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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 August 13, 2018

5 5

"The Dominion brake is a winner in every sense, and it had to be if Hayes was going to get another chance at redemption. Throwing out convention and starting from scratch must have been a tough choice for a brake maker that has been in the game longer than anyone else, but it proved to be the right decision. If you are in search of a good brake, start with this one."

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/review-hayes-dominion-a4-brake.html

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Peter Nwrote a review of on August 9, 2018

5 5


If you’re looking for one bike that will shine on 90 percent of the riding that 90 percent of riders do and that will be poppy and fun on undulating tracks, but handle things when they start to get rough and techy, the Joplin is your girl.

Anna Cipullo, one of our BikeRadar testers, had this to say about the Joplin: “This bike feels like an enduro bike on the descents, yet climbs as efficiently as any other short-travel trail bike I’ve ridden. It’s fun and it’s fast, and it’s definitely more than the sum of its parts!”

https://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/category/bikes/mountain-bikes/full-suspension/product/juliana-joplin-r-review-52001/

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2018

5 5

There werent too many radical changes in the new generation of Zipp 404s. The 77/177 hubset carries over from the previous generation, and while they've had some hub issues i havent had or heard any complaints about this gen. The rim is where some changes have happened, namely it gets some tweaked aero profiling and trickle down tech from the NSW series in the form of ABLC and Sawtooth brake track. The first will help to optimize the air flow around the wheel which will increase stability in crosswinds, and the second is one of the best carbon rim brake tracks on the market that now comes to Firecrest. To top this off, the wheelset lost about 70 grams or so in weight. While each feature may not seem that significant, all together they actually made for a pretty dramatically improved wheelset.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2018

5 5

Mavic's entire lineup of road UST wheels have been great and this wheel is no exception. The ID360 hubs are Mavic's clone of DT Swiss' legendary Star Ratchet system, so you'll get no complaints there. They weigh in at around 1630 grams, which is pretty respectable for a 64mm deep wheelset. Once these wheels get spun up, they keep spinning along really nicely. Obviously you're going to get some control issues in bad crosswinds as you would with any deep section wheelset, but these felt a lot closer to some other close competitors from Zipp or Enve rather than something like an older v-profiled Reynolds DV66. Lastly, Mavic ships these with tubeless tires already mounted. Just pour the sealant in the valve stem, pump up the tires with your floor pump, and you should be good to go. Air your tires way down from what you normally do without the danger of a pinch flat (i run at about 75 psi on mine). If you're looking for a great set of TT, triathlon, or crit wheels, or live in a pretty flat area and dont mind the occasional crosswind tugging on your steering, you should give these wheels a shot

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2018

5 5

Mavic's entire lineup of road UST wheels have been great and this wheel is no exception. The ID360 hubs are Mavic's clone of DT Swiss' legendary Star Ratchet system, so you'll get no complaints there. They weigh in at around 1630 grams, which is pretty respectable for a 64mm deep wheelset. Once these wheels get spun up, they keep spinning along really nicely. Obviously you're going to get some control issues in bad crosswinds as you would with any deep section wheelset, but these felt a lot closer to some other close competitors from Zipp or Enve rather than something like an older v-profiled Reynolds DV66. Lastly, Mavic ships these with tubeless tires already mounted. Just pour the sealant in the valve stem, pump up the tires with your floor pump, and you should be good to go. Air your tires way down from what you normally do without the danger of a pinch flat (i run at about 75 psi on mine). If you're looking for a great set of TT, triathlon, or crit wheels, or live in a pretty flat area and dont mind the occasional crosswind tugging on your steering, you should give these wheels a shot

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 1, 2018

5 5

This kit has everything you need to go tubeless, assuming you have a tubeless compatible wheelset. In addition to the two tires, it also comes with a set of tubeless rim strips, tubeless valves, a valve wrench, as well as Hutchinson's tubeless sealant. Setting the tires up tubeless on my Zipp NSW was insanely easy, i simply used my regular home floor pump and didnt need to touch a compressor. Once the tires were seated, i deflated them and added sealant and aired the tires back up. I've been running my tires down to about 75 PSI with no incidents so far, and the ride has been super smooth. Schwalbe may still be the leader of road tubeless tires, but Hutchinson's new product should give them a run for their money.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is essentially an updated version of the venerable RSR bar. It gets a little wider at 780 and now comes in two different rises. It stays in 31.8, if you're looking for a 35mm clamp you can go to their new M7 bar. Per Enve's usual, this bar is ride tuned to be stiff but ride really nicely at the same time. I've tried some other bars on the market that were just as light but rode insanely stiff... definitely something you can feel after 3-4 hours in the saddle. All things considered, this is one of the easiest upgrades you can make to your bike.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 1, 2018

5 5

PERFECTION GOT BETTER
I had previously spent a lot of time on a Dogma F8 (rim brake), which was hands down one of the best bikes I've ever ridden. The bike was plenty stiff when i stood up to stomp on the pedals, yet surprisingly compliant and smooth over rough surfaces compared to other race-caliber bikes. The most distinguishing feature of the F8 was the way it cornered during high-speed, technical descents. Whereas some other race bikes are *too stiff* that the fork would start chattering during hard cornering, the F8 stayed completely planted. Not that I ever would, but I felt like i could take my hands off the bars at 40 mph due to its stability.

Fast forward to the F10 Disk... I was able to really put this bike to the test equipped with Shimano Dura Ace 9170 Di2 at the Gran Fondo Pinarello in Treviso, Italy, which featured about 9000 feet of elevation (and subsequent descent). The F10 Disk took all the things I loved about the F8 and got disc brakes.

I'll be the first to admit i've been pretty curmudgeonly about the whole road disc movement... I consider myself a fairly capable descender and have never melted carbon rims or anything of that sort. Disc brakes will inevitably be heavier, so what gives, right? In a word, performance.

I really shocked at how much better of a descender i was on disc brakes. Whereas on a rim brake bike with carbon wheels I'd have to start braking pretty early and hold firm pressure throughout the corner to scrub speed, i found myself testing how late i could hold speed and brake going into corners due to the far superior braking power. Just as important as the actual braking power was the confidence in which I knew that it was there. Everyone has experienced that feeling while riding carbon rims that you're just not quite sure if you're going to get the braking you need. While i can't make any claims about how much faster you'll be on this bike than any other bike, I know for a fact that you'll be a faster descender on this one than your current rim brake bike. I was one of probably 20 or so riders in the Gran Fondo who had the privilege of previewing the F10 Disk early, and found myself flying past other F10 rim riders while descending. If you were waiting for a good reason to make the switch, thru axle standards have stabilized for the time being with 12x100 front and 12x142 rear so that you have the freedom to run pretty much any set of road disc wheels you choose.

Inevitably, any conversation about a Pinarello would likely come back to its seemingly exorbitant pricetag... Crazy, I know. But this bike is legitimately a pleasure to ride. I dont think I'm exaggerating when i say that this bike will make you ride more because its that much fun. If you're looking for one of the best road disc bikes on the market, you've found a very worthy candidate above.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 1, 2018

5 5

The internals of this post are identical to a Fox Transfer Performance series dropper post, which is a great thing since the Transfer has proven to be super reliable and easy to use. There is one minor difference with this post that might actually even make it more preferable to a transfer... the cable head is located on the end of the post rather than the remote... This makes installation a lot easier as you can just snip the cable off of the remote end instead of backing the post in and out.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 1, 2018

5 5

This is the same Enve MTN stem that you've known for years. The difference here is that they've gone to 35mm clamp diameter with the M7 to accommodate 35mm bars that have gotten a lot more popular. Still the lightest mountain carbon stem out there, and now available in 35mm as well.

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