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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 November 4, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I toss this in my glovebox when I go out for rides and use it to check pressure when I get to the trailhead. I'll inflate with my pump before we leave the house, but living in Utah, often times the trailhead is at a vastly different elevation than where the bike is prepped. Pop this thing on, double check pressure, and you are good to go.

Honestly, the unit does feel a bit on the cheaper side, but as long as you don't drop it a bunch and slam it around it works just fine.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on November 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These work great on Torque Cap compatible Rockshox forks. They add a noticeable amount of front end stiffness, and also make it easier to install the wheel into the fork, no need to fiddle with it and get it perfectly aligned so the thru axle will slide through.

Make sure you get the model necessary with your hub, these are specific to the 240 and 350.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on November 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not only does this let you lose weight compared to a standard top cap and bolt set, but it also lets you run the EDC tool, which is an awesome way to carry your necessary tools on the bike with you.

It comes with all the parts you need, including a plethora of extra headset spacers which are nice to have around, even if you don't use them on the bike. The top cap uses a cassette tool, so make sure you have one of those, or purchase the EDC tool which includes a tool in it.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on November 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I installed this thing a couple weeks ago, and it has already saved my butt a couple times. The tool is small and light, but bits are nice and precise and seems like they will last a while. It has a thread to hold a Co2 cartridge up to a 20 gram, but I found not all 20 gram cartridges fit, some are too large to fit in the steer tube. Genuine innovations standard 20 gram cartridge does, and is the one I use. Once installed, I did not notice any rattling or looseness while riding, and it didn't pop out or move at all.

If you are putting this in the steer tube of your bike, you do need two additional pieces, the EDC Top Cap Kit, and the EDC Tap Kit, both of which we sell here. Overall I love having tools and a CO2 in my bike, which makes my pre-ride checklist even smaller and lets me ride without a pack.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this stuff to lubricate smaller moving parts, like derailleur pivots, pulley wheels, lubricating spoke nipples, etc. It works amazingly well and has a nice needle tip applicator for precise application. Also not wax based so it won't leave a mess.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a super oval shaped head, and finding helmets that don't make my forehead look like Peyton Manning's when he removes his helmet can be a chore. This thing fits me great, it vents well, and looks like it is made well and should last a good long time. Plus, it comes with all the attachments you need for lights if you decide to go night riding.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 19, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tool is perfect for RaceFace Cinch lockrings. Originally used for Shimano Square Taper and Isis, it is definitely a tool you will buy once and have for a lifetime. Super solid steel construction, and I've had mine for years and still working great with no broken teeth or rust.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 11, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Makes the derailleur move and the shifter change cogs, so that works well. It does feel a bit different than xo1/xx1 eagle stuff, with a bit more of a mechanical feel and less of a smooth click when changing gears. The shift paddles are a touch smaller, but not so much that I have ever had an issue finding them for a quick shift.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 11, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

GX eagle is honestly a gamechanger. The pricing is hard to beat, and you get the awesome 500% range that made xx1 and xo1 eagle famous for the same weight and less money than competing 1x systems. This chain works great, and is a reasonable price and weight. Shifts smooth when paired with other eagle parts.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked this dropper up for a Following MB build I did for myself, and man, I have been incredibly impressed. Pulling it out of the packaging, it is clear that these guys are an engineering company first, and design/marketing second. All the little touches like the cable cut guide and quality of the hardware prove this thing is designed to last a long time. Setup is super easy, and I found that the system is not exceedingly sensitive to cable tension, which makes tuning it in a breeze. The triggy remote also pairs right up to a matchmaker clamp, and adapters are available for iSpec, so it keeps your bars super clean

On the trail, the action is super smooth, and return speed is quick, but not "trailside vasectomy" quick. It worked flawlessly for me for a long weekend trip to moab, and although it developed a tiny bit of squish in the post due to the altitude changes driving there, a 10 second "revive" fixed it and it has been problem free since.

Overall, I'm incredibly happy with this dropper, and if the long term durability is as good as I expect it to be, it will be by far my number one choice.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on September 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like other reviewers have said, saddle choice is often a personal thing and something that works for one person may not work for another. That being said, this thing works great for me.

Most men will agree, any sort of pain or numbness in the gentleman's area is not only a bad thing, but can also be pretty terrifying. The wide cutout of this saddle combined with the drop-nose completely alleviates the numbness I was experiencing before, and it has enough padding to prevent sit bone pain on longer mountain bike rides. It is a bit heavy which is why I only gave it 4 stars, but I will definitely be keeping it and moving it from bike to bike, I think I've found my saddle.

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