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Jon J

Jon J

Salt Lake City

Jon J's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Jon J's Bio

I grew up on Colorado's Front Range, and have now spent extended time in Wyoming and Utah as well. Salt Lakes 4K elevation is the lowest I've ever lived at.
After me knees had had enough of running competitively in college, I transitioned to XC mtn bike racing. A great cardiovascular system and lower leg strength made the transition very easy. Now a days with a family I race less, but like to get out for a ride any chance I get. I'm the Yeti Cycles brand ambassador here at Competitive, and have ridden Yeti's for over 10 years now. I'm currently loving my SB45 and am happy to answer any questions regarding all things Yeti.


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Jon Jwrote a review of on March 23, 2018

5 5

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

I was finally able to get my new Reserve 30s out on the dirt on a recent trip to Gooseberry Mesa. I've had carbon wheels from all our major brands, Enve, Reynolds, and Mercury, and Santa Cruz knew that if you come at the king, you best no miss. While heavier, these wheels are much more compliant than my M60s, but that was a common characteristic of the M60s. Santa Cruz knew who to trust when specing Industry 9 and DT Swiss hubs for their wheels. They do add their own grease to the drive ring of the I9 hubs, so they are quieter out of the box than a normal I9 set, but that buzz only gets louder with each ride. Tubeless setup was a snap with the same tires I've run on the Mercury X1 wheels who needed an extra blast with a compressor to seat the tires. Weight is on par with similar priced wheelsets, but if you're counting every gram there are higher priced offerings.Santa Cruz has set the bar pretty high for a wheel that has a lifetime warranty, bomber hub options, and great rim profiles.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on March 23, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Grabbed some of the Motorex when my last bottle ran dry. Given the breadth and history of the company, I thought I'd give them a try, and I haven't been disappointed. Motorex recommends lubing the chain and letting it sit for 24hrs and then wiping off the excess. The adjustbale drip cap makes application efficient and easy. I've done that and have been very pleased with the results. On a recent trip to southern Utah, my chain was quiet and clean despite riding in less than ideal conditions. The chain didn't gather any unwanted debris despite numerous puddles and wet dirt. So far so good.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on March 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great weight long sleeve MTB jersey. Perfect for 40-50 degree temps. Fit is true to size, I wear the same small as I do for all my T-shirts and casual wear. It's also made of recycled plastic, but is soft to the touch. Plenty of room in the arms for elbow pads. This is now my go to spring/evening jersey.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on March 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Bolt is hand down the easiest computer to setup and use. The companion app is intuitive and makes setup a breeze. Setting up routes on both the road and dirt is as easy as moving the GXP file to your phone. On the screen the routes displays as a dotted line ahead, and solid once you've covered the terrain. Syncing rides to Strave and other apps is automatic once the accounts are paired. Battery life has been great, going over 10hrs of combined ride time on a charge without issue.
The unit comes with the aero out front mount, and a second handlebar twist mount and zip ties. I have the K-Edge gravity cap on my MTB, and the Bolt fits securely and has held pat over some rough terrain. Button navigation is simple and straightforward.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 12, 2018

5 5

It may seem like the light does not work when you first get it, it does, it's just in lock out mode. Per L&M Instructions:

"Travel lockout mode is a way to lock your light off so that it will not accidentally turn on in your bag. This will help to preserve battery life. The lockout mode is crucial with the Taz because of the high lumen output. If the light accidentally turns on in your bag, it can generate enough heat to melt the lens.

To unlock press and hold the power button and secondary button down at the same time until the indicator light blinks green 3 times. Now your light is ready to be powered on. The indicator light is located in the power button."

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 12, 2018

5 5

It may seem like the light does not work when you first get it, it does, it's just in lock out mode. Per L&M Instructions:

"Travel lockout mode is a way to lock your light off so that it will not accidentally turn on in your bag. This will help to preserve battery life. The lockout mode is crucial with the Taz because of the high lumen output. If the light accidentally turns on in your bag, it can generate enough heat to melt the lens.

To unlock press and hold the power button and secondary button down at the same time until the indicator light blinks green 3 times. Now your light is ready to be powered on. The indicator light is located in the power button."

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 12, 2018

5 5

It may seem like the light does not work when you first get it, it does, it's just in lock out mode. Per L&M Instructions:

"Travel lockout mode is a way to lock your light off so that it will not accidentally turn on in your bag. This will help to preserve battery life. The lockout mode is crucial with the Taz because of the high lumen output. If the light accidentally turns on in your bag, it can generate enough heat to melt the lens.

To unlock press and hold the power button and secondary button down at the same time until the indicator light blinks green 3 times. Now your light is ready to be powered on. The indicator light is located in the power button."

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Jon Jwrote a review of on December 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great shifter in a great group at a great price. If you want to up the game on a GX Eagle setup, get the X01 shifter. X01 will give you bearings vs bushing (smoother feeling shifter), lighter materials, and a clockable shifter lever. If you're not worried about the small stuff, the GX Eagle shifter will do the job reliably, and do it well.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on December 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Some might consider SRAM's Eagle GX to be a 3rd tier groupo behind XX1 and X01. I'd agree with SRAM in saying XX1 and X01 are equals, with X01 being all mtn focused, and XX1 more XC focused. That leaves GX Eagle in the next tier down, and I believe in line with Shimano's competing XT level of components. All that said, GX is better than XT, better range, better shifting under load, quicker feeling shifting actuation, and probably better weight. I've got Eagle GX on one bike, and X01 Eagle on another, and aside from the shift lever clocking, I can't tell a difference in performance between the two. If you're not counting grams, go Eagle GX.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on December 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

working in the outdoor industry, any manner of novelty bottles have come acoss my desk and ended up in a cabinet in our kitchen. This HyrdoFlask is what stays out on the counter, and what my wifes takes with here anywhere she goes. Great construction, and the insulation lasts for hours.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on December 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Gave this as a gift to my wife, and it's been great. Fit is true to size, she's 5'4", 115lbs, and normally wears a women's small top. The small Craft baselayer fits her great, it's next to skin, but not restrictive. She's used it biking, skiing, hiking, and just as a lazy morning cozy shirt.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on October 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Wahoo Kickr SNAP is just that, a snap to setup and get riding. Throw a trainer tire on your wheel, tighten the blue knob until the tire doens't slip on the drum, and turn on your devices Blue Tooth connection, or ANT+ dongle. Start pedaling, connect the trainer in the software of your choice, and commence increasing your watts. I paired mine to an Ipad Mini, and tried a number of apps to get a feel for each. The SNAP give a realistic road feel, and is quiet enough that my sleeping 1 year old in the next room never woke up. The only danger is with trainers like the Snap, and apps like Zwift, Trainer Road, and the like, your road bike may have found a new permanent home.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on October 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After spinning in circles forever, I put an oval ring on when my last Cinch ring finally wore out. I'd always run a 30T roung ring, and decided to go up to a 32T oval. I didn't, and still don't, notice any difference in the pedal stroke feel. What I did notice was more effort when I rode a demo bike with a 32T round ring and the same Eagle X01 drive-train.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on October 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I decided to give an oval ring a try, and while I was at it decided to try OneUp's Switch System. I've been impressed thus far, with both the ring and the system. I greases all the bolts when installing the ring, and haven't had any creaking, which was an initial fear. The ring/system looks really clean, and has work flawlessly with my Eagle X01 drivetrain.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on October 12, 2017

Let 'er rip
4 5

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

I was able to hop on the new Mach 6 for a day at Outberbike this fall. Having had the first iteration of the Mach 6 3 years ago, it was nice to compare. The new bike is certainly longer and lower. I rode a small for both, but the new bike had a 40mm stem and felt good, whereas the first mach 6 had a 70mm stem and still left me pretty upright. I'm 5'8", and have always been able to ride either a small or medium for most frames. I rode the medium Mach 5.5 comfortably and would imagine the Mach 6 would have been fine as well, but I wan't uncomfortable riding the size small for 20+miles. The bike is really at home on wide open, fast, rocky descents, where you can stay off the brakes and hold on. On tighter technical climbs, especially switchbacks, the bike did require more steering input, and I can only imagine that would have been more noticeable on the longer medium vs the small. While more at home when the trails points downhill, the Mach 6 still pedals with the efficiency accustomed to the DW linkage.
Before the Mach 6 was released, I thought it had been replaced with the new Mach 5.5, and on paper the bikes look very similar, but those small differences do come to life on the trail. I would give the nod to the Mach 6 if you're riding big chunky terrain and are looking for speed on the descent above all else. If you're planning a big day in the saddle with as much up as down, the Mach 5.5 is probably your huckleberry. In any case, you can't go wrong with either of the new offerings from Pivot.
Please don't hesitate to contact me directly if you have nay questions on the Mach 6, or any of the bikes we offer

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Jon Jwrote a review of on September 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'd call the 5010 Santa Cruz's 27.5 wheeled Swiss army knife. Capable of toeing the line of a weekly XC series, but also more than happy to ride the lift for park laps. Santa Cruz calls it "a bike handlers bike", and it's short wheelbase and tight geo give it a lively and playful feel on the trail. It happily boosts off the smallest rock or root, and rails the corners. My only qualm coming from a 29er was the extra effort needed to get the smaller wheels up to speed once the trail pointed downhill. Let me know if you have any questions about the 5010 and how if compares to other offerings in Santa Cruz's range, or those of other manufacturers.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on August 2, 2017

Bomber Upgrade
5 5

I've been running these wheels for a few months, and they've been fantastic. I have Enve's on my other bike, and I can't say I notice the difference when riding in engagement between the 52 tooth star ratchet of the 240 hub and the 4 pawl engagement of Mercury. If you're looking at a Stans Arch wheel, or a Trail S, I'd take a look at the X1s. I've had carbon wheels on my bikes for the past 5 years, and have had zero durability problems, whereas the one alloy set I've had in that time ended up getting a dent in the rim. The Mercurys are hand built in Ogden, and I have yet to have any reason to look at another option.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

Best of the best
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had a number of helmets in my time with Competitive from Bell, Giro, Fox, and Kali, all have kept my senses intact. The Tectal is the one that fit best, topped in style points, and breathed the most. I've got a slightly oblong shaped head, and the Tectal fits it perfectly. The large venting keeps things cool, and I haven't had any issues with the easy adjustable retention dial. My one small gripe is the visor adjustment screw. At fist it would come loose and even fell out once, thankfully in my gear bag. I took some need nose pliers, and cranked it down tight, and haven't had an issue since.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’ve been at Competitive for 5 years, and in that time, I’ve changed bikes after each year. The SB45 is the bike hat has bucked that trend. From XC/Endurance racing, to trips to Moab, this bike’s versatility is boundless. Anchored by Yeti’s Switch Infinity suspension platform, which provides excellent small bump compliance and a progressive mid stroke, I have yet to feel a harsh bottom out on this bike. Add to that the unparalleled pedaling performance, and you have in my opinion the best suspension platform in the industry. Personally, I’m the one holding this bike back when things get really rowdy. Are there other bike that have more of a “hold on and stay off the brakes” mentality, sure, it’s the 4.5’s big brother the 5.5, but I’ve ridden that also, and felt that it was overkill for the majority of trails I ride day in day out. Yeti wraps all that into a frame with progressive geometry, clean internal routing, and great visual lines.
My bike with carbon wheels, X01 drivetrain, and a Fox dropper tips the scales at 26.5 pounds with pedals. If you’re looking for a bike that can rip the local descent, and hold its own at the town XC race, the SB45 fits the bill.

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