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Amir Najam

Amir Najam

Amir Najam

Amir Najamwrote a review of on December 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You know when you need it, and I usually do. Got both ends which is nice when I switch over to schrader soon. I hear it's actually the way to go on MTBs since we run lower pressure. I mean think about it, a bigger hole to dump sealant and air into is better than presta.... Even Stans knows this, they make schrader stems now. Only a matter of time!

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on February 10, 2018

1 5

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

There I said it. Since no one else apparently can without overstepping journalistic/marketing law or "industry standards."

I have a simple test for how good a helmet is:
1) Put it on and get it snug, adjust sizing if needed.
2) Lay on the ground and within a normal range of motion see if your skull touches the ground. If it does, in certain scenarios it's likely to NOT BE EFFECTIVE at protecting your head - the entire point of a helmet-

This helmet has a glaring open patch in the rear where my entire occipital lobe was exposed to direct hit if my chin was tucked in, you know that thing you do when you are instinctively protecting your head in a crash.

I returned this helmet and would not recommend it.

- I will say though that I will be trying out the forefront because Smith's helmet construction is top notch, they just really really messed this one up.

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on January 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So fun story: I just got these a few days ago and put them on my Surly Straggler commuter build. I started biking to work because there wasn't really a winter in Salt Lake, and as I was fiddling with them in the office, it started to snow. By the time I left for the trek home, 3 inches on the ground. These performed flawlessly.

Set up was a little rough, but nearly everything on a bike is about give and take. Just adjust it and the ride a little and play with it till it works.

Tools you might need to get these installed: #3 allen wrenches (comes with one too, if my size is wrong, it's whatever the standard bottle screw mount size is), 7/8?/10 mm wrench for the nuts, and patience. Sorry, the list isn't definitive, you might need more or less depending on your bike needs.

If you have any questions, you can always email me (I'm secretly a gearhead)- anajam@backcountry.com.

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on January 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing works as advertised, and yes it's just a syringe. No, the end isn't brass as shown, but hey it got the stans in with little mess and I didn't have to re-seat my tire.

Pro tip: Take the plunger out and screw the injector on and pour the stans into the tire!

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on January 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm about the stans, works great! I've had it in my tires for 4 years and have sealed even non-tubless tires (though you have to re-up more often). Just got the injector too, GAME CHANGER!

You could make your own, but why? This stuff works great and your time is better spent making homebrew Skr@tch (Tums, fruit powder, honey, and salt to taste ;)

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on January 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was a-looking for a simple and secure bottle cage and this fit the bill. I prefer this wrap around design vs. the other cheap cages, it holds my bottle of choice well - Camelback Podiums. DOES NOT COME WITH HARDWEAR!

Cheap, effective, colorful, cool. Get one!
If you have any questions, you can always email me (I'm secretly a gearhead)- anajam@backcountry.com.

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on January 19, 2018

5 5

Yup it's a nalgene. I bounce around every few years between SS vacuum bottles and plastic and I got this to pair with the Blackburn Outpost Cargo/Bottle holder. I didn't feel like sacrificing one of the numerous SS bottles I have on the bike so I got this in PINK. Hard to clean, but nalgene maintenance is an art; an art I hope to get right this time.

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