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Dan Be

Dan Be

Alta, Moab, Utah

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

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 14, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These rotors not only look great but they function well. They ditch heat like a radiator. Durability is on par with any top notch rotor. Really the only drawback to these rotors is they are a little heavy. However, Sram offers the Centerline X Rotors if you want to save the weight.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Looking for a lightweight, stiff, and durable crankset that works with boost and non-boost bikes? Look no further. You have found what you're looking for. These are the lightest alloy cranks I've found and they are also super stiff. In fact, I think I prefer these cranks to many of the carbon cranks I've run.

Not sure if Race Face foresaw boost being a standard when they engineered this crankset, but it works perfect on boost bikes. You can dial in the chainline by flipping the chainring. Also, the Cinch system is amazing and allows you to run chainrings from 26T-42T. Oh, and you can get a few different colors which is awesome.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're in the market for an excellent rear tire that offers tons of traction this is a great candidate. The close block design allows the tire to roll well while still finding plenty of traction in dry loose conditions. The cornering lugs hook up very well and provide excellent cornering grip. Add 3C rubber into the mix and this tire turns into one of the best rear tires I've ridden.

Really the only drawback to this tire is it doesn't clear mud well. But it also isn't designed to be a mud tire and Maxxis has the Shorty for that.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Pike needs no introduction. Since it's inception it has been getting rave reviews. That being said I think it's still as relevant today as it was when it launched.

The Charger damper does an excellent job smoothing out the rough trail while maintaining traction even over the roughest section of trail. The rebound and compression tuning is easy to tune and allows you to dial your fork into the trail conditions you ride most. The torque cap adds additional stiffness to an already stiff chassis. All things considered I think you'll be hard pressed to find a better fork for the money.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you have a nice set of carbon cranks you're going to want to keep them looking fresh. These booties are the best tool for the job. They install easily and with abundant color options you can add a little color to your ride.

I purchased the Next SL/SixC model for my X01 Eagle cranks. They fit well and look great. Keep in mind that if your cranks barely clear your rear chainstay these may not work on your bike.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shorts are great. The material is thin and vents well. The slim fit is great for pedaling and ensures they won't get caught on your saddle when you need to get back over the rear wheel.

I found the shorts run slightly small. I'm typically a large or 34 in most shorts and I purchased the XL in these. They fit well and with the waist adjustment you can dial in the fit. Only major complaint I have is I wish there was 1 additional pocket. The small rear zippered pocket is perfect to hold a car key but won't hold much else.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been wearing this jersey for a few months now and I love it. It breathes well and has ideal venting in the arm pits. The material is soft to the touch but has proven to be very durable. If you want a jersey for the cooler days that keeps you warm while still breathing super well this is a great one to consider.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're looking for a lightweight and comfortable grip this is a great option. I've been riding them a while now and haven't had any durability issues. They absorb vibration very well helping to reduce forearm fatigue. These are also the lightest grips I've used so if you want a light weight grip these are an excellent option. Removing them from the handlebar is a pain and is really the only drawback I've seen while using them.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're looking for a super thick hoodie then you might want to look for something else. Now if you're wanting something to keep you warm before those early morning rides or after a late evening ride this is perfect. It's pretty thin but plenty warm. The fit is spot on and isn't too large or too tight. It feels like it will hold up to years of use.

If you want a stylish hoodie for before or after a ride this is perfect. I also love wearing this on cooler days when dirt jumping. Clean, classic design that will never get old. 100% awesome!

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding at night with just a bar mounted light. It works but leaves you without much light to see around corners. This light is exactly what I was missing. It is compact and light weight and mounts well to your helmet. The light has 3 brightness modes which work well and on the brightest mode so you have plenty of light for riding trails swiftly at night. If you're looking for a bright, compact, lightweight light this is a great option. Oh, and don't forget this only comes with a handlebar mount. If you want to mount this to your helmet you'll need a helmet strap. Item #NRI0139.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We'd all love to run a super expensive wheelset like the incredible Enve M60 HV wheels. For most of though we don't have an extra $2,700.00 laying around to spend on wheels. Despite this we're still determined to get out and have fun on the trails. This is where a wheelset like the Crossride Quest WTS comes into play.

For the money this package is packed full of awesomeness. You get a stout wheelset with tires ready to run tubeless. As far as I know no one else offers a package like this and certainly not at this price range.

The tires set up tubeless easily. They roll well and offer lots of traction. I haven't had any issues with durability and they have held up to the dry rocky terrain I ride most often here in Utah. This may not be the lightest wheelset out there but you're also not spending your last two paychecks to afford them.

Overall this package is great value. You get a durable wheelset with tires ready to go for an incredible price.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These cranks rock! They're super stiff and don't weigh your bike down. They're also extremely durable. I have several hundred miles on them so far and haven't had any issues with them. I would suggest Race Face crank boots to protect them as they don't come with their own boots. After a weekend riding trails in Moab my cranks show plenty of signs of rock strikes but nothing more than cosmetic blemishes. Had I put crank boots on before that trip they'd still look new.

If you have questions about these cranks or compatibility with your frame or bottom bracket hit me up.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sram has updated their 1x group and added an additional gear. This new derailleur has been updated to cover the spread of the new 10-50T cassette. Not only does it cover the spread with ease but it does so with a direct yet buttery smooth shift feel. If you're looking for the best in 1x drivetrains Sram has you covered.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After riding a 1x set up for the past 3 years I can say without a doubt that I won't run a front derailleur ever again. Sram is the company that brought a reliable 1x drivetrain to market and they haven't stopped updating since. Eagle is the newest rendition and once again Sram has made a great thing better.

The range of this cassette is amazing. Riding here in Utah I almost never need to use the 50T cog out back. However, I've been able to run a larger chainring up front to achieve higher speeds without sacrificing my low range.

If you're looking to go 1x and want the best range on offer I recommend looking at Eagle X01. Below is the gearing for this cassette.

10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, 28, 32, 36, 42, 50

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Dan Bewrote a review of on September 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Is pedaling a means to an end? Do you find yourself dreaming of the descent while climbing to the summit? If this sounds like you the Bronson is the tool missing from your shed.

The VPP3 is vastly improved over the last generation and offers significantly better pedaling characteristics. It still offers incredible damping on the descents and soaks up even the worst brake bumps. I also find the VPP3 suspension likes to be pushed extremely hard in corners and will reward you with rapid exit speeds.

If you prefer a bike that is playful and loves to manual and jump then this bike is right up your alley. The short chainstays make the bike ultra flick-able and easy to control in the air. This is one of the most playful bikes I've ever ridden.

Looking to soar up the climbs? Well, this bike tackles them with Sram's Eagle X01 group. Now with a 50T cog out back you can tackle the steepest grades without breaking a sweat. I didn't think I needed a 50T cog on the cassette but now I find I can run a larger front ring to achieve higher speeds without sacrificing climbing performance.

The RockShox Pike RCT3 and Monrach RC3 work extremely well. Small bumps go unnoticed and large obstacles are soaked up with nary an afterthought. Paired with the wider hub shell found on the front and rear hub this bike will tackle anything you throw at it.

Bottom line: If you love climbing to access the terrain you ride but don't want to give up downhill performance this bike is one to consider.

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