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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 January 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These tools are absolutely gorgeous, beautifully made and engineered. They work like a charm, and if you have chris king hubs, you know you need to service them once a season or potentially more depending on your riding conditions. If you appreciate fine craftsmanship and do all your own work, pick up this tool, you won't regret it.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The original BB10 was a great tool, and one of my favorites. Adding the prong to remove the safety clip from shimano cranks was brilliant and makes the tool honestly perfect in my opinion. Great if you spend a lot of time working on shimano hollowtech II style cranks.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 8, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The tool does what is required of it, it will give you a base tension number to help build wheels and get even tension across the wheel. That being said, I've found that you need to be careful using the tool to get accurate measurements. I always make sure to release the pressure pins slowly onto the spoke to get a more accurate reading, and not "snap" the tool onto the spokes. Also make sure not to drop it or bang it around alot, because the calibration can get thrown off. Works great if you build a couple wheelsets a year, but if you really get into it, pay the money for the DT tensiometer that is far more accurate.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the best crank on the market, bar none. RaceFace took the original NextSL and turned it up to 11, shedding about 15 grams while increasing stiffness.

Even though it is the lightest production crank on the market (barring boutique options like Clavicula) it is still extremely durable, and can be seen on bikes ridden in the EWS. Cinch spindle interface system is the best in the industry as well, with the ability to run single, double, or even (gasp) triple chainring setups with no creaking or durability concerns. Would absolutely recommend this crank to anyone.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thank god some companies are still using threaded bottom brackets. RaceFace made a brilliant standard with their cinch cranks, allowing a 30mm spindle to be used with a threaded BB. This BB is great, the bearing quality has definitely increased compared to raceface cranks of old. They feel a bit tight right out of the box, after 3-4 rides they break in and spin smooth.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on December 30, 2016

Absolute favorite trail bike!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Setup: Fox factory, 34 fork, xo1 eagle, Guide RSC brakes, i9 Backcountry 360 wheels, Maxxis Rekon 2.8 tires.

I'm going to preface this review by saying that I have always been an Ibis fan, and loved the snappy, nimble feel their bikes provide. When I heard that they were making a shorter travel version of their HD3 with plus tire compatibility and shorter chainstays, I got myself on the wait list and picked up a frame.

This is the first plus tired bike I have owned, but I have ridden quite a few and this bike in particular stood out to me for one simple reason: It doesn't feel like a plus bike. Let me clarify, you get the velcro like grip that the plus tires provide, without the somewhat sluggish feel that some of the longer travel plus bikes tend to have, especially leaning the bike over when connecting switchbacks on a windy descent.

I will say that this bike is not a "lean back and hold on" trail slayer. It is incredibly light and nimble feeling, and requires you to be a bit more precise about your line selection. Should you do that though, you will be rewarded with an incredibly lively and nimble feeling trail bike with grip for days. This thing wants to be airborne, and is absolutely the most playful trail bike I have ever ridden, even with the wider 2.8 tires.

Still very nimble on the climbs though! With the DW suspension, I never found myself using the climb mode on the shock, opting most times to leave it in trail mode, and opening it up fully for the downhills. Pedal bob stayed at a minimum, and I never felt gassed because of the bike at the end of a long climb.

I would happily recommend this bike to anyone, and would be happy to talk about the details and pick out a killer component setup to make this bike sing. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have!

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on December 30, 2016

Favorite trail bike I've ever ridden
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Setup: Fox factory, 34 fork, xo1 eagle, Guide RSC brakes, i9 Backcountry 360 wheels, Maxxis Rekon 2.8 tires.

I'm going to preface this review by saying that I have always been an Ibis fan, and loved the snappy, nimble feel their bikes provide. When I heard that they were making a shorter travel version of their HD3 with plus tire compatibility and shorter chainstays, I got myself on the wait list and picked up a frame.

This is the first plus tired bike I have owned, but I have ridden quite a few and this bike in particular stood out to me for one simple reason: It doesn't feel like a plus bike. Let me clarify, you get the velcro like grip that the plus tires provide, without the somewhat sluggish feel that some of the longer travel plus bikes tend to have, especially leaning the bike over when connecting switchbacks on a windy descent.

I will say that this bike is not a "lean back and hold on" trail slayer. It is incredibly light and nimble feeling, and requires you to be a bit more precise about your line selection. Should you do that though, you will be rewarded with an incredibly lively and nimble feeling trail bike with grip for days. This thing wants to be airborne, and is absolutely the most playful trail bike I have ever ridden, even with the wider 2.8 tires.

Still very nimble on the climbs though! With the DW suspension, I never found myself using the climb mode on the shock, opting most times to leave it in trail mode, and opening it up fully for the downhills. Pedal bob stayed at a minimum, and I never felt gassed because of the bike at the end of a long climb.

I would happily recommend this bike to anyone, and would be happy to talk about the details and pick out a killer component setup to make this bike sing. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have!

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on December 28, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've always wanted one of these pumps with the additional chamber for tubeless setups, so when Lezyne mentioned they would be doing one, I was really excited and eager to try it.

Fit and finish on the pump is classic lezyne, works really well and looks good doing it. Solid wood handle, and having the release on the pressure chamber as a foot pedal is nice because you can have both hands on the wheel as youre inflating it to ensure the bead seats.

Unfortunately, the way the chuck works, it is necessary to have both hands to inflate a tubeless tire if it is being particularly stubborn. Most people know that in order to get tubeless to work, often times you have to remove the valve core to get enough airflow to pop the beads into place. The way the lezyne chuck is designed, it threads onto the valve core itself, so if that is removed, there is nothing for the chuck to bite onto, and it has to be held on by hand. This leaves only one hand free to aid the tubeless setup on an already difficult process. If they fix the chuck, this thing will be a 5 star product but for now I have a hard time giving it more than three.

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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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