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Kevin K

Kevin K

Gearhead

SLC, UT

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on January 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the frame for non-action shooting with the GoPro to maximize the audio and decrease weight as much as possible. I’ve been impressed with how secure it holds the camera, but it does leave it vulnerable to damage much easier without the lens protector. Personally I wouldn’t use the frame doing any action filming as it seems like a really good way to need a replacement lens/GoPro.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on January 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The GoPro Fetch harness is a super badass way to capture the way your dog views everything. I wasn’t sure how the harness would fit on my relatively thin pup of 28 lbs, but the straps had plenty of adjustment to not only fit her, but her heavier-set friends as well. Luckily once we’re on the trail she seems to forget it’s there. The only issue I’ve found is preventing some swaying when she runs. Luckily using the lower position mount the swaying is minimized. If you have a GoPro and a dog, this is a must have item.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on October 28, 2015

5 5

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

I set out to true a cheap wheel at work when the correct size park wrench couldn't be found. I thought I was hosed, until I found the Unior triple spoke wrench that saved the day. This tool is great to have in your toolbox just so you know you're covered for any size spoke nipples that come along. I ended up purchasing one for my own toolbox at home.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on October 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using Continentals Revo sealant this entire season with good luck. I can't tell much of a difference from Stan's, they seem to seal the same and last just about as long. However I have heard from several sources you definitely don't want to mix this stuff with Stan's. Of course this was AFTER I already had, and the world did not come to an end, so there's that. I would recommend installing sealant using a syringe that fits to a presta valve. You don't know what you're missing if you don't.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on October 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Perfect for if you're the king of flats or a friendly trail fairy. Save some dough by buying CO2's in bulk. I've learned to always carry at least 2 on rides just in case, which can get expensive if you buy in singles or 6 packs. If you don't need all 30, find a friend to split them with.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on October 28, 2015

5 5

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

While this tool does do it's job for Shimano ISIS bottom brackets, I bought it to swap chainrings on my Race Face Cinch (direct mount chainring) crankset. I bought this one over the Park tool version because I can use it with a 1/2in driver, just like my Pedros cassette tool, whereas you need a crescent wrench with the Park version.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on October 28, 2015

5 5

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

Don't you love it when your buddy, coworker, or enemy grabs a handful of brake when your wheel is off your bike? Instead of using a screwdriver and possibly scratching your pads or setting the pistons back in incorrectly, use this tool to get those speed scrubbers back in action fast. Keep this tool in your toolbox or trunk just in case.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on October 21, 2015

It's all in the details
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Even before putting on the new Montaro helmet I could tell Giro took their time to get this helmet dialed. It was great to see a bit of a departure from the standard new color options and zero new features. Of course it still carries typical traits of Giro helmets in that the helmet is lightweight, has a great fit, and a sleek, quality feel.

The biggest trait of the Montaro that I am most excited about is the MIPS liner to add some additional safety for your noggin in case you take a fall. At first I was concerned that the liner may provide some ventilation limitations, however I was pleasantly surprised at how well this helmet was able to dump heat on grueling climbs, despite the MIPS liner.

Several other features stood out on the helmet that I wasn't expecting to get my attention. First, the hydrophilic padding soaks up a ton of sweat like a Shamwow, and feels like a pillow. Secondly, the visor has a few indentations to make visor adjustment simple and easy to do while riding if needed. These indents, along with the rubberized grippers, make using the Montaro with goggles feel like a match made in heaven. Lastly, the removable Go Pro mount that clips into the top vent of the helmet took me by surprise. It was the first mount that actually made me want to use my Go Pro since the setup was so simple and easy to clip on and off. However, I was disappointed with how easy the breakaway function was and would suggest using a short leash so you don't lose yours on the trail. Hopefully this will be addressed by Giro.

All in all, I was really impressed with the comfort, protection, and plethora of subtle features the Montaro provides while being lightweight.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on September 28, 2015

Not your average lycra kit
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Fox has really stepped up with the Savant lycra kit. This kit is equally at home on singletrack as it is on tarmac. It is obvious that the materials and fit were closely looked at and improved upon from their standard Livewire jersey and bib shorts. The fit is more of a race cut, but the materials used have good stretch to them to not feel restrictive. There are 3 standard pockets, as well as one zippered pocket on the jersey, which is a nice touch to keep more important items safe when crushing singletrack or pavement. The bibs also include a couple pockets as well, which I haven't used yet, but will come in handy for packing extra fuel for longer rides. Alongside the fit, I was equally impressed with the quality of the chamois in the bibs. It's in the ballpark of some of the higher end bib shorts I've used, and bounds above the standard mtb chamois.

All in all, this new lycra kit rivals some of the best lycra jersey/bib shorts out there when it comes to fit and comfort, with more flamboyant style.

As for sizing, I would wear the same size I typically wear with Fox, but knowing that this kit is meant to be more of a race cut than club fit. I would suggest sizing up if you are on the edge.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on September 28, 2015

Not your average lycra kit
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Fox has really stepped up with the Savant lycra kit. This kit is equally at home on singletrack as it is on tarmac. It is obvious that the materials and fit were closely looked at and improved upon from their standard Livewire jersey and bib shorts. The fit is more of a race cut, but the materials used have good stretch to them to not feel restrictive. There are 3 standard pockets, as well as one zippered pocket on the jersey, which is a nice touch to keep more important items safe when crushing singletrack or pavement. The bibs also include a couple pockets as well, which I haven't used yet, but will come in handy for packing extra fuel for longer rides. Alongside the fit, I was equally impressed with the quality of the chamois in the bibs. It's in the ballpark of some of the higher end bib shorts I've used, and bounds above the standard mtb chamois.

All in all, this new lycra kit rivals some of the best lycra jersey/bib shorts out there when it comes to fit and comfort, with more flamboyant style.

As for sizing, I would wear the same size I typically wear with Fox, but knowing that this kit is meant to be more of a race cut than club fit. I would suggest sizing up if you are on the edge.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These tubes are pretty standard. They are durable, yet pack up relatively small to not take up much space in a pack or on your frame. My favorite part of these is that they have longer valves so they will work with deeper carbon rims such as Enve M60's. It's no fun finding out that the tube you left in your pack doesn't stick out of your rim enough to pump it up when sitting on the side of the trail.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This was one of the first cycling specific tools I got that felt it was worth its weight in gold. If you've tried cutting housing or cables with anything other than a dedicated tool, you've probably been disappointed and heading back to your LBS for a new cable. For simple basic maintenance of replacing your housing every year or so, these are mandatory. They pay for themselves quickly and will last for years and years to come.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like using the hacksaw guide as I think it leaves a better cut than a pipe cutter. In the past when I've used a pipe cutter I've gotten a raised edge that needed to be filed down, and was more of a hassle than cleaning up the edge the hacksaw left. It does take a bit more to make sure you line up your cut correctly, but some care this should be the last guide you need to purchase.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Every so often I add a tool to my toolbox that I really appreciate. First was either a cable/housing cutter or a bottom bracket tool. Eventually as I began building my bikes myself, this tool has become a big help. I don't have to use it often, but it definitely makes the job quick and painless. It only takes one uneven or set-too-deep starnut to realize the headaches this tool prevents.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 8, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Actually I did crack one of the links on mine within the first or second time using this chainwhip. I was able to pop the pin back in so I could continue to use it though and have used it at least a dozen more times since. I'm pretty sure there's a lifetime warranty on Park tools, but since I've been able to still make it work, I've been too lazy to take them up on a warranty claim.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This chain checker is easy to use to check your chain stretch. While I don't use it very often, it's nice to have to be sure I replace an inexpensive chain prior to needing to add a cassette or chainrings to the bill. Easily pays for itself in time when considering some 11 speed cassettes are upwards of $500. Construction is solid and like Ben said, will be the last one you ever need.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

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

I purchased this tool to keep in my toolbox as I have a chain tool on my multitool for when I'm stuck on the side of the trail. Without a doubt this tool would certainly be trail worthy with it's rugged construction in a small package. While I haven't busted a pin, it's nice to know that replacements are available just in case.

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