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Shawn Craig

Shawn Craig

Alta,Snowbird,BCC,LCC, Southern UT, Any Mt Bike Trail

Shawn Craig's Bio

Love skiing, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking and pretty much any outdoor activity. Recently I have really gotten into running rivers and have also just started to get back into running following some knee surgeries.

Shawn Craig

Shawn Craigwrote a review of on November 6, 2015

3 5

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

Just got this shock pump. So far as getting air into your shock it works like most shock pumps. It has an air bleed valve like most shock pumps.

The issue I have is that unlike the description it doesn't easily screw onto the valve. The valve piece has a very stiff interface with the air hose. This causes the air hose to want to bind and twist as you tighten onto the shock valve. This requires me to hold the hose with one hand and tighten with the other. This is awkward.

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Shawn Craigwrote a review of on October 5, 2015

4 5

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

I used these for the first time yesterday and the are quite warm. One thing to note is they will let the wind through. The temperature that I used them in was between 45 - 55 degrees and they were plenty comfortable. They fit great and look good as well. They have a very comfortable fleece feel on the inside with a smooth finish on the outside.

Sportful is a European company and I did need to size up to and XL from the normal L that I wear.

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Shawn Craigwrote a review of on October 5, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this mainly for riding around dusk on the road. It provides more than enough light on the high setting. I generally ride with it in the pulse setting which gives me more visability to automobiles and other road users.

The 850 lumens provides quite a bit of light and I'm excited to try this for night riding on my Mountain Bike. If it's anything like the otherLight and Motion lights that I have it will do great.

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Shawn Craigwrote a review of on September 2, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It took me some time playing with the tire pressure to find the right traction. When I did, these tires offered great traction with very low rolling resistance. However, I've had some issues with punctures in ways I haven't with previous tires, mainly Maxxis Ardent and Ikon. I often times find myself really babying my bike through rockier areas because of this. I am a heavier rider and I certainly understand where this comes from but previous brands that I have used have not punctured with the frequency of these. Finally, I feel like the ware life on these seems to be shorter as well.

I run these tubeless on I9 Enduro Wheels at 28 psi. Anymore pressure than this and traction suffers. I weigh 190 and probably close to 200 lbs when geared up with a hydration pack.

All in all this is a pretty solid performing tire at a reasonable price.

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Shawn Craigwrote a review of on September 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are very well made and thought out. My first experience with 7Mesh Industries was with their mountain bike shorts. Based off the well thought out design on those I decided to give these bibs a try.

What I appreciate about these bibs are as follows:
1. Great Chamois - Firm in the correct spots, soft in the right spots, not overdone or over padded.
2. Sizing is normal. I'm 6' and 190 lbs. Buying other companies in the bike industry can be frustrating trying to figure out the sizing. These size just as the size chart indicates.
3. The materials and design on these make the bibs feel great.

The one downside is the price but these are a premium bib short and after using them, I find them to be worth it.

Great job 7Mesh.

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Shawn Craigwrote a review of on September 2, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently added this to my Pivot 429c and it works as advertised. The seatpost is light and the slight bit of flex really makes for a more comfortable ride overall. I installed the seatpost with a small amount of carborn paste and have had no issues with it. I would definitely recommend this product.

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Shawn Craigwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Overall all this helmet performs well. There are a lot of things that I like about the Smith Forefront Helmet. And, one thing I don't.

The things I like:
- Lightweight
- The way it holds Smith Sunglasses on top. I sweat a lot and this has been an amazing feature for climbs.
- The fit is great and the sizing chart is true.
- Vents well when there is air flow.

The one thing I don't like:
- It is quite hot when there is no airflow.

I've noticed on long climbs with calm winds, it seems to be warmer than my POC Trabec that I had previously. Honestly, if I still lived back east or in a humid climate, I would probably hate this helmet. However, it works well in UT and the surrounding states where humidity levels remain low.

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Shawn Craigwrote a review of on April 9, 2015

5 5

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

These shorts are as well thought out as the description says. They are cut well and never get caught on your seat. The adjustable waist works great and the pockets are cut for easy access and keeping things out of the way on your bike. Sizing chart is true.

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Shawn Craigwrote a review of on February 17, 2014

4 5

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

I bought these for use post surgery. I had patellar tendon repair and after two weeks they removed the TED hose they put on. After removing these there was significant swelling in the ankle foot and lower calf area. I used these to provide compression as well as circulation to move the swelling out. Within about 6 hours my foot ankle and calf had returned to their normal size.

Once I'm healthy again I can't wait to try these out for mountain biking. I have a Men's size 11 foot and the Large worked perfectly.

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Shawn Craigwrote a review of on November 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These bib knickers have proven to be well made and durable. They have a nice Chamois in them as well. They will fit true to their sizing chart. They are comfortable for mid range temperatures from about 55 to 70 degrees max. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a solid pair of bibs.

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Shawn Craigwrote a review of on September 12, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This works as well as Stan's but is more of a pain to when it comes to cleaning up. I bought this as I was trying a tire that wasn't compatible with Stan's. The cafe latex sets up and dries much quicker which is good and bad but I wouldn't say it seals any better or worse. I got a large puncture in the tire I was using and the cafe latex sprayed all over my hub, chainstays and chain guide. This dried and was a pain to get off. Furthermore it got all over the back of my calf removing a large amount of hair. All things being equal, I'd choose Stan's which scrubs or wipes off easily as opposed to spending time peeling dried rubber out of nooks and crannies.

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Shawn Craigwrote a review of on September 12, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These work as advertised and are a light weight, not too hot, trail knee pad that can be worn where climbing may be involved. The padding on the knee is small and a little suspect. Fortunately, I haven't had to test these yet. I'm concerned about their ability to stay in place during a fall.

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Shawn Craigwrote a review of on September 12, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I put a 2.4 on the front and rear of my Santa Cruz Nomad C. I ride mainly in the Park City area and these tires have been great from anything tacky to dry somewhat loose trails. These would not be a good tire for mud but that's not what it's designed for. They have a low rolling resistance.

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