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Aaron Bender

Aaron Bender

Wasatch singletrack - especially Corner Canyon, Lamber Park, Dutch Hollow, AF Canyon, Provo Canyon, and Park City

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Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on November 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

By virtue of being a sleep monitor, activity tracker, and hear rate monitor the Charge HR is a great tool and guide for overall health. During the day you can track your steps, floors climbed, and calories in/out. By night it lets you know how well you sleep. This is one device that really does it all. I appreciate how it constantly tracks your HR and saves battery life by only turning the screen on when you bring your wrist up to look at it, tap it, or push the side button.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on October 6, 2015

Raises the Bar
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These were an upgrade wheel for my Niner Jet 9 RDO and they have been awesome from the start. I didn't realize what a huge effect a good pair of wheels has on a bike's handling until I got these. Just as advertised these seem to sit at the zenith of stiffness and lightness. They have also proven to be quite strong - staying true despite a few hard hits. Additionally, the greater internal rim width lends tires a wider and more usable contact patch.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on October 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No matter what other sealants I try I always come back to Stan's. It just seals better and lasts longer than anything else. Nothing ends a ride faster than a flat tire, especially when running tubeless. When I absolutely have to trust my tires to go the distance I turn to Stan's.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on October 5, 2015

5 5

I run these rotors with circa-2013 X0 brakes and consider them to have been an instant upgrade. While the X0's were never slouchy in the first place, the Centerlines definitely upped their game. My brakes are now fade-free and, for the most part, noise free

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on October 5, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As Shawn mentioned below, air pressure is very important for this tire. Once you get it dialed, though, this tire grips and does not let go. This is currently my rear tire of choice as it seems the tread pattern is very suited to it.
These were a tight fit when being installed on my Arch EX rims. On the bright side, that pays off by keeping an excellent seal once they are set up.

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Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on October 5, 2015

Grips & Rips
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I currently run this as a front tire on my Jet 9 RDO. While some people might think it a bit overkill for an XC race-oriented bike, I think it suits quite well. It rolls quickly but digs in enough to save my bacon when I cook a corner. Northern Utah trails are known for their diversity, with trail surfaces ranging from loose and loamy to dry and dusty. This tire grips them all equally well.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on September 23, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are about the most stylish (i.e. non-bike shoe looking) SPD compatible shoe out there. If you don't want to be mistaken for a racer, these are the shoes to get.
Don't let appearances fool you, though. The stiff soles offer good power transfer and the recessed cleat allows positive pedal engagement without clacking around when off the bike.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on September 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's easy to overlook your chain - the workhorse of the drivetrain. But every pedal stroke depends on it tying the whole system together. And nothing ends a ride quicker than a broken chain. With that in mind, reach for the ultralight and ultradurable 1071. SRAM somehow managed to combine all of the best aspects into one chain - it's light, strong, durable, and easily installed.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on September 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Rear derailleurs get a lot of use, and a lot of wear and tear. When the time came to replace my bike's original X0 rear derailleur I went with the new Type 2.1-equipped X9. The clutch greatly reduces chain slap and with a minimum of extra effort at the shift lever. I have always loved SRAM's precise, mechanical-feeling shifting and the clutch seems to emphasize that positive engagement.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on January 22, 2015

5 5

I bought these tires to go on my wife's bike and she absolutely loves them. They have big meaty lugs to provide tons of traction yet don't seem to suffer the usual penalty of high rolling resistance.

They set up tubeless pretty easily , just not quite easily enough to be done with a floor pump.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a big fan of the minimalist glove and this one fits the bill. The back panel is extremely breathable yet has stood up to numerous encounters with brush.
At first I was nervous about the palm being fabric but with around a dozen rides under their belt these gloves show no signs of wear.
Continuing the minimalist theme of the glove is the lack of velcro at the wrist. These gloves fit well enough that I never miss having the velcro. Velcro never seemed to last too long on my previous gloves, anyway.
Bar feel, needless to say, is excellent. These are the best Fox gloves I have ever owned and possibly the best gloves, period.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on September 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have owned, and broken, two clip-style seat bags so far so I decided to try one with a simple strap attachment instead. So far this bag has survived half a season and a handful of races with flying colors. The strap can be a little difficult to feed through your seat rails but once on feels secure, even without a secondary strap to attach it to the seatpost.

This bag also holds more than I expected. Though a tad tight, it holds a 29" tube, CO2 cartridge with inflator, a multi-tool, SRAM powerlinks, and a car key.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on September 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I myself have owned and loved two pairs of Giordana Fusion shorts so when the time came to buy my wife a new pair of shorts getting her these was a no brainer. The chamois is super comfortable without being bulky. My wife loves the leg length and the style of the waistband as well.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on April 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these mostly for mountain biking and they are great for that purpose. They hug my face without being uncomfortable and they never ever slip. I honestly forget that I am wearing them. I have a medium to large face and these fit super well.
They came with the reflective blue lenses installed. These work so well that I haven't even thought to try the red. Some day I'll get curious and try them but the blue has worked well in rides under light conditions ranging from dawn to midday to dusk.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on April 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have a high opinion of all the Crankbrothers products I have owned and this pump only furthers that. About ten years ago I owned one of their first mini-pumps and it lasted a long time. Just like that pump the Gem has two-stage action. It can pump either high volume, which is awesome for getting a head start on airing up a tire, or high pressure, which is perfect for topping a tire off.
This pump permanently resides in my pack and will be what I turn to should the need arise.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on April 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have ridden these tires in wide ranging conditions from tacky hero dirt to super loose, dry and rocky. Even on super loose climbs these tires still manage to find traction. Don't let the small knobs fool you. In addition they roll very quickly.
I have the TNT version and they seal up as tubeless very easily. They set up on the first try. Little bit of Stan's and compressed air and voila. Not even any seepage at the bead.

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