4li2k73z Share your Vital activity on Facebook (More info)
close
Updated bike check awol12's Jamis 5/18/2014 7:18 AM
C138_photo_3
Updated bike check awol12's Jamis 5/15/2014 10:16 AM
C138_photo_3
Added a product review for Kenda Nevegal Tire 4/30/2014 5:08 PM
C138_ti509a01_2.5_fold

Not The All Arounder They Claim to Be

Rating:

The Good: rolls downhills well, good drip on softer trails, wears well, good range of tire pressures

The Bad: lots of rolling resistance, not good going up hill, slippery on hardpack,

Overall:

I have this in 2.35 Stick-E, but don't find to be all that sticky. Like others have said they are also on the heavy side. On the hardpack this tire doesn't grip the best, but when the ground is a bit soft in the early spring or after a decent rain they dig in quite well. Definitely a good tire for going downhill on softer trails, but a bit to much for peddly trails, going up hill more than slightly or serious hardpack. I have been impressed with how they have worn and I have had no problems with sidewall tears, or knobbs tearing off. I have also been impressed with the range of pressures these tires can take, as low as 26psi and as much as 30psi. Definitely could be a lot worse.

This product has 10 reviews

Added a comment about photo Special Edition FOX Heritage Decal Kits - Sea Otter Classic 4/11/2014 10:08 AM
C138_bt_20140410_untitled_shoot_039

Where can you buy these? Stops only? Direct from Fox?

0 0 0

This photo has 2 comments.

Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB 2014 Pietermaritzburg World Cup 4/9/2014 7:04 PM
C50_photo_3_1370123027

Mich Hannah 3:56.78
Rachel Atherton 4.28.52

0 0 0

This feature has 512 comments.

Added a product review for FSA Step-Up Crank With Bottom Bracket Oe 4/9/2014 6:37 PM
C138_cr264a02

Heavy, Heavy, and Heavy!

Rating:

The Good: they pedal

The Bad: heavy, cheaper alloy construction, limited ability to modify

Overall:

These cranks came as OEM on my bike, as it seems they do on many other mid-level bikes. I have ridden them for two yours with no major problems, but also haven't fallen in love with them. The crank arms are really thick which puts on the very heavy side for a double ring and bashguard. I have also had very limited luck with changing these in anyway from how they came. While I understand that the cheaper the product, the less you can do with it, I can't even find a good way to remove the bashguard to lose a little weight. I've looked around and can't even find a shim or spacer from FSA that allow for removal the bashguard. On the upside though, they do pedal smooth, I have smacked them off a few things with only scratches and scuffs to show for it and the heavier weight should make me stronger when I switch to something lighter down the road.

This product has 3 reviews

Added a product review for WTB Pure V Race Saddle 4/9/2014 6:24 PM
C138_sa403a61chr

Comfortable and Lite - Poor Construction

Rating:

The Good: Comfortable and lite

The Bad: tears easily

Overall:

Have ridden on WTB seats for 10+ years and have always loved them. Picked this seat up on sale and to replace an old seat that getting uncomfortable. When I got it I was happy with the construction, comfort, and weight. On rides it feels good and when you are in the saddle it soft enough to not hurt, substantial enough you don't feel like you'll fall off, but thin enough in the right places that it doesn't rub and you are able to slide around on it when you need too. The big problem has been the poor construction. The model I have came the "diamond" corners on the rear that are supposed to be tear/rip proof; this isn't so. Both rear corners have tears in them after one season of riding. I haven't even put the bike down that hard and I ride dirt trails, no major rocks are other debris. I contacted WTB about this and was surprised to be told that this was considered normal wear (after only one season) and would be covered by any warranty on construction. Still using it now, but will be looking around for something better as the tears are getting larger as the seat is used.

This product has 1 review

Added a product review for Hayes Stroker Ryde Disc Brake 4/9/2014 6:09 PM
C138_br270c01blk_fr

Cheap Price and Cheap Quality

Rating:

The Good: Inexpensive

The Bad: Low quality, no power, cheap alloy construction, wiggly handles

Overall:

Came as OEM and were one of the first items to go. These brakes have no modulation and the only way to get any feelings is to pull them to the bars. And since the handles have a really wobbly, wiggly feel I felt like I was always going to break them. Since they were OEM I thought that maybe there was a bit of air in the lines and that was causing the modulation/power issues so I bleed them. Bleeding did little to nothing at all. Another problem I ran into was the cheap alloy handlebar clamp bolt. The head of the blow is extremely thin and takes absolutely nothing to strip. When trying to make a simple adjustment I stripped a bolt when applying hardly any pressure to loosen it. This was really annoying and took multiple emails to Hayes which resulted with the suggesting of getting a new one at the hardware store. Back in the day Hayes used to be it, but these are brakes a fine a example that they good days may be gone.

This product has 2 reviews

Added a product review for RockShox Domain 302 Fork 4/9/2014 5:48 PM
C138_41012

Not the Worst. But Definitely Not the Best.

Rating:

The Good: Thru-axle, rebound adjustment, travel adjustment, 35mm sanctions, smooth travel down

The Bad: bouncy, no compression adjustment, bottoms out in lowest height setting

Overall:

This came as the OEM on bike and I haven't the money to purchase a new fork. I don't hate this work, but I definitely don't love it or would buy it as an aftermarket choice. The overall looks and feel are good, minus the very bland chrome sanctions. Fork travel is smooth when compressing, but bouncy on the rebound. I made adjustments to both the travel and rebound, great to have those available, but haven't found a sweet spot that really works well for me. This fork is also very bouncy while pedaling, both on flatter ground and when going up hill. I try not to do to much pedaling up hill, but when I do have to this fork bounces like crazy when you move even a little bit of weight forward. I have also found that when the travel is cranked all the way down the fork has a tendency to bottom out a bit to easily. Since finding this I have kept dialed all the way up to the 160mm setting and left it alone. I will say though on the positive side, it is a strong fork with little to no flex. The 35mm sanctions keep it strong. I also love and have had no problems with the 20mm Maxel. Overall I would definitely not steer towards this fork When money becomes available this will be an item getting replaced asap.

This product has 1 review

Added a product review for Race Face Respond Handlebar 4/9/2014 5:26 PM
C138_race_face_respond_bar

Great Bar, Great Price from Iconic Brand

Rating:

The Good: Wide, lite, strong, very little flex (if any), clean graphics, rise options

The Bad: more color options would be great

Overall:

Love this bar! Was looking for something with a low rise and a bigger width, but  didn't  have the money to drop on the more expensive Atlas or Turbine models. When I got the bar I was a tad skeptical if it would live up the Race Face name for the low price; I am not skeptical anymore. The width is great; not crazy wide, but not XC skinny and the low rise is a perfect feel and position. The width opens up the cockpit a bit and feels great for turns. The added width gives some good added leverage to get up and over things. The bars are strong and lite and I have never felt any flex in them whatsoever. I wouldn't definitely recommend these to riders on a budget or anyone not worried about color options. I would say though that I would definitely throw down a few dollars more on this bar if Race Face were to offer some colors besides black.

This product has 1 review

Added a product review for ODI Lock-On Grip - Rogue 4/9/2014 4:57 PM
C138_gr707a07

Too BIG a Grip!

Rating:

The Good: Grippy, wear well

The Bad: Too thick and very hard compound, very little feeling, cause hand, arm fatigue, scary small lock-on bolts, spinning on bar

Overall:

Rode with the Rouges for two years and was always happy until I switched. Found after switching that these grips were too much. The grip compound is hard and thick which translates to very little feeling while riding. The thickness and hardness, I found after changing, actually made me grip the bars harder which caused more hand and arm fatigue while riding. Also found that, that extra grip caused these to loosen up the lock rings and start to spin overtime. I always tightened down to suggested torque, but still has issues and always was a little concerned about over tightening the small bolts ODI uses on the lock rings. I ended up changing to ODI Ruffians and would not go back to these again.

This product has 5 reviews

Added a product review for Deity Enoki Grip 4/9/2014 4:45 PM
C138_97354370_1278699377

Best Grips Ever

Rating:

The Good: Mushroom style supper grippy, comfortable, lock-rings hold strong, included bar end caps

The Bad: flanges can get in way of shifters

Overall:

Like many have always run with ODI, but I thought I would give the Deitys a shot. Was totally worth it! Mushroom grip is great. Never feel like I am going to lose grip and are just as comfortable on a short and long ride. Lock-rings are strong and use a larger bolt compared to ODI, so don't worry about stripping them. Love that Deity includes the bar end caps, like that the just fill in bar hole instead of cover over the entire bar end; lock-ring and all. And you can't beat the price! $20 is inexpensive and replacements grips are even cheaper! Love these and will be staying with Deity for the long haul.

This product has 4 reviews

Updated bike check awol12's Jamis 8/24/2013 4:01 PM
C138_photo_3
Updated bike check awol12's Jamis 7/28/2013 7:59 AM
C138_photo_3
Updated bike check awol12's Jamis 7/21/2013 8:44 AM
C138_photo_3
Updated bike check awol12's Jamis 6/17/2013 3:52 PM
C138_photo_3
Added a comment about product review Not The Best 6/7/2013 2:51 PM
C50_photo_3_1370123027

Changed from a Syncros bar to a Sunline V3 and the bolt issue seems better currently. After one ride the bolts were still tight, so hopefully they stay that way.

0 0 0

This product_review has 2 comments.

Added a product review for Shimano XT M772 Shadow 9-Speed Rear Derailleur 6/2/2013 2:45 PM
C138_rd306a03gs

Smooth Operator

Rating:

The Good: Clean shifts, reduced chain slap, different cage lengths

The Bad: No clutch, no barrel adjuster

Overall:

This derailleur showed up as an OE part, but the XT name is always appreciated when looking into Shimano parts. This derailleur is a good mid to mid-high level 9-speed derailleur option. On the trail the derailleur is very quiet and smooth. The Shadow Tech does a really good job of limiting chain slap, I only really hear noise over the really rough stuff. This shifter also moves very well. If you have it set up properly you won't find this derailleur under shifting or over shifting.

One complaint would be the lack of a clutch, found on the Shadow+ derailleurs. I know you can get the clutch with an upgrade, but it would be nice if Shimano had one derailleur with all the tech in one line instead of 2 or 3 different derailleurs under the XT name. My other little gripe is no barrel adjuster on the derailleur. I know this is kind of an old school thing, but I always liked having the little extra bit of adjustability if the barrel adjuster at the shifter wasn't enough.

Overall another awesome derailleur from Shimano that would be comfortable on anything from am XC to a DH bike.

This product has 1 review

Added a product review for Shimano SLX SL-M660 Shifter Pod 6/2/2013 10:31 AM
C138_sl272a00

Mid-Level Awesomeness

Rating:

The Good: Two way shifting (push/pull), custom side to side positioning, crisp index shift, easy to use cable port

The Bad: All plastic casing, no shift level adjustment, no I-Spec compatibility

Overall:

The SLX shifters came as OE on my bike, but I have been really impressed with what Shimano has done with them. They are a very good choice for a mid-level shifter. My shifters are a 2x9 set up with no gear display. Shifters have a nice crisp index shift, that isn't too hard or too soft. Once you are in a gear you know, and it's definitely not a shifter that will allow you to be in between two gears. Do wish they came with a lever reach adjustment, but this is a feature that you'll find on more expensive shifters.

These shifters do have one really nice custom adjustment feature. The SLX shifter pod and handle bar bracket are two separate pieces. By doing this Shimano also made it so the shifter has multiple side to side positions allowing you to "slide" the shifter closer or further out. Wish that these shifters would have been included in Shimanos new I-Spec, but the SLX SL-M670 I is.

One last thing is the ease of service. The shifters, like many, have a small hole in-between the shift levers for changing out the shifter cable. I recently did this and was done in no time at all. Just make sure to take your time putting the cap back in so you don't strip it out, it is only plastic.

Overall I think this are a great mid level shifter and in the year I have had have done me well. These are shifters that once replaced will definitely be kept as a back up or make their way onto another build.

This product has 2 reviews