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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
I have these brakes on my Tallboy;
The brakes came with these pads:
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.
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.
Overtightening carbon components can be expensive and dangerous. The Ritchey Torque Key is an affordable alternative to a torque wrench, plus it's small enough to fit in a saddle bag. It also comes with 4 different bits.
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.
I got these shoes for my 2 year old son. They are fairly easy to put on and they dry surprisingly fast when he gets them wet. They seem comparable in sizing to most of the other shoes he wears.
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.
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.
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.
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:
will work fine. Just make sure you save the original hardware because you will need it to install the XTR race pads.
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:
and specify front or rear.
I recently installed new rotors on my Santa Cruz Tallboy LTC. After riding a friends bike which had 180mm rotors front and rear, I decided I'd do the same. It's made a noticeable difference for sure. I got the Post for the front and the ISO option for the rear. Just a heads up sometimes ISO is referred to as IS.
I'm a huge fan of ODI for mountain biking and Lizard Skins for road. I use these on my hard tail and fat bike because I'm a little more weight conscious on it than my dual suspension. The rubber is sticky and the blocks are low pro.
A great camping pillow that compresses into a mug. It has a little bit of fill in addition to the air bladder so it is a little more comfortable than the thermarest neo air which tends to be loud/crinkly and less comfortable on cold nights.
My Wife loves this saddle. She has it on a Santa Cruz Bronson. After researching the internet I found this to be one of the most popular women's saddles out there. Saddle width is super important for comfort, at 142mm this fits an average sized backside.
Yep, I left my skewers on the roof of my car. Luckily my front one was still there when I got home. I have this in a Mavic Crossmax wheel. Once you get it all threaded in and snug you can pop the lever open and spin it so the lever can be positioned to wherever your heart desires.
I go through tons of inflators for some reason. They end up in my jersey, shorts, saddle bag, hydro pack, car and tool box. This one is the best one I've owned. It twists on and off so be sure to twist it off before you install the cartridge otherwise you may loose some valuable CO2.
These socks are soft and hold their elasticity well. The dark blue color is unique and theyre not to tall or too short.
With a job and family I dont have much time to ride, so I decided to set up this tire on an old rear wheel. It does the job and it's very easy to install. I use it on a cyclops trainer, and inflate it to 90 PSI.
I bought these to use for snowmobile skiing. I normally dont ski with knee pads but they are nice to have when youre getting slammed against a snowmobile. I like how they are soft so if there is ever a knee vs face situation, your face is up against foam rather than hard plastic.