Suomi Tyres Extreme 294 2.1 26″ & 29” Revised 3 season review

 

These tires give excellent grip, but they, of course, don’t stop you from sliding on very slippery ice when you turn too fast or brake too hard, no tyre will.

the strong stink goes away after few weeks of use so the stink will not irritate you when you got the bike indoors.

after about 4 months of use, there were some cracks in the tyres, which have been caused by broken glass, some studs fell out some snapped in half, but studs can be replaced.

Pros:

  • sticky well gripping tyre
  • the tyre is stiff enough for the studs to sit securely, which is not the case for WXC 300
  • good pattern, that helps with getting the mud away and gripping the surface.
  • Does not lose studs easily
  • fast rolling
  • they can last several seasons, at least 2 or 3 probably more if you are not too crazy with them.  Since 2016 I have put these tyres through its paces with hard single track, riding on ice, riding street, I have dropped jumped, I rode down & upstairs, and they survived.
  • they are not as loud as WXC 300

Cons:

  • due to the 2.1 studded tyre will feel like horrible no matter of the rim width, with a lot of vibrations,lowering pressures means folding & hitting the rim,  for this  to not happen I have to add 4 psi more from usual setup, so instead of 28psi rear it’s 32 psi rear & 28 psi front, so when the Esi grips wore out & got softer my hands hurt due to the massive increase in vibrations.
  • they got a strong stink to them when they are new, which last few weeks.

about 4 months of use:

Suomi Tyres Extreme 294 26"

Suomi Tyres Extreme 294 26"

Suomi Tyres Extreme 294 26"

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Verdict:

If you don’t mind the harsh ride, But proper grips help, and you want durable tyres these will do the job, But I  might try bigger tyres, but be as durable as Gazza Extremes 294.

Check out Tommi Kivimäki‘s review & set up of  Suomi Tyres Gazza Extremes 294:

Suomi Stud tool:

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=73184;menu=1000,185,191;mid=0;pgc=0;page=3

https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/nokian-tool-for-installing-replacement-spikes-51301/wg_id-11

 

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8 moths review: Race Face Sixc 35 800mm 20mm handlebars

I won’t go too deep with technical stuff and specs, which have already been mentioned in other reviews, here are my experiences with these bars so far.

The bar dampen vibrations well, the bar feels great, it was a huge improvement from 720 Bontrager race lite bar and stem.

Enough flex but not too flexible:

Some flex can be felt if you get some weight on the bar, for example with some front wheel trails moves, but nothing too crazy, but on the trial when shredding hard, there is no awkward feeling, these handlebars feel great, the defenitly dampend vibrations, but they won’t eliminate vibrations completely, that’s impossible, with narrow studded tyres, rough winter conditions can cause a lot of vibrations which will be felt even with silicone grips, I have not tried wider studded tyres yet, But I am quite sure it would improve degrease vibrations, but for summer riding, these bars have been greatm they dampened vibrations well, combined with silicone grips, they were a good combo, but harder you ride mroe dampenign you woudl want, So that’s why I have ordered Rev grips.

Survived several crashes:

The handlebars survived several crashes, I have jumped off these two skatepark ramps, and landed on the handlebar, no damage was done, I rode hard for several months later and no cracks.

I have also crashed while climbing a bike path, due to my joint slippage issues I accidentally did a brutal turn to the left and lost control of the bike, and the bike slammed hard down on the asphalt, there was no damage to the bars, but I bruised my shoulder.

I have noticed some white spots on the end of the bar, it’s probably just clear coat damage, it only happened on one of the two bars I got.

I have been riding through summer & winter, and the bars performed well, some say to avoid carbon in the cold, I have been riding in at least down to -10C, without any issues so far.

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These bars are a great choice if you like colour matching bars for a custom build or improve the look of your current bike, but the white/silver look will fit any bike.

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Exposure Lights Six Pack MK9
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Some other reviews:

No need for me to mention everything every other review mentioned So you can read these reviews too.

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/race-face-sixc-35-bar-atlas-stem-review-2015.html

Product Page: https://www.raceface.com/products/details/sixc-35-20mm-rise-bars

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Shimano XT M8000 11-46T casette long-term review

I have been through several cassettes and put it through its paces.

Due to the design of the cogs, the transition from each cog is excellent. The chain stays well in place with unrealistic fast backpedalling, where the sun race cassettes would drop the chain, my bike has hope pro 4hub, Absolute Black 34t.oval chainring, this but the chain at an optimal angle for the biggest cog, so this clearly shows the sun race cassette performs worse with backpedalling. As mentioned in many other reviews, the jump to the 46t cog is too big, it messes up your cadence, but I got used to it.

https://youtu.be/HY9GRoXIY1A
The XT cassette has quite stiff cogs when the chainstay wore out on my 2014 fuel ex the extra side to side movement combined with bearing misalignment caused the cogs to bend, but this will not be an issue on a bike that does not have an extreme side to side movement or bearing misalignment issues. So, in conclusion, the cassette performed well.

http://bike.shimano.com/content/sac-bike/en/home/mtb1/drivetrain/cassettes/cs-m8000.html

2015 Evoc Freeride Enduro Team 16L backpack 3 years review

Evoc FR Enduro Team Hydration backpack & 2014 Fox Rampage Pro Carbon

Pros:

  • Durable
  • The pack got a lot of room for everything you really need for a ride plus more, if you want to use it for grocery shopping you can, I can fit 2 cola bottles or 2 1,5 milk cartons,3 1 L cartons
  • upper pocket got 2 Compartments with an elastic band which is perfect for a wallet and a helmet light battery charger, I sue one for Gemini Xera light battery charger and the other one for my wallet. And it’s perfect a smartphone & Go Pro mounts, small chargers.
Evoc FR Enduro Team Hydration Pack
  • the top pocket got keyholder
  • soft material inside the pocket so you don’t scratch your camera lens smartphone, I can fit a Sony experia XZ Premium smartphone in the pocket but any bigger phone won’t fit, but I prefer to have it in  short pocket instead.
The Velcro transparent pocket is nice for storing food that was in a plastic bag you have opened, for example, trail mix.
in the top pockets, I got Lezyne SV10 multi-tool, 2 Co2 cartridges, Dynaplug, the big mesh pocket can fit 2 29er tubes.  the narrower higher pocket fits a shock pump & tyre pump. in the outer pokets, I got Shopping bags & a lock.
in the big mesh pocket, I keep cables, tyre lever.

back protector comes at 145 grams with feels like nothing

side pockets with elastic band, which is great if you forgot to fill up the Hydrapak and just wants to buy a bottle of juice or soda or to keep shopping bags i

Evoc FR Enduro Team Hydration Pack Side pocket is perfect for gloves

no matter how aggressive riding I did, jumping, riding in stairs, the zippers staid in place

Side waist pocket, which is perfect for rubber gloves or a small snack

Evoc FR Enduro Team Hydration Pack-Park Tool gloves inside side pocket
Snapped zipper slider, but this is not a surprise, zippers eventually fail, So it’s great that Evoc decided on dual zippers.

March 2018

the plastic zipper extension failed.

The Velcro got work out, it was not gripping.

The belt keeps the backpack from bouncing. The Velcro got worn out worn after about 2 years of use, so it did not stay in place by itself, but with buckle strap, it stays in place still after 3 years. But if you need new Velcro straps you can buy new and sew them on, so that’s not really an issue. The buckle & the other plastic parts still work great.

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27 march 2018 it snapped, which is not surprising at all. But not too bad.

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eventually the other snapped few months later.

I fixed it with a zip ties.

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It has a strap for mounting rear light.

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The helmet holder is also nice for securing toilet paper or anything similar when you are grocery shopping.

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March 21, 2019 the zipper failed during a ride.

Zipper Failure on Evoc FR Enduro 16L

Cons:

  • the logos will start to peel off after one season of use.
  • The straps are fatiguing shoulder & neck area with heavier loads.

Tips:

  • if you use the helmet holder for an xc or trail helmet, make sure you get the front down and all the way in otherwise it will be too loose
  • you have to have the zippers on the side or it will take in water because of the gap in the 2 step zipper
  • to get most comfortable fit, loosen all straps, let the back pack sag down, until it bottom outs, it will bottom out somewhere with the stomach belt under the navel, then tighten the bottom straps where you feel right, and then the chest strap, it’s not perfect comfort at all times, but it will result in the most comfortable fit possible with this back pack.

     

Verdict:

After about 3 years of use, it’s still going strong. I am Sure I will be able to use it for many more years.

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