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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.

Dan Be

Dan Bewrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been wearing this jersey for a few months now and I love it. It breaths well and has ideal venting in the arm pits. The material is soft to the touch but has proven to be very durable. If you want a jersey for the cooler days that keeps you warm while still breathing super well this is a great one to consider.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're looking for a lightweight and comfortable grip this is a great option. I've been riding them a while now and haven't had any durability issues. They absorb vibration very well helping to reduce forearm fatigue. These are also the lightest grips I've used so if you want a light weight grip these are an excellent option. Removing them from the handlebar is a pain and is really the only drawback I've seen while using them.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're looking for a super thick hoodie then you might want to look for something else. Now if you're wanting something to keep you warm before those early morning rides or after a late evening ride this is perfect. It's pretty thin but plenty warm. The fit is spot on and isn't too large or too tight. It feels like it will hold up to years of use.

If you want a stylish hoodie for before or after a ride this is perfect. I also love wearing this on cooler days when dirt jumping. Clean, classic design that will never get old. 100% awesome!

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding at night with just a bar mounted light. It works but leaves you without much light to see around corners. This light is exactly what I was missing. It is compact and light weight and mounts well to your helmet. The light has 3 brightness modes which work well and on the brightest mode so you have plenty of light for riding trails swiftly at night. If you're looking for a bright, compact, lightweight light this is a great option. Oh, and don't forget this only comes with a handlebar mount. If you want to mount this to your helmet you'll need a helmet strap. Item #NRI0139.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We'd all love to run a super expensive wheelset like the incredible Enve M60 HV wheels. For most of though we don't have an extra $2,700.00 laying around to spend on wheels. Despite this we're still determined to get out and have fun on the trails. This is where a wheelset like the Crossride Quest WTS comes into play.

For the money this package is packed full of awesomeness. You get a stout wheelset with tires ready to run tubeless. As far as I know no one else offers a package like this and certainly not at this price range.

The tires set up tubeless easily. They roll well and offer lots of traction. I haven't had any issues with durability and they have held up to the dry rocky terrain I ride most often here in Utah. This may not be the lightest wheelset out there but you're also not spending your last two paychecks to afford them.

Overall this package is great value. You get a durable wheelset with tires ready to go for an incredible price.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These cranks rock! They're super stiff and don't weigh your bike down. They're also extremely durable. I have several hundred miles on them so far and haven't had any issues with them. I would suggest Race Face crank boots to protect them as they don't come with their own boots. After a weekend riding trails in Moab my cranks show plenty of signs of rock strikes but nothing more than cosmetic blemishes. Had I put crank boots on before that trip they'd still look new.

If you have questions about these cranks or compatibility with your frame or bottom bracket hit me up.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sram has updated their 1x group and added an additional gear. This new derailleur has been updated to cover the spread of the new 10-50T cassette. Not only does it cover the spread with ease but it does so with a direct yet buttery smooth shift feel. If you're looking for the best in 1x drivetrains Sram has you covered.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After riding a 1x set up for the past 3 years I can say without a doubt that I won't run a front derailleur ever again. Sram is the company that brought a reliable 1x drivetrain to market and they haven't stopped updating since. Eagle is the newest rendition and once again Sram has made a great thing better.

The range of this cassette is amazing. Riding here in Utah I almost never need to use the 50T cog out back. However, I've been able to run a larger chainring up front to achieve higher speeds without sacrificing my low range.

If you're looking to go 1x and want the best range on offer I recommend looking at Eagle X01. Below is the gearing for this cassette.

10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, 28, 32, 36, 42, 50

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Dan Bewrote a review of on September 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Is pedaling a means to an end? Do you find yourself dreaming of the descent while climbing to the summit? If this sounds like you the Bronson is the tool missing from your shed.

The VPP3 is vastly improved over the last generation and offers significantly better pedaling characteristics. It still offers incredible damping on the descents and soaks up even the worst brake bumps. I also find the VPP3 suspension likes to be pushed extremely hard in corners and will reward you with rapid exit speeds.

If you prefer a bike that is playful and loves to manual and jump then this bike is right up your alley. The short chainstays make the bike ultra flick-able and easy to control in the air. This is one of the most playful bikes I've ever ridden.

Looking to soar up the climbs? Well, this bike tackles them with Sram's Eagle X01 group. Now with a 50T cog out back you can tackle the steepest grades without breaking a sweat. I didn't think I needed a 50T cog on the cassette but now I find I can run a larger front ring to achieve higher speeds without sacrificing climbing performance.

The RockShox Pike RCT3 and Monrach RC3 work extremely well. Small bumps go unnoticed and large obstacles are soaked up with nary an afterthought. Paired with the wider hub shell found on the front and rear hub this bike will tackle anything you throw at it.

Bottom line: If you love climbing to access the terrain you ride but don't want to give up downhill performance this bike is one to consider.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off I will start by saying this helmet has the easiest to use strap system of any helmet I've tried. It snaps together eagerly and has a positive connection for a secure fit. Sure the helmet is a little heavy but it also offers some of the best protection of any helmet on the market. The ODS system offers excellent protection from impacts and twisting forces and helps to reduce injuries in the event of a crash. The only real drawback to this design is it doesn't vent quite as well as some other helmets and it's a little heavy. However, I don't notice the weight once it is on and I'll take the extra protection on offer from the ODS system.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you spend a good amount of time on the trail then you likely carry a few snacks with you. After-all you're going to want something that provides a little energy when you start to bonk. These waffles not only provide that energy but they're also delicious. Take a few on your next hike, ride, or run. You won't regret it.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll start by saying I love the trigger shifting feature that Shimano offers. But I'll never discount an excellent product and Sram offers excellence in their X01 line of components.

This shifter requires very little throw to actuate which facilitates extremely quick shifts. Though I might admire the trigger of a Shimano shifter there is no denying the effectiveness of this shifter. Plus, it will mount to your Sram Guide brakes for a clean, simplistic appearance. If you're looking for a light weight, aesthetically clean, and simply functional shifter then look no further.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off I'll start by saying I'm not partial to Sram or Shimano. I own bikes with components from both companies. So what makes this different from a Shimano XT derailleur?

To start this derailleur is 20 grams lighter than an XT derailleur. Sure, that's not a huge weight savings for a derailleur that costs significantly more. However, this derailleur seems to shift quicker and more directly compared to it's counterpart. You also get the cage lock feature which makes installing and removing the rear wheel a snap.

While XT has the bargain advantage, I would say X01 has the performance and technology advantage. But if saving weight is your thing then you'll likely be considering this derailleur.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are more choices for water bottles today than ever. Your selection ranges from insulated, plastic, metal, double wall, single wall, and on and on. So really the choice is yours and chances are there are several options available offering the features you want. This bottle offers a simply and proven design.

Though this bottle is plastic and is not a double wall design it does have it's merits. First is the large opening which allows for ice cubes to easily fit. This also makes cleaning the bottle extremely easy. Sure your ice won't last as long in this bottle as in a double wall bottle, but chances are this bottle will last much longer than any double wall bottle available. I've dropped one of these from 40ft up and watched as it bounced off rocks only to discover it was still holding every ounce of water it contained before that mishap.

Bottom line: If you're looking for a durable water bottle that can hold ice and is easy to clean then this is one to consider. Plus this bottle has even more style seeing as it rocks the Goat!

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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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