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Luke Dordai

Luke Dordai

Salt Lake City, UT

Luke Dordai's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Luke Dordai's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Follow their adventures and exploits.

Hey, I'm Luke. I've been working in the cycling industry for about 8 years, the majority of the time as a mechanic. I love all styles of biking, but my true passion is mountain biking. I grew up in NJ, and moved out here to Salt Lake in June 2013, loving it so far! I'm also an avid rock climber, and I enjoy hiking, camping, and skiing once it gets cold enough!

I’d love to answer your gear related questions. Here is how you can contact me:

Phone: 801.746.7580 x 4141
Email: ldordai@backcountry.com

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on November 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Gold standard for durable training tubulars. They last a long time and resist punctures really well, but they are SMALL. They need to be stretched for 48 hours on a non glued rim before they get installed, otherwise they will be impossible to get on without making a gluey mess.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on November 25, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Works fine, for the person building a set of wheels for the first time, this is probably not the stand for you. Does not have enough adjustability and precision to really dial in trueness and roundness.

Great stand for a smaller home shop and doing minor truing jobs and spoke replacements, but if you are building wheels it left more to be desired.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on November 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I rarely give things 5 stars, but this thing deserves it. Very small, lightweight, and does EXACTLY what it needs to do and nothing more. Has a dial to control the flow of Co2 so if you muck up pressing the inflator on the valve you can just reset and try again. Super durable, I've had the same one for 3 years and it still works perfectly.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on November 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I usually get a lot of free gloves working in the bike industry, and never really need to pay for them in order to stay safe and save my hands. That being said, I ponied up for these since they are the best gloves I have ever used.

No padding on the palm, great padding on the back of the hand should you get stuck in a tight tree section with modern wide handlebars. Materials and finish are top notch. The one thing I would say that is a little annoying is they tend to fit a bit large, and they do break in. I normally get a large in most gloves and I had to size down to a medium in these.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is awesome. Super light, packable, fits in my camelbak without totally taking up the cargo space. Fit is bang on, I wear a medium in most tops and this medium fit me perfect. Not totally waterproof, but I used it a couple times to keep me dry when I got caught in a small rain storm.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on August 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this to relocate the actuation of my KS Lev underneath the handlebar and also to add a bit of bling (got it in purple). The fit and finish of the lever is awesome, it's clearly a high quality product. It comes with a cable, and paired up with my KS perfectly. Lever action is super smooth, and I've found myself using my dropper post more because of it. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on August 28, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Being a wrench for about 10 years, I have developed a pickiness for a good stand, and this review may be a little biased. I think this stand functions just fine, and I use it for my personal "bike shop" in my own house, but the quality level of it is definitely not professional level.

The clamp is basically a cheaper version of their 100-3D clamp, with taller clamping sufaces that can be difficult to find good clamping spots with shorter seatposts or bent tubes. That being said, it works fine, and I have had no issues with pivots or screws failing.

The fit and finish is good, and the legs are long enough to be stable. I had no problem punching out a stubborn PF30 bottom bracket with the bike in the stand, it remained stable and never had me worried that it would tip over.

Overall, its a good stand and does its job just fine, but for someone who is constantly wrenching, upgrading to something with a nicer clamp and potentially wider base could be nice.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on August 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these grips since they came out, and they are bar none my favorite grips. Nice and fat so my hands don't cramp on long downhills. Substantial cushioning to keep the trail buzz at a minimum, and the lock on clamps make them super easy to remove and install, not to mention you can bling them out with a bit of color.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on August 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fit and finish is good, new hanger came dead straight out of the box. Got myself a spare one to keep in my pack in case I bend one out on the trail. Keep in mind, they make these in both 142 and 148 axle spacing, make sure to get the right one for the frame you have.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on August 24, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've always thought Yetis were something special, and this bike is no different. I had the chance to ride one at a recent demo event, and was very impressed with certain things, although I do think there are some small areas that can be improved.

First off, most rides here in Utah start off with a climb, so I got a good idea of how the bike climbs, and I was thoroughly impressed. I'm a huge fan of DW-link bikes, so I know how a bike is supposed to climb, and honestly, the Switch Infinity on the Yeti climbs better than the bike I own currently (Mojo 3). Way snappier, and I never felt the need to switch the compression on the shock over to the climb mode, the design of the suspension made it not necessary. The one thing that left me slightly unimpressed was the nimbleness through tight uphill switchbacks. The front center and overall wheelbase is a bit longer than similar bikes in this category, and I felt like I had to work the front of the bike around a bit more than I do on my personal bike.

Once the trail pointed downhill, however, this bike truly opened up. The rear wheel feels glued to the ground. Incredibly planted, almost feels like a coil shock with the small bump absorption and snappiness of the rear end. I found myself linking turns together and pressing the bike further and further into berms to try and find the limit, and I was unable to. It honestly rides like a 6 inch bike on the descents, while maintaining a lighter weight and more overall nimbleness.

Now the reason I didn't give the bike 5 stars: It doesn't have a water bottle mount in the triangle. Not a huge issue for me, since I ride with a Camelbak, but there are a lot of riders out there who need a bottle cage, so this is something to keep in mind.
The other was the bike is not boost. You'd think you would not be able to tell a difference, but from riding 4-5 different boost bikes over the last couple months, getting on this one, I could definitely feel a bit more lateral flex in the wheels when the bike was pushed into corners.

Overall, it is a KILLER trail bike, and with the sale we have going on now, it is really hard to beat. We have an array of complete bikes or frames to build up your own dream machine.

I can help with building up a bike and making sure you get the best deal possible. Please feel free to reach out to me at ldordai@backcountry.com or 801.736.6396 x2244.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on August 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tool is an absolute must for anyone who works on their bike regularly or is a professional wrench. Back when I worked in a shop, I had to put a lock on my tool box purely because this tool was in it and my coworkers kept stealing it.

The finish of the tool is beautiful, welds are perfect, and it has lasted me basically since they first came out with it a couple years ago with no notching or warping of the splines. Also works great for centerlock lockrings, without having to remove hub endcaps. Genuinely feels like a tool I will never have to replace.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on July 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Obligatory Randy Savage references aside, these are some darn good sunglasses. I was admittedly a bit skeptical when I picked them up, but after spending a couple weeks with them, my opinion has turned in a very positive direction.
First things first, these are big. Not as big as the standard Speedcraft, but still big on most peoples faces. I have a relatively narrow face, and they do look a little large, but the opposite side of that is that the field of view and protection from the glasses is extraordinary. Long descents at high speeds were no issue, with no wind irritation to speak of.
Optical clarity is very good, not quite on par with Smith or Oakley, but about 90% of what they provide IMO. Like I said before, field of vision is excellent, especially leaned over and looking up, I got no interference from the frames of the glasses into my field of vision.
The fit is the only place I had some issues. They grab and hold onto your face really well, the issue I had was with the arms of the glasses pressing a little too hard into my head behind my ears, and causing some minor irritation after about 2-3 hours. Other than that, these are a solid performer and definitely a pair of glasses I'm going to keep around for regular use.

If you have any questions about the glasses or just want to talk bike, feel free to hit me up at ldordai@backcountry.com or call in at 801.736.6396 x4141, I'd be happy to help!

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on June 17, 2016

5 5

Got a chance to take this bike for a nice 20 mile blast, and I was completely impressed by what it was capable of. I was a bit worried to be honest, because I've ridden quite a few of the mid to long travel 29ers, and I always felt like I was trying to maneuver a boat (i'm much more a 27.5 guy normally). The short chainstays combined with the relatively short wheelbase makes for a bike that is substantially more playful than I was anticipating.
Lets get this out of the way first. This bike is not going to climb as well as a DW-link bike or a Switch bike. That being said, I found that it's seated climbing manners are actually really good, I never felt like I was fighting for traction or the suspension was bobbing excessively. Getting out of the saddle and really cranking on it did get the suspension to move more than I would like, but again, this bike is not about the climb.
Pointing it downhill however opened up a completely different animal. Point it down a straight, gnarly downhill, and it gobbles up trail so fast I found I had to look further down the trail than I was used to because I was moving so fast. I was a bit worried how it handled tighter, narrower turns, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Center or even get your weight a bit over the front of the bike, and the Following was amazingly easy to flick from turn to turn without feeling like you were muscling a way bigger bike.
One thing I did notice about the rear suspension, the first couple inches of it feel like a downhill bike. Super plush, soaks up all the smallest trail buzz, but then it ramps up so well that it feels like a bike with much more travel.
The build kit that we've made up is super killer, and an amazing value, with one caveat: the tires. I feel like the tires specced on the bike are not aggressive enough for what this bike is meant to do. Fortunately, since it is a house build, it is something we can swap out. Give me a call or email, and I would be glad to help out set up a build or answer any more questions about the bike.

Luke Dordai
801.736.6396x4141
ldordai@backcountry.com

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pump has saved my butt several times on the trail when my Co2 cartridges fail. Solidly made, super easy to use valve that works with both schrader and presta valves without having to change anything in the pump head. The gauge is great for fine tuning pressure on my mountain bike. It also has a switch to change from low volume action (for road) to high volume (Mountain). All in all, nicely made, nicely thought out product that has a permanent spot in my backpack.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Let me preface this review by saying I've always been a die hard shimano fan when it comes to pedals, both road and mountain. They just work, and keep on working. I was given these as a demo to try and convince me that crank brothers have figured out their problems, and I was about 50% convinced.

They are definitely better than the eggbeater, the cage surrounding the clipping mechanism is great, and the retention system itself is substantially better than the flimsy wire on the eggbeater pedal. They've taken quite a few rock strikes which would have broken the eggbeater, and they're still working great. The bearings still spin true, although they have developed a little bit of play in them after about 2 months of hard riding.

The downside of them however, is the release. The step in is fine, almost an identical feel to shimano. The release however, leaves much to be desired with me. I like the positive click and release from shimano, and the crank brothers have a more mushy release with a lot more float in the pedal. I prefer to feel solid and secure in my pedal, and these pedals just don't give me that (same reason why I don't like speedplay on the road). That being said, this is more of a personal preference thing, so definitely give them a try. For 80 bucks they're definitely a good value pedal.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this tool for about 6 months, and I can say that it's one of the better multi tools out there. it has everything you might need on it, from a full set of allen keys to two sizes of both philips and flat screwdrivers. It also has T25 and T10 hex keys, which is useful, because a lot of modern componentry is starting to switch to those sizes. I'm a mechanic, and I leave my full set of tools at the shop I work for, so this has actually turned into my "home tool set". I've done everything from install stems, to adjust cleats, pedals, even sized and removed a chain with it. Still holding up strong. It's not a bad idea to put a couple drops of chain lube on the pivots of the tool to keep it running smoothly, especially in dusty climates. It's a bit on the heavy side, which some people may get bothered by, but it doesn't bother me at all since I ride with a backpack full of all sorts of things. A couple extra grams here and there isn't a big deal. Well done crank brothers, now fix your dropper posts and pedals and we'll be talking.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on November 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been a loyal Fox customer for quite a while. I loved the bombproof quality of the forks, but I always thought they required a bit more tuning and maintenance and a much longer break in before they really felt optimal.

Enter the Pike. I had heard about this fork, and after demoing it at a local event, I was blown away by the smooth, buttery feel of the travel. My initial thought was "well, these are demo bikes, so they've had tons of time to let the oil cycle and the seals break in, which is why they feel so awesome". Even so, I decided to give it a go on the new Ibis Mojo HDR 650b I was building up.

I went with the 27.5 inch 150mm SoloAir platform, because I've never used a travel adjust and never found it necessary. I installed it, and was shocked at how good the fork felt right out of the box. Cycled it a couple times, set up the sag and compression, and got moving.

The 35mm stanchions give such a precise, stiff platform, that the fork really only moves in an up and down manner, there's no tweaking or torsion side to side. The action is buttery smooth, and with 20% sag, there is no brake dive or hyper squishiness when standing up and mashing on the pedals. Rebound is easily tuneable, and it's super simple to get the fork dialed, it took me about 3 rides whereas it took me an average of about 5-10 for the fox forks.
Maintenance is super easy, simply drop the lowers with a 24mm socket and a 8mm socket. The oil change intervals are also less frequent than with fox, which I like.

Overall, super super impressed, I would recommend this fork for any all mountain/trail/enduro rider, it really is a game changing fork like Nate said below.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on November 12, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The shift cables are amazing, they really do make a difference in the lightness and crispness of the shift. The brake set is also VERY good, much lighter action at the brake lever, and much more power resulting.

The only downside that I've found is that the brake housing is VERY stiff, and also wider than normal housing. You're going to need to cut it with a dremel or something simmilar, as regular housing cutters will crimp the housing and cause it not to work well. Also, because of the stiffness, its vital that you get your housing lengths exactly right otherwise the stiff housing will push the brake caliper to one side, causing uneven braking.

Other than that, solid cable set that will really increase the performance of both shifting and braking.

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