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Vinny Mauro

Vinny Mauro

Salt Lake City/Park City, Utah

Vinny Mauro's Bio

I am a Group/Corporate Sales Rep here at Backcountry! If you are interested in any large/bulk/custom orders, or just have specific questions about any of the gear I have reviewed, please feel free to contact me directly. My email is vmauro@backcountry.com.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 9, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is such a great upgrade. It's a silly little part, but it's priced accordingly and for the money this makes a real difference in your day to day experience on your bike. Granted $70 is a respectable chunk of change and you have to be a commercially desensitized bike customer to think that's a "cheap" part... but hey, that's exactly what I am.

You jam on that dropper lever constantly, so it makes sense to replace that sloppy poorly designed stock offering with this well thought out and sturdy replacement. I think the big difference is just that they use CNC'd aluminum allowing everything to be stiffer and more precise, so I wish that manufacturers could just take note and include similar levers from the factory. But for whatever reason they do not. Another nice perk I love is the ridges machined in to the lever for thumb grip. Very effective, weather proof, and long lasting solution.

Just make sure you consult their chart regarding whether to purchase this regular lever, or the light action version that has a longer lever (chart posted below in these reviews). Neither is better/worse it's just about getting the best one for your dropper. I have the OneUp dropper so I got this regular one. I've used it on the KS post and also had great results.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on December 20, 2019

5 5

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

Been rocking other "normal" lizard skins grips for years with the clamping collar on both ends. Having the collar only inside and just nice soft rubber all the way out to the edge on these is nice! More comfort and room for your hands, less carnage in the parking lot when you zing your car door. And what you can't see on here is that instead of an open ended grip and a plastic plug, the whole end of the grip is finished and sealed off around the handlebar. Not only is that quite a bit safer for the rare impaling incidents, but I think it looks way better.

All very nitpicky things... but if you need a fresh set of grips or are building up a new bike these are a very cool option. The thickness is medium I would say. I used to rock the Moab grips from Lizard skins, and these are slightly chunkier but still don't feel too thick to me.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on December 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Some people's first reaction to this tube is "what a rip off, $40 for a tube?? I get mine for $6"

Well, it's 2019 so all you use a tube for is an insurance policy strapped to your frame right? Dead weight. This tube is 175 grams/0.4 lbs lighter than those $6 tubes. That is a massive amount of weight to shave for $40. If you told the execs at Santa Cruz that you found a way to make frames 0.4lbs lighter for $40 without losing any performance or durability whatsoever, you'd be swiftly promoted.

Stop strapping those thick rubber weights to your bike, this tube is an easy upgrade. I'm not a weight weenie by any means, but less dead weight means my legs can take me that much farther before they crap out.

How does the tube actually ride or hold up? WHO CARES. It holds enough air to get you back. Ok, if you do super long rides or just for any reason find yourself actually riding a tube for long distances/periods of time then this probably isn't for you. But who on earth rides tubes for long periods of time these days?

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