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Kody Gubler

Kody Gubler

Salt Lake City

Kody Gubler's Passions

Mountain Biking
Road Biking

Kody Gubler's Bio

Hi All!

I'm a Bike Gearhead here at Competitive Cyclist and I share your passion in riding bikes. Originally from Maryland, I moved to Salt Lake City in 2009 to be close enough to the mountains that I can pedal to the trailhead from my doorstep.

I've traveled all over the country riding everything from technical desert trails to tacky alpine single track. I prefer long rides that provide a good mix of XC, Trail and Downhill; and I prefer bikes that can perform in a wide range of conditions.

If you have any questions about complete bikes, frames, components, or custom builds please give me a shout!

Kody Gubler
kgubler@backcountry.com
(801) 204-4689 Ext. 2447

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on February 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm absolutely loving this fork. I've been riding it since August and have literally nothing negative to say. It took me about two weeks to really dial it in, but once I did it's been gold. I really like the improved small bump rebound.

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

5 5

This is, hands-down, my favorite handlebar for road bikes. It's unbelievably light and helps create a very smooth ride. My favorite combo is to pair it with the Enve stem... I haven't found a lighter, smoother cockpit to date!

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Stems were always something that I didn't feel were absolutely necessary to worry about. However, I absolutely love this stem and especially when paired with the Enve road bar. It really makes for a very smooth cockpit! If you are looking to upgrade your cockpit, I would highly recommend looking into the Enve stem.

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had very high expectations for Assos when I heard that they'd be entering into the mountain bike apparel game. My expectations were exceeeded with this jersey! The mesh ventilation the back and shoulders of this jersey is great. Especially for wearing a pack. The fit is tight and race-oriented; but does fit slightly looser than the typical Assos road jerseys. Paired with the base layer that is provided, this is my favorite XC oriented mountain jersey!

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my new favorite mountain bike short. They're lightweight, durable and very comfortable. I slide these on over the T.Rally bib short quite often, but I also wear these with any of my other liners as well. The elastic waist band is very comfortable and fit perfectly without any pinch-points.

If I had to find one negative thing... I'd say that these could use one more pocket. However, for a mountain biking short, they're pretty darn close to perfect!

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't normally give apparel items 5 stars... There's usually something that I can find that makes me feel it wasn't perfect. However, I don't have anything negative to say about this bib short. I love Assos gear, so I had high expectations for this bib and they were met! They are the most comfortable mountain bib I've worn. These are great to be worn as just the bib, but I do also wear the H.Rally cargo shorts by Assos on top when I'm with my buddies wearing baggies.

If there was one pair of mountain-specific bibs that I could recommend, it'd be the T.Rally!

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on June 22, 2017

4 5

Fits true to size, and very comfortable. The "grippers" are very effective at keeping the shorts from riding up. I've talked to a customer who even found them to be slightly too tight for comfort. If you have an issue with shorts riding up, these are for you!

Please feel free to hit me up directly to discuss these, or any other shorts, in more detail!

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on June 16, 2017

Fast!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The first thing that stood out to me about this bike is the way it looked. I had never seen anything like it and I immediately knew I was going to spend my spring working in as many rides on this thing as I could.

I had never thought of the resistance caused by air that's deflected off of the down tube... but Factor did! So, they split the down tube, allowing for air to pass through without any additional resistance. I assume it's not only the split down tube that makes this bike fast (the entire bike is designed with aerodynamics in mind), but I must also assume that it certainly doesn't hurt.

This bike performed amazingly while pedaling, but one of my favorite things to do on this bike was to find a steep, straight descent, drop down and just watch my speed increase without the need for pedaling. This bike is seriously fast! I believe this is the fastest bike I've ridden all year.

With such a unique design I was obviously skeptical about the feel. I figured that a split down tube must have some sort of flex. However, I did plenty of rides on this bike that tested its ability to climb and I'm very impressed with the stiffness in this frame.

The geometry is race oriented, the structure is strong and the bike is just plain fast. I had a blast riding this bike and I would highly recommend this bike for anyone who is for a performance oriented bike with an impeccable design.

Please feel free to hit me up to discuss my experience on the bike, sizing or fit!

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on March 25, 2017

5 5

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

As a whole, Yeti makes some of my favorite bikes and the SB4.5 is one of the most fun in their entire fleet. This 29er blended with 114mm of rear travel in the Switch Infinity suspension system make this one of the most versatile bikes of 2017. This thing can race XC and enduro with no problem, or can serve as your go-to everyday dirt crusher... there's a reason it's one of the most popular Yetis out there.

Without an overbearing amount of suspension, this bike feels absolutely efficient on climbs and long, endurance oriented rides. However, if you're coming from a hardtail or strictly XC oriented bike, you'll notice that the head tube angle is slightly slacker. Because of this, you'll also notice its confident handling on the descents. Many people won't need anymore than the 114mm of rear travel, but if you're a trail ripper that tends to choose the gnarlier lines through rock gardens and prefers to push the limits of your suspension... you may want to check out the SB5.5

With that being said, this bike holds plenty of suspension for the vast majority of riders and climbs very efficiently. The SB4.5 Turq is the higher end of the two carbon layups that Yeti offers for this model and is the only available for custom builds. This gives you the ability to get creative and really dial in the exact build that you'd like.

I'm 5'9" and found the medium to fit me perfectly. Please feel free to reach out to me to discuss the many different build options available for the SB4.5 Turq!

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on March 25, 2017

5 5

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

This build is perfect for those who are looking for one of the best enduro bikes of 2017, and don't want to break the bank. If you expect the high performance descending and perfectly capable climbing of the SB6 Turq, and are willing to gain a little weight to save a few bucks, this bike is for you!

The SB6 Carbon is the less expensive of the two carbon layups (albeit, still very high quality carbon) that Yeti offers for their 2017 SB6. However, don't discount this bike's ability perform! Coupled with the X01 Eagle drivetrain, there's not much this bike can't handle. It was born and bred to descend like a monster and the Switch Infinity suspension system and ridiculously high gear ratio maintains pedaling efficiency for a bike with this geometry. The SB6 has a longer wheelbase and slacker head tube angle than the SB5; making descending through any terrain a breeze. The trade off, compared to the SB5, is that it doesn't climb quite as nimbly. With that being said, the SB6 climbs better than most bikes in its category. I was super impressed with efficiency of the pedal strokes and its ability to get up and over rocks and roots on the climbs.

I'm 5'9" and I found the medium to fit me perfectly. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or to discuss sizing.

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on March 25, 2017

5 5

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

This complete build is one of the best enduro machines on the market for 2017. The long wheel base and slack head tube angle of the frame provides amazing control and confidence through the rowdiest of descents. The Turq carbon layup is light and plenty strong enough to handle any terrain that you may encounter. While the updated Switch Infinity system easily provides one of the smoothest rides I've ever experienced.

Pairing this monster of a machine with the ultra-efficient X01 Eagle drivetrain is an absolute no-brainer! It provides all of the range you'd need for a full day of racing. Having all 12 gears definitely helps get this bike up to the top of the climbs so that it can focus on doing what it does best... Descend!

I threw as much as I could at this bike and I was constantly impressed with its performance. I'm 5'9

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on March 25, 2017

5 5

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

Yeti's done it again with the 2017 SB6! I'm a major fan of the entire Yeti fleet and the SB6 stands above the rest in its ability to descend through some of the gnarliest terrain your Enduro course can throw at you.

Compared to the SB5, I can definitely feel the longer wheel base and slacker head tube angle of the SB6; making it the perfect enduro sled. I feel absolutely comfortable on any descent that I've gone through on the SB6, without feeling like the bike's so beefy that it feels boring. With that being said, it's not quite as nimble on the climbs as the SB5... but for the geometry and size of this bike I'm very impressed with its ability to pedal.

The new Turq carbon layup is lighter and stronger than the Carbon model and is available for custom builds. This gives you the ability to build this bike up exactly how you'd like, leaving room to get creative.

I'm 5'9" and felt the Medium fit me perfectly. Please feel free to reach out to me to discuss this bike or for custom build quotes!

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on March 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These bibs are my go-to, everyday bib for anything above 45 degrees. They're designed to stay cool and I can certainly tell that this was the focus when the temps start warming up. I've never been uncomfortable in this bib and I use it for everything to 45 minute pre-work spins, to 4 hour Saturday rides. Not only are they ingeniously designed to repel UV rays, but they are done so in a way that feels very sturdy and durable; yet very comfortable. For the money, this bib short one of highest on my list. If I want a compressed, race fit I go with a small. If I want a more comfortable, everyday choice I go with a medium.

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on March 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's great! It's affordable, comfortable and safe. What more could you ask for in a helmet? I've always liked the way Giro fits and the fit adjustment seems to suck the helmet down onto my head evenly, keeping the helmet in a safe position. When I tuck down into my drops, I don't feel there's any obstruction of my view and I don't feel any pressure on the back of my head/upper neck. The ventilation is adequate and the straps are comfortable. With all of that being said, this is a relatively "affordable" helmet. So, there are certainly lighter helmets with greater ventilation and performance. However, for the price, I highly recommend this helmet.

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on March 22, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great bibs for the price... With that being said, they're not all that great. The stitching on the straps seem to be of very poor quality, and I feel like I'm going to pull the straps apart trying to pull them on. If I want a tight "race fit," I go with a medium in Castelli. I wanted an everyday, comfortable bib this time, so I went with a Large. In somewhat true Castelli fashion, the straps still feel like they're pulling on my shoulders. This isn't a major issue since Castelli is known to fit small, but I figured they'd be a bit more comfortable by sizing up. I don't have anything poor to say about the chamois, and the legs feel fine. I'd say they're good for the money... but they're not great.

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Kody Gublerwrote a review of on March 16, 2017

5 5

I helped a customer nail down the shoe that would work best for him. This is what he had to say:

"WOW!! What an amazing shoe. To give you a little backround about myself, I am 6’1” and weigh 183lbs. I have been road cycling for the last 4 and a half years (about 2000-2500 miles per year). I got into road cycling as a triathlete, and now cycling is my passion. I’ve done many triathlons, including 4 Half ironman races, but my passion is definitely cycling. I’ve gone through about 1 pair of shoes a year and have never seemed to find “the one”. Upon opening the Sidi box, I almost immediately thought the price tag was worth it…..just based off of looks! They look like they are made extremely well and built to last. I put my normal cycling socks on and was super excited to slip my foot into my new cycling gear! My initial thought was I bought the wrong size. I felt like maybe I was a half size too big, however, with the amount of adjustments the shoe offers, I was able to get a nice snug fit. So the shoes are on and i’m ready to hop on the trainer and give my new Sidi's a go. I IMMEDIATELY felt the benefit of the super stiff carbon sole. I felt like my power was being transferred to my pedals more efficiently than ever before. I’ve been riding on the trainer (winters suck in the Northeast) since November (training for my first Gran Fondo in May). My FTP has been steadily increasing. I was at 242 FTP before my maiden voyage in the Sidi Wire’s. After my first ride, my FTP jumped to 258 and I’m up to 279 after my ride today. I’m AMAZED at the gains I’ve made over my last 2 rides! I’m almost in disbelief, considering I’ve made minimal gains over the entire winter so far. Its hard to imagine its simply from changing my shoes, but I feel a considerable difference in the power of my pedal stroke AND my legs aren't fatiguing as quickly! I am now a Sidi convert! As i’ve said before, I am a cyclist on a budget so these were an expensive purchase for me, but in my opinion, worth EVERY PENNY!! Thank you for recommending these shoes to me."

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