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Aaron Bender

Aaron Bender

Wasatch singletrack - especially Corner Canyon, Lamber Park, Dutch Hollow, AF Canyon, Provo Canyon, and Park City

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Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on September 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pinkbike just gave the MRP Ribbon a solid review, saying:

"A lot of us only think of two or maybe three brands when looking for a new suspension fork, and that's understandable given how much these things cost. Most riders aren't likely to spend a grand on something that's not a well-known performer, but it turns out that the Ribbon is one underdog that can not only hang with the big boys but even outperform them. MRP's awesome twin-tube damper and Ramp Control air spring come together to make their fork not just a viable option, but also a front-runner."

See the full review at
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/mrp-ribbon-fork-review.html#cid1809338

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Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on July 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Circuit strikes the perfect balance with its moderate padding and width. The microfiber cover and flat shape enable you to get in the optimal riding position no matter what the trail serves up. The subtle branding on the cover also gives the saddle some unique style without being over the top.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on October 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the SRAM Level TLM disc brakes on my mountain bike, which use these pads. At first I was surprised that SRAM would spec these pads on mountain brakes. But then I was just plain impressed by how much power those brakes squeeze out of the "road" pads. I also appreciate the strong initial grab of the organic compound.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on September 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had the Montaro for pretty much the entire season and it's definitely the best helmet I've had in awhile. It fits well, the visor is very secure, and I never think about it while I'm riding. The only issue I've had is some wear on the fit pads.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on July 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These shoes are solid all around. The soles have a surprising amount of grip, even when riding on pedals unclipped. The straps and buckle work together very well to provide a secure fit. The uppers vent well and look durable enough to hold up season after season. They do run a little small.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on July 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Connecting your fork to your bars is a pretty utilitarian task, but the Niner RDO stem does it in style. The stem is light and provides just enough pop to make your ride stand out. I love the carefully coordinated graphics, designed to go well with a broad range of frame colors. I have had zero issues with the stem after installing it over a month ago.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on June 2, 2016

5 5

These brakes are an upgrade piece on my Jet 9 RDO which originally came equipped with X0 brakes. I really liked the X0's....but I love the Level TLM's. One of the keys to going fast is being sure you can stop when you need to. And these definitely inspire confidence in that regard. The lever pull is smooth, pad engagement is consistent, and modulation and power are well balanced. I also have yet to experience any kind of brake fade, so it seems that SRAM's heat dissipating design is working its magic.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

4 5

This Vigilante serves as the rear tire on my wife's bike. The Light FR casing keeps the tire light enough to roll quickly on the uphills and the ample knobs provide enough traction to keep the rubber side down on the descent. The tire is also easy to set up and maintain tubeless. The bead is tight but not impossibly so and the casing seeps neither air nor sealant.

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