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Dan Be

Dan Be

Alta, Moab, Utah

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

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding in this helmet for a little while now, and I can say it is the best helmet I have ever owned. Not only does it fit exceptionally well, it is light and comfortable.

There are plenty of vents, so riding on hot days is noticeably more comfortable. The visor works well with goggles, and the removable camera mount is slick in it's design.

Now on to safety. This helmet meets the EN1078 and CPSC ratings. But the icing on the cake is the MIPS system. MIPS was engineered to reduce twisting forces during an impact, which can reduce the likelihood of a concussion, protecting your most valuable asset.

If you really charge on your enduro bike then you will be pleased to know this helmet can accept a removable chin bar. Snap it in place when you are riding the bike park, or racing down a gnarly line. Then pop it off for those days you plan on riding long distance over a more tamed trail.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No, I'm not inviting you to be linked into my network. But rather explaining how this chain will tie your drivetrain together.

Now there are lots of lighter weight chains on the market. They also cost a bit more than this. So if you are looking for a reliable chain to link your cranks to your cassette this is an affordable, durable option.

My one gripe will all Shimano chains is they don't offer an easy link, so taking your chain off to clean it can be a hassle. Other than that, this chain works well, and though it is heavier than most, it will last for a long long time.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are two people in this world. Sram peeps and Shimano peeps. If you are from the later then you likely love pulling a trigger. I know I do.

This new shifter is awesome. Not only does is look awesome, but it shifts through your gears like a hot knife through butter. !SMOOOOOOTH!

A nice feature of this shifter is you can pull the trigger, or press it from the backside. So no matter if you like pulling a trigger, or pressing a lever, you will be happy with this shifter.

The right hand shifter weighs in at 143 grams including the cable. Sure it isn't as light weight as the XO1 shifter, but it is lighter on your wallet. And anyone who has ridden with an XT shifter will know it will last until you retire your bike. Now pull that trigger!

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After riding a few bikes with the new M8000 groupset I was convinced Shimano had done it again with the XT line. Once again they had brought an awesome product to market in an affordable package.

This derailleur changes gears with ease, and does so in a smooth positive motion. Not only does the M8000 derailleur work very well for a 1-11 setup, for those of you who still want to run 2 or even 3 gears up front you now can. Until now, 11 speed drivetrains were all 1-11, leaving a lot of riders longing for an additional gear up front. Shimano has put an end to this with this new line.

The medium cage is all you need for a 1-11 or even a 2-11 configuration, but the long cage affords you the option of a 3-11. Seriously!...33 gears! Now you don't have an excuse for not making it to the top of the climb on your pedals.

The medium cage derailleur weighs in at 272 grams. This is slightly heavier than the XO1 2.1 derailleur, but again it is almost half the price. If you want an affordable 11 speed derailleur look no further...you have found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So Sram has been the king of the 11 speed drivetrains for the last few years. After all, they did bring it to market first. And undeniably the Sram drive trains work very well. However, it is an expensive proposition when looking to upgrade your existing drive train to an 11 speed one. Trust me, I have been looking at the options for over a year now.

Enter the new M8000 groupset. Now you can get into an 11 speed set up without giving your left arm (which you will want to control your dropper post lever). Not only is the new M8000 groupset affordable, it works very well. The shifts are positive and efficient, snapping into gear without delay.

I purchased this cassette in the 11-42 tooth configuration since I live where there are abundant steep and sustained climbs. What a difference the 42T ring makes compared to my last 36T that was on my bike. Not only is climbing easier, I find I conserve a lot of energy which can be used on the descent.

As usual, Shimano has spared no attention to detail on this cassette. It looks great, and the machining is top notch. For the price you won't find a better 11 speed cassette on the market. Another huge plus is this cassette will fit any existing Sram or Shimano 10 speed freehub body, making it easy to upgrade an existing drivetrain and sparing you the cost of changing your freehub body to an XD driver.

How much does the 11-42T cassette weigh? Mine came in at 431 grams. Sure, this is more than the XO1 cassette, but this is 1/3 the price.

If you are in the market for a solid 11 speed cassette that works with a standard 10 speed freehub then look no further.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It seems the latest trend in the bike industry is to make everything matte black. Now, I'm not against matte black, but color can add spice in otherwise drab world.

More important than the color is how the grips perform. These puppies provide tons of grip. I haven't slipped a grip since I installed these on my ride. Awesome colors, and even better grip. What else could you want from a pair of grips?

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So, I picked up these wheels when the rear hub on my stock wheelset started making some unpleasant noises. Now I am glad my stock wheels started having issues.

These wheels roll so much better than the stock wheels that came on my bike. The hubs roll smoothly, especially for a budget hub. Being 28 spokes I was worried these wheels may not hold up to my style or riding. After casing a few jumps and hammering these through a few different rock gardens I am convinced they are strong and stiff. The wheels track well through rocks, and even after a few hard cases they are still as true as they were right out of the box.

Another added bonus is these wheels weighed 1.5 lbs less than the stock wheelset they replaced. Saving weight where it matters most really improves the performance of your bike. These wheels have made a huge difference when accelerating, climbing steep or technical sections of trail, and they corner much better than my stock hoops. For the price I think these wheels are hard to beat.

These wheels were also very easy to install, and they come with two QR 9mm skewers, and end caps so you can use these wheels with a 15mm, 20mm, and 12mm axle set up. They also sealed up easily using only a floor pump.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was just going to write a review on how good these brakes are. However, you can read the 21 other 5 star reviews on these brakes and find out how good they are.

Bottom line: For a middle of the road brake set these brakes are hard to beat. Stopping performance is spot on, heat fade doesn't exist, and they look sick! Just buy them, you won't find many options at this price that work better.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently picked these shorts up and I must admit I love them! The shorts have the right amount of stretch so they don't get caught up while you are riding. The fabric also breaths exceptionally well.

I normally wear a size 34 and the 34 in these fits me perfectly. The waist has adjustment so you can snug them up if needed, or loosen them if you ate too much the night before your ride. The length is also spot on, not too long, not short.

I am a fan of Troy Lee moto gear and now I am converted to their biking gear. Troy Lee just knows how to make gear that functions and fits well. Buy these and you won't regret it.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Slapped this on my fork so I could upgrade from a 180mm to 203mm front rotor. It works well and is super easy to install.

My caliper aligns perfectly with the rotor making stopping easy and smooth. Just make sure you choose the correct adapter for the size rotor and mounting pattern on your bike.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well what is there to say about this chain that hasn't already been said? Well first off the chain is affordable and will last for many miles to come. It is lightweight and provides smooth shifts. The Powerlock Link is awesome, especially for trail side repairs or general cleaning and maintenance.

Looks like everything I have to say about this chain has been said time and time again. So, I guess it is time for you to purchase the chain and find out for yourself how good it truly is.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 30, 2015

4 5

The last pair of 5.10's I have been riding in were looking quite sad. The leather was stained from mud and they had a hole in the side from a wreck I took. Needless to say it was time to get some new kicks.

These puppies just happened to be on sale at 75% off! I then started to wonder if the shoes were cheaply made and if they would fall apart if used for biking, as they were originally intended. Still at 75% off I decided to give them a try. Oh how glad I am I did.

These shoes are sick! They are far more comfortable than I imagined they would be. The rubber is sticky and holds very well to a platform pedal. The mid-sole is stiff enough to provide support for short to medium distance rides (6-20 miles), but not so stiff that you cannot walk around in them when you are done riding.

After a few rides the shoes seem to be holding up very well. I even took a rock to one of the shoes mid-pedal and it hardly left a mark. I was going quite fast when I hit the rock, and I imagine not all shoes would have held up to such an impact.

These shoes would be a good purchase at their intended retail price. However at the discount we have them for they are truly a steal. Just buy them and thank me later.

I wear a 9-10 in most shoes, and 9.5 seems to fit me best in most brands. The 9.5 in these is spot on.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 22, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These liners offer padding in all the right areas without bunching or getting in the way. After a grueling 3,970 ft climb, and almost two hours in the saddle, I can attest that these liners offer plenty of cushion.

Another plus is that you can wear these with any riding shorts that do not already have a chamois built in. This means you have plenty of options when it comes to finding new shorts for the trail.

I normally wear a size 34 in shorts and the medium fit very well. I recommend these to anyone looking to add some comfort, without feeling like you are wearing a diaper.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on October 31, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thorns? Glass? Nails? No problem. This patch kit provides quality patches that will get you back on your bike in no time. Unlike some more affordable patch kits I have used in the past, the patches in this kit are top notch quality. They are easy to apply and in just a few minutes you are back up and running. Plus who doesn't love saving money. Patching your tubes works, and saves you from purchasing a new tube every time you get a flat.

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