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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 September 12, 2018

Climbs and Plows w/ a bottle cage.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Yeti get's it right! I've rode a few before and although I have always been a fan of the SI link for some reason I haven't just jived with the bikes. The SB5c when it came out although light playful, to me nervous twitchy. I was all excited for the SB6 and a great climber but I felt it lacked confidence in the front to really rally the the turns unless a berm was involved. To say the least I was excited and a bit apprehensive when jumping on the SB150. I also don't put much stock in the Geo numbers anymore I simply want to ride it and see if it works......

So I picked it up the SB150 strapped on the Shockwiz and proceeded to hit the rough and rowdy trails that I consider the norm. I'm a long travel kind of guy and if it isn't at least 160 up front meh someone else can ride it.

This fits the bill and doesn't under deliver at all. Handles the rough, rolls in the smooth and climbs really well for a LT bike which is all what you have heard before. Ok, so on to the stuff most won't say. Seat tube angle great, it's super steep and for the really steep climbs it's awesome but for the rest of the day I feel it kind of sucks. I feel that it positions me way to far over the cranks even with the seat slid all the way back, which when pedaling puts more of an emphasis on legs and doesn't engage the glutes which can wear you out a bit sooner. However it will climb a brick wall if you can get the traction. My only other gripe is that I feel it lacks a small amount of mechanical type grip in the flat corners. It rolls in with a lot of speed, turns in beautifully and then the front starts to slide and push. It's transparent and you can feel it loose traction and it will cause you to shift a little body weight over the bars when it happens which is easy to over come and rally on, but I think something is missing. (Disclaimer here: this is being really really nitpicking)

Pros:
Great climbing LT 29er
Bottle Cage Bottle Cage Bottle Cage
smooth suspension and light feeling bike

Cons:
Aggressor tire is for trail riding not Enduro
I would like more room to strap tubes, tools etc on frame
Like to see some rubber grommets or sleeves on the cable ports

Shockwiz scoring for my 168lbs out of the shower 5"9" 32" inseam

PSI fork 76 Shock 180
Volume spacer fork 0 shock stock
Sag % standing fork 22% shock 30%
LS Comp fork 5 shock 10
HS Comp fork 4 shock 11
LS Reb fork 2 shock 12
HS Reb fork 7 shock 10

These settings scored a 100% on the Shockwiz for my riding style and trails that I usually ride

Robert Jensen
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rojensen@competitivecyclist.com

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on September 6, 2018

Less Strike w/ Grip
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My old pedal was pretty thick and even though it had a lot of grip it was constantly striking it on rocks and various other items. I hit it enough to send me over the bars a couple of times. Time to try something new!

These bad boys come in at a nice and thin 11mm profile on the pedal and with the concave pin profile it does add adequate grip. If you are looking fro more grip then look at the TMAC, but for improved ground clearance and good looks these pedals will really fit the bill. Lots of colors to chose from so you can go full Power Ranger mood, they, can be also be installed with a standard 15mm pedal wrench or an 8mm allen.

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on August 6, 2018

5 5

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

I just got these SMITH chroma-pop goggles (neon-orange) for my new full-face DH helmet (Bell Full-9 Limited Edition Helmet in the matte/gloss green/orange). Wow, what a sweet look – they match the helmet perfectly and the fit of the goggles with the helmet is great. Really like that there is a second, clear lens included as well. Quality set of goggles as I expected from Smith!

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on August 6, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

What a fabulous handling bike! I'll confess I'm not going to be racing for any pro teams or even the local club, but I do like a sharp and crisp handling bike with good looks.

I will also not bore you with how torsional stiffness, and carbon blah blah, relate to reduced flex while saving 6 grams etc.

Plain and simple if you are looking for a disc bike that is aero, handles like a dream and is smooth even on some of the rougher pavement this is a bike for you.

I like to test out bikes in a couple different ways. One of the most important to me is how the bike descends. The first test is leaving the house and going down a curvy, windy 3 mile hill by my house. I sit on the top tube in the "super tuck" position get going about 50 mph and fly down the hill. Unlike some other bikes you can with confidence put the bike on the road exactly where you want and I swear you could probably make a sandwich while descending on this bike, it's that smooth! Not only does this give you an idea of high speed stability but it also allows you to gauge how the bike will corner and if it's confidence inspiring.

Pros:
○ Great Looks
○ Axle alignment stops for thru axle wheels (some bikes don't have this)
○ Smooth Confidence inspiring ride

Cons:
○ Price
○ Front brake hose can rub on head tube (being really picky here)
○ I really only got 2

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on August 6, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like the looks of the bar and even though the top portion of the bar is aero bladed it's actually not that bad to climb with.

My two complaints which are personal preference over anything else is the drops are super narrow and I find it uncomfortable for my grip and would need to add some sort of filler to bring up the thickness of the bar while being in the drops. It is an unusually small diameter right there.

My second complaint is a good and bad. The reach on these bars is a little longer than what I prefer. It's an 80mm reach and if you want to grip the hoods and hunch over and rest your forearms on the bars also for the Aero get-away or TT'ing positing great. If you are in the drops and going to go for the sprint and / or just coming out of a corner accelerating you need to be careful of your forearms. I consistently smash my arm just above my wrist on the top portion of the bar, so much so that I actually get black and blue marks.

This long reach can also have another positive. If you do live in a climbing type environment the longer reach puts you in your racing position but on the climbs it does bring the tops closer and allow you to sit up a bit more to get more air in the lungs.

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on July 30, 2018

4 5

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

Having the unique opportunity to ride a majority of the top end bikes we carry allows us as Gearheads to be very particular or shall we say critical about each bike and every bike. Keeping that in mind there really isn’t a bad bike in the line up it’s simply that another might do something better.

The Factor ONE is a really lightweight aero bike with great looks and one of the coolest down tube frame designs on the market. Myself I would consider a descent enough road racer with a better than average sprint, so for me I want something that puts power to the ground, corners well and gets me to the finish. This bike does all of that except the cornering part. It is simply a bit to nervous in that regard. You want to sit on the top tube and descend at 45-50 mph this is not the bike for you. You want to solo away on a break and hit the climb at the end this is the bike for you.

One of the coolest features is the handlebar steer tube set up. It allows you to move the stack height up and down without cutting the steer tube. Want to run it slammed for the races perfect. Got a century coming up and need some more comfort add some spacers.

I am 5’9” with a 32” inseam
My fit on this bike Medium slammed with a 110 stem (Racer Fit)

Pros:
Good Looks
Stack Height Adjustability
Light and Aero

Cons:
Stability at speed
Cornering
Integrated handlebar options

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