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Colton Ricewrote a review of on June 15, 2016

5 5

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

Got these for a friend who just started biking and he loves the color option and durability. He has had alot of pedal strikes and not only do his feet stay on the pedals but the pedal can handle some abuse. A great go-to platform pedal with replaceable spikes as they get worn out.

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Colton Ricewrote a review of on June 15, 2016

5 5

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

My mom sometimes has issues getting motivated to get out and be active and is pretty good at making excuses. Well I am glad to say that with these shoes, she no longer has an excuse to not go running.

She said these are the most comfortable running shoes she has ever had, and who doesn't like running in a fresh pair of kicks. She is a happy lady and I am an awesome son. She really loves these things and is running more than ever.

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Colton Ricewrote a review of on June 7, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Setup is a B$%^& and if you dont get it right it wont work. Mine just started failing after one season. Sent in for warranty over 3 weeks. Called and they apologized and said they were really backed up. Which to me says that lots of other people are having the same problem.

On top of this, lever feel is not smooth.

Conclusion, get something else. More reliable, smoother operating droppers out there. I personally never had a problem with my reverb, but hear mixed reviews on those as well.

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Colton Ricewrote a review of on February 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I found these shoes to run about a full size too big. I ordered an 8 which is my street shoe size but tend to like my athletic shoes to fit a bit more snug. Unfortunately there wasnt anything smaller so these are going back.

Sizing aside they were way sweet. Pretty confident that the tread would have given me some serious confidence, the shoe looked good. Big fan of the sock-type fit keeps gravel and debris out of your shoes. I would buy again if there were smaller sizes.

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Colton Ricewrote a review of on February 2, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This shirt kinda rustles around like a trash bag i noticed. It's kind of stiff which i assume is because is wind and water resistant and treated with a bunch of stuff. Oddly enough, the black one has a zipper and buttons down the front while the tan one does not. I like the zipper feature and wish the tan one had it as well.

It's not a bad looking shirt its just not that comfortable to wear in the office all day.

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Colton Ricewrote a review of on October 20, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Lezyne makes some great LOOKING product I will give them that. But quality of build and functionality have been lacking in any Lezyne product I have used and this is no exception.

This thing is full on metal meaning it is heavy. They made some overcomplicated mounting system involving a clamp and rubber shims. What the heck, just give it a rubber strap and call it good! The clamp does not stay on tapered bars well at all and will come loose, then say good by to the rubber shims that help it fit.

The crappy clamp system combined with the heavy weight means that after a bump you will almost always have to adjust the light back to wear you had it.

Thinking about using this mountain biking? FORGET IT

My other issues is that the usb port on the light to charge it is junk. You have to fuss with it's position in order for it to charge. I plugged in overnight to charge and was disappointed when it was still completely uncharged. A slight jostle of the charging wire made it start charging again.

So why the two stars? The beam is good and it looks nice.......

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Colton Ricewrote a review of on October 20, 2015

Excellent quality, clear, powerful light
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I dont have an action shot of this light at the moment, I am usually too distracted by fun to stop and take a picture.

This light is simply great. Build quality is great. The beam is wide which prevents the tunnel vision you would get with a narrow focused beam. I love this. when you are HAULING down single track in the pitch dark you need to be aware of surroundings, not just what is on the trail.

When my Lezyne light on my bar failed miserably, I still felt plenty of confidence with the Seca mounted atop my helmet (on the bars are lezyne 700 and blackburn 700)

You can probably find a cheaper light sure, but the quality of the product and the quality of the light it produces is very hard to beat.

Feel free to ask me any questions.

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Colton Ricewrote a review of on September 1, 2015

Being Safe Is Not Dorky
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I initially was very frustrated with this helmet due to sizing issues but now that I have that dialed I can give this helmet the review it deserves (sizing chart is still off).

Let me start by saying that this is not an XC helmet. Obviously. It's not the lightest, it's not the most breathable, it's not a DH helmet, it's not the most protective. Where this helmet shines is right in no man's land for riders without specialty, and outside the confines of being classified as a "type" of rider.

Take this helmet on a 15-20 mile grind no problem. I have not found this helmet to be especially hot, in fact the venting on the forehead is superb and funnels air up through the helmet and really does help with fogging of sunglasses.

Take this down a gnarly enduro track, and feel confidence you have not felt with an open face helmet. If you go over the bars know that with the chin-bar attached it will keep your face and the ground separated. I have tested this first hand. I can assure you I was feeling like a total genius after emptying the gravel out of the front of my shorts. The bar had a few scrapes on it but my face....looking beautiful as always.

The TAG fitment adjust system works great and has a pretty large degree of adjustment to get the helmet cinched down on a range of head circumferences. I will say that my head does not actually make contact with much of the back of the shell, barely touching padding. Which I find odd, this accounts for my 1 star deduction. The back of the helmet is a bit bulbous. Perhaps my head is weird (TRY THE HELMET ON!)

Seriously though this helmet has really upped my confidence when things get rowdy. It's easy to stash the chin bar in your pack, get all your climbing out of the way, and attach the chin bar for the descent. I do this regularly if it's a trail that I know has some technical descents.

The Bell Super 2R is great for riders who want to try all types of different riding. It's a master of none. However, it will allow you to get a taste of many different types of riding. Maybe if/when you decide to get specific with downhill or cross country you can get a helmet specific for that style. For the enduro rider or someone who likes versatility, it is an incredible option.

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Colton Ricewrote a review of on September 1, 2015

Favorite Glove
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had an old pair of Dirt Paws about 3 years and recently lost them. They held up extremely well and for being abused for 3 straight years thats impressive for a bike glove.

So I purchased again! I find the padding to be a perfect balance. The palm is doubled up with material so it doesnt wear through like your standard bare-bones glove. I find it helps the glove hold up better as well as provide extra comfort on the grips.

They have just enough knuckle and top-of-the-hand padding so if you smack a branch you will continue riding unfazed, which is nice for tight tree situations.

The fit is a little bit tighter but i prefer it. It prevents material from bunching up while you are really gripped. They will also stretch and break in a little bit, following through with the saying "fit's like a glove".

Another thing; When i first got the orange color I thought "holy crap these are wayyyy bright" but I have found a little secret to share. In low light situations like dawn or dusk rides the bright color of the gloves give you incredible awareness of where your bar-ends are. When flying through tight trees, to see the orange highlighters in your peripheral vision marking exactly where your bars are is seriously a revelation for me. I didn't have to line up my bars in tight situations, I could just send and know I would squeeze through.

Can't go wrong with this glove. If you are concerned about tightness, order a size up.

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Colton Ricewrote a review of on August 14, 2015

Breathable and Protective
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are the first pair of pads I have owned for biking. Coming from more of an XC background it wasn't really something I had considered. I recently got a bigger bike, started descending more difficult technical sections of trail and before I knew it I was feeling quite vulnerable and exposed.

I picked these up for their simplicity and protection characteristics. I have thoroughly tested them out. I recently went over the bars at Corner Canyon in Utah and I was pretty beat up. My knees and elbows however took the brunt of the crash and I am convinced these things saved my bacon.

What I like most about them is the level of comfort. I often don't even take them off until i have driven home, I don't even really notice them.

On the intangible side of things I have found that they up my confidence level knowing that if I do go down, there is something between me and the exposed rock. These are also so flexible that you can pedal with these on no problem!

Try these out, I am convinced you will be very happy with them. If you have any questions I will do my best to answer them as soon as I can.

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Colton Ricewrote a review of on August 11, 2015

Legendary
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Where do I start. Holy smokes this is an incredible bike.

This is the most all-round capable bike I have ever ridden. If you are reading up on this bike, which I assume you have been, most have commented on it's ability to climb as well as absolutely crush descents. I am here to tell you it's all true.

First off, this bike isn't particularly light. But it doesn't need to be. It is incredibly efficient at climbing. You may not be the first to the top of the hill, but downshift and just pedal and the HD3 will get you there without much fuss. I get to the top efficiently, passing smaller travel bikes like it's nothing, spinning happily along on the dinner-plate of the eleventh gear. Then, when you do make it, the beast is unleashed.

Open up your lockouts and let the monster out of the cage. Holy crap is this thing fun. I have never had a bike that can handle the kind of terrain i've thrown at the HD3. In fact riding with an experienced group taking my time down rock gardens and picking my lines, a fellow rider asked what I was doing. "You don't need to be picky with that thing man....send it". He was right.

The key to this bike is to unleash it. Point it (responsibly, it's not going to ride itself) and send. The bike is VERY stiff, and that's good. The compliance is incredible and it does exactly what you want it to.

I built mine up with SRAM x01 (better gear range than shimano) 160mm Pike up front, stans flow wheels, CC inline rear shock, ks lev seat post, ibis carbon bar, thompson stem, and sram Guide brakes (love 'em). My one recommendation is to go with the Rockshox Reverb Post, it's worth the extra money. Also the stock ibis seat is garbage.

If you are looking for a bike that can climb with cross country bikes, and descend with downhill bikes, and put a grin on your face every time you take it out, you would be hard-pressed to find a bike that fit's the bill better.

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Colton Ricewrote a review of on August 11, 2015

Breathable and Protective
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are the first pair of pads I have owned for biking. Coming from more of an XC background it wasn't really something I had considered. I recently got a bigger bike, started descending more difficult technical sections of trail and before I knew it I was feeling quite vulnerable and exposed.

I picked these up for their simplicity and protection characteristics. I have thoroughly tested them out. I recently went over the bars at Corner Canyon in Utah and I was pretty beat up. My knees and elbows however took the brunt of the crash and I am convinced these things saved my bacon.

What I like most about them is the level of comfort. I often don't even take them off until i have driven home, I don't even really notice them.

On the intangible side of things I have found that they up my confidence level knowing that if I do go down, there is something between me and the exposed rock.

Try these out, I am convinced you will be very happy with them.

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Colton Ricewrote a review of on August 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had not ever had experience with chamois cream, being a mtn biker. But I have been training and recently completed a 200+ mile 1 day ride and it would have been impossible without this stuff. If you are going anywhere further than 50+ miles, put this cream in crotch or you will be hurtin'. This def kept the undercarriage relatively hurt-free

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