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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 November 7, 2018

4 5

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

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 27.5’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 Jensenwrote a review of on November 7, 2018

4 5

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

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 27.5’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 November 7, 2018

4 5

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

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 27.5’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 November 7, 2018

4 5

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

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 27.5’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 November 7, 2018

4 5

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

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 27.5’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 November 7, 2018

4 5

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

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 27.5’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 November 7, 2018

4 5

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

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 27.5’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 November 7, 2018

4 5

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

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 27.5’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 November 7, 2018

4 5

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

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 27.5’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 November 7, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Right from the start let’s get this straight, I’m going to be comparing the Bronson to my Ibis HD4. These two 27.5’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 November 7, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So here it comes I’m not a fan of Yeti, I don’t have any specific reason perhaps it’s just that I haven’t jived with any that I have ridden. Until now that is!

What really amazed me with this bike is how well it handles the flow. What to change lines mid turn no worries this thing oozes confidence in the turn while you’re blowing out the berms.

Contrary to popular demand right now I feel that the seat tube angle is a bit to steep for me. I’m 5’9” with a 32” inseam and on the medium I just couldn’t get the seat far enough back. Yes, it’s great on the steep climbs, front wheel feels planted and you power forward with a great body position. However how often do you climb the steepy steep? The rest of the time it feels like I’m too far over the cranks burning out the quads and not engaging the rest of the muscles in the leg or butt.

So now it boils down to would I buy this bike……………. Well they did add a bottle cage to the inside of the frame BONUS actually this is a must for me. I would say yes except for the on one conundrum. The terrain I enjoy riding requires in my opinion just a tick more travel in the back and although I can add some squish to the front I can’t add it to the rear and for me that kills the deal.

Pros:
Bottle Cage
Intuitive Corning
Yeti’s have great resale

Cons:
While standing in the climb it feels like it sacks out the rear end
To steep of seat tube angle
It’s that good I only got two

Rider Details:
5’9” 32” inseam / 172 lbs
Size Ridden Medium

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on November 7, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So here it comes I’m not a fan of Yeti, I don’t have any specific reason perhaps it’s just that I haven’t jived with any that I have ridden. Until now that is!

What really amazed me with this bike is how well it handles the flow. What to change lines mid turn no worries this thing oozes confidence in the turn while you’re blowing out the berms.

Contrary to popular demand right now I feel that the seat tube angle is a bit to steep for me. I’m 5’9” with a 32” inseam and on the medium I just couldn’t get the seat far enough back. Yes, it’s great on the steep climbs, front wheel feels planted and you power forward with a great body position. However how often do you climb the steepy steep? The rest of the time it feels like I’m too far over the cranks burning out the quads and not engaging the rest of the muscles in the leg or butt.

So now it boils down to would I buy this bike……………. Well they did add a bottle cage to the inside of the frame BONUS actually this is a must for me. I would say yes except for the on one conundrum. The terrain I enjoy riding requires in my opinion just a tick more travel in the back and although I can add some squish to the front I can’t add it to the rear and for me that kills the deal.

Pros:
Bottle Cage
Intuitive Corning
Yeti’s have great resale

Cons:
While standing in the climb it feels like it sacks out the rear end
To steep of seat tube angle
It’s that good I only got two

Rider Details:
5’9” 32” inseam / 172 lbs
Size Ridden Medium

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on November 7, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So here it comes I’m not a fan of Yeti, I don’t have any specific reason perhaps it’s just that I haven’t jived with any that I have ridden. Until now that is!

What really amazed me with this bike is how well it handles the flow. What to change lines mid turn no worries this thing oozes confidence in the turn while you’re blowing out the berms.

Contrary to popular demand right now I feel that the seat tube angle is a bit to steep for me. I’m 5’9” with a 32” inseam and on the medium I just couldn’t get the seat far enough back. Yes, it’s great on the steep climbs, front wheel feels planted and you power forward with a great body position. However how often do you climb the steepy steep? The rest of the time it feels like I’m too far over the cranks burning out the quads and not engaging the rest of the muscles in the leg or butt.

So now it boils down to would I buy this bike……………. Well they did add a bottle cage to the inside of the frame BONUS actually this is a must for me. I would say yes except for the on one conundrum. The terrain I enjoy riding requires in my opinion just a tick more travel in the back and although I can add some squish to the front I can’t add it to the rear and for me that kills the deal.

Pros:
Bottle Cage
Intuitive Corning
Yeti’s have great resale

Cons:
While standing in the climb it feels like it sacks out the rear end
To steep of seat tube angle
It’s that good I only got two

Rider Details:
5’9” 32” inseam / 172 lbs
Size Ridden Medium

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on November 7, 2018

4 5

So here it comes I’m not a fan of Yeti, I don’t have any specific reason perhaps it’s just that I haven’t jived with any that I have ridden. Until now that is!

What really amazed me with this bike is how well it handles the flow. What to change lines mid turn no worries this thing oozes confidence in the turn while you’re blowing out the berms.

Contrary to popular demand right now I feel that the seat tube angle is a bit to steep for me. I’m 5’9” with a 32” inseam and on the medium I just couldn’t get the seat far enough back. Yes, it’s great on the steep climbs, front wheel feels planted and you power forward with a great body position. However how often do you climb the steepy steep? The rest of the time it feels like I’m too far over the cranks burning out the quads and not engaging the rest of the muscles in the leg or butt.

So now it boils down to would I buy this bike……………. Well they did add a bottle cage to the inside of the frame BONUS actually this is a must for me. I would say yes except for the on one conundrum. The terrain I enjoy riding requires in my opinion just a tick more travel in the back and although I can add some squish to the front I can’t add it to the rear and for me that kills the deal.

Pros:
Bottle Cage
Intuitive Corning
Yeti’s have great resale

Cons:
While standing in the climb it feels like it sacks out the rear end
To steep of seat tube angle
It’s that good I only got two

Rider Details:
5’9” 32” inseam / 172 lbs
Size Ridden Medium

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on October 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I usually rock flat pedals however for the long days in the saddle or the XC run I’ll switch to the clipless and head out for a day and wow I remember why I like being clipped in.

That being said when I do clip in I run the Crank Brothers Enduro, Candy or Eggbeaters depending on the bike and event.
So I was super stoked to get on the Speciale as my main complaint with the Crank Brothers was my lack of skill and coming un clipped in a pedal strike. The Speciale have a nice aluminum ramp that will prevent that from happening while trying to clean that techy rock garden. I have yet to try the adjustable spring tension but feel whatever it was dialed in with stock was adequate for me.
My first impression is the nice machine work of the pedal and the relatively light weight of such a big pedal. Installing the cleats I did notice however that there is no side to side or left to right adjustability on the cleat like the Crank Brothers. (Disappointed)
Riding the pedals I feel the float is minimal and for me at least I needed to stay focused on keeping my feet straight, this was a problem for me. I flipped the cleats around for the next ride to try the setting with less float. This was much better for me.
The first day I ended up riding on a moto trail that was nothing but mud. It was so slippery in spots that you could barely stand up, but fear not you could still clip in with a slight forward push they would snap right in. Very positive engagement for such a muddy day.

This is a beautiful pedal and I really like it for my clip in days, but I can’t say it’s twice the price better than a Crank Brothers Mallet / Enduro pedal.

One recommendation would be to install your cleats with the Crank Brothers Bike Shoe Shields Item # CRN0047.

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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensenwrote a review of on October 21, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the Fox Factory dropper and why not pair it up with the Fox remote, seems simple right?

It gets the job done, but i feel the ergonomics could be much better and I wish they offered to integrate the clamp with Shimano or SRAM brake systems. One bonus is that it does come with housing and cable to finish up the install on your ride.

For a few bucks more I would simply order the Wolf Tooth Remote. Smoother action, multiple options for integrating with the brake clamp.

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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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