Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson

The Wasatch Mountains and Environs

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Michael's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing

Michael's Bio

I’ve been riding mountain bikes for 15 years, Road bikes for 7. I started out on steel, but things have gotten more elaborate since then. I’ll race when I have to, but for me bikes are for getting outside with friends, being healthy, and seeing new places.
Current rides – Niner Rip 9, Cannondale Super 6, Salsa Chili con Crosso.
Brands I’m passionate about – Niner, Ibis, Orbea, Storck, Wilier, Castelli, Giordana, DeMarchi, Assos, Sidi, Catlike, Fizik, Selle Italia, HED, Vittoria.
I’d love to answer your Mountain and Road bike gear related questions. My email address is mnelson@backcountry.com. and my phone extension is 4076.
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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on July 18, 2014

I recommend you measure your head's circumference in centimeters, and buy the appropriate size. My head is 57 cm, so I would wear a medium Giro (55-59 cm) but would need to wear a large Lazer (57-60 cm)

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Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on July 18, 2014

HI Diego,

The Iodine 3s are compatible with virtually any axle system, from a standard quick-release to thru-axles with endcaps that are included with each pair. If you purchased your Superlight recently, you will want to use the 15mm front end caps an the 10x135 quick-release endcaps.

Give us a call or chat in if you have questions or if you would like to place an order.

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Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on July 3, 2014

Hi,

These brakes are designed to work with Shimano Servo-Wave levers (see paragraphs 2 and 3 of the description above) Your Sora levers do not have the Servo-wave braking. You will likely be able to get them running with your levers, but you will not have as the same power and modulation that you would get with the compatible levers.

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Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on July 3, 2014

Hi,

A lot of clothing companies use "vanity sizing" where the number on the tag is smaller then the measured circumference of the waist band. I have not found this to be the case with Sugoi. Take a measurement of your waist and order the appropriate size. You'll get a good fit!

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Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on July 2, 2014

Hi Mark,

Mavic honors their 2-year manufacturer's warranty on all their wheels with no rider weight limit. I'm not sure how big you are but since you typed BIG, I'm guessing well over the 200 pound mark. You are right that the deep rims will be plus for a rider your size, but you might encounter the occasional broken spoke (Mavic does not usually consider broken spokes a warranty issue)

If you would like to talk about wheel options for Clydesdales, you can give me a call at 801-736-6396 ext 4076 or email me at mnelson@backcountry.com

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Mike Nelson wrote a review of on June 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Cyclists, particularly those in the dirt disciplines, are fortuante to be riding right now. though the dollar amounts have gotten higher, mid-priced bikes in 2014 are far superior to the best bikes on the market from just a few years ago. For instance I have spent the last year riding and loving my aluminum-framed Niner RIP 9. I think it is a near-perfect 29er trailbike for under $5k. So I was intrigued with the opportunity to test the Niner R.I.P. 9 RDO Featured Mountain Bike, which sports the same frame geometry, suspension design, and drivetrain, but substitutes a carbon frame for aluminum, and Enve M60 Forty wheels for the Stan's Flow EXs.

Not surprisingly, the higher dollar bike as the better of the two rides. the Carbon frame and wheels are lighter, quieter, and stiffer. The featured bike required less body english around corners, and held a line more steadily. The stiffness of the Enve wheels improves ride quality the same way thru-axles and tapered steerers do: more of the forces on the bike are channelled into the the suspension instead of into uncontrolled flex.

So, if this one is out of reach, don't despair. The mid-level equivalent is very, very good. But the RIP9 RDO with ENVE is even better.

If you have questions about this or any of our other bikes, you can reach me directly at 801-736-6396 ext 4076, or email me at mnelson@backcountry.com

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Mike Nelson wrote a review of on June 30, 2014

5 5

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

I had not ridden the SB-95 since last year, but got out on it today for a bout 18 miles and 2500 feet of vertical. My impressions remain the same. The SB-95 is a great modern trailbike 29er chassis, with a real talent for descending at speed. Let go of the brakes, and this bike will run, confidently. The Featured Bike build leaves nothing to be desired. The Industry Nine Trail Carbon wheels were a particular standout. I was aware of them tracking better than most on the downhill, where smooth bearings and stiff rims made the bike easy to control at speed. On the climbs and technical sections, the hub's quick engagement and the wheels' light weight reduced helped the Yeti clear downed logs and and loose rocky creekbeds.

I have owned, and rode today with a friend who was on a Niner RIP 9. The two bikes are very similar with maybe a 5% difference between the two in the balance between climbing and descending. The NIner gets up a little easier, and the Yeti goes down a little faster.

If you have questions about the SB-95 featured bike or anything else, call me at 801-76-6396 ext. 4076 or email me at mnelson@backcountry.com

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Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on June 25, 2014

Hi,

I took a look some pictures of the bikes on the Brompton website. the rear triangle is small, and the crankset overlaps the rear wheel more on a Brompton than they would on a bigger-wheeled bike. It looks to me like any side-mounted pannier would interfere significantly with pedaling. Instead, take a look at a rack-top bag like the Brooks Hampstead Holdall:

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/brooks-hamptead-holdall?ti=UExQIENhdDpQYW5uaWVycyAmIEJhZ3M6MTo4OmNjQ2F0MTAwNDQ1&skidn=BRS0004-ASP-ONESIZ

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Mike Nelson wrote a review of on June 12, 2014

5 5

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

I had half a day on the WFO in Moab last fall, and was very impressed. The rear suspension is a perfect complement to the Pike fork. It rides high and is sensitive to small bumps when climbing and pedaling, and them when speeds go up and the trail gets rougher, it settles in to a really bottomless feel.

The stock build includes the same long stem and 710 mm handlebar as Niner's other bikes, and really need to be switched out for a 50 mm stem and wide bar. The addition of a dropper seatpost will also help the WFO ride to its full potential.

Give me a call at 801-736-6396 est 4076 or email me at mnelson@backcountry.com to get the bike with the best parts setup.

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Mike Nelson wrote a review of on June 9, 2014

Making a better helmet is a "POC"
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Piece of Cake! As others have said, fit, coverage, and ventilation are outstanding. What I really love about the Octal, though is the straps. Virtually every other bike helmet on the market uses the same strap system. on thickish strap that is complicated to adjust and meets in a "V" under the ear. The Octal uses thin straps and a piece under the ear so the straps clear the ear, and are much easier to adjust. The straps contribute to the cap virtually disappearing on the head. The only thing that reminds me I'm wearing it is all the compliments I get!

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Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on May 30, 2014

Hi Hayley,

Images of this jersey show an elsatic rear hem with no Silicone gripper. Garneau makes a long-sleeve jersey with more technical features, including a gripper at the rear hem called the Louis Garneau Corsa Women's Jersey. Here is a link:

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/louis-garneau-corsa-jersey-womens

Give us a call if you would like a hand comparing the features of different jerseys.

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