  I am running 160mm.  Wonder if going to 170mm and running higher sag (as I would want to keep the a2c at close to the 160mm equivalent) would be the best of both worlds?  Softer off the top but with the irt , mid stroke still feeling great.. hmm

Manitou Mezzer Pro Suspension Fork Ridden - Sept. 23, 2019, 4:25 p.m.

You may want to check out the DSD runt for the lyrik if you are looking at mimicking the IRT.  Same concept.  I have one, along with the hc97, and like it a lot.  More mid stroke support and able to run lower main chamber pressure for off the top suppleness.  High speed is great with the hc97

The mezzer definitely is high on my next-fork list for the features out of box though.

Huck Norris Revisited - April 27, 2019, 11:35 a.m.

I have been running rimpact inserts for a few months (200+ miles).  I am far from the land of trees and loam (live in San Diego) ,  but have put them through their fair share of rocks,  steeps, baby heads,  loose over hard pack,  and even some good dirt (for us).  These have been used on 27.5.  SC reserve 37 with Maxxis 2.6 

I haven’t ran other inserts before so my review may be skewed a bit ,  but overall I like them.  No pinch flats ,  modestly improved sidewalk support,  a bit more damping, and actually not really a pia to install. 

Pressures are slightly lower than I was running previously , but I think I could get away with 3-4psi less for most rides .  

My setup is on the edge of what they recommend I terms of rim width and tire size,  and most reports with narrower setups seem to point to even more improvements.

Overall,  I think it’s worth a shot given the relatively low cost and weight

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