Free 2-Day Shipping on Orders Over $50 100% Guaranteed Returns
1-888-276-7130
Annual Tour Sale—A New Daily Deal for Every Stage
Wally Phillips

Wally Phillips

Salt lake City, Utah and ANYWHERE there is snow

Wally Phillips's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Wally Phillips's Bio

As a Pittsburghian at birth, I began my outdoor foray on skis at age 2 1/2. Since then, the pursuit of the best turns has consumed me. I am willing to go the extra mile to get to places people only shake their head at (Utah provides many). I also bike, run and have as much fun as I can in this short life.

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on June 30, 2018

5 5

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

Everyone is looking for that one bikes to do MOST of what they want to do. I tend to see two schools of thought here: 1. what can make me descend like nothing affects me while I can maybe get this bike uphill in a serviceable way and 2. what can I do to turn a rig that is pretty fast uphill to almost have no limits on the down?

The Following MB looks towards the second party with 120mm of travel within its DELTA linkage and a bit more reach than the original version of the Following. What results is what could be one of the most easily approachable trail bikes on the market with just enough stability to confidently take on most conditions with ease.

One of the only tricks to it is you need to be confident yourself and push this bike to its limit to get the most out of it. The other is that the rear tire clearance isn't much as the knobbiest of compounds won't have you going higher than 2.35.

The latter is really the only down point I have found within the MB version let alone the 1st version of the Following. This frame/bike is truly one of the closest single quiver offerings out there and most folks who are looking to have a great full speed bike on the up and the down won't be disappointed.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on June 30, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

SockGuy's Sierra Sock definitely has the looks down as the landscape stitched into the blend is impressive and noticeable. The acrylic blend breathes pretty well but is a bit abrasive. The large fits my 11.5 sized feet pretty well and the height is just over the ankle bones.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on June 30, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The SockGuy Fermented Sock has an acquired taste with it's colorway but if you wear it with a mostly neutral color scheme then it works pretty well. The fit is good at a large for a size 11.5 foot and the acrylic blend actually balances lightness with comfort really well.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on April 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are perfect for even super young kids to hydrate. We've been using these Camelbaks with our daughter since she was about 18 months old. At 4, she's still going strong with this new fun pattern. Durability you expect from Camelbak with patterns to keep your kids drinking on every adventure.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 31, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not giving a 5 star quite yet as I need more time but so far things have gone well. I've tied this tire on to the back wheel of a 700x23 reynolds wheel and a cycleops trainer and it seems to run a bit more naturally on the trainer though it leaves a streak of blue down the middle of the surface wheel. No matter, when spinning miles feels as good as this I don't question it as of yet.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 31, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Thule Areoblade Edge has gotten a lot of accolades throughout its tenure and it is well deserved. While the installation might take a bit more than usual and it is a bit pricey, what you get is worth the time and money as these bars are crazy quiet and very strong. Not only that but applying most add-ons to its shape is very easy. The grey coating does get scratched semi easy but if you are careful with what you do then it doesn't happen often. If you need a legit crossbar for carrying your gear then this is the ticket.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using the SRAM Eagle X01 drivetrain on my new rig and I'm pretty enamored with it. The cassette is especially noticeable due to the HUGE 50 tooth ring at the biggest cog size. It really is a cheat code when getting to that gear range with a 30 tooth crank ring. The shifting has been crisp for the most part as under some poor pedal stroke weighting has caused some catching at times, but it is more pilot error than anything. Along with the cheating feeling of the 50 tooth ring, I'm finding it hard to pedal out of the highest gears as well at 10 teeth. If you have the means to, get on the Eagle drivetrain as soon as you can!

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Full disclosure, I am a proponent of lessening the weight on the rotational forces around the crank/shoe/BB area to increase pedaling efficiency. Coming off of Giro Code shoes to these I thought that I was getting into some cement shoes that would bog me down. Couldn't have been so wrong.

The sole is JUST stiff enough for the right amount of power transfer while the middling weight helps to either push power through the end of the stroke or to reef on the outside pedals in the loose fast turns. Fit is a smidge small but I prefer that so if you are in-between sizes it would be smart to size up. Overall a really good options for trail/enduro/all-mountain riding.

(1)

 

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Second set of Giro gloves that I've had and the Remedy has been pretty solid so far. The ventilation is surprisingly good and the padding places itself well without being bulky. The sizing feels smaller at first but breaks in a bit while wearing. Beware of the wear as the seam failing is a thing as the previous gloves that I had from Giro suffered around the finger seams in about a couple months. Will update after more time.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 31, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Okay, I don't like pressfit BBs. I just don't. I had one threaded that spoiled me and now the pressfits feel more like high maintenance. The SRAM BB92 on my Evil Following has been good so far though I've be pretty hair trigger on the feel and sound of it and if things go sideways fast I'll try to upgrade to a Chris King. Stay tuned....

(0)

 

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Sorry for the title.... The SRAM Guide RSC brakes are quite the revelation after the last time I ran on brakes from SRAM (Avid Juicy 5s, not the best). The 4 pistons give great stopping power though it comes at a different feel which works if you know about it. I've now been on SRAM and Shimano brakes semi-extensively and I can say for sure that Shimano can have more immediate bite and stopping if needed though the squeeze to get it requires a ton of force while the Guides are more progressive and don't kill your speed as fast. If you are used to killing speed fast then either bleed these super tight or know to moderately brake more often in rougher terrain. It should sound like a negative, but it isn't as it makes you feel more proficient in your riding to approach things this way as long as you know that this is how you should approach your braking.

The only thing that I find is that the XTR brake levers are way more applicable to how my hands are shaped but this could be more personal preference. If you have the bankroll, get on these now.

(1)

 

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have only been on the SRAM EAgle X01 Eagle drivetrain for a few weeks though I am enamored with the performance to this point in shifting and gear ratio. The shifter plays a huge part of it as it is a brainless setup and tuning with a crisp single shift up or single/double shift down while being easy to place on the bars. The only thing I'll be doing is putting grip tape on the knobs and then letting it do its thing when I need more speed or climb-ability.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So many pedals, so many options depending on who you are and how you ride. I prefer to be clipped in more often than not and for that purpose the Shimano XT Pedals just ROCK. After being on lower profile pedals the cage around the SPD cleat gives an immediate feeling of support when pressing into turns without the large weight gain and lack of engagement for the pedal stroke. It takes a bit of tuning in the beginning to get the tightness right but as long as you do that you can use these to your aggressive trail/enduro pleasure.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Maxxis and Schwalbe have been my go to tyres as of late and the DHR II 3C has been a good to great addition to my current build. Serving as a 2.3 size front wheel on my Evil Following is works pretty well with the current wheel (Stan's Arch MK3 29mm external) where I run it at around 21-23 psi where I find that it can grab a bit more in pumping on loose conditions. Durability has been spot on so far with no sealant leakage or flatting issues.

Looking for a possible 2.4 version down the road as I could get a bit more grab in super loose conditions but it is the only nitpick and it is more on the Following as the rear triangle can get a bit tricky with tyre clearance. Definitely give this a look if you are charging aggressive trail to light DH with dry to pretty loose conditions.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 31, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This will be the second RockShox Reverb that I've worked with up to now and the first one was solid through about the first 1,000 miles when the bottom O-Ring failed and dumped hydraulic fluid into the bottom bracket area of the frame I was running at the time.

I've seen that a few internal changes have been made on the B1 version for better or for worse. I've heard of there being less internal problems occurring over time for these changes and that has yet to be seen and while it has worked pretty well so far it doesn't seem to have the return or collapse speed like the previous version. Also, since there is a 1x remote out now from SRAM (which looks awesome) the previous remote just needs to get phased out as I can place it well but the plunger type shape is cumbersome.

Will try to get the 1x remote eventually when it is released on its own for improvement and keep an eye on the internals but OK so far..

(0)

 

0 Comments

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 30, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Coming from the Next SL Bars from Race Face I knew what to expect with the 35mm SIXC version. I've left the bars uncut as of yet on my medium sized Evil Following with a 50mm Race Face Turbine stem and it feels god so far for my shorter reach yet wider shoulders. The color scheme is nice (green bars for the green frame) and I haven't felt any overflexing or durability issues as of yet. Will update this review after a bit more time on them.

(0)

 

0 Comments