Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien

Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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peter's Bio

Originally from Vermont, I moved to Utah for the snow. I like to snowboard, ski, mountain bike, and motocross. I'm addicted to cyclocross, and have a retired racing greyhound named Uno. I work as a Videographer and Editor at Backcountry.com

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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien wrote a review of on August 22, 2014

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I have these brakes on my Tallboy;
http://www.backcountry.com/shimano-xt-bl-m775-hydraulic-disc-brake-set-pre-bled-assembled?rr=t
The brakes came with these pads:
http://www.backcountry.com/shimano-xtr-trail-disc-brake-metallic-pad?rr=t
At first I thought I bought the wrong pads, but these work just as well as the stock ones as far as I can tell and they are cheaper. Once you pull your old ones out, be sure to apply enough pressure to the caliper mechanisms to make them flush inside the caliper, otherwise you have to reinstall the pads. Keep your hardware (the locking pin) from your old pads as you may need them to install your new pads.

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Pete OBrien wrote a review of on August 22, 2014

5 5

These sandals work great as everyday shoes, especially if your toddler likes to splash in mud puddles and play in the dirt. They fit well, I got them a little big so my kid would grow into them. You might want to pay extra attention when putting them on, the pinky toe can sometimes find its way out one of the side windows.

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Pete OBrien wrote a review of on August 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these to upgrade the stock wheels that came on my cyclocross bike. I wanted a wider profile for better handling as well as a lighter wheelset. These wheels offer more confidence when bombing through a dried up river bed than their carbon counter parts which are twice the price. The hubs have held up nicely through heavy use in mud and snow as well. If you have budget for carbon wheels you might want to consider these Ardennes as an alternative. You could buy 2 sets and have different tires for different terrain and conditions, or just have a backup.

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Pete OBrien wrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

I was so stoked to get a dropper after years of adjusting my seatpost with a quick release multiple times during a ride. It took a little getting used to. On my first ride I accidentally shifted when I tried to raise my seat on the fly. I could see why people would get the right handed option and put it on the left for when you flip your bike upside down to clean it. I haven't had an issue yet with the long loop of cable that expands and contracts every time I adjust my seat. It does require a little extra care when you through your bike on a stand though.

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Pete OBrien wrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

I bought this for my Wife's Bronson mainly because she was adamant about having at least a 2.4" wide tire in the front. She normally rides Highroller 2s but I couldn't find a HR2 in a 2.4 that was tubeless compatible. The tread design on the Trail King is actually a little more versatile than the HR2 because it has intermediate knobs. which gives a more consistent feel when cornering.

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Pete OBrien wrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

I bought 2 of these for my Wife's Santa Cruz Bronson. She runs tubeless but if she slices her tread beyond a sealant fix, she has one of these tubes to throw in there. I was recently on a ride with a large group of people and one of the guys tore through his 27.5 tread. A bunch of people had spare 26 and 29er tubes but no one had a 650b. Bummer.

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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien wrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

I have these on my Santa Cruz Tallboy LTC and my Borealis Yampa. They are so bomber. I haven't had to bleed or do anything, aside from changing the pads with the one set for over 2 years. They come with some fancy pads that have little cooling fins on them, but when it comes time to replace the pads these:
http://www.backcountry.com/shimano-xtr-race-resin-disc-brake-pads
will work fine. Just make sure you save the original hardware because you will need it to install the XTR race pads.

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Pete OBrien wrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

I upgraded to 180mm to reduce fatigue on long downhills. It's been awesome so far. My 160mm rotors were getting a rainbow discoloration from getting so hot, so I figured it might be a good time to replace them anyway. If you have 160mm rotors and want to get 180mm rotors you will also need this part:
http://www.backcountry.com/shimano-sm-ma90-disc-brake-adaptor?_requestid=3866266
and specify front or rear.

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