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Luke Dordai

Luke Dordai

Salt Lake City, UT

Luke Dordai's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Luke Dordai's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Follow their adventures and exploits.

Hey, I'm Luke. I've been working in the cycling industry for about 8 years, the majority of the time as a mechanic. I love all styles of biking, but my true passion is mountain biking. I grew up in NJ, and moved out here to Salt Lake in June 2013, loving it so far! I'm also an avid rock climber, and I enjoy hiking, camping, and skiing once it gets cold enough!

I’d love to answer your gear related questions. Here is how you can contact me:

Phone: 801.746.7580 x 4141
Email: ldordai@backcountry.com

Luke Dordai

Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on March 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love these shorts. I have thin legs so some of the baggier options just look weird on my body type. These are a bit more form fitting, but they are super stretchy so they do not feel constricting in any way. The waist runs small, I had to order a 34 waist and I am consistently a 32 waist in pretty much everything else. Lack of pockets can be an issue for some, but I ride with a pack so it is not an issue for me.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on March 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I never used to use any hydration mixes. Water was all I ever rode with. Allen Lim came in where we worked and gave a very entertaining and informative presentation that convinced me to try this stuff. Guys. It works. Taste is nice and light, and i genuinely feel like I can perform better.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on March 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This wheelset is amazing for plus tires. I had an Ibis Mojo 3 I ran these wheels on, set up with Maxxis 2.8 tires, and the internal width of 36mm gave the tires a great profile without squaring them off too much and exposing too much of the sidewall. Plus they are super stiff laterally, which helps alleviate the vague feel that can sometimes happen on plus bikes.

Plus, they're industry nine wheels, which I think are arguably the best alloy wheelset for mountain bikes out right now. Amazing hub design and quality, plus their proprietary alloy spokes are the stiffest laterally that I have ever used. Also, everything is handmade and assembled in the good ole USA, so what's not to love?

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Luke Dordai

Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on March 17, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Went through 3 of these things on my cross country bike a while ago. Switched to a different brand and never looked back. Continental road tires are awesome, but their mountain tires have some QC issues. Mine constantly leaked fluid from the sidewall, and then I was ripping tread knobs off after a month. When they were new, they do grip pretty well, especially for an XC tire.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on March 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Astute website goers here may notice that I review everything Abbey 5 stars, but it is for a reason. These are the best bike specific tools on the market. Being a mechanic with over 10 years experience, I want tools that are going to work and work forever. This socket makes installing the smaller diameter BB cups from shimano easier and faster than using the adapter, plus it has a 3/8" drive socket so if you want to throw a torque wrench on it you can.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on March 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Abbey bike tools. What else can be said? For someone who wrenches fairly often (on my own bikes and buddies bikes as well) I really notice the difference between quality tools and junk. This is the best chain whip I have ever used, and the fact that it is lightweight and the crombie fits in the handle is an added bonus. Have yet to meet a lockring that this guy couldn't loosen.

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Luke Dordai

Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on March 17, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I keep this in the trunk of my car in case I forget to adjust something before I arrive at the trail head. Some of the tool options are a bit weird (who is going to use a cone wrench or cable cutter for a quick fix?) but the allen keys and screwdrivers are nice to have. Plus it comes in a nice compact pouch that takes up no room in the trunk.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on March 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Picked up a set of these to go along with my Evil Calling. Initial impressions are fantastic, but I will update the review with long term durability. These things sit at 25mm internal, which I think is perfect for a 2.3-2.4 tire, and I have a set of 2.4s on mine. Blew up with a hand pump tubeless, and are holding air great.

These basically feel like a lighter, faster i9 wheel. The low spinup weight of the carbon hoop is definitely noticeable, and leaning the bike into corners did not expose any lateral give in the wheels, I definitely felt confident in the direction I pointed these.

Knowing how some of these carbon wonder wheels can be labeled as being too stiff, I was a bit worried when I threw these on my bike, but I have been pleasantly surprised so far, they have been stiff when needed but I don't feel like I am being beat up. Plus, external spoke nipples=easy to true should they get knocked out, YES!!

Overall definitely liking these so far, but I will update the review as soon as I get some more ride time on these.

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