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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien

Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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peter's Passions

Alpine Touring
Snowboarding
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing

peter's Bio

Originally from Vermont, I moved to Utah in 1991. I like to Snowboard, Ski, Mountain Bike, Cyclocross Race and Motocross. I work in the Video Department at Backcountry.com

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Pete OBrien

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 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

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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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien wrote a review of on August 8, 2014

5 5

I have switched my mountain bikes to tubeless, but always carry a spare one of these just in case I get a puncture that doesnt seal. A couple of other things you may want to consider purchasing are:
http://www.backcountry.com/portland-design-works-shiny-object-co2-inflaterti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6Y28yOjE6MTU6Y28y&skid=PDW0006-ONECOL-ONESIZ and http://www.backcountry.com/innovations-20g-threaded-cartridges-2-packti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6Y28yOjE6MTY6Y28y&skid=INN0011-ONECOL-ONESIZ

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Pete OBrien wrote a review of on August 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The best bike shorts I have used. They are very well padded and stay where they are supposed to on long rides. Don't bother with the more expensive shorts, these are the ones to get. I really like how there's different elasticity in places you need it. I am a 36 waist and the large fits perfect.

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