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Ian Gonder

Ian Gonder

Ian Gonder's Passions

Road Biking
Triathlon
Cyclocross

Ian Gonder's Bio

Hello All,

Grew up in Southwest Florida and found cycling while attending the University of Florida. After I graduated with a Finance Degree and found a "real job" I realized I wanted to race my bike. I quit my finance job, found a job at a bike shop and rode my bike almost every day.

I have raced road for 3 seasons and about to start my 4th. I race Cat 2 road, but just recently found gravel racing.

Gravel is fun and inviting. Admittedly, road racing and the culture can be a bit intimidating. Gravel is simply fun and everyone can enjoy themselves.

I have raced in many nationally recognized races:
-TOAD
-Florida Cycling Grand Prix
-Pensacola Cycling Classic
-Dirty Kanza

I recently transplanted to SLC to work at Competitive Cyclist and thoroughly enjoy it. The riding is fantastic and my coworkers and job are great.

If you want to discuss, road racing, gravel racing, mountain biking or anything else cycling related. Let me know, igonder@backcountry.com or 801-619-7476

Ian Gonder

Ian Gonderwrote a review of on October 15, 2019

5 5

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

I like this jersey because it is simple, but still really comfortable and fits well in the riding position. Nothing fancy, but the fabric has a nice feel and breathes well. Nice when your climbing up steep grades. Lightweight and great quality. Enjoy this jersey!

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Ian Gonderwrote a review of on October 15, 2019

5 5

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

Try them on and they fit great in both the riding and standing and sitting position. I put them on under the Giro Havoc shorts and they integrate well. Nice chamois that is not too thick, but still substantial enough to keep you comfortable on long 2+ hour rides. The bib is minimal but great quality and fit. Highly recommend.

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Ian Gonderwrote a review of on October 15, 2019

5 5

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

I put these shorts on and click, they fit perfect! I wore them around the house for a few hours and got on my bike for a spin around the block. They pedaled really well. The stitching and quality of the shorts was great as well. Can't wait to get out the trails!

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Ian Gonderwrote a review of on October 3, 2019

5 5

A few months ago I was invited to Moab to ride MTB. I'm a roadie and I knew I needed a bike that would make me better than I am. I needed a forgiving bike that would allow me to make mistakes and carry on. This bike did just that. I was in way over my head from the first single track trail. Descending down rough and winding and jagged trails I was hard on the brakes then off then launching off a drop. But i did it. once, twice then several time and I knew this bike could do it even if I couldn't. My confidence was rallied and I started have fun. I wasnt even the slowest by the end of the day. I'd like to think I was better than I thought, but in reality this bike is amazing and made the day fun. You could say this bike saved the day and it will for you too. Or if you know what you're doing, you will set PRs and hit features harder than you have before. Have fun!

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Ian Gonderwrote a review of on October 3, 2019

5 5

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

I'm more of a gravel/roadie but enjoy getting on trails from time to time. Took this bike up to Park City for a nice mellow XC trail with a lot of climbing some fun descents. Nothing too technical but a few fun parts that gets the blood flowing. I was really impressed how well this bike climbed and even more impressed on really technical chunky climbing. The suspension did not bob, but kept me planted to the trail as I climbed through some rock gardens. Then I went down hill and this bike came to life. I'm pretty timid with technical features, but by the end of the trail this bike gave me the confidence to hit some drops i usually avoid and I even hit a jump or two. I rarely do that, but this bike made me feel like i could. Great bike, really made my local trail feel smoother and more fun. You will really enjoy this bike!

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Ian Gonderwrote a review of on June 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I saw the PI Pro Mesh Jersey and Pro Bib Shorts in a clinic and was impressed with the style. The first time PI has ever impressed me with style and fit. I bought a kit and had low expectations. I own the best cycling kits in the industry and have paid a lot more for brands like Giordana and Assos. Those kits are great but this PI Pro stuff throws punches way out of its weight class. The fit is spot on. The jersey has a longer sleeve and almost reaches my elbow and the bibs have the perfect inseam for some crisp lower quad tan lines. The quality of the material is awesome as well. The bibs and jersey almost have a cooling effect. The chamois is spot on as well. Nice placement and great padding for all day adventures or races. This is the best value in the cycling industry. Great cycling kit at a great price! You will love these pieces. ENJOY!

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Ian Gonderwrote a review of on June 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I saw the PI Pro Mesh Jersey and Pro Bib Shorts in a clinic and was impressed with the style. The first time PI has ever impressed me with style and fit. I bought a kit and had low expectations. I own the best cycling kits in the industry and have paid a lot more for brands like Giordana and Assos. Those kits are great but this PI Pro stuff throws punches way out of its weight class. The fit is spot on. The jersey has a longer sleeve and almost reaches my elbow and the bibs have the perfect inseam for some crisp lower quad tan lines. The quality of the material is awesome as well. The bibs and jersey almost have a cooling effect. The chamois is spot on as well. Nice placement and great padding for all day adventures or races. This is the best value in the cycling industry. Great cycling kit at a great price! You will love these pieces. ENJOY!

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Ian Gonderwrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had the privilege to try a lot of cycling kits. I work at Competitive Cyclist and try out new kits on a weekly basis it seems. Most of them are good. They have a nice chamois, great build quality and use top of the line materials and fabrics. I really like most of the kits I try.

About a month ago I received some NX-G bibs from Giordana and thought these are good. They felt nice, the chamois seemed good and the materials were fantastic. I expected all that. Then I put the bibs on jumped on the trainer. WOW! These bibs are great!

They do everything all other bibs do well, but exceed in so many other areas. The straps are ventilated and have great stretch, the gradual compression on the legs is a nice feature and the length of the bibs is a little longer to support your entire quad and hamstring and the chamois is simply amazing! The chamois is incredibly comfortable in the saddle and supports your sit bones and breathes nicely, but the relief in the front is a game changer! It just holds everything in place really nicely and allows for a little extra space. I don't feel like anything is getting crushed or chafed. No readjusting to get it right.

These bibs are my go to bibs and I always do the laundry before a long or intense ride just to make sure I can take these on my ride.

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Ian Gonderwrote a review of on February 27, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This seatpost is super light and comfy. The finish is really nice and it installs easily. Comes with 7x9 clamp for carbon rails. Easy to get the tilt set and the clamp works well. The saddle has a small amount of play but that is expected on a side clamp system. I really recommend this post.

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Ian Gonderwrote a review of on February 27, 2019

5 5

Based on the title you should know that every time I put on this jersey I feel like super man. I feel like a slip into this jersey (paired with NX-G bibs) and I produce about 50 more watts. New jersey doping for sure. i have only used it the trainer so far, but I have been really impressed with the fit and breathability. Excited to get out on a 100 degree Utah day to really test this jersey out!

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Ian Gonderwrote a review of on February 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned the original Hammer and new H2. The H2 freehub is quieter, connects better to Bluetooth and changing resistance more naturally. And.. it is awesome looking! I really like this trainer. This trainer is also very reliable; Wahoo casts a shadow over the smart trainer market, but the Hammer and H2 have been the most reliable trainers we sell. If you want a trainer that connect well to third party programs and just works really well, buy this one!

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Ian Gonderwrote a review of on January 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great jacket for layering. Wear a summer base layer and this jacket when the temperatures reach 60 and a winter base layer and jacket when the temps fall into the 40s. The 3 pockets in the rear are like a jersey and I recommend a wind vest if you are descending. Not much wind blocker material in this jacket. I enjoy this jacket and you should buy it!

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Ian Gonderwrote a review of on January 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was riding these in St George for the weekend and they were perfect. It has mid to low 30s in SLC and these are not warm enough. But drive 4 hours south to southern Utah and the temperatures are upper 40s to low 50s. This is the temperature range these shine! The knickers are high quality and the chamois is what you would expect from Assos. Highly recommend these knickers and look forward to riding in them more come spring.

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