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WesB

WesB

Salt Lake City,Park City,Moab,Zion,Bryce Canyon,Brevard,NC

WesB's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking

WesB's Bio

My name is Wes and i am a sales associate for Competitive Cyclist/Backcoutry.com. i spent 42 years in NC before moving to Utah. My background is in law enforcement where i spent 20 yrs as a cop in NC,assigned to the bicycle patrol unit. I was also the president of the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association, which sets standards for bicycle patrol training around the world. i spent my last 6 years in NC racing for the Giordana/Cliffbar cycling team and also coaching for USA Cycling.
I have a very diverse cycling background and love all facets of the sport so do not hesitate to contact me for gear questions or cycling advise. If you are ever in SLC Utah hit me up!
801-736-6396 x 4074

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WesBwrote a review of on April 17, 2015

4 5

This is a great bike and one of the best gravel grinders on the market. I had a chance to demo it last fall and found it to be very versatile on a variety of different surfaces. Its a little on the stiff side but that translates to awesome power transfer and good climbing. I found it to be very fun and would definitely consider getting one myself. These are custom builds so components and be swapped or upgraded. Hit me up direct if you need guidance.

wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074

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WesBwrote a review of on March 17, 2015

Awesome 29r!
5 5


I recently had the very fortunate opportunity of riding this bike for a couple of hours down in Moab and I must say I was extremely impressed.So impressed that I bought one. i felt the bike handled very well over lots of varied terrain. It definitely excels in climbing and this is largly due to the single pivot design working in conjunction with the CTD rear shock making for a very stable suspension platform. Its also light as hell,weighing in at just 23.1 pounds. Lightweight and nimble. Definitely the best XC 29r Ive been on and I highly recommend it if you have the means.

***If you need help configuring a bike feel free to reach out to me direct with questions. wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074.

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WesBwrote a review of on March 12, 2015

Amazing
5 5

I recently had the very fortunate opportunity of riding this bike for a couple of hours down in Moab and I must say I was extremely impressed.So impressed that I bought one. i felt the bike handled very well over lots of varied terrain. It definitely excels in climbing and this is largly due to the single pivot design working in conjunction with the CTD rear shock making for a very stable suspension platform. Its also light as hell,weighing in at just 23.1 pounds. Lightweight and nimble. Definitely the best XC 29r Ive been on and I highly recommend it if you have the means.
***Feel free to reach out to me direct with questions. wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074.

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WesBwrote a review of on March 6, 2015

Great Stand
5 5

I recently picked up one of these stands for my road bike and am very pleased. The stand inserts easily into my bike crank and comes with different adapters so it covers a wide range of different sized cranks, Its fairly light weight as well so its easily transported. This works great for keeping your bike in place when washing it too. I highly recommend it!

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WesBwrote a review of on December 11, 2014

Fun Bike and worth every penny!
5 5

I had the opportunity to ride this bike at Outerbike in Moab this year and had an absolute blast on it. The bike was so light weight and agile i totally forgot i was riding a rigid fatbike. If you are in the market for something to ride over the winter months in the snow or in the sand this is definitely the fatbike to get!

If you have any specific questions feel free to hit me up direct at 801-736-6396 x 4074 or wbranham@backcountry.com

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WesBwrote a review of on December 11, 2014

SO MUCH FUN!!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i recently had the opportunity of riding this bike in Moab and had an absolute blast! Ive been on fatbikes in the past and found them to be heavy and sluggish-but not this bike. The bike comes in around 28.5 lbs and was extremely agile on the trail and the more traditional mtn bike geometry made the bike feel very balanced and at times I forgot i was on a fatbike. The frame is just stiff enough to allow impressive handling in spite of the big tires. The nicest feature of the bike is the Rockshox Bluto fork. its lightweight, simple to use and really expands the abilities of the bike allowing you to take it places you have only dreamed about on a fatbike. It actually feels like it has 5-6 inches of travel allowing you to maneuver over the trickest terrain with ease. Probably the coolest feature of the bike is its ability to run a 29+ wheelset (available through Borealis). it makes the bike very versatile allowing you to swap out the wheels for a skinnier version for the hot,dry summer months and swap back to the fat wheels for the mud and snow season. It like having 2 bikes! so to sum it up this bike is an absolute blast to ride and highly recommended. It sure kept a smile on my face :)

If you have any questions about the bike feel free to contact me direct. My email address is wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074.
I can order the 29+ wheels as well.

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WesBwrote a review of on December 11, 2014

5 5

i recently had the opportunity of riding this bike in Moab and had an absolute blast! Ive been on fatbikes in the past and found them to be heavy and sluggish-but not this bike. The bike comes in around 28.5 lbs and was extremely agile on the trail and the more traditional mtn bike geometry made the bike feel very balanced and at times I forgot i was on a fatbike. The frame is just stiff enough to allow impressive handling in spite of the big tires. The nicest feature of the bike is the Rockshox Bluto fork. its lightweight, simple to use and really expands the abilities of the bike allowing you to take it places you have only dreamed about on a fatbike. It actually feels like it has 5-6 inches of travel allowing you to maneuver over the trickest terrain with ease. Probably the coolest feature of the bike is its ability to run a 29+ wheelset (available through Borealis). it makes the bike very versatile allowing you to swap out the wheels for a skinnier version for the hot,dry summer months and swap back to the fat wheels for the mud and snow season. It like having 2 bikes! so to sum it up this bike is an absolute blast to ride and highly recommended. It sure kept a smile on my face :)

If you have any questions about the bike feel free to contact me direct. My email address is wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074.
I can order the 29+ wheels as well.

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WesBwrote a review of on November 5, 2014

Very Pleased
5 5

I recently purchased this bike after debating between several.One of the best decisions Ive ever made! It has everything riders loved about the alloy frame but in a lighter,stiffer and more agile version. For only having 100mm of travel the bike actually handles gnarly terrain extremely well, due largely to the slightly slacker head angle. With the lower bottom bracket and shorter chain stays this bike descends extremely fast and is very acrobatic when picking lines.Another amazing component to this bike is the DW-Link suspension. Its a bit stiffer than other suspension offerings by other brands but the suspension only works when you need it to giving it a hardtail like feel when climbing- anti squat too. The icing on the cake is the X01- 1x11 drivetrain which is an awesome compliment to this frame-light weight,very quiet and say good bye to throwing chains! All in all this is a great all around bike. It can certainly be very effective as a race bike yet comfortable enough for long, epic rides with your buddies on the weekend. Its definitely my choice for this season and if you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.

wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074 if ya have questions



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WesBwrote a review of on October 17, 2014

What a bike!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently had the very fortunate opportunity of riding this bike for a couple of hours down in Moab and I must say I was extremely impressed.So impressed that I actually bought it! i felt the bike handled very well over lots of varied terrain. It definitely excels in climbing and this is largely due to the single pivot design working in conjunction with the CTD rear shock making for a very stable suspension platform. Its also light as hell,weighing in at just 22.7 pounds. Lightweight and nimble. In my 20 years of riding XC bikes this is the best of the best and I highly recommend you picking one up if you have the means.
***Feel free to reach out to me direct with questions. wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074.

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WesBwrote a review of on October 15, 2014

Fast!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times


i recently had the pleasure of riding this bike for several hours and I must say I was very impressed with it. The RDO stands for Race Day Optimized and it has one goal-to get you across the finish line first! i found the bike handled extremely well over varied terrain. It definitely excels in out of the saddle climbing as it has a stiff bottom bracket giving the bike an unmistakable feeling of surging forward with every stroke of the pedal. It also felt very grounded when decending and i was able to really let it go as the balanced geometry gave me a very confident experience. The bike is very comfortable too which sometimes is the downfall of a stiff hardtail. I rode the bike for 3+ hours and did not feel beat up when i got off of it. All in all this bike is a steal for this price. If you are looking to up your game with one of the fastest,most comfy hardtails on the market, the Air 9 RDO is definitely the bike for you.

***if you need guidance in building one online please reach out to me direct at wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396x4074

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WesBwrote a review of on October 15, 2014

fast!!!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer


i recently had the pleasure of riding this bike for several hours and I must say I was very impressed with it. The RDO stands for Race Day Optimized and it has one goal-to get you across the finish line first! i found the bike handled extremely well over varied terrain. It definitely excels in out of the saddle climbing as it has a stiff bottom bracket giving the bike an unmistakable feeling of surging forward with every stroke of the pedal. It also felt very grounded when decending and i was able to really let it go as the balanced geometry gave me a very confident experience. The bike is very comfortable too which sometimes is the downfall of a stiff hardtail. I rode the bike for 3+ hours and did not feel beat up when i got off of it. All in all this bike is a steal for this price. If you are looking to up your game with one of the fastest,most comfy hardtails on the market, the Air 9 RDO is definitely the bike for you.
If you have specific questions about the bike I would be happy to answer them. I can be reached at:
Wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396x4074

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WesBwrote a review of on October 8, 2014

Awesome buy!
5 5

I just had the opportunity of riding this awesome bike for a couple of days and really loved the ride quality. The bike was designed to withstand cobblestones and rough roads, has a longer wheelbase than the Dogma, a slightly more relaxed geometry and can run up to a 28mm tire so perfect for winter riding or gravel grinding. . I found the bike to be extremely comfortable on long rides yet very responsive when getting out of the saddle and hammering down. Deals like this dont come around often and at $3499.00 this bike is a steal.We have a very limited number of these so I would suggest grabbing one before they are gone.

This is a custom build so components can be swapped out or upgraded.
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074 for questions or guidance.

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WesBwrote a review of on October 6, 2014

Super Fun!
5 5

i recently had the opportunity of riding this bike in Moab and had an absolute blast! Ive been on fatbikes in the past and found them to be heavy and sluggish-but not this bike. The bike comes in around 29.5 lbs and was extremely agile on the trail and the more traditional mtn bike geometry made the bike feel very balanced and at times I forgot i was on a fatbike. The frame is just stiff enough to allow impressive handling in spite of the big tires. The nicest feature of the bike is the Rockshox Bluto fork. its lightweight, simple to use and really expands the abilities of the bike allowing you to take it places you have only dreamed about on a fatbike. It actually feels like it has 5-6 inches of travel allowing you to maneuver over the trickest terrain with ease. Probably the coolest feature of the bike is its ability to run a 29+ wheelset (available through Borealis). it makes the bike very versatile allowing you to swap out the wheels for a skinnier version for the hot,dry summer months and swap back to the fat wheels for the mud and snow season. It like having 2 bikes! so to sum it up this bike is an absolute blast to ride and highly recommended. It sure kept a smile on my face :)

If you have any questions about the bike feel free to contact me direct. My email address is wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074.
I can order the 29+ wheels as well.

Wes

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WesBwrote a review of on September 15, 2014

Fast and Furious!
5 5

i recently had the pleasure of riding this bike for several hours and I must say I was very impressed with it. The RDO stands for Race Day Optimized and it has one goal-to get you across the finish line first! i found the bike handled extremely well over varied terrain. It definitely excels in out of the saddle climbing as it has a stiff bottom bracket giving the bike an unmistakable feeling of surging forward with every stroke of the pedal. It also felt very grounded when decending and i was able to really let it go as the balanced geometry gave me a very confident experience. The bike is very comfortable too which sometimes is the downfall of a stiff hardtail. I rode the bike for 3+ hours and did not feel beat up when i got off of it. All in all this bike is a steal for this price. If you are looking to up your game with one of the fastest,most comfy hardtails on the market, the Air 9 RDO is definitely the bike for you.

** These are customs builds so components can be upgraded or swapped. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have with the bike.
My direct line is 801-736-6396 x 4074 or wbranham@competitivecyclist.com.

*** we have a limited number of white frames in in large and XL we could offer at the same price-contact me for details

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WesBwrote a review of on September 11, 2014

5 5

The Tallboy has been one of our best selling bikes over the last few years,and for good reason. There are still plenty of people who believe 29rs are the best practical XC bikes. Ive had been on the Tallboy several times and love the ride quality and geometry of this bike. It has a very nice, balanced geometry which allows it to feel well grounded on the trail without feeling too squirlish. It performs really nicely on climbs as it is light weight and agile and also allows you to rip it going down hill. Whether going up or down the bike is a great choice for an all around XC bike that you can certainly race with and also do longer epic rides for just fun.

If you have specific questions or need help configuring it shoot me an email at wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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WesBwrote a review of on September 10, 2014

5 5

I have had the opportunity of riding this bike several times and love it. For a long travel bike it is extremely efficient on the trail, climbs well and rips downhill. Probably its best attribute is its balanced feel on the trail-from front to back and never noticed the suspension bottoming out. The suspension has a very controlled feeling and makes the ride quality buttery smooth. Adding the 1x11 set up is icing on the cake! Whether you are racing or joy riding its definitely a bike that will leave a smile on your face and i highly recommend it.

I work for CC and if you have any specific questions please feel free to contact me direct. I can be reached at (801)736-6396 x 4074 or wbranham@competitivecyclist.com.

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WesBwrote a review of on September 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had the opportunity of riding this bike several times and love it. For a long travel bike it is extremely efficient on the trail, climbs well and rips downhill. Probably its best attribute is its balanced feel on the trail-from front to back and never noticed the suspension bottoming out. The suspension has a very controlled feeling and makes the ride quality buttery smooth. Whether you are racing or joy riding its definitely a bike that will leave a smile on your face and i highly recommend it.

I work for CC and if you have any specific questions please feel free to contact me direct. I can be reached at (801)736-6396 x 4074 or wbranham@competitivecyclist.com.

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