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My name is JT Nebeker. I grew up in Sandy, Utah. I loved playing sports in my younger years and that transitioned into a love of outdoor sports more recently. I love climbing, mostly sport and boulders.
In my other life I create sound effects for movie trailers, and pop music for TV shows.
I'm either outside climbing some rocks and camping or in my studio working on some tunes!

JT Nebeker's Passions

  • Climbing.

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on April 10, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a perfect trail brake. Not the lightest out there, but you get a lot of stopping power for the $$$.

I was running the 2 piston version of these for a bit before switching to the 4 pistons. It makes all the difference when you are screaming into a turn knowing that you can shed some speed effectively and reliably when needed.

Obviously, if you are going to lean a little more XC then the 2 pistons would do the job no problem. For some of the steeper sections and faster bits you find on the trails reach for the 4 pistons. :)

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on April 10, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great ergonomic design. Love the action of the triggers. The upshift is nice and snappy and gives you the option to trigger-shift from behind if you need on a long climb. The downshift is smooth and the lever feels great. Small grippy bits on the thumb catches of the triggers really hold your thumb in place if you need to shift in rocky and rough terrain.

Overall I am really liking this shifter. I think Shimano really engineered something smart and it performs well.

Another note on the I-SPEC EV adapter to mount this shifter to your brake lever. You get a little more more adjustablilty compared to SRAMs MMX brake/shifter set up. You get a nice swing fore and aft and then side to side as well.

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on March 10, 2020

Chamois!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I took this bike out on a gravel adventure around the north side of the Salt Lake in Utah with a buddy.... and I had a blast! The Chamois Hagar is dialed in on the gravel roads!

The geometry is great for those long descents on sweeping gravel grades as well as those inclines that slowly rise up to the next pass. The long wheelbase, as well as the added dropper post, give you a lot of confidence on the descents even on the roughest of roads. And you don't feel too slacked-out for long arduous climbs. It felt a little "mountain bike-y" when you needed it, and a little "road" when you needed it as well.

The GRX drivetrain is really nice and the 1x system really makes it. The less moving parts, the better! Also, the dropper is key. Some of the more technical and steeper descents are made a whole hell of a lot easier when you can drop your butt down.

Really like the Easton EA70 AX for the handlebar. The extra degree of flare really makes for a lot of different positions to swap between on those long days in the saddle.

I'm pretty much 6 feet tall. I was on a medium with the seat post up pretty high. I would definitely go with large. I just felt a little cramped on the medium and made it work for the day, but large is the choice for me.

Have fun on the gravel!

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on February 21, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great XC style pedal! The bearings are great! Super smooth action and durable/long-lasting.
I love the versatility that these pedals offer. They can be a race day pedal or an all-day pedal as well. They are light but pretty comfy!
They take the Shimano SPD cleats, so the action of getting in and out will be very familiar if you have been running Shimano pedals/cleats already.
Love the color options. I went with the Lichen, which is a nice olive color out of the box.

Great pedals!

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on February 21, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I went with the Blackout Black with the 6mm wider spindle. I am really liking the extra space it gives in my Q factor. I am slightly taller at 6'1" and have pretty long legs so that little bit of space really helps my pedal stroke stay comfortable and consistent.

The pedal is a little heavy, but they can take a beating! Adjustability on the release tension is great and you can really dial it in to fit your needs!

Grab a pair!

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on December 26, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is pretty cool! It really makes a difference on those long training rides. Just a little something to switch up the feel and angle and it really breaks up the monotony of being on the trainer for an extended amount of time.

I do feel like the adjustable angles allow me to lean into some of the climbs better than I can on any other trainer. Am I completely sold on this as something that will give you an advantage? Probably not... But is it fun? Hell yea!

When you pair the KICKR Climb with the KICKR Headwind and are watching yourself on Zwift, this really makes for an exciting training ride in your boring basement.

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on December 26, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great option for those that don't need all the frills of some of the newer trainers. It will give you all the connectivity to get you on any training regimen!

It will come with all the adapters you need to get you hooked up to most bikes and rear spacings. If you run QR they got you covered. If you run thru-axle, boost or non-boost, they got you covered.

Wahoo really has thought of everything. Connectivity is a breeze. Compatibility with bikes... easy peasy. And the best thing is their customer support. If you have any trouble, Wahoo is great to work with!

The power meter in this unit is actually really good and trustworthy! And this thing pairs up nicely with the KICKR Headwind and Climb

If you don't want to spend the $1200 on the.KICKR Power Trainer, then go with the CORE!!!!

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on December 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This trainer is great! The best part is the ease of set up. No one likes to get a trainer and be all excited to get on and ride some Zwift with your buddies only to be bogged down for hours by setting up the silly thing!

Fear not! Wahoo has you covered! I ride with the Headwind and Climb and these things are paired up and ready to ride in 60 seconds or less! And starting your training regimen in under 2 minutes.

Get training!

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on November 7, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Good all-around long sleeve jersey! Light enough that it allows you to layer underneath for the colder starts. It also has a super comfy finish on the collar so there is no irritation from rubbing. I generally wear a large but went with a medium per the size guide and it fits perfect!

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on October 29, 2019

This one goes to 51!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A breeze of an install! Make sure you have the "Microspline" driver on your wheel, as well. The old Shimano HG won't work on this 12 speed, M8100 stuff. Cool design on how they got the 10 tooth cog attached too!

I like the lower end gearing of the Shimano cassette compared to the SRAM Eagle stuff. It is a bit more consistent in the jumps between cogs instead of ramping up to the 50/51 tooth.

The last cogs on Eagle gearing go: 28,32,36,42,50

And on XT they are: 28, 33, 39, 45, 51

With Eagle your jumps are: 4, 4, 6, 8

And on Shimano you get: 5, 6, 6, 6

I feel this most when I am starting on a climb and am slowly gearing down. With Eagle, you can hit a bigger jump and spin out for second until your bike slows down. With XT I don't feel that. Also, when you are accelerating or heading down with XT, you get a little more consistent jumps as you gear up and gain speed. No feeling like you all of a sudden are pedaling in the mud.

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on October 8, 2019

5 5

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

Had my first ride on the new XT 12 speed derailleur and I am drinking the cool-aid!

Here is what I liked:

1. The install was a breeze.
2. The shifting is crisp and quick. Better than X01 I think
3. Reduced chain rattle is noticeable compared to X01
4. Looks pretty cool

Here is what I really liked!

1. Shifting under load capabilities are no joke! I was cranking thru gears and this thing just took it!
2. The decreased tension on the chain when in the 51t really makes pedaling smooth when grinding up some steep stuff.

A couple of things to keep in mind compatibility wise:

This derailleur is built for the 1x12 systems and can take the 51t or the 45t cassette. If you want to run 2x you will need RD-M8120 and that can only take the 45t.

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on August 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times


Wow! As mainly a mountain biker, I have always looked a road riding like... "why?!?". I never thought it appealed to me... But I was wrong! I have been riding the R3 and have been loving it!

This bike is fast! You think you are going fast coming down a trail... Try coming down the road at 40mph! That is a different kind of thrill! Spinning on the road and cruising up long climbs is just a totally different game compared to riding trails.

I am not saying I am never going to ride trails again. Far from it. I feel like I have just been missing out on a whole half of the cycling world. Adding a road bike to the arsenal is now a must!

I have been riding a 56cm. I am 6'1" 175lbs. It feels like a great fit. Not too aggressive of a feel. I can stay comfortable on long rides and find a good position for any climb. The robot shifting (Di2) is great fun as well! Fast, perfect, effortless shifts every time! This bike is a blast!

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on August 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you want to go lite and be moving quickly, this PFD is for you.

Slimmed-down version of some the other Astral models, the YTV doesn't really feel like it was slimmed down..... It is missing the front pocket and it is a pullover design rather than side entry. Buoyancy felt great. I am 6'1" about 175 and I got an L/XL. It fits great but, when tightened down, the straps are a bit long and unruly. An easy cut and burn made them less unruly. I would get an M/L next time. Oh well!

I would recommend for any kind of floating and paddling activities you have planned!

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on June 19, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

A nice, streamlined, no-frills, jersey. Runs a little on the large side. The sizing runs a little more "American" compared to the likes of Castelli. I got a large, but would need a medium for a nice tight fit. The large is just too baggy especially with stuff in the pockets.

The material is comfy and great for a summer/spring jersey. Overall a pretty nice jersey.

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on June 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 177 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I was pleasantly surprised by these bib shorts. They have quickly become my go to.. even over my Assos.... Never thought I would say that.

The fit on these bibs is great. I am 6'1" about 177 lbs and a large is just the right amount of snugness and compression. Not too tight and the straps feel good in the riding position. The longer inseam feels good and stays in place very well.

The chamois is been up to the test on my longer rides. Stays in place and is very comfortable without getting too squishy.

All in all a great all around, high-end bib!

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on May 31, 2019

Dat new new
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a couple of rides under my belt on the new F30 from Selle SMP. So far I am really liking the feel of this saddle. The middle channel does its job well. I am not getting any of the numbness that was associated with other saddles.

It doesn't have quite the articulated drop nose as the Drakon, but the F30 still gets the nose out the way enough to not create unwanted pressure points. The slightly flatter nose gives you a slightly better platform to scooch forward on those really steep climbs.

Don't be turned off on the stiff feel of the padding when you unbox it. Once you get on a ride the cushion really helps soak up vibrations and keeps your hips in a correct position for long rides.

It took a little bit of time and small adjustments to get the angle dialed in. I am used to having my saddles pretty much flat, but with the concave shape of the F30 made it felt a little like it was pulling me away from my handlebars so I ended up tilting it forward a few degrees.

Overall, I am really happy with this saddle! I think it will be on many of my bikes to come!

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on April 30, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great pedal from Crank Bros. And a great price point too! The only thing I don't like about these pedals is the axel.... it is almost if not as tall as the pegs on the pedal. Sometimes your foot can hit that axle and not completely get purchase on the pegs and then your foot is sliding all over the place. It doesn't happen much, but enough to notice. Otherwise, great pedal for the price!

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JT Nebekerwrote a review of on April 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you don't quite need the platform and stickiness of the TMACs, look no further than the Black Kats. Another great option from Deity. Just a touch of concavity on these pedals keeps your foot planted whether you are pedaling some chunky stuff that is bouncing you all over the place or screamin' on the downs!

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