Kyle Br

Kyle Br

Northern Utah

Kyle Br's Bio

I have been cycling for over 20 years, racing for most of that. Racing triathlons for 5 years. I love road riding, mountain biking, open water swimming, trail running, and being outside in general.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on August 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My only complaint previously on the 5010 was that it didn't climb spectacularly. It's definitely improved and in my opinion now more of a daily drive instead of a one trick pony. it's playful and responsive, I'm not a great downhill rider but my confidence built through just my first ride. the R build components are good for every day use. I prefer a little more like X01, but if your not racing you'll have everything you need and for the money the R build is a deal. feel free to contact me with any other questions or specifics. kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on August 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had spent a fair amount of time on the previous generation 5010 and liked it, didn't love it, mostly due to the feel I had when climbing. it was a little dead in my opinion. The 2.0 is a noticeable difference and now I put in in more of an every day driver category. You'll be able to get to the top, and have a ball on the way down. The X01 group is excellent. I've got in on a couple bikes currently and it never gives me a moment of trouble. the new guide brakes are a great improvement over Srams previous brakeset, they worked great before, but maintenance was more than most people want. Have not had to mess with the new RSC at all and that makes for less time in the garage and more time on the trail. feel free to contact me with specific questions on the 5010 kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on August 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My only complaint previously on the 5010 was that it didn't climb spectacularly. It's definitely improved and in my opinion now more of a daily drive instead of a one trick pony. it's playful and responsive, I'm not a great downhill rider but my confidence built through just my first ride. the S build components are good, great for the price really. I prefer a little more like X01, but if your not racing you'll have everything you need. feel free to contact me with any other questions or specifics.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on August 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've put a few miles on now with this unit through all types of weather as well. The computer has never let me down, the only thing is that I tend to leave it on and the battery runs down. Charging is easy and lasts me about a week of daily riding. Ideally you put it with the Pioneer cranks and you get an awesome dashboard of information particularly true L and R foot power with where in your pedal stroke the power is coming from. It will work with most other power sources as well.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on August 8, 2016

4 5

bought these for my son and used as more of a trail shoe than running. so far have held up well over all types of terrain. fit was just a tad small but nothing bad and he's not complained about them at all. good over some sand and hard pack / loose gravel hikes, a little rock scrambling, even a down pour didn't slow them down.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I will admit when I first put these on, minus a helmet, I thought no way, they just didn't look good on my head. I put them on with a helmet to go for a ride and voila they looked great, and I wasn't even wearing a poc helmet. The shape in use with gear just seemed to take on a whole new look. ok so they look good, that really not the most important part. I wear contacts and want to keep anything out of my eyes, my eyes get dry so I want to protect them that way, oh and I don't wan't to sweat to much. I want a lot. Happy to say they are keepers and have been riding them for the last month very happily. I would say they are a med/larger size glass, which although I have a smaller head (I wear a size S helmet) is what I prefer for protection both sun and debris. Sometimes larger glasses can look goofy but these are size really well.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you rode the much more expensive dogma a couple years ago you know what your getting here. It's based off of one of the most popular high end bikes of the last several years but about a third of the cost. The ride is plush and exquisite. It's not overly aggressive on fit and comfortable to ride longer distance or someone not wanting to be in a flat position. The rear triangle and fork really help soak up the road to give a smooth ride. The fulcrum wheels have a great hub that felt great. The Ultegra is about flawless and bombproof, over time it will not let you down. if you have any questions at all on specs or sizing don't hesitate to get in touch with me directly, kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ended up buying an Air 9 RDO for myself, and this is my second Niner air 9. I have been sold on them since I first rode them in 2014, ultimately impressed by performance with the price being the final straw. I am from a roadie background so I like to go fast and I like to go up. The Air 9 RDO is so efficient and agile I felt completely at home on the first ride. I set up with X01 and the bike just rips, everyone that has tried mine out has been sold. contact me directly and I can make suggestions or offer help on just the frame or complete to partial builds. kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 6, 2016

rips XC
5 5

I am more of a XC rider when it comes to the mountains and usually ride a hard tail, I'm a very happy owner of an Air 9 RDO. I was able to really get out and rid the Jet 9 over the last couple weeks and I am tempted to change. I rode with an X01 setup and emulated my air 9 setup all around. It was confident in everything I rode and I didn't feel I really suffered in climbing, which is a big issue for me, I like to climb. If you have any questions on different build options feel free to contact me directly. I can do X01 on this bike as well and is a great setup. kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 6, 2016

rips XC
5 5

I am more of a XC rider when it comes to the mountains and usually ride a hard tail, I'm a very happy owner of an Air 9 RDO. I was able to really get out and rid the Jet 9 over the last couple weeks and I am tempted to change. I rode with an X01 setup and emulated my air 9 setup all around. It was confident in everything I rode and I didn't feel I really suffered in climbing, which is a big issue for me, I like to climb. If you have any questions on different build options feel free to contact me directly kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 6, 2016

unbeatable deal on a fast ride
5 5

I am more of a XC rider when it comes to the mountains and usually ride a hard tail, I'm a very happy owner of an Air 9 RDO. I was able to really get out and rid the Jet 9 over the last couple weeks and I am tempted to change. I rode with an X01 setup and emulated my air 9 setup all around. It was confident in everything I rode and I didn't feel I really suffered in climbing, which is a big issue for me, I like to climb. If you have any questions on different build options feel free to contact me directly kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As a cyclist that leans toward climbing/XC/hard tail bikes I always ride bikes with rear suspension with a bit of apprehension. I am an owner of two Niner bikes that are build up to be light and fast. After an hour of climbing on the RKT the notions I had of inefficiency were gone. After 4 hours of riding up, down, flat, everything, half in the light, half in the dark I was completely sold on the RKT. Coming back down after our accent I felt completely at ease flying through the dark, it was easy to handle and inspired confidence. It felt good in every direction and I wouldn't be afraid to race it XC any day. If you have questions about this frame or builds to put on it email me directly kylebrown@backcountry.com

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