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Ed Kilbourn

Ed Kilbourn

Competitive Cyclist - Salt lake City, Utah

Ed Kilbourn's Passions

Road Biking
Snow Skiing
Mountain Biking
Cyclocross

Ed Kilbourn's Bio

What can I say, I love cycling! Pretty much every flavor. Road racing is my current focus, enjoying every minute of it, beat-downs and all!

Ed Kilbourn

Ed Kilbournwrote a review of on June 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are accustomed to the Asics 2100 series road you this is a good trail shoe for you. Good support, excellent traction, nice fabrics. Minimal break in time with these shoes. Keeps the dirt out unlike a road shoe. They aren't the flashiest or most exciting to look at but they get the job done.

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Ed Kilbournwrote a review of on May 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Unless you're a severe weight weenier, or have to have a :::slightly::: more attractive crankset, the 105 is as good as it gets.
The rings will wear long and strong and the shifting is plenty smooth.
This is an excellent option for Cross bikes, and Gravel Grinders too, as you wont' be beating up an expensive piece and the rings are affordable enough to have a few ratios on hand.

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Ed Kilbournwrote a review of on May 22, 2017

5 5

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

The Noah has always been a speed machine, especially the SL. Like any great performance vehicle, better brakes will only make it faster! The extra-reliable, always predictable disc brakes coupled with the Noah SL's ability to get up to speed quickly immediately add more security and a level of confidence that usually takes a fair amount of riding to dial in. Late-braking ability is improved, as is the ability to modulate braking while in the corners....usually a technique used sparingly due to rim brakes' tendency to be a bit more abrupt under cornering load.
The extra layup required for the brake calipers in the fork and rear triangle and resulting rigidity is a plus in both the handling and acceleration departments, but surprisingly not a detriment in the ride quality. Speaking of which, with the new SL the Noah has evolved from a race-only weapon to a legitimate all-day, all-arounder.
Like with most Ridleys, sizing is less straightforward than other brands. Let me know if I can help you get sized correctly.
Great bike overall!

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Ed Kilbournwrote a review of on April 21, 2017

0 miles, already love it!
5 5

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

I was impressed enough with my Wilier Cento 1 SR to go out on a limb with the new Cento 10. I'm starting out with a "5 Star" rating, based on design, looks, and fit & finish alone! Out of the box, the frame, fork and Alabarda bar/stem are beautifully painted and the Alabarda has a very natural, somewhat compact curve to it. The flat aero section of the bar is comfortable to hold on to and far to pretty to cover with tape.
The Cento 10 will clear 28mm tires, so that's on my list to try out.
The seat post is only available in a 22mm offset, so take that into account along with the fixed stem length when choosing the frame size.
The internal cable routing is straightforward, but requires some patience (or better yet, a Professional) to set up. I went with SRAM eTap to avoid all but the brake cables, which are a breeze to set up with the Alabarda. I will post a 1st ride follow up asap, but enjoy the following photos in the meantime. Please reach out with any questions!

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Ed Kilbournwrote a review of on April 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

....Because that's part of my job and frankly, I can't resist.
The GP 4000 continues to be my go-to for every condition and type of riding. Reliable grip, better ride quality than the tpi would suggest and last long enough to get more than your $$$ worth. 25mm is the happy medium, but more frames are clearing 28mm these days so that may become more of a norm. These are on my list to try in the 28mm size.
Planning to try out the Vittoria Rubino Pro G Plus to see how it stacks up. Stay tuned....
Send any questions my way in the meantime!

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Ed Kilbournwrote a review of on April 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Small enough for any tool bench, big enough to keep most parts for most projects from going AWOL. The concave sections are especially nice in that they keep small screws, etc from rolling off the mat/bench and into that *one* crack in your garage floor... We all have that too. Definitely one of the smarter purchases I've made!

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Ed Kilbournwrote a review of on April 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't spend a lot of time on platforms, so I was looking for the best cost vs functionality I could find. I do get to sample a fair number of them and the Chester is the best I've found for the $$$. The nylon composite construction may not make them the ideal choice for aggressive trail or DH use, but they will do fine in everything else. Barring any big impacts, they should last a good long time as well. You can service the shaft and bearings should they wear out. I'm sold!

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Ed Kilbournwrote a review of on April 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was skeptical, but this stuff is great! There have been some remarks about the packaging being difficult, but I found the packets as easy to open as a GU/Cliff Shot, etc. What's really nice is how easy they are to get down and to not feel like you need an entire water bottle to wash it. I like the "liquidity" and the flavors are fine. Berry is my choice, the citrus is good as well. Other high notes: easy to pack multiples and easy to reach them in the jersey pocket. They tend to stay upright and easy to identify by feel. I'm also a fan of "less is more" when it comes to lactose, gluten, etc.

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Ed Kilbournwrote a review of on March 30, 2017

5 5

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

My first thought about these shoes was "Wow, they look *good*!". I've always liked the Giro Empire's looks, but never loved it. These, love at first sight! They're amazingly comfortable (as most lace-ups are), especially with the lacing slightly offset to the outside of the shoe.
The flex rating is a 9 (compared to an 11-13 for shoes like the Sidi wire and Pearl Izumi PRO Leader III), but they still feel more than adequate for everything outside of 1,200+ watt sprint efforts.
The abundant perforation combined with the lace's ability to stretch just a bit will definitely be a major plus for long rides on hot days (#swollenfeet).
I would call the toe box a "standard" shape: not too tapered, but not too square. The height at the end of the toe box seems just right too, compared to others I've had that have too much room.
You will need to snug the laces down pretty tight to start out, which takes just a little getting used to. Once the shoes warm up a bit however, the need to tighten and loosen them during the ride should not arise.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about the Road RC Lace, or any of our other products!

Ed Kilbourn
Customer Account Manager-Bike
Office: 801-204-4688
ekilbourn@competitivecyclist.com

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Ed Kilbournwrote a review of on March 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have now spent much quality time on these guys equipped with the DT/Swiss 240 hubs and have definitely figured a few things out:
They seem *enormous* at first, but that initial shock goes away quickly, certainly once you get them up to speed and realize the difference they make in keeping you at speed! On flat-to-rolling roads, they are amazingly fast and smooth. Climbing-wise, I've been pleasantly surprised much like I was with the outgoing Enve 6.7. The 7.8's are claimed lighter, so that's even better news. The "whoosh" sound that some of us love about deep-section wheels is even more pronounced than with the 6.7's too. In a dead-out sprint, the folks you're about to blow past will definitely know you're coming! The Enve Carbon Hubs, from my experience with my 4.5, are outstanding! This isn't a wheelset where one should be too concerned with weight, but you will save some grams. The low rolling resistance and smooth, reliable (DT internals) performance are definitely worth the upgrade if you can swing it.
Once pointed downhill, watch out! You'll hit your terminal velocity faster than you have before, but the updated brake surface can handle the 50-0 work remarkably well. I learned this on my 4.5's and it holds true on these. Fast, technical descents do require more care at first, until you get a solid feel of how these wheels corner. Long, sweeping or decreasing radius corners are not their absolute forte, but they are brilliant in fast, tight, flat (think: criterium course) corners. The ease of acceleration after said corners is impressive as well.
They are Tubeless-Ready, but I had a less-than-optimal experience with them setup tubeless (Reach out to me directly for details).

Details:
I have ridden them with both Vittoria Corsa-G speed and Continental Grand Prix 4000-S II tires, with a variety of pressures. *Always* use the Enve new-style brake pads.

Ed Kilbourn
Customer Account Manager-Bike
Office: 801-204-4688
ekilbourn@competitivecyclist.com

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