Added a product review for Schwalbe Hans Dampf Tire 9/28/2015 9:01 AM

Great overall tire


The Good: Great traction, low weight and dependable

The Bad: Knob wear and side knobs give too much on hard packed corners


The Hans Dampf is a great tire. I ran the 26x2.35 SnakeSkin TrailStar compoundon the front of my bike and was rewarded with great traction and low weight. Tubeless setup was simple, with no problems. The HD was a giant step up from my stock tire; insane amounts of grip and confidence. The only issues I found with the HD was on flatter hard packed turns, the side knobs would give a bit earlier than anticipated which was usually not pretty. The general consensus on the HD is the wear rate on the knobs, which I would agree with. They wear quickly, but as long as you go into the game knowing that, its not really a big deal. I'm curious to see the difference between the Super Gravity casing and the HD I used. I've been on a Super Gravity Magic Mary for most of this season and I really like the strength of the casing over the non SG casings. I'll have to give a Super Gravity HD a whirl next season and see how it goes.

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Added a product review for Continental Trail King Tire 9/28/2015 8:42 AM

Great traction for you rear


The Good: Awesome traction

The Bad: Swiss cheese for rubber, far too many puncture problems.


Don't get me wrong, I loved this tire for the rear. Great uphill traction on anything and really good braking . Hooks up well in the corners and all that great stuff. The problem with this tire (for me) was I was always tearing the sidewall and putting holes in the tread. Before I decided to part ways with this tire, I had 7 patches on the inside of the tire, 7. I can't remember the last time I flatted that many times in a season with tubes and I ran this guy tubeless the whole time. The final straw was whenI warped the tire on a ride and I created this weird hopping feeling and hump in the casing. Apparently, this is a common thing with Continental tires from what I've read on various forums. With all that being said, I switched to a German tire company that begins with S and probably won't be on top of another Continental tire again. Depressing, as I really like the traction of this tire. I used the 26x2.2 black chili with protection casing for those curious souls.

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Added a comment about product review Keep on ridin' 9/13/2015 1:50 PM

2012 GT Force Carbon. The aluminum version has 3 tabs but I only have the 2 lower tabs. I still haven't had any issues running only 1 bolt so all is well.

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Added a product review for OneUp Components Chainguide 9/11/2015 12:45 PM

Keep on ridin'


The Good: Keeps your chain, cost effective, simple

The Bad: Doesn't come in blue, pink or that new Bronson color of the year


Long story short, when racing I have (had) a tendency to drop the chain; like a lot, even with a narrow-wide. A worn chain and sprockets more than likely didn't help my cause, but I bought one of these puppies and have been handsomely rewarded for my efforts. Through two normal riding days (which I rarely ever dropped chains anyway), a race practice day and the actual race; I can report no dropped chains. The guide came with everything needed to get up and running. Set up was supereasy; I didn't need any of the spacer for the chain line. My only problem was that my bike only came with 2 ISCG tabs, so I ran the guide with only the lower mounting bolt. Magically, the one bolt has done a great job of not allowing the guide to move at all. In all honesty, along with new grips and a tubeless conversion, this is one the best under $50 purchases you could make.

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Added a comment about news blog Nicolas Vouilloz and Tracy Moseley Lead EWS Samoens After Day 1 7/18/2015 1:17 PM

Marco Osborne penalized?

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Still confused as to why Ryan Seacrest is breaking up bar fights in a Santa Cruz t-shirt. He rides bikes!?

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Added a comment about feature WINNER TAKES ALL - Vital OTB Leogang, Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain 6/13/2015 9:46 AM

Gwin 3:28.78
Carpenter 4:04.47

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Added a comment about feature WINNER TAKES ALL - Vital OTB Fort William, Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain 6/6/2015 12:20 PM

Manon Carpenter 5:28.34
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Added a comment about news blog Jared Graves Still Recovering, Will Miss Rounds 2 and 3 of Enduro World Series 5/8/2015 7:42 PM

EWS Champion's Curse???

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Added a comment about photo Maxxis Minion SS Tire 4/20/2015 4:58 AM

Which version of the Rock Razor did you have? I'm looking at getting one in the Super Gravity casing, and was wondering how it rode in various conditions. I'm not sure if it will fit the spacing in the back end though. I couldn't fit a Continental Trail King 2.4. Thanks in advance.

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Updated bike check 2012 GT Force Carbon Sport 4/7/2015 5:09 AM
Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 3/27/2015 11:27 AM

Can we get a bike check on this? I'm curious if he raced a stock rental or if the team changed parts out to his normal stuff.

Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 3/9/2015 5:47 PM

I think Specialized "borrowed" that platform for a slope bike from Dobermann and their Le Pink.

Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 2/18/2015 6:30 PM

Gee moved to the Santa Cruz team!?! How did everybody miss that news?

Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 2/16/2015 10:38 AM

Isn't Peaty part owner or along that line for Royal? Why would he want to risk all the exposure he gives the company by running a different brand of apparel? Unless, Royal became the main sponsor, but having 3 top riders means big contracts. Why don't ... more »

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Maybe it's dirt or something, but there appears to be a break from the outer surface of the ring to the second tooth down from the guide cage. The same dark line is present on the fourth tooth, but not on the first and third teeth. The first and third teeth appear closer to the viewer than the second and fourth teeth. This could all be the espresso talking also.

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