Over the course of the season we put equipment through a lot of use/abuse, at least a years worth if not two of "normal riding". If you were thinking of buying some new kit we thought you could use our experience to base your new purchase on and see what kit really is worth your hard earned cash.
SHIMANO XT DISCS
Big forearm pumping descents are the order of the day in Chamonix so a good set of anchors are always adviseable. The Shimanos are top drawer, hour long braking, dragging-your-dangley-bits-on-the-back -tyre type steep descents and still the brakes feel as they did at the top, no pump and no fade. We had no oil leaks, no breakages, just consistent eyeball popping power.
M220 AND SIDI DOMINATOR SHOES
Put the kit on, remove innertubes and fill tyres with latex. Simple and it works really well. Its a tubeless set up for the masses. Thorn type punctures are no more as the latex seals the hole and the ride quality of the wheels improves massively. Because more of the tyre is being used compared to a tube set up, the tyre is way more supple giving you more grip and shock absorbtion, I thought that I had lost pressure in my rear shock such was the difference. Follow the instructions implissitly, fit and forget. I got mine from John at www.justridingalong.com go have a look.
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