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Ben Rabinowitz

Ben Rabinowitz

Gearhead

Salt Lake City, Utah

Ben Rabinowitz's Passions

Biking
Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Skiing
Snowshoeing

Ben Rabinowitz's Bio

Yet another east coast transplant, woot woot! I've been out west for 3 years now and loving the moutnain west.

I like to climb, ski, mountain bike, camp, and hike. I also like to fly fish but go out maaaaybe once a season.

I'm excited to work with you and make your Backcountry.com experience even better. I'm here for anything you need; gear questions, orders, returns.... I do it all!

I also really like firetrucks. And burritos. And cookies.


Hit me up and we can chat!

1-801-746-7564
brabinowitz@backcountry.com

Ben Rabinowitz

Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 15, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bike really took me by surprise. I had some pretttyyy bad experiences on the previous generation Rip9 so was hesitant riding this. I rode a Medium frame which didn't feel too small given that I should be on a large. So take my review with the perspective that this was all on a smaller bike than I'm used to.

The thing cornered SO well and stayed planted in turns. Part of that was due to the awesome Vittoria tires, but the bike itself felt quick from edge to edge. It felt very intuitive pointing the bike where I wanted it to go, and at high speeds it complied.

Climbing was great! Very comfortable pedaling position on top of the BB and for a 66* HA angle the front end didn't flop around on low speed technical climbs.

While the front end of the bike felt good, I couldn't really figure out the back end. It may have been my suspension setup but the rear of the bike felt clunky and dead, there wasn't a lot of liveliness to it. I also didn't like the pedals I was using, which makes it hard to confidently pressure the bike. So that very well could have been the back felt like a mystery to me.

Overall this bike, *especially* as built and priced, is a great trail/all mountain bike. The thing will handle pretty much everything, and feels like a really good balance between pedaling and downhill riding. If you're looking for one bike to be a balance between riding and pedaling, this will be a great option. Maybe not the best for chunky gnarly downhill, but a very comfortable bike that will handle a vast majority of the trails out ther.e

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on May 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I haven't been on *every* Santa Cruz bike, but I do know I love this one! At 6ft I ride a Large and the sizing is comfortable as well as powerful and playful.

My thoughts on this bike are very similar to Connor's. I think the bide is compliant and precise but still handle's rowdy terrain with ease. I had mine set up with a 130mm fork and had no complaints. I ride XC, trail/all mountain, as well as lift served downhill on this bike. There were times where I wished for more travel, but those were few and far between (and I'm probably walking those sections anyways).

I've always been an X01 guy but the GX really impressed me, I couldn't really notice too much of a difference between the X01 and GX; this build is definitely a great bang for the buck.

For a do it all bike, I really do recommend this little ripper. Sure it's not a big ol' monster truck like the current steez is, but man this thing punches way above it's weight.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on February 14, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 12

I'll start off by saying the only thing I don't really like about these shoes is the color of the laces but that can be easily changed. Other than that the shoes seem pretty rad.

Size wise, they are a tad narrow for me, but I have wide enough feet thta I find this to be the case with pretty much every shoe. I needed to size up a half size (went with a 12 and I'm generally an 11.5) for a comfortable fit. Arch/instep are good for me (low arch, low volume foot) and the heel is a bit large for me but probably great for most other folk as I have a narrow heel.

The Surround technology seems pretty cool and my feet are noticeably less sweaty than when i wear my regular boots.

I can see these shoes being great for urban and around town use, as well as light hikers and possibly approach shoes (don't know how sticky the rubber is but most approaches don't require full on approach shoes). I could even see myself using these as MTB shoes with flat pedals in a pinch.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These tire plugs are awesome. They've saved me on many a ride and some of my tires have more plugs than tread knobs! They will plug almost any puncture and I've had them stick in small slashes that I thought were too big.

Cut them in half to double the amount of plugs you can use. The original length is far too long for most MTB applications. The applicator can be a little tricky so it'd be nice if the teeth were a little wider.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've only used this for simple stability tests and it excels! Stiff blade with solid teeth, a handle that is easy to hold, and a great shape that makes it easy to clean up walls and such.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these as a pair of work gloves for a yurt trip and am surprised to find I'm wearing them much more often. Great in warm temperatures and warmer than I thought they'd be in colder temperatures.

Takes a day or two to break in but once they do they are comfy and relatively dexterous. For $35 you really can't go wrong, even if you only use them to chop wood or work on your car in the winter.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on October 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Mountain biking or not these are the best shorts I've ever worn. They are cut right, the gripper elastic keeps them up, and they are absurdly comfortable. For their weight they're actually pretty durable, but don't expect them to be bombproof.

Anytime I pedal these are going to be the only shorts I wear and if I had a clean pair I'd probably wear them around town too.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on October 16, 2017

5 5

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

Had some leakage on my 34, swapped out seals, and the leak is gone!

Removing them took some effort as I was scared to just manhandle them, but that's pretty much what I needed to to.

Installing new seals was a pain to get in level and pushed as I don't have the install tool; I don't really have a trick for them.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on October 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These have quickly become my everyday shoes for fall, and probably will continue into the winter for me. Versatile style and the leather is just nice enough that it looks good but you won't be bummed if they get scuffed or stained. The soles are really soft, but still supportive, and are comfortable for all day.

Once I wear these out I'll definitely be getting another pair.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Compared to the old push-button reverb lever, this thing is amazing. But I still feel it's only an 8/10 on the execution scale.

I wish that you could index the rotation of the lever to different positions (similar to the downshift lever on SRAM trigger shifters). I also wish you could push the lever "through" more. I've found the post compression and return aren't as smooth as with the push-button, and I feel that's due to the lever not "actuating" enough. I thoroughly bled upon installation, but I think one more bleed (now that I've ridden a bit) will fix it.

Best part is that I can finally position my front brake *and* dropper levers where I want them, without having to compromise one of them.

Get this. It's way better than the stock button.

Reach out to me and I'd love to provide 1-on-1 service.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Rotors shouldn't be seen or heard. Don't want to hear them tinging, squealing, or gobbling. Definitely don't want to see them bent out of shape.

Haven't had any issues with Centerline (or Centerline X rotors) for the few years I've ran them. Bed them properly and you'll be set!

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ended last season by busting open my Bell Super 2. So in looking for a new helmet I had the chance to scoop up the new TLD A2 MIPS. It's a rad helmet by all means but had some pressure points on the top of my noggin.

POC usually doesn't fit my head to well, but because I liked the look of the helmet I tried on the XL/XXL.... love it!

This thing is comfy, looks good (*very* important in the MTB community), is light, airy, fits my Julbo Aero shades well, and I definitely trust it to protect my noggin' from the inevitable and numeros endos I'll take this season.

Only things I don't like about it are that the screw to adjust the visor can come loose and/or fall out (dab of loctite fixes it. If you lose it, POC will send new ones to you) and that goggles have been hard for me to pair with it. I don't blame the helmet for the goggles because I had to size up from what I normally wear, I also haven't tried all of them.

Seriously so happy I tried this helmet out, I feel so much more comfortable out on the trails.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Absolutely love this bombproof table. Easy to set up, easy to transport in the car and to the campsite, and you can get it pretty stable on different types of terrain.

I mainly have it set up in the backyard as part of my "bike shop", but also bring it camping for a cook table, and for board/card games.

More expensive than other tables, but this thing is built tough. Going to enjoy using this for a while.

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