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Kevin K

Kevin K

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kevin K's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Kevin K's Bio

Growing up in Wisconsin, being outdoors was commonplace. I started mountain biking at Kettle Moraine at an early age, had a hiatus for a bit, then hit it hard and haven’t stopped since. While XC is my background, all mountain riding is what I strive for. My typical rides are long climbs being rewarded by long, technical descents. I enjoy road riding as well, but use it more as a training method to go faster on the trails. When the snow’s falling, you can find me snowboarding or hiking.

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Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on September 17, 2014

Good Width and Comfortable Geometry
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bar is lightweight, has good dimensions (740mm), a comfortable bend, a nice finish, and looks great with other Enve bits. I can't necessarily attest to the tuned handling as I don't notice much of a difference compared to my old Easton Haven Carbon handlebar (711mm). Either way it is very comfortable, even on those longer rides than you were planning on taking. My only gripe with this bar is that while the finish looks great, it can get scratched easily if you flip the bike upside down to change a tube or you bite the dust.

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Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on September 17, 2014

661 Filters
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You could say I’m fond of these shoes. I’m glad 661 brought them back so I could get a third pair. Over the years they really haven’t changed them aside from colors, but why change a relatively good thing? These shoes aren’t the lightest clip in shoes or the most breathable. While previously ridden by the likes of World Cup DH racers like Steve Peat and Gee Atherton as well as others, I've ridden them from XC races to shuttle laps and everything in between without question. They have a unique style with performance to suit the bill. The sole is stiff enough for putting power down efficiently while not too stiff to cause hot spots on long extended rides. They have good grip for times you might have to get off the saddle and an easy way to tuck laces out of harm’s way.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on September 17, 2014

Not All Headsets Are Equal!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’ve used cheap headsets in the past, and I probably will in the future, on bar bikes. You may believe that all you get with a more expensive headset is more color options. I’m here to tell you that is not the case, at least with the Cane Creek 110. Sure, you can make a cheap headset last awhile by taking it apart and packing the bearings with grease every so often. In fact, I figured I would do my usual bearing service only to be amazed that this guy looked brand new after neglect. I can’t say I’ve had the same case with others. Get this headset if you want utmost quality, less maintenance, or live in a humid place that wreaks havoc on bearings.

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Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on September 17, 2014

Fox Killer
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like others, I’ve been on the Fox bandwagon over the years and was a bit hesitant to try out the Pike. Rockshox wasn’t kidding when they called this fork the Fox Killer. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that nearly every major bike manufacturer is specing this fork on their bikes. The best way I can describe this fork is: Badass. If you sweat the details you’ll be pleased to hear how much adjust-ability is present. From your usual premium adjustments such as low speed compression adjuster and rapid recovery rebound, to air volume adjustments via bottomless tokens and simple travel adjustment, this fork is perfectly at home as a supple, trail tamer for an intermediate rider all the way to aggressive, endurooo! riders pushing the limits of the stiff 35mm stanchions. To clarify, a couple bottomless tokens are included to dial in the progressiveness of the air spring. Also, different length air shafts are available for about $40 to change the travel. In my case, I have mine tailored to 140mm of travel to suit my Santa Cruz 5010. As for trail performance, I was most impressed by the suppleness on trail chatter while still having plenty of platform for larger holes and any hucks you find just off the beaten path. My rides typically include a couple thousand feet of climbing rewarded with an equal vertical plunge, I keep mine completely open at all times since I have zero issues with bobbing on the climb, no brake dive or packing on the descent. This fork will help you push the limits with confidence you haven’t experienced previously.

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Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on September 17, 2014

Fox Killer
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like others, I've been on the Fox bandwagon over the years and was a bit hesitant to try out the Pike. Rockshox wasn't kidding when they called this fork the Fox Killer. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed that nearly every major bike manufacturer is specing this fork on their bikes. The best way I can describe this fork is: Badass. If you sweat the details you'll be pleased to hear how much adjust-ability is present. From your usual premium adjustments such as low speed compression adjuster and rapid recovery rebound, to air volume adjustments via bottomless tokens and simple travel adjustment, this fork is perfectly at home as a supple, trail tamer for an intermediate rider all the way to aggressive, endurooo! riders pushing the limits of the stiff 35mm stanchions. To clarify, a couple bottomless tokens are included to dial in the progressiveness of the air spring. Also, different length air shafts are available for about $40 to change the travel. In my case, I have mine tailored to 140mm of travel to suit my Santa Cruz 5010. As for trail performance, I was most impressed by the suppleness on trail chatter while still having plenty of platform for larger holes and any hucks you find just off the beaten path. My rides typically include a couple thousand feet of climbing rewarded with an equal vertical plunge, I keep mine completely open at all times since I have zero issues with bobbing on the climb, no brake dive or packing on the descent. This fork will help you push the limits with confidence you haven't experienced previously.

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