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This was meant to be a standalone test and not necessarily a direct comparison to the Minion and HRII. But, since you guys asked, as mentioned in the article, we found cornering traction to be similar to a Minion, even under hard cornering. It's interesting GeorgeWHayduke mentioned the...more

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Well I'm sure you have your own reasons, and good ones also, but the DHF is the single best mountain bike tire produced to date. Some may come close, but it's still the king. And I'd go as far as to say your statement is about as misleading as there is about the DHF: the DHF is really...more

Added reply in a thread Belgian Rider Found with Hidden Motor at CX Worlds 2/2/2016 5:24 PM

That family seriously needs help.

Added reply in a thread Belgian Rider Found with Hidden Motor at CX Worlds 2/2/2016 3:43 PM

Wow. It just gets more strange...

Liked a comment on the item Remembering Kelly McGarry 2/1/2016 3:27 PM

This morning has been a whirlwind of emotions. Trying to fight back tears and sadness, while simultaneously laughing at some of the adventures and stories. Kelly was an amazing person and I'm fortunate enough to have known him for a number of years.

One of the Kelly memories that came up this morning was from 2011...more

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From the urban dictionary:
Growler
A mean, butch looking pussy. As friendly as a bulldog, and as much fun to kiss.

This word was popularised by Bo'Selecta! and the character of Lorraine Kelly, with her famous phrase, 'Have ya seen me growler' as she parted her legs to reveal an unsightly mound of pubic hair.

This word is generally used to describe an old, unkept or generally disgusting vagina. It is not a pleasant term.

That explains his look! Hilarious! I had to look it up. Not up on my Kiwi slang.

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Added reply in a thread Belgian Rider Found with Hidden Motor at CX Worlds 1/31/2016 1:32 PM

Yeah, Mitch63, cross racers switch bikes about every lap or two so they can get a clean bike. Just like all the other dopers she will deny until she's handed her sentence. Then a year or so later she will finally admit it and come clean so that "others ... more »

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Oh my god. I almost pissed my pants I laughed so hard!

Added a product review for Maxima BIO Wash 1/21/2016 1:51 PM
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The new benchmark

Rating:

The Good: cheap, massively effective, doesn't require much scrubbing, smells amazing, good value, if you can get it cleaner I'd be amazed, nontoxic, biodegradable, did I mention the nice scent?

The Bad: None. None.

Overall:

Washing a bike…it’s something people either seem meticulous about or they just don’t give a damn and clean maybe every five rides. Am I correct? I suppose I used to fall into the camp of cleaning after every ride. Especially during the NorthWet winters I would try to clean all the muck away and attempt to keep the wear down on the components. Gritty components leads to faster wear which leads to more money all around. Maxima has released a new line of products to help keep you from spending so much money. One that interested me was the BioWash bike cleaner.

Prior to using anything specific I pretty much used car wash concentrate or dishwashing liquid with some hot water and a scrub brush to clean my bike and lots and lots of water from the hose. It always seemed to do the trick okay and cleaned off most grease from the drivetrain. When I say “most” was where I eventually decided to add in Simple Green to try to get the remainder of the grease off the drivetrain. This was a dangerous step that meant even more water as you have to get all of the Simple Green off the parts or risk corrosion. That’s where this odd bubblegum scented product came about in my life. Packaged in a 33.8 ounce bottle and running on the cheaper side of bike specific cleaning products I was hesitant. All too often I’ve seen products repackaged and touted as “bike specific” products that will change my life considerably. I have to say that Maxima definitely took a ground up approach to their products and the BioWash is no different. Likely created for the moto division(with direct correlation to bicycles) this cleaner seems harmless and smells good. There’s no WAY it is going to get all the gunk off a chain or a cassette, right? WRONG!

It's not as if I didn't put this product to a true test. The NorthWet will always be a good test ground for lubricants and cleaners.

Once you get the sweet smell from your senses and get to washing two major things I’ve noticed after using this product: One: you need little water to wash a bike once you start using BioWash and Two: I’ve never had such a clean drivetrain and bike as with the BioWash. I’ve used car detergent, dish soap, Simple Green bike wash and probably a few others but I’ve never had a cassette look as new and clean as the day I bought it. I’ve never used so little water and so little cleaner to clean a bike as I have with the BioWash. I notice that just a few sprays will cover the front triangle and then specifically sprayed areas will cover the rest of the bike. Once you get scrubbing with your scrubber it foams up well and extends along the tubes and parts. You will only really need water for rinsing and the product rinses off quite easily taking the grease and grime with it.

From this:

Minimal scrubbing and no soaking to this! (yes, it even gets off rust after riding hard and putting away wet)

There’s no cause for alarm either with the runoff into your driveway or patio as the product is claimed biodegradable and non-toxic. Lap it up kitties lap it up!(kidding!!!) This ain’t your pappy’s antifreeze. But with so little being used there’s not really a lot of runoff. With a bottle I am averaging 16 washes with a few extra chain scrubs. One final thing of note that I don’t see anymore is the white haze on my anodized frame. I’ve always noticed how before I had a white haze after washing. That haze no longer exists after using BioWash. Combine this with Maxima’s SC1 and your bike will look as good as new(minus your rub spots..it can’t save those!)

Honestly, I can’t tout the product enough. So much so that I’ve convinced those around me to try it. Maxima has hit a grand slam with the BioWash product. I can only hope they continue producing it for as long as I can ride a bike. It’s a great product that smells very nice, does an amazing job eradicating grease and is reasonably priced for the amount of uses you end up getting from the product. Add to the praise that the product is biodegradable, made in the USA, and doesn’t leave the white haze and it’s hard to fault this product in the least. Get some! Get some! (just don't take out any innocent women and children)

**I will point out that Maxima provided this product to me to test but I was not solicited for a public review. This is my personal opinion on this product.**

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Added a product review for Maxima BIO Wash 1/21/2016 1:51 PM
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The new benchmark

Rating:

The Good: cheap, massively effective, doesn't require much scrubbing, smells amazing, good value, if you can get it cleaner I'd be amazed, nontoxic, biodegradable, did I mention the nice scent?

The Bad: None. None.

Overall:

Washing a bike…it’s something people either seem meticulous about or they just don’t give a damn and clean maybe every five rides. Am I correct? I suppose I used to fall into the camp of cleaning after every ride. Especially during the NorthWet winters I would try to clean all the muck away and attempt to keep the wear down on the components. Gritty components leads to faster wear which leads to more money all around. Maxima has released a new line of products to help keep you from spending so much money. One that interested me was the BioWash bike cleaner.

Prior to using anything specific I pretty much used car wash concentrate or dishwashing liquid with some hot water and a scrub brush to clean my bike and lots and lots of water from the hose. It always seemed to do the trick okay and cleaned off most grease from the drivetrain. When I say “most” was where I eventually decided to add in Simple Green to try to get the remainder of the grease off the drivetrain. This was a dangerous step that meant even more water as you have to get all of the Simple Green off the parts or risk corrosion. That’s where this odd bubblegum scented product came about in my life. Packaged in a 33.8 ounce bottle and running on the cheaper side of bike specific cleaning products I was hesitant. All too often I’ve seen products repackaged and touted as “bike specific” products that will change my life considerably. I have to say that Maxima definitely took a ground up approach to their products and the BioWash is no different. Likely created for the moto division(with direct correlation to bicycles) this cleaner seems harmless and smells good. There’s no WAY it is going to get all the gunk off a chain or a cassette, right? WRONG!

It's not as if I didn't put this product to a true test. The NorthWet will always be a good test ground for lubricants and cleaners.

Once you get the sweet smell from your senses and get to washing two major things I’ve noticed after using this product: One: you need little water to wash a bike once you start using BioWash and Two: I’ve never had such a clean drivetrain and bike as with the BioWash. I’ve used car detergent, dish soap, Simple Green bike wash and probably a few others but I’ve never had a cassette look as new and clean as the day I bought it. I’ve never used so little water and so little cleaner to clean a bike as I have with the BioWash. I notice that just a few sprays will cover the front triangle and then specifically sprayed areas will cover the rest of the bike. Once you get scrubbing with your scrubber it foams up well and extends along the tubes and parts. You will only really need water for rinsing and the product rinses off quite easily taking the grease and grime with it.

From this:

Minimal scrubbing and no soaking to this! (yes, it even gets off rust after riding hard and putting away wet)

There’s no cause for alarm either with the runoff into your driveway or patio as the product is claimed biodegradable and non-toxic. Lap it up kitties lap it up!(kidding!!!) This ain’t your pappy’s antifreeze. But with so little being used there’s not really a lot of runoff. With a bottle I am averaging 16 washes with a few extra chain scrubs. One final thing of note that I don’t see anymore is the white haze on my anodized frame. I’ve always noticed how before I had a white haze after washing. That haze no longer exists after using BioWash. Combine this with Maxima’s SC1 and your bike will look as good as new(minus your rub spots..it can’t save those!)

Honestly, I can’t tout the product enough. So much so that I’ve convinced those around me to try it. Maxima has hit a grand slam with the BioWash product. I can only hope they continue producing it for as long as I can ride a bike. It’s a great product that smells very nice, does an amazing job eradicating grease and is reasonably priced for the amount of uses you end up getting from the product. Add to the praise that the product is biodegradable, made in the USA, and doesn’t leave the white haze and it’s hard to fault this product in the least. Get some! Get some! (just don't take out any innocent women and children)

**I will point out that Maxima provided this product to me to test but I was not solicited for a public review. This is my personal opinion on this product.**

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Added a product review for Maxima BIO Wash 1/21/2016 1:51 PM
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The new benchmark

Rating:

The Good: cheap, massively effective, doesn't require much scrubbing, smells amazing, good value, if you can get it cleaner I'd be amazed, nontoxic, biodegradable, did I mention the nice scent?

The Bad: None. None.

Overall:

Washing a bike…it’s something people either seem meticulous about or they just don’t give a damn and clean maybe every five rides. Am I correct? I suppose I used to fall into the camp of cleaning after every ride. Especially during the NorthWet winters I would try to clean all the muck away and attempt to keep the wear down on the components. Gritty components leads to faster wear which leads to more money all around. Maxima has released a new line of products to help keep you from spending so much money. One that interested me was the BioWash bike cleaner.

Prior to using anything specific I pretty much used car wash concentrate or dishwashing liquid with some hot water and a scrub brush to clean my bike and lots and lots of water from the hose. It always seemed to do the trick okay and cleaned off most grease from the drivetrain. When I say “most” was where I eventually decided to add in Simple Green to try to get the remainder of the grease off the drivetrain. This was a dangerous step that meant even more water as you have to get all of the Simple Green off the parts or risk corrosion. That’s where this odd bubblegum scented product came about in my life. Packaged in a 33.8 ounce bottle and running on the cheaper side of bike specific cleaning products I was hesitant. All too often I’ve seen products repackaged and touted as “bike specific” products that will change my life considerably. I have to say that Maxima definitely took a ground up approach to their products and the BioWash is no different. Likely created for the moto division(with direct correlation to bicycles) this cleaner seems harmless and smells good. There’s no WAY it is going to get all the gunk off a chain or a cassette, right? WRONG!

It's not as if I didn't put this product to a true test. The NorthWet will always be a good test ground for lubricants and cleaners.

Once you get the sweet smell from your senses and get to washing two major things I’ve noticed after using this product: One: you need little water to wash a bike once you start using BioWash and Two: I’ve never had such a clean drivetrain and bike as with the BioWash. I’ve used car detergent, dish soap, Simple Green bike wash and probably a few others but I’ve never had a cassette look as new and clean as the day I bought it. I’ve never used so little water and so little cleaner to clean a bike as I have with the BioWash. I notice that just a few sprays will cover the front triangle and then specifically sprayed areas will cover the rest of the bike. Once you get scrubbing with your scrubber it foams up well and extends along the tubes and parts. You will only really need water for rinsing and the product rinses off quite easily taking the grease and grime with it.

From this:

Minimal scrubbing and no soaking to this! (yes, it even gets off rust after riding hard and putting away wet)

There’s no cause for alarm either with the runoff into your driveway or patio as the product is claimed biodegradable and non-toxic. Lap it up kitties lap it up!(kidding!!!) This ain’t your pappy’s antifreeze. But with so little being used there’s not really a lot of runoff. With a bottle I am averaging 16 washes with a few extra chain scrubs. One final thing of note that I don’t see anymore is the white haze on my anodized frame. I’ve always noticed how before I had a white haze after washing. That haze no longer exists after using BioWash. Combine this with Maxima’s SC1 and your bike will look as good as new(minus your rub spots..it can’t save those!)

Honestly, I can’t tout the product enough. So much so that I’ve convinced those around me to try it. Maxima has hit a grand slam with the BioWash product. I can only hope they continue producing it for as long as I can ride a bike. It’s a great product that smells very nice, does an amazing job eradicating grease and is reasonably priced for the amount of uses you end up getting from the product. Add to the praise that the product is biodegradable, made in the USA, and doesn’t leave the white haze and it’s hard to fault this product in the least. Get some! Get some! (just don't take out any innocent women and children)

**I will point out that Maxima provided this product to me to test but I was not solicited for a public review. This is my personal opinion on this product.**

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Added a product review for Easton Lock-On Grip 1/21/2016 10:53 AM
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Custom sizes that fit your fingers and last long time

Rating:

The Good: Different sizes, rubber durometer, light, colors galore, slow wear rate, comfortable, clean up well

The Bad: Not ODI clamp compatible (can't use with dropper post lever)

Overall:

When Easton decided to enter the grip market it seemed like an interesting foray. Seems they weren’t impressed with how other’s lock on grips were fitting on their bars. So what does a powerful company do? They set out and create their own. I thought it was an interesting take on the grip market. Nothing mind blowing, per se, but all intriguing refinements on a market with few innovations as of late. They decided that the traditional clamping method where it cinches down on carbon bars was a bad method so they made their own clamping mechanism that clamps indirectly to keep from stressing the carbon. Easton also came up with their own rubber for the grips dubbed elastomeric polyurethane that has two different patterns for the palm and for the fingers on the grip. The rubber also extends beyond the normal area to cover the lock on clamps. A nice touch but something that might have a 50-50 like/dislike option. There’s also a very interesting option for the Easton grips that nobody else seems to offer on the market: varying diameter. The grips are available in 30mm and 33mm diameters with a minimal weight penalty(115g/132g). The grips also come in seven colors to help you with your color matching on your rig.

I have had thicker grips that were soft and caused issues. I have also had thin grips that felt great until the wear point and caused bad cramping before their demise. I decided to take a shot on the 33mm diameter grips to see if they could be the cure all for my hands and help with any cramping. One thing that helped sell the grips was the packaging. It’s well thought out and encourages you to try them on your hands to see how they fit. It’s two ingenious rivets that allow the grips to swing out to give you a fitting. This is important if you’re selling them in multiple diameters. The 30mm grips felt okay but a little small in my hands. The 33mm grips felt like they conformed a lot better and filled in with my hands. I run large size gloves in any brand and have very long fingers with puffy palms. This usually leads to bunching with gloves and small grips. This didn’t seem to be the case with the Easton grips. The grips themselves were also a bit longer than the Kore grips I was previously running. This created the need to move my controls in on the bar more than usual. That’s nothing bad but something as a little bit of a consideration for those who don’t appreciate change. My old grips measure 5 1/8” in length and the Easton grips measure 5 3/8”. This difference equates to more real estate to move about on the bars. Mounting the grips is straight forward with a 2.5mm allen wrench. You can see how the grips’ lock rings differ from other brands as they clamp over the inner sleeve on the grips rather than directly on the bar. They are also mounted with the larger Easton words for your palm area and the smaller Easton words for tactile feel with your digits. The grip has a soft and comforting feel on the hands but isn’t thick like an ODI Rogue. The soft feel has a nice cushion but isn’t exactly thicker on the 33mm model just the inner diameter of the grip has been increased. This is a nice touch for those with larger hands who are seeking a thin grip.

Two things to note with the grips as I did the street test after installing: One: the clamps are not ODI compatible so you can’t use any old clamps or seamlessly combine your KS clamp with the levers so you will have to move things out on the bars to make room. Two: Make certain you have the clamps torqued down correctly or the odd cap/lockring combo will come off and go bouncing away. This wasn’t a dire occurrence on the street but could be a serious issue if you were on the trail. Black tends to disappear in the forest rather easily.

On to the rides, shall we? As mentioned before the grips are VERY comfortable and easy with which to gain familiarity. The extra length to them had me adjusting my i-Spec setup to get the shifter closer as well as training my mind to move around my hands a bit more than usual to get them from the edge of the bars(to use the leverage) inward to the shift spot. This was bothersome at first but second nature months later. Also, the portion of the rubber that covers the lock rings are likely a personal preference. Some might dislike the extra bulge upwards as others might like the moto feel as sort of an end point without having to look or feel around. Personally, I liked the covered area as the mounting screws were covered and not digging into my palms. I had prior issues with other grips as I was maximizing life by rotating the grips and exposing my palms to the screws. That said…the Easton grips are a left/right specific set and can’t really be rotated to extend life. The specific palm/finger areas are designed that way and work brilliantly. The finger area has a bit of a tangible difference in feeling and is nice while the palm feels more like an armchair for the stress point of the grips. It’s a very comfortable grip to use whether you choose gloves or go Blenki style.

After a couple months the grips are feeling just like they did on the first day and wearing slowly. This is assuring as they are a one life grip. They have survived a couple minor tussles with the ground with no wear and have not discolored from glove use or dirt. This is a major bonus to me as some grips can wear and discolor poorly. The grips have not come loose and there have been no issues to report.

Grip wear after four months. Minimal.

In all I would say that Easton really did their homework on these grips. They have created a comfortable grip which works with each part of the hand, doesn’t ruin carbon bars, works in all conditions, wears well and is available to fit any hand and color combination. If they would just fix the collars to accommodate dropper levers it would be just about the perfect grip for me. These grips come highly suggested and are very well priced compared to the competition. Take a look, try em on…maybe you’ll dig em!


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Liked a comment on the item 2016 Griz Institute of MTB Announced 1/20/2016 1:28 PM

Rad

Liked a comment on the item Test Sessions: 17 Suspension Systems Cycled for Science 1/19/2016 11:00 AM

Laughing my ass off the moment the 1st song played

Also it would be nice if you could do the same thing but with DH bikes, and throw in some bikes with a lot of rearward travel bikes like K9's or a canfield would be interesting

Added reply in a thread 2016 Racing Rumours 1/14/2016 10:07 PM

Dang. I was hoping he'd run some grey matter Umma Gummas....oh...wait...he doesn't ride for Spesh anymore.

Liked a comment on the item Tested: 2015 YT TUES CF Pro 1/14/2016 8:10 AM

I realize your complaints were minor, but doesn't that leave room for improvement? You felt it should have stronger brakes, more durable wheels, it could've pedaled better and it could've been smoother over successive big hits. If this gets five stars but could be better, what do you give...more

Added reply in a thread 2016 Racing Rumours 1/13/2016 9:59 AM

No. I think it has more to do with service centers. Even people in Europe complain about Bos customer service. They are likely to go to the level of PUSH or Avalanche. Considering Commençal has expanded their market it has to be hard for someone as small ... more »

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PLEASE no BBD on any video!!!!!! That sh*t is poison.

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