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Perry Hall

Perry Hall

The Wasatch

Perry Hall's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Perry Hall's Bio

I come from a long line of non-cyclists, and found peace in getting out of the house on two wheels as early as I can remember. I didn't begin to really ride mountain bikes until high school and from there, it was a downhill(ha!) spiral. Racing in college for the UVM mountain team, living with all mountain bikers, and riding all around New England got me fully hooked. I moved to Utah in 2009 to work at Alta and ski, then made the permanent move back specifically for the snow. Needless to say, I was beyond overwhelmed by the amount of amazing riding the Wasatch and Utah have, and absolutely love having such stellar trails a short drive away.


My Top 5 trails I have ridden:
1. Whole Enchilada, Moab, UT
2. Horsetheif Bench/Marys, Fruita, CO
3. Perry Hill, Waterbury, VT (RASTA MAN)
4. Mobb Hill/Saxon Hill, Jericho/Essex, VT (Tie)
5. Sugarbush/Highland MT, Warren, VT/Tilton, NH (Tie)

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Perry Hall

Perry Hallwrote a review of on May 25, 2016

Fantastic helmet!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There's been an increasing demand for helmets equipped with concussion reduction technology, and there has historically been one option for that technology – MIPS. MIPS seemingly took the bicycle helmet industry by storm a few years back, but we now have a new player producing some amazing helmets. 6D has been manufacturing helmets used in motocross and BMX for a while, and has finally ventured into mountain bike with the ATB-1T. This helmet uses a system they are calling ODS, or Omni-Directional Suspension. It's similar to MIPS, but it's executed a bit differently. The system basically creates a ball-in-socket from the inner and outer shell, with 27 elastic isolation dampers connecting the two EPS Foam layers. The benefit is that it cuts down on rotational forces like MIPS, but unlike MIPS, I've never noticed any noise or rattling from the ATB-1T.

One of the first things you notice about the helmet is the weight. It is heavier than my Bell Super 2 MIPS that I had been riding prior. However, once the helmet is on your head, the weight is less noticeable, mostly due to a fantastic retention system. The buckle is a nice touch as well. It's a magnetic system called Fidlock that automatically locks together, and allows for quick, one-handed connection of the buckle.

I find that a warm day is best when getting a feel for a new helmet, since it allows one to experience the ventilation and wicking performance. Luckily I was able to give the helmet a solid shake down in approximately 75-degree weather on exposed, sunny trails. The padding does a good job of wicking the sweat away from the eyes, and while it has fewer vents than my Bell Super, my head didn't feel any warmer in the ATB-1T. The added weight of the helmet disappeared as I was riding, whether I was climbing or descending.
Comparing this helmet to the Super 2, the difference is definitely noticeable. Weight aside, the 6D is a larger helmet, overall. I currently own a large Super 2, and the 6D is a M/L, which puts me at the top end of the size range. I wouldn't want to size up to the XL/XXL due to the increased size of the shell on the 6D.
Although I appreciate the added protection, one of my biggest complaints about MIPS helmets has been the noise. Noise is not something that one usually thinks about when it comes to a helmet, but after riding a POC Trabec Race MIPS and the Super MIPS, I have found that the plastic MIPS layer can rub against the inside of the helmet, which creates a distracting squeak while riding. The 6D has not developed any noise in the few weeks I have been riding it, and is far more comfortable on my head. After spending the early season in the ATB-1T, my take is that this helmet would be a great option for someone looking for a comfortable, well-ventilated helmet that provides maximum protection when you're on the trail.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on May 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With such a versatile axle system, ease of adjusting chaining sizes, and the stiffness and light weight of the cranks, its hard to find a better option. I've been running these on two bikes now, and will be hard pressed to ride a different crank in the future.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on May 19, 2016

BOOOOOOOST
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not only are the axles boost, but the bike will help you to boost your riding. A huge change over the prior VPP Design, the new one is more active, and has less of a mid-stroke wallow which I found on most gen 1 Santa Cruz VPP bikes. I'm in the process of getting some volume spacers for the Fox Rear shock to try a bit different setup, but this bike has been an amazing addition to my quiver. Light, stiff, and burly, you have a really versatile bike that can handle both Nomad and 5010 terrain.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on May 4, 2016

4 5

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

I gave these to my girlfriend as she is learning how to ride clipless pedals and needed some knee pads. We went with these since they are a light weight, have no Velcro, and are super comfy to pedal in! they are a soft pad, that really conform to your knee, but its clear that they harden substantially upon impact. We're very happy with these pads!

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this same tire in the 2.3 standard version at the beginning of the season. I'm running a 26mm internal rim Mercury X1 carbon, and felt as though the tire was a bit squirly leaning into looser corners. I bought the WT version for increased volume, and improved tire profile, and have been very impressed. I rode one trail where I distinctly noticed the tire squirm in a corner, and it handled marvelously. After a long weekend riding in southern Utah, I'm hooked on the WT DHR II!

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm personally on my 2nd set of knees, I own a set of these, and juts bought a set for my girlfriend. Light protection for your elbows for under a long sleeve jersey while riding DH, or great for more aggressive trail riding where a little extra protection is wanted. Light weight, can be easily stowed in a pack for the climb up.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tire is what I have been waiting for for a while now. I was running a Ikon last year, and loved the slide that tire provided. This has similar characteristics, but as soon as you lean it into the side knobs, this thing grips! I've had great luck with it so far the past month riding in Utah, the only issue is steep, loose over hard climbs where I tend to lose traction. I am excited to get this thing out on the Park City Trails this summer!

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Although its pretty meek for a bell, it mounts nearly anywhere and mounts out of the way. Upside down, on the left, under the dropper lever. Easy to use without altering bar grip. Bell's are mandatory out here and this is a great option.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on March 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A new chain is a necessity, especially after nearly snapping the one you have on a bent link. I went with this option to save some cash, and I have no doubts that it will last close to the 1000 mile mark.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on March 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been going through the ringer trying to find a cage to fit my 2016 Santa Cruz Bronson, because I really don't like riding with a pack. This cage finally fits perfectly. Its tight around the bottle, so I know my bottles won't get thrown, and allows for angled removal and replacement of the bottle, without stressing the plastic on some other cages. Works like a charm!

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on March 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had been riding in an older Lazer on the road bike for a few years, and was having a hard time giving it up. I ended up getting one of these (MIPS was a big selling point) and haven't been happier. Besides having new padding that has reduced sweat in my eyes and made my head more comfy, the helmet also has a great hi-viz color and style to protect me while riding in higher traffic areas.
I have yet to ride it without a buff or cap underneath due to the season, but I have no reservations about the ventilation.

A great value!

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on March 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The 35mm Clamp bars increase your front end stiffness quite a bit! I'll be dropping a few PSI in the fork to make the front end a bit more forgiving because these bars are so stiff! 800mm width is super stable, and lots of color options to match your ride.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on March 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a new saddle for my MTB this year, and after riding a Tundra last season, WTB's the year before, and an Fizik Antares on my road bike, I knew i liked a fairly flat shape, but wanted to add a channel for pressure relief. This saddle hits the nail on the head. I've only got 2 rides in so far but am very pleased so far.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on March 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Cinch system really allows for one crank set to be used between different bottom bracket standards. For your threaded frames, this is the one you need. Quick and easy installation, bearings are quite tight and stiff out of the box, and will require a little break in. A great system.

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