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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Robert Jensen's Bio

You can find me most everyday riding one of bikes! MTB, Road, even a little TT and Fatbiking in the winter. I have my own personal fleet to keep me busy. We have three dogs and Ridley (named after the bicycle) gets to spend time out on the trail with me in either snow or dirt. I also spend some time in the winter snowboarding w/ a little cross country skiing tossed in for good measure. My MTB of choice is currently my Ibis HD4. Point it down the trail or in some cases lack there of and hit fast and loose, the rougher the better.

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 7, 2019

27.5's get it done
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

27.5's get it done

Right from the start let's get this straight, I'm going to be comparing the Bronson to my Ibis HD4. These two 27's crush the dowhills and work really well in the turns. The main difference in my opinion is the rear linkage. The VPP linkage for the Bronson is nice and subtle over the small bumps, but I feel when climbing it simple runs into a ledge then decides it wants climb up and over. The DW link on the HD4 feels like it will climb over the edges better. If you are to ride both bikes down the road and pedal over a bunch of 2x4's the Bronson will feel a bit smoother if you like to stay seated in the saddle and just smash over it.

Overall this is a great ride, that you can spend the day pedaling around just keep in mind that it's more suited for pointing it down the mountain rather than up it.


Pros:
Lifetime frame warranty
Crushes the downhill
Sweet colors

Cons:
While standing in the climb it feels like it sacks out the rear end
Limited aftermarket shock options
Pedal efficiency climbing square edges and rocks

Rider Details:
5'9"32" inseam / 172 lbs
Size Ridden Large

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 7, 2019

27.5's Get it done
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

27.5's get it done

Right from the start let's get this straight, I'm going to be comparing the Bronson to my Ibis HD4. These two 27's crush the dowhills and work really well in the turns. The main difference in my opinion is the rear linkage. The VPP linkage for the Bronson is nice and subtle over the small bumps, but I feel when climbing it simple runs into a ledge then decides it wants climb up and over. The DW link on the HD4 feels like it will climb over the edges better. If you are to ride both bikes down the road and pedal over a bunch of 2x4's the Bronson will feel a bit smoother if you like to stay seated in the saddle and just smash over it.

Overall this is a great ride, that you can spend the day pedaling around just keep in mind that it's more suited for pointing it down the mountain rather than up it.


Pros:
Lifetime frame warranty
Crushes the downhill
Sweet colors

Cons:
While standing in the climb it feels like it sacks out the rear end
Limited aftermarket shock options
Pedal efficiency climbing square edges and rocks

Rider Details:
5'9"32" inseam / 172 lbs
Size Ridden Large

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been an avid SMP saddle user for quite some time. I find them to be the most comfortable saddles I have used to date.

In the SMP line up I can ride a couple of the saddles and depending on the bike is how I choose which one.
Century rides or Trainer = SMP Stratos
Fat Bike = Stratos
Enduro bike = Drakon
Road Bike for crits = Drakon

Now just recently I have been riding the Blaster and really love it, I feel that will be my new saddle for the road bike. The reason I have the Drakon as I wanted a saddle that would allow me to slide up a bit when going on break aways or get over the cranks a little more prepping for that big sprint and the Stratos was not allowing me to do that like I wanted. Now that I have the Blaster I feel that will be the new road saddle and even take over for the mountain bike as well.

For Reference
Cat 2 Road
5'9" 32" inseam
34" waist 175lbs

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 6, 2019

5 5

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

I've been an avid SMP saddle user for quite some time. I find them to be the most comfortable saddles I have used to date.

In the SMP line up I can ride a couple of the saddles and depending on the bike is how I choose which one.
Century rides or Trainer = SMP Stratos
Fat Bike = Stratos
Enduro bike = Drakon
Road Bike for crits = Drakon

Now just recently I have been riding the Blaster and really love it, I feel that will be my new saddle for the road bike. The reason I have the Drakon as I wanted a saddle that would allow me to slide up a bit when going on break aways or get over the cranks a little more prepping for that big sprint and the Stratos was not allowing me to do that like I wanted. Now that I have the Blaster I feel that will be the new road saddle and even take over for the mountain bike as well.

For Reference
Cat 2 Road
5'9" 32" inseam
34" waist 175lbs

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 6, 2019

4 5

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

I've been an avid SMP saddle user for quite some time. I find them to be the most comfortable saddles I have used to date.

In the SMP line up I can ride a couple of the saddles and depending on the bike is how I choose which one.
Century rides or Trainer = SMP Stratos
Fat Bike = Stratos
Enduro bike = Drakon
Road Bike for crits = Drakon

Now just recently I have been riding the Blaster and really love it, I feel that will be my new saddle for the road bike. The reason I have the Drakon as I wanted a saddle that would allow me to slide up a bit when going on break aways or get over the cranks a little more prepping for that big sprint and the Stratos was not allowing me to do that like I wanted. Now that I have the Blaster I feel that will be the new road saddle.

Now onto the F30c, this saddle will fit a wide range of user based on the shape of the saddle, but for me I found it to be just a bit off and I could quite seem to locate that sweet spot. Why try it you ask, well that's a great question. I wanted it for riding my mountain bike. I felt every once in a while when hitting some steeper descents I would hit the tail of the Drakon when trying to get over the rear wheel on my Endruo bike. I felt the flatter profile would eliminate that issue.

I'm giving it a 4 star review as it's a great saddle, it just didn't fit my seat bones.

For Reference
Cat 2 Road
5'9" 32" inseam
34" waist 175lbs

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 6, 2019

Balling on a budget
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Carbon hoop with a Lifetime warranty.... Why not!!

The Reynolds TR309 roles in (pun intended) with a budget friendly carbon wheel that has a lifetime warranty, yes please. Not only that but it comes taped, pair of tubeless stems, centerlock to 6 bolt adapters, and centerlock nuts. All you need to finish it up is a tire, rotor and a sealant!

Comes out of the box with a 10 degree engagement hub which might not be the tightest out there, but it can be upgraded to a 5 degree or you can simply pick up it's bigger brother the TR309S which shares the same hub and Carbon hoop but comes with upgraded spokes, nipples and a sticker kit to go full power ranger on your ride.

I went with these as I wanted a bullet proof and tough wheelset to bomb some rock gardens, huck the drops and just ride the gnar without worrying about my rims and I can say these did not disappoint.

Great set of wheels. I will say if you live in a coastal state you may want to look at the TR307S option as they have brass nipples and will be less prone to corrosion.

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Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 6, 2019

Rolling Carbon in Style
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Carbon hoop with a Lifetime warranty.... Why not!!

The Reynolds TR309S roles in (pun intended) with a budget friendly carbon wheel that has a lifetime warranty, yes please. Not only that but it comes taped, pair of tubeless stems, centerlock to 6 bolt adapters, centerlock nuts and a sticker kit for customization. All you need to finish it up is a tire, rotor and a sealant!

Comes out of the box with a 5 degree engagement hub which might not be the tightest out there, but honestly I don't have much of an issue with it. I've run the I9's before with the 3 degree the 5 is really good.

I went with these as I wanted a bullet proof and tough wheelset to bomb some rock gardens, huck the drops and just ride the gnar without worrying about my rims and I can say these did not disappoint.

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 6, 2019

Top notch quality at a bargain price
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Carbon hoop with a Lifetime warranty.... Why not!!

The Reynolds TR307S roles in (pun intended) with a budget friendly carbon wheel that has a lifetime warranty, yes please. Not only that but it comes taped, pair of tubeless stems, centerlock to 6 bolt adapters, centerlock nuts and a sticker kit for customization. All you need to finish it up is a tire, rotor and a sealant!

Comes out of the box with a 5 degree engagement hub which might not be the tightest out there, but honestly I don't have much of an issue with it. I've run the I9's before with the 3 degree the 5 is really good.

I went with these as I wanted a bullet proof and tough wheelset to bomb some rock gardens, huck the drops and just ride the gnar without worrying about my rims and I can say these did not disappoint. I ran them with a set of the Maxxis Double Down Assegai's and can say I did not have any issues all year.

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 6, 2019

Affordable Carbon with Lifetime warranty
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Carbon hoop with a Lifetime warranty.... Why not!!

The Reynolds TR roles in (pun intended) with a budget friendly carbon wheel that has a lifetime warranty, yes please. Not only that but it comes taped, pair of tubeless stems, centerlock to 6 bolt adapter, and a centerlock nut. All you need to finish it up is a tire, rotor and a sealant!

Comes out of the box with a 10 degree engagement hub which might not be the tightest out there, but it can be upgraded to a 5 degree or you can simply pick up it's bigger brother the TR307S which shares the same hub and Carbon hoop but comes with upgraded spokes, nipples and a sticker kit to go full power ranger on your ride.

I went with these as I wanted a bullet proof and tough wheelset to bomb some rock gardens, huck the drops and just ride the gnar without worrying about my rims and I can say these did not disappoint. I ran them with a set of the Maxxis Double Down Assegai's and can say I did not have any issues all year.

Great set of wheels. I will say if you live in a coastal state you may want to look at the TR307S option as they have brass nipples and will be less prone to corrosion.

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Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 6, 2019

Almost perfect.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is probably my favorite multi-tool. I have a few of these that I keep on my various MTB's. You could literally almost build a bike with this tool! has it all tire levers, chain tool, hex wrenches and all the good Torx sizes. (T25&T30) T25 is what you will need for brake rotors and SRAM controls, that T30 will come in handy if you pickup the new AXS Reverb dropper post.

Only thing I would like to see added to this sleek design is a spot to store a master chain link.

I like to wrap an old tube around mine and simply secure it to frame with a Velco strap.

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Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 5, 2019

My Favorite bike so far!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Out of all the demo bikes that I've had a chance to ride this is by far my favorite one.

I've had the chance to demo quite a few bikes from the Road Bike Buyers Guide (see here: https://bit.ly/2kE84Y7) and coming from a motorcycle road racing background I am very particular with how a bike handles. I'm not the guy that will pass you on the uphill or pull you in a breakaway but in a Sprint or a super fast downhill with a few dodgy turns tossed in I'm your guy.

Living here in Utah we have a few of those climbs and descents all over the place. When I take a bike out I leave my house and hit the 3 mile downhill with speeds reaching 50 mph. I sit on the toptube tuck in and let the wind rush on by. How can you tell if I bike handles well you ask, well at 50 mph imagine taking your hands off the bars and simply deciding you want to make a P&J sandwich. This bike is so smooth at speed and cornering you could literally do just that.

If a razor sharp bike is your future this bike should be on your list.

For reference:
5'9" 32" inseam 175 lbs Cat 2 rider
Bike Size 54 with a 110 stem is what I would want

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 5, 2019

My favorite ride so far
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Out of all the demo bikes that I've had a chance to ride this is by far my favorite one.

I've had the chance to demo quite a few bikes from the Road Bike Buyers Guide (see here: https://bit.ly/2kE84Y7) and coming from a motorcycle road racing background I am very particular with how a bike handles. I'm not the guy that will pass you on the uphill or pull you in a breakaway but in a Sprint or a super fast downhill with a few dodgy turns tossed in I'm your guy.

Living here in Utah we have a few of those climbs and descents all over the place. When I take a bike out I leave my house and hit the 3 mile downhill with speeds reaching 50 mph. I sit on the toptube tuck in and let the wind rush on by. How can you tell if I bike handles well you ask, well at 50 mph imagine taking your hands off the bars and simply deciding you want to make a P&J sandwich. This bike is so smooth at speed and cornering you could literally do just that.

If a razor sharp bike is your future this bike should be on your list.

For reference:
5'9" 32" inseam 175 lbs Cat 2 rider
Bike Size 54 with a 110 stem is what I would want

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 5, 2019

With an exception or two
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Out of all the demo bikes that I've had a chance to ride this is by far my favorite one. That being said I'm not a fan of how the Campy shifts, the ergonomics just seem off. I will mirror Josh's issues with the shifting and did discover that the shifting cables got crisscrossed at the bottom bracket and once routed correctly the shifting was vastly improved.

I've had the chance to demo quite a few bikes from the Road Bike Buyers Guide (see here: https://bit.ly/2kE84Y7) and coming from a motorcycle road racing background I am very particular with how a bike handles. I'm not the guy that will pass you on the uphill or pull you in a breakaway but in a Sprint or a super fast downhill with a few dodgy turns tossed in I'm your guy.

Living here in Utah we have a few of those climbs and descents all over the place. When I take a bike out I leave my house and hit the 3 mile downhill with speeds reaching 50 mph. I sit on the toptube tuck in and let the wind rush on by. How can you tell if I bike handles well you ask, well at 50 mph imagine taking your hands off the bars and simply deciding you want to make a P&J sandwich. This bike is so smooth at speed and cornering you could literally do just that.

If a razor sharp bike is your future this bike should be on your list.

For reference:
5'9" 32" inseam 175 lbs Cat 2 rider
Bike Size 54 with a 110 stem is what I would want

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

he 5010 is like getting back together with a high school buddy for a night on the town. It's just down right fun! Every time you get on this bike you'll forget about everything else but the moment and just rip it up!
This mid travel (130/140) 27.5 toy is simply down for whatever, hit some small jumps, technically climbs, DH Park or an all day adventure. This is the bike that anyone can get on and no matter what terrain you ride you will have a good time.
For Reference I'm 5'9" 32" inseam at 175lbs. I have ridden the Medium and the Large and had just as much fun on both.

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

he 5010 is like getting back together with a high school buddy for a night on the town. It's just down right fun! Every time you get on this bike you'll forget about everything else but the moment and just rip it up!
This mid travel (130/140) 27.5 toy is simply down for whatever, hit some small jumps, technically climbs, DH Park or an all day adventure. This is the bike that anyone can get on and no matter what terrain you ride you will have a good time.
For Reference I'm 5'9" 32" inseam at 175lbs. I have ridden the Medium and the Large and had just as much fun on both.

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

he 5010 is like getting back together with a high school buddy for a night on the town. It's just down right fun! Every time you get on this bike you'll forget about everything else but the moment and just rip it up!
This mid travel (130/140) 27.5 toy is simply down for whatever, hit some small jumps, technically climbs, DH Park or an all day adventure. This is the bike that anyone can get on and no matter what terrain you ride you will have a good time.
For Reference I'm 5'9" 32" inseam at 175lbs. I have ridden the Medium and the Large and had just as much fun on both.

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

he 5010 is like getting back together with a high school buddy for a night on the town. It's just down right fun! Every time you get on this bike you'll forget about everything else but the moment and just rip it up!
This mid travel (130/140 or 130/130)) 27.5 toy is simply down for whatever, hit some small jumps, technically climbs, DH Park or an all day adventure. This is the bike that anyone can get on and no matter what terrain you ride you will have a good time.
For Reference I'm 5'9" 32" inseam at 175lbs. I have ridden the Medium and the Large and had just as much fun on both.

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on February 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

he 5010 is like getting back together with a highschool buddy for a night on the town. It's just down right fun! Everytime you get on this bike you'll forget about everything else but the moment and just rip it up!
This mid travel (130/140 or 130/130) 27.5 toy is simply down for whatever, hit some small jumps, technically climbs, DH Park or an all day adventure. This is the bike that anyone can get on and no matter what terrain you ride you will have a good time.
For Reference I'm 5'9" 32" inseam at 175lbs. I have ridden the Medium and the Large and had just as much fun on both.

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