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Ben Towery

Ben Towery

Anywhere with roads to ride, mountains to climb and water to sail.

Ben Towery's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Ben Towery's Bio

Cat 3 roadie, triathlete, MTB lover, expert yachtsman, backcountry skier, pizza connoisseur, Rockstar addict

Ben Towery

Ben Towerywrote a review of on January 23, 2017

4 5

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

The 27.5 wheeled version of the Helion was one of my favorite bikes. The addition of 29 inch wheels only makes the Helion better.

Mountain biking is supposed to be fun, right? Why suffer through the climbs on an inefficient machine when you can have something like the Helion that goes uphill and down? XC bikes don't get enough love IMO because of their paltry travel numbers. But the Helion proves that XC bikes can be very versatile.

I rode the Helion 29 right after I rode the much bigger traveled Force. It was refereshing to be able to pedal uphill! The Helion reminds me of my old 26 inch hardtail. It got me where I wanted to go and quickly.

Not everyone is a shuttle hound. For those who ride a lot of single track or climb everywhere, the Helion is a great bike.

Give me a shout if you'd like to know more or to place an order. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on January 23, 2017

Love GT! Chocolate dipped bacon optional
5 5

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

I had the opportunity to ride the GT Force last summer at a GT demo here in Utah. It was during a few week period where I was riding a different bike every weekend, getting to really compare brands and builds. The GT demo was awesome. Not only were the bike awesome there was chocolate dipped bacon for fuel in between rides.

The Force fits right in with the best and most expensive long travel trail bikes. Pedaling is as good as any and downhill, the thing flies.

GT is a great brand that makes me think back to being a kid at the local BMX track. GT was THE brand back then. I argue that it still is. The Force proves it.

Hit me up directly with any questions or to -place an order. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on January 12, 2017

My all time favorite saddle!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The basic shape of this saddle has been around for a decade or more but Serfas is one of the few brands that offers it with carbon rails. I'm 200 lbs and used this saddle for several long race seasons. it's very light, extremely comfortable and is very durable. And at this price? Sick! 3 widths means it can fit most any roadie out there.

Hit me up directly with questions or if you'd like to place an order. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on December 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been on the new Magnus for about a month now. I was previously using the Kinetic Road Machine, which I really liked. The Magnus is a completely different animal however.

First, it's a "smart" trainer. Smart trainers allow you to do workouts without shifting gears. The trainer adjusts tension based on the workout you've chosen, either with the free Cyclops app or one of the new training programs like Zwift.

Second, this trainer is incredibly quiet. There is the slighest hum but no resonance travelling through the flow in into my sleeping daughter's bedroom. Not having to shift gears also adds to the quietness.

The Magnus is plenty sturdy and I've used Cyclops products before with a lot of success. I'm using the free app for workouts and set up was a breeze. You can take your power test, set your training zones and be on your way to your best winter ever. There really is no excuse for not waking up early and putting in the time when it is this quiet, this comprehensive and this easy.

Give me a call directly if you have any questions or would like to place an order. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on November 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A review of socks? Well, socks are much overlooked piece of kit. A good pair of socks can make your ride a pleasure. A bad pair of socks can ruin a ride.

I have loved my Mavic socks! The Merino wool is soft and warm and they breath exceptionally well. There's no bunching and no hot spots. I highly recommend these socks!

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on November 17, 2016

5 5

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

Carbon is cool. It's sexy. It's light. It's stiff. But braking can be suspect and some just are not convinced of it's durability. This precisely why Mavic keeps the venerable R-Sys in the line up.

While they are not aero, the R-Sys seem to fly with excellent stiffness, light weight and the Exalith brake surface stops on a dime. Yes, they are a bit noisy. they don't squeek but sound like a zipper. You get used to it. Especially since they, you know, stop.

i enjoyed my demo ride on these alot. If I wasn't worried about aerodynamics, was worried about carbon but still wanted a high end wheelset, these would be at the top of the list.

Give me a shout if you have any questions or would like to place an order. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on November 17, 2016

5 5

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

I recently had the chance to demo Mavic's new line up riding these and other wheels back to back. All I can say is that Mavic's latest has blown me away. Mavic was stuck in the past with narrow wheels and shoddy braking with their carbon offerings. No longer! These wheels are super fast and the braking is awesome. from what I can tell, being under the same corporate umbrella as Enve has paid huge dividends. From what I can tell, Mavic's customer service has alsobeen bolstered with the Enve connection. I highly recommend these wheels for those looking for a mid depth wheelset.

Give me a shout directly if you would like to know more or place an order. btowery@backcountry.com 801-389-7247

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on November 17, 2016

4 5

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

The Cosmic Pro Carbon's somewhat represent the past. They're not as wide as more modern options but they still ride relatively well. The alloy hoop and braking surface are nice features for those who worry about the durability of full carbon wheels. This is a lot of aero in an inexpensive package.

Mavics come with tires which also adds to the value of this package.

Give me a shout directly if you'd like to know more or place and order.

btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on November 17, 2016

5 5

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

Admittedly, Mavic has been lagging behind the times in wheel design for a few years. They've relied on tried and true alloy wheels but the carbon offerings were stuck in the past.

Well, Mavic's new line up changes all that. It begins with the new Ksyrium Carbon. Worthy of their durable and venerable namesake the Carbon's are fast, smooth and stiff. Braking is the best of any carbon wheel I've ridden.

I've sampled a few new Mavic offerings and these have been my favorites so far.

Hit me up directly with more questions or if you would like to place an order.

btowery@backcountry.com 801-389-7247

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on October 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You've probably seen my name on a Mercury review before. That's because I have a deep love for the brand and their wheels. Light, stiff, smooth, hand built in Utah, excellent price point.

The M3 is no different. I've logged many miles on the M3 and they handle my 200 lbs with ease. Modern shape, modern brake track, durable hubs, tried and true Sapim CX Ray spokes. This is a lot of wheel for the money.

Give me a shout directly if you would like to know more. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on August 15, 2016

Fast sails, fast bikes
5 5

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

Neilpryde has been around for along time. I recognize the target logo from my many years of sailing, which I've been doing as long as I've ridden bikes. It's a company that builds quality stuff and the Nazare2 is no different.

Nowadays it's really hard to find a "bad" bike. The performance of each frame on the market is so close that it really comes down to the nuances designed and built into the bike. I've been on the Nazare2 for about 50 miles and I really can't find anything wrong with it. In fact there is a lot to like.

As with most aero raod bikes, ride quality isn't as smooth as an endurance bike or even an ultralight climber. But it is surprisingly smooth. I would compare this to the Ridley Noah SL in purpose and overall experience but the Nazare2 is a lot smoother, much less harsh than the Noah. I could roll a century on this bike no problem and be comfortable.

The naked carbon finish really shows off the care taken in putting all the pieces together.

Road racers, crit stars or part time triathletes will love this bike.

Give me a shout to answer more questions or put together an order.

btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on July 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you've read my other reviews, you'll see I'm a fan of Mercury Wheels. I have the 29 inch version of these wheels. They are genuinely awesome wheels, hand laced just up the freeway from us here in Utah. The X1 Boost takes an already light, stiff and durable wheel and adds a Novatec boost hub for folks riding the new standard. Mine are mounted on my Pivot Mach 429 Trail. Easy to set up tubeless. An incredible value. Hit me up with any questions. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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