- Bike Checks
Great impact protection.
Solid construction and great durability.
I can't think of anything bad to say except, I think they now come in grey instead of black.Overall Review: I own four different sets of knee pads to include a set of POC pads, Seven iDp pads, and iXS Flow pads. My iXS Carve pads are better than the other three sets of knee pads in fit, protection, comfort, and construction. I use my Carve pads for enduro races, bike park days, and all day rides. I've had some big crashes and they've protected my knees every time without fail. They fit smaller compared with iXS Flow and POC pads; however, overall fit is outstanding as they always stay in place. These pads have a large coverage area with good medial, lateral knee and upper shin protection. The protective pad is thick enough for Read More »
Light weight with a claimed weight of 303 grams, or 287 grams depending on what page of e*thirteen's website your looking at. I didn't measure it, but it feels much lighter than the Shimano 11-46 cassette it replaced. The gear ratios are well thought out and feel closer together compared to Shimano's XT cassette. Shifting is buttery smooth, even after two months of use. The 9 and 10 tooth cogs really let you get moving on downhill and flat sections. No unusual squeaks or weird noises as of now.
This cassette is expensive even by SRAM standards. Shifting into the 9 tooth cog isn't as consistent as the remaining cogs. Sometimes it takes a couple pedal revolutions to get it to grab the cog when paired with a XTR derailleur. Ironically, shifting is quicker and more consistent with a XT derailluer.Overall Review: This cassette offers much better performance, range and weight savings compared to Shimano's 11-46 XT cassette. I've been running it for a couple months now and it works just as good as the day I installed it. Tooth wear looks minimal to non-existent at this point in the cassette's life; however, it's too early to tell what the longevity will be. I'm running this cassette with a 32T chainring up front on 170mm cranks. I mostly use the 2nd lowest gear (39T) for climbing and only use the 46T as a recovery or "bail out" gear. The 9T and 10T cogs are great for those higher speed downhill and flat sections. That being said, I Read More »
looks, never lost a chain
spare parts are very expensive, idler wheel fixed directly to the bash, noisyOverall Review: The setup is pretty straight forward, it can take a few tries like most chainguides, but is no more or less complicated. Screws, washers and even an adapter to mount it to your bottom bracket are included. Once set up the chainguide worked flawless, I never dropped a chain, even in the muckiest of conditions. If you ride in the mud a lot or pressure wash your bike you should regrease the idler wheel bearings now and then. The upper guide doesn't have any noise cancelling rubber inserts like some of the more modern chainguides have, so it's a bit more noisy. I used to glue a cut out piece of tube on there or Read More »
mudclearance, pedalbody and pins, service kit available
brass cleats, inner plastic pedal bodyOverall Review: First, I have been riding clipless pedals for a few years and I also used Shimanos SPD system for years on my XC-Bike and for a short while on my Enduro and DH bike. When it comes to DH or Enduro riding I'm a big fan of Crankbrothers clipless system. If you aren't and your mind is made up it's probably pointless to read on. Riding them: Clipping in is a very different feeling from Shimano, it feels much more 'loose' and you get a lot of float. You shouldn't worry, though, as long as you have a fresh set of cleats the pedal holds on to your foot pretty secure. When you install the cleats Read More »
Noisy, a bit noisy.Overall Review: It's been a while for me riding the Suntour Auron RC2 (internal adjust) with black stanchion, and maybe it's the time for me to write something about this fork. First, I chose this fork because of the price; it's really a good price, and for this thing the Auron is the winner from most high end forks. But let's see the others.. APPEARANCE: Black stanchion is looking awesome, based on that fact that most popular forks have the black stanchion. So with the Auron RC2, I like the black stanchion beside the price. The 34mm also looks big. The fork comes in doff style, and the decal is not stickers! There are some stickers, but Read More »