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Dan Be

Dan Be

, Employee

Alta, Moab, Utah

Dan Be's Bio

Spend most my time skiing, hiking, camping, biking, fishing or just about anything outside. Feel free to contact me when I am in if you have any questions, I work Friday-Monday. Friday, Sunday, and Monday I am in 12:00 MST - 10:30pm MST and Saturday 7:00am - 5:30pm MST. You can also contact me anytime at dbennett@backcountry.com

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Dan Bewrote a review of on January 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The last pair of Techlite glasses I had from Smith were excellent. The best pair of glasses I have owned, so far. The lenses in these are just as nice, however the frames let these down a bit. They flex a lot and make a lot of noise while doing so. My last pair didn't suffer from this issue. Other than the noise and flexing frame these glasses are great. The lenses offer superior optical clarity and they resist scratches better than any other lenses I've used. Also, the hinges that Smith uses in these frames are the best I've found. They retain tension well and don't become loose over time.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on January 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs

I gave this as a gift and have received awesome feedback so far. This jacket is warm enough for cool, damp days on the river. The material sheds light rain and blocks the wind well. This is a great piece that can stand alone or be used as a layer on colder days.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on January 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Another version in the IO series of goggles, and another awesome goggle from Smith. These goggles are comfortable, fit well with a lot of helmets on the market, and the lens clarity is great. When some brands give you just 1 lens for this price Smith gives you a bonus lens. Smith IO goggles have been, and continue to be my favorite goggles on the market. Now get out there and put them to use.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't tell you how many times these bacon strips have saved me, a friend, or a stranger from being stranded out on the trail. For larger holes, I use two plugs for extra plugging power. So when you get a hole, PLUG it up. The rear tire on my hardtail has had a plug in it all summer. The second ride I put a hole in the tire, plugged it, and have since put a couple hundred miles on the tire. I don't recommend running a plug in your tire for very long, but I wanted to test how long it would hold. I've been impressed with how durable the plug has been.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have to disagree with the other reviewers. I have been running this remote for several months now and haven't had a single problem with it. Set up was easy, and the actuation is as smooth now as it was when I first installed the lever. The lever isn't made from super high modulus carbon, but we're also talking about a dropper post remote and not a high end mountain bike frame. The texture on the lever is a nice touch and offers plenty of grip in the wet.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I installed this dropper on a 2019 Santa Cruz Bronson because I wanted to have a longer travel dropper post. I was able to run the 170mm OneUp in place of the 150mm Reverb that ships stock with the bike. Having the extra drop allows me to get the saddle super low and out of the way on steep descents. The dropper is well made and hasn't given me any problems after several months of use. If you're looking for a reliable dropper post I recommend you take a look at this one.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm always looking for new tires to try out. I gave these a try and couldn't be happier. The traction while climbing and descending is excellent. On par with the best aggressive trail tires on the market. The large side lugs offer unrivaled cornering grip and beg you to dip lower into the turns. Braking traction is incredible. The only minor drawback to this tire is it rolls a little slow. If you're looking for an aggressive mountain tire that isn't Maxxis I highly recommend you give these a try.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been hammering a pair of these wheels for a year now and they have been great. They are stiff enough to track straight through rock gardens, hold the perfect line while cornering hard, and yet, they are some of the most comfortable carbon wheels I've ever ridden.

I've tested these wheels on some of the roughest tracks around Utah and the West and they have taken a beating. Countless times I have cringed at the noise of rocks pinging off carbon and yet these have remained true and only shown signs of cosmetic damage.

Now to the warranty. Santa Cruz offers a lifetime warranty on their wheels. This is great but the biggest gripe most people have with warranties is the turn-around time it takes from submitting the claim to when you have a new rim in hand. Santa Cruz heard their customers loud and clear and has made it a point to have the quickest turn-around in the industry. How do I know this? I recently smashed my rear wheel and cracked the bead. I submitted a warranty claim along with a few photos of the damage and waited to see what would unfold. Within a few hours I had an email back from Santa Cruz saying they had a replacement wheel on the way to me with a return label included for me to send the broken one back. I had a new wheel in hand 48 hours later. That's right a new wheel! Not just a rim that I needed to have laced to my existing hub. I can say without a doubt this was the easiest warranty claim I have ever submitted for any product I've owned. If I could give these wheels another 5 stars for the warranty I would.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The biggest criticism of carbon wheels is that they are too expensive and aren't much more durable than alloy wheels. Just read the Pinkbike comments and you'll have an idea of the distaste people have for carbon wheels. I can tell you from experience that these ENVE M70 wheels are incredibly durable and can take a beating. In my opinion durability takes a back seat to ride quality and until recently ENVE wheels were known for being stiff and unrelenting. However, this newest iteration of the M-Series wheels has made ride quality it's top priority and it shows. These wheels track straight through rock gardens yet still have enough give to ensure a comfortable ride over the roughest terrain. Cornering is where these wheels really shine. You can take more speed into corners and exit quicker when compared to wheels that give and flex under load. To top things off ENVE includes a protective rim strip which not only protects the rim wall but also helps to prevent pinch flats.

If you're in the market for the best wheelset money can buy you should seriously consider the new line of ENVE M-Series wheels.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Anyone who has ridden a lot of XC knows the Cross King is one of the best all-round XC tires. It rolls very well, corners super well, and offers great stopping power under braking. This is a 5 star tread design and rivals other impressive tires like the Maxxis Ardent. Unfortunately, I give this tire a 4 star rating because of the lack of casing options. The current casing is great for most riders but it would be nice to see Continental offer an even lighter-weight casing as well as a more durable Apex option. After 3 rides I put a hole in the tire and had to plug it. Besides the lack of casing options I really believe that Continental has one of the best tread designs on the market. It offers tons of traction and rolls super well. If you are looking for a fast rolling tire and you don't ride rocky terrain then this tire is worth serious consideration.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Over the years I have tried a lot of different tires from different manufacturers and in the end I typically end up back on Maxxis tires. I've always liked the Black Chili compound from Continental but I've never really been wowed by their tread designs or casing options. That being said, Continental has gone back to the drawing board and has dramatically improved their product range. This newest version of the Der Baron Projekt proves that Continental has their aim set high.

The new Apex casing is super durable and impressively light-weight compared with other casings that are equally durable. I find the casing of this tire to be stiff but that ensures that the tire doesn't fold under hard cornering. After playing around with pressures I found 23 psi worked best for me and allowed tons of traction while still being supportive while cornering. The Black Chili rubber offers tons of traction and grips well in many different conditions. Overall, I think this new Der Baron Projekt is a big leap forward for Continental and is a great tire for anyone looking for tons of traction paired with a durable casing.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I admit I am not the biggest Crank Bro's fan but this dropper has impressed me. It was easy to install and has been trouble free. The lever is awesome and has tons of adjustment on offer. Actuation is smooth and the return speed can be adjusted easily. Overall, this is one of the better droppers I have owned and if you're sick of being let down by less than reliable droppers I recommend taking a hard look at this one.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Over the years I have run many different brakes from Shimano, TRP, and SRAM. All of these companies offer great brakes and you really can't go wrong with any of them. As of late I find myself using SRAM brakes on all my bikes and this mainly comes down to modulation. Though Shimano tends to offer more impressive stopping power SRAM offers similar power but in a more controlled manner. With better modulation on offer I find I can control my braking more precisely which enables me to approach a corner with more confidence. SRAM quality wasn't always the best but the last two generations of the Guide brakes have been great. This is the 5th pair of Guide brakes I have owned and I haven't had any issues so far.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Deity has been making some of the best components on offer for several years now and this stem is no exception. The machining is impressive and the anodizing is top notch. This stem has a wide clamping area which helps ensure a stiff cockpit. Deity also offers tons of color options so you can choose whatever color you fancy.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't remember the last time I rode a fork that didn't say FOX or RockShox on it. Being suspension curious I had to give the Ribbon a try. After all it won Pinkbike's suspension product of the year award for 2017.

The chassis is stiff and compares well to a Lyrik or FOX 36. The Twin-tube damper and Ramp Control offer excellent tune-ability. I found the fork easy to set up using the guide sent by MRP. Another plus is the fork is on par or lighter than the competition. One other cool thing is that these forks are hand built in Colorado.

If you are someone who is always looking for the next best in mountain bike tech then you'll want to take a good hard look at the Ribbon.

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