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Karissa Lamb

Karissa Lamb

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I spin spokes and tell jokes.. Sometimes simultaneously.

Karissa Lamb

Karissa Lambwrote a review of on December 15, 2017

The Ripley Rips
4 5

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

Okay so originally, before I took this bike out.. I thought I wouldn't like it that much. I thought it had too much hype and nobody knew what they were talking about. What's the big whoop? Well, I took this bike out and was seriously mistaken.
We rode down in southern Utah in a town called Hurricane and tested this bike on the Hurricane Rim Trail Loop, and man, this bike is playful. Right away this bike was noticeably different than a lot of other trail bikes I've tried this year. For one, this bike is capable. The bike was intended to be a cross country/trail bike but I was taking this down some pretty fast rocky terrain with technical drops and technical climbs. It did not disappoint.
While this bike manages to ride with the lightness and quickness of a true cross-country bike, it is still pretty burly like a full suspension bike with tons of travel. If that makes any sense. Components on the bike are pretty rad too. Lots of bang for your buck if you're on the lookout for a new bike that can do it all, this bike is it. It kind of has the full package if you don't want to spend a bike-load of money. Yes, bike. Bikes might as well be more expensive than a boat these days..
The only REAL beef I had with this bike was the occasional pedal strikes.. It did not matter how much I'd lift up the bike or maneuver the bike, it would catch on a rock or something. The geometry has a little to blame for that though, the bottom bracket is pretty low and depending on the tire pressure or sag, this may or may not be an issue for you. I did run a fairly high tire pressure one this loop and still had issues. It might take a bit of playing around with your shocks and tire pressure to get a feel for it.
Overall, I give this bike a four out of five-star rating. Would I ride it again? Absolutely. Would I purchase this bike? Yeah, probably. I would for sure race it in a cross-country race. It's that light and nimble.

For questions on this bike or any other bikes we carry, feel free to call me at my direct line or shoot over an email.

801.204.4567 or KLamb@backcountry.com

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on December 15, 2017

The Ripley Rips
4 5

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

Okay so originally, before I took this bike out.. I thought I wouldn’t like it that much. I thought it had too much hype and nobody knew what they were talking about. What’s the big whoop? Well, I took this bike out and was seriously mistaken.
We rode down in southern Utah in a town called Hurricane and tested this bike on the Hurricane Rim Trail Loop, and man, this bike is playful. Right away this bike was noticeably different than a lot of other trail bikes I've tried this year. For one, this bike is capable. The bike was intended to be a cross country/trail bike but I was taking this down some pretty fast rocky terrain with technical drops and technical climbs. It did not disappoint.
While this bike manages to ride with the lightness and quickness of a true cross-country bike, it is still pretty burly like a full suspension bike with tons of travel. If that makes any sense. Components on the bike are pretty rad too. Lots of bang for your buck if you're on the lookout for a new bike that can do it all, this bike is it. It kind of has the full package if you don't want to spend a bike-load of money. Yes, bike. Bikes might as well be more expensive than a boat these days..
The only REAL beef I had with this bike was the occasional pedal strikes.. It did not matter how much I'd lift up the bike or maneuver the bike, it would catch on a rock or something. The geometry has a little to blame for that though, the bottom bracket is pretty low and depending on the tire pressure or sag, this may or may not be an issue for you. I did run a fairly high tire pressure one this loop and still had issues. It might take a bit of playing around with your shocks and tire pressure to get a feel for it.
Overall, I give this bike a four out of five-star rating. Would I ride it again? Absolutely. Would I purchase this bike? Yeah, probably. I would for sure race it in a cross-country race. It's that light and nimble.

For questions on this bike or on any other bikes, feel free to call me on my direct line or shoot over an email.

801.204.4567 or KLamb@backcountry.com

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on August 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're anything like me, you find riding indoors to be monotonous, boring, or far from motivational. The thought of sitting on your saddle staring at a computer is less than appealing. Until now. The Kickr is a game changer. If you have limited time, don't feel like putting on all your gear, or sitting at every stop light, or even racing the sun, this trainer is for you. This is a great way to stay focused on your ride and actually see results. So the ride? Freakin' smooth and fluid. I use my Kickr with Trainerroad and PerfPro apps and this is perfect for what I want to accomplish. There are endless workouts and tests to have you coming out ready for race season strong as hell. This isn't your average trainer though because you're training with power. You can literally plug in the race course or route of your choice and it will simulate the exact road conditions/grades, minus the pot holes and angry drivers! This way you can follow a very specific power based training, which seems to be the most efficient way of training according to leading experts. If you want to get fast quick, have limited time to train or simply don’t ride in the rain, then the Kickr is for you. For further info on setting up and compatibility, contact me directly at KLamb@backcountry.com 801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on August 28, 2017

F10 All The Way
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wanted to write a super long review about how much I am in love with this bike... but I'll keep it short. I also didn't want to be yet another 5 Star Employee review. But this bike is so perfect I couldn't help it. This is how a bike should feel. This is what true love is. I've had the chance to ride A LOT of different bikes during my life, and none have even compared to this. This is the Ferrari of all bikes. This bike wants to go fast. No matter what wheelset or drive chain you choose, this bike moves with you. On my own build: With every pedal stroke, the bike goes with you. Rather than feeling every single pedal stroke as a challenge, this frame and drivetrain just want to go forward, the Zipp NSW 404's could have something to do with that too.. The new updated F10 is, in fact, lighter, stiffer and more compliant than the F8. Not that the F8 is inferior, but the F10 is just an overall better ride experience. Pinarello brought over a lot of aerodynamic elements from their Bolide TT bike. Less drag, more aero, lighter, faster, stiffer, comfortable, the list can go on.. what more could you really want from your race machine? I am 5'8" with a 35.5 in inseam and went with a size 53.5. For any questions about customization, feel free to call or email me directly.
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on August 28, 2017

4 5

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

The Pinarello GAN Disc 105 is a great performance machine. With the same looks and eye catching paint job as the Dogma F8, the Gan is for sure just as curvy and aerodynamic. Although you do sacrifice a little in weight and stiffness when moving over to the T600 carbon, that doesn't mean it won't perform like a champ.
The Gan uses the same Flatback tech found in the F8 with an oval front, flattened back tubing and sleek design that slices through the wind. Internal cable routing and compatible with both mechanical or electronic shifting and a threaded bottom bracket. Disc brakes that improve stopping power to make bombing hills at top speeds worry free.
Comes equipped with Shimano's entry level 11-speed groupset, which pretty much means you are getting the most bang for your bike. This bikes shifts like a dream, the frame eats up road noise and spits it out making it a really great bike.
For additional questions, help with sizing on this or any other Pinarello bike, give me a call. Let's talk bikes and get you rollin'.
Karissa Lamb
801-204-4567
kLamb@backcountry.com

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on July 13, 2017

Gravel Grinding Machine
4 5

I would say that this is one of my favorite gravel bikes we carry. The X-Trail is a nice happy medium. The geometry reminded me of an endurance road bike, with a slightly slacked out front end. Yes, it has road geometry but it wasn't super upright and uncomfortable.
Tons of clearance to roll on some beefier tires if you wanted to but the tires that come on this bike are also a happy medium. Slick down the center while also having some bigger knobbies on the sides. It rolled really well on hard pack and asphalt but it still gives you some grip when ripping on the gravel or off road.
My first ride was up and down fire service roads in the Uintah mountains here in Utah. I loved how it felt like a road bike on the smoother surfaces and then performed like a mountain bike on the rougher terrain.
A lot of people ask me which pedals they should run on their bike, I personally used mountain pedals. They're a bit burlier and more likely to take a hit better than say my carbon Look pedals I use on my road bikes.
In terms of gearing, this bike comes with compact gearing, you've got a 50/34 in the front and a massive 11x28 in the back. This is great for tackling those steeper climbs on the dirt.
Overall this bike is fun, playful, stiff, and burly. This bike runs a bit bigger.. According to the sizing chart I should be on the medium, but I am 5'8 with a 35.5 inseam and the medium was too big in terms of reach, so a small fits me perfectly. I suggest sizing down with this bike.

For additional questions, feel free shooting over an email or giving me a call directly!
Karissa Lamb
801-204-4567
KLamb@backcountry.com

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 27, 2017

5 5

I wanted to write a super long review about how much I am in love with this bike... but I'll keep it short. I also didn't want to be yet another 5 Star Employee review. But this bike is so perfect I couldn't help it. This is how a bike should feel. This is what true love is. I've had the chance to ride A LOT of different bikes during my life, and none have even compared to this. This is the Ferrari of all bikes. This bike wants to go fast. With every pedal stroke, the bike goes with you. Rather than feeling every single pedal stroke as a challenge, this frame and drivetrain just want to go forward... The new updated F10 is, in fact, lighter, stiffer and more compliant than the F8. Not that the F8 is inferior, but the F10 is just an overall better ride experience. Pinarello brought over a lot of aerodynamic elements from their Bolide TT bike. Less drag, more aero, lighter, faster, stiffer, comfortable, the list can go on.. what more could you really want from your race machine? I am 5'8" with a 35.5 in inseam and went with a size 53.5. For all questions about this beauty, feel free to call or email me directly.
KLamb@backcountry.com
801.204.4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 14, 2017

A Top Trail Bike
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you ever had the pleasure of riding this bike, then it was most likely love at first ride. The bike has a lot to offer and is a dream on the trail. Rider needs are constantly changing and Santa Cruz continues to give the people what they want.
The new 2017 version has a couple changes to the geometry which are good changes. In my opinion anyway. To me, they made it even better. It eats up the mountain and spits it out. No matter what terrain you come across, the 5010 is hungry and ready, giving you a fun but technical ride. Super responsive whether you're climbing or ripping down hill.
Jumping on the bike I was totally surprised it had 130mm of travel front and rear. Pedaling is so smooth! The pedaling platform is efficient with the suspension, which opens up really nicely on bigger hits and it often felt like it had much more suspension than 130 mm. Anyone who rides this bike says the same thing- It is poppy, nimble, snappy, fast and pretty much pops off everything and handles the techy descends like a champ.
Pros:
Light frame
Great up hill and down
Longer top tube
Thoughtful suspension
Lots of bike for your buck
Cons:
None
Verdict- The 5010 is definitely one of the best mountain bikes available on the market. It has been tailored to perfectly suit a large number of conditions. If you're looking for the ultimate experience, the 5010 will not disappoint.

I am 5'8", 156 lbs, 35.5 in. inseam. I rallied on a medium and it felt great all around.

For further questions, feel free to call or email me directly.
Karissa Lamb
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 14, 2017

A Top Trail Bike
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you ever had the pleasure of riding this bike, then it was most likely love at first ride. The bike has a lot to offer and is a dream on the trail. Rider needs are constantly changing and Santa Cruz continues to give the people what they want.
The new 2017 version has a couple changes to the geometry which are good changes. In my opinion anyway. To me, they made it even better. It eats up the mountain and spits it out. No matter what terrain you come across, the 5010 is hungry and ready, giving you a fun but technical ride. Super responsive whether you're climbing or ripping down hill.
Jumping on the bike I was totally surprised it had 130mm of travel front and rear. Pedaling is so smooth! The pedaling platform is efficient with the suspension, which opens up really nicely on bigger hits and it often felt like it had much more suspension than 130 mm. Anyone who rides this bike says the same thing- It is poppy, nimble, snappy, fast and pretty much pops off everything and handles the techy descents like a champ.
Pros:
Light frame
Great up hill and down
Longer top tube
Thoughtful suspension
Lots of bike for your buck
Cons:
None
Verdict- The 5010 is definitely one of the best mountain bikes available on the market. It has been tailored to perfectly suit a large number of conditions. If you're looking for the ultimate experience, the 5010 will not disappoint.
I am 5'8", 156 lbs, 35.5 in. inseam. I rallied on a medium and it felt great all around.
For further questions, feel free to call or email me directly.
Karissa Lamb
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 14, 2017

Top Trail Bike
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you ever had the pleasure of riding this bike, then it was most likely love at first ride. The bike has a lot to offer and is a dream on the trail. Rider needs are constantly changing and Santa Cruz continues to give the people what they want.
The new 2017 version has a couple changes to the geometry which are good changes. In my opinion anyway. To me, they made it even better. It eats up the mountain and spits it out. No matter what terrain you come across, the 5010 is hungry and ready, giving you a fun but technical ride. Super responsive whether you're climbing or ripping down hill.
Jumping on the bike I was totally surprised it had 130mm of travel front and rear. Pedaling is so smooth! The pedaling platform is efficient with the suspension, which opens up really nicely on bigger hits and it often felt like it had much more suspension than 130 mm. Anyone who rides this bike says the same thing- It is poppy, nimble, snappy, fast and pretty much pops off everything and handles the techy descends like a champ.
Pros:
Light frame
Great up hill and down
Longer top tube
Thoughtful suspension
Lots of bike for your buck
Cons:
None
Verdict- The 5010 is definitely one of the best mountain bikes available on the market. It has been tailored to perfectly suit a large number of conditions. If you're looking for the ultimate experience, the 5010 will not disappoint.

I am 5'8", 156 lbs, 35.5 in. inseam. I rallied on a medium and it felt great all around.

For further questions, feel free to call or email me directly.
Karissa Lamb
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 14, 2017

Top Trail Bike
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you ever had the pleasure of riding this bike, then it was most likely love at first ride. The bike has a lot to offer and is a dream on the trail. Rider needs are constantly changing and Santa Cruz continues to give the people what they want.
The new 2017 version has a couple changes to the geometry which are good changes. In my opinion anyway. To me, they made it even better. It eats up the mountain and spits it out. No matter what terrain you come across, the 5010 is hungry and ready, giving you a fun but technical ride. Super responsive whether you're climbing or ripping down hill.
Jumping on the bike I was totally surprised it had 130mm of travel front and rear. Pedaling is so smooth! The pedaling platform is efficient with the suspension, which opens up really nicely on bigger hits and it often felt like it had much more suspension than 130 mm. Anyone who rides this bike says the same thing- It is poppy, nimble, snappy, fast and pretty much pops off everything and handles the techy descends like a champ.
Pros:
Light frame
Great up hill and down
Longer top tube
Thoughtful suspension
Lots of bike for your buck
Cons:
None
Verdict- The 5010 is definitely one of the best mountain bikes available on the market. It has been tailored to perfectly suit a large number of conditions. If you're looking for the ultimate experience, the 5010 will not disappoint.

I am 5'8", 156 lbs, 35.5 in. inseam. I rallied on a medium and it felt great all around.

For further questions, feel free to call or email me directly.
Karissa Lamb
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 7, 2017

Great Buy
4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Lightweight, stiff-soled, easy to adjust on the go, easy to clean, reliable closure system, comes with multiple shim options for optimal customization on the sole of the foot. The Boa dial provides the adjustability that laces simply can't offer and provide even pressure on the upper part of the foot keeping it from sliding around. Laces of different length and color can be swapped out but is a bit of a process. Overall I'd say this is a solid choice when trying to find a shoe that has the ability to fit a wide range of foot shapes.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 6, 2017

Riding The Best
5 5

I wanted to write a super long review about how much I am in love with this bike... but I'll keep it short. I also didn't want to be yet another 5 Star Employee review. But this bike is so perfect I couldn't help it. This is how a bike should feel. This is what true love is. I've had the chance to ride A LOT of different bikes during my life, and none have even compared to this. This is the Ferrari of all bikes. This bike wants to go fast. With every pedal stroke, the bike goes with you. Rather than feeling every single pedal stroke as a challenge, this frame and drivetrain just want to go forward, the Zipp NSW 404's could have something to do with that too.. The new updated F10 is, in fact, lighter, stiffer and more compliant than the F8. Not that the F8 is inferior, but the F10 is just an overall better ride experience. Pinarello brought over a lot of aerodynamic elements from their Bolide TT bike. Less drag, more aero, lighter, faster, stiffer, comfortable, the list can go on.. what more could you really want from your race machine? I am 5'8" with a 35.5 in inseam and went with a size 53.5. For any questions about customization, feel free to call or email me directly.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 6, 2017

It's Time To Upgrade
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're building up a frame from scratch like I did, nothing is easier than setting up SRAM Etap. You bolt the parts into place, then you pair them up.. THAT IS IT. You're looking at maybe 15 minutes. In use- it is again, SIMPLE. You push the paddle on the right shifter inward to move the chain to a smaller sprocket. You push the paddle on the left shifter inward to move the chain to a larger sprocket. You can hold each paddle in those shift positions to perform multiple shifts - if you want to go from the bottom of the cassette up to the top- you just push the left paddle and hold it there. You push both paddles together to shift from one chainring to the other. If you want to pair a beautiful bike with beautiful crisp shifting, upgrade your bike with Etap.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on May 8, 2017

5 5

You've gotta give it to Wahoo for creating yet again, an incredible, user-friendly piece of equipment. With 15 hours of battery life, rest assured you'll be able to ride a couple of times before having to charge the BOLT. I love how easy set up is for this computer, as well as the high-def, easy to read customizable screens. You can also real time adjust the different screens right from your phone which comes in handy. I've had no issues connecting this to my Training Peaks account or even my TrainerRoad account. Super quick pairing with my power meter, HR Monitor, and cadence sensor. Overall pretty rad little device. It is simple, easy to use, and accurate. Oh, let's not forget it is more aerodynamic than all its competitors. Pretty sure my FTP went up 7 points. Overall stoke levels are high.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on April 27, 2017

The Black Unicorn
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wanted to write a super long review about how much I am in love with this bike... but I'll keep it short. I also didn't want to be yet another 5 Star Employee review. But this bike is so perfect I couldn't help it. This is how a bike should feel. This is what true love is. I've had the chance to ride A LOT of different bikes during my life, and none have even compared to this. This is the Ferrari of all bikes. This bike wants to go fast. With every pedal stroke, the bike goes with you. Rather than feeling every single pedal stroke as a challenge, this frame and drivetrain just want to go forward, the Zipp NSW 404's could have something to do with that too.. The new updated F10 is, in fact, lighter, stiffer and more compliant than the F8. Not that the F8 is inferior, but the F10 is just an overall better ride experience. Pinarello brought over a lot of aerodynamic elements from their Bolide TT bike. Less drag, more aero, lighter, faster, stiffer, comfortable, the list can go on.. what more could you really want from your race machine? I am 5'8" with a 35.5 in inseam and went with a size 53.5. For any questions about customization, feel free to call or email me directly.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on April 11, 2017

Rad Hand Huggers
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are seriously some of my favorite gloves I've ever owned. They fit nicely, are true to size, comfortable on the trails, breezy, and pretty durable. I thought they'd rip at the seams after one ride. But after 15+ rides, they've held up better than I thought. Highly recommended if you want a simple, comfortable glove without bells and whistles.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on April 11, 2017

99 Problems, But a Head Injury Isn't One
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So recently I went mountain biking down in Moab and wore this helmet. First, this helmet is light. Lighter than my road helmet. I barely notice it is on my head while I'm ripping and rolling. Second, it is comfortable which is my biggest MUST. Nothing drives me more insane than having things scratching my head, pulling my hair or flapping around. This helmet does none of those things which makes it the perfect helmet for me. Easy to adjust and easy to customize to your noggin. You might be thinking, "Is MIPS worth it??". To be honest, even if MIPS works, I don't think it will eliminate concussions altogether. Eliminating the rotational force might reduce the severity of the concussion. But, the fact of the matter is still your head is coming to an abrupt stop in a collision. Thus, your brain is still going to hit your skull one way or another, which is what causes concussions. Here's my personal opinion. Is there a chance that it will reduce the probability of brain injury even a little? Yes. Okay, sold. Can you really put a price on your life? When I crashed down in Moab, I hit my head pretty hard. But as far as we can tell, and by 'we' I mean I went to a couple Dr's to get checked out, I am perfectly fine after hitting my head on the slick rock. ROCK. No dirt. Rock. The only damage done is bursitis on my butt, hip, and knee. Next purchase will most likely be some knee helmets... aka knee pads.

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