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WesB

WesB

Salt Lake City,Park City,Moab,Zion,Bryce Canyon,Brevard,NC

WesB's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Cyclocross

WesB's Bio

My name is Wes and I am a csutomer account manager for Competitive Cyclist/Backcoutry.com. I spent 42 years in NC before moving to Utah in 2011. My background is in law enforcement where i spent 20 yrs as a cop in NC,assigned to the bicycle patrol unit. I was also the president of the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association, which sets standards for bicycle patrol training around the world. I spent my last 6 years in NC racing for the Giordana/Cliffbar cycling team and also coaching for USA Cycling.
I have a very diverse cycling background and love all facets of the sport so do not hesitate to contact me for gear questions or cycling advise. If you are ever in SLC Utah hit me up!
801-736-6396 x 4074

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WesBwrote a review of on December 12, 2016

5 5

I just got back from Moab recently and was able to spend some time on this bike. I must say I was very impressed! The bike is very agile on the trail and climbs like a goat and soars like an eagle downhill with much control. Its an excellent choice for anyone Enduro racer or epic rider looking for a great all around bike.

We are having issues with out kit configurer so if you are interested in a build feel free to contact me direct. Im always happy to help!

Wes Branham-Account Manager Bike
801-204-4542
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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WesBwrote a review of on November 15, 2016

Serious Competitor!
5 5

I just got back from Moab and spent a extremely fun afternoon testing out the new Jet 9 RDO and I must say I am most impressed! I was always a fan of the previous gen as it was the fastest/stiffest XC race bike out there. A great bike in its own right but could beat the heck out of you over 2+ hr rides. I found the new model to have very similar qualities as far as stiffness and agility but the longer suspension really helped to soften the ride quality yet still be a very stiff bike for power transfers. I spent about 3.5 hrs on it over some moderately technical trails and found the bike to still have very impressive agility. The bike was very efficient at climbing even though its a lot slacker than the previous version. The handling of the bike downhill was impressive as well. A very fast descender that maintains control throughout the plunge. Over all this bike was very fun to ride and Niner did a great job of keeping that race ready 29r reputation in check while creating a sweet epic trail bike for the more technical trails.
Im 5'10 with a 33" inseam and the large fit great

If you have specific questions with this bike feel free to reach out to me direct.

Wes Branham- Account Manager Bike
801-204-4542
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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WesBwrote a review of on November 15, 2016

serious competitor!
5 5

I just got back from Moab and spent a extremely fun afternoon testing out the new Jet 9 RDO and I must say I am most impressed! I was always a fan of the previous gen as it was the fastest/stiffest XC race bike out there. A great bike in its own right but could beat the heck out of you over 2+ hr rides. I found the new model to have very similar qualities as far as stiffness and agility but the longer suspension really helped to soften the ride quality yet still be a very stiff bike for power transfers. I spent about 3.5 hrs on it over some moderately technical trails and found the bike to still have very impressive agility. The bike was very efficient at climbing even though its a lot slacker than the previous version. The handling of the bike downhill was impressive as well. A very fast descender that maintains control throughout the plunge. Over all this bike was very fun to ride and Niner did a great job of keeping that race ready 29r reputation in check while creating a sweet epic trail bike for the more technical trails.
Im 5'10 with a 33" inseam and the large fit great

If you have specific questions with this bike feel free to reach out to me direct.

Wes Branham- Account Manager Bike
801-204-4542
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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WesBwrote a review of on October 5, 2016

Good improvement-
4 5

I recently had the chance of spending time on this bike in Moab. I rode the 29r version and really had a good time on it. Im 5'10 with a 33" and rode a large which was fairly agile but could have gone to an XL if I wanted more stability. Overall I felt the bike is a big improvement over the previous model. The bike handled very well over moderately technical trails and the extra travel made a big difference on very technical trails. Even through the bike has more travel it still climbed as good as any other bike in its class. Down hill the bike felt very stable and I was able to pick lines on the fly with ease. This bike is definitely a good choice for the enduro racer as it is stiff with a balanced geometry but its also fun for long epic type riding and comfortable for hours in the saddle. I would buy this bike for sure!

If you have specific questions with the bike or need to check inventory feel free to reach out to me direct. Im always happy to help!

Wes Branham- Account Manager bike
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com
801-204-4542

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WesBwrote a review of on October 3, 2016

5 5

I just got back from Moab and spent a extremely fun afternoon testing out the new Jet 9 RDO and I must say I am most impressed! I was always a fan of the previous gen as it was the fastest/stiffest XC race bike out there. A great bike in its own right but could beat the heck out of you over 2+ hr rides. I found the new model to have very similar qualities as far as stiffness and agility but the longer suspension really helped to soften the ride quality yet still be a very stiff bike for power transfers. I spent about 3.5 hrs on it over some moderately technical trails and found the bike to still have very impressive agility. The bike was very efficient at climbing even though its a lot slacker than the previous version. The handling of the bike downhill was impressive as well. A very fast descender that maintains control throughout the plunge. Over all this bike was very fun to ride and Niner did a great job of keeping that race ready 29r reputation in check while creating a sweet epic trail bike for the more technical trails.
Im 5'10 with a 33" inseam and the large fit great

If you have specific questions with this bike feel free to reach out to me direct.

Wes Branham- Account Manager Bike
801-204-4542
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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WesBwrote a review of on October 3, 2016

Really Fun!
5 5

I recently had the opportunity of spending some time on this bike and I must say I was most impressed. I'm typically a 29r guy so was a little apprehensive about trying the new Ibis mojo 3. I've owned a Ripley in the past so I really liked the ride quality that the DW Link provides. I found this bike to be extremely fun to ride on the trail. I noticed right off of the bat that it had a very balanced geometry making it very lively and agile on the trail. The boost makes the bike very laterally stiff so diving hard into corners with quick accelerations out was very easy with this bike. It has the feel of cornering on rails which I really liked. Although I did miss the ability to get up on over things easier as you get with a 29r It really isn't hard to pick lines with this bike so I didn't miss much. Over all this is a really fun bike to own and its sure to keep you smiling on the trail from beginning to end.

If you have specific questions with this bike or need help configuring it feel free to contact me direct. Im always happy to help! Im 5'10 and rode the large which fit perfectly.

Wes Branham-Account Manager Bike
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com
801-204-4542

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WesBwrote a review of on September 28, 2016

5 5

"If Ferrari made an off road vehicle,that's what it would be like to ride the Santa Cruz Stigmata"--One of the best,most versatile bikes we offer the Stigmata is becoming a legend in only a couple of years. I own this bike and I must say pulling the trigger on it was the best bike decision I've made in years.If you are looking for a single bike to do all things skinny tire style, the Stigmata is your rig. It rides well on the road, exudes courage in gravel and can handle any CX course you will encounter. Light,smooth and spunky would sum it up. To put things into perspective I have a Pinarello collecting dust in my basement because there is a new boss in the house! If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up!

We do have some closeouts coming in with very good pricing. Contact me for details. If you need help configuring this bike or have general questions feel free to reach out to me direct. Ive got around 1500 miles on mine over various terrains so very familiar with the performance over time. We can do some minor swapping of parts.

Wes Branham- Customer Account manager-Bike
801-204-4542
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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WesBwrote a review of on September 23, 2016

5 5

GREAT DEAL ON A CLASSIC!

One of the better deals out there on a proven 29r. This bike performs very well with just enough travel to mix it up in more techy terrain. The component make up is very good but these are custom builds so they can be upgraded or swapped. If you need assistance feel free to reach out to me direct. Ive been on this bike several times so I am very familiar with the ride quality and component make up. Feel free to reach out to me anytime!

Wes Branham-Account Manager-Bike
801-736-6396 x 4074
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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WesBwrote a review of on August 19, 2016

fantastic bike
5 5

I just returned from Santa Cruz where I demo'd several of their new bikes. The new 2.0 version of the 5010 is amazing! Its everything you liked in the original only lighter better performing. I rode the bike for a couple of hours over a variety of terrain and found the bike handled extremely well-especially in tight, twisty singletrack. The geometry and inproved VPP made the bike feel as if it were cornering on rails so was extremely fast and really allowed you to do super quick accelerations without the squatting of the suspension. It also climbed extremely well and very smooth on the downhills. This bike is highly recommended.



Id be happy to answer any questions you may have with this awesome bike or need help configuring feel free to hit me up direct!

Wes Branham-Account Manager

wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

801-204-4542

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WesBwrote a review of on August 19, 2016

best of the best road/gravel/cx
5 5

"If Ferrari made an off road vehicle,that's what it would be like to ride the Santa Cruz Stigmata"--One of the best,most versatile bikes we offer the Stigmata is becoming a legend in only a couple of years. I own this bike and I must say pulling the trigger on it was the best bike decision I've made in years.If you are looking for a single bike to do all things skinny tire style, the Stigmata is your rig. It rides well on the road, exudes courage in gravel and can handle any CX course you will encounter. Light,smooth and spunky would sum it up. To put things into perspective I have a Pinarello collecting dust in my basement because there is a new boss in the house! If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up!

We do have some closeouts coming in with very good pricing. Contact me for details. Ive got about 1500 miles on mine so very familiar with the ride quality over various terrains. If you need help configuring this bike or have general questions feel free to reach out to me direct. We can do some minor swapping of parts.

Wes Branham- Customer Account manager-Bike
801-204-4542
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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WesBwrote a review of on August 19, 2016

Best of the best gravel/cross/road
5 5

"If Ferrari made an off road vehicle,that's what it would be like to ride the Santa Cruz Stigmata"--One of the best,most versatile bikes we offer the Stigmata is becoming a legend in only a couple of years. I own this bike and I must say pulling the trigger on it was the best bike decision I've made in years.If you are looking for a single bike to do all things skinny tire style, the Stigmata is your rig. It rides well on the road, exudes courage in gravel and can handle any CX course you will encounter. Light,smooth and spunky would sum it up. To put things into perspective I have a Pinarello collecting dust in my basement because there is a new boss in the house! If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up!

We do have some closeouts coming in with very good pricing. Contact me for details. If you need help configuring this bike or have general questions feel free to reach out to me direct. Ive got around 1500 miles on mine over various terrains so very familiar with the performance over time.

Wes Branham- Customer Account manager-Bike
801-204-4542
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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WesBwrote a review of on August 18, 2016

Yea Baby!
5 5

I recently had the very fortunate opportunity of riding this bike for a couple of hours down in Moab and was so impressed with it I bought one. The bike handles very well over lots of varied terrain. It definitely excels in climbing and this is largely due to the single pivot design working in conjunction with the CTD rear shock making for a very stable suspension platform. Lightweight and nimble. Definitely the best XC 29r Ive been on and I highly recommend it if you have the means.

***Feel free to reach out to me direct with questions about the bike.

Wes Branham- Account Manager Bike
801-204-4542
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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WesBwrote a review of on August 17, 2016

4 5

I had a chance to demo this bike recently and was really impressed with the ride quality. Its extremely comfortable for distance riding and also very snappy for hard sprints. Its a great value for the money.

If you have questions with the bike feel free to contact me direct at
Wes Branham- Account Manager-Bike
801.204.4542
wbranham@competitivecyclist.com

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