Updated Review: 2016 Fox Rampage Pro Carbon Full Face helmet

Since the first version in of the review in 2017 I have had a lot more experience with this helmet, there are some flaws that should need to be addressed.

I have used the helmet since summer 2016 and now it’s spring.

This helmet is probably one of the most popular & reviewed helmets out there but here is my review. I was so satisfied with this helmet I ordered the exact model for the second time.

I will never do mountain biking without a full face helmet,even For just commutes I use this helmet.

Pros:

  • Very comfortable & secure fit, This is the most comfortable helmet I have ever worn so far.
  • Good air flow, the ears stay cool, and every thing else, but of course the motofoam in the front of the chin guard will, of course give less air flow, so on really hot days you might notice the extra heat, but it’s not huge difference for me.
  • double D-ring
  • doesn’t scratch easily.
  • the carbon shell makes this a very durable helmet, unlike helmets with plastic shells, that dent just by hits from some small branches, the carbon shell won’t crack or dent even if the bike the back of it in a downhill fall.
  • the inserts are easy to remove.

Cons:

  • at 1100 grams the helmet is not light, but I got used to it quite fast, and it doesn’t effect me much, but a lighter helmet would be nice.
  • The cheek pads/inserts wear out, they get compressed and get too thing, so the helmet will eventually wiggle, I noticed the chin guard  hitting my face. so after few months I have to swap them for new cheek pads/inserts. a better solution is needed.
  • After few months of use I noticed the MIPS has cracked, I noticed this after taking the helmet off, this happen only on one of the two helmets I got. 
  • The glue failed to rubber skirting, the adhesive is not strong enough to hold it, Fox helmets had problems with this in the past. when you hold the helmet on the chin guard you will flex the skirting in many directions which loosen it up. but of course, you can glue it back, it’s an easy job.

But fixing the chin guard skirting is quite easy:

This was the fastest and easiest method holding the strips in place.
the next step is to use tape to hold the strips in place.

 

2018 the  stitching on the strap sleeve tore

March 2018 the plastic visor bolt failed on both helmets, one time it was while riding on the a trail.

Some of the paint cracked near the visor mount.

I have not had any issues with this helmet apart for the chin guard skirting.

I used a  2014 model, the shell got loose.

and the strap sleeve had damaged button, but this must have been someone in a store that managed to damage it, but with the 2016 helmet I have not had any issues with the buttons, which I was not sure about would hold up, but so far they did, But magnets might be better.

If there is anything else I will update you on it.

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Shimano XTR M9000 Shifters 6 months review

The difference in feel between XT & XTR:

First things I noticed compared to the Xt m8000 was the different feel, which is difficult to explain, but it’s different.

A look inside:

Here you can see the top of the mechanism, the hexagon keeps the shifter to rotate, the bolt goes through the hole. the white stuff you see is the original Factory grease.

Naked XTR M9000_4039

A closer look at the mount:

you can see the clamp is narrow & have a smart design which does not compromise on stiffness or reliability, and keeps it light.

The mount, the big bolt goes through the big hole. The hexagon holds the Shifter to the clamp. but there is some rotational play. The small threaded hole secures the top cover.

It got some abuse:

I have managed to scrape up the Carbon trigger, I don’t know how or when, but probably in one of the few crashes I had, probably on asphalt or rock, but it held up well without any cracks or other damage.

Not Perfect:

No position adjustment:

XTR Shifter & TRP Spyke lever is not a good combo,  with the Spyke lever I have less room to play with shifter placement.

I would like to change the position of the shifter, for a better fit but The XTR M9000 shifter does not allow me to do this by default, I haven’t looked at alternative mounting solutions much.

WIth the new Shimano brakes(M7000, M8000, M9000), there is more room for clamping position.

I have recently changed from Exi Extra Chunky silicone grips to Rev grips in 34mm, and I am rubbing my thumb on the Lockon clamp when shifting up.

Both triggers have play, the play has been present in all Shimano shifters I have used or tried.

The clamp is well engineered, for lightweight, but the connection between the mount & the shifter is flawed, there is slight rotational play between the mount and the shifter.

Issues with too soft bolts:

I have experienced too soft bolts on several drivetrain components, shifters, rear derailleurs, So this was not a surprise.

The bolt holding the shifter to the clamp was not tight enough when I checked it, so I unscrewed it applied Loctite 243 and screwed it back in, the bolt rounded off slightly, the stronger bolt should have been used, this is disappointing, this is not something most people aspect from a high-end component, But I do, sadly there I see too many shortcuts in the bike industry.

Shimano please make mounts and other components compatible with cheaper shifters, for example, the clamps, covers, and so on.

as you can see that xt clamp is overbuilt, though the rest of the shifter is not.

 

 

 

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.

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.

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

Some other reviews:

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

http://enduro-mtb.com/en/team-tested-race-face-sixc-35-bar-and-atlas-stem-review/

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