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Liked a comment on the item What Was on Cam Zink's TLD Helmet at Rampage? It Could Have Saved His Life 10/16/2013 1:27 PM
Liked a comment on the item Red Bull Rampage 2013 Shaping Up - Course Photos and Videos 10/7/2013 1:27 PM
Hey Scott - I'm 30 years old and used to live in Utah, I've been to the old site and have walked around it. I have followed Rampage from the first year they did it when I was a senior in high school. I've been riding mountain bikes since 1996 and I'm not a hack... well I'm still a hack.
I just don't want the...more
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Liked a comment on the item Aaron Gwin Speaks About Fort William: Specialized Racing Video 6/11/2013 11:38 PM
Sorry I call BS, Troy a good result after coming back from a major injury a year out, so fine, but BS on focus was on next week, youve been off for a year, its been 8 months since a WC from last year and with only 5 races this season for WC ya focus is on Rd 2 common!...more
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Liked a comment on the item Dave Weagle Sues Giant for Patent Infringement 5/5/2013 1:52 PM
So a guy invents a completely new suspension system, files and gets patents on it, then some company steals his work and decides to string him along for years while pretending to negotiate around licensing the design, until the point where he's had it and decides to sue. And not only that, it...more
Liked a comment on the item USAC HATES YOU EVEN MORE - All UCI-Licensed Riders Subject To Fines & Suspension For Racing Non-Sanctioned Events 4/6/2013 1:22 AM
Sooooo stupid. Stoked I spent $150 to get that retarded little license this year, just because some of the local races are now USA Cycling sanctioned.
But all the real races (D'Ville, Oregon Enduros, Cally Enduros, etc, etc) have nothing to do...more
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Liked a comment on the item Developing: Trek World Racing Wants Aaron Gwin Back, Whiteley May Pursue Legal Action 1/8/2013 2:24 PM
It's funny how up in arms people are about this if you take a step back and look at the bigger picture and how much this impacts any of our lives. Racing bikes are these athletes jobs/careers/income/whathaveyou and a business just like any other. Pursuing an opportunity...more
Liked a comment on the item Developing: Trek World Racing Wants Aaron Gwin Back, Whiteley May Pursue Legal Action 1/8/2013 10:43 AM
Its simple. Trek had a LOI. This is usually not legally binding (despite what they say). Gwin knows his time in the limelight is likely limited so he's making the most of it. What gives? If his performance dropped or we hit a major economic downturn Trek would drop...more
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Added a comment about video BUCS XC Carnage! 11/10/2012 1:20 AM
Nah, it was in Moelfre, Wales, not Sheffield! And Rob wasn't there either. It was pretty steep, loose and off camber but a lot of the guys racing only do xc/road, hence the carnage. The DH was the day before which is why there are so many hecklers.
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Updated bike check Nic's Morewood Kalula 10/31/2012 9:50 AM
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Added a product review for iXS Sinister II BC Elite Jacket 7/19/2012 1:42 PM
The Good: Waterproof, windproof and breathable; Looks great; Price; Lightweight; Packs up small
The Bad: Occasionally breathability, especially on the arms; Smallish hood
First of all, this is my only jacket. Therefore, it has to do everything, from its primary use in mountain biking, to going to the pub, the occasional cold or wet road ride, walking, trail building and nipping to the shops if its pissing with rain. I own the black version and it actually looks really smart, a lot nicer than the brown one appears in the picture above.
I set out to buy a soft-shell, as I dislike the feel of a hard shell and prefer to be able to wear a jacket over a t-shirt, a bit more like a jersey than an outdoor garment. It needed to not only work in a mountain environment, where it would be covered in mud, rain and anything else a bike ride could throw at it, but also in a casual setting. The IXS sinister is not a true soft-shell, sitting somewhere between a soft and hard-shell.
When looking at different jackets I had three main considerations:
- Technical ability (Waterproof, Windproof, Breathable)
- Looks (Both on and off the bike)
Other features were an added bonus but realistically finding a jacket with all of the above at the correct price was hard enough. I had looked at ski jackets, bike jackets, running jackets and general outdoor jackets but nothing seemed to suit my requirements. And then I stumbled upon the IXS sinister.
Unless you are spending serious amounts of cash on the most technical materials available, one or more aspects of waterproofing, windproofing and breathability will suffer to get the best out of the others.
1) Waterproofing: 10,000 WP
On paper, 10,000 WP is pretty good for a jacket of this price, with a lot of other jackets coming in at 5,000 WP (The higher the number, the better the waterproofing). Certainly there are jackets that have higher WP but these either lack the breathability, areobscenelypriced or are a basic hard shell, not a soft-shell.
In reality I have found the waterproofing to be excellent, having been kept dry in torrential weather. The material has a natural ability to shed water, rather than absorbing it, so dries very quickly. In prolonged downpour the material canoccasionally get a little overwhelmed but still fares better than most soft-shells.
The main zip is not waterproofed (however, one of the four pocket zips are, which will be covered later). It would be a nice addition if it was, although I have not found it to cause any problems during use, so perhaps this is a null point.
Again, windproofing is great. I wouldn't expect it to deal with gale force winds, but how often is that going to happen? I wouldn't consider this as a warm jacket. On cold days it pays to have a base layer as well as normal riding top underneath, but that has more to do with lack of layers and insulation rather than its ability to keep the wind out.
3) Breathability: 8,000 MVP
Similar to waterproofing, the higher the MVP the better. This is one area that does not quite live up to the rest of the jacket. In the majority of cases, the material does a fine job of wicking away sweat and keeping you cool. However, there are times (pushing up tracks, hotter days etc) when I do find it lacking slightly. This is especially the case on the forearms. The temperature of the torso and upper arms can be controlled through the pit-zips or the main zipper, but the forearms have little temperature control (save rolling up the sleeves). This, of course, is personal experience and I have suffered the same from nearly every jacket I have owned. Whether this would be an issue at 10,000 MVP I don't know, but I expect it would. In all, it is a minor problem and one I am willing to forgive as the rest of the jacket more than makes up for it.
Four in all, of which all are zipped. The two hand pockets are a good size but do not feature waterproof zips. This is not a problem in my opinion. The pocket on the breast features waterproofing on both the zip and the seams and has a hole in which to thread an earphone cable for an MP3 player, which is a nice feature. I would have no worries about storing valuables here to keep dry, and have done so on numerous occasions. The pocket on the left upper arm has taped seams too, but does not have a fully waterproof zip (although it does have more protection than the hand pocket zips). I have never used this last pocket, though it is nice to have and breaks up the looks nicely.
This is detachable via a zip (again, not waterproof but doesn't need to be in my opinion). The edges velcro into place to keep it attached securely. It has 3 adjustable toogles (two on the sides, one on top) to change the shape and fit. It would be nice to see the hood a little larger as it would not cover a helmet and sometimes feels a bit short.
3) Main zip:
This has a material overhang at the top to stop the edge of the zip rubbing against your neck/chin. Nice touch.
4) Pit zips:
Do what they say on the tin. Occasionally the zip will get caught on the material when doing them up, which can be a bit annoying.
Nice, big velcro straps around the cuffs make it easy to adjust them with gloves while on the move. They seem to be purposefully overbuilt which gives a sense of security that you aren't going to rip them off if you are a little hasty when undoing them.
Very pleased with this jacket. It is exactly what I was looking for and although it may have some slight drawbacks, the positives by far outweigh the negatives. It seems very well built and has lots of small, but very well thought out features that make you realise a lot of effort has been put into the design of this jacket.
Some may think it's a lot of money to spend. To justify the expense, I fully expect it to last me for the next five years or so. Buy once and buy right.
A note on sizing: I am usually a small, more out of slimness than length. This jacket is a medium and fits perfectly. It is naturally quite slim fitting so be aware.
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Added a product review for Continental Rubber Queen Tire 7/14/2012 12:34 PM
The Good: Grip; Weight
The Bad: Puncture resistance; Price
The tyres in this review are 2.4 Rubber Queen (RQ) in Continental's most advanced, grippy and expensive compound,black chili.
I should point out at the very start of the review that these tyres went on to a bike used mainly for downhill, yet, according to Continental, these tyres are designed for freeride/all mountain use. Where do you draw the line between freeride/all mountain and downhill? I would certainly have difficulty answering that, yet it is important to consider when reading the rest of this review.Initial Thoughts:
First of all, the tyres come up large compared to Maxxis. Or, as is more likely the case, Maxxis are smaller than their size suggests. Basically the 2.4 RQ is easily comparable to a 2.5 Maxxis so bear this in mind when purchasing.
They create a nice rounded profile with a tread suitable for medium to loose packed dirt. The ones mounted on my bike claimed to be 820g per tyre, so pretty light. They certainly felt it when riding having come from 2.5 dual-ply maxxis minion/high roller combo. As I am sure many of you will already know, reducing rolling weight makes a much larger difference than a comparable weight saving in any other place on the bike.Positives:
The grip provided by the RQs was great. Yes, they tended to clog up a bit when it got really muddy but no more than any other dry tyre. On their designated surface of loose and hard pack I cannot fault them. Quick rolling, yet they provided consistent support through corners, over rocks and roots. If they did slide, it was predictable and easy to control.
As previously mentioned, their weight allowed for acceleration, speed and a lightness that I had not experienced before.
And that's where the good feelings end.Negatives:
Punctures, punctures, punctures. More than I have ever experienced from any tyre previously or since. For clarity, I ran these with tubes, inflated to 30-35psi (in line with Continental's advice of higher than normal). A weeks riding holiday resulted in at least one puncture everyday, with a maximum of five in one day. Now I would say I am neither particularly hard on tyres, nor the smoothest rider out there. I suffer the very occasional puncture, like most people and having now swapped back to Maxxis, I have not punctured in a year of racing and riding. Take from that what you will.
The amount of punctures I suffered made riding my bike a pretty tiresome experience at times. You can have the best tyre in the world but if you spend so much time off the bike trying to fix the punctures, it just doesn't make it worth it. Now, you could argue that I was using the tyres outside of their designated use and to be honest, I perhaps was. This is where my point about the blurred line between all mountain/freeride and downhill comes in. At what point should you stop using such a tyre? It should be noted that I suffered punctures on tracks I would have been perfectly happy taking an all mountain hardtail down.
Price may be an influential factor when deciding on these tyres too. They are expensive in comparison with tyres from other manufactures. From what I have heard, this may be negated by the Black Chili compound which is supposed to last longer than other compounds, enabling you to run the same tyres without having to change them so often. I cannot comment on this as I got rid of them after only a few weeks.
For downhill, I cannot advise strongly enough against these tyres. For all mountain use, if you are a smooth rider then maybe give the UST versions with a thicker sidewall a shot. Based purely on my past experience I would never put these tyres on a bike again, I just can't see the point when they suck enjoyment out of biking!Disclaimer: If you run these on an all mountain bike and have no trouble, great! I currently run single-ply tyres on my hardtail and have had no problem with them so maybe it was just the type of riding I was subjecting the RQs too that caused them to be so useless. Who knows?
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