Specialized Joins Competitive Cyclist
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  • Road Biking,
  • Mountain Biking,
  • Triathlon.

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Peterwrote a review of on June 12, 2020

Bitchin' Gravel Bike
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After researching a new gravel bike to replace my Niner BSB RDO that I got from Competitive Cyclist over 3 years ago, I settled on the Pivot Vault. It seemed to check a lot of the boxes that I was looking for: clearance for wider tires, lively handling, internal cable routing, option for 1x or 2x, and a lightweight frame. Building the frame up was easy. Pivot did a really nice job with the cable ports and having the bottom bracket cover to help with routing. I transferred most of my components from my Niner, but did learn a few things after I built this up. There was not much tire clearance between my WTB Nanos (measuring 45mm) and my Ultegra Di2 FD. I did some investigating and opted for the GRX Di2 FD. I highly recommend going that route if you plan on using Di2 on this bike. With GRX FD, there is plenty of tire clearance and I could probably fit one up to about a 47ish. I also opted to get the GRX Di2 RD too, so I could run a bigger cassette if I wanted too. So, how does it ride? One word...FUN! I enjoyed my Niner BSB (which was more CX geometry), but the Pivot seems more lively while also feeling sure footed. I wondered how well their ISO Flex seat post system would work and I have been pleasantly surprised. It does take some of the bumpiness out of the rear end. I have primarily ridden the Pivot on fire roads, including areas with a lot of erosion channels from the winter rains. It feels nimble on the single track I was able to test it on. This bike also responds well when climbing either seated or out of the saddle. While I have only had the opportunity to put a few hundred miles on it, I am happy with my purchase decision.

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Peterwrote a review of on September 1, 2016

Fast CX tire with good grip in the sand
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a CX tire for the sand/hardpack conditions here in SoCal. I had used the Kenda Happy Mediums (700x40) in the past and liked them, but wanted a tubeless setup. I had heard positive things about the WTB Nanos. These were my first WTB tires, since my "old" 26" Velociraptors.

I installed these tires on Stan's Iron Cross wheels with 1 strip of tape and about 2 ozs of sealant per tire. I used the regular Stan's method, and got the beads to seat right away with just soapy water and a pancake compressor. After adding the sealant, it took a few rounds of shaking and spinning to get them to hold air overnight. Now, they hold air perfectly for days.

I've done a few rides on these now, and absolutely love them. I run them at about 35 PSI (I'm about 155 lbs) and they feel like tubular CX tires. They're fairly fast on the road, but shine in sandy conditions. I've also ridden a decent amount of singletrack on them and they hold the corners well. I've attached a photo of them on a recent ride past the original M.A.S.H. TV set near Malibu Creek SP.

Overall, a great CX tire for adventure/gravel rides!

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Peterwrote a review of on May 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this helmet purely because other local riders raved about it. I probably would have only purchased it on sale vs retail, since I already have two Specialized Prevail from the past 3 years. I have had mostly Giro and Bell helmets in the past. Giro don't fit me well, but Bell do. I've come to like the Specialized Prevail for it's fit and weight. I've very impressed with the POC Octal. It doesn't fit my head perfectly, but has a nice feel. It's also lighter than my Prevail. I got the orange color for better visibility. POC is Swedish and I'm mostly Swedish. Maybe it's a chemistry thing. I've very happy I got the helmet and ICE sticker that's included is a nice plus. Some of their stuff looks weird, but hey...they're Swedish...;)

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Peterwrote a review of on May 17, 2015

4 5

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

I bought this light primarily to use as a helmet light, especially for the trails. I've had the older USB MiNewt in the past for commuting. For the past 5 years, I've mainly used Gloworm lights ffor riding the roads at night. I was a little skeptical to how a mainstream brand would compare to some of the newer and smaller start ups. I knew this would at least be a decent light, and couldn't complain about the price. I've done a couple of rides with this light and can't complain. Good output and decent spread. The extension cord is long enough to reach enough from the helmet to the jersey pocket. My only complaints are that it doesn't use an O-ring mount for the bars and the wires connections are hard to connect. Otherwise, a very nice light!

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Peterwrote a review of on March 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this bike for my wife as her first CX bike. She's 5' and the 41cm frame fits her perfectly. The bike specs are pretty good, but the wheels are a little heavy. I replaced the wheels, seatpost, bars, etc. and got this bike in at around 18 lbs. My only complaint was the cable routing. The front shifting was sh-t and the rear was bad. I installed new cables and housing and everything is amazing. My wife loves this bike. She's been riding it more than her other bikes right now, since she can go so fast in the dirt. I don't know if CC installed the cables and housing or if it were Ridley, but it was a bad job. I give CC kudos for how the bike was packed. Very easy to take out of the box and setup. They've done a nice job with their bike packing. Again, it's an aluminum frame, but well made and my wife hasn't complained!

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Peterwrote a review of on March 2, 2015

Nice CX frame for both cables and Di2
5 5

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

I was looking for a CX frame to replace my 4 year old carbon CX frame with canti brakes. I wanted a frame with disc brakes that would accommodate both standard cables and Di2 to minimize upgrade price. I've had Fuji bikes in the past, so I knew they made good frames. I also couldn't pass up the end of season clearance at Competitive Cyclist.

This frame is well built and very light, My bike weighed in at 17 lbs with disc brakes. I took it for a ride this weekend on mostly hard pack fire roads and some single track. The handling is good and it absorbed trail noise better than my old CX bike. I haven't raced CX in a few years, but this bike will serve well for fire roads here in SoCal and gravel grinders. I was also surprised at how comfortable this bike was with my first first ride being over 30 miles. I was running an aggressive fit, but didn't get the usual new bike soreness afterwards.

The only weird thing about this bike is the cable routing. For standard housing, normal end caps don't fit. I don't know if this was intentional by Fuji, but seemed odd to me at first.

I'd highly recommend this frame. It was a joy to build and ride. Fuji might not be as popular as Trek or Specialized, but they make great CX frames!

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Peterwrote a review of on July 16, 2014

5 5

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

I just used this case to take my 29er hardtail on vacation. It took a few hours to figure out how to pack things just right. However, once I got it down, I was amazed at how much you can pack in this bag. I had plenty of extra space for a floor pump, helmet, hydration pack, shoes, etc. I also packed some clothes here and there for extra padding. Even with all of that gear, it still came in at under 50 lbs.

When traveling with this bag, you need to consider the overall size. I'm glad I rented an SUV, since this would have been a tight fit in a sedan with other luggage. You're also likely going to get charged an oversize luggage fee by the airlines. I flew Alaska Airlines, which was $75 (much cheaper than other carriers).

One minor feature that I appreciate is the included strap that allows you to "roll" the bag up for storage. This was a plus for the hotel room and storing the bag when I got back home.

Overall, a great travel bag, especially if you can get the camo version on sale!

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