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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

The only shoes I'll wear are Salomons. I've been a big fan of the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX for years. When it was time to retire my old ones I decided to give these a try. They aren't as easy to slip on and off as the Ultras, but they offer more support and comfort. The tongue is housed in an elastic cover, keeping everything snug and tight.

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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 OBrienwrote a review of on August 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these to upgrade the stock wheels that came on my cyclocross bike. I wanted a wider profile for better handling as well as a lighter wheelset. These wheels offer more confidence when bombing through a dried up river bed than their carbon counter parts which are twice the price. The hubs have held up nicely through heavy use in mud and snow as well. If you have budget for carbon wheels you might want to consider these Ardennes as an alternative. You could buy 2 sets and have different tires for different terrain and conditions, or just have a backup.

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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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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

I bought this for my Wife's Bronson mainly because she was adamant about having at least a 2.4" wide tire in the front. She normally rides Highroller 2s but I couldn't find a HR2 in a 2.4 that was tubeless compatible. The tread design on the Trail King is actually a little more versatile than the HR2 because it has intermediate knobs. which gives a more consistent feel when cornering.

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