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Vinny Mauro

Vinny Mauro

Salt Lake City/Park City, Utah

Vinny Mauro's Bio

I am a Group/Corporate Sales Rep here at Backcountry! If you are interested in any large/bulk/custom orders, or just have specific questions about any of the gear I have reviewed, please feel free to contact me directly. My email is vmauro@backcountry.com.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've grown very used to having these with me on pretty much any ride, and they are awesome. Very delicious and a solid pick-me-up to keep you going. I'll mix it up with most of the brands that offer these sort of things, my favorites would be these Shot Bloks and the chews from Honey Stinger. Both are awesome, as Jason mentioned I would have to give Clif the nod on packaging though.

My current favorite is Tropical punch, but I have yet to try one I hated.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The price point on this might be a bit painful compared to lesser options, but you really get what you pay for. You spent how many thousands on your new fancy bike? This is an accessory worthy of the finest frames. I got it specifically for my SC Nomad because the side loading works out great with the very cramped bottle cage area on my frame. Overall been very happy with it. Easy to get the bottle in and out and bottle is held very snug and has survived through very rough trails. And the cherry on top would be that it also looks pretty darn good and certainly wont weigh you down.

Even if I get frames with more room for other style cages, I think I'll be sticking to this side loader for the foreseeable future.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bike really embodies what mountain biking is to me. It will take you anywhere you want to go. Whether it's exploring local XC trails, shuttling DH trails, cruising flow trails at the resort, or climbing to the top of a mountain. I've had several of the best contenders in the "do-it-all" bike category the past few years. There's a whole lot of fun bikes out there so I don't believe any one bike is the end-all solution, but the Nomad is hard to beat. I'll save myself some time here and just say that the hype you have read about this bike is true, so if it sounds like then bike for you then I highly suggest going for it. I've put a few hundred miles on mine so far and still get excited about riding it every time.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've gone through most of my life thinking chain lubes can't be all that different from each other. I've also endured some fairly unpleasant drive-train issues the past few years, experiencing super annoying grinding and blaming it on the switch the the new 1x setups. I would clean and lube everything, adjust everything perfectly, and my drive-trains (mostly sram X01 and XX1) would still not feel all that smooth after the first hundred miles or so. Finally though I switched to this Rock N Roll lube, and I'll be damned the grinding is gone and my drive-train feels as good as day 1. It is still hard for me to grasp how this lube can be so much better than the other name brand products I have had, but all I can say is the stuff works.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You might count the Ardent out for a lot of uses, especially if you're like me and only had experience with the 2.25 version. I loved the 2.25 for a rear tire for XC/trail riding, but didn't trust it for much more than that and certainly wouldn't consider putting it on the front with those tiny cornering knobs.

Then about a year ago I saw the 2.4 in the flesh and was blown away at how different it was. Not just wider, but MUCH beefier tread. This season I satisfied my curiosity, and rolled the dice on running 2.4 Ardents front and rear. So far I've ridden them in mostly dry conditions semi-packed/semi-loose. No real mud to speak of, but I don't anticipate them being good mud tires. In the dry conditions though they have been great so far! They roll fast and they corner very predictably. They don't necessarily have the bit that the High Roller II and Minion DHF have, but what they lack in bite I feel they make up for in predictability.

I'll chime back in after more riding as I'm still very unsure which I actually prefer between the myriad of awesome all mountain tires Maxxis offers, but these are certainly a contender. If durability is on par with the slightly heavier HR IIs I had last season then I anticipate riding these tires for a while.

If you care, I have them mounted on Reynolds AM carbon wheels on a SC nomad. The other maxxis tires I've ridden have been on comparable bikes.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This item is hands down the best way to install a sram 11 speed cassette on your compatible Reynolds hubs. Works so well that I would absolutely buy it again, next time I need to mount a sram 11 speed cassette to a compatible Reynolds hub.

This product has pretty much no other possible applications, but I am still very pleased with my purchase. If you own a compatible Reynolds hub and a sram 11 speed cassette, you'd be crazy to not buy one of these.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you haven't tried these pants, you really should. They're a great mix of comfort and style, and just formal enough to be worn for most occasions. They have a really nice slim cut that looks very good, but is not overly aggressive so most "average" to slim guys will be able to pull it off. Super thick legs may want to look to the 504 style... but I'd say I have moderately hefty legs and I still love these. I got my first pair two weeks ago, and just came back to order a second pair.

I'm 6' 190lbs and a consistent 34x32. The 34x32 fits me perfectly, like a glove. They're definitely fairly tight, when first putting them on I thought they were too tight and almost returned them. After settling in a bit though, they are great. Best fit I've got from a pant without going to a tailor.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As the review below me says, grips are all personal preference. That said, these are definitely quality grips so if they are the right size/shape for you you will not regret getting them. They're medium thickness I would say. I have fairly big hands, so these are what feels like a thin grip to me. I had the Lizard Skin Peatys once and found those to be excessively thin, for reference.

The little ridge they have on the inside is a pretty nice touch. Not as obtrusive as the big moto style grips, but a little support to let you know where you're at.

If you like the looks of these, give them a shot! I got the glow color and they do indeed glow in the dark which is neat I suppose, and during they day they're a nice white/translucent color.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The cold weather hit this week and I finally got to put this jacket to the test by actually biking to work in cold weather, as it's intended to be used. And I am very pleased. The fit is very "modern" and looks great with your typical casual to business-casual attire. The material is super thin and stretchy so you don't feel bulky and there's absolutely no restriction of movement. It is super thin and light so it does not offer much for insulation, but blocks wind super well. Not going to work for sitting down watching a football game, but perfect for sheltering you on your way in to work, to the bar, to the store, etc.

I've only owned it for a few weeks, but I've had many other Arc'teryx pieces and can say with great certainty that quality and durability will not be an issue.

If you like the style, I would highly recommend picking one up. Fit is true to size, but the cut is definitely slim.

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Vinny Mauroposted an image about on September 24, 2014

It Works

The waterproof housing is easily one of the greatest parts of owning a gopro, since it pretty much makes your camera indestructible (NOT actually, so use at your own risk it's still perfectly destructible in the right hands). So if your housing is compromised for any reason, it is well worth ponying up the $50 to get back in business.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's obvious that these are squishy and absurdly comfy on long rides, but what surprised me was how grippy they are. I thought I'd be sacrificing some comfort at high speeds, but they do not move around on my bars at all and have insane grip with my gloves. I wound up in the rain recently with them, and they even stayed grippy when wet! Much more so than normal grips. Worth trying for sure, you just met use them the rest of your life.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Front derailleurs are for chumps. Lose the extra handlebar clutter, cables, dead weight, and replace all that garbage with one of these. Worried you need your granny gear because your legs will get too tired? Man/woman up and send it, you'll be glad you did and your legs will learn to deal with it.

You can also pair with the Twenty6 aftermarket 40t or 42t cog to still give yourself a fairly forgiving gear to climb in. I truly can't believe people still tolerate front derailleurs on mountain bikes.

As far as this actual product goes... I've only put about 80 miles on mine, but so far so good. It's a pretty straight forward part, so really all there is to worry about is longevity. I'm not really qualified to speak to that yet, but the quality looks and feels great so I am not worried about having any problems.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on August 12, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I agree with the review below, except that I really like this bike. Compared to the Tallboy LT I'd say the Tallboy is better going uphill and plowing through crud, the RIP 9 is better at pretty much any kind of cornering. If your #1 priority is crushing miles in comfort then the Tallboy may be more your bag, but if you get your kicks from railing turns and ripping down more aggressive terrain I would definitely recommend the RIP 9. It is quick and stiff, and holds whatever line you dare to push it through.

It does still pedal great as well I just did a 3500' vert ride with it last weekend, but I will admit that the VPP on the tallboy gives an overall quicker feel when pedaling than the Niner CVA suspension.

I've only put around 50 miles on mine so far, but they've been pretty solid single track miles of climbing and descending. Overall, I'd say the marketing on this bike is pretty true. I don't believe an actual quiver killer exists, but this is definitely a bike that can pedal and climb all day and instill confidence on the descents.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on August 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got to demo the Tallboy LT. I have also recently been riding the Niner RIP 9 RDO, so for this review I'll compare the two. Both are crazy fun to ride, so to be clear we're splitting hairs here. At the end of the day either will put a smile on your face, so don't stress over the decision too much.

That said, in my experience the Tallboy LT is a little quicker on the climbs and a little faster/smoother on rough terrain. Neither of those traits are remotely surprising if you've ridden many VPP bikes. The Niner, on the other hand, was clearly built with handling in mind. It definitely has the edge railing turns and holding lines, and is a bit quicker and more responsive at both high and low speed.

As far as builds go... that's mostly personal preference in my opinion. Most drive-train and suspension offerings in this price range for 2015 are incredible. My niner came with an XT 2x10 set up... I highly recommend doing what I did, which was ditching the front derailleur and chain-rings in favor of the Race Face narrow-wide chain-ring. I paired that with the Twenty6 40t cog in the back, and I'm loving it. Less weight and clutter on your bike, with a plenty wide enough range of gears to get around all kinds of terrain.

If you're on the fence, hit up our super smart bike gearheads for some guidance!

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've always just rocked my one pair of casual sunglasses biking, but thought I'd give the sporty shades thing a try. At first they seem so light and flimsy that I didn't think they'd stay on my face. On the contrary, they're grippy where they need to be so they don't budge whatsoever even riding down rough terrain. And between the crazy light weight and the lack of frames in your field of vision you can barely tell you're wearing sunglasses.

Getting three lenses makes it a great value, although the photochromic ignitior has worked so great in various conditions so far that I don't see myself having to swap lenses too often. The process of swapping is super easy which is nice and they include a great case to safely house your spare lenses (and full glasses while traveling).

They're fairly expensive, but my justification was that I was getting better eye protection and relieving my similarly expensive casual sunglasses of the abuse of mountain biking. This "max" model is definitely fairly large, but I'd say anyone with a medium to large face could pull them off no sweat. If you consider yourself particularly small-faced though I would look to the regular pivlock v2s.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 9, 2014

Awesome
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Looking for a bike that's squishy and fast on the downhills, but light and spirited on the uphills? This is a pretty good choice. I don't think there will ever be one bike that can truly do it all, but my god they are getting close. I've put around 100 miles on the bike so far all on XC trails, and it has felt very comfortable in every situation I've got it in. Like any bike it takes a minute to figure out what works best. For me, I found that keeping my weight forward was crucial to keep handling sharp, in comparison to my previous bike (banshee rune) which was a bit more DH oriented and didn't penalize me so much for hanging off the back.

Getting on a tangent here... anyway, I am super happy I went with the Tracer 275c. It is the only bike in my stable for the summer, and I look forward to everything from light shuttle duty, to local enduro races, to all day epics down in southern Utah. And of course my typical days, which are simple XC rides after work. Do yourself a favor and take a serious look at this one.

It also doesn't hurt that this Pro build is one of the best builds you could think of. The big win being the rare combo of sram 1x11 drivetrain yet shimano brakes. Then it's topped off with the clean and effective reverb stealth and one of the best value wheelsets on the market, the stan's flows. You'll notice I did put Enves on mine since I had them from my previous bike, but I have also put a full season on this exact stan's wheel and they are great. The advantage of Enves is noticeable, but if you are understandably not looking to put that extra hit on your wallet the Stan's ride great and will not hold you back in any way.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 9, 2014

FUN
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Looking for a bike that's squishy and fast on the downhills, but light and spirited on the uphills? This is a pretty good choice. I don't think there will ever be one bike that can truly do it all, but my god they are getting close. I've put around 100 miles on the bike so far all on XC trails, and it has felt very comfortable in every situation I've got it in. Like any bike it takes a minute to figure out what works best. For me, I found that keeping my weight forward was crucial to keep handling sharp, in comparison to my previous bike (banshee rune) which was a bit more DH oriented and didn't penalize me so much for hanging off the back.

Getting on a tangent here... anyway, I am super happy I went with the Tracer 275c. It is the only bike in my stable for the summer, and I look forward to everything from light shuttle duty, to local enduro races, to all day epics down in southern Utah. And of course my typical days, which are simple XC rides after work. Do yourself a favor and take a serious look at this one.

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