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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 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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Peter Nwrote a review of on June 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For those who are looking to go a little wider up front than their existing 2.3-2.4 set ups but dont love that bouncy feeling of a full on 3.0 or 2.8 plus tire, the 2.6 nicely splits there difference by giving you plenty of traction while staying more firmly planted. I've also noticed as a side result that these tires float through muddier conditions great, and due to the huge knobs, shed mud exceptionally well. This tire is available in both dual and triple compound, but this version above would be dual to last a little bit longer than the 3C versions do.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on June 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These wheels make an awesome upgrade to pretty much any plus bike on the market. If you're looking at these wheels, you might be also looking at Enves. The reason I went with these over something like the Enve M60 Plus wheels is that these come with Industry Nine Torch hubs, which in my opinion are hands down better than the standard DT Swiss 240 affair. The 3 degree engagement is really noticeable especially coming out of corners where you need that near-instantaneous hook up. For the soon to be loose conditions in Utah, I'm running these wheels with a Maxxis Minion DHF 2.8 front and Maxxis Rekon 2.8 rear that really create a nice profile on that generous interior width. Also, with Reynold's new lifetime warranty policy and exceptional customer service, I'm hooked on these wheels.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on June 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I know, I know. You probably think Kronolog when you think "Crank Brothers Dropper". I'll admit that was hands down the worst dropper post i've ever personally ridden. I can say for a fact that the Highline is nothing like the Kronolog. I've been flogging it for the last 6 months now, and can only say great things about it. The best compliment that i can provide is that it still works. The actuation is really smooth, and the remote that comes with it has a unique adjustable ball joint that can give you multiple mounting positions. I got used to the action of a Wolftooth REMote that i was using with my previous post, so I stuck with that since it is also compatible. One pretty neat feature that i also like is that the stack height of the Highline is a lot lower than most other posts. For a shorter rider like me (5 foot 8) who due to seat tube clearance issues and had to run a Fox 100mm post, this post allows me to run a 125mm instead. No complaints at all about this post, highly recommend.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on May 11, 2017

5 5

The Monte is an underrated saddle in Fizik's family... its weight and purpose means its less appealing some of their more traditional XC oriented saddles like the Tundra or Gobi. That being said, the Monte with its additional padding, more rugged construction, and lower price point makes it ideal for trail and all-mountain types of riding. It's shape is pretty similar to a WTB Silverado but a bit wider at 142mm vs. 133mm

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Peter Nwrote a review of on May 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've always liked the fit of Giro shoes, and these take it to a new level with the lacing. It takes a little getting used to vs. Boa or straps since you can't adjust the laces while riding on the bike. They definitely look great and stand out, and as an added big bonus the matte gray material turns into an incredibly bright reflective material for when you have to race the sunset home.

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