NATHAN HARRISON

NATHAN HARRISON

I Street with a shovle and a bike.

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote a review of on February 22, 2012

4 5

I sure you have had that tier that you thought you would never get off, well that will never happen with the Park Tool Heavy Duty Steel Tire Lever Set. The only down side is that they can dent your rim depending on how soft they are or leave a some bad marking on them. So you will have to take your time and let the tool do all the work. I wrapped a little bit of electrical tape around the tip. It will add some protection but only good for one uses. Just make sure you just us them for popping the bead off, don't slide them all the way around or you might leave a sliver mark around your new black rims.

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote a review of on February 22, 2012

If you don't know now you know.
5 5

Starting at the levers, they’ve been reworked and are quite different then the new XT/XTR style mid/high pivot location and feature aluminum reach adjustment as well as an free stroke screw. . I’m not sure if I personally like the way the lever travels upon actuation but the feel of the Shimano Servowave technology is quite impressive. Looking at the lever more, you can see that there are a good bit of screws as well on the lever in general and the one piece clamp means you’ll have to remove your grips to install or remove them. The one piece clap means it snaps when you crash/bail rather then having a screw or a back side clamp fail. Keep them lightly tightened so they will move out of the way rather then snap off. Overall the brake system worked near flawlessly outside of some ambient squealing they seemed to develop after getting broken in. The calipers come with metallic pads and these are typically louder than organic pads but I didn't really hear anything since I now have the confidence to go full speed and knowing I will be able to stop on a dime. While some squealing can often be felt in the lever itself as a shuddering gobble, the Saint brakes did not feel this way which was good. Brakes are one of the key parts on a bike and the Saint brakes instill confidence. The brakes felt best under heavy braking (or last minute braking) but didn’t feel like they lost too much modulation in the slower sections that required a bit more finesse. It was easy to feel / predict the power of the brakes (especially at speed) and that is something a lot of brakes often lack. Power and a feel that no other brake can beat, I will never run another brake. Thank you Saint.

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote an answer about on February 22, 2012

No. All brake manufacturer have slight differences in their sizing. If you run Shimano then you should use Shimano adapters, they will fit perfectly and your pads/rotors will last a lot longer. I ran some Avid's on my bike for a little while and when I got my Saint I was so pumped that I just slide it on and forgot to install the new Shimano adapter. Once I tried to get the wheel on the rotor wouldn't clear the caliper. So I put my Shimano adapter on and it lined up perfectly.

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote an answer about on February 22, 2012

1/2x1/8" chains vs. 1/2x3/32" chains. 1/2x1/8" chains suck. Run whatever you want, but bigger isn't better here. Yeah, they're wider, but according to manufacturer-supplied data, they're not stronger and they are definitely not of better quality. Multi-speed drivetrains is where the bucks are at, and chains that work on such drivetrains are where the manufacturers of chains showcase their innovations and developments in quality. The rollers are better, the plates are better, the pins are stronger, and the construction method (riveting procedure) is better on all multi-speed 3/32" chains. I guess if you grind your chainring and chain down the handrail every night at the local pub, a bigger 1/2x1/8 " chain will last longer, but most of us don't and it won't. If you have an old Singleator: Dammit, don't use a 1/2x1/8" chain!!! Otherwise, you'll tear the Singleator off the bike, among other things, guaranteed. This is no longer the case with our redesigned Singleator. The old version used a loop over the jockey wheel to help keep the chain in place. This loop would catch 1/8" chains, which are fatter than 3/32". The current Singleator uses guide plates on each side of the jockey wheel to achieve the same purpose, but depending on the orientation of the wheels, it can run 3/32" or 1/8" chains. We still prefer narrow chains, but if you absolutely must use an 1/8", the new design will work for you.

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote a review of on February 22, 2012

Out lasts everything.
5 5

I love this cog and I have tried everything out. Some have work well for a while and some will bend or snap after a week. This Surly Single Cog is how all bike components should be made, to with stand the test of time. They have a wider base that keeps your freehub body in perfect shape. You can also find a perfect chain line with out moving to much. Just flip it over for 4mm inside or outside, spacer kits sometime don't have one small enough for that fine tune adjustment. These cogs have a tall tooth profile that is essential for preventing chain skip from the extra torque from a single speed drivetrain. Another thing I love about the cog base width is 4.35mm, so I stack a 4 of them up and use a 9-speed shifter for a slop style/ free ride set up. And I have never had my chain fall off and I mean never. Spend a little more now and save a ton in the long ride.

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote a review of on November 18, 2011

5 5

This belt is the best belt I have ever owned. The leather is super strong and even when wet it stays the same size with very little stretch even when wearing the belt on you ass. I have never worn pants on my hips so I have been through my share of belts. But this on is still rocking it strong. The only down side is it smells like leather, I mean like you just walked into a Harley Davidson convention. So bad I had to keep away from everything or it would smell just like the belt. Small price to pay for the best belt in the world!

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote a review of on November 16, 2011

5 5

This is perfect for anyone that works on their own bike. It can hold everything you need it to and will fold away once your done. We have 4 of them at my shop perfect for any place that has a small space for big shop tables. I have even taken it to the local dirt jump trails to build up a bike that I had just picked up. Good thing to cuz once I was ready to ride 3 other guys were looking to use it for some needed repairs. Then after a full day of ridding it worked as a min card table for some after hour actives.

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote a review of on November 11, 2011

5 5

I rode these like I stole it. They have 2 tiny dent that were my bad I tried to gap a big double set of stairs and had a blow out. So the rear wheel took the hit, I thought they would be done for sure. Nothing, no truing need all the spokes were nice and tight and it took me 5 min to find the tiny dents. Wow! I ride dirt jumps, skate parks, street, and some slop style they are the perfect wheel set for anything you want to ride. Make sure to get the warranty for 20.00 its worth it if you ever have any trouble with them but I highly doubt you will ever use it.

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote a review of on November 11, 2011

5 5

This is the only helmet that I will wear besides the Remedy full face. Its a perfect fit every time I can customize the pads on the inside to give me the padding I like in the front and the slim pads in the back. You can find it in any color to match your bike or your favorite jerseys.

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote a review of on June 27, 2011

5 5

I pick up this pair during the winter so I don't give them the full test in tell the spring/summer. I have to say they are the best hands down. They run small they really should make a 2XL for the guys that have a biker legs. But they just hold a little snug about the 4 session they feel a lot better. I fell 15 plus feet to my knees and the only thing that happened was I had to dust off and do it aging. They stay soft in tell they hit hard then they change into the hulk and nothing will faze them. I wear pants when I ride, I would never wear them with shorts they will get ripped up. If you wear shorts then get the ones with the hard caps. I will never buy any other brand of pads, ever!

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote a review of on May 18, 2011

5 5

This pair of shorts are perfect. Soft to the touch but durable when it comes to long term wear. I held off on a review so I could put these shorts through hell and back. Well they made it and still look as new as the day I slid into them. They look great, they have that hip hop feel and the hippie look. You can never go wrong with The North Face!

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote a review of on April 4, 2011

4 5

This jacket is perfect, if it fit me. I'm 6'3" and I had picked up a 3XL it was way to short. I read the center back length and measured my self to check and see if it would fit me. It turned out it is the box shape, got wider with the higher sizes rather then longer. I ended up getting the Resolve jacket that had a longer non-box fit. They are the same material and almost the same jacket. I love it and wear it any chance I get. If your a little taller you might want to check out the Resolve jacket it has a longer fit.

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote a review of on April 4, 2011

5 5

This sweatshirt is perfect, super soft super warm. I love the print on the back it keep The North Face style of Berkeley California 1968 back when they started North Face. I would get on in every color if the made them. I have never had so many people ask me where I got it all I can say is Backcountry.com you'll love them.

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote a review of on January 20, 2011

5 5

This will save the balls on your ankles, I have tried other brands and found that POC make the best by far. Others are hard plastic that just send the impacted into your ankle, they don't help that much on protecting. POC's absorb the impacted and stay in place. They are a little tight at first but wear in pretty fast. The only down side is that I wear ankle wraps and they don't fit well together, I wish that POC would make a ankle wrap joint guard combo. I just put them both on and throw down. If you plan on leaning any no footed trick then you will need these, don't waste your time with any other brand get the best.

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NATHAN HARRISON wrote a review of on January 5, 2011

5 5

Let just say I wear this sweatshirt just about every day this winter and I plan on wearing it for as long a I can or in tell the spring heat makes me take it off. This jacket would be something you'd see 007 wearing while jumping out of a window, swing off a power line, and landing on a train all while shooting at some international terrorist that has a anthrax bomb that could take out the whole west cost. With all that being said. I now have bought all the ST jackets and sweatshirts. A must for any North Face collection.

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