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Noah Singer

Noah Singer

Park City, Utah

Noah Singer's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Noah Singer's Bio

I began working for Competitive Cyclist when I was 15, I cleaned up cat poop. Literally. I'm now the Product Manger for the site, meaning I make the best decision possible for everything you see and feel while spending time with us.

Between my early days and now I went to Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. I'm a five time National Champion. I raced for the USA National Team at the 2004 MTB World Championships in France, and the Pan American games in Ecuador that same year.

I have a lovely wife and daughter and spend time racing mountain bikes, traveling in our Airstream Bambi and obsessing over Product and Design.

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on March 11, 2015

Arc'teryx and Assos just made a baby...
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

...that's how it was phrased on Bicycling Magazine. They were right. I'm lucky enough to the owner of several Assos items, and I ski (resort and backcountry) in Arc'teryx. It's the nicest money can buy. Bring together the minds, designers, marketing and sales folks from each company and you get 7Mesh.

Fit - It's made to be ridden in. I'm 6'0" 156lbs. I have long arms. I wear a small because I like form-fitting pieces. It is slightly tight on my chest when I stand up-right but in the saddle it is perfect. There is not too much bunch in the chest and the arms are long enough.

Features that matter - Why has it taken so long to include pass-through zippers on the rear rather than more pockets? I wear a jersey under my jacket, I don’t need a total of 6 pockets. This solves that with two horizontal zippers that also act has vents which is very handy.

Thin drawstrings keep things tight around the waste just the way I like it. Two front pockets are there and handy when commuting with a phone but I wouldn’t use them for long rides. However, when spending this much on a riding jacket that makes it more versitle off the bike, which helps justify the cost. It’s Gore-Tex Pro after all and is meant to summit peaks above 25,000 feet. I’ll use this for ski touring too, to that point.

Hood - A snapoff hood is awesome when you need it. Its like 4x4 on a truck. Most of the time you don’t need it, but when you do it’s a lifesaver. This fits snug under your helmet and doesn’t bunch at all. And those snaps…can a snap be called sexy? Yes.

Fit - It's made to be ridden in. I'm 6'0" 156lbs. I have long arms. I wear a small because I like form-fitting pieces.

I wouldn't call this a Road or MTB jacket in particular. It's just a riding jacket meant for the people that expect the most. It's subtle design will look good for at least a decade. I LOVE the Goldstone. It's not "Tour de France" yellow, but more like earth tone yellow, more gold as the name implies.

Bottom line - If you want to own a single jacket for all riding types, and other adventures too this is it. There is not elastic to wear out and the material is durable yet breathable enough for snagging up a few KOM's when nobody else is out riding in that shit weather.

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Noah Singerwrote a question about on January 22, 2015

Although I am typically not a fan of Schwalbe because of the horrific luck I've had with cuts, the tread pattern of this tire looks ideal for long gravel grinder races like the Leadville Trail 100. That race I have done, and if there tire were around in 2011 I would have considered it. The other part is that it's a 29er, which is the only wheel that should be ridden at those types of races. Does anyone have first hand experience?

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on December 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I previously used a Salsa QR clamp but switched on my new SCZ 5010 Carbon for these reasons:

1) The Salsa has a really long QR arm. It helps with leverage but might actually allow too much, cracking your post.

2) The long, pointy QR arm is literally a pain in your ass while sitting on your top tune, hanging out at the top of the climb waiting for ride buddies.

3) It's Santa Cruz and will match your bike.

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Noah Singerposted an image about on December 4, 2014

A sleeper glove that is among the best

I have awful circulation and I live at 7,000 feet. I need the best globe I can get and I hate bulk. All of that is a tough combination to assemble. This does it though. I only have about five rides in them so far but was anxious to post this soon for everyone to know. The gloves are tough. They are extremely warm without bulk. The black/black is slick and will double as my Nordic ski glove without being too loud.


They are Euro too. What else need be said?

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on October 13, 2014

2 5

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

I was overwhelmed with when I saw WTB release such a fat tire for cyclocross bikes. From my MTB background I know volume is king. I own a 2014 Ibis Hakkalugi Disc with an ENVE disc fork.

When I installed the tires on my Crossmax SLR wheels I could tell the tire/frame clearance would be a bit snug on the back, and have ample room on the front with the ENVE fork. On my first ride, within about 15 minutes I heard the first bit of tire rub on the rear. I don't know if the tire expanded a little or the wheel shifted, but it was rubbing the frame ever so slightly near the bottom bracket junction. I centered the wheel in the dropouts, cranked down the quick-release but it didn't fix it. I found the quickest route home as to not wear my frame anymore, and removed the tire.

This tire in 40C does not fit into a Hakkalugi. It does however fit in the ENVE fork, so if you have that on another frame give it a shot or only run it on the front.

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Noah Singerposted an image about on September 3, 2014

You need only one bike. Period.

You need only one mountain bike. You need this bike. I've raced competitively for 12 years. I've ridden for sponsors and have been unsponsored. XC, Short Track, Enduro and Marathon. These days, I own a single bike, and this is it. A recent weekend looked like this:
Friday - Race the Pro fat tire crit, all on city streets, at the Grand Junction Off-Road in Colorado.
Sunday - Race Pro 40 mile XC, on arguably the most technical XC in America at that same race.
Monday - Do lift-access runs for hours at Deer Valley, UT on "Expert only, downhill bike required" trails.

During those three days, I never changed a single thing on the bike aside from dropping the seatpost four inches on Sunday. I ride Enve M60 wheels, Continental X-King 2.4 tires, and XT brakes. The bike weighs in at 24 pounds.

I work at Competitive Cyclist, I race the fast races and I do the fun rides. I could have several bikes and I could have any bike, but this is the one and only.

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had several Rapha bibs in the past. I heard that in the early days (still?) DeMarchi and Rapha were produced in the same factory by the same people. I'd believe it, these are great bibs. Clean, crisp design, quality ditching and materials and the price is amazing. Stock up and go tick off some KOMs.

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on April 23, 2014

Game changer
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I first thought lace up cycling shoes were a gimmick. And then I tried them, first on the road with the Giro Empire. The fit is far better than anything I've ever had with buckles. Buckles tend to leave a hot spot, even if you don't realize it until after you've tried something else. Full velcro will wear out over time and come loose. Laces are king. No, the laces do not come loose and no they will not get caught in your chain. There is an elastic loop for them on the tongue.

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on March 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Miir does something good for society, that is the most important thing here. You pay a fair price for a high-quality coffee cup and it helps others, simple as that. The cup is well insulated for both hot and cold drinks. This is my go-to for traveling and camping because it looks and works just like a pint glass. Your coffee stays hot and in the cup with a tightly fit lid, and then when beer:30 rolls around you just leave the top of and you don't look like your drinking beer from a coffee mug. As a bonus it stays cold longer.

- My one con of the mug is that the air hole in the lid is very small, so while it doesn't leak it can easily clog with dry coffee residue and become blocked. Once that happens the java doesn't flow out as easily through the mouth piece. To remedy it, just blow through the hole and you're good to go.

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on August 23, 2013

That babe from high school has grown up
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The XLM being re-birthed as a 29er, along with updated geometry and specs, makes me a happy man. I was lucky enough to race this bike recently, along with some high country rides. I came from a Santa Cruz Highball Carbon, so the bar was high. This bike is smooth as silk, typical of Ti but once again proven here. The oversized head tube brings it in touch with the modern era. The bike actually climbs better than my Highball, and is nearly on par on the descents. All around, it's sexy and it performs.

My one complaint is that there was some seat post slippage with both an Easton Carbon and Thomson aluminum post. I hope this can be dialed in, otherwise it's a lovely machine.

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Noah Singerwrote a review of on July 10, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

SPD pedals are great, but the cleats do wear out in about 1,500 miles. Keep a pair of these on hand, when you put them on it will feel like you just got a fresh straight razor shave and haircut, thinks are just right and tight.

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