RIDE20 Coupon—Save 20% on One Full Priced Item (See Details) »
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.

0 Comments

Vinny Mauro

Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was skeptical of the full 800mm length and figured I would cut them down. Obviously before doing so I took them out for a rip first (put them on a specialized demo DH bike) and within a few hundred yards I was sold. They felt great all around and I haven't looked back. These things are definitely a premium price for a handlebar, but they feel incredible and shave a good bit of weight off your bike if you have normal aluminum DH bars. And they're matte black... so that's always good.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Vinny Mauro

Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Appreciate the performance of a good clipless set-up, but refuse to give up the comfort of sneakers? This shoe is a pretty good mix of both worlds. Definitely super comfy, but the stiff sole and ratchet strap means they're pretty efficient to pedal with as well. They are noticeably more comfortable than my other XC style bike shoes. You sacrifice some weight for sure, but if you value comfort and the ability to walk around like a normal person when off the bike, you will be stoked on these.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Vinny Mauro

Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a sucker for spending ridiculous amounts of money on bike parts to make my bike as rad as possible. Recently I had a build where I was more concerned with value and function than being flashy, so I made the responsible choice and went with this value workhorse of a saddle. It has the signature design and comfort found in the other WTB saddles, but is made out of much more affordable materials. As a result it's definitely not very light weight, but it's durable, affordable, and comfortable.

Looking to keep your build fancy and light? I would recommend one of WTB's higher-end offerings, I have the volt pro on one of my other bikes and love it (same saddle, just lighter and therefore more expensive). Looking to get a decent seat without breaking the bank? This is a great option.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Vinny Mauro

Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a nice thin grip, with tons of grip thanks to the pretty intense rubber spikes. I would not recommend them for riding without gloves since they are a bit harsh on bare hands, but for gloved riding the grip is awesome and they feel great.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Vinny Mauro

Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had the Atlas bar on a few bikes over the years, and keep coming back. It's largely personal, I love that this bar has a bit more sweep than many of the DH bars these days, but other folks my not be into that. I also dig the 785mm width, but those who are into the mega-wide 800+ bars might not be as stoked.

If you like a bit of sweep and a somewhat-wide bar, I would highly recommend this one in whatever rise fits you best.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Vinny Mauro

Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 11, 2016

5 5

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

What's not to love here? Using their massive 128oz growlers you can load up on your favorite beer and keep it fresh out in the woods. Or just in your house, or backyard, or classroom, or anywhere because it's so absurdly portable.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Vinny Mauro

Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Sometimes I feel like I blinked and the price of platform pedals quadrupled for no reason... What used to just be a cheap option for those not serious enough to ride clipless has now become its own market of super fancy, marked up products. But like all bike stuff... with account-gouging markups comes super rad new toys. I chose these pedals because they were relatively reasonably priced, but seemed to keep up with the other high end flats as far as weight, design, materials, etc.

They are pretty awesome. Great shape that actually makes sense to maximize coverage on your foot, and loads of grip. Can't comment on longevity yet, but they seem well built.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Vinny Mauro

Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 25, 2016

5 5

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

I just got this and haven't traveled with it, but am super excited about it. For my whole life I have only had normal sized backpacks and bigger duffel bags. Bringing a bigger duffel can be a big pain, so many trips I have crammed into smaller backpacks. Traveling light is great, but forcing too much stuff into too small of a space is just annoying and you spend your whole trip wrestling with it. VERY excited about this thing, because it is just small enough to pass as a backpack, just small enough to use as a carry on, but has TONS of room. And not only does it have lots of room, but it flips out like a suit case giving you much more organization than just jamming things down into a normal backpack.

Looking for a pack to hike with? Definitely look elsewhere. But if you're looking for something to travel with and carry on your back through the airport and out to your Uber, I would definitely recommend this one.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Vinny Mauro

Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is so sweet. I've had some more serious Garmin watches and less serious Fitbits, but this is a great compromise between the two. It is capable enough to record my mountain bike rides and other activities, but much more compact, user friendly, and wearable on a daily basis than the bigger more fully featured watches. It is just small and sleek enough that I can wear it every day as my time piece, which was important to me.

The huge thing that made purchasing this watch a no-brainer was the music functionality. That said, it's still not perfect. The music feature works exactly as described, it's easy to load up music and to play it while you're on the trail. The freedom this gives you to run, bike, etc. without a cell phone flopping around in your pocket is pretty huge. However, you have to actually download the music in order to load it up you can't just pull from your spotify/apple music playlists. This is more annoying than I expected, turns out I don't actually own much music in 2016. While I consider this a pretty big problem, it is still the only watch of its kind to allow any kind of music function at all so it gets a pass! I'm definitely looking forward to the future when I can just hit play on my streaming accounts.

Other huge advantage over the fitbit lineup is that it is waterproof, and the heart rate monitor doesn't have that obnoxious green flashing light.

Overall this watch has been super easy to set up and use, and the features you get for the price can't be beat. If these are the features you're looking for, I would highly recommend it.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Vinny Mauro

Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used to think the super short service intervals on suspension was a load of garbage. Then I started actually doing them, and my god it makes your bike ride incredible! The longer you put off doing it, the more you'll kick yourself once you do and see the difference it makes. Easy to do at home if you are comfortable with that, just follow instructions and take your time.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

Vinny Mauro

Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things not only give you a phenomenal amount of energy without a crash, but they taste like delicious margaritas! (or whatever flavor you choose). The only problem is sometimes I eat too many at once and run out super fast... so try to pace yourself for the best energy delivery. Or don't.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Vinny Mauro

Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are not only delicious they work incredibly well to get you through that slump on a long ride, run, whatever it is you do that makes you tired. I would highly recommend, already back ordering my third box. Flavors are pretty personal, I haven't come across any I didn't like yet.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Vinny Mauro

Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It was no secret that the Pike swiftly knocked Fox out of the top spot for 140-160mm travel forks. The Pike came out and was lighter, stiffer, smoother, and had better dampening. It seems to me like it took Fox some serious R&D to mount a comeback, but based on the 30 or so rides I have on this fork I'd say they have pulled it off finally.

The 34 chassis makes for a super light fork, but they've got it plenty stiff. In a blind test there's no way I could tell you which is stiffer this or a Pike. Whatever they've changed with the air spring has definitely made the beginning stroke much more supple as well. My 2015 (maybe 2014? had the RC2 damper) 36 Float was very rough and chattery and made for numb hands on long descents, this are is greatly improved on this fork. The RC2 damper in that 36 I had was pretty decent as well, but it was unfortunate they used the CTD damper in the 34 chassis exclusive since the CTD gave you very little control over compression dampening. This Fit4 damper has the same useful on the fly adjust-ability of CTD, but with much more actual control over the dampening.

Overall this fork is light, smooth, and easy to set up (with some basic understanding of the fundamentals of suspension tuning, not as turn-key as the previous CTD). I still dig the Pike for sure, but it's nice that there is now a comparable offering from Fox to choose from based on exactly what you need. If weight is a priority then this fork is a no-brainer over the Pike. Other than that, I'd say you really can't go wrong either way. Got to love when some healthy competition in the market makes for such sweet products!

(0)

 

0 Comments