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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith

Utah!

Christopher Smith's Bio

I've lived in Utah since 2005 and have been working at backcountry.com since 2007.

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smithwrote a review of on July 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used to use Crank Brothers Candy 3's and decided to make the switch to these about a month ago after getting tired of the Candy's inconsistent release. I love these! They're extremely predictable. I was debating between these and the xt race pedals and am glad I got the trails. I really like having the extra platform. It feels like it provides extra support underfoot and is big enough to descend techy stuff on if you can't get clipped in in time. The release tension is adjustable and mine came adjusted to about the middle. I've loosened mine to about as easy as possible and will tighten them if I find myself coming out of the pedals prematurely.

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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on June 17, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 45

I got these about a month ago and have already had to get replacement ratchets. Granted, they did break in a crash, but I think of crashing as being an integral part of mountain biking (at least it seems to be for me, haha). I will say that Giro's warranty department was very quick to get me a replacement set of ratchets when I called them. I called on a Monday and they were at my house that Saturday (free of charge). If you rarely crash, then these will serve you well. Even if you do crash, just know that Giro has your back. If I had designed these shoes, I think I would have just used three velcro straps instead of two velcro and a ratchet. Also, the soles wear pretty quickly.

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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on June 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The thing that drew me to these grips was the fact that the outside clamp is also a solid aluminum end cap. I don't like the look of a plastic plug in the end of my bars. They have delivered on everything I expect from a grip. Get these ones if you want a fat grip. If you want the smaller diameter that most grips have, you'll want to get the 30mm version. Overall, I'm very pleased with these. Price is right, grip is good, durability is good, and they come in a decent variety of colors.

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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on August 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my favorite pads that I've used so far. My bike came with Formula organic pads. With those, my brakes would howl something fierce every time I was on a dusty trail (and I live in Utah, so that was basically every ride). I bought the SwissStop organic pads after the original pads wore out and I experienced the same problem! That's in the past now that I've switched to these sintered pads. They make a little bit of noise when they're cold, but they're fine once I've been riding a little. Also, it's never that terrible howling that I could feel through my whole body.

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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on July 31, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the 25 for my Formula RX brakes. I prefer the Formula brand sintered pads to these for the improved longevity, but we didn't have them in stock. These are a decent alternative. After all, they do stop my bike when I squeeze the brake trigger.

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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on May 8, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I know, I know: it's kind of like saying the restaurant was wonderful except for the food. This pump does move a lot of air quickly and the gauge is very easy to read. However, I hat the chuck options. If you use the threaded chuck on a presta valve with a removable core, you risk removing the core while unscrewing the chuck (I've done this several times). If you use the speed chuck, you have to hold the chuck onto the valve while pumping. This gets the job done and I'm not going to rush out and by a different pump. The construction and quality are very good, but the design of these Lezyne pumps makes me think I won't get another one.

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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on November 1, 2012

4 5

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

I bought this helmet in black and like it so far. Thankfully I haven't crashed in it yet, but it seems like it would be very safe in a crash. I think it provides adequate ventilation. One cost of having a helmet with great coverage like this is that it can interfere with sunglasses. At first I thought I was going to need to return the helmet, but I've learned to make it work with my shades. Be sure to try this on with sunglasses before deciding whether or not to keep it.

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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on October 9, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've gone on several rides since switching over to tubeless wheels on my mountain bike at the beginning of September. I don't know if this has sealed punctures for me before this weekend, but I do know that I haven't had any flats since making the switch. I pulled 4 goatheads out of my front tire after rolling my bike through camp this past weekend. Each of the punctures sealed immediately and I was still able to go on a big ride afterward with no issues. I'm very pleased so far.

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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on June 25, 2012

5 5

I bought this for mountain biking and it's perfect. The Lid-Lock is so convenient and the hydration reservoir couldn't be better. Unlike the Raptor 10, the Raptors 14 and 18 can easily carry a full-face helmet. The only thing I like better about Camelbaks over this pack is the bite valve. This beats a Camelbak in every other category, though. Get one.

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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on April 17, 2012

5 5

These bottles are the best...way better than Polar Bottles because the lid doesn't leak. In my opinion, they're also superior to the regular Podium bottle in the insulation value, and their ease of use. I find the regular Podium bottles to be too hard to squeeze. The Podium Chill is softer and easier to drink out of. For some reason, it seems like the softer plastic of the Podium Chill also provides a better seal at the cap than does the harder plastic of the standard podium.

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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on April 16, 2012

3 5

I got the 15mm version of this to attach a Rocky Mountain Altitude 50 to my buddy's Rocky Mounts TieRod Bike Mount. It works just like I thought it would. My friend has a Rocky Mounts thru-axle adapter and it was a lot more expensive than this one. However, unlike this adapter, it allows you to still lock the bike to the rack. If that were possible with this one, it would have 4 or 5 stars.

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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on April 13, 2010

5 5

I bought this for my commuter bike and love it. It's a perfect size for my lunch, spare tube, U-Lock, and a light windbreaker. It's very rigid and doesn't move around much at all even when it's just got the U-Lock in it. It fits like a glove on my bike, but if there's not much space between your saddle on the rear rack, you might need a smaller pack. I will post a pic when I get a chance.

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