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Peter N

Peter N

Salt Lake City

Peter N's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Peter N's Bio

Spent most of my life on the east coast, came out here to work for Competitive Cyclist and ride some of the best climbs and trails in the world.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the first pair of Pearl Izumi shorts i've purchased in a while, and mainly did so as the selection of nicer liner bib shorts on the market is very limited. I bought these mainly to carry an additional water bottle on the back straps underneath the jersey, but was pleasantly surprised to find additional pockets around the thighs that you could potentially stick something like energy gels into. The chamois was decent and acceptable for its purpose.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 5, 2016

4 5

Zipp's latest standard composite brake pad for their carbon wheels. As Trevor pointed out below, these new ones seem to be a lot more reliable and consistent in the rain. I've had no issues with these so far and ride carbon wheels daily. Certainly pricey when it comes time to change out pads (80 dollars for front and rear), but well worth the cost.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 5, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A pretty solid bib liner for the price. Unlike regular bib shorts that you might just wear underneath your shorts, these are made of a finer more ventilated material that i imagine might make it a little cooler on really hot days. I ended up returning it as i mainly bought them for the water bottle pocket on the back straps, but for some reason this one seemed to be placed really high and was difficult to get to.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 5, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Makes a really nice light weight 3/4 sleeve jersey for when you're looking for just a little more coverage. Fits pretty true to size. The graphics are nice, but as Sean pointed out below durability probably won't be this jersey's best selling point. I've had no issues with it so far, though.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is basically a version of the Michelin Pro4 Service Course tire with a bead to bead puncture protection. If the roads you ride on are rough but you're not ready to switch to a stiff riding puncture protection tire like an Armadillo or Gatorskin, this would be a great option.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was initially pretty surprised and disappointed that Niner had released a new bike with only 90mm of rear travel, as it seems like everyone is edging closer to 120mm/5 inch bikes as more XC bikes these days. That being said, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the bike with its redesigned CVA linkage rode a lot nicer than previous Niners, and felt bigger than 90mm. Niners have always traditionally climbed very well but have struggled when the trail turned down hill. Personally I'd say the 71 degree HT angle on this bike is still a bit steep, but it descends surprisingly well in spite of. This would make a great bike for anyone who mainly rides XC, but it won't be afraid to get rowdy in some bigger spots where traditional XC bikes would stumble.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

More durable than Vittoria Open Corsa, but i feel that it has a nicer road feel than Conti GP 4000 SII. They are by no means a "flat resistant" tire, but i've had no more flat on these than with any other higher end tire. Would definitely recommend as an all day training tire but still good enough to race on.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great, affordable way to get into training and racing with power. Just get this kit, put your Shimano road crank non-drive side arm into the box, ship it off, and get it back pretty quickly with a power meter installed. The big advantage of Pioneer vs. other comparably priced systems (Stages, 4iii, etc...) is that you have the ability to upgrade down the road as your level of interest and budget allows. Whereas you'd have to just sell your stages arm to upgrade to a full power meter, you can just purchase the right side upgrade kit: http://www.competitivecyclist.com/pioneer-right-side-power-upgrade-kit?skidn=PNR000C-ONECOL-ONESIZ&ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6cGlvbmVlcjoxOjEwOnBpb25lZXI= that will open up a whole new world of data, including increased accuracy, dual sided power readings, and Pioneer's own force vectoring metrics.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This glove takes the gold standard from the Fox Ranger as my favorite low profile glove. Give these a try if you're looking for a very minimalist glove with no padding. Simple design, no velcro straps needed to tighten around the wrist. The back side seems to be a bit more durable than others, plus the oakley logo looks sharp right near the knuckles when you're holding the bars. I've taken a few diggers already on these and they seem to be holding up decently well for what they are.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on May 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are great flats for those who are looking to try something different from your regular clip in pedals or want to step up from your basic pedals that came with the bike. The removable pins also thread in from the opposite side, so that its far less likely that they'll get clogged with mud and be almost impossible to remove. The nylon body seems pretty durable but obviously won't hold up as well on rock strikes as other alloy pedals. That being said, for 1/2 to 1/3 the price of some other flat pedals on the market, you'll get plenty of use out of these with some money left over.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There may be slightly lighter brakes on the market, but none work as well or as reliably XTR Race do. While Shimano calls these their race brakes as opposed to their trail brakes because they lack Shimano's Servo Wave technology, you could arguably say that these give you better modulation instead of ramping up quickly, producing that "on-off" feeling that other shimano brakes (XTR Trail, XT, SLX) are known for. Plus, the few less grams than XTR trail never hurt either.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm currently running these tires in 2.25 in front and rear on a hardtail. The tires are relatively light and have been performing well so far, but likely as we get more into the season and the trails become more washed out (in Utah) I'll switch to a front tire with a little bit more bite. That being said, I'm really liking the tire as a rear and would recommend it for any sort of XC/Trail application. I'd probably save the front for only XC, unless you live somewhere with nice grippy conditions year on the regular.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

HED has brought its legendary Ardennes lineup down range slightly to make it more affordable. You still get the 21mm wide internal rim that would work perfectly with newer gen wider tires, and tubeless ready if you're so inclined. Centerlock hubs means that you can run Shimano's best rotor, the RT-99, or Centerline X if you're running SRAM. While a little bit heavier than the far more expensive FR, SL, or LT wheels, I didn't notice any difference in stiffness or ride quality of these wheels when riding them. Definitely would recommend over any other road disc wheelset in this price range

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been pretty pleased by what I've seen so far from these gloves. I'm a medium in almost all gloves (such as a Fox Ranger) and these fit me perfectly. The white palms on the Wolfpack gloves that i got will inevitably get dirty, but so far it hasnt been that bad. The palms are decently thick, so if you're looking for a pair of minimalist gloves, these probably arent for you. Seems like the palm will last a while, though. Graphics are definitely different from your usual run of the mill black or neon accent gloves, which i really like a lot.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

HT makes some really high quality pedals and the AE02s are no different. I've been running them for several months now with heavy use and have seen no issues. Really like how low profile these pedals are compared to some other ones in its price range. Also comes in lots of great colors to match your bike

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

36c makes this tire a pretty ideal width for tackling gravel and light off road while still fitting in most if not all cross/gravel bike frames. The treads are just there enough to give you decent grip while ripping up some gravel, but won't slow you down too much when riding on pavement. Tubeless ready, so pair these with a nice tubeless ready wheelset like Stan's Grail and lower that air pressure all the way down to keep you comfortable while riding all day.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As is with the rest of the GX groupset, this cassette makes a great affordable alternative to the sky high costs of XX1 and X01. It's definitely quite a bit heavier than the higher end cassettes, but at less than half of its price I can't complain too much. I can't perceive the difference in shifting between this and X01 and XX1. Would make a great training cassette to take the wear and tear while only leaving the XX1 cassette for race day.

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