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Clayton Otto

Clayton Otto

Salt Lake City, UT

Clayton Otto 's Passions

Mountain Biking
Cyclocross
Road Biking

Clayton Otto 's Bio

My name is Clayton Otto, I'm a Missouri Native chasing my dreams as a professional mountain biker. Currently I'm racing for the Giant Co-Factory Off Road Team and working as an Expert Gearhead at Competitive Cyclist. I call Salt Lake City my home, as the opportunities are endless and the riding is fantastic.






I’d love to answer your gear related questions. Here is how you can contact me:

Phone: 801.746.7580 x 2470
Email: cotto@backcountry.com

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Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 14, 2017

5 5

These shoes are rad. Super light weight and really comfortable. They have quite a bit ventilation, unlike the Giro Empires, where I have always felt they were a bit hot in the summer.

Now these shoes are light! Like might below away on you in the wind light! The Boa gives a pretty secure and comfortable fit that is easy to adjust along with the two straps. They will also fit like any other Giro shoe.

I highly recommend them, you wont be disappointed!

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Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You never quite realize how good suspension could feel until you have it tuned correctly. Rebound can be complicated and setting the right sag can be tricky. I always thought I could get a shock close to 90% dialed, but I thought I would give ShockWiz a try. There is really only one shock wizard and this is it.

Initially it was super easy to setup. The app is easy to find and use. The calibration process took a bit of time, but once it's done you are set. You want to make sure to get some climbing and descending in on all sorts of terrain to make sure it gets a good reading. So I recommend picking a relatively short loop with a little climb, a fast flowy descent and a chunky rock or rooted area. This should pretty much do it for you.

After the first test, I had the shock pretty close to dialed to begin with, but it had me slow the rebound down and add a bit of pressure to the shock and remove some pressure from the fork. The ride was surprisingly drastically different. I was really happy with the end result and the feel of the bike on the trail. I did a total of 4 test loops, 1 to dial in the rear shock, 1 to test the rear shock after making adjustments, then 1 to dial in the fork, and lastly 1 to check the fork after making adjustments.

Overall I was pretty impressed by this little gadget. I highly recommend it to you if you think you a Shock Wizard and if you just don't know where to start when you are dialing in suspension. You just spent a bunch of me on that sweet new full suspension, so spend a little extra to tune it how it is suppose to be ridden!

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Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I absolutely love this rack. I'll go out and say it, this is the best rack out on the market. It is easy to use, very durable, and a super quality rack. Other racks out there tend to fade and deteriorate over time. I have had mine for 3 years now, it is never parked indoors and it has been beaten time and time again. It is holding up great! No fading and everything works perfectly. I have had no issues. The locks even work like a charm. The bikes are very secure when mounted and I feel confident flying down any dirt road or highway with my bikes hanging on the back of the car. You really can't go wrong with this rack, believe me you will not be disappointed. You even have an option to go with the plus 2 bike extension down the road if you want to carry 4 bikes.

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Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These pedals are great. I have been using them for a couple years now and really like them. They are easy to clip in like an crankbrother, but have the durability of a shimano pedal. At first the bearing felt a bit stiff, but after some time on it they broke in a spin super easy. There is less resistance than shimano or crank brothers.

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Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for a quite standard fluid trainer, then this is the one. I have use it for 2 years now. Super easy to setup and put your bike on it. This is one of the quietest trainers I have ever ridden. The roller is not steel, instead they use elastogel for the roller. It doesn't wear you tire like under rollers and it is super quite! Don't worry about bothering others in the house as you ride.

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Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Rotor has done a pretty great job with this power meter. It is really accurate and simple to use. No fading in and out with your computer like some other power meter options. You will get a constant reading to you head unit. They say you don't have to calibrate it every ride, but still a good option. That is easy to do though. They also take a AA battery, instead of the standard 2302 battery like other power meter options. That makes it easy on those days you go for a ride and get a notice that your power meter is about to die as you are heading out the door. Just rob a battery from your tv remote and you are set to go!

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Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 8, 2017

Accurate and Light!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Stages power meters are pretty sweet. They only measure the left leg, but are pretty accurate compared to some dual sided power meters out there.

I have been using their stuff for 2 years now, and have had little issues. I ride in all kinds of nasty weather, and everything is working fine. It is easy to switch between bikes. It only ads 20g to your existing crankset, so little to no extra weight at all.

Riding with power is one of the best ways to get stronger. It is the most consistent form of measurement for any output, unlike training or riding with heart rate.

For compatibility on frame, take a 10mm allen key, and try to stick it between your non-drive side crank arm and chainstay. If it can run up and down the crank arm and fits between the two, then your frame will have enough clearance for the power meter.

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Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 7, 2017

5 5

Do you find yourself really getting after it on the descents, and feel limited by the amount of travel standard Hightower has? Then check this beast out, the Hightower LT!! This bike is rad. Absolutely shredder on descents. It offers more travel in the rear and front than the standard Hightower. That slacks out the head tube a bit, making it a bit more stable on descents, allowing you to plow through those rock gardens. It will climb a bit different than the standard Hightower, but the Hightower Lt is still pretty efficient on the climbs with the VPP suspension design. I highly recommend this bike if you like to go downhill more than uphill and rip those technical trails.

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Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 7, 2017

5 5

Do you find yourself really getting after it on the descents, and feel limited by the amount of travel standard Hightower has? Then check this beast out, the Hightower LT!! This bike is rad. Absolutely shredder on descents. It offers more travel in the rear and front than the standard Hightower. That slacks out the head tube a bit, making it a bit more stable on descents, allowing you to plow through those rock gardens. It will climb a bit different than the standard Hightower, but the Hightower Lt is still pretty efficient on the climbs with the VPP suspension design. I highly recommend this bike if you like to go downhill more than uphill and rip those technical trails.

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Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 7, 2017

No Need For A New Crank!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Don't change out your sweet Campy crank that you have on your bike. Stage's has an easy solution for you. They only measure the left leg, but are pretty accurate compared to some dual sided power meters out there.

I have been using their stuff for 2 years now, and have had little issues. I ride in all kinds of nasty weather, and everything is working fine. It is easy to switch between bikes. It only ads 20g to your existing crankset, so little to no extra weight at all.

For compatibility on frame, take a 10mm allen key, and try to stick it between your non-drive side crank arm and chainstay. If it can run up and down the crank arm and fits between the two, then your frame will have enough clearance for the power meter.

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Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 7, 2017

No Need For A New Campy Crank
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Don't change out your sweet Campy crank that you have on your bike. Stage's has an easy solution for you. They only measure the left leg, but are pretty accurate compared to some dual sided power meters out there.

I have been using their stuff for 2 years now, and have had little issues. I ride in all kinds of nasty weather, and everything is working fine. It is easy to switch between bikes. It only ads 20g to your existing crankset, so little to no extra weight at all.

For compatibility on frame, take a 10mm allen key, and try to stick it between your non-drive side crank arm and chainstay. If it can run up and down the crank arm and fits between the two, then your frame will have enough clearance for the power meter.

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Clayton Otto

Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 7, 2017

Don't Change Out Your Sweet Campy Crank
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Don't change out your sweet Campy crank that you have on your bike. Stage's has an easy solution for you. They only measure the left leg, but are pretty accurate compared to some dual sided power meters out there.

I have been using their stuff for 2 years now, and have had little issues. I ride in all kinds of nasty weather, and everything is working fine. It is easy to switch between bikes. It only ads 20g to your existing crankset, so little to no extra weight at all.

For compatibility on frame, take a 10mm allen key, and try to stick it between your non-drive side crank arm and chainstay. If it can run up and down the crank arm and fits between the two, then your frame will have enough clearance for the power meter.

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Clayton Otto

Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 7, 2017

Accurate and Light!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Stages power meters are pretty sweet. They only measure the left leg, but are pretty accurate compared to some dual sided power meters out there.

I have been using their stuff for 2 years now, and have had little issues. I ride in all kinds of nasty weather, and everything is working fine. It is easy to switch between bikes. It only ads 20g to your existing crankset, so little to no extra weight at all.

For compatibility on frame, take a 10mm allen key, and try to stick it between your non-drive side crank arm and chainstay. If it can run up and down the crank arm and fits between the two, then your frame will have enough clearance for the power meter.

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Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 7, 2017

Great Low Weight Option
4 5

Stages power meters are pretty sweet. They only measure the left leg, but are pretty accurate compared to some dual sided power meters out there.

I have been using their stuff for 2 years now, and have had little issues. I ride in all kinds of nasty weather, and everything is working fine. It is easy to switch between bikes. It only ads 20g to your existing crankset, so little to no extra weight at all.

Riding with power is one of the best ways to get stronger. It is the most consistent form of measurement for any output, unlike training or riding with heart rate.

For compatibility on frame, take a 10mm allen key, and try to stick it between your non-drive side crank arm and chainstay. If it can run up and down the crank arm and fits between the two, then your frame will have enough clearance for the power meter.

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Clayton Otto

Clayton Otto wrote a review of on September 7, 2017

Great low weight option
4 5

Stages power meters are pretty sweet. They only measure the left leg, but are pretty accurate compared to some dual sided power meters out there.

I have been using their stuff for 2 years now, and have had little issues. I ride in all kinds of nasty weather, and everything is working fine. It is easy to switch between bikes. It only ads 20g to your existing crankset, so little to no extra weight at all.

Riding with power is one of the best ways to get stronger. It is the most consistent form of measurement for any output, unlike training or riding with heart rate.

For compatibility on frame, take a 10mm allen key, and try to stick it between your non-drive side crank arm and chainstay. If it can run up and down the crank arm and fits between the two, then your frame will have enough clearance for the power meter.

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