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Brock Pricewrote a review of on October 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The DHR II is a great rear tire for all conditions. It has great braking traction and the prominent side knobs offering excellent cornering grip. Traction breaks predictably.

This is the Double Down casing. It is thicker and tougher than the EXO casing. It's ideal for aggressive riders and rough terrain. It takes a lot to puncture or slice these. I haven't managed to do it yet running tubeless setup at 26-29 psi. With this level of protection there is a weight penalty. Very worth it in my opinion. We have lots of rocks and high speed trails here in Utah and the Maxxis Double Down casing is the way to go.

The thing that kept me from giving a 5 star rating is that the 3C compound wears somewhat quickly as a rear tire. The grip is unbeatable but if you want longer life go with the Dual Compound rubber instead of 3C.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on October 18, 2017

5 5

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

These have been great gloves for my wife. The stitching is pretty solid and she has had no issues after a few months of riding. They have a little bit of padding on the palm, just enough to offer some extra cushion but not bulky. Too much padding negatively affects trail feedback, she says that is not the case with these. Would recommend. Fits true to size for women's gloves. She is usually a medium in most brands and medium worked in these.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on October 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The DHR II is a great rear tire for all conditions. It has great braking traction and the prominent side knobs offering excellent cornering grip. Traction breaks predictably. These aren't the lightest tires out there but they hold up really well.

This is the EXO casing which offers excellent durability for most riders and conditions. If you are a more aggressive rider that has issues with flats, go for the Double Down casing. Maxxis tires generally set up tubeless pretty easily which is nice.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on October 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

In early 2016 Santa Cruz released the revolutionary Hightower which quickly became one of their best sellers. The Hightower was versatile and could accept both 29” and 27.5+ wheel configurations. Many people found the 29er version to be a fast, highly capable trail-slayer. Soon there was demand for a more aggressive version of the bike as evidenced by many riders attempt at long-shocking their Hightower’s to get more rear travel (a modification not recommended by Santa Cruz). Enter the new Hightower LT- a bike that heeds the rider’s call for a more aggressive machine. The Hightower LT utilizes a new rear triangle and linkage with the same front triangle, yielding 150mm of travel with a longer wheelbase and slacker geometry. One thing worth noting: the Hightower LT does not accept 27.5+ wheels and tires- it’s 29er only.

I’ve been riding the original Hightower for the past 8 months. That bike has helped make me a faster rider both up and down the mountain not to mention it’s an absolute blast to ride. I enjoy the rolling speed of the 29” wheels and Santa Cruz nailed the geometry with an ideal balance between high-speed stability and nimble handling. When the shiny new Hightower LT showed up at our office I was eager to take it out on my favorite gravity-focused Park City trails. I noticed right away that the new LT was noticeably more composed on high speed sections, rough trails and descents. It provided some extra stability in places where the shorter travel Hightower felt slightly under-gunned, without sacrificing much of the nimble handling. It felt like it climbed almost as well as my Hightower, though you do notice the longer wheelbase.
Nevertheless, this bike is no slouch on the uphills and I have no doubt that it can handle all day cross-country rides involving significant climbing.

It’s worth mentioning the perks of purchasing a Santa Cruz bike. You get a lifetime warranty with free lifetime bearing replacement for the original owner. You also get a threaded bottom bracket which means easier serviceability and reduced creaking compared to PressFit BB’s. The frames have molded tubes for internal cable routing which makes the cable routing process a lot easier, no need to fish for cables inside the frame. Santa Cruz frames are built to last and have held up better for me than other brands. It’s a bike you can ride hard, put away dirty, and not feel bad about it. New for 2018 Santa Cruz is offering their house brand of carbon wheels called Santa Cruz Reserve. They are available on certain builds.

Who is the ideal rider for the Hightower LT? Riders that want a capable 29er all-mountain bike that won’t hold them back when the going gets rough. Riders looking for a bike that is comfortable enough to pedal around all day but won’t shy away from the gnarliest trails. If you are focused on speed and live for the descents this bike could be your best friend. If you do any Enduro racing this bike would be a great choice. Why would you choose something like this over the Bronson or Nomad? Well that would depend on your preference between 29” and 27.5” wheels.

If you have any questions or want to see if this is the right bike for you, call me at 801 736 6396 ext. 4801 or shoot me an email at brprice@competitivecyclist.com. I’m happy to answer questions or have a discussion on this bike.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on October 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

In early 2016 Santa Cruz released the revolutionary Hightower which quickly became one of their best sellers. The Hightower was versatile and could accept both 29” and 27.5+ wheel configurations. Many people found the 29er version to be a fast, highly capable trail-slayer. Soon there was demand for a more aggressive version of the bike as evidenced by many riders attempt at long-shocking their Hightower’s to get more rear travel (a modification not recommended by Santa Cruz). Enter the new Hightower LT- a bike that heeds the rider’s call for a more aggressive machine. The Hightower LT utilizes a new rear triangle and linkage with the same front triangle, yielding 150mm of travel with a longer wheelbase and slacker geometry. One thing worth noting: the Hightower LT does not accept 27.5+ wheels and tires- it’s 29er only.

I’ve been riding the original Hightower for the past 8 months. That bike has helped make me a faster rider both up and down the mountain not to mention it’s an absolute blast to ride. I enjoy the rolling speed of the 29” wheels and Santa Cruz nailed the geometry with an ideal balance between high-speed stability and nimble handling. When the shiny new Hightower LT showed up at our office I was eager to take it out on my favorite gravity-focused Park City trails. I noticed right away that the new LT was noticeably more composed on high speed sections, rough trails and descents. It provided some extra stability in places where the shorter travel Hightower felt slightly under-gunned, without sacrificing much of the nimble handling. It felt like it climbed almost as well as my Hightower, though you do notice the longer wheelbase.
Nevertheless, this bike is no slouch on the uphills and I have no doubt that it can handle all day cross-country rides involving significant climbing.

It’s worth mentioning the perks of purchasing a Santa Cruz bike. You get a lifetime warranty with free lifetime bearing replacement for the original owner. You also get a threaded bottom bracket which means easier serviceability and reduced creaking compared to PressFit BB’s. The frames have molded tubes for internal cable routing which makes the cable routing process a lot easier, no need to fish for cables inside the frame. Santa Cruz frames are built to last and have held up better for me than other brands. It’s a bike you can ride hard, put away dirty, and not feel bad about it.

Who is the ideal rider for the Hightower LT? Riders that want a capable 29er all-mountain bike that won’t hold them back when the going gets rough. Riders looking for a bike that is comfortable enough to pedal around all day but won’t shy away from the gnarliest trails. If you are focused on speed and live for the descents this bike could be your best friend. If you do any Enduro racing this bike would be a great choice. Why would you choose something like this over the Bronson or Nomad? Well that would depend on your preference between 29” and 27.5” wheels.

If you have any questions or want to see if this is the right bike for you, call me at 801 736 6396 ext. 4801 or shoot me an email at brprice@competitivecyclist.com. I’m happy to answer questions or have a discussion on this bike.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on September 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's a 6 bolt SRAM Rotor. Not much to say other than it does the job. I have had occasional noise issues after changing pads but that could be because I did not change the rotors when changing brake pad compounds, which you should generally do.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on September 8, 2017

5 5

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

These pads are a good lightweight, low-profile knee pad. They don't offer as much protection as some of the other choices out there but they are comfortable enough to pedal around in all day. These are great trail bike knee pads though I've been wearing them for everything including park and DH. If you are concerned these won't be enough protection go with the Joint VPD 2.0.

They run pretty true to size. The material is really durable it resists abrasion well. I'm able to slide these over my shoes and even with snagging on cleats and buckles many times the material has not ripped. Had a few slide outs in these and my knees are pretty happy still.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on September 8, 2017

5 5

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

These shorts are great. I will probably be getting a second pair soon. There are 5 pockets: 1 zippered pocket on the left side and 2 on the right. One of the right pockets is a dedicated media/cell phone pocket which will hold average size smart phones pretty securely. The other right pocket has a caribiner to attach your keys to if you like, or you can remove it. Then there are two front pockets like regular shorts.

The material is a good balance between durability and low weight. The waist adjustment works well. The included liner shorts are actually not bad! Would definitely recommend these shorts.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on September 8, 2017

5 5

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

I got these for my wife who was looking for a replacement for her regular Five Ten Freeriders. She says these shoes grip the pedals better than the regular Freerider shoes. The toe protection is a super nice feature! These seem to be a bit lower volume shoe than the Freerider but run similar in length. Overall very satisfied with the purchase.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on September 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The major benefit to these brakes is that they are reliable. They generally run quiet and are low maintenance. There is no shortage of braking power; these are strong brakes. My only complaint is the modulation. They feel a bit grabby to me. Some people like that feeling though so it does come down to preference. The bleeding procedure is simple which is nice.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on September 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This frame protector actually offers a good amount of protection. It is a few millimeters thick and has some shock absorption capability. It covered a good portion the downtube on my Hightower, enough to wrap around the edges just a bit. Application is easy just clean the area really well (I used a bit of isopropyl alcohol) and stick it on.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on September 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have been using Stan's ever since I switched to a tubeless setup. It's always worked well for me. My only complaint is that it sometimes gunks up your valve stems which can make it difficult to add or remove air. But I think that's likely a problem with any sealant.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on September 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

In early 2016 Santa Cruz released the revolutionary Hightower which quickly became one of their best sellers. The Hightower was versatile and could accept both 29” and 27.5+ wheel configurations. Many people found the 29er version to be a fast, highly capable trail-slayer. Soon there was demand for a more aggressive version of the bike as evidenced by many riders attempt at long-shocking their Hightower’s to get more rear travel (a modification not recommended by Santa Cruz). Enter the new Hightower LT- a bike that heeds the rider’s call for a more aggressive machine. The Hightower LT utilizes a new rear triangle and linkage with the same front triangle, yielding 150mm of travel with a longer wheelbase and slacker geometry. One thing worth noting: the Hightower LT does not accept 27.5+ wheels and tires- it’s 29er only.

I’ve been riding the original Hightower for the past 8 months. That bike has helped make me a faster rider both up and down the mountain not to mention it’s an absolute blast to ride. I enjoy the rolling speed of the 29” wheels and Santa Cruz nailed the geometry with an ideal balance between high-speed stability and nimble handling. When the shiny new Hightower LT showed up at our office I was eager to take it out on my favorite gravity-focused Park City trails. I noticed right away that the new LT was noticeably more composed on high speed sections, rough trails and descents. It provided some extra stability in places where the shorter travel Hightower felt slightly under-gunned, without sacrificing much of the nimble handling. It felt like it climbed almost as well as my Hightower, though you do notice the longer wheelbase.
Nevertheless, this bike is no slouch on the uphills and I have no doubt that it can handle all day cross-country rides involving significant climbing.

It’s worth mentioning the perks of purchasing a Santa Cruz bike. You get a lifetime warranty with free lifetime bearing replacement for the original owner. You also get a threaded bottom bracket which means easier serviceability and reduced creaking compared to PressFit BB’s. The frames have molded tubes for internal cable routing which makes the cable routing process a lot easier, no need to fish for cables inside the frame. Santa Cruz frames are built to last and have held up better for me than other brands. It’s a bike you can ride hard, put away dirty, and not feel bad about it. New for 2018 Santa Cruz is offering their house brand of carbon wheels called Santa Cruz Reserve. They are available on certain builds.

Who is the ideal rider for the Hightower LT? Riders that want a capable 29er all-mountain bike that won’t hold them back when the going gets rough. Riders looking for a bike that is comfortable enough to pedal around all day but won’t shy away from the gnarliest trails. If you are focused on speed and live for the descents this bike could be your best friend. If you do any Enduro racing this bike would be a great choice. Why would you choose something like this over the Bronson or Nomad? Well that would depend on your preference between 29” and 27.5” wheels.

If you have any questions or want to see if this is the right bike for you, call me at 801 736 6396 ext. 4801 or shoot me an email at brprice@competitivecyclist.com. I’m happy to answer questions or have a discussion on this bike.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on September 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

In early 2016 Santa Cruz released the revolutionary Hightower which quickly became one of their best sellers. The Hightower was versatile and could accept both 29” and 27.5+ wheel configurations. Many people found the 29er version to be a fast, highly capable trail-slayer. Soon there was demand for a more aggressive version of the bike as evidenced by many riders attempt at long-shocking their Hightower’s to get more rear travel (a modification not recommended by Santa Cruz). Enter the new Hightower LT- a bike that heeds the rider’s call for a more aggressive machine. The Hightower LT utilizes a new rear triangle and linkage with the same front triangle, yielding 150mm of travel with a longer wheelbase and slacker geometry. One thing worth noting: the Hightower LT does not accept 27.5+ wheels and tires- it’s 29er only.

I’ve been riding the original Hightower for the past 8 months. That bike has helped make me a faster rider both up and down the mountain not to mention it’s an absolute blast to ride. I enjoy the rolling speed of the 29” wheels and Santa Cruz nailed the geometry with an ideal balance between high-speed stability and nimble handling. When the shiny new Hightower LT showed up at our office I was eager to take it out on my favorite gravity-focused Park City trails. I noticed right away that the new LT was noticeably more composed on high speed sections, rough trails and descents. It provided some extra stability in places where the shorter travel Hightower felt slightly under-gunned, without sacrificing much of the nimble handling. It felt like it climbed almost as well as my Hightower, though you do notice the longer wheelbase.
Nevertheless, this bike is no slouch on the uphills and I have no doubt that it can handle all day cross-country rides involving significant climbing.

It’s worth mentioning the perks of purchasing a Santa Cruz bike. You get a lifetime warranty with free lifetime bearing replacement for the original owner. You also get a threaded bottom bracket which means easier serviceability and reduced creaking compared to PressFit BB’s. The frames have molded tubes for internal cable routing which makes the cable routing process a lot easier, no need to fish for cables inside the frame. Santa Cruz frames are built to last and have held up better for me than other brands. It’s a bike you can ride hard, put away dirty, and not feel bad about it. New for 2018 Santa Cruz is offering their house brand of carbon wheels called Santa Cruz Reserve. They are available on certain builds.

Who is the ideal rider for the Hightower LT? Riders that want a capable 29er all-mountain bike that won’t hold them back when the going gets rough. Riders looking for a bike that is comfortable enough to pedal around all day but won’t shy away from the gnarliest trails. If you are focused on speed and live for the descents this bike could be your best friend. If you do any Enduro racing this bike would be a great choice. Why would you choose something like this over the Bronson or Nomad? Well that would depend on your preference between 29” and 27.5” wheels.

If you have any questions or want to see if this is the right bike for you, call me at 801 736 6396 ext. 4801 or shoot me an email at brprice@competitivecyclist.com. I’m happy to answer questions or have a discussion on this bike.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on August 28, 2017

5 5

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

My sister is new to biking and she started out wearing her Nike running shoes. Two rides later she decided she was sick of her feet slipping off of the pedals! I got her these and she loves them! They are cool, comfortable, and have good grip. I strongly recommend these for those looking for a cheaper shoe option.

As far as sizing goes she wears a 6.5 to 7 and went with the 7. She has a skinny foot and they are the perfect size.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on August 28, 2017

5 5

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

This was the first jersey I got for my sister when she started getting into mountain biking. It keeps her cool on hot summer days and keeps those armpit tacos away. I got her the small. She is 5'4" and about 120 pounds. She loves the tight fit and long length. Definitely a great buy for those not wanting to spend much!

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on August 28, 2017

5 5

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

I got these for my sister. She has worn them almost every day for two months (including a week in Lake Powell) and they are still looking great. There are a few scrapes, but overall they are durable for a daily sandal. She says that they are easy to keep on and they are comfortable. She wears a 6.5 to 7 and ordered the 37.

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