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Ben Kuhns

Ben Kuhns

Salt Lake City, UT

Ben Kuhns's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Ben Kuhns's Bio

I photograph as a profession and a passion - a rarity and privilege that is not lost on me.

I am the lead photographer for the online retailer Competitive Cyclist and a partner with small creative firm Lunar / Solar. On top of my professional pursuits, I find time to do personal work and occasionally volunteer to teach others in the field.

Bio:

A flatlander from the heartland turned alpine convert. He's heard every ginger joke you can think of, but invites you to try all the same. Rooted in visual pursuits since his earliest days the camera has become the driving creative force in his life.

With any hope of a normal life long ago cast aside he thrives on the pressures and demands of the modern photographer. Pre-dawn set calls, blaring rock concerts and red-eye editing sessions are the only drugs he needs. He hates talking about which camera brand is the best; but for the record its Nikon. He does not shoot weddings.

Ben Kuhns

Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on November 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

While Ultegra 6800 is very much the sum of its parts, this crankset ends up playing a notable role in the overall performance.

While it may lack the shiny Dura-Ace looks and packs a few more grams, this is really is a top-tier crank. Construction delivers the level of polish you expect from anything carrying the Shimano name.

Paired with the Di2 front derailleur I have found the shifts to be fast and reliable no matter the situation. The shift up to the big ring is particularly impressive and at times so immediate I question whether the shift happened at all.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on November 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like the rest of the Ultegra name, the 6800 calipers are a fantastic option for the price. Brake performance is good enough to shave seconds off those Strava times as you take descents faster with increased confidence in your brakes.

The looks are nothing to scoff at either; something sure to appeal to vain cyclist in everyone.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on November 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's hard to talk about one piece of an electronic drivetrain independent of the rest, but I shall endeavor to do so.

Ultegra is sweet spot for price and performance and the Di2 version is really no exception. The looks are polished if somewhat utilitarian - none of that Campy flair here. But the real concern here is shift quality and that's where this derailleur really shines.

Simply put, this system does not mis-shift. Ever. Even those tough jumps up to the big ring are handled quickly and efficiently. The responsiveness is confidence inspiring to say the least.

When Ultegra can be this good why bother with Dura-Ace?

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on November 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

In the world of shift levers, Shimano is doing some of the finest work around. The Di2 version of their venerable Ultegra groupset is no exception and retains their near bulletproof reliability and top-notch ergonomics.

The hood and lever design just straight up feels great in the hands in a variety of positions. Levers are easy to reach from the drops and the hoods are a solid touch point when you need to get out of the saddle.

Shifts are precise and fast when you engage the controls. The buttons are maybe a touch hard to feel if you have thick gloves on, but this is nitpicking at most.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on September 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my second pair of Chrome sneakers. As is to be expected, it's the details that make them standout of the pack. Thick soles, comfortable fabric, and a good eye for aesthetics are all part of the draw here.

While the shoes are obviously intended for urban cycling, my use is perhaps a touch different. I'm relying on these shoes for fencing practice twice a week. The flat, but supported sole is ideal for good footwork and the low profile construction doesn't interfere with the rest of my equipment.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on August 2, 2016

4 5

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

It's hard to review something you hope you never actually use, but such is the case with this Kimber pistol.

Ergonomically speaking, the Pepperblaster 2 is plenty small enough to fit easily into whatever outdoor ensemble you are rocking for the day. The plastic body seems durable enough and the small grip makes it pretty easy to hold.

The safety mechanism on the trigger appears solid enough that I'm not concerned about accidentally discharging the pistol.

Hopefully I never come back to update this review with feedback on its actual use.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on May 3, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Terraduro is a simple, stylish, and comfortable shoe for whatever the trail throws your way. The sole is nice and grippy when you need to clip out of the pedals and the shoe provides a good platform to apply power to the drivetrain.

The velcro straps are great for dialing the right fit through the front of the shoe. The ratcheted buckle is easy to use and seems to hold up well.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on April 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Easy installation and fantastic stopping power make these a pretty no-brainer purchase.

Obviously the rotor is only one half of the braking equation, but if you stay on top of your maintenance and make sure your brake pads are in good shape you will get plenty of use out of these rotors.

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