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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 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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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Over the years I have tried a lot of different tires from different manufacturers and in the end I typically end up back on Maxxis tires. I've always liked the Black Chili compound from Continental but I've never really been wowed by their tread designs or casing options. That being said, Continental has gone back to the drawing board and has dramatically improved their product range. This newest version of the Der Baron Projekt proves that Continental has their aim set high.

The new Apex casing is super durable and impressively light-weight compared with other casings that are equally durable. I find the casing of this tire to be stiff but that ensures that the tire doesn't fold under hard cornering. After playing around with pressures I found 23 psi worked best for me and allowed tons of traction while still being supportive while cornering. The Black Chili rubber offers tons of traction and grips well in many different conditions. Overall, I think this new Der Baron Projekt is a big leap forward for Continental and is a great tire for anyone looking for tons of traction paired with a durable casing.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I admit I am not the biggest Crank Bro's fan but this dropper has impressed me. It was easy to install and has been trouble free. The lever is awesome and has tons of adjustment on offer. Actuation is smooth and the return speed can be adjusted easily. Overall, this is one of the better droppers I have owned and if you're sick of being let down by less than reliable droppers I recommend taking a hard look at this one.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Over the years I have run many different brakes from Shimano, TRP, and SRAM. All of these companies offer great brakes and you really can't go wrong with any of them. As of late I find myself using SRAM brakes on all my bikes and this mainly comes down to modulation. Though Shimano tends to offer more impressive stopping power SRAM offers similar power but in a more controlled manner. With better modulation on offer I find I can control my braking more precisely which enables me to approach a corner with more confidence. SRAM quality wasn't always the best but the last two generations of the Guide brakes have been great. This is the 5th pair of Guide brakes I have owned and I haven't had any issues so far.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Deity has been making some of the best components on offer for several years now and this stem is no exception. The machining is impressive and the anodizing is top notch. This stem has a wide clamping area which helps ensure a stiff cockpit. Deity also offers tons of color options so you can choose whatever color you fancy.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't remember the last time I rode a fork that didn't say FOX or RockShox on it. Being suspension curious I had to give the Ribbon a try. After all it won Pinkbike's suspension product of the year award for 2017.

The chassis is stiff and compares well to a Lyrik or FOX 36. The Twin-tube damper and Ramp Control offer excellent tune-ability. I found the fork easy to set up using the guide sent by MRP. Another plus is the fork is on par or lighter than the competition. One other cool thing is that these forks are hand built in Colorado.

If you are someone who is always looking for the next best in mountain bike tech then you'll want to take a good hard look at the Ribbon.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 12, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Headset spacers are easily one of the most ignored components on a bike. Wolf Tooth Components has decided to put an end to that with the introduction of their Headset Spacer Kit. With tons of cool colors to choose from your headset spacers no longer need to hide in plain sight. As expected from Wolf Tooth Components, the machining is excellent, and so too is the anodizing.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up a set of e*thirteen tires and have been loving them. I am running the TRS Plus in the rear and have the ultra tacky TRS Race in the front. The combination of the longer wearing TRS Plus in the rear and sticky-icky TRS Race up front is ideal for someone who wants to get decent life out of their tires but doesn't want to sacrifice grip to do so.

For some context I have ridden a ton of different tires over the years from Schwalbe, Continental, Michelin, Kenda, Vittoria, and Maxxis. When it comes to spending my hard-earned money on tires I typically go to Maxxis. I believe they have figured out the best combination of grip, weight, and rolling resistance. My go to set up is a Maxxis DHF up front and DHR II in the rear which is ideal for the loose-over-hard conditions typical in Utah. e*thirteen has brought to market an excellent rival to the Maxxis DHF/DHR II combination. In fact, I tend to think the TRS Race/TRS Plus combo offers more grip than the equivalent Maxxis combination. The over-sized side lugs offer excellent cornering grip in all conditions I have encountered. The Apex casing is super durable and I haven't had any issues with flats. I would have given these tires 5 stars if they rolled better. They roll well for a super aggressive tire but compared to a DHF/DHR II combo they are noticeably slower rolling.

If you're always looking for the next greatest tire combination, and you like aggressive tires, I highly recommend the TRS Plus/TRS Race combination.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For the last two years I have been riding X01 Eagle on my bikes. As much as I love X01 Eagle I appreciate saving money. When SRAM announced they would be releasing GX Eagle I was very excited. GX Eagle is the perfect balance of performance and price. This shifter is smooth, direct, and compared to its siblings only weighs a few grams more. I highly recommend this shifter.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 2, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Renthal has brought their knowledge and design expertise from their legendary motorcycle components to the mountain bike industry. The few mountain bike components that Renthal manufactures have proven to be among the best on offer. This handlebar is stiff yet compliant. The gold ano looks awesome and provides a super durable finish that will last for years. I highly recommend this handlebar.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Throughout the year I have the privilege of riding a lot of different bikes. I have ridden bikes equipped with Shimano SLX, XT, XTR as well as bikes fitted with SRAM GX, X01, and XX1 Eagle. Though all of these drivetrains are awesome GX Eagle stands out as the working man's hero. Compared to X01 and XX1 Eagle, GX Eagle offers nearly as refined of a shift feel. GX Eagle does have a slight weight penalty compared to its more expensive siblings but you save a ton of money compared to those more premium offerings. Bang for your buck I believe GX Eagle is the best drivetrain on the market. I highly recommend this rear derailleur if you want smooth shifting and a huge range.

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