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Peter N

Peter N

Salt Lake City

Peter N's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Peter N's Bio

Spent most of my life on the east coast, came out here to work for Competitive Cyclist and ride some of the best climbs and trails in the world.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on October 9, 2017

5 5

"Make no mistake: the RIP will get you out of trouble should you get yourself into it, and riders who choose aggression over finesse will appreciate its endless appetite for hard hits. But it has the attitude of a long-legged trail bike that keeps an enduro bike hidden up its sleeve in case you need it."

http://www.bikemag.com/gear/review-niner-rip-9-rdo/

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Peter Nwrote a review of on September 28, 2017

5 5

"The thing about the new GX Eagle drivetrain is that it just works. The shifting out back is smooth, and chain retention up front is impeccable. There are some differences in ergonomics between the GX shifter and SRAM’s more expensive options, but it’s the sort of you-wouldn’t-know-till-you-tried-it thing. The cassette is an incredible piece of engineering, and particularly when it comes in at nearly a third of the price of the XX1 cassette."

http://singletrackworld.com/2017/06/review-sram-gx-1x12-drivetrain/

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Peter Nwrote a review of on September 28, 2017

5 5

"The thing about the new GX Eagle drivetrain is that it just works. The shifting out back is smooth, and chain retention up front is impeccable. There are some differences in ergonomics between the GX shifter and SRAM’s more expensive options, but it’s the sort of you-wouldn’t-know-till-you-tried-it thing. The cassette is an incredible piece of engineering, and particularly when it comes in at nearly a third of the price of the XX1 cassette."

http://singletrackworld.com/2017/06/review-sram-gx-1x12-drivetrain/

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Peter Nwrote a review of on September 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Mavic's 40 elite wheelset sits a bit below some of their other wheels such as the Cosmic Pro Carbon SL in terms of tech, but you still get a lot of wheel for the dollar here. The weight listed above is misleading as the entire wheels, tires and tubes probably weighs in at the 2090 grams but the wheels themselves should come in around 1545.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on September 11, 2017

5 5

The short of it is that Enve wheels deserve their hallowed reputation. They change your ride as much as they change the aesthetics of your bike. They are absolutely bomb proof left, right, and sideways, and the difference they make in trail speed is plainly evident. They require an active, aggressive pilot to match the belligerent style of riding they inspire, and don’t like to bother with the lazy or timid.

https://www.tetongravity.com/story/bike/teton-tested-enves-ballerific-super-stiff-m60hv-wheelset

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Peter Nwrote a review of on September 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Koryak doesnt look super impressive on paper... Its weight is middle of the pack, it currently is only offered in a 120mm travel, it doesnt have a sweet kashima coat to match the bling of your bike. That being said, it costs roughly half of some other posts (Reverb, Turbine, Transfer once you factor in the cost of the lever). The real kicker is that PRO offers a lifetime warranty on this post. If there's another brand out there that is offering this, I am unaware. Another really nice feature is that the lever comes as Shimano I-spec compatible... if you're running any newer gen Shimano brakes you can integrate the lever in for a very clean look. If you are running a different brand brake you can still use the standard clamp that is included in the box. If 120mm worth of travel is good enough for you (being 5 foot 8, i cant even fit a longer travel post into my frame if i wanted to), this is a fantastic option at a great price.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on September 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

High quality all around wheels suited for running wider than your normal road tires. Mavic ships these with 28mm's, but you'd be fine running a much wider tire if it suits your riding needs. They are not Mavic's new Road UST standard (hence the closeout pricing), but set up tubeless with minimal effort. To clarify, these come as 12x100 front and 12x142 rear thru axles out of the box. If you need to run 15x100 front, you can purchase the separate end cap here: https://www.competitivecyclist.com/mavic-mavic-axle-adapter-end-caps?skidn=MAV00J2-ROA-S15MM&ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6bWF2aWMgYWRhcHRlcjoxOjE6bWF2aWMgYWRhcHRlcg==

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Peter Nwrote a review of on August 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For MY18, Shimano has updated their Ultegra wheelset and renamed it RS-500, not to be confused with a previous lower level R500 wheelset which wasnt super nice.

For an every day reliable, reasonably light wheelset at an excellent value, these are it. They are also tubeless ready, which I'd highly recommend trying. I am able to run a Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tire at pressures as low as 80 psi for a buttery smooth ride, and with sealant inside I have had no issues with flats. If you cant swing the money to go to carbon, I'd highly recommend these wheels as one of the better alloy options out there.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on August 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I thought the previous gen 9000 was great, and Shimano somehow improved pretty much everything about it. Hoods are a little more comfy, and the lever blade curves a little bit more on the end to aid one fingered light braking perfectly. The shifting of both the front and rear derailleurs are lighter action, but dont lose any of that firm feeling. No complaints

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Peter Nwrote a review of on August 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Industry Nine took two things: Reynolds light weight Attack carbon rims, and their awesome hubs, and built them into a wheelset. You get a set that is sub 1300 grams, plenty light enough to go KOM hunting, while getting the fantastic engagement from I9 hubs. For the road side, I9 reduced the number of pawls to reduce drag and increase the degrees of engagement, but it still comes in at a ridiculously low 6 degrees. For perspective, stock DT Swiss 240 hubs come with an 18 degree engagement ratchet ring (though some wheel brands upgrade those hubs straight out of the box). Not really much else you can ask for in a lightweight climbing wheelset at this price.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on August 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've always been a big fan of the previous gen Michelin Pro4, as to me they featured a great blend of ride quality, durability, and puncture protection. They were good enough tires where i could train all day on them and not hesistate to race on them as well. Michelin seems to have upped the ride quality on these tires significantly... they ride much closer to something like a vittoria but also offer great durability and puncture resistance. Currently 1000 miles in with no flats and still going strong in terms of wear.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on August 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If funds are no object, you should get an enve stem. In terms of weight, stiffness, and looks, its the best on the market. For everyone else, the Thomson stem is all you'll ever need. Strong, high quality, lightweight-ish, but only a fraction of the cost. A good stem is one that you dont notice when riding, and thats what Thomson is to me.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on August 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Most reliable brake on the market. Seems like a few others have had some issues with their brakes, but I can't say the same for mine. I bled mine when i mounted them on my bike 1.5 years ago and havent had to touch them ever since. Shimano brakes tend to have a reputation to be a bit grabby and lacking in modulation compared to some other brakes on the market. I wouldnt really deny that, but will say that i've gotten used to how quickly the brake ramps up.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on June 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are a fantastic set of all around wheels. They are essentially a carbon fairing over an alloy wheel which means that they are durable enough to ride every single day. HED's aero expertise is well known (first to market with the semi-torroidal shape that you see on almost all modern aero wheels), so you can get speed benefits while training and on race day. The 46mm depth is similar to something like a Zipp 303, and you can ride it in almost all wind conditions. At 1700g, pretty much the only thing that these wheels are not are ultra-lightweight climbing wheels. But with all the other benefits and at this price, its something that I'm willing to deal with.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on June 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Few things i like a lot about this pedal: The 8 pins lets you really dial in the interface between the pedal body and the bottom of your shoe for a secure fit when you're clipped in. The wider than normal Q-Factor puts you in a more confident and comfortable position when you're shreddin downhill and gettin sendy for da boyz. Solid pedal.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on June 1, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This vest will keep you warm on those cool spring and fall days, when you just need a little extra for the big rippin' descent. Plus, just think of all the attention you'll get when you wear this vest out to the club and the lights reflect onto the dance floor.

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