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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.

Dan Be

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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Dan Bewrote a review of on October 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Powerlink isn't new. It has been around for a long long time. However, for some reason Shimano has yet to adapt it. Why? Not sure. They enjoy living in the past I suppose.

This chain shifts well, is durable, and comes with a Powerlink. This allows you to remove your chain easily so you can clean your chain and bike, or perform maintenance. I highly doubt you will regret buying this chain.

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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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