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Adrian Montgomery

Adrian Montgomery

Park City, UT

Adrian Montgomery's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Adrian Montgomery's Bio

I've been a cyclist as long as I can remember. I've been a rider, a competitor, a tester, an ambassador and an advocate in my 20+ years of bike experience.

Adrian Montgomery

Adrian Montgomerywrote a review of on December 17, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The PF BB92 bottom bracket is intended for mountain bikes (compared to the PF BB86 made for road bikes). It's super easy to install since it's a press fit. The bearings quality is good, longevity dependent on riding conditions. Wet or sandy conditions will result in shorter bearing life.

Some things to consider: If you're installing in a carbon frame you might want to use carbon specific grease. It will reduce noise found later on down the trail.

Be particularly careful with the inner races during the install, they crack easily if misaligned in your press or if you decide to take action with a hammer.

Pay attention to the instructions regarding how to orient any spacers, your bike design and front derailleur type impact the BB spacing.

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Adrian Montgomery

Adrian Montgomerywrote a review of on December 16, 2013

Ditch the Tubes, Flat Less
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is one hell of a deal for a set of "tubeless ready" lightweight and durable wheels. I tried several tires on this rim without issues mounting tubeless. I opted to use the Schwalbe Rocket Ron because without tubes it was very light. I found I can run lower pressure without pinch flatting. Rotational weight is quite low, I can only imagine what the higher end Stan's rims feel like. Bead holds really good, no burping. Pretty bomber.

This is my race set up since I have no tubulars, and truthfully I don't miss the glue when it's this easy. I'd say this wheelset could be your daily driver or race hoops and you wouldn't be disappointed in either case.

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Adrian Montgomery

Adrian Montgomerywrote a review of on December 16, 2013

You Need This Bike
4 5

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

You may not know it yet, but his is your next bike. Whether you have a Fatbike or considering your first, this is the penultimate Fatbike experience. The carbon frame is a magnificent form that is lightweight and functional. If you already have a Fatbike, then you crave a Borealis because it's lighter than whatever you're riding. If your the uninitiated then you can head straight to first class.

I rode this bike on singletrack that was packed down from other Fatbikes and hikers. Super fun, you're basically always in a drift. With <7 psi in the tires it was pretty good traction over bumps and could hold a line through a corner well. Not gonna lie, I laid it down a few times. I actually think this would be a great bike for flat pedals since you're pretty much always in a drift and then it's easy to plant a foot. I also pulled a trailer on a packed/plowed road. It felt under control on even the most slippery sections of road and even in 4" of fresh stuff.

Hits: Great looks, lightweight, geometry is spot on, excellent build for this price, great finish.

Misses: Handlebar is narrow. A bike of this prowess deserves a wider stance. Tires had some runout, I know it doesn't affect the ride really but it makes the product feel cheap. I'd have liked slightly lower gearing for deeper snow/slower speeds. Cable actuated brakes, while reasonably priced, had very little modulation and were noisy in the cold.

Don't pass GO, don't collect $200, go directly to the checkout and cash in on the Fat fun.

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Adrian Montgomerywrote a review of on December 9, 2013

Furiously Fast
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a race tire, pure and simple. If you're not running a number plate there is little need for this tire. It rolls extremely fast, is incredibly light and accelerates quickly. This comes at the expense of braking traction and flat prevention. If you are a "late braker" you'll find this tire cannot adequately bite under braking loads and may require longer distances to slow down. But, if you manage your speed and avoid hitting the binders full noise it carries speed very well. Because the rotational weight is very low it spins up quickly, a couple of pedal strokes and this thing is whizzing. This tire has surprising cornering traction, the side lugs hold pretty well if you set up for the corner well.

If you're riding in sharp rocks or anywhere that can compromise your sidewall this may not be a training tire or daily driver. the sidewalls are very thin. But if you need an advantage for a race, this may be the tire for you.

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