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Jon J

Jon J

Salt Lake City

Jon J's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Jon J's Bio

I grew up on Colorado's Front Range, and have now spent extended time in Wyoming and Utah as well. Salt Lakes 4K elevation is the lowest I've ever lived at.
After me knees had had enough of running competitively in college, I transitioned to XC mtn bike racing. A great cardiovascular system and lower leg strength made the transition very easy. Now a days with a family I race less, but like to get out for a ride any chance I get. I'm the Yeti Cycles brand ambassador here at Competitive, and have ridden Yeti's for 10 years now. I'm currently loving my SB95c and am happy to answer any questions regarding all things Yeti.


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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this for my wife, and she uses it more off the bike. It's a great casual piece, but the fit and material go well with her riding kit also. No pockets except for little thing on the shoulder, but looks like it's more for fashion rather than function. She's happy with it, so I'm happy.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two of these, and use them as mountain jerseys. If you're not into day-glo florescents aren't your stlye, this jersey is a great alternative to a full zip, 3 pocket, jersey. The merino wool/poly blend breaths well, and I've worn this comfortably in the 70s, once the temps hits 80 and beyond, things get muggy. It still has three rear pockets, and the elastic keeps everything safe. Sizing is true to fit, I'm a small in just about everything including this jersey.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is great for fighting the morning chill, or as a wind layer. The material is very light, and vents well off the back. I can pack this down smaller than a my fist, and I have small hands. There are no pockets, but the elastic band on the bottom make it easy to stretch and lift up to access jersey pockets. This will get you home or to shelter if you get caught in a storm, but if you're looking for something to keep you dry in a downpour, check out the stuff from Showers Pass. I have this tucked in my hydration pack most of the summer, and can easily fit it in jersey pocket along with a tube and C02. Size is true to fit, I get a small like everything I normally wear.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn these shorts on and off the bike, and they're great. Size is true to fit, I got small, like everything I normally wear. The're not loose in the crotch and don't get hung up on your saddle, but also don't restrict movement. Material is durable and tough, yet lightweight and breaths well. Cargo pockets are subtle and lay flat against your leg. These and the Mtn Surf shorts are my go-to overshorts.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on December 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Classy enough for the office, built for the trail. I own the Vibe and the Go West jerseys, and the Vibe is definitely the lightest offering, fabric wise, from Club Ride. It only has a snap button front, compared to a snap up over a zipper on the Go West. Mesh panels under the armpits and side panels help it breathe. I haven't ridden in any crazy-hot temps yet, but was very comfortable in 80 degree Phoenix weather this past Thanksgiving.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on December 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these shorts, practical enough for casual use off the bike, but with a ride inspired fit. I have these and the Cargo Away shorts, and the both fit the same, but I'd say the Mtn Surfs have a little sturdier feel to the fabric. These fit and feel great on the bike. They don't sit low in the crotch (others I own will get hung up on the saddle), but aren't restrictive in their movement. I was in Phoenix over thanksgiving, and it was great to only have to pack these 2 over-shorts. I used them for riding, and then as casual shorts the rest of the time.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on December 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The SB75 was Yeti's first foray into the 27.5 wheel size, and I more comparable in ride quality to the 29" SB95. I got to take a SB75 demo to Moab for a weekend this spring, and had a blast. It' doesn't win any awards on the scale, my small XT demo weight 30 lbs with pedals, but the bike rode much lighter, and the weight wasn't noticeable on the trail. I think of myself as a capable rider, and the SB75 didn't hold me back at all, it handled aggressive lines with easy, and climbed up anything I could keep the pedals turning on. Feel free to e-mail me at jjakupcak@backcountry.com if I can answer any questions.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on September 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are a great lightweight pad for pedaling all day in, or keeping in your pack and putting on for the descent. The knee pad is a softer foam, not an ABS or VPD like other offerings, but whats lost in padding is gained in mobility. These are great for keeping your skin on as opposed to taking hard direct impacts..

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Jon Jwrote a review of on August 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been really pleased with the Ion shorts. They have the pockets that the Fox and Giro shorts I own always leave me wanting to throw my keys and phone in on the way to the ride. While I haven't ridden with anything in the pockets (load up the hydro pack), the rear waist pocket is the most out of the way, the thigh pockets lay flat and could hold a gel or bar without issue, but that'd be it in my opinion. Fit on these shorts is great, the size is my true waist fit, and they feature adjusters, so if you're on the line, you can size up and cinch them down. Other overshorts I have hang low in the crotch and will snag on the back of my seat when I'm behind the saddle on steep descents, not an issue with the Ions. The included liner chamois is ok. It'd be fine for 1-2 hour rides, but I'll be using other bibs under the Ions for longer efforts. The Ions are a great, lightweight, overshort and for the price, I'd consider the included liner a bonus.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on April 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These are very similar to the Fox Launch Pro and the Troy Lee T-Bone. A little lower profile than the Foxs, and similar in fit and comfort. Top and bottom velcro closures make them stay in place when pedaling. Haven't had them out on a super long effort or a hot day, so not sure on breathability.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on April 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

While longer/taller than the One Industries Enemy and the 661 Comp am knee guards, these seem more comfortable to pedal in. The side and rear material is ergo formed and very pliable out of the bag. The upper and lower velcro traps make a secure and comfortable fit. Similar options would be the Kali Protectives Aazis Soft Knee Guard and the Troy Lee T-Bone

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Jon Jwrote a review of on March 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These are without a doubt the lowest profile, most comfortable knee pads to pedal in. They do fit snug, and you definitely can't just "pull them on" as another review said. I have to inch mine on, but once they're in place, they stay there. The G-forms trade bulk/padding for mobility, so if you're going nuts out there, you may want to look at other offerings, the Fox Launch Pro is one I'm a fan of.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on March 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The guys at Intense were cool enough to let us in on this secret a little early, and I was able to get out for a morning on the new Tracer 275 Carbon. I had ridden the Carbine 275 Carbon last summer, as well as the SC Bronson, while both capable, the VPP suspension has always seemed very dependent on the CTD functions, and just never "snappy" enough with regard to power transfer from the pedals. I won't lie, my first impression of the bike without riding it was, "great, another longer travel VPP bike", thankfully the Tracer 275 proved me wrong.
Before riding that morning, I took a harder look at the Tracer's geo. The 66.5 head angle, 4.5" head tube, 17" chain stays, and 13.5" BB height all had me liking what I saw. Once on the trail, the Tracer 27.5 kept those good vibes going. The claimed weight of the Pro complete bike is 28 lbs, my SB95c weighs in at 26.5lbs, but the Tracer didn't pedal like is was 1.5lbs heavier, and pedaled noticeably lighter than the Bronson. The real surprise was the Monarch Plus rear shock, it provided great power transfer and didn't move in standing efforts (disclosure, I'm 5'7"/140lbs). I left the shock in the open position the whole ride w/ 30% sag. Climbing up the Tracer did well, the 160 Pike only wandered going up the steepest sections. Overall the Tracer was the best climbing VPP bike I've been on, beating the Bronson and the 5010/Solo in terms of pedal induced shock movement.
Descending is what this bike is built to do, and it doesn't disappoint. The aforementioned geometry makes for a stable, snappy ride that handles the steeps without issue. The Reverb stealth dropper post, the ever capable Pike fork, and the Monarch Plus shock worked in harmony to handle the roughest sections of trail, and left me thinking, "I don't even need to pick a line!".
The build kits on the Tracer are what I see a lot of people speci'ng their custom builds with. X01 1x11, Shimano brakes, wide bars/short stem, dropper post, and stout wheels/tires.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used the Crosspoint Wind Gloves for the last few months here in Salt Lake City. My hand measures 7" from base of my palm to the tip of my middle finger. I went with a medium, and it fits well. I still have the dexterity to shift without issue, and have extra room for a liner glove on really cold days. Temperature wise, I've ridden these on cold windy days with the air temp probably close to freezing. My hands weren't numb or uncomfortably cold, but I could feel a chill. I'd say I'm more temperature sensitive than most, especially regarding my hands. With liner gloves I've XC skied with these in the teens and 20's.

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