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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 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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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These wheels are some of the absolute best XC/Trail options on the market. Definitely a light weight, stiff, race wheel that you can ride every day on. Would also make an excellent gravel/CX wheel with the addition of a road 11 speed freehub body. If you have the means to spring for these wheels, I'd definitely recommend it.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

4 5

A decent pair of shorts for a good price. Lacks all the bells and whistles of the more expensive ones, but hey. I'm really just looking for a decently durable short that is comfortable to wear and so far it has held up. I havent used the chamois as I usually wear road bibs underneath the shell so I don't have any feedback to give there. I wish there was an additional zipper pocket to store keys or phone securely, but again, pricepoint short. Definitely runs big as I'm closer to a size 31 waist and fit in the size 30 no problem

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Keeps air as a tube should. Havent had any defective valves that I've seen happen with some other brands. With the 80mm valve stem option, you can run them with deep dish wheels like Zipp 404s and not have to run annoying valve extenders.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

The venerable Open Corsa just got better
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding these tires for the last 4 months after spending most of my time the last 2 years on Open Corsas and can say that they took everything that was great about that tire (supple road feel, excellent cornering grip) and upped it big time in the durability department (perpetually the biggest complaint about previous gen Open Corsas). I won't claim to fully understand Graphene but it seems to have really worked in making the tire a lot more tough and wear resistant without taking any qualities away. Based on wear pattern so far i don't think i'll get as much mileage as GP4000 SII but am far happier with its performance and would gladly trade some of the durability any day.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on December 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Comp Race is essentially a rebadge of the venerable Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp, but available at a substantially lower price. Durable and puncture resistant enough to ride on every day, but light, supple, and grips well enough to race on. A great all around tire at a fantastic price

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Peter Nwrote a review of on October 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This design certainly isnt new, but it shows how great it was when the original Atmos came out quite some time ago. Great ventilation, solid retention system, a fit that works well for me, and all at a lower price as this helmet has succeeded by others with snazzier options. I also own the Synthe and love it, but if you want the best helmet for your money this is it.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on October 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These run just past my knees to give me a little extra cover on days when its not cold enough to run full tights. Its a solid, no-frills Giordana fit with Nimbo Omniform chamois which i consider one of the better ones out there. Its supportive while being relatively low profile at the same time.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on October 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The right bottom bracket for you if you have a Pressfit 92 bike (like a modern Giant, Trek, or Pivot) and want to run a Race Face Cinch Crankset (like Next SL, SIXC, Turbine, Atlas, or Aeffect). Presses into the shell easily and after a full season of riding has not had any creaks. Not compatible with any other crankset besides RF Cinch.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on October 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For 2015 Shimano combined both XT and Ultegra level chains into one, making it a little bit easier to find the right chain. I run this chain on both my road and mountain bike and have a spare that will nicely work for either one when i break one or it wears out. There are lighter chains out there but I find that Shimanos generally last the longest.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on October 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great mountain jersey that has 3 rear pockets and is a lot more subtle in terms of styling than some other brands. A little on the thicker side and could get hot on a sweltering day but I've ever had it that hot while riding in the trees.

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