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Brock Pricewrote a review of on July 31, 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, 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 the nimble handling. I knew right away I was faster on the Hightower LT and guess what? It felt like it climbed about as well as my Hightower- which is good. This bike is definitely 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 were developed and tested under rigorous conditions and come with a lifetime warranty for the original owner.

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 July 31, 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, 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 the nimble handling. I knew right away I was faster on the Hightower LT and guess what? It felt like it climbed about as well as my Hightower- which is good. This bike is definitely 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 were developed and tested under rigorous conditions and come with a lifetime warranty for the original owner.

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 July 26, 2017

5 5

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

Bought these as a gift! There are awesome shoes. It's hard to beat Five Ten when you're looking for mountain bike shoes for riding flat pedals. The Freerider Contact are a low profile version of their original Freerider shoes. They generally fit true to size and have pretty generous width in the toe box. So far the durability has been good.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on July 21, 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, 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 the nimble handling. I knew right away I was faster on the Hightower LT and guess what? It felt like it climbed about as well as my Hightower- which is good. This bike is definitely no slouch on the uphills and I have no doubt that it can handle all day cross-country rides involving significant climbing.

This particular build kit is the XX1 Reserve, which is their top of the line offering with carbon Santa Cruz Reserve wheels and Fox factory suspension. There are numerous other models available starting as low as $3949.

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 were developed and tested under rigorous conditions and come with a lifetime warranty for the original owner.

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 June 23, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For someone like myself who is borderline neurotic about their bike setup this is a helpful tool. It works well and seems to provide accurate, consistent readings. My only complaint is that the construction is a bit flimsy. Other than that I use it almost daily and have been happy with the purchase.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'd recommend carrying these with you on trail. It's so small it fits easily into literally any pack, frame bag, or pocket. If you're out in the backcountry and your chain breaks it's gonna be a bad time. One of these could save you a lot of unnecessary hiking some day and installation is quick and easy.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I really like this jersey. The price is right. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality. The stitching seems to be pretty good and is holding up so far, a problem I often have with "cheaper" jerseys. They style is simple with just a small Fox head logo on the chest. Fits true to size. Ventilates well. Great summer jersey. I bought 2.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on June 7, 2017

4 5

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

This helmet has been good for me so far. It fits well, is comfortable, reasonable weight and good ventilation. I really like the blue/lime color that I bought as well. It works well with my sunglasses and sweat bands. In the past I have been either a medium or a large in helmets. In this case I had to size up to the Large. The MIPS shell does take up a few millimeters of room inside the helmet.

My one complaint is that the pads wore out quickly. The liner peeled away from the pads revealing the foam underneath. Minor issue and replacement pads are cheap but it happened after about 2 months of riding. I do sweat a lot, but it still seemed like premature wear.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So far I really like these shoes. I've been looking for an all mountain shoe that has good tread for hike-a-bike stuff but also has a stiff sole for good power transfer to the pedals. On top of this I wanted the shoe to be reasonably lightweight and ventilated, and a lower profile that is not bulky.

The Terraduro tics all those boxes for sure. I typically wear a 10.5 in street shoes and the 45 fit me best. So far no major complaints, the tread in the toe area is starting to wear a bit but that's after a good amount of hiking thrown into the mix.

I highly recommend these shoes if you get the size right!

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Being a 35mm oversize handlebar I was expecting this handlebar to feel harsh. It doesn't. In fact it feels amazing. You get the added stiffness and steering precision of the larger 35mm clamp diameter, but it doesn't feel harsh on trail. The sweep and rise feel nice too. I'm kind of picky when it comes to handlebars. So far I've had the best luck with ENVE and Santa Cruz carbon handlebars. Come to find out, they are both made in the same factory. So far so good.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on May 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The more you use it, the more you'll love it. I'd say it has a learning curve of sorts, but once you spend a couple days with it, things will work nice and smooth for you.

I use a Mammut HMS with it but I do find the rope being used also effects just how well the device functions. Maybe I'm crazy, but I find the particular 9.1 and 9.5mm ropes I have feed through and lock up much better than one of my 10mm ropes. Probably not a huge deal, but figured I'd mention it.

Rappelling smoothly is likely one of trickier aspects of learning to use the Smart, but it is great that it provides a quick and easy block to serve as a added measure of safety with no added effort.

Pick one up, if you're not overly thrilled with it at first, keep using it, and maybe try it with different biners and ropes. I bet it'll grow on you.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on May 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this rope to serve as my new all-arounder. So far it's seen sport cragging and multipitch trad use, but with the dry treatment, l expect to be using it on ice next season. Haven't had it long enough to speak to it's durability, but in every other aspect I'm very pleased. I have the 70m and it's quite light considering. It also handles really nicely. Time will tell how it holds up, but it looks like this will be just the rope I was looking for.

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