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Steve Tam

Steve Tam

North America

Steve Tam's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Running
Climbing

Steve Tam's Bio

Daddy, Husband, Product Designer, Snapshooter.

Gave up a 12 year career in Physical Therapy to become an Industrial Designer. My family, friends, and the outdoors hold a special place in my heart. Attempting to fill my days with love, laughter, and a healthy dose of mountains.

Love to chase singletrack, ski where there are no lift lines, hike with the family, and swim in water that may or may not induce shrinkage.

Instagram: @ridetrails

Web: www.stephentam.com

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Steve Tam

Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 19, 2015

Lightweight
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The first thing I noticed about these shoes is how lightweight they were. Coming off a set of Hoka Mafate, the weight difference is quite noticeable especially while running in the hills. The heel is 29mm, toe is 24mm, for an offset of 5mm.

Construction is good and the upper breathes well. The treads on the bottom are nice a grippy and I have not had any issues with traction.

I'm a heavy runner with not any sort of technique so the extra cushion is welcome to reduce the impact. As mentioned earlier, coming off a set of Hoka Mafate, I could tell a difference in the slimmer sole of the Challenger ATR (The Mafate has a 35mm heel vs. the 29mm of the Challenger ATR) mostly after an hour of trail running. I went back to the Mafate but still use the Challanger ATRs for shorter runs or fast hiking.

Also it's nice the shoes are starting to look less like old lady butt toning shoes and they are sort of toning down the colors.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 18, 2015

Good for the family car
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Putting this rack together was simple. I was concerned about the adaptor for the 2 inch hitch but has not been an issue. The cam system that tightens the rack in the hitch works well and is secure. While tightening the knob it helped to gently rock the rack so the corners of the adaptor found the corners of the hitch. (Compared to the Yakima Swingdaddy, the Swingdaddy would not secure itself in the hitch despite cranking down on the knob to the point it wouldn't even turn or loosen). There is also a lever that clicks into the hole in the side of the hitch for added security.

Swinging the bikes aside is easy and there are some locking pins to prevent it from swinging back on you (one is semi- automatic and one needs to be put in place by hand).

A lock for the hitch and a lock for a small cable in the rack are included. If you want further security purchase a long cable and u lock.

I haven't had any issues with the adaptor as the previous reviewer.

This rack is good for the family bikes....like lower end kid bikes and adult hardtails. Full suspension bikes have a difficult time being mounted on these style racks and a lot of the high end carbon bikes do not recommend using a rack like this.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 14, 2015

Great Shorts
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The Club Ride Cargo Away shorts are very comfortable to ride in. These are great shorts if you're not into the "Bro" look of super long shorts, retina searing colors, and huge look at me logos. Fabulous black color hides mud stains and looks good on and off the bike for those post ride meals.

The waist adjust buckles are my favorite and least favorite features of these shorts. Huge props to Club Ride for not using velcro here (which snags jerseys and so forth). The buckles are easy to use but unfortunately are also easy to unlock and loosen. The buckles have unlocked while riding on downhills and climbs that have caused the shorts to sag and get caught on the seat. I've become more aware of it and constantly check the buckles but would rather think about riding.

All in all these are a great pair of shorts. Lots of pockets and zippers can secure gear without any worries of snagging while riding.

These shorts do not come with any liner/inner shorts so you can wear your favorite chamois.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 9, 2015

Traction Found
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been a long time user of the Schwalbe Nobby Nic and finally tried out the Magic Mary. Holy traction finders! The knobs are huge and grip on to the dirt tighter than that creepy Gollum thing (from Lord of the Rings) gripped on to that pesky ring. With the severe drought affecting us out West, the trails have been dusty and blown out even through winter. With the Magic Mary there is hope for traction to be found.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I purchased these for my daughter and she likes to wear them. The material is light and she does not complain of getting too hot. Nice styling and an actual four inch inseam that is actually four inches. Internal button/elastic band adjust on the inside front waist helps dial in the fit for kids on the go.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 9, 2015

Fantastic!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Climbing:

Subjectively this is hands down the best climbing bike in this category of mountain bikes. In fact this bike climbs almost as well as the Ripley (which is mind blowing). It climbs very efficiently (even with the rear shock in descend mode). I keep the lever in descend mode and never have to touch it even on hour long climbs. There is no hint of any loss of forward motion when pedaling. The DW Link works like magic allowing this bike to scoot up hills with less effort. My last bike was a Yeti SB-66c and it took significantly more effort to climb up steep hills and tight switchbacks. This bike climbs so well I find myself reaching for this bike more than my hardtail.

Descending:

The HD3 is well balanced at high speed and also in tight technical situations. Point the bike and it goes there without complaining. The HD3 is so well mannered it does not overwhelm but rather encourages the rider to improve and progress. If you are looking for a bike closer to a DH sled you may consider other options.

Favorite things about this bike: How well it climbs and descends. In fact this bike is fantastic everywhere. Another bonus is the ability to ride the bike without flipping any lockout levers, switches, and so forth?its nice to just go out and ride and only think about riding.

Thoughts:

If you are looking for a bike that is a complete joy to ride anywhere on any type of terrain don?t look anywhere else. The mixture or the HD3?s climbing prowess and descending capabilities are downright impressive. Back in the early 90?s, when full suspension was starting to evolve, we wished for a bike like this. I remember at Norba Nationals we all rode Amps (with different stickers) which looking back were more like pogo sticks with cantilevers. I?m glad a bike like this was created during my lifetime. Well done Ibis.

Who would like this bike:

Anyone who loves to mountain bike, road racers, and even equestrians. If the last two groups rode it they would convert to mountain biking.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 9, 2015

Covert Ops
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This seatpost mounts very clean and performs like all Thomson products: Flawless. The lever has a good feel to it and even has a machined out portion that hides the cable and cable end cleanly. Action is smooth and the rate of seat return is not too fast, and not too slow....it's just right....so it doesn't punch your treasures.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 9, 2015

Wow
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is hands down the best front shifting performance I've ever experienced. The side swing design is compact and fits well on today's full suspension rigs. Shifting between rings is so effortless it almost feels like Di2. If you decide to go the cable actuated route you can make your own front mech shifting noise and pretend you're using Di2. Zzzz!

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