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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 July 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using honey stinger products for a couple years now in particular the waffles and they are one of my favorite cycling things. I'll eat them instead of a silly protein or meal bar in a pinch when I need a snack. They are easy to pack on the bike or in a pack and super tasty. They are a little crumbly so when you snack on one while your watching t.v. be prepared for some to settle on your shirt.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 28, 2015

4 5

I got this as more of a casual cruise around shirt than a serious riding jersey. It's my first piece by club ride apparel and has held up perfectly although just light use this summer so far. Fit was true to size and more american/casual fit. Cool material and comfortable for riding or hanging around.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 28, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am used to a very high end road shoe with a stiff carbon sole so I'm a little picker on performance that some. I didn't want to spend a fortune on a mtn shoe but still wanted good performance. They are a narrower shoe which is good for me, they fit similar to my Sidi's. They have been comfortable over longer rides 3-4 hours as well and have held up nicely to this point.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've worn POC helmets for other types of cycling and they have always been excellent and the Receptor flow held up to their standards. Very well made all around. I bought this for my son who has really like it and said it's very comfortable while in actual use with no issues. He usually wears a M and was the same in the POC.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

No better name than the Nomad, the bike crushes it, I would echo what has been said about the Nomad. I also have custom builds on this bike for the same price and less in other colors and sizes now. contact me at kylebrown@backcountry.com and I can help you out on those.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Selle Italia family of saddles have always been my favorites. I had ridden the previous SLR model and was hesitant to go to a slightly different style since once you find a saddle that works with your butt you stick to it. I have been even happier with the SLR Kit Carbonio Flow and have been extremely comfortable on it in all aspects. It's super light which is great, but more importantly I have not experienced numbness or discomfort.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my second pair of Mizuno running shoes and have been extremely happy with them. I am all about a light shoe and these are light but not at the expense of great performance. These are good way to move to a more minimal shoe but not get beat up by the pavement. I have only been running in them about 5 weeks but wear has been average on them. fit is pretty standard, I wear an 8 in pretty much all shoes and these are the same. Generous toe box and a great fit.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

To often your alien TT head helmet can cost you a fortune, I picked this up just because it was a screaming deal, not because I really needed one. What a bonus when I found that I was super happy with it! It fit way better then my Giro and is very light, I ended up having to get my girlfriend one to after she tried it at a Tri. If you're doing TT's or Tri's and looking to shave some seconds it's a simple relatively inexpensive upgrade.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I agree with the last review, it's nice to have a helper although you can assemble it yourself. Once it's together its just so simple and convenient to use, it doesn't get any better. I am using the 2" hitch and it holds super secure, no worries at all. I also got the attachment and that has been stellar as well. I bought this after using a friends and also trying some other types, I just didn't feel they were as solid. Treat yourself and make your bike hauling easier and pick one up. I have hauled road, mountain 29er's, bmx, and Tri bikes on mine, yea we are bike people.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on May 13, 2015

No better bike!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is not a better bike
Over a 3 month period I set out to ride every bike I could to help make a decision on which bike to build over the winter. Some of what I rode included the Pinarello dogma F8, Specialized Tarmac, Colnago C60, Scott addict sl, Merlin Empire, Boardman SLR, wilier Cento1, and a few more but you get the idea. I wanted the best, at my age after doing this a while I will admit becoming a bike snob. I can honestly say that without a doubt the Storck Aernario Platinum was the clear winner, on a side note the Merlin empire was the runner up. I had to wait a while over the winter to get my size but when I did and finally got it built I was absolutely thrilled from the first few km’s of my ride. It climbs with a no holds barred feeling, as if every bit I put into it I am getting out of it, and I definitely need everything out of a bike I can get. Within getting it set up 2 of my first rides were actually races which was a worry since I had only had a week of riding the bike. Both races mid 70 mile range. I was worried about such a stiff responsive frame beating me up after 50-60 as some stiffer frames do but absolutely no problem at all (that that was with an aluminum stem). Standing to sprint feel as secure as I ever have, descending I was completely confident and solid at any speed, cornering I was able to push to the absolute limits. The frame is fairly aggressive in nature so keep that in mind, it’s race bred. Overall the bike is incredibly light and extremely reactive to every watt you pedal into it. Marcus Storck is a fantastic frame builder, no regrets at all on this bike, I don’t know where to go from here next year! Likely the same bike. I found the size chart on Storck’s site to not be the best so don’t hesitate to ask me about sizing, at 5’7” I took the 47. I can also recommend builds and help out on better pricing as well. kylebrown@backcountry.com 801-736-6396 ext. 4417

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on May 12, 2015

don't hessitate
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was hesitant to upgrade my mtn ride from a full susp. 3X 26" bike. I wish I would have done it earlier. Had my first few rides now on this bike with an X01 build and I could not be happier with the outcome. Incredible price made it happen for me to begin with but more importantly the bike is amazing. It ended up super light, accelerates faster than I thought a 29'er would, the X01 group is superb, bike handles every bit as good as I had hoped for. Absolutely no regrets and am having more fun on a mountain bike that I ever have. I got everything I wanted out of this bike and used the lesser expensive components, I can't wait to upgrade the wheels, bars, post. This is a race worthy machine as it is, can't imagine it after I add to it. If you have questions on builds for this bike or sizing advice just contact me kylebrown@backcountry.com. I'm happy to chat about this one.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on May 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Storck makes on of the best bikes period, the Scenero G2 is stiff, reactive, agile. Ultegra grouppo is top notch, you won't find a better riding, handling bike anywhere near this price. The G2 is not super aggressive in geometry, comfortable enough for longer rides. The DT swiss wheels are a lot nicer than you will find on any bike in this price range, a really nice upgrade over the entry level mavics that most come with. I bought a Storck myself and could not be happier. I am happy to help you with sizing on them or any questions, email me directly -kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on April 30, 2015

very well done carbon wheels
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In putting my new bike together I was running low on $ so I decided to try the Mercury's to save some money. I have not been at all disappointed in them. I have ridden about every wheel out there and for the money they are a bargain. They did come in heavier than stated weight mostly in the rear wheel. They roll very smooth and react sharply, not soft in any way. I think there are slightly better wheels out there to be honest but you will pay at least another grand for those. For now I'm perfectly content to ride and race on these, they have not let me down in any way and would buy another set in a heartbeat. I can also get a set shipped for free, contact me at kylebrown@backcountry.com
I am adding an update to this now after putting many more miles and races on them, I have to say I am very very impressed, they go toe to toe with wheels costing 1-2k more. First and foremost performance has been absolutely stellar in all conditions. Again I would HIGHLY recommend them.

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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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