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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 22, 2018

Lots of traction on a great suspension
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As the copy above kind of stated, the SB5+ is a great jack of all trades kind of bike. I mostly used mine for trail riding, but with a 150mm fork and a slacker headtube angle I had no problems with taking it on lift service and hitting some downhill trails. Obviously the biggest selling point of this frame is the plus (2.8 and 3.0) tire clearance capability. I ran mine with 2.8s and loved the amount of traction it gave me when Utah trails got all blown out and dusty. I stuck a big honking Minion DHF on the front and Rekon in the back, in hindsight I'd probably go with a tire with a bit faster knobs up front since the grip with a 2.8 is so good anyway. The switch infinity suspension is one of my favorites as it ramps up really hard towards the end of the travel, making it seem like it has way more travel than the 127mm on paper might indicate. This frame could also be a good option if you're looking for a good deal on a previous year model but also want to run more conventional 2.6 tires, as the MY18 SB5 can't clear 2.6s.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on October 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are super nice bars that have a good shape. The dimensions are within millimeters in drop and reach of Enve's compact road handlebar, and works really well for me. Going from a regular set of alloy bars to something like these would save you around 80 grams, which is pretty nice. More importantly, you'll be able to feel the stiffness of these bars when you get out of saddle to sprint, while still cutting down on road buzz. So long as the bar dimensions work for you, i'd say upgrading bars after wheels and tires is one of the best easy upgrades you can do for your bike.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on September 17, 2018

5 5

Industry Nine may be a newcomer to the aero road wheel market, but its i9 Road Disc wheels tick all the boxes, starting with an effective aerodynamic rim profile. The performance of the i9.65 doesn’t slay Zipp’s 404, so buyers can’t expect to leave Zipp’s customers in the dust, but there are marginal gains up for grabs. As for other offerings from brands like Enve, Hed, Roval, DT Swiss, and Mavic, buyers will have to wait for more data, but Industry Nine promises to be a worthy rival.

The company is no stranger to building robust wheel systems, and there is every indication that the i9 Road Disc range will be just as hard-wearing and dependable. The wide tubeless-ready rim bed keeps pace with the recent evolution in aero rim profiles, and it will also provide buyers with a plusher ride and more grip from the tyres. The absence of proprietary components is another plus, and the hubs are as pretty as they are functional.

https://cyclingtips.com/2018/09/industry-nine-i9-65-road-disc-wheelset-review/

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Peter Nwrote a review of on August 23, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This Pioneer unit you see above is similar style to what Stages offers. I think the best part about this is that you have the ability to upgrade to a full dual arm power meter later on using the upgrade kit. Once you're upgraded, you have one of the few true dual leg left/right reading power meters on the market. Pioneer has plenty of experience in electronics, and I've had zero issues running mine for the past year. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to get into power meters but either not sure if they'd use them, or not looking to spend (relatively speaking) a ton of money.

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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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