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Forrest

Forrest

Draper, UT

Forrest's Passions

Mountain Biking
Road Biking

Forrest's Bio

I ride bikes and take pictures.
BFA - Photography
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Strava: (you guessed it) ForrestDalmer

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Forrestwrote a review of on October 31, 2018

Mind Blown
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off, let me say this. These are not Shimano brakes, and if you are someone that loves the Off/On Lightswitch feel of Shimano brakes, you should stick with those. For those who actually like braking modulation but might want a bit more power, consistency, and control. These are for you. I have almost a thousand miles on the new Code brakes now. Lots of trail days and about half a dozen resort days as well. Zero issues and super consistent. This was one of the parts that I swapped out on my Pivot Mach 5.5 when I built the bike and I couldn't have been happier. I felt like they were well worth the weight penalty over the SRAM guide brakes and far better than the XT M8000 brakes that came on the Pivot. I have the XT M785 on my single speed and they have been very reliable, but I do not care for the lack of modulation. The XT M8000 brakes have been terribly inconsistent, even the 4 piston model that just came out. I do not know what they changed but my brake engagement point would bounce around unpredictably on a run.
Again, if you love Shimano brake feel then you should stick with Shimano.
Crazy good modulation from the Code brakes, like mind-blowingly good modulation and loads of power. I thought these might be overkill for my trail bike but was totally wrong, they were perfect! I bled these toward the end of the season and the new bleed procedure for these brakes in insanely easy. Like Shimano easy. I am a huge fan and would happily equip these brakes on any bike with 130mm or more of travel.

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Forrestwrote a review of on October 24, 2018

5 5

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

Just picked this up yesterday and went for a canyon ride. Started in the low 60's with a light sprinkle and returned around 57 degrees. This Jersey was amazingly comfortable. Not too hot, not too cool. With a base layer and arm warmers, this Jersey would be right at home in the 50-60 degree range. The sleeves are a bit thinner than the body, so this Jersey keeps warmth where it should be without causing overheating.
Fit is quite good. Drops extra low in the back to keep you protected from road spray, doesn't flap in the wind but isn't restrictive. Runs slightly roomier than castelli, but I don't feel like it is a full size difference. I run an XL in Castelli and sometimes feel like that is still just a little bit small. XL in this Giordana AV Versa Jersey is just right.

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Forrestwrote a review of on October 12, 2018

What a lovely ride!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It has been a few years since I last threw a leg over a Ti bike. I remembered my first experience as being a little bit of a let down because the bike felt like a noodle and I decided to stick with Carbon at the time. Fast forward to today, This Eros provides an incredibly smooth ride quality, smoother than my Steel framed gravel bike, but does not feel too flexy. If anything I was surprised by the stiffness and responsiveness of this bike. Maybe not as responsive as a high-end carbon bike, but everybody has a high-end carbon bike these days. I love riding something that you don't see every day. The quality of construction is superb and sizing felt spot on. I typically ride a 54cm frame in Trek and Specialized and the Eros in a 54cm frame felt quite good.

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Forrestwrote a review of on October 12, 2018

Yes Please!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had the opportunity to demo this bike a few times and take it on a trip to Tahoe this year. It is one of the best pedaling bikes we carry. I will throw that out there right now. I have been able to spend time on bikes that are quite efficient trail bikes like the Pivot Trail 429, the Yeti SB4.5 and the Santa Cruz Tallboy. I would say that the Arktos pedaling efficiency slots in up at the top. It pedals really well. Like surprisingly well considering this is a bike that straddles the line of aggressive trail and Enduro. If you are looking for a full blow enduro race machine I would consider the new Arktos 29, it is longer, slacker, and 29

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Forrestwrote a review of on October 11, 2018

Burly and Smooth
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am super over this 35mm clamp diameter stuff that has invaded the market. It rides way too stiff and offers next to no benefits other than being a trend. Give me some well-built 31.8's!
I freaking love this bar, it is burly, plenty stiff yet still forgiving. This is one of the first things I change on any of my gear.
Ride quality, Build Quality and company support are second to none. I would love to see a non gloss finish that would match the current trend of matte finished bikes but that is just a silly quibble.

Plus you have to love the company! Vital MTB has done some podcasts with Sean McClendon and Eric Davies and I know PinkBike has also done an article. Listen to the podcasts, these are rad people that are passionate about the sport and making quality products that they want to ride, not just making a buck. They don't chase fads, they just focus on what works. Customer service with Deity is crazy good too and they stand behind their products. It is a company with a soul and as a result, Deity will always find its way onto my bike builds.

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Forrestwrote a review of on October 9, 2018

Magnificent!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been riding clipless pedals for a few years. Started out on some Ritchey's back in 2002 and as soon as I had some money, I moved on to Crank Brothers. I had two sets of Candy pedals, and even rode them on my road bike for a few years. I was never in love with the Crank brothers design and one day I had 3 accidental releases on a ride and decided to move on. I purchased my first pair of TIME ATAC carbon's They were quite expensive but I love the entry and release, it was so positive and they did a great job of clearing mud and debris. I ended up switching to Shimano and giving my Time pedals to my Dad to ride. I don't look at that as a mistake, Shimano makes a great pedal that lasts, but there were a few small complaints I could find. After about 4 years riding Shimano (XT, XT Trail, XTR) I decided to revisit TIME. I had such fond memories.
I am happy to report that my memories of TIME's excellent engagement and overall performance were still accurate. If anything, I was not remembering quite how good they are. I am running these Speciale 12's on my Santa Cruz Bronson and absolutely love them! The feel of engagement is more positive than what I have been used to over the past few years. Once you are in the pedal, there is very smooth and silent float (unlike my last pedals that would give a metallic squeak occasionally while riding).
My first ride was a wet day and dirt and gravel was sticking to my shoes, this was no issue for the pedals. I run mine with no pins in them, some people run just two pins up front and others run all 4. You can adjust the pin height which will affect how much they grip your shoes but I have not felt a need to install them. Perhaps I will give them a try. Super stoked on these pedals and plan to buy the ATAC XC8's for my gravel bike and single speed.
Just in case you are wondering, I am using these pedals with the Giro Terraduro shoes, and a pair of 5.10 Hellcat Pro's (favorite shoe right now)

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Forrestwrote a review of on August 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was just thinking, how can I take my wide mouth Hydroflask to the next level. I really like the bottle but sometimes I just want to sip through a straw without ruining the world. POW! In comes the Straw Lid to save the day. Now my Hydroflask can double as a sippy cup, and all is well in the world.

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Forrestwrote a review of on August 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love a spotless drivetrain! Love it!
Sometimes you need a little extra ingredient to get the chain truly clean and that is where Pedro's Citrus Degreaser comes in. I will run a little through my Pedro's Chain Pig (thank goodness they fixed the design because it works so very well) and I get my drivetrains spotless. This is my single favorite cleaner when things are especially nasty.

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Forrestwrote a review of on August 28, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am not gonna lie, Dawn has typically been my go-to for cleaning frames, but it didn't quite get the job done when it came to drivetrains. It does pretty good, but not good enough. I decided I would give this a try and was pleasantly surprised by how effective it is. I feel like if you have a crazy gunked up drivetrain because you are a negligent monster then you would be wise to pick up a bottle of Pedro's citrus degreaser as well, but once you have forsaken your terrible ways and start adhering to proper bike maintenance, this degreaser does a solid job.

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Forrestwrote a review of on August 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Look, all I am saying is that this GOLD cassette is pretty much the hottest thing you are going to put on your bike. The Titanium nitride finish is legit and has been around for quite some time. I know it from the professional motocross scene where all of the top factory racers had Ti Nitride coated forks for reduced stiction and better performance. Pretty sure those forks they were running cost more than my car. Basically it is like a crazy nice low friction treatment so not only will it look super cool but it will help your drivetrain run quieter and longer than the non treated cassette.

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Forrestwrote a review of on August 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Building up a new whip? Perhaps refreshing your trusty old steed with a fresh new drivetrain? Going Eagle because it is amazing? Go with the XO1 Eagle Crankset. It only makes sense and the new SRAM chainrings will outlast everything else on the market and hold onto the chain like velcro!

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Forrestwrote a review of on August 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Want to run a GXP crank in your PF30 frame without it creaking like a banshee and causing your friends to abandon you on rides? This is the solution. Threads into itself so it won't walk out of your frame and does a great job of staying silent. Pro tip, at least I think it is a good tip, instead of using Grease where the Frame touches the BB, use the Park Tools Green Press Fit retaining compound: Item # PAR005M

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