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Garson Fields

Garson Fields

Park City

Garson Fields's Bio

Grew up in Western Mass, then spent a few years in Vermont before relocating to Utah. Between family, swimming holes, and the mountain biking, my heart will forever be in New England. I love to pedal, despite growing up racing Downhill. When I'm not writing copy for Competitive Cyclist, I'm usually riding bikes, snowboarding, drinking coffee, or some combination thereof.

Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on February 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hydration bladders are pretty simple, which made this one a pleasant surprise. The wide mouth makes it easy to clean, and the high-flow hose is a noticeable improvement. It's not quite revolutionary, but it's a step better than most of the hydration bladders I've used in the past.

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Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on November 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are sweet. They're grippy on dirt, roll fairly fast on pavement, and they'll shrug off some serious hits without flatting. It was painless setting them up tubeless on WTB i19 Asym rims with one layer of Gorilla tape. They're not the longest lasting tire, and the 40mm size will be too big for most race-focused 'cross bikes, but they're absolutely worth running if they suit your intended use.

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Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on November 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

SPD mountain cleats seem to last forever, or at least a few seasons, but they'll wear out before a set of pedals. That's where these come in. These singe-release cleats are what come stock with your pedals, so you won't be in for any surprises.

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Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on July 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The only thing the M8000 cassettes give up to their XTR brethren is weight. Otherwise, you're looking at excellent shifts, surprising durability, and a wide range of gearing options. Not the first choice for obsessive gram counters, but probably the best choice for anyone else running a Shimano drivetrain.

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Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on July 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're running Shimano brakes and your hubs have a 6-bolt mount, these rotors are the best that Shimano has to offer. Light, sweet looking, and they seem to stay cool enough. Sure the XTR-level rotors get the fancy radiator fins, but then again, most of us probably aren't willing to buy Centerlock hubs for the negligible cooling benefits.

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