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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

Luke Dordai

Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on February 12, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Got these for a friend, but here are her thoughts:
These are great shoes for my spin class! Super easy to get in and out of, good neutral color so I don't look ridiculous, and SPD compatibility for most spin classes! In hindsight, I mightve gone for the mountain version so the cleat was recessed on the sole so I slip around, but I just dont put them on until im next to my spin bike.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Although I may not use this for nefarious actions like some previous reviewers, it works well to cut things on bikes. Steer tubes, seatposts, handlebars, etc. Does the job well and blades are super easy to swap. Keep in mind, do NOT use this blade to cut carbon. Pick up the CBS-1 for that.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When Shimano released their 11 speed Dura Ace groupset, they quietly introduced these new cables, but they should have been more public about them. These things are SLICK. I add them to any build I am doing to get a snappier, lighter shift feel. Yes, you pay a premium, but it is totally worth it, and due to the polymer coating, the cables do not rust nearly as quickly so they last way longer as long as you don't powerwash your bike.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a tool I can never be without while working on a bike. Perfect wrench for 80% of quick fixes, and all on one tool. Lezyne takes it a step further with solid metal construction and replaceable bits.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 20, 2017

3 5

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

I've used a myriad of dropper posts, and this one seems to work well, although initial setup was a huge pain (setting cable tension has to be so precise) it seems to work really well. The rebound speed is very fast, even with the post reduced to the minimum pressure of 20psi. Will update my review after I have spent some time on it regarding the durability.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These work really well. Make sure to install the provided endcaps or else they can start to rust a bit, as they are not stainless. They support my bike and ski rack and give me more room on the inside of my car.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 20, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are awesome for your trail or road bag while riding. Super light, and do the trick. For the home shop or if you are installing and removing a lot of tires, I would pick up something a bit more heavy duty, as I have broken a couple of these trying to install stubborn tires for the first time.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 20, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This does the job just fine, although I wish the alignment half of the tool fit a bit further down on the steer tube, it just makes it a bit more tricky to get the star nut perfectly centered. Other than that, works great, nice and heavy duty and I should never need to replace it.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This stuff has been great. I used their 1x11 drivetrain basically since it came out, and the new Eagle 1x12 is perfect for me because I get the same cassette and gear ratios with a massive 50t cog attached which works great if I hit a steep digger. The new derailleur is awesome, shifts are crisp and precise, and I've noticed lower noise from the jockey wheels than the previous 1x11 stuff.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pair this one with a high roller 2 in the front, and this has been the ideal tire setup for my trail bike for the past 3 seasons. Great rolling resistance, and enough grip with a really predictable break point, so I know when the tire is going to break free and I can skid the back end of the bike around where I want to.

EXO sidewall protection is awesome, and rubber durability is some of the best I've seen.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Works really well, smooths out my pedal stroke and makes it easier to get good traction on steep, techy climbs. Mounts great to my RaceFace crank. Only issue I had is I tried to retrofit this one to a boost bike, and it was way too close to the chainstay. Absolute Black makes a separate one for Boost bikes, and we have it in stock.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was a die hard Shimano fan for a while, but always found their initial brake bite a bit jarring and sudden, which prevented feathering of the brakes coming into corners or through techy sections. Then these came out, they have way more modulation while keeping the same amount of power you get from Shimano. The update of the B1 version adds the same caliper that the guide ultimates have, which gives a lower friction piston seal and increased air flow around the pads which reduces heat. I definitely would recommend these brakes on any bike, they are a worthy upgrade.

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