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Aaron Bender

Aaron Bender

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

Aaron Bender

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 November 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are just about the perfect mountain biking short. The fabric is very lightweight and breathable yet feels tough enough to stand up well to a crash.
They also fit very well and never get hung up on the saddle when getting off the back for a steep descent.
The pockets are large and positioned so whatever you keep in them won't interfere with pedaling. At first I was surprised by the lack of cargo pockets but the shorts are better off without them.
The shorts are also subtle enough to be worn off the bike. I have worn them a couple of times at work and for general casual use.
I have a 30" waist and the M/32 fits perfectly.

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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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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on December 8, 2013

5 5

In the fall my buddy and I do lots of night riding on the trails in the foothills and mountains above Provo. This light works in a pinch by itself as a helmet mounted light but it truly shines when I pair it with an Urban 350 for a bar light. The beam is very bright with a long throw and a good spread. I have never seen a light as bright-white as this. Battery life is sufficient for a two to three hour ride especially if you use the mid-power setting for the climbs and reserve the full power for bombing the descents.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on August 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been mountain biking for a long time and have used many different brands of chain lube. By far the Rock N Roll Gold seems to be the most functional. It lasts through 1-2 weeks of solid riding, including XC races.Rock N Roll actually made it so I ran an old chain too long - using this lube made my drivetrain a lot smoother than it should have. Just note that it is important to thoroughly wipe down the chain after application.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on July 11, 2013

4 5

These have what I consider to be the perfect gummy texture - not too chewy or sticky. They also are practically the only thing my wife will eat during a ride. They give her a burst of energy without demanding a lot of effort from her stomach. In addition, the honey flavor is nice and subtle - the limeade is my personal favorite.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on July 11, 2013

4 5

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

On my previous bikes I never addressed the issue of cable rub - and I paid the price. After 7 years of riding, my old bike had deep grooves worn into the head tube from the constant back and forth of my cable housing. When I upgraded to a carbon fiber bike I decided the time had come. I identified potential wear points, slipped the Tube Tops on, and ceased to worry. The only issue I see with these is that if they are installed near a substantial bend in the cable housing these can tend to migrate a little from where they were initially installed.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on July 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I consider these an absolute necessity in any "worst case scenario" mountain bike tool kit. A broken chain can turn a super sweet ride into a super long walk and is one of the worst events that can befall a biker.I have broken a chain before and the PowerLock connector made the repair a snap. I also took confidence in the knowledge that I did not have to pop any pins so my chain could be counted as good as new, without any weak spots. Neither my wife or I ever go on a ride without these in our bags.

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