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Scott Golsan

Scott Golsan

Scott Golsan

Scott Golsanwrote a review of on November 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Recently upgraded one of my bikes from Shimano 6800 to the new R8000 group and couldn't be any happier! The upgrades to the cranks, derailleurs, brakes and shifters have made this one worthwhile upgrade.
I have been amazed at the crispness of the shifting performance with the new derailleurs and shifters, and it reminds me of the smoothness of the "older" Dura Ace 7800, but much more refined in how quickly it shifts.
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

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Scott Golsan

Scott Golsanwrote a review of on November 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Recently upgraded one of my bikes from Shimano 6800 to the new R8000 group and couldn't be any happier! The upgrades to the cranks, derailleurs, brakes and shifters have made this one worthwhile upgrade.
I have been amazed at the crispness of the shifting performance with the new derailleurs and shifters, and it reminds me of the smoothness of the "older" Dura Ace 7800, but much more refined in how quickly is shifts.
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on November 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Recently upgraded one of my bikes from Shimano 6800 to the new R8000 group and couldn't be any happier! The upgrades to the cranks, derailleurs, brakes and shifters have made this one worthwhile upgrade.
These new shifters have such a lighter action and feel more like the original Shimano Dura Ace 7800 series shifters. The kit does include both brake and shifter cable sets.
If you have any questions please reach out to me.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on November 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Recently upgraded one of my bikes from Shimano 6800 to the new R8000 group and couldn't be any happier! The upgrades to the cranks, derailleurs, brakes and shifters have made this one worthwhile upgrade. These cranks not only look great, they are sleek and shift incredibly smooth.
If you have questions, please reach out me.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on November 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Picked this up to convert my Shimano 10-speed freehub body to 11-speed and it works just like it is intended to do. If you're doing an upgrade with your drivetrain and love your wheels, this is the answer you need for your DT 180, 240 or 360 hubs.
Questions? Feel free to reach out to me.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on October 24, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using Kinetic trainers for quite a few years, and now with the added benefit of training the "smart" way is a great addition to one of the best fluid trainers available!
The ability to use the inRide sensor and app on any preferred mobile device takes training to the next level with additions of power, cadence and heart rate measurements.
While power measurements may not be as accurate as a crank based system, it does give a great baseline to train from. I have been using the app on my iOS device and the only issue I have seen is with the cadence. It doesn't hold steady and seems to jump around by up to 5 RPMs.
The build quality of the chassis is exceptional and provides plenty of support when out of the saddle. While it doesn't allow the bike to sway naturally as when out on the road, it does a great job of giving the rider confidence to push larger gears. The fluid inside has a completely different feels as compared to other brands, and is more consistent across the power curve.
All things considered this is a great trainer that will allow all riders of all abilities to train indoors and maximize the time spent on the saddle. I would highly recommend this trainer to anyone in the market.
If you have questions about Kinetic trainers or others, please reach out.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on October 24, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this trainer for the past few years and every time I pull it out and get ready for winter riding, it has never let me down.
I have used plenty of trainers over the years from Tacx, Elite, Wahoo and Kinetic and they all have a purpose. I will discuss the Cycleops here, but if you do have questions on other trainers, please reach out to me.
As stated, every time I pull this out of storage it is ready to go, even if I am not ready for spinning indoors. I always find it helpful to watch something on t.v whether it is sports related, a movie or on some other platform. I find that this trainer as compared to others is best used while seated and spinning. While the fluid will create added resistance when pushing a larger gear out of the saddle, it just doesn't feel right. For this reason, I love using this trainer when I plan on doing higher cadence intervals while seated, or low cadence out of the saddle. This doesn't have the heaviest flywheel out there for fluid trainers, but the fins do add a little more resistance to the ride. Downside is that the fins also create a bit more noise while riding. This could be a problem if riding with neighbors below as the reverb will be passed along to them (something to keep in mind).
All things considered this is a great trainer that will meet the needs of the majority of us looking to keep conditioned throughout winter, or the ability to jump on for an hour out of the day, when riding outside ins't an option.
Please reach out with any questions you may have about this trainer or others.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on October 23, 2017

Perfect Hardtail Companion
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was a little bit skeptical about the claimed "absorption" of this post, but it did not disappoint me!
Out of the package you can tell that the quality of this post is up to any carbon post on the market. I paired this post of with an Selle SMP Dynamic saddle and the body appreciates the added comfort from both saddle and post.
I would highly recommend this post to anyone doing some gravel riding, to XC riding.
If you have questions about this post or other brands feel free to reach out to me.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on October 22, 2017

Looks and Safety
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The moment you pull this helmet out of the box, you see and feel the quality that Kask has put into it. The overall quality is superb, and the weight is quite minimal.
I primarily use this for the road, and it has worked out great! I decided to try it on a recent mountain bike ride and it did well on the flats and climbs, but going down hill something changed and I had this pain digging in on the back off my head where it grips and keeps the helmet in position. I eventually had to stop and see what was going on, and couldn't do anything other then open up the dial for the remainder of the descent. If you're buying this for the road it performed flawlessly, and on the mountain, I will actually stick with the helmet that has been my normal go-to.
Questions about Kask or other helmets, please reach out.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on October 22, 2017

Happiness all over again!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The quest to find the right saddle that works for each of us is a challenge that none enjoy doing and once that unicorn has been found, it is hard to look again.
This is my unicorn, the one that works well for myself and my son. I have been riding bikes for 25+ years and I feel this is the most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden or raced on. When you sit on this saddle you feel your self sit down inside of it, and not riding on top of a padded shell (like other saddles). Not only does the sitting inside the saddle add comfort, but it also makes me feel more in-tune with the bike and what is going on. To make sure I wasn't imagining things, I went back to another saddle I have like on another bike, and there isn't any comparison between that saddle and this SMP Dynamic! The leather is top notch, the rails are replaceable, and the padding is just enough for me (a great pair of shorts is a must).
As time goes, I will need to pick up a few more and keep them in the ready for when it's time to replace.
If you have questions about SMP saddles or others, please reach out.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on October 22, 2017

Eat Your Cake Too
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

What else can you ask for with regards to forks today? This fork rocks right out of the box and on the trail. The first thing I noticed is the impeccable ability of this fork on soaking up the small stuff and braking under pressure. This thing just chews up braking bumps coming into corners, and has no difficulty handling larger bumps as well. The fork took everything that I threw at it and simply looked back and smiled. While initially debated on going with a SID on this bike build, I decided that the weight savings isn't worth it for me as my hardcore racing days are behind me, and I love the climb, but still love the DH portion.
I highly recommend this fork and don't even think twice about it being the right one. Grab it, install it, and thank me later!
Questions about Rockshox or other forks, please reach out to me.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on October 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked this set up for my sons road bike, so he can train indoors with his Garmin and also learn to spin at different cadences. Easily paired up with the Garmin 520 head unit and has worked great with no issues. If you have any questions about Garmin product or other gear, feel free to reach out to me.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on October 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using Garmin product for many years, and realized that my son can benefit from using a HR monitor till I get a powermeter for him, I turned to the HR monitor that has worked well for me.
This one stays in place and I have yet to experience any drops. I have had some interference when riding under major power lines, but otherwise it does a great job paired with my Garmin 820 and 520.
If you have any questions about Garmin product feel free to reach out to me.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on October 10, 2017

3 5

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

I was excited to get this and install it on the bike. My gripe is the location, as the head unit is really not in an ideal location for my liking. Since this one didn't end up meeting my expectations, I thought I would try another one that moves the head unit to a better location and haven't looked back. This may work for some, but it didn't work out as I had hoped.
Any questions about K-Edge, or GPS units, please feel free to reach out to me.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on October 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked up this jacket for one of my boys recent MTB races and to also use while training on the road. I have used Giordana product for 20+ years and the fit and finish on the Fusion jacket is the quality I have come to know form Giordana.
My son's races are typically at the majority of ski resorts here in Utah, and the race I got this for was in the mid-40s. While he only used this initially to start warming up, he was very happy that i had it in my backpack once he crossed the finish line! It didn't take more than a minute or two for him to realize how nice a jacket this is. It did a great job of keeping him warm and maintaining breathability.
The jacket does a great job of shedding water, and the added visibility makes me feel better when he is out riding alone.
I bought him a medium and it's just a touch big, but it allows him to wear a baselayer, and jersey underneath and give him room to grow.
If you have any questions about this jacket, Giordana product or other gear, please feel free to reach out to me.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on September 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked up the tropical flavor this go-around as we haven't tried them, and no surprise, we enjoy them!
Just like the other flavors we have tried in the Shot Bloks these didn't disappoint. The flavor is great and the caffeine helps get us to the end of the ride or the finish line in my sons case.
Grab a box, grab a blok and be happy!

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on September 28, 2017

4 5

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

I got this for my son to use at his HS MTB race, where temps were around 40 degrees at race-time and it never really got above that. He appreciated having this on under his skinsuit throughout the race, as it helped in keeping his core warm, and some of the colder air out on the descents.
The fabric is smooth against the skin, and even the size small is long enough for his height of 5'9" and would fit upwards of 6'.
If you have questions about this baselayer or others, please reach out to me.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on September 28, 2017

5 5

I have been using rollers as a way to train both indoors when the weather is poor, or to warm up at races over the past 25+ years, and these rollers really keep it simple at staying away from the edges, and inspiring confidence that one isn't simply going to roll off the trainer, if there happens to be a lack of focus.
Rollers to me are the best way to train. Reasoning for my thoughts is that it teaches equal power out of both legs, teaches the rider to stay relaxed and how to stay smooth throughout the pedal stroke. If you have never ridden any, and you're unsure grab these and I am sure within minutes you will be spinning and enjoying the benefits that only come with riding rollers vs. rear wheel trainers. The other benefit is no need to swap tires out or have a spare set of training wheels. You can go from outside riding to rollers without changing tires.
If you have have any questions about these rollers or other trainers please feel free to reach out to me.

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Scott Golsanwrote a review of on September 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This glove does a great job for fall riding here in the Salt Lake area. The temps have dropped and now we are into my favorite time of year to get out and enjoy the backcountry. Being able to enjoy the ride through the leaves and admire the changes of color, I am no longer thinking about cold fingers! These gloves are just thick enough to add the warmth I was looking for, and still give me enough tactile feel to operate the brakes and shifting as I would with my normal summer gloves. The liner inside can sometimes feel out of place when initially pulling them on, but a little wiggling gets them in place.
If you have questions about these Fox gloves, Fox product or other gear, please reach out to me and I am happy to field your questions.

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