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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.

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Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on May 1, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you're looking for a pretty basic pump that outshines the rest, look no further. This Blackburn pump does a good job seating tubeless tires and getting up to higher PSI for road tires. The huge gauge makes it easy to read, which at first I thought I wouldn't care much about, but it's really helpful. You won't want to use a pump with a small gauge again.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on April 12, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After having a brief stint with CO2's and either only needing a bit of air or not having enough, I decided to go back to the trusty pump. This thing is quite small and easy to clip on your frame, in a tube strapped to your frame, or even in a short or jersey pocket. Yes, you'll have to pump a bit and it won't be super quick like a CO2, but it will be cheaper in the long run and less likely of leaving you stranded. I've only used it for MTB, so I can't comment on how easily it is to get a road tire up to pressure.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on April 12, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These cables are nice as a secondary lock to secure wheels or as a primary lock for short term security. These are the thickest loop cables I'm aware of at 10mm diameter, which provides pretty good security, but a thick chain lock is my primary means of protecting the investment that is my bikes.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on April 12, 2018

3 5

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

The original cap that came with my Hydro Flask leaked all over the place. Eventually after talking with someone else that had one they showed me an 'updated' cap with a better seal so I bought this as a replacement to see if it helps. Seems to be so far, but lame that the original leaked all over.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on April 12, 2018

5 5

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

I opted for this BB over a standard Sram one since it feels like it's way higher quality. I can't comment on the durability in the field, but just looking at the material used I know this will install easier, creak less, and provide a longer service life.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on April 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Doesn't get much easier to adjust the travel on your fork than Rockshox design using these air shafts. I've changed out a few of them and they are always a simple, 15 minute job. If the fork is new usually you can scrap the grease off the old shaft for the new one. Otherwise if the fork has been used, probably best to get a tube of Slick Honey to go along with it to put on the seal. Job is even quicker if you pull the top cap and push the air shaft out using a dowel.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Traditionally I've been very picky on my gloves and always searching for the lightest and thinnest gloves available. I've been putting the Ascent gloves through the ringer for a few months now and they are definitely my go-to glove to wear day in and day out. The leather palm has been very durable, more so than I expected, and feels like velcro on my grips. Ventilation seems adequate for the job and never feel the need to take them off due to hot hands. I haven't had a ton of experience with them in wet conditions to comment on how well they perform there. A bit expensive, but unmatched comfort and performance in my opinion.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In the past I was a bit hesitant to try our Reynolds wheels mainly since they didn't have much of a following in MTB. I've been running the Enduro's on my Santa Cruz Hightower this season and have been really impressed with them. I've had Enve's with DT240's and I9 Trails in the past. The Enve's were great, and I could color match the decals to my bike, but I questioned their durability after some issues with the rim. The engagement on the I9's is outstanding, and really did not have anything close to negative feedback on those wheels. The Reynolds are a great option to combine the solid hub/engagement from I9 and the stiffness/weight of a carbon rim. Dimension are good on the rims in my opinion and have worked really well with the 2.35 tires on my Hightower. My only complaint on these wheels is that the tubeless rim strip seemed to unadhere from itself and the rim rather quickly, while it hasn't leaked yet I know it needs to be replaced so it doesn't leak at some point on the trail.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This Derailleur, paired with the rest of the appropriate bits, offers smooth shifting over a HUGE spread of gears. The system has been really good so far, just might take a bit longer to get the rear derailleur tuned in compared to other systems. I've found it's picky on the chain length. Once dialed in though shifting has been nice and crisp.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 20, 2017

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 Kposted an image about on June 20, 2017

Proframe

As an update to my previous review, the ventilation on this helmet is awesome. I kept finding myself trying to put my water bottle up to my mouth since it was so comfortable I thought I was wearing an open helmet while riding lifts at Deer Valley over the weekend.

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Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on May 11, 2017

Attack Pro Jersey
4 5

I've been wearing this jersey more than I had anticipated. The reason for that is that it is the most lightweight and breathable long sleeve jersey I've had. It's a great option when looking for a bit more protection, whether that means abrasion or UV. While it's only the spring still in Utah, I've worn this jersey a couple times when the temps are around 80 degrees and been perfectly comfortable.

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