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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien

Wasatch Mountains, Utah

Pete OBrien's Bio

Originally from Vermont, I moved to Utah in 1991. I like to Snowboard, Ski, Mountain Bike, Cyclocross Race and Motocross.

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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrienwrote a review of on December 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own six of these cogs ranging from 15T-20T. I use 38T/16T gearing 80% of the time racing single speed cyclocross here in Utah. My wheels are Hed Belgium Plus with Chris King 11 speed hubs. I have the Surly spacer kit and tugnut held together tightly with a steel DT Swiss RWS quick release. The cogs are very easy to switch out if you have these two tools:
Crombie Tool
http://www.backcountry.com/abbey-bike-tools-single-sided-crombie-tool?rr=t
Chain Whip
http://www.backcountry.com/park-tool-chain-whip-15mm-pedal-wrench-hcw-16?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6Y2hhaW4gd2hpcDoxOjQ6Y2hhaW4gd2hpcA&skid=PAR0101-ONECOL-ONESIZ
Since you are moving the wheel back and forth each time you change gears you also have to adjust your rear brake accordingly.

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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrienwrote a review of on December 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a 38T and a 42T chainring for single speed racing in Utah. With the 38T my range of rear cogs goes from 16T-19T based on chain tension, the length of my drop out slot and the tolerance of my rear tire and frame. 80% of the time I race on 38T/16T, leaving my quick release at the end of my drop out. I use the 19T on two different hilly courses here in Utah and whenever its snowing. There was one race I was tempted to run 42T/17T because it was so flat and my chain would be too slack if I ran 38T/15T. This season I also switched out my rear 8.4 V-Brake for an Avid Shorty Ultimate because it's much quicker and easier to adjust each time I switch out my cogs. I still rock the V-Brake up front.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on December 1, 2014

5 5

I bought the camera/ light mount for $15 from the Smith website. It showed up in 2 days (Utah). It's a super solid mount that takes the shakiness out of my POV shots and it's very easy to snap a light on and off. I'm impressed at how comfortable the Forefront is and will probably get the Overtake for road riding.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on August 22, 2014

5 5

I have these brakes on my Tallboy;
http://www.backcountry.com/shimano-xt-bl-m775-hydraulic-disc-brake-set-pre-bled-assembled?rr=t
The brakes came with these pads:
http://www.backcountry.com/shimano-xtr-trail-disc-brake-metallic-pad?rr=t
At first I thought I bought the wrong pads, but these work just as well as the stock ones as far as I can tell and they are cheaper. Once you pull your old ones out, be sure to apply enough pressure to the caliper mechanisms to make them flush inside the caliper, otherwise you have to reinstall the pads. Keep your hardware (the locking pin) from your old pads as you may need them to install your new pads.

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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrienwrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

I was so stoked to get a dropper after years of adjusting my seatpost with a quick release multiple times during a ride. It took a little getting used to. On my first ride I accidentally shifted when I tried to raise my seat on the fly. I could see why people would get the right handed option and put it on the left for when you flip your bike upside down to clean it. I haven't had an issue yet with the long loop of cable that expands and contracts every time I adjust my seat. It does require a little extra care when you throw your bike on a stand though.

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