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Sean Zimmerman-Wall

Sean Zimmerman-Wall

SLC, UT

Sean Zimmerman-Wall's Passions

Snow Skiing
Mountain Biking

Sean Zimmerman-Wall's Bio

Avid outdoorsman who looks for adventure in any endeavor.

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

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

We just pulled one of these beauties into our demo fleet and are very impressed. This well-conceived build comes in at 16 lbs. without pedals. The Zipp 302 wheels look amazing and we are looking forward to getting this out for some test laps on our favorite road rides. Give us a call if you have any specific questions and we can assist in getting the right size.
You can reach out to me anytime :
Swall@backcountry.com,
801-736-6396 x 3596,
Or Sean W. on chat

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on June 28, 2017

Third times the Charm
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When Ibis set out so many years a go to design a capable 29er, they broke from a mold of steep headtube angles and long wheel bases to make a bike that was as fun to ride as some of their longer travel brethren. The Ripley became a household name and an agile race weapon. The updated LS came next with a "longer & slacker" geo that gave the bike a more well-rounded trail feel. For the 3.0, Ibis really knocked it out of the park.

This latest iteration sees some subtle but meaningful changes developed around the boost platform that allows for increased maneuverability in tight quarters and a fun/fast ride. The overall re-design isn't apparent until you ride the bike. We took this out on some of our favorite single track loops to use and abuse it. We were not disappointed.

The machine motors uphill like a tractor with incredible traction under the 2.6" tires. Lowering the PSI offered loads of off-camber grip and the bike trounced all rocky ledges on the up. Power transfer and limited suspension movement kept the wheels on the ground and I never slipped a tire on even the loosest gravel ascent.

Turning the bike downhill, the real fun began. The ability to manual the front end and be playful was surprising. It was easy to really through the bike around (5'6" on size MEDIUM) and rip through corners at speed. The stability in loose situations was also noticeable and appreciated.

In all, if you are in the market for a fast, capable, and playful 29er that would be perfect for XC or 24 hour races, or just going out for a full day of trail tackling, look no further than the Ripley 3.0.

You can reach out to me anytime :
Swall@backcountry.com,
801-736-6396 x 3596,
Or Sean W. on chat

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on June 27, 2017

Deliverance
5 5

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

This season Pivot wowed audiences with the release of the the Mach 5.5. Aimed at riders who spend most of their time following gravity, this machine excels when you point it down hill. However, the DW Link suspension design does prove to eliminate unnecessary sag when under pedaling load.
The geometry screams "on trend" and looks similar to a number of other bikes on the market in terms of head tube angle and chainstay length. Many people thought this was going to be a replacement for the Mach 6, but that is not the case. Pivot intends to keep that platform around for a bit and created the Mach 5.5 to be more stable huckster and rally machine on high speed descents.
Standing in the cockpit, the bike feels like it can take on about anything, without seeming overbuilt. I fit comfortably on a Medium, but opted to go Small (I am 5'6") since it feels a little more flickable and nimble. Perhaps I might go Medium if I were looking to employ it in a racing application.
Overall, I was very impressed with the performance of the Mach 5.5 and would like to spend more time with it.
You can reach out to me anytime :
Swall@backcountry.com,
801-736-6396 x 3596,
Or Sean W. on chat

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

Lives Up To Its Name
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Big wheels go faster, there is no doubt about it. Couple that fact with a long and slack geometry and you have a machine that can tackle just about anything you throw at it.

The Niner brand has always prided itself on working around the 29" wheel to create bikes that are capable, versatile, and just plain old fun to ride. With the advent of boost spacing, riders now have the option to swap in 27.5" + wheels to give a 4th dimension to their rides.

When I threw a leg over this bike configured with the 29" tires at the Hurricane Mountain Bike Festival in Utah, I knew I had chosen well. We headed straight for the Gooseberry Mesa and South Rim Trail. This formidable system stretches nearly 10 miles across an unforgiving landscape. The large drops, squared edges, and rough and tumble sand stone were no match for this beast. It pummeled over everything and maintained a cat-like quickness.

For the second ride I swapped in 27.5" + wheels and went to town merrily rolling over all obstacles in my path. Gobs of traction allowed for climbing some steep sand stone and I had a blast tearing it up. I returned home and promptly purchased one. Haven't looked back since

The bike allows for you to get creative with line selections and embrace your wild side. We can build it up to your heart's desire and even find a back up set of wheels in the complimentary size to give your bike a whole new look and feel.

You can reach out to me anytime :
Swall@backcountry.com,
801-736-6396 x 3596,
Or Sean W. on chat

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on May 16, 2017

4 5

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

Looks and feels great on any mountain bike. If you like to have a lot material between you and the bar, this is the grip for you.

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on May 16, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Placed one of these on my older full suspension to get it rolling again. It has been a while since I rode a Conti, but I was reassured that the quality had not changed the first time I rolled it down the trail. The tread is good in loose over hard conditions and can tackle technical rock gardens without loosing grip. Will always go back to this tire as solid fallback.

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on November 3, 2016

4 5

These are the tried and true design that mount up to virtually any tubeless rim. They are a bit long for most alloy mountain wheels, but it you have a set of Enve's or Reynolds, the length is appreciated. Removable valve core is key for quick inflation with an air compressor. Brass seems to hold up well to multiple tire tire changes. Lock ring is adequate, but an extra o-ring would be nice to ensure a tight seal. That being said, I have never had problems if the wheel is taped properly.

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on November 3, 2016

4 5

Purportedly more resilient then its predecessor, the Race status given to this sealant means it seals better. The improved formula is designed to seal larger wholes and stay viscous for longer periods of time. Add a little glitter if you really want extra security, or to add a little flare to your Stan-imals collection.

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on November 3, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Syncros brand is relatively new to CC and these were a free gift with purchase. They nest together for easy storage and seem up to the task, even on thicker beaded tires. I would consider these for an on the trail set due to their size. It never hurts to have a back up pair around the shop either.

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on November 3, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Kali brand is known for their innovation and their unique designs. This helmet represents the entry-level tier of helmets and does a fantastic job and keeping you safer on the bike. It has relatively clean lines and the fit is good for more oval shaped heads. It is a solid choice for an intermediate rider looking to upgrade their shell from their 1990s bell/skate helmet. Ventilation is adequate and the fit system is functional.

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on October 19, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The stock stems on many of today's on-trend geometry bikes are a bit short for my liking. Therefore I swapped out my 50mm for a 70mm and feel right at home on my SC 5010. The 35mm clamp size is here to stay and the bars are stiffer because of it. This is an economic option for a stem and stays true to RF quality.

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on October 19, 2016

Just Do It Already
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Forego one trip to the bar and pick up this tray if you own a Feedback Stand. This is great for home use and has tons of room for tools, cleaners, and small parts. Stop losing your shit and searching for gear. I would highly recommend this to any home mechanic and it is quite easy to remove when it is time pack up your stand. The mount for the tray can stay attached to the top portion of the stand and it comes with spacers if you choose to pursue that option. Otherwise just use the mount sans spacers on the lower portion of the stand. I like it up top because it is easy to access and out of the way of the cranks.

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on October 19, 2016

The Days of Leaning are Over
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Working in the industry for the last 5 years, I have been a holdout when it comes to purchasing a stand. "Why do I need to spend >$100 on something when I can just lean the tire against a semi-solid object to lube my chain?" Well, after repeated falls, drops, and scratches to my frame, I finally said fuck it and bought a stand. Value is a priority and I was recommend to give this baby a shot by a trusted local mechanic. After several weeks of use, including taking it on a bike trip, I am pleased with my purchase. While I haven't used it to do hardcore jobs like BB replacement or suspension overhauls, it works very well for cleaning, lubricating, and removing pedals. The clamp and closure systems are definitely budget conscious, but so am I.
Looking forward to using this stand for a while and I know Feedback will support me in the event of a warranty issue. Overall impression: wallet friendly, packable, durable stand that works as it's advertised. If you want to really ball out, buy the Pro Elite and forego a couple of twelve packs of premium beer.

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on October 12, 2016

Well Rounded Trail Tackler
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Today's riders demand more from one bike than ever before. Climb 3,000 feet with minimal effort and descend with DH-like prowess. All while keeping the price tag below that of a new motorcycle. Look no further than the Yeti Sb5c. Solid contender for one of my top 3 trail bikes of the current era.
The patented switch infinity suspension platform offers a unique design that stands up well to pedaling and feels bottomless in the rough stuff. Coupled with the Goldilocks geometry of long and slack(er), this ride feels stable at any speed. BB clearance is actually quite good and I felt confident I wouldn't pedal strike on every obstacle in the middle of the trail.
Cornering feels great and I never felt that the front wheel tried to stray from my intended path, even when I was a little more back seat than I should have been.
Yeti sizing is pretty spot on and my 5'5" stature felt at home on the small. If you have additional sizing questions or want to set up your dream build, contact me directly.
My Schedule is as follows:
Mon-Thurs: 7am-530pm MST
I can be reached at swall@backcountry.com, on Chat as Sean Z, or by phone at 801-736-6396 x 4739

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Sean Zimmerman-Wallwrote a review of on September 21, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the business for most conditions. I believe it to work best when applied the night before a ride, as it has time to tack up and stay on the chain and not attract too much dirt. A bit more viscous than some other brands, but it applies well. The package includes an extra applicator bottle and multiple nozzles. Shake well before use, open up and enjoy. It also gets a B+ on the Robert Smallman taste test.

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