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Dan Be

Dan Be

Alta, Moab, Utah

Dan Be's Bio

Spend most my time skiing, hiking, climbing, biking or just about anything outside.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This isn't my first Pike, and likely won't be my last. Since I put the first Pike on my bike I've been very pleased with how awesome it performs.

The 35mm stanchions provide a stiff platform for riding rough terrain. The chassis is fairly light weight considering how robust it is. You're also able to find the right tune for the trails you ride due to the rebound and compression settings. If you're looking for a great do-it-all trail fork this is one to consider.

Want to chat about forks? Contact me:
dbennett@backcountry.com 801-736-6396 ext. 4999

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Take a second to look at the tires the pro's are running on their downhill bikes. Even pro riders who don't ride for Maxxis are running these tires with blacked out logo's. Why? Because they want the quickest rolling tire that offers the most amount of grip. After more than 15 years of proving itself the DHF has risen to the top of the field and has cemented itself as the king of the nobby tires.

If you're looking for a tire that rolls well while still providing tons of grip then look no further. This truly is the king of the DH and Enduro focused tires. You won't regret it. I know I haven't.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's no secret that Troy Lee Designs makes great apparel for motocross riders. They are my go to brand for any motocross apparel. So it's not a surprise that I have taken a liking to their mountain bike apparel.

This jersey uses a durable yet comfortable mesh material. This means it breaths very well making it ideal for long hot days in the saddle. It also looks awesome and brings some flair to the trail. If you're looking for a functional, stylish, and durable jersey this one fits the bill.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After riding in numerous liners I decided to give these a try. Boy am I glad I did. These liners are hands down the most comfortable I've found.

When shopping for a liner short there are a few things I look for. First off is fit. I look for a liner that I barely know is there but offers enough comfort for a long day in the saddle. The chamois in these shorts is the best I've found in a liner short and it provides a plush feel without feeling bulky. Secondly I look for a liner that breaths well. These do exactly that. And lastly I look for a liner short that stays in place. These hold tight and don't move even on long rides. This is key so you're not constantly trying to adjust your liner while riding. Based on these criteria these liner shorts are simply the best I've found.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 5, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Magura has redeveloped their brakes recently and have made impressive improvements. These new MT6 brakes provide smooth consistent stopping power. The modulation and feedback from the lever is great. The stopping power is comparable to an SLX brake from Shimano and these won't let you down during a ride.

Sure there is a little work to get these set up properly, and bleeding isn't quite as easy as some other brakes on the market, but these stoppers work exceptionally well once properly set up.

I pair this brake with an MT7 brake in the front and this MT6 as the rear. I find you get a little more stopping power from the 4 piston MT7 brake in the front and a lighter weight rear brake with the MT6. Overall that combination is an excellent one for anyone looking for tons of stopping power without added weight.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 5, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding with this brake for a while now and I'm impressed with the bite they offer. The 4 piston caliper provides tons of stopping power and leaves nothing to be desired.

I've paired this brake with the MT6 out back for the perfect enduro focused brakeset. The additional stopping power of the MT7 up front paired to the lighter weight MT6 out back makes for a capable, fairly light, brakeset.

If you're looking for something different from the norm give these brakes a try. You won't be disappointed.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I prefer riding flat pedals to clipless pedals on my bikes. It allows me to be more playful and makes getting back on your pedals simple.

The main drawback to flat pedals has been they are heavy and bulky. This is not the case here. These pedals weigh in at 277 grams for the pair. They have to be one of the lightest weight flat pedals on the market. The pin placement is great and offers tons of grip. Oh, and they're super thin which helps you avoid pedal strikes.

What's not to love about these pedals? They are thin, light weight, and look good. That is everything I look for in a pedal.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Are you in the market for a slack, long travel, enduro focused bike that pedals well? If so, you're in luck. The SB6 is the most capable long travel bike I've ridden. This bike climbs very well for a long travel bike, and when the slope turns down this rig eats it up.

The Switch Infinity link keeps the bike from squatting too much while your pedaling, and helps the suspension feel bottomless when you're descending. I've noticed the traction is so good that I can clean many climbs I wasn't able to on lesser travel rigs. When descending this bike always has traction which means you can ride quicker into turns and brake later. This means you'll be quicker on all of your favorite descents. I've found myself riding through corners without braking where I've always had to hit the brakes. The suspension feels lively and encourages the bike to jump, slide, and pop off any obstacle along the way.

The component spec on this bike is worthy of mention. It's X01 drive train paired to Race Face Turbine cranks, DT Swiss wheels, Easton Havoc cockpit, Sram Guide brakes and Reverb Dropper Post, and Fox suspension front and rear makes for a capable and light weight build. My size large weighed in at 28lbs without pedals.

I recommend this bike to anyone who loves descending but wants to pedal to the top. This is the most capable long travel bike I've ridden and I don't have a single bad thing to say about it.

If you've got questions about this bike, or any of the bikes we stock feel free to contact me directly.

dbennett@backcountry.com
801-736-6396 Ext. 4999

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding in these shorts for a few months now and I don't have a single complaint. They fit well, breath well, and have enough room to stash some goodies. These are baggy enough to be comfortable, but not so baggy that you feel like your riding in MC Hammers shorts.

The material has just enough stretch to be comfortable. It doesn't feel too stretchy like some shorts I've owned. The shorts do a great job breathing and they shed light rain too. All I can say is I am very pleased with these shorts.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding in this jacket for a while now and I have to say I love it. The quality of the jacket is top notch and aligns with the quality I have come to expect from top notch companies like Arc'teryx. I also really love that the jacket has vents near your wrists. I find this allows sufficient air in when your riding, and is a unique placement that only a cyclist could really appreciate.

The GoreTex Pro material breaths very well and will keep you dry no matter how hard the rain pours down. This jacket also packs down small enough for me to carry it in my pack when on the trail.

Really the only gripe I have with this jacket is the fit. It is just a little too short in the torso for me. I understand this is designed to fit you while in the riding position but even then the rear is just an inch too short. The front is too short if you're not in the riding position, but when riding it does provide sufficient coverage.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 24, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After using the Airshot to set up a few tubeless tires I can attest to it's ability to inflate the tire and set the bead. It will make short work of most tubeless tires and makes setting the bead simply. I did find that the shot of air is initially strong, but starts to slow after the initial burst. This means stubborn tires are still hard to seat.

For the money this is the best option for setting the bead on your tires. It still doesn't work as well as a compressor, or the few pumps on the market that have pressure chambers that do the same thing.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on February 20, 2016

5 5

If you aren't familiar with Stan's products yet then you most likely haven't been paying attention to what trends have been taking place in the bike industry for quite a while now. Needless to say these valve stems are a key piece of the tubeless tire puzzle. Simply install these on your tubeless wheels, install your tires, add some Stan's sealant, and BAM your now running tubeless.

These valves are as good as any on the market. You can remove the valve core so you can add more sealant, or add valve stem extenders. If you buy these you won't be disappointed.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on February 20, 2016

4 5

So I was not a fan of the last Nobby Nic. However, the updated tread pattern on this tire is much improved, and not only rolls better but also provides much more cornering grip.

If you are in the market for a tire that works well in hard conditions, but can still hold it's own in sandy, muddy, or rocky conditions this is a great option. It may not excel at any one specific thing, but it does most everything well. So if you are constantly riding in differing conditions this might just be the best option for you.

In general this is a great tire. It is super lightweight for a tire that has this knobby of a tread pattern, and comes with a fairly protected sidewall. I am happy with these tires.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Do you find yourself wanting more grip from your tires? Buy this tire and never worry about what conditions you may encounter.

I found myself in need of a new front tire after my Magic Mary bubbled all over. Since that tire had been so good to me I was about to get another one. However, I noticed the Shorty and figured why not give it a try. After all I have loved tires I have ridden in the past from Maxxis.

This tire has large aggressive lugs, yet still rolls quick considering how knobby it is. Loose over hard? No problem. Sand? No problem. Hardpack? Still grips. Gravel or Mud? No problem. This tires likes it all.

The large side lugs offer tons of cornering grip, while the large center lugs aid with braking. This tire also self cleans very well.

Bottom line: if you are after a tire that grips no matter the conditions you may encounter this one won't let you down.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on October 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I replaced my Magic Mary with this tire up front since we were out of the DHF. I wasn't sure if this was the right tire on the front, but after riding it for a while I am convinced this tire works well as a front or rear tire.

The large side lugs provide confidence when cornering and the center lugs provide excellent braking performance. This tire isn't exactly the quickest rolling tire, but if you want a tire that will provide you with tons of traction no matter the conditions this is one to consider.

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