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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 January 30, 2015

5 5

The is one of the better deals on the website. The Noah fast is in the upper echelon of bike models by Ridley. They don't call it fast for nothing. Seeing that wind resistance is the biggest force against cyclist Ridley designed this bike with cutting edge aerodynamics which translates to exhilarating speed and sharp handling on the road. The frame is stiff in all of the right places too allowing for incredible power transfer and efficiency. Match that up with a dependable Shimano Ultegra drive train and a nice aero Mavic wheel this bike is a steal for $3499. Its meant to be a speed demon and it doesn't disappoint so if this is your objective then I would scoop one up while they are still available.

*** These are custom builds so components and be swapped,upgraded or added. We can also cut the ISP based off of your current bike fit. Feel free to contact me direct for questions or if you need help in setting up the order. wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074

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WesBwrote a review of on January 29, 2015

Amazing XC ride!
5 5



I had a chance to demo this bike several times in Moab,UT at Outerbike and I really loved the ride quality. This is Pivots lightest frame ever,5.1 lbs in a medium. Even though the bike is extremely lightweight it never felt flexy on the trail making for a very stable platform to crank on. With a relatively short wheel base and a fairly slack head tube angle-68.2 with the 120mm fork i felt it opened up the bike a bit allowing for quick,flick-able turns on the trail and super fast bombing descents. In other words you are not pigeon holed into an XC bike as it is well suited for all mountain terrain too. To sum it up this bike is a very versatile, well rounded steed that's very light weight and responsive on the trail. It definitely left me with a smile on my face and I am 100% sure you will have the same reaction.

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

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WesBwrote a review of on January 29, 2015

Great XC bike!
5 5

I had a chance to demo this bike several times in Moab,UT at Outerbike and I really loved the ride quality. This is Pivots lightest frame ever,5.1 lbs in a medium. Even though the bike is extremely lightweight it never felt flexy on the trail making for a very stable platform to crank on. With a relatively short wheel base and a fairly slack head tube angle-68.2 with the 120mm fork i felt it opened up the bike a bit allowing for quick,flick-able turns on the trail and super fast bombing descents. In other words you are not pigeon holed into an XC bike as it is well suited for all mountain terrain too. To sum it up this bike is a very versatile, well rounded steed that's very light weight and responsive on the trail. It definitely left me with a smile on my face and I am 100% sure you will have the same reaction.

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

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WesBwrote a review of on January 29, 2015

Amazing XC ride!
5 5

I had a chance to demo this bike several times in Moab,UT at Outerbike and I really loved the ride quality. This is Pivots lightest frame ever,5.1 lbs in a medium. Even though the bike is extremely lightweight it never felt flexy on the trail making for a very stable platform to crank on. With a relatively short wheel base and a fairly slack head tube angle-68.2 with the 120mm fork i felt it opened up the bike a bit allowing for quick,flick-able turns on the trail and super fast bombing descents. In other words you are not pigeon holed into an XC bike as it is well suited for all mountain terrain too. To sum it up this bike is a very versatile, well rounded steed that's very light weight and responsive on the trail. It definitely left me with a smile on my face and I am 100% sure you will have the same reaction.

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

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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

SO MUCH 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 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.

Wes

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WesBwrote a review of on November 25, 2014

One of the best deals around!
5 5

had the chance to ride this bike at Outerbike recently and it was,by far, my favorite ride of the weekend. I immediately felt at home on this bike with its ample stand over height,low bottom bracket and well-balanced geometry. That combo made the bike very snappy and agile with awesome flick ability on the trail. The bike also accelerated very well,especially in steep sections and the 5 inches of travel I felt was a great compliment to the 27.5 wheel size. I really enjoyed this bike and I feel 100% certain you will too!
These are custom builds so components and be changed/swapped. Feel free to contact me direct at 801-736-6396 x 4074 or e-mail at wbranham@competitivecyclist.com for questions or guidance.

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WesBwrote a review of on November 11, 2014

Awesome Bike Brand-Amazing Value!
5 5

Of all of the boutique brands we sell Ibis is my favorite. Having owned a Ripley I can tell you that they make their bikes with precise detail and outstanding quality. Ibis really focuses on the customer experience and the majority of their bikes are sold by word of mouth. This really says a lot about the type bikes they are putting out. The Mojo HDR was their first stab at 27.5 all mountain steed and they really did a nice job. i had the opportunity of riding this bike number several times at different demo's and was very impressed with the ride quality. The DW link suspension is an anti squat - stiffer type of platform that really allows you to efficiently climb hills and sprint out of the saddle without the bike bobbing down on you. This gives you a sense of feeling grounded and very stable. The suspension only kicks in when you need it to making this bike fast and furious. Also, Its slack headtube angle allows the bike to really pick up steam and soar downhill. Going up or coming down this bike is loads of fun. $3499.00 is an amazing deal for a full carbon/XT bike like this so they will not last long. i would strongly recommed grabbing one before they disappear.

*** these are custom builds so components can be added/changed. Feel free to contact me direct at wbranham@competitivecyclist.com or 801-736-6396 x 4074 for questions or guidance.

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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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