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Jay Tierney

Jay Tierney

Jay Tierney

Jay Tierneywrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Smith Forefront reminded me a lot of the Smith Vantage ski helmet I wear all winter long, which was concerning because ski helmets are generally so much bulkier than bike helmets. Fortunately, after putting the Forefront on, which is very comfortable, you quickly forget it's there so it's plenty light and breathes well even on 100 degree days. It's also solid and sturdy enough to hold a light up top with a self-contained battery without it slipping around or feeling awkward. For how much it costs it should probably include the light / GoPro mounting adapter, but whatever, it's another $12 or so from Smith so not a huge deal and more importantly it works great.

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Jay Tierneywrote a review of on July 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was concerned about these shorts being too snug based on the other reviews, so I ordered them a bit larger (34 waist when I'm normally a 32 or 33) and they're perfect. So definitely error on the larger size but you don't need to go too far beyond that. Nicely placed pockets that aren't too big but still large enough to hold an iPhone 6, for example, without bugging my leg during rides.

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Jay Tierneywrote a review of on July 28, 2015

The Bronson Plain Rips
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Never in my life did I think I'd ever spend this much on a bike, but I'm so glad I did. There's a good reason the Bronson is so popular amongst avid riders, it absolutely shreds and is also super playful. Really the best of both worlds.

It took a bit to get it dialed in to my liking - I swapped the stem for a shorter one (I'm 5'11" and ride a large so a bit less reach was nice), replaced the stock grips with some wider ones, then added a dropper post - but once I did, oh man. I feel like I'm in mountain-biking heaven. The Bronson and this specific build with 150mm suspension up front and in back really inspires confidence to just tear into rough terrain and really go for it. Also, after riding an aluminum frame previously, I did notice some degree of vibration dampening from the carbon frame so it's not just hype and worth the extra expense. I can say without a doubt this bike makes me a better rider and I'm having even more fun because of it.

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Jay Tierneywrote a review of on February 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As someone who just doesn't like the feeling of being clipped in, these shoes are amazing because they have so much grip to your pedal pins that you don't really feel like you're making a compromise. Also very comfortable for those stretches where you have to hike your bike up something steep, which I do quite frequently. I've put over 1,000 miles on them since last spring and they're holding up great.

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Jay Tierneywrote a review of on February 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've taken a few mountain-biking tumbles and these knee pads really did the job. Super durable and also surprisingly comfortable - I will often just put them on before the ascent and they don't bug me one bit. I'm 5' 11" / 170 pounds with soccer player legs and wasn't sure if I should order the M or L size - went with the large and was glad I did. If you're between sizing I'd recommend going with the larger size. The velcro straps will keep them in place nicely and when they heat up they really do seem to conform to the contours of your knees.

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