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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 March 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'll break my review of this bike into 3 areas, frame, components, cockpit. First off the Frame, simply summed up it is superb, you can?t get a better frameset, you can get as good, but not better. It rides supremely in every way, very very reactive when you crank the pedals around it goes. It?s very efficient and does not waste your energy in any way, all of it is put into the ground. When you stand to climb (and the thing climbs like a goat) it is extremely reactive yet easy to handle. On the flats it flew yet it does not beat you up over the long haul. I?m sure part of this has to do with the Storck cockpit, the bars are a shape that I personally happen to prefer with a slight flat top and angled drop which made it comfortable to put my head down and hammer into the wind. Stem and seatpost performed as well as any I have ridden, right along the 3T and Enve, with the stem being stiff and the seatpost keeping the road feel away. The saddle that comes on the build I can do without, I found it very uncomfortable, I would put a selle italia SLR on mine. The Sram red are very good, not as good as the DA 9000 to me personally but a close second with a deliberate solid shifting feel through the full range. The Zipp wheels are some of the best out there, again you really can?t do better. They allow you to get everything out of the frame performance wise that you should. I felt secure with any wind direction which is not always the case for someone of my smaller stature. They carried uphill just as efficiently as they carved into the wind at 30+ mph. How much did I like this bike? I ordered one for myself, granted I am changing a few component bits but I absolutely loved this frameset. If your interested in customizing this frame I?m happy to help you out on it just contact me personally at kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Far and away the best rack of its type available. It's probably the first trunk rack I've felt total confidence in. It fits secure on every vehicle I've tried it on, and locks both to the car, and locks the bikes, easy to use to. Feel free to contact me direct about fit and use and discounted pricing kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Far and away the best rack of its type available. It's probably the first trunk rack I've felt total confidence in. It fits secure on every vehicle I've tried it on, and locks both to the car, and locks the bikes, easy to use to. Feel free to contact me direct about fit and use and discounted pricing kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I tested these out on a group of about 20 people on an indoor training session with avid experienced cyclists and some non riders that just spin inside for fitness and I had overwhelmingly positive feedback from everyone. I tried making it on the cookie sheet first and they seemed to flatten out quite a bit and ended up pretty soft, almost muffin consistency. When made in the 9X9 pan they settled and were easier to pack in a small baggie. I made them with blueberries and they changed the batter blue, I wanted to keep them on the "healthier" side, but there are a lot of possibilities. I would throw these in a little bag in my rear pockets to eat on a ride over "bar" any day. On a side note your kids will eat them as well, better than a normal cookie, they'll never know. Easy to make, don't be shocked that it is a bit thick when mixing.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have only ridden these a few times but wanted to put my initial impressions. First of all sizing was a little off from the chart. I take a 41 sidi and also took a 41 in these whereas the chart says otherwise. The fit is excellent once you have the right size, the custom sole will give you an amazing feel. I felt very secure under a strong pull and still comfortable. I actually re molded them a second time to get it dialed perfectly. The toe box I found to be a little roomier than my sidi shoes, just as a frame of reference.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used the HED carbon wheels this year for the first time, and to really put them to the test I did it on a cross bike. On the road very capable and well priced comparably, for a race wheel I prefer to spend a little more and shave some weight. Durability is second to none as is handling. In a flat run with my TT helmet on I could hear them a little more than some of the other high end wheels that are currently out, but they still perform better than most. If you have other questions on these or want me to comp your shipping contact me directly here at kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these as a training wheel but also threw them on my cross bike just for fun. Super impressed in both instances, it shaved a ton of weight off the stock wheels on my Ridley cross bike and ride fantastic. Most my miles have been on the pavement and couldn't be happier, the Ardennes have become my favorite every day wheel. Definitely capable of racing I just happen to have a set of race day only carbon wheels I use most of the time. If you have questions on these contact me here, I can also help you with shipping cost - kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a set of these for my girlfriend to ride this last year and she rave's about them. She feels more stable than other wheels she has ridden and likes that they get up to speed so easily. I rode them several times and have to agree and they are now the top of my list for everyday training wheelsets. They are extremely efficient so climbing is a breeze as well. To get a better wheel I honestly thing you'll have to spend double the price.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Rode these for the first time this last year and tested them out for about 3 months on a couple different bikes. Although a little heavier than the 1.45's that I had been riding they are incredibly quick uphill. Most of my riding involves going uphill so that is a big factor to me. Next is going back down the hill fast. I got right on these and felt completely comfortable at speed on a windy descent. Handling was phenomenal with the new wider rim size and makes me consider it to be one of my top 3 wheels. I would race/ride these any day of the week. I am a smaller stature rider and think that if you are not as weight conscious that adding a few grams and going to the 6.7 may be an option depending on your style of riding. You can contact me directly with any questions about these wheels or comparisons, I can also help you out on shipping costs - kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 7, 2015

A+ grade wheelset
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I rode a prototype of this wheel several years back and fell in love with them. Subsequently I got another pair that I actually still own and have been using for several years. Comfortable, compliant, quick to wind up, stable, a fantastic wheel all around. I will say that I may personally pick these over the 6.7's by the smallest of margins due to the weight difference. I will admit to being a weight weenie and to get a wheel this aero and stiff at this weight is a real treat. These are definitely in my list of top 5 wheels out there. Super light but deep enough of a dish that you get the aero benefits, and again won't beat you up if the winds kick up. I think my earlier statement attests to the durability which is something you have to consider when spending this kind of money on a wheelset. I have not had to do a thing the the set that I have, highly recommended. If you have specific questions or help with shipping price you can contact me directly here at kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very very happy with the Enve wheels in general but especially the 1.45's. To get a wheel this light that will hold up over time and abuse is rare so these should definitely be on your race wheel consideration list. If you want a more general race wheel the 1.67's may suit you a little better in my opinion, but if your a weight weenie like me these will out climb anything out there. Just as importantly they are stiff, stable, and comfortable to ride. Braking was solid with the Enve brake pads, make sure you use those for sure. If you have any questions on these or any of the Enve road wheels contact me directly at kylebrown@backcountry.com.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I rode a prototype of this wheel several years back and fell in love with them. Subsequently I had another pair that I actually still own and have been using for several years. Comfortable, compliant, quick to wind up, stable, a fantastic wheel all around. I will say that I may personally pick these over the 6.7's by the smallest of margins due to the weight difference. I will admit to being a weight weenie and to get a wheel this aero and stiff at this weight is a real treat. These are definitely in my list of top 5 wheels out there. Super light but deep enough of a dish that you get the aero benefits, and again won't beat you up if the winds kick up. I think my earlier statement attests to the durability which is something you have to consider when spending this kind of money on a wheelset. I have not had to do a thing the the set that I have, highly recommended. If you have specific questions or help with shipping price you can contact me directly here at kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used these wheel just on race days, and in a few hillier Tri's. After riding Zipps for many years the Enve have taken over as my favorite race wheels. Safe to race for even a smaller rider in crosswinds, one of the few deeper race wheels I would feel comfortable on in the winds. For me personally on some races that had a lot of climbing I preferred the 3.4's but rode the 6.7's in more races overall. They are very stiff and will get up to speed quickly which I think can be an issue as you get to a deeper dished wheel. They absorb the road chatter you get on poor pavement and are solid on high speed descents. The Enve 6.7 is definitely on my top 5 list of wheels and probably in the top 2, if I had to own one wheel set for racing-training, I would run with these in a clincher. I'm happy to answer any other questions on these or help out with shipping discounts, kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used these wheel just on race days, and in a few hillier Tri's. After riding Zipps for many years the Enve have taken over as my favorite race wheels. Safe to race for even a smaller rider in crosswinds, one of the few deeper race wheels I would feel comfortable on in the winds. For me personally on some races that had a lot of climbing I preferred the 3.4's but rode the 6.7's in more races overall. They are very stiff and will get up to speed quickly which I think can be an issue as you get to a deeper dished wheel. They absorb the road chatter you get on poor pavement and are solid on high speed descents. The Enve 6.7 is definitely on my top 5 list of wheels and probably in the top 2, if I had to own one wheel set for racing-training, I would run with these in a clincher. I'm happy to answer any other questions on these or help out with shipping discounts, kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As of this last year the HED ardennes have taken my top spot in everyday wheel. I had myself and my girlfriend ride them this last year and they surpassed the Mavic Ksyrium as my new go to set. They will perform like a race wheel and yet are bombproof. Incredibly stable in windy conditions, they get up to speed in no time at all, and roll perfectly smooth. Power transfer is phenomenal and I don't feel like I loose a thing when really winding them up. They are confident cornering at any speed and leave no worries about flex. Contact me here directly with questions on the Ardennes and I may be able to help on pricing as well kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned many many wheelsets over the last 20+ years, but spent more time racing the 303's than anything else. I did that not because they were my only choice but because I still have a set that is 10 years old I keep around, I never worry about failure. But just as much I feel like they are one of the top 3 wheels out there and will climb, descend, and scream through the flats and let a smaller rider like myself do it with maximum performance possible. They get up to speed as fast as anything out there, the only wheel I put in the same class is the enve 3.4's. You can contact me directly with any other specific questions on them kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have ridden 2 generations of the 404's and can't say enough good about them. It's scary to ride an expensive carbon race worthy wheel set for everyday use but the 404 is a wheel you can do that with. Even at 130lbs I don't worry about crosswinds on these, although I'll admit racing the hillier courses I went to a tubular 303 or enve 3.4 to suit me better. The 404 is still no slouch in the climbs and weight is still about the same as many other wheels out there. Definitely one of my top 3 wheels out. You can contact me here with any specific questions on the 404's or to get any available discounts - kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I rode the Zipp 808's for race day only over the course of 2 seasons for TT's and Tri's. They were mostly raced on rolling terrain and I would take them over a disc wheel ANY day and any terrain. They weigh less, no issues with wind in any direction, and will climb better in or out of the saddle. They are very very smooth through the flats and absorb the rough spots of asphalt. Very stiff and power transfer is not an issue on these, although I will say that I'm a smaller rider so typically not as big of an issue for me. Easy to get right up to speed and put on cruise control.

I spent most my time riding the tubular version of these. The main difference is weight, the tubulars are a fair bit lighter. Performance wise there is little-no difference, a top end clincher wheel will feel fantastic and if your putting a lot of miles on, or training on, it will be a lot more convenient going with the clincher.

Feel free to contact me here directly with other questions on the 808's and help with discounted shipping kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I rode the Zipp 808's for race day only over the course of 2 seasons for TT's and Tri's. They were mostly raced on rolling terrain and I would take them over a disc wheel ANY day and any terrain. They weigh less, no issues with wind in any direction, and will climb better in or out of the saddle. They are very very smooth through the flats and absorb the rough spots of asphalt. Very stiff and power transfer is not an issue on these, although I will say that I'm a smaller rider so typically not as big of an issue for me. Easy to get right up to speed and put on cruise control. Feel free to contact me here directly with other questions on the 808's and help with discounted shipping kylebrown@backcountry.com

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