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Forrest

Forrest

Draper, UT

Forrest's Passions

Mountain Biking
Road Biking

Forrest's Bio

I ride bikes and take pictures.
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Forrestwrote a review of on October 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Big fan of this jersey, super breathable and lightweight. Great for those hotter days. The little pocket built-in is great for something like a Gu Packet or some other small trailside goods.
The little logo on the back is super reflective, which is a nice touch.
I am a big fan of the neckline, and the overall fit is very T-Shirt like.
The fit almost threw me off, it seems like lots of brands are edging toward more aggressive, slimmer fit, and this is very much an American T-Shirt fit, which honestly I prefer.
For T's I usually wear a Large or XL depending on the brand, I ordered this in an XL and ended up sizing down to a Large.

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Forrestwrote a review of on October 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

OK, so what we have here is pretty much the best thing to happen to helmets since pretty much forever.

Let me explain

The sweat channel system that Bell has incorporated is genius. It works and works well. The only time it doesn't perform exceptionally is when I haven't washed the liner in a while and the nasty build up in the pads prevents the sweat from flowing down the sweat channel.
I have more of a Giro Shaped head. For mountain helmets, I have owned the Specialized Ambush, Giro Xen, POC Tectal, and Smith Forefront. The sixer is easily the least ideal for my head shape. Not uncomfortable, just not as perfect as the POC, Giro, Smith and Specialized helmets. BUT, the retention system is really good at making up for the rounder shape and I reach for my Bell Sixer over my Tectal, Ambush, and Forefront. The sweat channel is fantastic at keeping sweat out of my eyes and off of my glasses and I love the MIPS technology and progressive layering foam that gives me peace of mind in case of a crash.
One thing I love that I didn't realize I would, is the breakaway GoPro mount. It is a super easy quick-release mount. I have never used it for a GoPro, but I use it during fall night rides for my Light & Motion Urban light that mounts to a GoPro mount. Super easy to take the light on and off and I love it.

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Forrestwrote a review of on October 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am super glad that mountain shorts do not include liners anymore. They were terrible, just the worst. They were always shorts, and bibs are far more comfortable, and the chamois that is used in the standard mountain liner is pretty much a slab of foam sewn into a mesh brief. Maybe I wouldn't have that opinion if I wasn't riding road bibs. Road bibs were my jam, far better in pretty much every way, but this new generation of MTB specific bib liners are vastly improved and, especially when doing rides 3 hours or less, are better than many road bibs.

Things I love.
There is a flap to pee out of. I didn't think much of it until I had to use it. It is simply more convenient, especially if you wear a hip pack, with these shorts I don't have to take off my hip pack to pee. With other Bib shorts they rise above the hip pack belt so you have to remove the hip pack to pull down the shorts. Not so with the Endura Bibs.
The Chamois is actually situated slightly rearward. Not a lot, seems like just a few millimeters, but just enough to make up for the fact that on a mountain bike you are typically more upright than a road bike and the chamois is situated to support better.
Not as compressive on my junk. Almost the same feeling as the Assos Crater Cooler, but not quite, these shorts do not compress your bits and are more comfortable because of it.
These are a dedicated liner, they are noticeably thinner and more breathable than even the best road bibs and that is a major plus as things get warmer on midsummer rides.
Pockets, lots of pockets. These are great for that 1-hour ride after work when you don't even want to grab the hip pack, you just want to get out for a quick spin before it gets dark. I never used the Hydration bladder compatible pocket, but I used all of the others and was happy with my experience.

If I were to complain about something, it would be the Chamois, it was great for any sub-3-hour ride, or when paired with a comfortable saddle, but for longer rides or rides on a demo bike with a crappy saddle, I was wishing for a better chamois.
I was going to dock this thing a star for that, but then reminded myself that the chamois I was comparing this to were in shorts that were 2x and 3x this price and are an unfair comparison.
I thought I was going to badmouth the little button snaps on the back that are designed to work with the Endura shorts, but I never noticed them.

All in all these shorts are great. I would happily pay an additional $30 to get this exact same short with an even better chamois.
I know you can make that happen Endura, I know you can.

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Forrestwrote a review of on October 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was once an unbeliever when it came to Knickers.
I thought they were a dumb idea.
I thought, why would I buy Knickers or 3/4 tights when I could just run knee warmers with shorts, or full-length tights.
Now my eyes are open and these Pearl 3/4 tights are simply fantastic. I have worn these a few times, most recently on a night MTB ride that started around 34 degrees and ended around 28 degrees. Now while this is a lower temperature range than I would typically recommend for 3/4 tights, they performed exceptionally well, keeping me from thinking about the cold temps. Ideally, you would wear these more in the low 40's to high 50's. I would say they are better in colder temps than any of the other 3/4 tights that I own. Knickers are just so much more comfortable and convenient than wearing shorts and knee warmers, they are for sure warmer where it counts, but they don't trap all of the heat that full tights do, and this keeps you from overheating as easily at warmer temps. I highly recommend these.
I wear an XL in Castelli and a Large in Assos
These 3/4 tights from Pearl fit wonderfully in a Large

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 19, 2019

Pot of Gold
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I cannot believe I have taken so long to review these pedals.
They are fantastic!
Brief history, I started riding clipless on some old Ritchey pedals back in 2001 or so, and they were not great. After a couple of years I bought some Cranbrothers Candy pedals, I was riding the same shoes for road and mountain and had a set of Candy pedals on each bike. They were alright, and a significant step up from the old Ritchey's. I had some accidental releases, where I would pedal into a rock and hitting the rock would release my foot. It didn't happen all the time but I had one ride where it happened three times and I was over it. I switched to the TIME ATAC carbon pedals. They were amazing, I felt more attached to my bike, they cleared mud and debris really well and they just worked. Curiosity got the better of me and I switched to Shimano and rode the XT and XTR trail and XC pedals for a number of years, up until about a year ago when the Time Speciale 12 pedals came out. I snagged a pair and was reminded about what makes Time so great. Excellent mud clearance, a very positive feel and sound when entering the pedal and quality craftsmanship. I am lucky enough to have two mountain bikes and when the Speciale 8's came out, I grabbed a pair of them as well. The 12 has a larger platform, comparable with the Shimano Saint pedal, but significantly lighter. The 8 is more inline with an XT/XTR pedal when it comes to platform size, and comes in at about the same weight as XTR.
For Pedal setup, you can run the front pins, I don't, but they would keep your shoe even more planted on the pedal if you do. The Speciale 12 utilized 4 pins for maximum traction and minimal movement. If you run the pins too high you run the risk of a more difficult entry and exit.
I have ridden these pedals in the FiveTen Hellcat Pro, FiveTen Kestrel, Giro Terraduro, and Shimano S-Phyre shoes and they work wonderfully.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 16, 2019

Definitely one of the top 35 bars
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding the Skywire bar since sometime back in April. It is a great bar, stiff and responsive, lightweight, and the matte finish and graphics look fantastic too. I have ridden 35 diameter bars from Yeti, Santa Cruz, Race Face, Chromag, and Renthal and I feel like these are some of the best riding 35 diameter bars out there.

With that said, I do prefer the less stiff 31.8 diameter handlebars like the Deity Mohawk bar when it comes to soaking up trail chatter, but these Skywire bars are the closest in ride feel that I have ridden and they look amazing. I bought the Matte Chrome bar and it looks great in person. Super clean graphics.



For installation, I did use some carbon prep under my brake lever clamps, they kept moving on me at the recommended torque spec but a little carbon prep solved that.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 16, 2019

Definitely one of the top 35 bars
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding the Skywire bar since sometime back in April. It is a great bar, stiff and responsive, lightweight, and the matte finish and graphics look fantastic too. I have ridden 35 diameter bars from Yeti, Santa Cruz, Race Face, Chromag, and Renthal and I feel like these are some of the best riding 35 diameter bars out there.
With that said, I do prefer the less stiff 31.8 diameter handlebars like the Deity Mohawk bar when it comes to soaking up trail chatter, but these Skywire bars are the closest in ride feel that I have ridden and they look amazing. I bought the Matte Chrome bar and it looks great in person. Super clean graphics.

For installation, I did use some carbon prep under my brake lever clamps, they kept moving on me at the recommended torque spec but a little carbon prep solved that.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 16, 2019

Thing of Beauty
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Deity Copperhead stems are fantastic, the anodization and the milling are top-notch, they are available in the most common sizes and they add a bit of flair to any bike they are installed on. The super-short stack height keeps everything nice and low, but also offers a rider the opportunity to run this stem a little higher on the steerer tube than other stems.
I run a K-Edge Garmin mount on top of my Copperhead stem, and in order for the mount to clear the stem, you need about 15mm of spacers. Not a big deal, just something to note since the bar clamp area is a little taller than the steerer clamping area.
These stems are plenty stiff too, especially in the 35mm clamp.
I love Deity components, I love the story behind the company and the overall philosophy, so yeah, I am a bit of a fanboy, but they do it well and they do it right. You cannot go wrong and would never be let down by the Copperhead stem.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 12, 2019

A Riot
5 5

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

Ok, Ok, I may not be known around the office for my love of e-bikes but this thing is pretty fun. It is easy to use, charge, and switch between power settings.
I was able to get out on a 35 mile, 2000' of climbing group ride with some fast riders ( disclaimer: I am not fast). I stayed in the medium setting for most of the ride and used about 90% of the battery ( disclaimer: I am not light @~190) This was fun to ride, genuinely fun, and I was grateful for the assistance because the group I was riding with was pretty quick and I would have been dropped in the first few miles. With this, I was able to keep up with the group for the entire ride, other than one section where it was a slight downhill and they were able to maintain a pace of 27 mph or so and I was unable to keep up since the motor stops assisting around 20 mph. No worries though I caught back up as soon as the hills started again.
Bottom line, this is a fun way to keep up with speedier riders, particularly on the climbs.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 12, 2019

Deliciousness
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had the Cervelo R3 disc to ride for the last week. Reasonably light (for a disc bike) smooth, clearance for 28c tires which are my jam and if you aren't on 28's then you are missing out on life, and stable. Handling is agile, quick without being nervous. I hit 59.9 mph which is 96.4 kph which sounds even more impressive and it never felt even remotely unstable. I was super impressed, especially because this was a 51cm frame, slightly smaller than my normal pick. Cervelo's focus on geometry with equal and excellent handling across all sizes was evident, typically your smaller and larger sizes suffer, but not with Cervelo.
Di2 is fantastic by the way. If you want a true set it and forget it drivetrain, Di2 is the way to go. I have thousands of miles on Di2 and have never once had to make any adjustments beyond the initial setup. If you have the means, I highly recommend it.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 12, 2019

Deliciousness
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had the Cervelo R3 disc to ride for the last week. Reasonably light (for a disc bike) smooth, clearance for 28c tires which are my jam and if you aren't on 28's then you are missing out on life, and stable. Handling is agile, quick without being nervous. I hit 59.9 mph which is 96.4 kph which sounds even more impressive and it never felt even remotely unstable. I was super impressed, especially because this was a 51cm frame, slightly smaller than my normal pick. Cervelo's focus on geometry with equal and excellent handling across all sizes was evident, typically your smaller and larger sizes suffer, but not with Cervelo.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 12, 2019

Deliciousness
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had the Cervelo R3 disc to ride for the last week. Reasonably light (for a disc bike) smooth, clearance for 28c tires which are my jam and if you aren’t on 28’s then you are missing out on life, and stable. Handling is agile, quick without being nervous. I hit 59.9 mph which is 96.4 kph which sounds even more impressive and it never felt even remotely unstable. I was super impressed, especially because this was a 51cm frame, slightly smaller than my normal pick. Cervelo’s focus on geometry with equal and excellent handling across all sizes was evident, typically your smaller and larger sizes suffer, but not with Cervelo.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Countervail is real folks. I know, I know, it sounds like a gimmick, but I am here to tell you it is very much a real advantage. I love products that see use outside of the bike industry, that is very telling because if something is just a marketing gimmick, no other industry will use it, but if something is legit, often times that tech will make its way into other industries. Countervail is used by Wilson in their tennis rackets to reduce vibration, and it originated in use by NASA. It really does make for a smoother ride. I have owned the S-Works Roubaix, (prior to the headshock thing) and the Trek Domane and I really appreciate how Bianchi has stayed away from making suspension bikes and have instead produced a classic road bike that rides smooth like an endurance bike, with slightly more relaxed handling, but is still plenty stiff to track nicely in high-speed corners and translate your power directly to the rear wheel. If you are looking for a great ride for long days in the saddle, or if you aren't hitting the Yoga studio daily to stay flexible enough for a pure race bike, you should really take a look at the Infinito, it is amazing.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One thing that is for sure, 7 Mesh does not mess around. The company was formed by a bunch of peeps that peeled off from Arc'Teryx and I can tell you that Materials and Craftsmanship are second to none.
I have been riding this jersey for almost a year now. Not a form fit, more of a T style of fit with a slightly dropped tail. The upper body chest and arms are almost a nylon feeling material to the touch, it does a great job of resisting snags and holds up to abrasion. The lower section of the front, sleeves, and the entire back panel are a more breathable material that really vents heat.
I wouldn't call this a winter item, the materials are pretty thin, but you can layer it with a base and get down into the 50's (f) depending on how you do in the cold.
I love how simple this jersey is, and how minimal the logo is.
I would almost dock a star for the slight nylon swooshing sound that the upper material can make, maybe a half or a quarter of a star.
But my jersey has taken some abuse and another Long Sleeve Jersey I have has been torn twice on the same trails I have worn this jersey on without issue.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I decided to give Onza tires a try. I have been on somewhat of an anti Maxxis kick for a little over a year. Not because Maxxis are bad, but I had just realized that I have ridden nothing but Maxxis for the last 3 years and wanted to broaden my horizons.
So, here we are.
I am stoked on this tire. I am running the Ibex as a rear tire on my Yeti SB130. I started with a 2.4 but the SB130's tire clearance is pathetic out back and I was getting it to rub in the corners. Competitive has a super lenient exchange policy and I was able to exchange the 2.4 for a 2.25 that would clear my stays. Running about 28 PSI and I have been impressed with how well this tire hooks up and how quickly it rolls. I have done several trail rides and a 20+ mile day running lift laps at Deer Valley.
Impressed.
Great cornering traction, Low Rolling Resistance and they are still looking new. Granted, I have maybe 50 miles on them, but I have had other brands of tire that show wear by that point. Long term will tell, but I think these will last just like my Maxxis tires have.
In case you are wondering what I paired this up with, up front I am running the Aquila 2.4 and it is excellent as well. I would say slightly faster rolling than the DHF and just as good when it comes to traction.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have ridden with the latest EVOC Hip Pack Pro, the Dakine Hot Laps 2L and the Osprey Savu and they all have features I like, and some that I don't.
The Backcountry Mid Mountain 2L pack is by far my favorite pack. It is a little heavier, but the materials, zippers, and stitching all tell me that this will withstand some serious abuse. The main compartment is nicely laid out and easy to rummage through on the side of a trail.
The outer storage straps are perfectly designed for stashing a rain jacket or a set of knee pads.
I prefer a key clip, but there is a zippered mesh internal pocket that will store your keys quite nicely and stay out of the way. The elastic loops on the inside are great for 16g and 20g Co2 cartridges, I also had some spare quick links for my chain, a larger multi tool (CrankBrothers M17), tire lever, a Lezyne tire plug kit, plenty of nutrition and room to spare. I would go so far as to say that with the way this pack is laid out, it is simply the best use of space I have seen. The pack is narrow, so it is small and easy to forget you are wearing it. The bottle retention can be adjusted with a nylon strap, but I ran mine loose for 20+ miles of resort riding on rowdy single track and Jump trails and never had a bottle try to get out. I was surprised how quickly I forgot I was wearing it. With any of my other packs, I notice them bouncing a little but this stays in place really well, leaving me to focus on the trails. The belt system is tight, meaning that it is not super easy to tighten and loosen the belt strap, at first it was a little off-putting that it wasn't as easy as my Osprey pack to loosen the belt and slide the pack around for access, however, my Osprey pack has been bumped loose a time or two and has even loosened up on me while descending. This pack doesn't budge, so what I was originally put off by I am now beyond stoked on, because I no longer have to re-tighten my pack constantly throughout my rides.

PRO'S:
Excellent use of space
Small footprint
Stays put, doesn't loosen up unintentionally
Very high-quality materials and construction, you just know when you pick it up. Zippers, buckles, stitching.

CONS:
I like the zippered key pocket but I would really like a key clip
Quality materials come with a slight weight penalty, but I'll take the penalty for a quality pack that will last for years
Only one belt pocket and it isn't big enough for an iPhone X but will fit the smaller phones no problem (I usually keep my phone in my shorts pocket anyway)

Bottom line, this pack is fantastic and I will recommend it over any other pack in this category

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Forrestwrote a review of on August 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I rode these wheels on my Yeti SB130 without reading any reviews or knowing much about them at all.
First ride out and I could tell something was going on. Not in a bad way, not at all, but something was for sure different about the way they rode and I could't quite put my finger on it.
Second ride and I feel like I was getting better grip in corners and I was carrying more speed through the rocks.
Third ride confirmed my thoughts with a couple of PR's on trails I have ridden quite frequently, and one particular section of trail that is a steep garden of baby heads (a PR that I had on my Downhill bike). Yeah, for sure carrying more speed through the rough stuff, and still felt like cornering traction was better than before.
I read a review to see if my feelings were in line with others and sure enough they were.
Went for another ride and felt like everything was even more pronounced.
These wheels are magical!
As far as ride quality goes, I don't know if you will find another wheelset that will change the feel of your bike more.
Now for the reasons I knocked a star off.
Engagement. 7 degrees of engagement isn't bad, but in a time where Instant, 1/2 a degree or 3 degrees is possible, 7 just doesn't seem fast enough. Not only that, but the hub is sort of loud, which I feel further alerts the rider to how slow it is. I am on a DT hub right now with a 36t star ratchet and that is 10 degrees of engagement, so slower than the Zipp. But for some reason, the very pronounced sound of the Zipp hub seems so much slower than my DT hub, at least in my head. I would have liked to see a faster hub. I am docking it 1/4 of a star because I have succumbed to the industry requirement for faster engagement. It's probably just in my head.
Lastly is the weight. This is not a lightweight option at 1910g so 3/4 of a star for the fact that they are heavier than comparable wheels that are less expensive.

At the end of my time with these wheels, I found brainstorming ways to pick up a set of these hoops. Even with the slower than currently popular engagement and heavier weight, they just rode so nice over nasty terrain. Of all of the wheelsets I have ridden recently, these have made the biggest change to the way my bike handled and I loved it. Yeah, I give em 4 stars, if you are concerned about dropping grams, or you have to have the fastest engagement, then look elsewhere, but if you want a wheel that truly changes the way your bike handles (for the better) then these are a fantastic option.

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Forrestwrote a review of on July 10, 2019

So Good
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had a chance to take this bike out on a few rides and loved it.
The paint job looks amazing in the sunlight, excellent handling, smooth ride quality that really works well to reduce road buzz and amazing shift quality. I personally own a Fenix SL rim brake version and it has been a great ride, smooth on rough pavement, stiff for great power transfer and minimal flex.
This SLX Disc is even nicer, lighter frame, even better ride and the excellent stopping power and control offered by disc brakes.
Ridley's tend to run long. So take that into account when looking at the sizes, I would look at the effective top tube, stack and reach of your current bike and compare to the Ridley to get the right size, but it is pretty easy to figure out.
The new SRAM AXS shifting is amazing. I have a little over 1000 miles on Shimano Di2 and a few hundred on the original eTap from SRAM and I have to say the new AXS makes it hard to go back. The original eTap had an ever so slight delayed feel between hitting the button and the shift. Di2 felt quicker. Mind you this was very slight, but I felt it was noticeable. With AXS the delay is gone, it shifts incredibly fast and is incredibly easy to set up. Plus with the hydraulic clutch mechanism built into the rear derailleur, there is no longer any chain slap against the chainstay over rough terrain. I would call that a win. These Zipp wheels provide just the right amount of aerodynamics without being too deep or heavy for all around use, wind, and extended climbs. If I were purchasing this bike, I would call or chat in and request a different saddle (whatever has been working for you) and I would run this bike with a 28c tire instead of the 25c

I am 5'6" and rode the Small but would have purchased the XS since the reach on the small was a little long for me.

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Forrestwrote a review of on July 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this saddle.
I really really love this saddle
Like
A Lot
Let me tell you about it.
It is oh so comfy. Like really comfortable. I typically gravitate to less soft, more supportive saddles, the saddle I have been running as of late is a Specialized Power saddle, wide and short and pretty firm. I typically stay away from softer saddles becuase numbness is something I always experience with soft saddles and when I picked this one up I figured there was no way it was going to work, but I wanted to try it out anyway. It is just the right amount of everything, the nose is nice and wide so I can sit up front on super steep climbs. I don't have any numbness issues, I think the channel is actually effective, unlike some other saddles.
This thing is crazy light for as soft as it is.

In the past, I have ridden the WTB Volt, WTB Speed V, Specialized Power, Specialized Phenom, Specialized Toupe, Specialized Romin, Specialized Henge, Fabric ALM, Fabric Scoop (flat), and several saddles from Selle Italia and Selle SMP. I actually quite liked the Fabric Scoop (flat) but the nose wasn't very soft for riding on the front of the saddle. I love Selle SMP saddles for Road and XC or very aggressive riding positions, but for more upright trail riding, the Radar saddle from SDG is fantastic and you cannot beat the price. Not only is it crazy comfy, but the price cannot be beaten.

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