I'm 40 this year, but I'm going to keep in shape to emarrass my kids! :-) Keep shreddin.
Added a product review for Nukeproof Snap Frame 2/21/2014 3:50 AM
The Good: Excellent paint, graphics, strength, minimal flex, light weight and stable. Replaceable rear dropouts.
The Bad: Not ideal for DJ, park or trail. Not a very forgiving or compliant frame.
The Nukeproof Snap frame is very strong and flex-free making it great for 4X. Fast acceleration and cornering stability are its bread and butter. Those strengths however are it's downfalls, for example the chain stays are fairly long (XC length at 420mm) for a bike like this meaning that manuals can be annoyingly hard to perform. Also the frame is extremely rigid, making it very fast accelerating on hard-pack or on pavement, but mistiming jumps and riding on trails can be a painful filling loosing affair. A 67 degree HA might make you think that the bike could descend quite well and whilst it is capable of descending slopes that would make you fear for your life on an XC race bike the frame's lack of compliance means it's just too painful on all but the smoothest hard-pack to have any real enjoyment.
Some other great things about this frame are the replaceable rear dropouts allowing you to go single speed if you want to, with easy availability of spares though chain reaction, ISCG tabs and some very tasteful paint and graphics, with a high enough seat-post collar to allow for a medium height seat to be able to pedal around sat down at a reasonable speed around town. With the medium length chain-stays, a low top tube and a rigid rear triangle the bike is perfect for wheelies and can wheelie all day long, also the head tube is a nice big 44m allowing for any fork within reason.
Nukeproof do not claim the bike is for anything other than 4X, many people though seeing the frame think DJ or maybe DJ and 4X and maybe park or urban, this is not really right, the bike is just not quite for those as reasons previously stated. IMHO for a do it all trail, DJ, Urban or Park frame a steel frame with shorter chain-stays is a better choice of frame. Even alu Giant STPs or GT Chuckers are a bit more fun than a Snap around town.
Summary: 4X - 5 stars, Trail - 3 stars, Urban - 4 stars, DJ - 4 stars
5 star review as bike is advertised as a 4X bike.
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Added a product review for Shimano Deore M590 Crankset With BB 2/12/2014 2:08 PM
The Good: Reliable, inexpensive, strong
The Bad: Slightly heavy and ugly
I've used this crank for over a year and I've had zero issues. Still spins reliably in mostly dry dusty conditions. I've used Many SRAM/truvativ offerings that are pretty much as good, and I marginally prefer the GXP system, but it's close.
Actually I wanted a more bling crank, but I was running out of cash near the end of a build and went for something reasonably priced and well proven, and haven't been disappointed. Originally I set up the crank single speed with a guide, and now with a race face narrow/wide single chain ring, with absolutely no compatibility issues, and a nice weight saving.
Ideally I'd use something like a race face Next, lighter and all bling, but really you only shave at most 200 grams and that 's not a great deal, but it does add up over the build, but cranks are maybe not that critical a component to lighten compared to wheels or forks, but if money is no object, then maybe not the 590s.
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Added a product review for Hope Technology Seat Collar 2/8/2014 12:56 AM
The Good: Works well and well finished
The Bad: A child could strip out the extremely weak alloy bolt and even snap it
In my opinion an aluminium alloy is just the wrong material to use for a bolt in this application, the weight savings are just minuscule, it's just too weak, I stripped out the bolt with very minimal force, which is pretty disappointing from a manufacturer like Hope.
However the collar part of the product is well finished and nicely anodised and has lasted for years, after I switched out the bolt for a steel version. I also use the QR collar and have never had a problem, so I'd recommend buying that instead.
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Added a product review for Maxxis High Roller II Tire 2/6/2014 9:31 AM
The Good: Mud shedding ability, and downhill bite
The Bad: Weight, climbing slip, and cornering sketch unless ruthlessly thrown at the corner
Overall: Not a bad DH tire, if I got a bike with them I'd use them, but replace them with something else. They look like the offspring of the original HRs mixed with a Minion DHR. I was never a fan of the old High Roller, and much prefer the Minion DHF. The HR2 is better than the old tire IMO but still has some of the old annoyances, personally a think it just handles a bit worse than a DHF, but braking traction is good as is mud shedding. Climbing as HR is worse than a semi-slick
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Added a product review for 2014 Kona Operator Bike 2/4/2014 1:25 PM
The Good: Great frame and suspension, bike soaks up the terrain with ease.
The Bad: No direct mount stem, would prefer Minion DHF tires and Zee brakes, USD shock annoying to adjust, wheels are super heavy.
I demoed this bike, I was pretty impressed with the frame, great geometry and graphics, Kona have come a long way even in the last 2-3 years. Other components slightly less impressed, upside down shock was annoying to adjust as as I couldn't see the compression knob properly. The normal stem looked like an ugly cheap option, when there should really be a direct mount stem. I also hate the High Roller 2 tires, seem just far too heavy and squirm around too much. I can't complain about the Code brakes, they work well, but I think they could have matched the Zee cranks with Zee brakes as surely the reliability and maintenance would benefit most riders.
If it was my bike I'd run tubeless rims and tires to really get the bike to fly by getting rid of 1-2kg of unsprung weight and maybe a regular rear cassette and rear derailleur as uplift days are so rare in my local area. Loved the stability of the bike, but I'll be sticking with my 160mm travel AM bike unless I move somewhere with a chairlift or cable car!
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1. ODI TLD grips 2. Race Face Narrow-Wide chain ring 3. Fizik Tundra addle 4. Stans fluid 5. Gorilla Tape Worst: 1.SDG Patriot saddle 2. X-Fusion Velvet Fork 3. Rock Shox Monarch RC3 4. 5.
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Liked a comment on the item It's Gold, Baby! Inside X-Fusion's Inverted Revel HLR Fork 12/24/2013 2:59 AM
just another hype fork - im certainly not impressed, if im going to spend 1700$ on a single...
Added a product review for X-Fusion Slant RL2 Suspension Fork 12/22/2013 5:50 PM
The Good: Excellent on the trail, buttery smooth, superbly damped
The Bad: Will break or fail somehow within a month. X-Fusion will then take like 2 months to repair it because this way they can 'sit out' out their 2 year warranty period. Please test your products before you bring them to market, we are not idiots.
I tried this fork, borrowed from a friend for a few weeks. I have a Velvet, he has a Slant. We both found the same thing, the fork is quite excellent on the trail but doesn't last we've had countless warranty issues. Somehow X-Fusion rushed their R&D or something and made a bunch of hideously unreliable extremely excellent performing forks.
If you ride everyday, it's 1 star. If you have a specific race rig, then these will match up well with your Schwalbe Nobby Nic 5 ride racing tires and Crank Bros pedals. If you only have the time to ride once a week you might be OK too.
5 stars of racing provided they survive the race. 3 stars for a once a week rider and 1 star for everyday riders.
'X-Fusion the Crank Bros of Suspension minus the customer service'.
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Added a product review for Avid HSX Heat-Shedding Rotor 12/17/2013 9:23 PM
The Good: Light, stays true
The Bad: None found
I first used these rotors with my old Elixir 5 brakes about three years ago. I changed over from the regular Avid rotors you get for free with the brakes, to try to help eliminate that hideous 'turkey warble'. These rotors are infinitely better and went some way to eliminate the problems with the old Avid rotors. Since then I have moved these on to the back of two different bikes where they perform flawlessly with Shimano SLX 666 brakes. Three years, no pitting and still completely true, very impressed. I'll probably never buy Avid brakes again, but don't overlook these rotors foe AM, trail and XC duties, they seem better than the Shimano rotors.
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One word: Menopause.
She slammed on the brakes so you'd hit her. She's most likely an attention seeking narcissist.
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Added a product review for Race Face Narrow/Wide Chainring 11/4/2013 8:49 PM
The Good: Nicely machined, great color and size choices, even works with 9 speed. A stupidly cost effective way to lighten your ride.
The Bad: You might still need a lightweight guide for piece of mind if riding downhill and free-ride. Marginally noisier than a regular chain ring.
I have a full suspension 150mm travel trail/AM bike running 9 speed with a SRAM X7 short cage derailleur. Been running the Raceface Narrow/wide for a few thousand miles on without issue, no chain drops at all. I was worried that I would need a clutch type derailleur, luckily with a short cage regular derailleur this has been fine, but my X7 does have quite a strong spring. I think the chain ring has slightly more rub than my nicely machined Renthal regular ring, but dumping a 250 gram guide has actually made the whole bike a bit lighter and easier to pedal.
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