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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 January 9, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wanted a pedalable pad for a 2 week trip up to Whistler/Squamish that could also handle some bike park abuse. I checked these out and wore them for a day before the trip and was instantly sold. The pad is super comfortable, and having the extra side padding is really useful if you lowside your bike or if you bang your knees into the top tube. The only reason these didn't get 5 stars is if you start your ride in colder weather (below 50 degrees) the pad gets really hard and is uncomfortable until your body heat warms it back up.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 8, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a bit confused as to what these are for. I've worn them in cooler weather when my standard full finger gloves are not enough to keep my hands warm, and these don't do a much better job. They are good at keeping the wind off your hands, but if the ambient temperature is below about 45 then my hands would still be cold.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just wow. I have been a Guide RSC lover for the last 3-4 years, and I noticed that as my riding progressed and I was riding steeper terrain my hands were starting to cramp up a bit on longer descents. I decided I needed a brake with more power, so picked up a set of the Codes. I set them up, gave them a quick bleed (which is insanely easy) and took them out for the inaugural ride. I rode a trail I've ridden dozens of times before, and on the first descent, I hit the brakes where I normally did with my guides, and came to a dead stop before the corner. The power of these brakes is immense, but they dont have the same on/off feel that has plagued shimanos for years. Yes, they are bit heavy, but I am of the firm belief that brakes are not a place you should be looking to shave weight.

Long story short, if you like riding bikes downhill at any speed other than slow, you should get these brakes.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on November 1, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

About 15 years ago when I first started riding mountain bikes, a set of Time ATAC pedals were my first foray into the clipless pedal realm. I loved their positive entry and exit feel, while still maintaining a decent amount of float while clipped in. While my 15 year old youthful knees didn't really need the float at the time, it is something I require more and more as time goes on. I stayed with Time pedals for a while, but after a while, the allure of cheap and durable that Shimano was offering was too much to overlook.
When the Speciale 12 was released, nostalgia dictated I had to get a pair. The quality of these pedals is second to none, with beautiful machining of the pedal body and a clear attention to detail. The clip in motion is just as positive and precise as I remember, and clip out is further but not too far compared to Shimano offerings. I really love these pedals and plan on moving them from bike to bike as I upgrade. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars is because of price. Time, make a cheaper one and I can almost guarantee you will see a lot of Shimano riders coming back to your pedals!

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 17, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked this up on a whim thinking I wanted a pump to throw in the back of my car to top off tires at the trailhead. Construction is superb, I can tell it will last me a good long time, probably longer than my trusty Specialized Airtool. Wood handle is a nice touch, and the chuck is the best in the industry. I would love if they made this pump in a "low pressure" version, or sold an aftermarket gauge for it that displayed lower pressures for inflating MTB tires.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 17, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Carbon wheels used to be expensive. You could get them cheap, but had to build them up yourself with direct from china rims that often were sub par build quality and once they cracked, you were SOL unless you bought a new rim. Not anymore. Santa Cruz has reduced the price of reputable name brand carbon wheels by an astonishing amount, while not letting quality suffer.

Lets not split hairs here, these rims are still made in Asia, but they are made in a facility where quality is highly monitored and controlled. The rim is a ground up design by carbon engineers at Santa Cruz, and they found a facility overseas where the manufacturing is up to SC's quite rigorous standards. The result of this is a wheelset that can perform at the same level as wheelsets that cost twice as much, while retaining a lifetime warranty policy, even if they break while riding.

They ride extremely well, as you would expect. You definitely get a bit more trail feedback than from a comparable alloy wheelset, but the tracking and steering precision are noticeable. Lateral rigidity is great, I never noticed them moving around on me when changing lines mid corner. DT 350 hubs are the bomber option, and SC includes the 36 tooth ratchet with these, so while engagement isn't stellar, it is a drive system that very rarely, if ever, breaks.

In short, you should buy these wheels. Your bike will be better, you will be faster, and you'll have the confidence of the lifetime warranty to back up blind hucks into rock gardens.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on June 30, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love these. I picked them up since I ride lifts every so often, and wanted a pair of good quality goggles that wouldn't break the bank. These have been great, the chromapop pulls out varying light conditions to make trail obstacles easier to spot, and ive had them covered in mud and the lenses are still scratch free.

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