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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 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 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 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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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 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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