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Kyle Br

Kyle Br

Northern Utah

Kyle Br's Bio

I have been cycling for over 20 years, racing for most of that. Racing triathlons for 5 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 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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Kyle Brwrote a review of on September 1, 2017

mind changer
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the tallboy, heck I own one, but I balked at 27.5+ wheels, just another gimmick I thought. Well ONE ride and my mind change, it's the real deal, I loved it. It was faster than I thought, and in some respects actually more fun, I think more usable for most people. For racing XC I still choose my 29er but it's nice that you can own this bike and do both. I am happy to answer any specific question on the Tallboy or help on sizing since they do run small. contact me at kylebrown@backcountry.com or call 801-204-4699.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on September 1, 2017

top of the shortlist
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For a hard tail rider like me it’s so nice to find a FS race rig that I feel I can live with. The tallboy has always been at the top of the class in this arena and the 3rd version of it keeps it at the front of the class. It took a couple rides to tune the suspension to where I really wanted it (as it usually does) and at that point I found myself considering, dare I say, racing on it? I still haven’t turned in my highball but I’m tempted on some courses to run the tallboy. Handling is top notch, climbing is fluid and efficient, energy saving when you are hitting the descents. I have a hard time finding fault in the tallboy, it’s my kind of bike. Feel free to contact me with specific questions or help. sizing runs a little small and I'm happy to help on that as well. kylebrown@competitivecyclist.com 801-204-4699

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on September 1, 2017

When I buy it, it's good
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I work for Competitive Cyclist / Backcountry.com, with that I get to ride a lot of bikes, and not just any bikes, great bikes. So it goes without saying that if I buy a bike to keep in my house and ride/race every day it's a winner. With a road background I have never been ultra happy on the dirt until mtb bikes became what I consider

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on September 1, 2017

Turned me to a dirt guy
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As a refined roadie for 20+ years I am happy on light, fast, stiff, european steeds. Somehow I got turned around and my last few races have been on dirt. Heaven help us all. It took a pretty rad bike to do it and I have more to say about the highball than you probably want to hear. Lets just say if you want to know more you can email or call me here kylebrown@backcountry.com 801-204-4699. Light, fast, fun, sums it up.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on September 1, 2017

Turning me enduro
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not a cross country bike? I question whether or not I really want to ride it. I want to climb fast, I want to go fast. I also don’t like surprises, but I was surprised and I loved it riding the hightower. I would honestly say for about 80% of the riding population this is the perfect all rounder. VPP suspension is efficient and smooth, it really hits the sweet spot. Santa Cruz just does a good job in all respects. It inspires confidence in the turns whether they are tight, or fast, or both. It rolls over any terrain and makes the rough rocky terrain all doable. And finally.. it goes uphill, yes it climbs, I climbed 13 miles straight, 5100+ vertical feel to prove it to myself. The bike is just plain fun, it really is, it will improve your skills and that just makes riding more fun. SC bikes run on the small side so feel free to reach out with sizing questions, or any specifics at all.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on September 1, 2017

A big surprise
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not a cross country bike? I question whether or not I really want to ride it. I want to climb fast, I want to go fast. I also don’t like surprises, but I was surprised and I loved it riding the hightower. I would honestly say for about 80% of the riding population this is the perfect all rounder. VPP suspension is efficient and smooth, it really hits the sweet spot. Santa Cruz just does a good job in all respects. It inspires confidence in the turns whether they are tight, or fast, or both. It rolls over any terrain and makes the rough rocky terrain all doable. And finally.. it goes uphill, yes it climbs, I climbed 13 miles straight, 5100+ vertical feel to prove it to myself. The bike is just plain fun, it really is, it will improve your skills and that just makes riding more fun.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on September 1, 2017

Huge fan of the tallboy
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. SC sizing runs on the small side so definitely hit me up if you have any questions on that. 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 September 1, 2017

Really big on the tallboy
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 sitting here. 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. SC bike run a little on the small side so feel free to contact me with questions on that. 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 September 1, 2017

XC FS race ready
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. I have been running a 32 t eagle set up and don't find myself looking for any more gearing. 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 September 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A few years ago the tallboy brought me back to mountain biking, it was fun to ride on the dirt again. They have improved the TB since then and it's never disappointed. VPP suspension make it actually ride really well in any direction. Boost spacing just adds more the the whole equation of great handling on this bike. The bike is fast, it will let you go fast, and when you are at speed you'll really feel confident in your ride. between my son and I we've really ridden the TB through about everything and not taken it easy. As will all the Santa Cruz bikes I've owned it's been incredibly solid, with a lifetime warranty it better be. I have run 27.5+ and 29 on this bike and my personal preference is 29, again totally personal preference. The tallboy ranks at the top of my short list all day long. If you have any questions on specifics or sizing feel free to contact me directly at kylebrown@competitivecyclist.com or 801-204-4699.

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on September 1, 2017

Just a great bike.
5 5

The tallboy was my sons first REAL bike, I decided to really put some money into his growing interest in mountain biking. Sadly at 15 yrs old he’s as tall as I am, fortunately, at 15 years old we ride the same bike so in a way I bought a bike I can ride as well. The C level carbon looses nothing in ride quality, it just picks up a little weight. The handling charistics of the tallboy have always been at the top of the class and the 3rd generation keeps pushing the ceiling. For a do it all cross country bike you can’t beat it, the tallboy flies on the climbs and go’s back down equally at ease. It’s at home on a race course, set up the suspension right and you will roll over anything out there. The tallboy is versatile and fun, the only sad part is my son is outgrowing his bike and will need a new one next year and it will be a little big for his old man. Feel free to contact me with any questions on the tallboy kylebrown@competitivecyclist.com 801-204-4699

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on September 1, 2017

made me love enduro
5 5

The hightower is the first longer travel or enduro rig I have really loved. Not a cross country bike? I question whether or not I really want to ride it. I want to climb fast, I want to go fast. I also don’t like surprises, but I was surprised and I loved it riding the hightower. I would honestly say for about 80% of the riding population this is the perfect all rounder. VPP suspension is efficient and smooth, it really hits the sweet spot. Santa Cruz just does a good job in all respects. It inspires confidence in the turns whether they are tight, or fast, or both. It rolls over any terrain and makes the rough rocky terrain all doable. And finally.. it goes uphill, yes it climbs, I climbed 13 miles straight, 5100+ vertical feel to prove it to myself. The bike is just plain fun, it really is, it will improve your skills and that just makes riding more fun. I'm happy to answer any question or specifics on the hightower kylebrown@competitivecyclist.com 801-204-4699

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Kyle Brwrote a review of on September 1, 2017

turning me to a FS guy
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 September 1, 2017

I should ride this bike more
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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