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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 July 29, 2019

5 5

"Crankbrothers have designed a wheelset that validates their claims - the Synthesis wheels have proven to be compliant and durable. The wheels deliver a better ride quality than many other options currently on the market, and if they fit your budget I recommend them for riders searching for durable, high-performance carbon wheelset."
—Daniel Sapp

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/review-crankbrothers-synthesis-e-wheels.html

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've run this wheelset on and off for the past 4 years or so and they've held up exceptionally well. Its a great way to get into a solid power meter setup, and you end up getting some pretty decent carbon wheels along the way. The set is reasonably light (just about 1700 grams) with the power meter hub. The brake track is also solid but not spectacular, you're not going to get Zipp Showstopper quality braking, but at the same time I've put my set through the ringer on all sorts of steep descents with tons of braking and they've held up just fine. The 35mm front means you can ride this wheelset in any sort of wind conditions without any real danger of getting knocked around, and the 50mm rear gives you a little more free speed in the back. The power readings from the hub have been very reliable, i pretty much just change the battery out once a year and havent done any other work or maintenance on it. Obviously it cant give you a true left/right reading, but can read your torque pulses and interpret a pretty good idea of L/R.
Would highly recommend this set, especially at this killer price

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My experience with these tires has been in line with pretty much all the other reviews here... No, you're not going to get the kind of mileage on these tires that you might get on a 4000 SII. No, you're not going to get puncture resistance on these like on a Gatorskin. That being said, they are phenomenal riding tires in terms of ride feel and rolling resistance. Generally speaking I only get maybe 1-2 flats a year anyway, so having the absolute best puncture resistance isn't a priority for me. And as for the faster wear... I personally believe that life is too short to be riding crappy tires just to get a little longer tire life. I'll happily pay the extra dollars in the long run and keep enjoying my rides as much as i can, starting with, my tires. Plus the tanwall tires look great on carbon wheels.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on January 10, 2019

5 5


https://enduro-mtb.com/en/ibis-ripmo-review/

"If only the very best will do, the Ibis Ripmo is the perfect trail bike for you. No other bike in the test field proved to be as versatile and as convincing on the climbs as well as descents as the Ripmo. The clever details on the frame combined with high-quality workmanship and carefully chosen componentry results in a trail bike by which all others have to measure themselves. The Ibis Ripmo is our “best in test” winner and therefore the best trail bike of 2019!"

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Peter Nwrote a review of on January 10, 2019

5 5

"If only the very best will do, the Ibis Ripmo is the perfect trail bike for you. No other bike in the test field proved to be as versatile and as convincing on the climbs as well as descents as the Ripmo. The clever details on the frame combined with high-quality workmanship and carefully chosen componentry results in a trail bike by which all others have to measure themselves. The Ibis Ripmo is our “best in test” winner and therefore the best trail bike of 2019!"

https://enduro-mtb.com/en/ibis-ripmo-review/

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Peter Nwrote a review of on January 3, 2019

Top tier crank
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding my E*Thirteen crank for the last 8 months on my XTR Di2 drivetrain as I wanted to try something a little lighter than an XTR M9000 crank. I think i ended saving about 150 or so grams with this crank over the Shimano. I paired it with a 32t SL Guidering
https://www.competitivecyclist.com/ethirteen-components-sl-guidering-direct-mount?skid=ETR0027-BK-S28T
and have been riding it problem free. I've taken a few pretty big rock strikes, but so far no issues. The crank also comes with some pretty chunky crank boots to help take some of the impact. With a chainring, this crank is very comparable in weight to a SRAM X01 DUB or RaceFace SIXC crank. I rode it with my Shimano drivetrain but it would have no issues with compatibility on SRAM 11 or 12 speed drivetains as well.

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Peter NMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on December 18, 2018

Bianchi’s Infinito CV Disc represents a high water mark for endurance road bikes. Fast and responsive, yet surprisingly comfortable, it’s a compelling candidate for the one-bike quiver for those seeking impressive power transfer mated to all-day ride worthiness.

There are few names in the bike industry that stir up my passion like Bianchi. When I was new to cycling, some of the first high-end road bikes I lusted after were the lugged steel, Celeste-green beauties ridden by my buddies. I’ve never owned one, they’ve always been slightly out of reach for one reason or another, and that elusiveness has definitely made my heart grow fonder.

A few years ago, I got to spend some time on the first-generation Infinito. That was before all-road or gravel bikes were a thing. Since then, the landscape (and the way we ride across it) has changed dramatically, turning the quest for a bike that’s a “quiver killer” into an obsession. And after a few months I realized the Infinito is about as close as I’ll ever get to the one-bike garage.

Bianchi imbued this frame with an interesting mix of carbon technology. The entire frame is constructed of the same carbon used in their Oltre and Specialissima, but it was the first in the line to mold a layer of their patented Countervail material in between the high-mod carbon layers. Countervail is a visco-elastic material, so it’s almost like having an elastomer from a suspension fork between the two rigid layers. The result is uncanny. The Infinito is as smooth, quiet, and comfortable as any gran fondo bike, but when you’re ready to rip some legs off, it responds like a thoroughbred race bike.

I mean it, when it was time to attack or close a gap, I never thought “man, this thing is sluggish”. I actually never thought anything at all. I just put my foot on the gas and the bike responded perfectly. And when the pavement got nasty, or ended, the Infinito took on a different persona- it’s almost like I flipped off the race bike switch and pushed the gravel bike button. Granted, you can only fit 28s, so there are options for fatter tires out there, but on most of the fire roads I ride (which are part of the infamous Belgian Waffle Ride) I never found myself wanting anything different. The Infinito was sure-footed and stable, and it didn’t beat me to death when the road got really choppy.

The Infinito CV Disc is the first road disc bike I’ve ridden, so I took multiple trips to one of the twistiest roads in SoCal- Palomar Mountain’s South Grade Road. It’s a half-hour drive from my front door, and has the same elevation gain as Alpe d’Huez, with more switchbacks. And the pavement’s pretty sketchy in parts, so it was a perfect testbed. I climbed and descended Palomar four times over the course of a few months, and on the last ride (because I’d learned the road) I really pushed it, going faster, braking later, and intentionally riding over the rough stuff.

The Infinito didn’t miss a step, and I’d say once you get used to the slightly slower steering it’s handling and performance are strikingly close to the five-thousand-dollar uberframes I’ve owned. And man, it’s just comfortable. I wanted to keep riding all day every time I clipped in.

I don’t know how they did it, but Bianchi really pulled a rabbit out of the hat with the Infinito. If you’re a hard-core roadie that likes to hit the occasional long stretch of fire road, look no further.

If you have questions about the Bianchi Infinito CV disc, please give us a call, or send an email to sales@competitivecyclist.com

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Peter Nwrote a review of on November 1, 2018

5 5

Industry Nine have made my go-to wheelset for all-around trail riding with their Trail 270. No, they're not cheap, but being able to easily switch freehub bodies and end caps to make the wheels work on multiple bikes is a plus, and I've seen many wheelsets outlast bikes here in Western NC where the brand has a strong following. Hell, people buy the wheels used, a fact that in and of itself says a lot. The Trail 270 is a strong, lightweight, and precision made wheelset that can be made to stand out from the crowd, but what makes these wheels really great is what goes on inside the hubs.

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/review-industry-9-trail-270-wheels.html

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Peter Nwrote a review of on October 31, 2018

5 5

I've been running a Pioneer Dura Ace R9100 crank for about the last 8 months now on two difference bikes (which is the same exact electronics as the Ultegra crank, but just in the Dura Ace chassis). Power readings have been super reliable and seems pretty accurate. Its also one of the handful of power meters on the market that can give you true left/right readings since there are two strain gauges. One of the minor annoyances up until recently was that in order to fully see all the pedaling metrics that the meter provides (more specifically, torque vectoring in the pedal stroke), you'd need to use their own Pioneer Touchsceen Computer. Fortunately Wahoo recently released an update so you can now get your pedaling metrics on a Bolt or Element as well. Also, they have a new color screen computer releasing soon that looks to be way nicer than the outgoing model. I've changed batteries once in the last 8 months (1 CR2032 watch battery for each side) and havent had any issues whatsoever with the meter otherwise.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on October 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been running a Pioneer Dura Ace R9100 crank for about the last 8 months now on two difference bikes. Power readings have been super reliable and seems pretty accurate. Its also one of the handful of power meters on the market that can give you true left/right readings since there are two strain gauges. One of the minor annoyances up until recently was that in order to fully see all the pedaling metrics that the meter provides (more specifically, torque vectoring in the pedal stroke), you'd need to use their own Pioneer Touchsceen Computer. Fortunately Wahoo recently released an update so you can now get your pedaling metrics on a Bolt or Element as well. Also, they have a new color screen computer releasing soon that looks to be way nicer than the outgoing model. I've changed batteries once in the last 8 months (1 CR2032 watch battery for each side) and havent had any issues whatsoever with the meter otherwise.

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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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