Mark Travers

Mark Travers

Park City, New England, Virginia/ Southeast

Mark Travers's Bio

Grew up outside of Boston, hiking and skiing in the White Mtns and sailing and kayaking on the Cape and the coast of Maine. Did a stint in central Virginia (where I picked up whitewater paddling) before moving to Utah in the spring of 2012. Moved for the skiing, but love getting out on my bike or backpacking in the mountains when it isn't so white and fluffy

Mark Travers

Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

5 5

I picked this up for the saddle bag on my mountain bike. It is light and compact enough that I really don't notice the addition. I also got a Syncros Micro 8 tool for my road bike since I didn't want the added weight and bulk of the chain breaker. Both tool sets seem really well made and have all of the basics that you could need during a ride

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Mark Travers

Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

5 5

This tool set is really small and light - easy to tuck into your saddle back without noticing the extra weight or bulk. This has pretty much everything you could need for a regular ride, especially on a road bike. If you're planning on a longer outing or really rough terrain on a mountain bike, the Syncros Composite 14 and Alloy 16 add in a chain break tool which is a nice touch

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Mark Travers

Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These came spec'd on my Santa Cruz Bronson and after three years I just picked up a new pair to replace the originals. These are great for Park City where we tend to have pretty buff trails that can get a bit loose/rocky later in the summer. These corner well and give a good bit of confidence on heftier descents. I would love it if these offered a touch less weight and rolling resistance for climbing, but I'm not really willing to sacrifice the control that the offer on the downhill

There are a lot of bikes in the employee racks at the BC office set up with these tires and for good reason

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Mark Travers

Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had a couple sets of these in the saddle bags of both my road bike and my mountain bike. They are nice and compact and a good option for mid-ride repairs on a tire that has already seen some miles to break it in. I've used these to fix a flat on my roadie and to take off worn tires from my mountain bike and they were really easy to use for those jobs.

That said, these really aren't up to the task of mounting a new tire with a tight bead. I had to replace the tires on my mountain bike this spring and bent and finally snapped two levers before switching to a sturdier set.

If you're looking for a set to have in your backpack or saddlebag for mid-ride repairs I think these are a great option, but you should definitely consider a sturdier set to have in the toolbox at home

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