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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 January 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tubeless wheels and standard now and everyone is running them with sealant and having the best time ever. There's some competition in the sealant market now, but I will always stick with Stan's because they were the guys/gals who started it all. I have no idea if they invented it, but they were the ones who put their faith in it and brought it to us to enjoy. And best of all, their product just plain works. I've been using it for 4 years straight now with an absurdly small amount of flats. I literally had zero flats for the 2015 season, which I am almost too scared to type of of superstition, but it's that good.

And to top it off, the price is absurdly reasonable compared to pretty much all other bike specific products.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's not every day that you find a bike part for $15 that works perfect and looks good on your bike. This thing holds my 22oz bottle very securely, has a nice minimal/simple look to it, is plenty light, and didn't break the bank. I wouldn't say this is the end-all ultimate bottle cage, but it definitely works great and is a great price. I would purchase again.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like everyone else has said... these brakes work great and are an incredible value. If you have extra budget and want more bling and/or less grams there are better options, but otherwise these are a no-brainer.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 4, 2015

5 5

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

When building up a new trail bike, the race face cinch 30mm spindle setup came highly recommended. I just recently finished the bike, but so far things seem great. I like the idea of the larger 30mm spindle to get maximum stiffness, and the weight of the aluminum RF cranks I is very competitive with even some carbon offerings. Excited to put some real miles on to put this to the test, but with the right amount of grease and torque I'm confident that this will be a smooth setup.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've always been a Maxxis fan and swore by their tires, but I recently got a new DH bike that came with these tires and they are great. Riding super steep/loose stuff these provide the most confidence inspiring traction I have experienced. These things are quite spendy, but I'm starting to see why.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I put this saddle on my bike back in May and have been riding it all summer without issue. I picked this out of the ocean of saddles because it seemed to be a very good combination of reasonable price, light weight, and reputable brand/quality. I stand by my choice and would gladly buy it again. I wouldn't say it's a game changer, but it is equally comfortable to all of the other comparable saddles I have had. I generally ride 10-25 miles per day and even on my longer rides the saddle never presented any issues. Of course pairing with a good chamois is a crucial part of that equation... but still good.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are a simple, quality, reasonably priced (relatively) bike part. Not much more to ask for. You could definitely spend way more for some bling factor and fewer grams, but I wouldn't recommend it. My set I just bought this summer, but almost all of my riding buddies use this pedal (or previous very similar iterations) and ride them for season upon season before needing to replace them. I have a few hundred miles on mine and they're solid.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As others have said, these are a solid minimalist glove. I bought mine this spring and used them all summer for all sorts of mountain biking. Ridden them around 700 miles probably, and they are still in great shape. Like any minimalist glove if you fall hard you can probably count on tearing them up, but with normal wear and tear they are still perfect. I'll might still buy new ones next spring because for the price it's nice to treat yourself to new gloves... but these are still so usable I might actually feel too guilty replacing them.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As others have mentioned, it's 2015 and tubes are for emergencies. These do a great job of padding my camelbak without crushing my piggy bank. I have had to use them on occasion as I have used this exact tube for a few years now, and they have done great so I continue to trust them as my way out if things go wrong.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Always had good results with Maxxis, this is no exception. I matched it with the DHF minion on the front. They're no XC tires, but they pedal quite well. And going down the traction and control is incredible. I would highly recommend them if this suits your needs..

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As always, I find Maxxis to deliver the best most predictable tires. Looking at this tire you'd probably think it looks decent for rolling, light enough for what it is, and awesome for cornering and braking traction. If so, you are right. This is a sweet "enduro" tire, as they say these days. It is light and fast enough to pedal just fine, but it excels at giving you incredible grip once the going gets fun.

Just rode this tire down the whole enchilada in Moab and can safely say it performed admirably. No flats, lots of smiles.

Highly recommended if your riding suits the intentions. I matched mine with the Minion DHR in the back.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Water bottles don't really matter that much... they're all pretty simple and mostly affordable. This one is affordable, is easy to drink out of and close one handed while riding, and has some low key, but nice looking USA themed graphics. If you want/need a fresh bottle, I don't see any reason to avoid this one.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are delicious and provide great variety from the other types of sporty snacks. I switch off between these and the chews (also from Honey Stinger, or the chews from Clif) and they all work great to keep me going.

My favorite flavor is strawberry, but it's hard to go wrong. Don't pay way more buying these individually at the last minute at the shop/store! Stock up and be stoked.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 25, 2015

Great Wheels
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After a full season of riding on these I feel confident giving them 5 stars. Last year I rode Enves all season, and became extremely spoiled by how incredible they were. This year building up my bike I decided I definitely had to stick with carbon, but wanted to explore other options both out of curiosity and frugality. I landed on these, and after putting them through all kinds of conditions I have been extremely happy. They feel very similar to the Enves as far as speed and responsiveness goes, and the hubs have been solid. I think I actually prefer these hubs to the DT 240s I had on my Enves. The end caps are easier to swap out (my dt 240s had threaded end caps that came crazy tight from the factory), the freehub sound is loud enough to make your presence known but not overboard, and the engagement feels great.

I would highly recommend carbon wheels to anyone if they have the luxury of affording it. If you can't afford it then ride aluminum wheels and enjoy, they are totally fine. But if you can, carbon is awesome. I would also highly recommend considering these for your carbon wheels. Mine have stayed perfectly true all summer, no loose spokes or any problems at all.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a solid helmet overall, what you would expect since Giro has been making awesome reasonably priced full faces for years. The nice surprise to me that I had no idea this had until receiving mine though, is the gopro mount. It comes with a little plastic mountain you can attach a gopro (or contour I think?) to and the mount snaps into a discrete slot under the visor. So when you aren't filming you don't have to have dorky mounts all over your head, but when it's time to capture that glorious moment you can quickly snap the camera in and go. Super convenience and super sneaky.

Fit is pretty normal, I'm always a large helmet and sure enough the large is great. It has pretty aggressive cheek padding, but that makes it very secure while riding which is nice. And I'm sure it would pay off in a crash as well.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 3, 2015

5 5

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

I love these shoes, just got my first long ride with them yesterday and they are fantastic. The vibram sole is a very nice touch, and on the bike the easton carbon sole is as stiff as you would hope. Not much more to ask for really.

I struggle finding the right size though. Historically with other brands I've been a consistent 45.5. However, I am a 10.5-11.0 street shoe. Looking at their size chart it said I should get a 45.0 or even a 44.5, but I was skeptical because the last pair of 45.0 shoes I used my toes were curled up and it was painful.

Long story short... the size chart is right. At least it was for me, so I would recommend starting with what it suggests and not what you think based on experience with other shoes.

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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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