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Ben Brown

Ben Brown

Eggleston, Virginia

Ben Brown's Passions

Mountain Biking

Ben Brown's Bio

I've been mountain biking pretty steady for over twenty years. Fell in love with it during college at Virginia Tech and have done quite a few races over the years focusing mainly on XXC events including the Wilderness 101 and Stoopid 50 (twice each) and eleven straight Shenandoah Mountain 100 finishes. My kids are stealing the show now with more talent than I ever had. We love to travel around the country and find new dirt to roll. Still riding a lot of backcountry XC, with more enduro stuff too. Really having fun chasing my kids nowadays. We have checked off Whole Enchilada, Wasatch Crest, Fruita, DuPont SF, and a bunch of others.

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Ben Brown

Ben Brownwrote a review of on June 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Park Tool made changes to the FR5 without changing the part number. So when I migrated my drive train to Eagle 12 speed my trusty old cassette ring tool no longer works (the inside depth was too shallow for the new design and couldn't get purchase on the grooves). This particular version has a guide pin which greatly stabilizes and simplifies its use.

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Ben Brown

Ben Brownwrote a review of on March 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used both Shimano XT and XTR pedals over 20 years for Trail riding and XC racing. Finally getting into the rowdier sport of Enduro racing on a big big bike with lots of travel and now this pedal's huge platform makes total sense. They feel just like the others - but more stable, especially under my five ten Kestrels.

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Ben Brown

Ben Brownwrote a review of on March 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

These are my favorite go to mountain bike shoes, I have a pair that are embarrassingly old - but this pair I bought for my 13 year old son who will probably thrash them to the limit racing enduros this year. I like the improvements made to this shoe over mine like the reinforced Velcro straps and the replaceable treads.

Maybe have to get me some.

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