Zefal Deflector FM20 long term review

Easily misaligned if you use Velcro straps:

Using the provided Velcro straps, there will be significant movement which will cause the mudguard to move into the tyre, technical trails. I have of course had them as snug as possible, when it’s moving there is a risk of getting small branches stuck between the tyre and the mudguard.

See videos below:

But going for zip ties instead, will make it more secure, But there will still cane move if you hit it, so In a crash, it might misalign, So far I have not had issues with it misaligning, or tyre rub. I have ridden pretty fast and hard without any issues, but who knows what will happen later, But I think it will stay on ok.

 

 

This mudguard is much better than RRP Enduro guard, more coverage, and more durable.

For my fork & wheel size combo(29er Fox 32 Evo), I had to use the holes further back, other wise the guard would move hit the tyre when it was moving.

The provided stickers are pointless as they will not fit the style of every bike, and they just wear out.

here you can see if you use the front holes the fender is too low & will hit the tyre.

 

The mud guard does definitely make a difference less mud on my goggles, it did not eliminate it completely, but no fender/guard will.

How the bike looked like after riding in some muddy sections, as you can see it’s stopped allot of mud from coming at my face, which is the most important thing, and some on the stansions, but it did not stop all the mud, and as this mud guard is short there will still be some mud thrown on the mudguard and downtube.

Verdict:

OK, mudguard, but not perfect, I  Wish I had a bigger fender/guard So I will try Mudgugger someday, I think they will do a much better job, and they also make proper rearguards.

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Race Face Turbine VS Atlas cinch cranks

For me, the fastest & easiest solution when the awful Shimano M552 cranks failed, was to get turbine cranks. The cranks on my trek 6300 bike failed, so I de sided to switch to my trusted Turbine crank, plus crisp King bb, so I decided to try Atlas cranks, I thought I would notice the difference, and I did.

I am about 75kg, (but this number varies on how much stuff I got in my backpack, I have not weighed  in a long time, so I am probably heavier now.) with all the gear on

I have read reviews saying that there will not be noticeable differences, that was coming to a heavier reviewer, but pink bike review stated that there was a difference, their review is good so take a read d: https://pinkbike.com/news/race-face-atlas-cinch-crankset-review-2016.html

The crankset is quite similar looking, but there are several differences, the turbine cranks look pretty similar to the Atlas cranks, but the Turbine have a lot more material shaved off in arm where the bolt is & on the tip,  the is also a difference in how much material is shaved off behind the crank, the Atlas has more material near the pedal.

Turbine:

for commuting, or xc/light trail, these cranks were stiff enough, but on rougher trails, I could feel the difference in stiffness or another technical riding. I think turbine cranks have a good stiffness compromise & of lightweight.

The crank ground on a concrete wall, I was unharmed, it did not even hurt.
My right shoulder slipped turning the bars to the right, resulting front wheel dropping off a wall, and me falling down with the bike about 1 meter on concrete.
the reach dérailleur hit the top of the wall & grinding along it, the fork first went off the wall to the right but the rear was grinding it eventually fell down and the fork hit the wall and eventually, the whole bike went down with me.
16mm cap, self-extract bolt, washer
On the bike

 Atlas crankset:

First ride with Atlas cranks:

Even before riding the cranks on the trail I could feel the difference in stiffness, just by a quick test in being on the bike in the kitchen, I tested a lot of positions, but then I took it for a spin on the trails some days later.

The first ride on the trails, I felt the difference, even though my frame is quite flexible in the BB area.

I could feel that the Atlas cranks were stiffer while riding technical trials.

Both of the crankshaft a nylon preloading, which has a small Allen screw, which was easel rounded off even though I was very gentle.

 

Verdict:

I think turbine cranks have a good stiffness compromise & of lightweight, so perfect for a commuter bike or for lighter riders.

I am all for everything that gives me better control, and stability, which both Turbine and Atlas cranks gave me over the cheaper much more flexible Shimano cranks I have ridden in the past.

 

EZGuardZ Screen Protector – waste of money

scratches easy and gets covered in scratches fast, just takes few days to get it all scratched up, few weeks and the touch is does not work properly.
anything hard will scratch it with ease.
easy to apply and remove.
waste of money.

https://www.amazon.com/3-Pack-EZGuardZ-Screen-Protector-Caterpillar/dp/B00PT6RXF0/

Love Mei POWERFUL Sony Xperia XZ Premium Case 6 weeks revised review

First thing I noticed when un-boxing it was the nasty smell of the rubber,which eventually goes away after few days.

the installation is easily done with 1.5mm Allen key,which is a smart design,unlike those cases that just slip on,they are pointless as they would fall off on impact, but the Powerful case can many hits.

I have crashed hard on a asphalt bike path I lost control as my joints slipped twisting my bars to the left I landed sideways on my shoulder and my thigh resulting in damage of my shorts, a hole and a damaged zipper, but the case protected the phone.

The top cover is plastic.

I noticed the case has been bent from the middle Allen screws,This might be from the crash, as it was a hard crash.

The case is thick and the camera lens is less exposed due to it being raised, so you won’t scratch the lens glass if you lay the phone on a dirt table or a uneven surface like a asphalt.

 

Love Mei decided to go for a door for the 3.5 port, but a rubber cover for the USB-C port.

 

Screen protector:

I tried to scratch the Screen protector with a Allen key, but it did not scratch.

The protective screen cover is very weak, it does not withstand the abuse I but it trough when mountain biking.

The screen protector can’t handle any flex, so having it in your pocket will destroy the screen protector, the shorts will move your muscles will move, the phone well move, so it will be destroyed fast.

I don’t know what actually damaged the screen protector, But it’s most likely me just riding with the phone in the pocket in my Poc shorts,Which I am pretty sure is the reason.

But the bike path crash I had did not result in any visible damage on the screen protector, but it might have damaged it any way, later I went for some long mountain bike rides, one time the zipper failed, so it was sliding down, which might have damaged the screen protector, or it might have been that I hit my thigh on the Timber bell or the dropper post remote, or maybe it was the flex in the protective case at some point on the ride, I don’t really know.

Video below shows how easy I could take apart the shattered protector.

Love Mei claim the glass is toughened, I have no clue what that means, in my opinion the glass is very weak, it cant withstand too many impacts,but you can of course replace it with something else. if you take a close look you can see the pattern in the layer of the screen protector. The screen protector does not effect the touch sensitivity, so it works well.

 

The USB C cover shows signs of wear, the rubber is stretched & is tearing apart,This was a bad decision. 

In the video below you can see how where I put my phone while riding:

In my hands:

at the first times I tried using the shutter button I had difficulties with getting it to work, but it was probably just a small alignment issue when I put it together, after few more tries it worked flawlessly.

The case has rubber almost all the way around the sides & the back/rear side of the phone, but they don’t eliminate slipping, they definitely reduce it but , it still will slip, but the raised edges of the case make holding the phone more secure, the edges stops it from slipping.

when taking pictures or filming for example I can securely hold my phone with my trigger finger on the shutter speed, and the thumb in the upper corner, and my left thumb in the other lower corner, or my whole left thumb  up to the right corner which gives good and stable grip.

The rubber buttons work flawlessly and feel great, but as it’s weak rubber it will eventually wear out,I have used it for few month, without any major signs of wear, but I can see the buttons are rounded off a little bit.

I have been using the case in rain and humid weather and I have not had any issues with water coming inside.

 

The paint job on the plastic front frame scratches off easily, just by taking the case in and out of the pocket, it scratches off with hitting the zipper.

 

 

The rubber on the backside is meant as a heatsink.

 

Verdict: Ok case, with awful Screen protector

If you get this Case get a better screen protector.

So far this is one of the best case I have found, but the screen protector is horrible.

 

Product page: http://www.lovemeicase.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=96&product_id=55417

 

 

Shimano Avilio FC-M410 review

I have only used this bike as spare bike in the summer, but I used the bike one and a half winters, the same thing happen as the Acera cranks, the square taper hole had damage, it did not show as much as this bike was not used as much,I noticed it before any huge play, as on the Acera crank there was damage to the corners, there were some scratches and small crushed metal,but I also noticed the UN26 bottom bracket was worn out, it was barely used, just used few days, they lasted quite long before, But I did not check the play for play in the bb.

These cranks are about as flexible as the Acera cranks.

these cranks don’t work well with 1x set up as the offset of the middle ring is too far outwards, so without spacers, the drivetrain will be very noisy.

So, of course, these cranks and BB were removed, I can’t have components like these on a bike I ride because I will destroy them, For me, it’s not saving money, but wasting money & time, Only High-end components for me!

These cranks came with triple rings.

 

2016 Fox 360 Cruz jersey review

The rear of the jersey has a mesh, so you back will be a lot cooler, I have noticed a difference, when riding with backpack, perfect jersey for hot summer days.

Jerseys like these are a lot cooler than not wearing any thing, because sweat goes in the fabric off your body, and tries up, and air cools you down.

the jersey don’t have any uncomfortable stitching or labels.

The jersey I got have blue & white color livery, so it’s quite visible.

Sizing:

The jersey has a perfect fit, and works well with body armour.

The jersey has a excellent fit, my Size Is XL, I use L for Alpinestars,L/G for Mavic

I definitely recommend these jerseys.

Shimano SLX M675 Shadow Plus – Used to the end – long term review

This rear derailleur has been on some long rides, and got some abuse.

Time used:

I have ridden this rear derailleur since 2015, some weeks in 2016 & the whole 2016/2017 winter plus one winter, and some weeks and days in the summer of 2017.

I ride a lot, I ride at least 5 days in a week, from 1 hour few hours, depending on how I ride up to 20 plus km, some times less, but my point is I ride a lot

Durability:

I have mostly used this rear derailleur with 1x setup.

Some times I am unlucky and crash or mess up on a technical climb, and this is why the rear derailleur got some scratches, It had some scratches before the crash, for smaller impacts, but the last crash really shows damage, but it’s only cosmetic damage, so my conclusion is that this is a robust rear derailer able to take a lot of abuse, but the pins and swing arms are not replaceable, So when has play you have to get a new rear derailleur.

I crashed off a 1 m concrete wall, the cage was grinding against the wall, I had shifting issues, First I thought they might be the result of the crash, But later I found it not to be the case.

I  Did an inspection on the rear dérailleur,  I checked all the adjustment screws I took off the cage and did a service, the cage was bent, So I straightened it, but the shifting issues were still present. So I checked the, but then I checked for play, the rear dérailleur had huge play, so it was definitely the play. causing issues.

but I straightened it, but after few days of riding, I noticed shifting issues, So I checked the all the adjustment screws, but then I checked for play, the rear dérailleur had huge play, so it was definitely the play. causing issues.

after riding few weeks with, there was just too much play to do up-shifts, the play caused the Rd to hesitate on shifts.

The plastic cover took some abuse, but it held up well. This is the most abused rear derailleur so of mine so far.

 

 

Jockey wheels:

SLX M675 comes with bad jockey wheels, but you can upgrade to proper jockey wheels, the problem with the stock jockey wheels is that the that the jockey wheel and the metal ring grind against with other and cause damage to the jockey wheel which causes it to not spin smoothly.

Even upgrading to XT jockey wheels which work better, they are not that great, Hope has better spacers, they are Labyrinth style spacers

I recompared upgrading to Hope jockey wheels or similar, with proper bearings & proper cover.

Muc Off foam Fresh Review

It leaves your gear smelling fresh,If you apply a lot of of foam,but it won’t do a better job than hand soap.

Dish soap or hand soap can do better:

Does not work as well, as normal hand soap will.

Fast såpeBilderesultat for zalo

I used Lano hand soap to clean it,So far Lano soap & Zalo (Zalo is a quite common dish soap which a lot of people use to clean their bikes, not perfect for drivetrains,which Muc off degreasers do well and getting that brown color off you bike, which the last one Muc-Off Nano Tech Bike Cleaner does a great job with.) has been very good at cleaning all kinds of things out of my hands,apart chain lubes and stuff like this, But for cleaning stuff soaked in sweat it works great.So I had to try it.

With these 2 soaps you can see the helmet the effect of the soap quite fast.

 

with these 2 soaps I managed to clean helmet inserts so there was no dirty water coming out when rising off, which Muc off fresh foam did not, when rising off, there were dirty water after many tries, even after applying the foam and let it soak in and and rub with a sponge, there were still very dirty water when rising off many times.

Most dish soap will do the job,But make sure you don’t use to soaps/cleaners on helmets that can damage the materials.

Muc off fresh foam can clean lenses filled with dirt, but not much else.

Getting the sweat soaked helmet inserts, or adjustment straps clean & completely without a  stink is impossible.

I even Tried to clean my Forest smelling Five ten Freerider shoes, which did not work, the shoes still smelled like forest, even after applying a lot of foam many times with aggressive cleaning with a rag.

Another bad thing about the foam is that it runs out way too fast, but with liquid soap or solid soap, last way longer.

 

Verdict:

I can’t recommend this cleaner,as it does a poor job on cleaning shoes, shoe soles,goggles,helmet inserts. I won’t buy it again.

 

Cleaning tips:

To clean properly clean items like these: shoes, shoe soles,goggles,helmet inserts.

I recommend cleaning them by hand with water and hand soap or dish soap

Using a Washing machine can damage goggle foam,plastic parts on the helmet inserts,as it is a way too brutal method.

The best method to clean shoes,helmet inserts, similar things, is to use water, hand soap or dishwashing soap, and a sponge.

soak the item in water, apply soap, get soap every where with a sponge, let the soap do its job few minutes,then use the sponge clean every thing and the last the is rising the item with water. if you use hard hand soap, you can rub it against the surface you want to clean.

Review: Weldtite TF2 Extreme Wet Lube

Time tested:  1 winter & many summer days

TF2 Extreme Wet Lubricant (75ml) thumbnail

Make sure you wipe off access because this lube creates ”spider webs”.

Pros:

  • No matter if it was wet or dry it worked great.
  • works great in all conditions, I have ridden in -9 Degrees Celsius, the lube does not attract dirt, and if there will be dirt it wipes off easily.
  • The long tip makes it easy to lube the rear dérailleur.

Cons:

So far none

Conclusion:

recommended

 

 

 

Short term review: Park Tool OM-1 Bench top Overhaul Mat

Pros:

  • The knobs in the mat will keep small parts from rolling off.
  • It sticks to my painted kitchen table/dinner table well.

Cons:

  • Reacts to direct sunlight, it bends upwards

Keep it away from sunlight!!!, the mat bent upwards, and made it almost useless, to fix this you have to put your heaviest tools on it and let it lay in the sunlight for a long time.
For some reason, there was red discolouration in the white park tool logo.

I noticed something similar on my 100% Race Craft goggles,the same red color on my on the top on the 100% logo, as I have a the helmet is white there and has no red in it there should not be any color transfer, I don’t know why this happen.

Verdict:

I have not tried other mats, but So far I like this one, But keep it away from the direct sunlight.

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=47986;menu=1000,185,191;mid=0;pgc=0;page=27

few rides review: Rockshox OneLoc

So this remote is actually not something I would use.

but here is what I have to say about it:

So far I have only ridden 2 trips with this remote.

if the suspension is set up correctly, and the geometry on the bike is decent, I don’t need a lockout, with my back issues I ride with as soft suspension as possible without bottoming out.

The new design definitely is a lot better in terms of ergonomics, it’s much easier to sue, similar to a shifter, the levers pop back in place fast, påressing the levers are very easy.

Make sure the screw/bolt is torqued properly, use thread locker. if it’s not all the way in, the remote will lock the suspension on bumps.

As long as you keep the bolt tight there should not be any issues, I tried to jump, ride over rock gardens, it looks like it’s only a loose bolt that can cause problems.

The screw came with red thread locker, but it did not make it was just a tiny bit, Always apply thread locker, and let it cure overnight, to avoid issues like this.

It also came with little a bit of red grease might be Weldtite, I don’t know, but it had the same color.

As have many plastic parts, ITs not as durable as metal of course, but it’s unlikely that you hit the remote in a crash.

Pros:

  • Hinged clamp, which I think is a must on any cockpit device.
  • easy ergonomic lever design almost like a shifter, very easy & comfortable to use.

Cons:

  • you have to remove the Cover to change the wires, for me it’s not a problem, buts it’s not as user-friendly as it could be, but it works.
  • The Remote keeps the wire under tension for unlocked suspension, So if you damage the remote you got stiff / locked out suspension.
  • The small lever, is very easy to actuate, so accidental knee hits will lock the fork.
  • The plastic cover is flimsy and not durable, and it moves when the big lever comes back fast.
  • The cover failed after few rides, it might be caused by the big lever returning so fast, I had the bike leaning against a wall, the cover was not leaning against anything, I picked it up to ride, and I the cover fell off, I ma sure this was not caused by over-torquing  the screw, or a crash,because I haven’t done neither.
  • the lock gets actuated by vibration
  • the is no barrel adjusters.

Verdict:

Too flawed design with plastic cover, I can’t recommend this remote.

Demo of mountain bikes in Norway & demo days/Demo av terrengsykler 11.03.2017

So far this is what I found.

http://www.stavangerbikecompany.no/demo/

Offers Demo bikes from Santa Cruz & Ibis & Enve wheels

If you decide to buy the bike that you paid for the domo/rent of the bike will be reduced in the price when you buy it.

Star Motor

Transition

Moonraker

Trek

Santa Cruz (2017 demo bikes just in being built)

Star Motor sitt bilde.
https://www.facebook.com/starmotoras/photos/a.319309739041.186467.313210264041/10155059017664042/?type=3&theater

http://spinn.no/SYKKEL/Demosykler (the demo bikes that are for sale) Norco

http://friksjon-sykkel.no/ Saracen,Genesis bikes

http://sykkelboden.no/ Trek,WTP bmx

http://www.jbssport.no/ Yt industries which are sold for 20% off later.

https://bull-ski-kajakk.no/ :Giant,Specialized,Bianchi

http://utflukt.terrengsykkel.no/ https://www.facebook.com/utflukt/

On utflukt you have to buy a festival pass. the brands vary from year to year,but canyon has been demoing there for few years.

http://utflukt.terrengsykkel.no/Praktisk-info/Paamelding

Bike Parks:

Demo days In Trysil in June 2017

Trysil 22-25. Juni 2017

Program: https://utflukt.terrengsykkel.no/Praktisk-info/Program-Utflukt-2017

https://utflukt.terrengsykkel.no/Nyheter/Paameldingen-er-i-gang

Check if a bike park got current models of bikes,but you are lucky if they do,and usually they have the cheapest models, and after few years they replace them with more current bikes.

Some biek parks got demo days:

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Picture taken from https://www.facebook.com/pg/kjerringaasendownhill

https://www.facebook.com/pg/kjerringaasendownhill

Kjerringåsen alpin senter had demo days in the past,and will probably have more.

Find places to ride in Norway/ finne steder å sykle i Norge

I think Norway is a beautiful place, at least in the summer.

Norway is a heaven for mountain bikers, but I noticed that many people don’t know it.

The best platform for trails is trailforks, but there are still a lot of trails and areas missing,because you can points of interest, picttures, videos, reports.

Maps:

https://www.trailforks.com/region/norway/

https://trailguide.no/

Many of the riding areas that are not on trail forks are on trailguide.no/

https://www.terrengsykkel.no/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1823345

 

http://mtbmap.no/#8/60.587/9.272

http://www.sykkelstien.info/

https://www.opencyclemap.org/

http://www.norgeskart.no/

https://kart.gulesider.no/

 

 

http://www.skiforeningen.no/marka/sykkel/

 

Review: POC Joint VPD 2.0 & POC Joint VPD 2.0 DH Elbow

I have used these pads for several months, and I think they are good.

The Joint VPD 2.0 elbow offers much more secure fit than POC Joint VPD Air Elbow, because of the dual strap system.

When taking the pads on, make sure you have them high enough up your arm, to provide as secure fit as possible, if not the pad might slide off when you crash backward, I use the top adjustment strap to the max.

Pros:

  • Very easy to put on and off.
  • I rode down a fast down a hill, and my elbow joint slipped, causing me to hit my elbow in a tree fast, it did not hurt.
  • Comfortable, does not restrict movement.
  • Dual strap, which I think is absolutely necessary with this kind of pads.
  • Durable, strong materials used & well stitched, so taking them on and of won’t wear them out.
  • if you damage the stitching, you can just sew it together, proper materials used

Cons:

  • even thou the padding has ventilation holes, the pads are hot and sweaty.

Verdict:

Priority on protection.

Even thou the pads are hot and sweaty the protection the provide is definitely worth it, absolutely recommended.

http://www.pocsports.com/eu/joint-vpd-2.0-elbow/20393.html?dwvar_20393_color=Uranium%20Black&cgid=Mountain%20Bike%20Armor#start=6

you can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.com/POC-Joint-Elbow-Uranium-Medium/dp/B00A9ERRLM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487120232&sr=8-1&keywords=POC+Joint+VPD+2.0+Elbow

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=POC+Joint+Elbow

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/no/en/poc-joint-vpd-2-0-elbow-guard-2017/rp-prod93571

Kan kjøps I disse butikkene:

https://www.prisjakt.no/product.php?p=1456819&gclid=Cj0KEQiA8orFBRCEpODivaOft_EBEiQAy3mlffVQ8QYQYX3A7ZbFBbXP5YVgvX9zUO9jkyQ19YcWGXkaAujc8P8HAQ

Whats wrong & right in the bike industry &Bike shop mistakes & bad experiences 12.01.2017

You should Always Check if everything is correct when getting the back from a shop, I never trusted the local shops.

Big mistakes The local bike shop did:

  • wrong bolt length, way too short bolt, but I had bolted from Bontrager SSR Seatpost fro my trek fuel ex, that fit perfectly, So I just swapped them, they Did the same mistake on one more bike.

  • Wrong BB 68mm in 73mm bb shell & no Locktite on the threads so the BB came loose
The bottom bracket is VP Components 68mm and not 73 which is the correct width, silly bike mechanic’s mistake I had to correct later.
the chain line was ok, with the incorrect BB, quite but when torquing the crankarms to correct torque, they would be so far in that there was no movement.
after installing Shimano 73mm BB, the chain line was further outwards, but this is caused by the Spider on hte Avlio crank, it’s quite far out, which does not work well for single ring on unless I get spacers.
VP Components 68mm
  • Crushed headset bearings, which is probably bike shop’s fault.
  • leaning my bike against a empty carton box,& almost do a domino off all the bikes in the shop, But I grabbed the first falling bike & saved the day.

But when I lost the Linkage bolt on my fuel ex they got the part fast, and did the job fast.

but the problem is with local shops is that they only make money on repair, But I no longer go to a shop for any repairs.

  • I had to educate them on prices, googles for example, they did not know the price of the Adidas Pinner goggle, so they had to call a other store for price, but they looked at the wrong goggle

What many local shop did wrong:

  • no demo bikes to try before buying.
  • not stocking some of the most common parts to wear pout.
  • Giving good deals & Free wheel truing, and kind and telling the truth, but if the shop did this to more customer than me  No wonder the local bike shop went bankrupt, but they probably did not do that, because I was the only customer they remembered the name of.
  • lack of knowledge about both the old school, modern bikes, both road and mtb.
  • Lack of the tool, every shop MUST HAVE, I have seen this in Sport stores too.
  • not doing every thing
  • Long wait time.
  • Too many bikes to repair, too few people to do the job.
  • Bikes not assembled correctly.
  • too many bikes too closely together, with horrible and unstable stands, so  there is a big chance of Domino effect.
  • lack of proper web presence
  • Not using torque wrench
  • I have heard a guy complaining about, one of the mechanics using 2 different kinds of grease,& making a mess.

Many bike shops will try to make money of your stupidity or lack of knowledge:

  • Market horrible & cheap bikes with sr suntour xcm /xct forks as dirt jumper bike that can take a beating,which G Sport (norwegian sports store chain) did with cheap diamant bikes, and some even are total junk, those bikes with 28mm stanchions on the fork and technology from the 70’s which they market as bikes for people who want to ride offroad, if you do they might kill you.
  • Many bike shops will not tell you the whole truth, because they want you to come back for more repairs,because you ridden with loose spokes, or too low pressure or what ever and tacoed the wheels, broken some parts, That has never happen to me, but I know that’s how it is.
  • Lack of website
  • if you are a beginner they want to sell a garbage bike to you,those so called beginner or budget bikes, with sr Suntour forks, and outdated drive trains,with way too many gears, bad ergonomics or shifters, horrible grips, tyres,saddle, QR release hub,for example Shimano m475 hubs,which got horrible seals.

the things that the local shop did right:

  • offering custom build bikes to your wish.

Some things that are wrong with the bike industry:

some brands do too little advertising & instructional videos, and product overviews, videos, so all the info you get is only on their site, which sometimes is not great.

But so far I like how Poc got all the info you need on their site, but I still think they should do videos, videos are an easy way to share stuff.

Talk bullshit

some brands are not good at making a budget or mid-range bike:

making budget bikes with some high-end medium range, to some of the most low-end outdated parts mixed altogether all over the place.

my 2014 trek fuel ex 7 29er,triple rings, fox fork which is a not bad, but horrible flexible wheels that went out of true after few days, tyres that wore out after 4 weeks,cranks that failed,as soon as I put on new Turbine cinch cranks and new hope pro 4 enduro wheelset the bike became a whole new beast.

Don’t let marketing fool you and steer you towards something you will regret.

Pointless selling points, which Trek, for example, is doing a lot.

Some brands are good at marketing stuff for people who does not know anything, and make it sound like its the best thing in the world, I only care about facts, and how it performs in real life. Trek is a perfect example of this.the trek 2014 fuel ex 7 29er was not as amazing as trek made it to be, wheels were junk, crank arms failed, tyres worn out in 4 weeks, too many gears for a trail bike….

but if rode well, good handling, great stable steering, great fit, but frame was too flexy for me with 75kg with all gear on.

But there are those that don’t even try to make a proper video, or convince you to buy it, which is partly a good thing, but if they don’t people won’t discover them as easily.

if you want to make a ad or introduction video give is the facts wee need and explain why this bike might be for us,so it can give us a ide if we want it or not, but reading customer reviews & demoing/trying the bike out is the best for the customers to get a good bike

This is why Demoing a bike is important, but at the time I needed a full suspension bike fast.

Here’s a video explaining more about this,by PittsburghActive

the shop in the video is TRAILFLO bikes I, I think their business method is good, they let you go on rides with them, instead of paying for a demo bike,and they build the bike for you how you want it to, when you decided on the right bike, I think more shops should do this.

Treating us like idiots in ads, making a simple commuter bike sound like it’s an amazing piece of engineering with new technology when it’s actually basic technology that is decades old, and who cares about grips, we buy the grips we want anyway the same goes for saddles.

We Have to help them: us the customer should write reviews and share the flaws products

Most of the mountain bike gloves don’t last long,but if you can sew you can of course fix them if you have materials & sewing kit.

for me Poc resistance strong gloves are the best glove so far, but the palm wear out too fast,So I contacted them about this, writing a review and not sharing won’t help them,So please if you like a product but its not perfect, contact who makes it and help them make it better.

Reviews. reviews that don’t help us:

If you write a review you have to have tested it properly for a long period, not just a few hours.

The good stuff:

the last 2 years I have seen a big increase in free mountain bike instructional/technique videos

I am self-taught and have mastered most skills, apart from the extreme dirt jump tricks, which I will never do, but some people don’t learn as fast by just trying it them selves, some people need guidance, and see how it should be done to do it.

a few years ago, there just a few videos and all the good stuff was paid only, more accessible videos will keep beginners riding better faster.

I have compiled a list of youtube channels to watch in this post: https://mtbboy1993.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/must-watch-mtb-maintenance-channels-on-youtube-marsh-2016-edition/

The increase in User reviews, demo of bikes on Youtube.

This video is an excellent example of an excellent bike review video.

but still not many doing this, I have not had the chance to try any demo bikes yet, but I tried my best to do a proper review of my bikes, which is more in depth than any other magazine has done(that  I know of)

for me, it was easiest to take pictures and some videos of my bike, and write when something needed to be written, and I continued this, and even though the review was not finished I posted it and updated it over and over again until it became a very in depth review.

More of you should do the same, but with the top notch bikes there is not much negative to say, but on the budget bikes, there is can be much wrong or it can be a good deal, so proper reviews are important, but I strongly recommend building a custom bike,its a lot cheaper.

 

 

Too hard to get some components or some bike gear, & clothing:

for example Poc:

I had to buy some pair of gloves from fjellsport.no, some from sykkelkompoinenter.no some I had to buy chamois boxers from iterreng.no some from amazon.com some from fjellsport.no

the poc stuff sell fast, and not many stores got it.

There are many thigns I have to order from outside Norway, for exmple shimano parts are impossible to get without waiting for the shop to order it fro mimporter which gets it to nroway so the whole process will take few weeks.

but I jsut order from bikecomponents.de or amazon.

 

review: Disney bicycle bell

 

Pros:

  • louder than cheap bells standard bells that the bike shops put on.
  • works in the rain/when wet.
  • Secure metal dual screw mount.

Cons

  • the bell lever is flimsy and is plastic and will flex/twist.
  • takes up a bit of space, and the bell is low so if you have narrow bars and, suspension lever or dropper post levers installed, you will have to mount it further in.
  • needs to be mounted side next to the gear shifter, to get fast and easy reach without lifting your hand.

Verdict:

OK bell for an OK price, But I think thy need to improve the flimsy plastic lever.

 

 

Review: Hope Tech Enduro – Pro 4 29er conventional 32spoked

 

After 1 meter drop with too low tyre pressure: we all make mistakes

Good thing is that I learn from my mistakes and never do them again.

one of the rear wheels,got a small dent,I ridden with studded Suomi WXC 300 tyres,  30 psi was too low in turns because of squirming,but I later added 10 psi.

If can, of course, bend it back.

Winter riding:

AS the temperature decreases seals shrink, wheels go out of true faster, but this will happen on any wheel set.

So far I have been riding down to -11 Celsius.

I have been riding below freezing temperatures, few weeks, I noticed the sound coming from the rear hub was dampened, and sounded like there was water inside, because there was water inside, the plastic seal shrinks when its so cold, which allows water/melting show to come inside, which happen on a -6 Celsius ride.but if you it’s not possible to make a tighter fitting seal, so I recommend to put grease between the seal and the hub freehub body, which will give more protection after I have applied grease to the seal, I have not ad any more issues with water in the freehub.

I also put grease in the rim holes and on the spoke nipples, providesTo prevent corrosion.

Pros:

  • 33providea true wheel for longer than 28 like Bontrager duster.
  • Hope made a noticeably stiffer wheelset than Bontrager duster 29er when going  fast in berms or landing jumps, or in general hard riding, it really makes a huge difference
  • High quality brass spoke nipples, accurate size,s o easy to work with, unlike the nipples on Bontrager Duster wheel set. There is no twisting or bending or crushing or cracking of the nipples when truing the wheel.
  • The hub is one of the best hubs on the market, it’s got idiot proof design, it’s very easy to take apart, I love the freehub system, there is no too required to take off the freehub.
  • 10 & 11 speed compatible, hope provides a spacer for 10 to 11 speed cassettes, and the freehub body is wider than a 10 speed freehub boy, so the cassette is further to the right/closer to the frame, which  result in a better chain line, for 11 speed,and no chain drop when backpedalling, unless you backpedal using your hands at unrealistic speed/rpm, I have been doing backward 180’s without any issues.
  • The wheels stayed true for a long time & no damage to the rim was done, after 3 weeks of hard trail riding, and some hard street riding, but after those 3 months it needed a quick retention, but it was a piece of cake.
  • the freehub is not too loud.
  • end caps for skewer or 12mm & 15mm axles
  • very easy to do maintenance/service no springs jumping out or tools needed(not counting the cassette tool)
  • Sealed cartridge bearings

I managed to get a small dent in 2 spoke nipples, but it did not effect the threads, might have been a big stone that hit them, the dent was only one one side so I could get the spoke tool on.

Cons: None

Verdict:

I Recommend this wheelset, if you want wheelset that works and is easy to work on, then this is a good choice.

I have put it trough harsh riding in all different weather and temperatures.

Good wheelset to a good price, good reliability.

http://www.hopetech.com/product/hope-tech-enduro-pro-4/

Hope has also made a 35mm version  http://www.hopetech.com/product/hope-tech-35w-pro-4/ which I have not Tried.

Unboxing:

Some pictures:

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You can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N5B9Y0R/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487380214&sr=8-1&keywords=hope%2Btech%2Bpro%2B4%2Benduro&th=1&psc=1

different hub sizes and colors:

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?menu=1000%2C2%2C140%2C209;mid%5B222%5D=1;content=7

Review: 26er Weinmann Zac 2000 36 spokes double wall rear wheel

22078437061_ffd550d39a_bI have been riding world cup level XC terrain to trail/enduro/downhill level terrain with this wheel, But have not done any crazy high jumps or crashed badly, abused the wheel.

But I would not big jumps or downhill rampage on this wheel.

the spoke tension has been regularly checked, and the wheel has been trued by the bike mechanic, punctured and lately by me.

I ran 40 psi in the rear tyres.

I punctured few times and hit edges of stair steps, but no harm was done.

I have used this wheel for few years, at least 3 years.

I have done alto of jumps ridden up stairs and puncturing and wheel was fine, and riding down stairs with loss of air, and eventually hitting the rear wheel to stair several stair steps, the wheel has not shown any signs of bends or flat spots.

Stays true for long time

I only broke one spoke, even when some of the spokes were bit too lose and after hard riding the wheel stayed true, it got trued, and of course I need to get the spokes tensioned, but I was just not checking the spoke tension how much I should have, but nowadays I do it regularly.

Shimano hub is easy to service

the spokes are pretty thick.

The hub is FH-M475 viam

which is not a great hub.

I have bent the axle on all of my  M475  hubs, which resulted in damaged cones, and sigly worn bearings, I don’t think I have ever ridden hard with too loose cones, but it noticed loose cones few times, but I checked for this often.

The dust seal/caps are horrible, a rubber seal is need, just a metal ring does not protect the bearings from hairs, dirt, water, and other things & the grease comes out which result in short maintenance intervals.

this dust cap lets dust in,
this is after one ride with fresh grease, riding in -2 Celsius in snowing weather. there must be a rubber dust cap if you have cone ba.ll bearing design, the dust cap on the M475 hubs will let dirt and hair and water and all other small stuff inside, so I have to take it apart a lot when I use it a lot. never take one the dust seal, If you have to don’t use a screwdriver to do so,it will damage it,I got a front wheel with similar seal it got lose, so if you a hub like this you have to check it a lot, and be sure every ting is right, and if you crash you should inspect it, the dust seals are fragile so if you get a stone or what ever hit the seal in a crash, check it!!!

worth riding   At least 5-7 days in a week, the free hub for me it got worn out after year season of use, it happen on several free hubs, on other wheels too.

wit this hub design, it’s important to check the bearings and cones,and do regular maintenance, if the bearings or the cones wear out, the wheel will have wobble and the cassette  & freehub will wear out faster.

the freehub got pretty low engagement,there is few degrees of pedalling movement until it engages,which is noticeable if you are a experienced rider.

At the time of writing this review I am using Hope Pro 4 hubs, on my fuel ex 7 29er, and I love’em. but there are more good options.

Verdict:

decent wheel for xc & trail riding, but the hubs have it’s flaws.

This wheel is noticeably heavier than the stock/original Bontrager Ranger rear wheel, the performance is definitely worth it.

36 spoke double wall 26er wheel is a very strong wheel.

but the hub

IF you want a wheel that you can swap between old school Vbrake bike and a disk brake bike, this rim is a good choice.

But as the hub is not user-friendly and not goo, I can’t recommend this as a package deal.

http://www.weinmanntek.com/Products/MTB/ZAC2000.htm

2015 Evoc Freeride Enduro Team 16L backpack

you have to have the zippers to the side or it will take in water because of the gap in the 2 step zipper

I can fit 2 cola bottles or 2 1,5 milk cartons,3 1 L cartons

Pros:

    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.

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  • the top pocket got keyholder
  • soft material inside the pocket so you don’t scratch your camera lens smartphone.
  • The Velcro transparent pocket is nice for storing food that was in a plastic bag you have opened, for example trail mix.
  • 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 with juice or soda or to keep shopping bags in.
  • Tool compartment 
  • no matter how aggressive riding I done, jumping, riding in stairs, the zippers staid in place.
  • Side waist pocket, which is perfect for rubber gloves or a small snack: 

Cons:

  • the logos will start to peal off after one season of use.

just a tip: if you use the helmet holder for a xc or trail helmet, make sure you get the front down and all the way in other wise it will be too loose

Snapped zipper slider