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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 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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Peter Nwrote a review of on May 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Rekon is a super versatile plus tire that can handle a wide variety of conditions. A standard setup often is Rekon front and rear, but if you were looking for something a little bit lighter and faster you could go Ikon Plus rear and Rekon front. On the flip side, I am running a Minion DHF Plus front and a Rekon rear to give me a ton of bite up front while still having the ligher weight Rekon spin my rear wheel up faster.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on May 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had great luck so far with these pedals... they offer plenty of grip, interface with my shoes well, and have held up against a lot of rock strikes that i've had. Usually in this price range it gets closer to composite (plastic) bodies, so it was nice to get a set of these in a color that also matches my bike.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on May 1, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The WTB volt shape has always worked well for me so I decide to upgrade to the carbon railed version. I was a little leery at first since I've never ridden a carbon rail on a MTB, but after a full year of riding (and quite a few crashes...) the saddle still seems good as new. Price is definitely high, but you can reasonably expect this saddle to last you for quite a while.

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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 gone through pretty much every helmet brand (Bell, Giro, POC, Lazer, Uvex, Specialized) and found that while some fit well, there were always compromises to be had. The Rex is the first helmet that just felt perfect as soon as i put it on my head. The retention system is in my opinion the best on the market, and it comes with a nice leather chin strap as well. I can't comment too much on ventilation besides that it seems at least in line with the other top ventilating helmets on the market. At 200, it definitely isnt cheap for a mountain helmet, but considering how much i ride its definitely worth it for the comfort.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These glasses are for anyone who is looking for a really bold look, both on and off the bike. Mainly an Oakley wearer on the bike, the optics on these have impressed me as well. I've put aside my Oakley Radars and Jawbones as these are now my favorite riding glasses.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For anyone who's looking for a little bit of extra flair when riding, Capo has you covered with their awesome and bright designs. Most importantly, I've had great experience with the quality and durability of Capo socks, which is honestly something i can't say for a lot of sock brands out there.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just bought a Yeti which doesnt have an inside the triangle bottle cage, so... I picked up one of these packs for those shorter rides when i dont feel like carrying a whole hydration pack. The loop fits a regular sized bike bottle, and the pack is just big enough for my flat kit, multitool, spare tube, and a few snacks.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this because my full suspension frame is too small for a regular cage, but didnt want to spend the 80 bucks on a carbon Arundel Sideloader. Its not anywhere near as sexy, but hey it was way cheaper and holds my bottle just as well.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Loved my DHF on my 29 inch bike, and now that i've switched to a plus set up I'm running this tire up front with a Rekon 2.8 in the back. This tire will give you traction for days, especially when conditions are dusty and blown out. In a somewhat pleasant surprise, these tires also work really well in muddy conditions as the plus volume will help it float while the widely spaced knobs allow it to shed mud amazingly well.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked one of these up after me and my fists of ham overtorqued a Fox Transfer remote and i broke the clamp. The big paddle surface gives me more leverage than other shifter style remotes, and I've found that i can now more confidently hit the dropper post in those "oh sh!t" moments when i'm going over a bigger ledge than expected. This has been something of a game changer as I find myself adjusting my post a lot more than previously based on how easy it is to adjust. I ride shimano brakes so the i-spec compatibility is always a nice touch for a cleaner looking bar.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thomson components have had a reputation of being some of the best in the business and this is no different. The quality and finish are excellent, and the stem is available in pretty much every length imaginable. I'm gonna knock it down one star because the bolts require a 3mm allen. I'm assuming this is to prevent over tightening, but from my perspective its just a total pain when i work on my bike considering I already have to use a 4mm and 5mm.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I know what you're thinking... its just a pump, right? I bought this when i switched to a plus tire setup as I needed something that had a gauge that would give me enough detail to tell the difference between say 16 and 18 PSI. The gauge on this is huge, the base is really solid, the high volume chamber means that less pumping is involved, and to top it off, it comes with a bottle opener on it for post ride beverages. All things, considered, this pump is very reasonably priced for what you get.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Ardent is a super versatile tire that performs well under most conditions and most kinds of trail riding. On 29ers, I typically run Ardents front and rear in the spring when conditions are loamy and will switch the front out to something like a Minion DHF and keep the Ardent in the back as a lighter, faster tire. Something like a Schwalbe is going to be lighter weight but i like the sidewall stiffness of the Ardents better and they also will wear a lot better than a Nobby Nic.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

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

With plus tubes being as big as they are, I decide to spend the extra money on this tube instead of others as its slightly lighter and relatively more compact. I can't say i've actually used it since it sits in my flat kit, but I've had good experiences with other vittoria tubes in the past.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Always been a big fan of Mavic's wheels when it comes to reliability and stiffness, but havent ridden them much in the last few years as it feels like their technology has been off the back. With this wheelset and the Ksyrium Pro Carbon, Mavic finally as a full carbon clincher (none of that aluminum insert shinanigans) that can go toe to toe with any other high end wheelset on the market. At 40mm deep, it sits a little bit shallower than the Zipp 303 but about 175 grams lighter. As a result, it accelerates nicely when out of saddle while still offering a pretty reasonably comfortable ride. The ID360 hub has been solid as well, not quite Chris King like engagement but good enough where i've never really noticed it being an issue. I'd definitely recommend these as an every day wheelset for all conditions. I've spent about 8 months on them so far and have had zero issues.

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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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