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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 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 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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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned my XAR for three years now. I keep trying out newer fancier AM type helmets, and I keep going back to my XAR. It might not have the super full coverage and safety of some of the other options... but it's light, sits on my head without moving around at all, and is all-around encumbering out on the trail. I like to think that the best gear is the gear you never think about, and the XAR nails that criteria.

One specific feature to call out would be the super effective and easy to adjust retention system. It's easy to do one handed and holds strong. I loosen my helmet after every ride and re-tighten it so I'm playing with that thing constantly, and after years of this it is still flawless.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love that these have a spray top. I like to fly with no checked bags whenever possible, and having a 3 oz container of normal sunscreen can be annoying. Between how much you waste and how much is ridiculously difficult to get out of the container you don't get many miles out of it. Thanks to the spray application you will get the most mileage possible out of your tiny portions of sunscreen.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Personally I generally prefer to carry more full sized tools with me since I have plenty of space in my pack. However, if you are looking for a super compact multi-tool that has everything you need out on the trail this is a great option. If you're hoping to keep your baggage light, you are in the right place. In my opinion you definitely sacrifice a lot of usability getting so many tools in such a small package... but the idea is that you will rarely use this and just keep it in your saddle bag, jersey, hat, shoe, etc. in case of emergency repairs so usability is not really a big issue. The price is surprisingly reasonable as well consider the Park Tool name, so I'm happy with my purchase overall. The tire lever is thin and not the most confidence inspiring so I personally carry another additional lever, but the incorporated spoke wrench is quite clever.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 31, 2014

5 5

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

Christy J is not kidding about the fit. I'm generally a 34/35 waist, but have pretty hefty thighs and the 34 was a definite no-go for me. So if you have thunder thighs look to size up and pair with a good belt. They are a great short otherwise though, the material is super nice and also super stretchy.

For the record the waist fits fairly true to size, but due to the overall cut I am saying these run small because if you are between sizes you will definitely want the bigger size.

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