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Kyle Br

Kyle Br

Northern Utah

Kyle Br's Passions

Road Biking
Cyclocross
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Kyle Br's Bio

I have been cycling for over 20 years, racing for most of that. Racing triathlons for 10 years. I love road riding, mountain biking, open water swimming, trail running, and being outside in general.

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Kyle Br

Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have loved my new DA Di2 setup, it's been flawless. I've ridden them all, recently even, and I'm back on Shimano. The reaction is faster, smoother, precise, it's just the best electronic groupset out there. the DA fd is on the top for smooth shifting even when trying to hard shift. feel free to contact me directly with any questions on builds. kylebrown@competitivecyclist.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't know if anything is perfect but for shifting the DA Di2 is as good as it gets. I've ridden them all, recently even, and I'm back on Shimano. The reaction is faster, smoother, precise, it's just the best electronic groupset out there. highly recommended, feel free to contact me with any questions on Di2 parts.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on January 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've ridden them all, recently even, and I'm back on Shimano. The reaction is faster, smoother, precise, it's just the best electronic groupset out there. The ergonomics of the the shifters is outstanding. Highly recommended. If you have any questions on your build feel free to reach out to me directly kylebrown@competitivecyclist.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on December 27, 2017

broad ranges
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My first ride on the new GX eagle was on the Ripley, I'd been riding X01 and XX1 so was anxious to see how it compared to it's older brothers, which I have loved. I was really pleased with the performance. I hit it hard on all types of terrain and never thought it was lacking. I deduct a small amount on my review score due to a little bit of a weight penalty but thats probably not a major factor for most people. at kind of a mid range measurement of 120 rear travel I was curious if the Ripley would be good enough of an XC bike. After a couple hours on the saddle I really found it to be extremely competent at going fast. I had to adjust the sag but after I had that dialed it rode like a champ. It had more susp. than I personally really need but it still rode really well uphill. It's the perfect pick if you can't decide which direction to go, XC, trail, all mountain... I think you'll find it to work really well at all levels. It had more than enough travel for me, even on some heavy hits. The race face cockpit is good, super bombproof, super reliable. Not as light as carbon but hey it's a ton cheaper. The PRO dropper worked well enough although it did kink on me and I had to mess with the cable a little to get it going right. All in all I don't think for the money you can even come close to matching this bike comparatively. If you wanted to swap out any of the parts on it I can help you out and accommodate with that. If you have any questions on sizing feel free to get in touch with me as well. kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on December 27, 2017

fast all around bike
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

With a mid range measurement of 120 rear travel I was curious if the Ripley would be good enough of an XC bike. After a couple hours on the saddle I really found it to be extremely competent at going fast. I had to adjust the sag but after I had that dialed it rode like a champ. It had more susp. than I personally really need but it still rode really well uphill. It's the perfect pick if you can't decide which direction to go, XC, trail, all mountain... I think you'll find it to work really well at all levels. I have ridden with a couple different component groups and would be happy to help out on choices for any builds or general questions on just the frame, or sizing, Feel free to contact me kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on December 18, 2017

5 star
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am always a Castelli fan and have a couple of their bib tights now. Fit is typical Castelli, it's on the small side but if you wear Castelli it will be the same as you've done. Fleece lining is very nice, well constructed and comfortable on the bike while riding. I have been out so far in these in temps from mid 30's to mid 40's. For me over 50 would be a little warm, and I just don't like to ride under freezing temps. In my previous tights the lettering has started peeling fairly soon, these have not yet but I kind of expect it to. It's not a big concern as I'm more worried about the performance. The straps are comfortable and the chamois is probably my favorite out there, The ankle opening doesn't bind or irritate in any way, very nice, as I've worn some that are not as good. I would definitely recommend them. feel free to hit me up with any questions, kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on December 18, 2017

awesome range
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn this jersey in temps from 40-55, I'm sure you could go a little more or less but thats what I've used it for. I've used it with a base layer and without. Fit is really nice, I like the Castelli cut, no flapping around at speed on the road. I put as true to size, but true to size as far as Castelli goes. Castelli is more of a euro fit. It's a little more generous than a Castelli short sleeve jersey as it leaves just a little room for layering. Highly recommended piece for spring and fall. I am 5'7. More than happy to answer any questions, feel free to contact me directly kylebrown@backcountry.com

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on November 23, 2017

full package
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been a huge fan of SC bikes the last couple years, enough to make it the bike that fills our home in the mtb arena. currently we've got a tallboy and highball on the grounds. I have been riding the tallboy more and more, and I'm not sure why. Maybe that FS thing really is a thing and it give me more confidence when I'm flying downhill. Maybe it's because FS bikes have come a long way and now climb like a XC bike should. Maybe it's just fun and easy to ride. I've been on the 29 and 27.5 + and it's hard to call a clear winner. For general fun the 27.5 is the way to go. the 29 is a little faster. Fortunately with the tallboy you can really do both. The tallboy just freaking handles amazing, I paired it with Sram eagle and want for nothing in the gearing, it's all there. There are a lot of spec details I could bore you with but I'll sum it up with it's just an awesome bike. If you want more specifics I'm happy to answer them here personally. kylebrown@competitivecyclist.com or 801-204-4699.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on November 1, 2017

4 5

Mavic includes tires and tubes set up on their wheels which really adds to the deal on these. I have had a lot of people ask about the actual wheel weight since the listed weight included skewers, tires, and tubes. Claimed weight without tires/tubes/skewers is 1390g, which is lighter than Enve 2.2 (1400g) and Zipp 202 (1450g). pretty impressive stats. feel free to reach out with any other questions

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on September 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got my first helium about 10 years ago, a friend of mine still owns it. I've owned about every Ridley road frame out in the last 10 years and am always impressed. For me personally the helium is my favorite since most my racing involves climbing and being a smaller rider I'm a bit of a weight weenie. Light isn't always good and it can also mean soft but the helium is stiff enough to stand up and crank on without flex. If you have any questions on the helium or the Ridley road frames feel free to contact me directly. 801-706-4191 kylebrown@competitivecyclist.com

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