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Garson Fields

Garson Fields

Park City

Garson Fields's Bio

Grew up in Western Mass, then spent a few years in Vermont before relocating to Utah. Between family, swimming holes, and the mountain biking, my heart will forever be in New England. I love to pedal, despite growing up racing Downhill. When I'm not writing copy for Competitive Cyclist, I'm usually riding bikes, snowboarding, drinking coffee, or some combination thereof.

Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on November 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are sweet. They're grippy on dirt, roll fairly fast on pavement, and they'll shrug off some serious hits without flatting. It was painless setting them up tubeless on WTB i19 Asym rims with one layer of Gorilla tape. They're not the longest lasting tire, and the 40mm size will be too big for most race-focused 'cross bikes, but they're absolutely worth running if they suit your intended use.

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Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on November 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

SPD mountain cleats seem to last forever, or at least a few seasons, but they'll wear out before a set of pedals. That's where these come in. These singe-release cleats are what come stock with your pedals, so you won't be in for any surprises.

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Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on July 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The only thing the M8000 cassettes give up to their XTR brethren is weight. Otherwise, you're looking at excellent shifts, surprising durability, and a wide range of gearing options. Not the first choice for obsessive gram counters, but probably the best choice for anyone else running a Shimano drivetrain.

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Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on July 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're running Shimano brakes and your hubs have a 6-bolt mount, these rotors are the best that Shimano has to offer. Light, sweet looking, and they seem to stay cool enough. Sure the XTR-level rotors get the fancy radiator fins, but then again, most of us probably aren't willing to buy Centerlock hubs for the negligible cooling benefits.

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Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on July 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The smaller bottles are great if you need to bleed an individual brake, but when you've got multiple bikes running Shimano brakes and they're in need of a pre-season bleed, the big bottle is where it's at. Keep the individual bottles for your traveling tool kit.

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Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on March 1, 2016

Fantastic
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My much-loved Mavic Stratos shorts have finally met their match. Like the Stratos, these qualify as XC-weight trail baggies, so if you're prone to hitting the deck every time you ride, you may want something burlier. The fabric is exceptionally lightweight and plenty stretchy, and surprisingly enough, they've shrugged off a handful of crashes to date. The included liner short is fairly basic, but unlike many included liners they have a chamois that's actually worth riding. They're cut well above the knee, which is great for unrestricted pedaling.

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