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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 October 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the SRAM Level TLM disc brakes on my mountain bike, which use these pads. At first I was surprised that SRAM would spec these pads on mountain brakes. But then I was just plain impressed by how much power those brakes squeeze out of the "road" pads. I also appreciate the strong initial grab of the organic compound.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on September 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had the Montaro for pretty much the entire season and it's definitely the best helmet I've had in awhile. It fits well, the visor is very secure, and I never think about it while I'm riding. The only issue I've had is some wear on the fit pads.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on July 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These shoes are solid all around. The soles have a surprising amount of grip, even when riding on pedals unclipped. The straps and buckle work together very well to provide a secure fit. The uppers vent well and look durable enough to hold up season after season. They do run a little small.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on July 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Connecting your fork to your bars is a pretty utilitarian task, but the Niner RDO stem does it in style. The stem is light and provides just enough pop to make your ride stand out. I love the carefully coordinated graphics, designed to go well with a broad range of frame colors. I have had zero issues with the stem after installing it over a month ago.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on June 2, 2016

5 5

These brakes are an upgrade piece on my Jet 9 RDO which originally came equipped with X0 brakes. I really liked the X0's....but I love the Level TLM's. One of the keys to going fast is being sure you can stop when you need to. And these definitely inspire confidence in that regard. The lever pull is smooth, pad engagement is consistent, and modulation and power are well balanced. I also have yet to experience any kind of brake fade, so it seems that SRAM's heat dissipating design is working its magic.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

4 5

This Vigilante serves as the rear tire on my wife's bike. The Light FR casing keeps the tire light enough to roll quickly on the uphills and the ample knobs provide enough traction to keep the rubber side down on the descent. The tire is also easy to set up and maintain tubeless. The bead is tight but not impossibly so and the casing seeps neither air nor sealant.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on May 15, 2016

5 5

As my first foray into a 1x11 drivetrain the SRAM GX rear derailleur definitely delivers. I've only had GX on my bike for a month but I have already put it through the wringer. From xc racing and alpine singletrack to dusty dry desert trails. Shifts are prompt, crisp, and clean. I look forward to having this derailleur on my bike for many miles to come.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on May 15, 2016

5 5

Carbon fiber construction means this versatile cage is lightweight and stylish. My wife prefers to use her left hand to grab her bottle so she uses the Sideloader on top of the downtube. Her size small frame and suspension linkage would make most bottle cages feel cramped. Not so with the Sideloader. The bottle is easy to grab when she needs a drink and holds securely when she doesn't.

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Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on May 15, 2016

5 5

Wheels are an oft overlooked but very beneficial bike upgrade. Upgrading wheels provides weight savings where it matters the most - in rotational weight. A lighter wheel means you're pushing less weight with each revolution. These were an upgrade for my wife's bike and she is stoked on the weight lost - and the speed gained. These haven't seen too many trail miles yet but all indications point to them being a long-lasting durable wheelset.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

I held on to my 2x10 drivetrain for a long time, mostly because I was afraid of losing my climbing gears. I tend to spin up climbs rather than hammer up them.

When I finally decided to move to 1x11 I knew that an oval ring would be the answer to my concerns. The Oval Direct Mount Traction Chainring bridged the gap between 2x and 1x for me. I have a virtual climbing gear when I need it while still being able to enjoy all the advantages of going 1x. Not to mention the chainring is a virtual work of art.

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Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had a number of jerseys over the years and this is by far the most breathable. Though it hasn't gotten to the heat of summer yet I'm confident that this jersey will keep me comfortable. The fabric also manages to seem durable enough to last through more than a few seasons.

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