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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 December 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jersey does its job pretty well... The fabric seems like it'll hold up from snags and crash and the graphics look good. The materials arent super techy and it probably could be more breathable, but hey for the price its great for what it is.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on December 4, 2016

5 5

While 9000 was a huge step forward from 7900, I wasnt really sure how much better mechanical road shifting could get. Shimano has somehow come back with a new groupset that is noticeably better than 9000. The Rear derailleur shifts with a crisp, positive feeling going up and down the cassette, being fast but not SRAM DoubleTap clunky. Shimano has revised their hoods and levers to make a slightly sleeker package that seemed to fit in my hands perfectly. Definitely worth the upgrade from 9000, and would be a big difference forward from Ultegra 6800.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on December 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

In the XA Pro Carbon, Mavic has finally released a modern profile, hookless bead wheelset in a respectable width. While these wheels don't feature all the bells and whistles of Enve Wheels (these spoke holes are drilled instead of molded, and feature Mavic's stout ITS-4 hubs which are good but not quite DT Swiss 240), they come in at a much more palatable price point. While Mavic took its sweet time releasing this wheelset, I can tell you that the wait was worth it. I'd put these wheels up against any other on the market, they definitely at the very least hold their own if not shine.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on December 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bar makes a great finishing piece on almost any bike. While plenty of manufacturers have light weight handlebars, Enve has a unique ride quality to them that definitely reduces fatigue over longer rides. I've had an Enve bar on my last 2 bikes and will have them on future bikes.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on December 4, 2016

What you love from XX1 +1 more gear
5 5

I was a little hesitant about why I would need that extra gear range, or what it would do to the shifting mechanics, but after riding this through most of the summer i can say that I ended up using the 50T a lot more than i expected and Eagle feels just like 11sp XX1 with one extra gear. Depending on your terrain, you can increase your chainring size from what you might run to put that extra gear range at the top end rather than low end, but out here in Utah i left a 32t up from and ended up using the 32-50t on really steep grades or after 4-5 hours in the saddle when the legs arent nearly as spry. Set up was a little bit trickier as the tolerances are naturally tighter, but wasnt too bad. Once set up I had no real issues. Eagle delivers the crisp 1:1 sram shifting that you'd expect.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on August 1, 2016

3 5

I picked this up after I crashed my last helmet (a Giro Hex) and liked that it had additional MIPS feature to it. I've worn Giro for my last 4-5 helmets or so, but on mountain and road, but was surprised to find that this helmet squeezed my temples in just the right spot so that i couldnt wear it for more than 1 minute. Slightly surprising considering how well i've fit into other Giro helmets.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the mountain bike equivalent of the Fizik Antares saddle, which is what i currently ride on the road. Its for neutral riders (Fizik calls us Chameleons), but also features a much more padded nose than its road counterpart. The Kium rails make it reasonably light for a mountain saddle. While I ride carbon rails on the road bike, I tend to stick to alloy rails for the mtb as its subject to so many more impacts. The only thing I'd say that isnt great about the saddle is that the edges are made of some sort of pretty soft material that I don't believe will last as long as I'd like. That being said, so far its been holding together.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

4 5

This is what you need to run a SRAM GXP crank on a bb92 frame. For me that's a Pivot Mach 429 trail. Debated going with either ceramic or a Chris King bb but decided against it due to the much higher cost. These have worked well for me in the past and it hasnt really changed at all.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really nicely made. Looks can be polarizing with its gold-ish faceplate (which btw doesnt really match with anything outright), but its easy to see the quality of the product in the way that it is machined. The tolerances are impressively tight.... to install the bar i actually had to insert the bar by its narrower tapered section and slide it over. The faceplate is also secured by a slightly different system where you tighten the bottom two bolts all the way down then only have to worry about the right torque for the top two bolts.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

Best Wheelset You Can Buy Under $2k
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got these wheels as I wasnt quite ready to drop the full $2600ish to get Enves, and didnt really trust any carbon wheels lower than that. First thing I noticed was the engagement. I've read about the 3 degree engagement on paper, but always just assumed that it was a lot of marketing. Even the industry stalwart, DT Swiss 240 with its 20 degree engagement, seems really slow to hook up compared to I9. The weight of this wheelset is adequate for its width, and having a 24.5 interior width allows me to run 2.3 and 2.4 tires that fit nicely. One additional thing to add is that these hubs are LOUD. Whether or not you like loud freehubs, its an additional benefit on crowded trails as its hard for people not to hear you coming when you are coasting. These wheels come with rim tape and valve stems already pre-installed, and setting them up tubeless with Maxxis tires was a cinch that i was able to do on my first try.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked these up as a pair of backup shoes to my Sidi Spiders, plus because they come in a sweet neon yellow color. Fits just like most other Sidis, and I'd be lying if i told you i could tell the difference between the carbon composite soles on the Spiders and the Nylon sole on these. The only thing i wish they had is replaceable heel pads. That being said, the treads on this shoe seem pretty durable and have been holding up well.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Coming from only wearing road and XC shoes previously, I picked these up mainly for trips down south to Moab (where last time i had trashed the pads on my Sidi Spiders and spent a not insignificant amount of money getting those replaced). They took some getting used to coming from XC shoes, especially the area around the top of the ankle that is made of a stretchy neoprene. I still use my sidis for shorter hard effort rides, but these shoes have become my go-to for my longer 3-4 hour rides where i'd like to stay a bit more comfortable. I wear a size 42 in Sidi, 8.5 men's US in casual shoes, and these fit great at 8.5 US as well.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been very pleased with the R1Bs so far, and the best compliment that i can give is that most of the time i don't really notice that they're there. That's something that I can't say for a lot of shoes that i've tried.... I will say that these shoes seem to run big and whereas I was a size 42 in the Sidi Wire Airs (8.5 US men's), I am a 41 in the R1s.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great tread pattern that works in most conditions. Earlier in the season I was running a 2.4 front and an Ikon 2.25 rear, but now since its gotten so dry and washed out I've switched to a Minion DHR front and Ardent 2.25 rear. As other reviewers have commented, definitely not a light tire by any means but i believe the additional weight seems to be coming from the sidewalls as the stiffness in cornering is exceptional. It is a night and day difference when comparing to something lighter like a Schwalbe Nobby NIc. So yes, definitely heavier on the way up but its a tradeoff i'm willing to make to handle better on the way down.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While some would consider Minions more suitable for the all-mountain/enduro crowd, I've actually been running this as a front tire on my trail bike in our very dry and loose conditions here in Utah and have been very pleased. The tread pattern offers a ton of braking traction that gives me a lot more confidence, and the tall side knobs bite hard under cornering. Definitely not a light tire by any means, but fairly reasonable considering the profile of the tire. Also has stiff sidewalls which can also be really felt in cornering. I've paired this with an Ardent 2.25 rear and have been very happy with the results. Definitely not the lightest or fastest tire combo uphill, but they more than make up for it going down.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great bars that are not only light and stiff where they need to be, but also are ride tuned to make a more comfortable ride than some other high end carbon bars. The 9 degree sweep is perfect for cross country and trail riding. This is the newer version of the bar that has the enve graphics moved in slightly, as in previous versions it would mostly get covered up by the grip and shifter/brake clamps.

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