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.

Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 26, 2016

So Good, Seriously
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I freaking love these shoes. Everything I didn't adore from the Kestrel Boa Five Ten came back with the Kestrel Lace and blew it out of the water. First and foremost, the Kestrel Boa is a stiff shoe, not only in the shank, but also in the upper materials. The Lace version offers a bit more flexibility in the shank making it more comfortable to walk in or long days in the saddle where some give is appreciated. In addition to the more flexible shank, the upper is more forgiving providing better next to foot comfort. I also credit the laces to providing a bit more comfort across the tongue, as opposed to the Boa steel wire. Weight is not super light, but manageable. Stealth sole provides outstanding grip when finding your pedals, or while mid hike-a-bike.

The only issue I've had with the Kestrel Lace's was that I had an issue with the cleat plate threads cracking. Admittedly, I did not use grease on the threads. Luckily there is a slit in the shoe under the insole to easily replace the cleat plate. While I had other shoes to ride while I was waiting on new cleat plates, I was really wishing I could lace up the Kestrels. Word to the wise, use grease when installing your cleats and don't hamfist them.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have been my go-to knee pads for lift assisted riding this season. The reason I grab these among the handful of other pads I have is primarily due to the comfort they provide in a pad I have confidence in the protection they provide. TLD really nailed the fit of these pads to make them non-restrictive and seemingly disappear on your legs. Adding to the comfort, the D3O internals offer a ton of security in a lightweight package that is flexible. Coming from the T-Bone pads, these offer just a bit more shin protection as well. You won't regret getting these!

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 25, 2016

Super Thin
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are the thinnest MTB gloves I have been able to find. They offer a ton of grip, in an ultra-thin, lightweight package that spares no expense to tactical grip. The elastic wrist closure is comfortable, and offers a no-fuss secure fit. Like I said, these gloves are super thin, but have held up surprisingly well to wear and abuse from an entire season. That being said, like most lightweight, breathable gloves nowadays, expect them to not hold up well if you find yourself tasting dirt.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 25, 2016

Laces = Large Scale of Adjustability
4 5

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

I (luckily) wasn't able to put much into using this product. I bought it quickly after tweaking my ankle riding. The reason I bought it was from my overwhelmingly positive experiences with other TLD/Shock Doctor items such as the Wrist Guard or Knee Braces. This item is right up there with those other items. While it took awhile to get it properly secured on my ankle, due to the lace closure, it provides a stable platform for even the most haggered ankles. The laces make it really easy to adjust the pressure needed or wanted for support. Additionally, the Ultralight version seemed slim enough to work with a riding shoe, but I did not get to test it out. Whether you're on the mend or working on preventative maintenance, you can't go wrong with the TLD/Shock Doctor products.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 25, 2016

Tight Kicks For Loose Riding
4 5

To preface my review, I use the AM9's strictly for clipped in DH riding. The reason is for the cleat position I had setup on these shoes. These shoes offer a TON of adjustability in the cleat position, and easily the most rearward positioning available I've seen in any other shoe. As far as clipping in, it's apparent that they are designed with Shimano's pedal's in mind as clipping into my XT Trail pedals are a breeze. While some shoes will have subtle delays when clipping in, these shoes guide the shoe/cleat exactly where it needs to go and it is seamless. The shoes are comfortable and offer a fair amount of ankle protection. I carefully removed the lace cover since rain or muddy conditions are rare in Utah. I did this prior to trying the shoes so I can't comment on how warm they are with the lace cover on, but without you get a bit of airflow through keeping them more comfortable. As for weight, they are ever so slightly on the heavier side than the trail shoes I've been wearing so that is also why these have been designated DH shoes. All in all a durable, burly shoe for the price, just a bit heavier than what some riders may want for doing much climbing.

I usually wear a 11.5 (sometimes 12) for a standard shoe and the 46's fit well.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like this lock more and more I use it. Much easier to carry around than a medium ulock. I like to wrap it around my handle bar while commuting. Good length to tie up and comes with plenty of extra keys. Every once in awhile the shank has trouble getting hung up on the edge of the pad lock housing when relocking but overall its my go to when out around town for errands.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great build quality is well worth the higher price over other rear lights. Running strong after 2yrs of commuting. Really like battery life and that can charge at my desk after riding into work. Holds a long charge and small lights on the side show how much battery is remaining. Previously purchased the Niterider cherry bomb which was brighter but broke after only a few months of use. Only complaint is the rubber around the usb outlet puts pressure on the cord which makes charging finicky.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was hesitant to try a cable actuated dropper post due to a harsh lever feel. For this reason, I always preferred the Rockshox Reverb as I felt it had the best lever feel. That being said, I've been blown away by the Fox Transfer post so far.

At first I was slightly disappointed that I could not rotate the lever closer to the bars, but after installing, I realized Fox definitely did their homework and got it dialed (at least for me). The aesthetics of the lever is very clean and minimalist. The cable tucks in neatly behind the paddle. The lever length offers good leverage to not only offers a smooth, consistent lever feel when engaging the dropper, but also the ability to feather how quickly the dropper responds since the speed is not adjustable on the Transfer. Lastly a barrel adjuster is present on the lever assembly to help remove any cable slack and get the perfect lever feel.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While I use a XTR 1x11 drivetrain, I prefer this Sram cassette since it offers lighter weight and better range than the Shimano offerings. Additionally, I prefer this model over the cheaper Sram options as this raw finish does not show wear nearly as fast as the black options.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This kit is basically everything you need to install a solid drivetrain and brake package on your bike. The shifting is buttery smooth and the brakes offer loads of power for when the trail takes an unexpected turn. The shifter/brake combo is I-spec B making a really clean look on your bars. Keep in mind you will need the necessary bottom bracket, brake adapters, and derailleur housing for this kit.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I must be cheap since I feel like plastic cleats should be closer to the price of a tube. That being said I try not to walk in these too much. Whereas other brands tend to slide around more on slick surfaces, these tend to grip a bit better. If you're unsure of which ones you need, you're likely looking for the yellow version with more float.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These cleats last a long, long time. I don't usually move them between shoes so when I get a new pair of shoes it's time to get a new pair of cleats. Be sure to use grease when installing them, and don't over torque them. Doesn't hurt to carry a spare one in your tube wrap or hydration pack in case you lose a bolt or entire cleat on your ride.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While I haven't worn these shorts riding, they are awesome for casual use. The material has good stretch, lightweight and breathable. There are lots of pockets, including a zippered front pocket and rear pocket. I don't have a preference either way for the drawstring, but it's sewn preventing it from moving around or getting lost in your laundry machine. Waist also has a zipper and button closure in addition to the drawstring. Sizing is true to size in my opinion, maybe slightly large though so if you are in between sizes I would size down.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

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

I'm pretty careless when it comes to working on my bike in clothes I don't want getting dirty. For take reason I got this apron to quickly put on when I start wrenching, cleaning, degreasing, and greasing. The material is sturdy to keep grease from coming through the fabric. Pockets are well thought out, hold tools securely, and allow easy access.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After struggling to remove gorilla tape and the left over adhesive on a set of wheels, a friend mentioned using Stan's tape. It was great advice as it was just as easy to install, but WAY easier when it needs to be removed compared to gorilla tape. The only note I would say on this tape is that you need to apply a fair amount of tension when installing and to be careful when cutting the hole for the valve. All in all a bit more expensive than gorilla tape, but easier to use in my opinion.

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