Peter N

Peter N

Employee

Salt Lake City

Peter N's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Running

Peter N's Bio

Spent most of my life on the east coast, came out here to work for Competitive Cyclist and ride some of the best climbs and trails in the world.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on August 1, 2016

3 5

I picked this up after I crashed my last helmet (a Giro Hex) and liked that it had additional MIPS feature to it. I've worn Giro for my last 4-5 helmets or so, but on mountain and road, but was surprised to find that this helmet squeezed my temples in just the right spot so that i couldnt wear it for more than 1 minute. Slightly surprising considering how well i've fit into other Giro helmets.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the mountain bike equivalent of the Fizik Antares saddle, which is what i currently ride on the road. Its for neutral riders (Fizik calls us Chameleons), but also features a much more padded nose than its road counterpart. The Kium rails make it reasonably light for a mountain saddle. While I ride carbon rails on the road bike, I tend to stick to alloy rails for the mtb as its subject to so many more impacts. The only thing I'd say that isnt great about the saddle is that the edges are made of some sort of pretty soft material that I don't believe will last as long as I'd like. That being said, so far its been holding together.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

4 5

This is what you need to run a SRAM GXP crank on a bb92 frame. For me that's a Pivot Mach 429 trail. Debated going with either ceramic or a Chris King bb but decided against it due to the much higher cost. These have worked well for me in the past and it hasnt really changed at all.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really nicely made. Looks can be polarizing with its gold-ish faceplate (which btw doesnt really match with anything outright), but its easy to see the quality of the product in the way that it is machined. The tolerances are impressively tight.... to install the bar i actually had to insert the bar by its narrower tapered section and slide it over. The faceplate is also secured by a slightly different system where you tighten the bottom two bolts all the way down then only have to worry about the right torque for the top two bolts.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got these wheels as I wasnt quite ready to drop the full $2600ish to get Enves, and didnt really trust any carbon wheels lower than that. First thing I noticed was the engagement. I've read about the 3 degree engagement on paper, but always just assumed that it was a lot of marketing. Even the industry stalwart, DT Swiss 240 with its 20 degree engagement, seems really slow to hook up compared to I9. The weight of this wheelset is adequate for its width, and having a 24.5 interior width allows me to run 2.3 and 2.4 tires that fit nicely. One additional thing to add is that these hubs are LOUD. Whether or not you like loud freehubs, its an additional benefit on crowded trails as its hard for people not to hear you coming when you are coasting. These wheels come with rim tape and valve stems already pre-installed, and setting them up tubeless with Maxxis tires was a cinch that i was able to do on my first try.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

4 5

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

I picked these up as a pair of backup shoes to my Sidi Spiders, plus because they come in a sweet neon yellow color. Fits just like most other Sidis, and I'd be lying if i told you i could tell the difference between the carbon composite soles on the Spiders and the Nylon sole on these. The only thing i wish they had is replaceable heel pads. That being said, the treads on this shoe seem pretty durable and have been holding up well.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

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

Coming from only wearing road and XC shoes previously, I picked these up mainly for trips down south to Moab (where last time i had trashed the pads on my Sidi Spiders and spent a not insignificant amount of money getting those replaced). They took some getting used to coming from XC shoes, especially the area around the top of the ankle that is made of a stretchy neoprene. I still use my sidis for shorter hard effort rides, but these shoes have become my go-to for my longer 3-4 hour rides where i'd like to stay a bit more comfortable. I wear a size 42 in Sidi, 8.5 men's US in casual shoes, and these fit great at 8.5 US as well.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I've been very pleased with the R1Bs so far, and the best compliment that i can give is that most of the time i don't really notice that they're there. That's something that I can't say for a lot of shoes that i've tried.... I will say that these shoes seem to run big and whereas I was a size 42 in the Sidi Wire Airs (8.5 US men's), I am a 41 in the R1s.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great tread pattern that works in most conditions. Earlier in the season I was running a 2.4 front and an Ikon 2.25 rear, but now since its gotten so dry and washed out I've switched to a Minion DHR front and Ardent 2.25 rear. As other reviewers have commented, definitely not a light tire by any means but i believe the additional weight seems to be coming from the sidewalls as the stiffness in cornering is exceptional. It is a night and day difference when comparing to something lighter like a Schwalbe Nobby NIc. So yes, definitely heavier on the way up but its a tradeoff i'm willing to make to handle better on the way down.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While some would consider Minions more suitable for the all-mountain/enduro crowd, I've actually been running this as a front tire on my trail bike in our very dry and loose conditions here in Utah and have been very pleased. The tread pattern offers a ton of braking traction that gives me a lot more confidence, and the tall side knobs bite hard under cornering. Definitely not a light tire by any means, but fairly reasonable considering the profile of the tire. Also has stiff sidewalls which can also be really felt in cornering. I've paired this with an Ardent 2.25 rear and have been very happy with the results. Definitely not the lightest or fastest tire combo uphill, but they more than make up for it going down.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great bars that are not only light and stiff where they need to be, but also are ride tuned to make a more comfortable ride than some other high end carbon bars. The 9 degree sweep is perfect for cross country and trail riding. This is the newer version of the bar that has the enve graphics moved in slightly, as in previous versions it would mostly get covered up by the grip and shifter/brake clamps.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

This is a really big tent that would be great for big groups. I bought this for my sister to take her 3 sons and their friends camping, and this fit all of them with plenty of room to spare. The main room fit all of them for sleeping and the side room fit all their additional gear out of the way.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased the Blue Cognac color of this watch and have really enjoyed it so far. You don't get luminescent markings so you won't be able to read it in the dark, but its not something that i really need anyway. Really nice look to it that makes it look far more expensive than it actually is. The completely flat and flush face might mean that it could get scratched up, but i've had no issues with it 2 months into wearing it every day. FWIW it was slightly bigger faced than i expected, so i'd measure to see what 41mm actually would look like on your wrist first.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 5, 2016

5 5

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

This is the first pair of Pearl Izumi shorts i've purchased in a while, and mainly did so as the selection of nicer liner bib shorts on the market is very limited. I bought these mainly to carry an additional water bottle on the back straps underneath the jersey, but was pleasantly surprised to find additional pockets around the thighs that you could potentially stick something like energy gels into. The chamois was decent and acceptable for its purpose.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 5, 2016

4 5

Zipp's latest standard composite brake pad for their carbon wheels. As Trevor pointed out below, these new ones seem to be a lot more reliable and consistent in the rain. I've had no issues with these so far and ride carbon wheels daily. Certainly pricey when it comes time to change out pads (80 dollars for front and rear), but well worth the cost.

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Peter Nwrote a review of on July 5, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

A pretty solid bib liner for the price. Unlike regular bib shorts that you might just wear underneath your shorts, these are made of a finer more ventilated material that i imagine might make it a little cooler on really hot days. I ended up returning it as i mainly bought them for the water bottle pocket on the back straps, but for some reason this one seemed to be placed really high and was difficult to get to.

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