Dan Be

Dan Be

Alta, Moab, Utah

Dan Be's Bio

Spend most my time skiing, hiking, climbing, biking or just about anything outside.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 19, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently decided to try a new clipless (clipped) pedal. For the last two years I have been running the HT T1 pedals and I've really liked them. What I have noticed about these Trail III pedals is they have a very solid feel when you're clipped in. You can really crank up the tension if you want to ensure you never come out, although I do think the T1 still has a higher tension than these pedals. The T1 does offer some float where as these pedals do not. I find these pedals are easier to get in and out of compared to the T1. I also really like that you can get a wide spindle with these. I feel the wider q-factor helps with stability and is more comfortable on longer rides. Another bonus, is these pedals use an SPD cleat so if you ever need a replacement you can find one at any bike shop. Overall, I really like these pedals. Oh, and you can choose from a bunch of cool colors, too.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on January 6, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been lucky over the years to be able to ride a ton of different tires. In the last year I have been on tires from Maxxis, Vittoria, Continental, Schwalbe, and WTB. All of these companies make great tires but I have to admit I usually end up back on Maxxis. After putting a couple holes in my Maxxis DHRII EXO tire I decided it was time to try something fresh. I put this Vigilante on the front of my bike and I couldn't be happier with the performance. Cornering control is as good or better than any other tire I've ridden. The tall ramped lugs roll decently well and offer tons of braking power. So far I haven't found a condition these tires don't excel in. If you're looking for something other than Maxxis I'd recommend you give these a look.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on December 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Earlier this year I had both my mountain bikes stolen. In need of a replacement for both I was focused on bikes that can do it all. Ultimately, I settled on the Santa Cruz Hightower after considering the Yeti SB130, Evil The Offering, and Ibis Ripmo. Though all these bikes are excellent and you can't go wrong with any of them, I am not disappointed with my decision.

When comparing these bikes I found each had it's merits and own personality. The SB130 goes about it's business with a no frills attitude and excels in just about every trail condition imaginable. It is the quickest bike on offer and has loads of traction when climbing and descending. The The Offering is akin to your wild-child friend that wears Pit Vipers and is always looking for the rowdiest pool party. It likes to party and offers no apologies for doing so. The Ripmo on the other hand is like your your playful Labrador that loves to run. It climbs exceptionally well and descends nearly as well. In comparison the Hightower offers a bit of all these characteristics. When climbing the traction is on par with the SB130, and it offers similar amounts of traction when descending, too. Compared with the The Offering, the Hightower offers a good amount of party but leaves behind the I don't give a Shiz attitude of the Evil. I found running around 25% sag offered a more spirited ride and the bike was eager to hop off every little bump when compared to 30% sag. And, finally, compared to the Ripmo the Hightower was more composed when riding rough, steep, and loose terrain.

Long story short, the Hightower is a great do it all bike. It climbs extremely well, is quick in the rolling terrain, loves to jumps, and isn't afraid of speed. You also get Santa Cruz's Lifetime guarantee on the carbon frame and wheels. As if that's not enough to bring peace of mind when buying one of their bikes, Santa Cruz also offers free bearing replacement for life and the best customer service in the industry. So I'll end my rant by saying Buy One, you won't be disappointed!

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Dan Bewrote a review of on October 14, 2019

5 5

Over the years I have used just about every hitch rack option on the market. Still to this day the T2 Classic is my favorite. Simply put, it just works. It doesn't tout any fancy bells or whistles but offers everything you need. The trays can be offset to ensure that your bikes aren't rubbing while in transport, and the rear strap can be adjusted to accommodate larger or smaller wheel sizes.

If you're in the market for an affordable rack I'd recommend this one.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet is super comfortable. The padding is comfortable and the sweat catch is perfect for anyone who is tired of sweat dripping on their glasses while riding. This helmet is light, vents well, and has a good amount of adjustment. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a great all-around helmet.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These bibs are perfect for the majority of rides. The chamois is comfortable and isn't too bulky. The fly feature is very convenient, and the back pockets are perfect for carrying snacks or small items like tire patches or plugs. I find these bibs fit great and are super comfortable for 95% of the rides I do.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on January 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The last pair of Techlite glasses I had from Smith were excellent. The best pair of glasses I have owned, so far. The lenses in these are just as nice, however the frames let these down a bit. They flex a lot and make a lot of noise while doing so. My last pair didn't suffer from this issue. Other than the noise and flexing frame these glasses are great. The lenses offer superior optical clarity and they resist scratches better than any other lenses I've used. Also, the hinges that Smith uses in these frames are the best I've found. They retain tension well and don't become loose over time.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't tell you how many times these bacon strips have saved me, a friend, or a stranger from being stranded out on the trail. For larger holes, I use two plugs for extra plugging power. So when you get a hole, PLUG it up. The rear tire on my hardtail has had a plug in it all summer. The second ride I put a hole in the tire, plugged it, and have since put a couple hundred miles on the tire. I don't recommend running a plug in your tire for very long, but I wanted to test how long it would hold. I've been impressed with how durable the plug has been.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have to disagree with the other reviewers. I have been running this remote for several months now and haven't had a single problem with it. Set up was easy, and the actuation is as smooth now as it was when I first installed the lever. The lever isn't made from super high modulus carbon, but we're also talking about a dropper post remote and not a high end mountain bike frame. The texture on the lever is a nice touch and offers plenty of grip in the wet.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I installed this dropper on a 2019 Santa Cruz Bronson because I wanted to have a longer travel dropper post. I was able to run the 170mm OneUp in place of the 150mm Reverb that ships stock with the bike. Having the extra drop allows me to get the saddle super low and out of the way on steep descents. The dropper is well made and hasn't given me any problems after several months of use. If you're looking for a reliable dropper post I recommend you take a look at this one.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm always looking for new tires to try out. I gave these a try and couldn't be happier. The traction while climbing and descending is excellent. On par with the best aggressive trail tires on the market. The large side lugs offer unrivaled cornering grip and beg you to dip lower into the turns. Braking traction is incredible. The only minor drawback to this tire is it rolls a little slow. If you're looking for an aggressive mountain tire that isn't Maxxis I highly recommend you give these a try.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been hammering a pair of these wheels for a year now and they have been great. They are stiff enough to track straight through rock gardens, hold the perfect line while cornering hard, and yet, they are some of the most comfortable carbon wheels I've ever ridden.

I've tested these wheels on some of the roughest tracks around Utah and the West and they have taken a beating. Countless times I have cringed at the noise of rocks pinging off carbon and yet these have remained true and only shown signs of cosmetic damage.

Now to the warranty. Santa Cruz offers a lifetime warranty on their wheels. This is great but the biggest gripe most people have with warranties is the turn-around time it takes from submitting the claim to when you have a new rim in hand. Santa Cruz heard their customers loud and clear and has made it a point to have the quickest turn-around in the industry. How do I know this? I recently smashed my rear wheel and cracked the bead. I submitted a warranty claim along with a few photos of the damage and waited to see what would unfold. Within a few hours I had an email back from Santa Cruz saying they had a replacement wheel on the way to me with a return label included for me to send the broken one back. I had a new wheel in hand 48 hours later. That's right a new wheel! Not just a rim that I needed to have laced to my existing hub. I can say without a doubt this was the easiest warranty claim I have ever submitted for any product I've owned. If I could give these wheels another 5 stars for the warranty I would.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The biggest criticism of carbon wheels is that they are too expensive and aren't much more durable than alloy wheels. Just read the Pinkbike comments and you'll have an idea of the distaste people have for carbon wheels. I can tell you from experience that these ENVE M70 wheels are incredibly durable and can take a beating. In my opinion durability takes a back seat to ride quality and until recently ENVE wheels were known for being stiff and unrelenting. However, this newest iteration of the M-Series wheels has made ride quality it's top priority and it shows. These wheels track straight through rock gardens yet still have enough give to ensure a comfortable ride over the roughest terrain. Cornering is where these wheels really shine. You can take more speed into corners and exit quicker when compared to wheels that give and flex under load. To top things off ENVE includes a protective rim strip which not only protects the rim wall but also helps to prevent pinch flats.

If you're in the market for the best wheelset money can buy you should seriously consider the new line of ENVE M-Series wheels.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Anyone who has ridden a lot of XC knows the Cross King is one of the best all-round XC tires. It rolls very well, corners super well, and offers great stopping power under braking. This is a 5 star tread design and rivals other impressive tires like the Maxxis Ardent. Unfortunately, I give this tire a 4 star rating because of the lack of casing options. The current casing is great for most riders but it would be nice to see Continental offer an even lighter-weight casing as well as a more durable Apex option. After 3 rides I put a hole in the tire and had to plug it. Besides the lack of casing options I really believe that Continental has one of the best tread designs on the market. It offers tons of traction and rolls super well. If you are looking for a fast rolling tire and you don't ride rocky terrain then this tire is worth serious consideration.

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