Rob Wykoff

Rob Wykoff

Park City, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Jackson Hole.

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Rob Wykoff

Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on August 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Finally, some mountain bike shorts that fit and function like they ought to. Plenty of pockets, great waist fit and good length for XC/AM riding, below the knee and roomy, but not Juggalo. Belt loops are great because those adjustment tabs always wear out, and they can't handle the weight of pockets full of food and tools. These don't come with an integrated chamois, but that's fine; I'd rather wear bibs made for biking underneath than suffer through another poor excuse for a built-in diaper. Fabric is light, stretchy, and breathable, but seems tough enough after a few rides. Reflective hits are nice, I guess, but I don't ride at night very much. My only gripe would be that the styling is just a hair on the flashy/techy side with the neon mesh accents (that just provide ventilation for the cargo pockets? Weird.) but I'll take it. In fact, I'll take two.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on August 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall, this is a good fitting and good looking helmet with some great features, but one fit issue that might be a dealbreaker for me. On the plus side, you have memory foam padding, BOA adjustment, and a slick magnetic clasp. On the minus side, the BOA system sits low in back and pushes the whole helmet up if you look uphill, and you can't move the system upward to compensate for this. The magnetic clasp is cool, but since it doesn't have that familiar feel like a quick release buckle, it actually takes a second longer for me to connect than my old helmet. And the visor is not adjustable. I think I will end up returning this helmet and going with a Smith Forefront, despite the extra cash.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on August 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Picked up a couple of these in various colors. They fit great, feel cool, and don't chafe. There's a little lens cleaning cloth stitched into the side hem, but that's about the only extra feature. Fine by me. I find they run true to size and fit like a tee shirt, not baggy like a freeride jersey, but not tight like a road jersey. For some reason the black seems to fit slightly smaller than the red, but it might just be me. If you want to fit pads underneath or you like some extra room, size up, but beware the neck might fit a bit wide.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on August 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thule just seems to make great products. This is my first Cargo box and it does not disappoint. First off, I find it sneaky how much gear it is able to accommodate. It was also really easy to install. We actually choose not to leave it on top of our SUV and I'm able to store it in the garage, and lift, place & install by myself in under 10 minutes prior to a trip. Though driver side works best for my situation, I do think it's awesome that the side it opens and locks from is interchangeable. My only minor criticism thus far is that the plastic 'handle' on the side is actually shallowly screwed in, so it will break if you apply a significant amount of force (like trying to jam too much in the cargo box). My suggestion would be for them to glue it as well as a 'belt & suspenders'.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on July 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a huge fan of Osprey's Hydration Reservoirs - they are durable, lightweight and have a fantastic hose/valve system that works well every time and doesn't leak. I am also a huge fan of the magnetic valve that it comes with - just attach half of it to your shoulder strap, and the valve will never be dangling or out of reach (this is a great feature for mountain biking, as taking a drink become second nature and is easy to do on even the roughest trails.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on July 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got the POC Index Air Adjustable Gloves about a month ago and have had them out for 15 rides so far. I am quite pleased so far, as they fit nice and snug, breathe well through the top of the hand, and the silicone print allows me to use my iPhone without taking off my gloves - making finding just the right song nice and easy. So far, so good.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on July 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the Smith Forefront Helmet roughly a month ago and am very pleased with my purchase so far. The Forefront is a very comfortable helmet right out of the box, with only minimal tweaks needed to dial-in the fit. You can move the VaporFit retention system in the back by snapping it out and moving it up or down. Personally, I moved it down a notch, so when I tightened the click wheel, it was properly secured at the lower-back part of my head.
The honeycomb Aerocore makes this a very protective, yet light and breathable lid, and the adjustable visor is a nice touch - I have been pushing it up and out of my line of sight on especially steep climbs. All in all, I would highly recommend the Smith Forefront to anyone looking for a new cross country or enduro mountain bike helmet.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on July 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been running the Ergon ge1 grips for a few years now and really like their ergonomic shape and slightly larger feel compared to other, more basic lock-on grips. Durability has been superb and the single Allen bolt lock on has never given me trouble on my carbon bars. If you're looking for a nice, ergonomic grip that works well for everything from XC to freeride mountain biking, I highly recommend the Ergon GE1 Grips.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on June 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had my Bronson CC for a couple months now, and am extremely pleased with my choice. Living here in UT, it's important to have a versitile mountain bike to handle the varrying terrain - so far, the Santa Cruz Bronson CC is up to the task and taking it all in stride. Yesterday, I decided to extend my cross-country loop and headed over to the terrain park - I rode up to the top of the park, and back down the freeride trail without having to even put a foot down, just a couple suspension/seat height adjustments mid-pedal, and I was good to go.
The Bronson II is the most capable bike I've had the pleasure of riding thus far. My previous bike was a Tallboy LTc for reference (a great bike, but I am really appreciating the 27.5 wheels on the Bronson). I am 6'2 and got the Large - the size chart says I could go L or XL - personally, I like the added flickability of the Large frame and haven't noticed any stability issues.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The RockShox Reverb Dropper Post is probably the best thing I have bought for myself all year, it's truly a game-changer. While it's relatively easy to justify not buying one, I can assure you that if you do decide to pull the trigger, you will not be disappointed; you'll be wondering why it took you so long to make the decision. Having the ability to customize the seat height mid-ride is what it's all about - you'll be faster on the downhills and just as fast on the ups.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been riding the Vittoria Barzo TNT tire on the front of my Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc for the last couple weeks and am quite impressed by it's traction on loose-over-hard conditions (much of what we find in the rockies). The 2.25 has pretty good volume for it's size, and I haven't been left wanting for a wider option as of yet.

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