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Kevin K

Kevin K

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kevin K's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Kevin K's Bio

Growing up in Wisconsin, being outdoors was commonplace. I started mountain biking at Kettle Moraine at an early age, had a hiatus for a bit, then hit it hard and haven’t stopped since. While XC is my background, all mountain riding is what I strive for. My typical rides are long climbs being rewarded by long, technical descents. I enjoy road riding as well, but use it more as a training method to go faster on the trails. When the snow’s falling, you can find me snowboarding or hiking.

Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on March 4, 2019

5 5

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

Sweet little day pack when you don't need to carry tons of gear. Comfortable, quality workmanship and somewhat breathable on hot days. I've used mine for MTB, all seasons for day hiking as well as foreign travel. I typically carry an extra layer, tools, pump, snack, a small first aid kit along with the H2O bladder 50/50 ice/water (in summer). This is my Go-To pack on outings for the foreseeable future.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on March 4, 2019

5 5

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

After weeks of researching dropper posts, reading about failed ks, riders rebuilding reverbs, etc., and maybe months of mulling over options I finally decided to bite the bullet. This is a very well-made piece of hardware which I've used for 3 years and couldn't be happier that I decided to spend more on quality. You can see that serious thought was put into designing it. I still have a smooth range of adjustment, no sagging, no wobble, and rebound is snappy. It is expensive, but you get what you pay for. If you have the funds, give it a go.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on February 27, 2019

5 5

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

I use this lock exclusively to lock up bikes to my bike rack when stopping for a bite after rides. The length is great and the cloth enclosed chain protects your bikes finish and eliminates any snags. Locking mechanism for the most part is smooth as long as you are able to place the last link entirely into the locking mechanism.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on February 26, 2019

3 5

Admittedly I haven't put these tires on dirt yet, but was a bit disappointed in the volume as I don't feel like they measure a true 2.4 width. I was hoping to use them for a bit more aggressive trail riding, however looking at the tread pattern in person and how tight the lugs are spaced, these look like they are more suited for down country or standard trail riding (<130mm travel) on mainly hardpack terrain. Maybe my opinion will change once riding them, but they just didn't measure the width or volume I was anticipating out of the box.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on February 26, 2019

3 5

Admittedly I haven't put these tires on dirt yet, but was a bit disappointed in the volume as I don't feel like they measure a true 2.4 width. I was hoping to use them for a bit more aggressive trail riding, however looking at the tread pattern in person and how tight the lugs are spaced, these look like they are more suited for down country or standard trail riding (<130mm travel) on mainly hardpack terrain. Maybe my opinion will change once riding them, but they just didn't measure the width or volume I was anticipating out of the box.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on February 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This cassette offers smooth shifting over a HUGE spread of gears. It's got a bit more weight to it than the 11spd XX1 cassette I used to run, but the additional range is more than welcomed for a bit more weight. The Black coating seems plenty durable, even when I hardly ever lube the chain.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on February 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As others have mentioned, this tire is fantastic and my go-to tire as well. Good grip without feeling overly sluggish, DD sidewall is supportive and offers way more puncture protection over a standard casing, additional weight is minimal for the abuse the tire can take, and lastly it's quite predictable. I prefer the 2.3 over the 2.5 since I think it rolls a bit better, the 2.5in is only 80g heavier than the 2.3 though.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on February 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As others have mentioned, this tire is fantastic and my go-to tire as well. Good grip without feeling overly sluggish, and is really predictable when cornering traction may be scarce. Personally I prefer to run the 2.3 over the 2.5 since I think it rolls a bit better, the 2.5in is only 80g heavier than the 2.3 though.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on February 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As others have mentioned, this tire is fantastic and my go-to tire as well. Good grip without feeling overly sluggish, and is really predictable when cornering traction may be scarce. Personally I prefer to run the 2.3 over the 2.5 since I think it rolls a bit better, the 2.5in is only 80g heavier than the 2.3 though.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on February 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I didn't know what I was missing until I tried the Code brakes. While these are a decent bit heavier than Guides, they offer SO much stopping power, which is super helpful with today's long travel 29in bikes. The difference was immediately noticeable, and addicting. I swapped brakes on my other bike as I was able to unlock a whole new level of control, especially in steep terrain or when someone spokes you descending and you need to keep your composure as you slide to a halt.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on February 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I didn't know what I was missing until I tried the Code brakes. While these are a decent bit heavier than Guides, they offer SO much stopping power, which is super helpful with today's long travel 29in bikes. The difference was immediately noticeable, and addicting. I swapped brakes on my other bike as I was able to unlock a whole new level of control, especially in steep terrain or when someone spokes you descending and you need to keep your composure as you slide to a halt.

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