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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 June 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As Garson had 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, wear 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 June 1, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These rotors are a step above the standard Centerline rotors. The aluminum carrier helps drop some weight, as well as add some style to the rotor, although it will never look as sexy as Shimano's Icetech rotors. They've held up well against abuse and seem to shed heat pretty well also.

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Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 1, 2018

5 5

Simple solution to keep gunk out of your lower link on Pivot bikes. Has held up well so far to dirt and grim without losing its adhesive. Pretty good option for using on other brands of bikes as well if you're trying to keep rocks and grime out of the linkage area.

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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 K

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 K

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 K

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 K

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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