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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on July 28, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a rube when it comes to GPS units, but the Cyclo 505 is easy to setup and use. Functionality is intuitive, and the ability to change the data points displayed on the head unit was easy. My favorite feature was the "surprise me" route builder. This allows you to set a time or distance, and the unit will generate 3 ride options for you, generally varying in the amount of climbing from less to more. Living in a urban area where most road rides had become standard loops, this provided a welcome change. Way-finding on the screen was clear, and the voice commands were given with ample notice. Durability wise I've had no issues. The screen is robust, but has yet to take a solid fall. Glare hasn't been an issue, nor has distortion with polarized lenses. Battery life is well indicated and seems efficient. Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity are available, but I have yet to set those up. I was dismayed at first that the out front mount did not feature a hinge, but found the material has enough give to snap over the bar. All in all, functionality for the price is tough to beat.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on July 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These wheels are spot on for any gram counting build. The 1400g claimed weight is precise and includes the valve stems and rim tape. I've got mine on my Yeti ASR carbon. Even running a 2.4 front tire the rim allows fro a good tire profile. They spin up quick and a plenty stiff in the corners fro me. I'm 5'7, 140lbs, so I can't say I stress components to their limit, but I can feel the increased stiffness in corner over my previous alloy hoops. The black labeled DT 240 centerlock hubs are unquestioned in the industry, they spin smooth and keep the weight down. if you plan on running a wider tire front and rear, i might consider the AM version of these wheels. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail e directly at jjakupcak@backcountry.com or 801-736-6396 x4378

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Jon Jwrote a review of on July 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the medium cage for my 1x setup. If yuo're running a 2x, the cage length will depend on your chain wrap, and a 3x system will require the long cage. My drivetrain is a mashup of the XTR rear derailleur and chain, a SRAM X01 10-42T cassette, and a RaceFace Next SL crank. Despite being from 3 different manufacturers, everything works in harmony. The clutch on the XTR 9000 is simple to use, and keep the chain in tension and quiet. I shift, it moves, not much else you can ask of a derailleur.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on July 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stuff lasts and lasts, so long it may create bad habits. Shake well, put it on, cycle the gears, let it sit, then wipe it off. I'm not a chain whisperer, maybe it's because this stuff keeps my chain quite, so I never have to worry about it.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on July 28, 2015

5 5

I've been running this on the front on my Yeti ASR Carbon and have yet to wash out. It's great in loose over hardpack conditons, and even handles itself well in the chunkier places. This tire is not does not have the Tubeless Ready designation from Maxxis, just the EXO casing, but I've been running it tubeless for a month plus now without any loss of air.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on May 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fast, light, stable, responsive, how about we just roll it all into one word - Awesome. That sums up the ASR Carbon. If you?re looking for an short-travel bike, look no further. With a frame weight in the 4lb range, the ASRc makes the "SL" on similar segmented frames stand for "sorta light". Where I've been most impressed with the ASR is on the descents. As great as the bike climbs, as soon as you crest the hill, the 69 degree head angle makes the bike feel right at home and dares you to go faster. I'm 5'7" and fit right between a S and M based on Yeti's sizing. I demo?d the small with 27.5 wheels on the local, buff SLC singletrack, and the medium 29er on the rougher Brand trails in Moab, and ended up going with a medium and running a 60mm stem. My medium frame weighed 4.45lbs with the rear axle, head set and, seatpost clamp. Give me a call at 801-736-6396 x4378, or e-mail me at jjakupcak@backcountry.com with any questions or help configuring your ASR

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I really like the fit of these jeans. They're not super skinny jeans, but fit slimmer than a standard boot cut/straight leg jean. Cell phone pocket in the left pocket is a col feature, fits my S4 phone fine. The 1% elastane gives the pants a comfortable fit and nice amount of give. I have the wrecked Indigo, and it's your standard "blue jeans" color.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this for my wife, and she uses it more off the bike. It's a great casual piece, but the fit and material go well with her riding kit also. No pockets except for little thing on the shoulder, but looks like it's more for fashion rather than function. She's happy with it, so I'm happy.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two of these, and use them as mountain jerseys. If you're not into day-glo florescents aren't your stlye, this jersey is a great alternative to a full zip, 3 pocket, jersey. The merino wool/poly blend breaths well, and I've worn this comfortably in the 70s, once the temps hits 80 and beyond, things get muggy. It still has three rear pockets, and the elastic keeps everything safe. Sizing is true to fit, I'm a small in just about everything including this jersey.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is great for fighting the morning chill, or as a wind layer. The material is very light, and vents well off the back. I can pack this down smaller than a my fist, and I have small hands. There are no pockets, but the elastic band on the bottom make it easy to stretch and lift up to access jersey pockets. This will get you home or to shelter if you get caught in a storm, but if you're looking for something to keep you dry in a downpour, check out the stuff from Showers Pass. I have this tucked in my hydration pack most of the summer, and can easily fit it in jersey pocket along with a tube and C02. Size is true to fit, I get a small like everything I normally wear.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn these shorts on and off the bike, and they're great. Size is true to fit, I got small, like everything I normally wear. The're not loose in the crotch and don't get hung up on your saddle, but also don't restrict movement. Material is durable and tough, yet lightweight and breaths well. Cargo pockets are subtle and lay flat against your leg. These and the Mtn Surf shorts are my go-to overshorts.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on December 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these shorts, practical enough for casual use off the bike, but with a ride inspired fit. I have these and the Cargo Away shorts, and the both fit the same, but I'd say the Mtn Surfs have a little sturdier feel to the fabric. These fit and feel great on the bike. They don't sit low in the crotch (others I own will get hung up on the saddle), but aren't restrictive in their movement. I was in Phoenix over thanksgiving, and it was great to only have to pack these 2 over-shorts. I used them for riding, and then as casual shorts the rest of the time.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on December 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The SB75 was Yeti's first foray into the 27.5 wheel size, and I more comparable in ride quality to the 29" SB95. I got to take a SB75 demo to Moab for a weekend this spring, and had a blast. It' doesn't win any awards on the scale, my small XT demo weight 30 lbs with pedals, but the bike rode much lighter, and the weight wasn't noticeable on the trail. I think of myself as a capable rider, and the SB75 didn't hold me back at all, it handled aggressive lines with easy, and climbed up anything I could keep the pedals turning on. Feel free to e-mail me at jjakupcak@backcountry.com if I can answer any questions.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on September 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are a great lightweight pad for pedaling all day in, or keeping in your pack and putting on for the descent. The knee pad is a softer foam, not an ABS or VPD like other offerings, but whats lost in padding is gained in mobility. These are great for keeping your skin on as opposed to taking hard direct impacts..

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