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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 June 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is honestly the bike that comes the closest to a quiver killer that I have ever ridden. I had the chance to ride it down in Moab, UT which offers a pretty wide range of riding styles, from smooth and sandy to chunky, rocky climbs and descents.

This is a bike that I would consider to be the Switchblade's little brother. It is a bit more nimble and quick than the switchblade, which to me felt like a "smash through things at high speed" style bike. It is a 27.5 wheeled bike, so the smaller wheel creates a smaller gyroscopic effect which makes it feel easier to move from turn to turn and maneuver in the air. At the same time, it runs the new 2.6" width, which gets you a wider contact patch without all the extra volume of a full on plus tire. I noticed much more grip without the sometimes vague and wobbly feeling often felt with full on plus tires.

The DW link suspension is incredibly planted and confident feeling, and feels nice and progressive with a solid ramp up to prevent bottom out on big hits. The way the rear triangle and links are designed lends an incredible amount of lateral stiffness, and prevents the rear end from feeling vague or flexy.

The slack headtube angle of 66.5 degrees combined with the sub 17 inch chainstays makes for a bike that is relatively easy to get the front end up for manuals or log hops. At the same time, the steepish seat angle of 73.5 degrees prevents front end lift on steep climbs, I did not find myself needing to get way over the front end on techy climbs. Running a Fox 36 fork with 160 travel, I was worried it would feel unbalanced, but I was 100% surprised in that it feels perfectly balanced, and having the extra squish in the front end really lets you open the bike up and hit things with reckless abandon.

Overall, the bike felt incredibly planted, confidence inspiring, and somehow still efficient. I'd highly recommend this bike to anyone looking for a true all mountain bike that pedals well, but still descends pretty much anything you could throw at it. I'm really strongly considering it as the next bike to add to my stable.

Please feel free to reach out to me any time, I would be happy to help out with questions or pricing on any of these bikes. 801.736.6396x2344

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on June 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is honestly the bike that comes the closest to a quiver killer that I have ever ridden. I had the chance to ride it down in Moab, UT which offers a pretty wide range of riding styles, from smooth and sandy to chunky, rocky climbs and descents.

This is a bike that I would consider to be the Switchblade's little brother. It is a bit more nimble and quick than the switchblade, which to me felt like a "smash through things at high speed" style bike. It is a 27.5 wheeled bike, so the smaller wheel creates a smaller gyroscopic effect which makes it feel easier to move from turn to turn and maneuver in the air. At the same time, it runs the new 2.6" width, which gets you a wider contact patch without all the extra volume of a full on plus tire. I noticed much more grip without the sometimes vague and wobbly feeling often felt with full on plus tires.

The DW link suspension is incredibly planted and confident feeling, and feels nice and progressive with a solid ramp up to prevent bottom out on big hits. The way the rear triangle and links are designed lends an incredible amount of lateral stiffness, and prevents the rear end from feeling vague or flexy.

The slack headtube angle of 66.5 degrees combined with the sub 17 inch chainstays makes for a bike that is relatively easy to get the front end up for manuals or log hops. At the same time, the steepish seat angle of 73.5 degrees prevents front end lift on steep climbs, I did not find myself needing to get way over the front end on techy climbs. Running a Fox 36 fork with 160 travel, I was worried it would feel unbalanced, but I was 100% surprised in that it feels perfectly balanced, and having the extra squish in the front end really lets you open the bike up and hit things with reckless abandon.

Overall, the bike felt incredibly planted, confidence inspiring, and somehow still efficient. I'd highly recommend this bike to anyone looking for a true all mountain bike that pedals well, but still descends pretty much anything you could throw at it. I'm really strongly considering it as the next bike to add to my stable.

Please feel free to reach out to me any time, I would be happy to help out with questions or pricing on any of these bikes. 801.736.6396x2344

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on June 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is honestly the bike that comes the closest to a quiver killer that I have ever ridden. I had the chance to ride it down in Moab, UT which offers a pretty wide range of riding styles, from smooth and sandy to chunky, rocky climbs and descents.

This is a bike that I would consider to be the Switchblade's little brother. It is a bit more nimble and quick than the switchblade, which to me felt like a "smash through things at high speed" style bike. It is a 27.5 wheeled bike, so the smaller wheel creates a smaller gyroscopic effect which makes it feel easier to move from turn to turn and maneuver in the air. At the same time, it runs the new 2.6" width, which gets you a wider contact patch without all the extra volume of a full on plus tire. I noticed much more grip without the sometimes vague and wobbly feeling often felt with full on plus tires.

The DW link suspension is incredibly planted and confident feeling, and feels nice and progressive with a solid ramp up to prevent bottom out on big hits. The way the rear triangle and links are designed lends an incredible amount of lateral stiffness, and prevents the rear end from feeling vague or flexy.

The slack headtube angle of 66.5 degrees combined with the sub 17 inch chainstays makes for a bike that is relatively easy to get the front end up for manuals or log hops. At the same time, the steepish seat angle of 73.5 degrees prevents front end lift on steep climbs, I did not find myself needing to get way over the front end on techy climbs. Running a Fox 36 fork with 160 travel, I was worried it would feel unbalanced, but I was 100% surprised in that it feels perfectly balanced, and having the extra squish in the front end really lets you open the bike up and hit things with reckless abandon.

Overall, the bike felt incredibly planted, confidence inspiring, and somehow still efficient. I'd highly recommend this bike to anyone looking for a true all mountain bike that pedals well, but still descends pretty much anything you could throw at it. I'm really strongly considering it as the next bike to add to my stable.

Please feel free to reach out to me any time, I would be happy to help out with questions or pricing on any of these bikes. 801.736.6396x2344

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on June 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is honestly the bike that comes the closest to a quiver killer that I have ever ridden. I had the chance to ride it down in Moab, UT which offers a pretty wide range of riding styles, from smooth and sandy to chunky, rocky climbs and descents.

What Martina said is absolutely true, this is a bike that I would consider to be the Switchblade's little brother. It is a bit more nimble and quick than the switchblade, which to me felt like a "smash through things at high speed" style bike. It is a 27.5 wheeled bike, so the smaller wheel creates a smaller gyroscopic effect which makes it feel easier to move from turn to turn and maneuver in the air. At the same time, it runs the new 2.6" width, which gets you a wider contact patch without all the extra volume of a full on plus tire. I noticed much more grip without the sometimes vague and wobbly feeling often felt with full on plus tires.

The DW link suspension is incredibly planted and confident feeling, and feels nice and progressive with a solid ramp up to prevent bottom out on big hits. The way the rear triangle and links are designed lends an incredible amount of lateral stiffness, and prevents the rear end from feeling vague or flexy.

The slack headtube angle of 66.5 degrees combined with the sub 17 inch chainstays makes for a bike that is relatively easy to get the front end up for manuals or log hops. At the same time, the steepish seat angle of 73.5 degrees prevents front end lift on steep climbs, I did not find myself needing to get way over the front end on techy climbs. Running a Fox 36 fork with 160 travel, I was worried it would feel unbalanced, but I was 100% surprised in that it feels perfectly balanced, and having the extra squish in the front end really lets you open the bike up and hit things with reckless abandon.

Overall, the bike felt incredibly planted, confidence inspiring, and somehow still efficient. I'd highly recommend this bike to anyone looking for a true all mountain bike that pedals well, but still descends pretty much anything you could throw at it. I'm really strongly considering it as the next bike to add to my stable.

Please feel free to reach out to me any time, I would be happy to help out with questions or pricing on any of these bikes. 801.736.6396x2344

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on June 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this stuff. Really reasonably priced, lasts a long time, and comes in a ton of different colors. It also is nice and stretchy, so you can "tune" how soft or hard you want it to feel by how tight you wrap it.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The unit works great, but shimano has been shipping a lot of these with a very base level firmware installed that will not let you sync to bluetooth until you plug the system into a computer and update. Once that is done, it syncs perfectly to a smartphone and lets you do firmware updates and Di2 customization from the phone. Also connects to certain head units and will show you current gear you are in and battery level.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

PF92 has always worked well with me, but this thing makes it that much better. Threads together so it prevents creaking and the bearing quality is better than most stock/OE options. Keep in mind you do need a pair of BB tools to hold one of the cups in place as you tighten the other one.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While PF30 is stiffer, it can also be prone to creaking and making more noise than it should. If you are running a SRAM or Quarq crank with a GXP spindle, this is an awesome option that threads together to remove noise. Bearings are good quality and seem to last a long time as well.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on May 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got a bottle of this to try out compared to the stuff we all use, you know what I'm talking about. It seems a little thicker in consistency, and doesn't have a bad ammonia smell. I've had a couple hundred miles on the tires I installed it in, and no flats so far. I did just remove one tire to check sealant levels and it is still nice and fluid, so all is working well so far. I will update the review later down the road, but all seems good so far!

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on May 10, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are really great, super light weight and relatively form fitting for those of us who have skinnier legs and don't want to have super baggy shorts. They do run a bit big, I usually wear a 32 waist and I ordered the 30 and they fit just right. I do wish they had any sort of waist adjuster, they do not and the fabric does not have much stretch in the waist either. Otherwise, they are a great short and I've enjoyed them a lot so far.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on May 2, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got a chance to take this bike for a nice 20 mile blast, and I was completely impressed by what it was capable of. I was a bit worried to be honest, because I've ridden quite a few of the mid to long travel 29ers, and I always felt like I was trying to maneuver a boat (i'm much more a 27.5 guy normally). The short chainstays combined with the relatively short wheelbase makes for a bike that is substantially more playful than I was anticipating.
Lets get this out of the way first. This bike is not going to climb as well as a DW-link bike or a Switch bike. That being said, I found that it's seated climbing manners are actually really good, I never felt like I was fighting for traction or the suspension was bobbing excessively. Getting out of the saddle and really cranking on it did get the suspension to move more than I would like, but again, this bike is not about the climb.
Pointing it downhill however opened up a completely different animal. Point it down a straight, gnarly downhill, and it gobbles up trail so fast I found I had to look further down the trail than I was used to because I was moving so fast. I was a bit worried how it handled tighter, narrower turns, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Center or even get your weight a bit over the front of the bike, and the Following was amazingly easy to flick from turn to turn without feeling like you were muscling a way bigger bike.
One thing I did notice about the rear suspension, the first couple inches of it feel like a downhill bike. Super plush, soaks up all the smallest trail buzz, but then it ramps up so well that it feels like a bike with much more travel.
Overall, this bike is one of the best 29 inch bikes I have ridden so far, and now that we have the sale on these frames, we can build them up into completes and get great pricing. Give me a call at 801.736.6396 x2344 and I'd be happy to talk shop and get you set up with a sweet ride!

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