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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith

Utah!

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

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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smithwrote a review of on August 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these shades. They're super light, have interchangeable lenses, fit my big head, and are comfortable. I bought the ones with matte black frames and gold mirror lenses. The Smith website describes the lenses as a brown tint, but they are definitely not brown. They are a neutral gray tint. I still like them, though.

In my opinion, they're kind of dorky looking. Fortunately I can't see them while wearing them, so I wear them all the time.

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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smithwrote a review of on August 26, 2015

5 5

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

I've taken these on a few rides and like them so far. The grips haven't slipped at all yet despite having only one clamp on each grip.

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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smithwrote a review of on August 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this because I wanted a wider bar for more control while descending. My bike came with a carbon bar, so I felt like I couldn't "downgrade" it by replacing it with an aluminum bar. I'm not sure I would have really noticed a difference, though. Haven't had this for very long, so I can't speak to the durability. However, my previous bar wast an Easton carbon bar and survived several crashes.

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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smithwrote a review of on August 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this because I wanted a shorter stem (went from 85mm to 65mm). Sure enough, my handlebar is closer to me when I'm riding now. My handlebar has also stayed in place while I'm riding, so I guess the stem is doing all I ask of it.

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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smithwrote a review of on June 17, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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 Smith

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 Smith

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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