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tchokaeewewrote a review of on September 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stuff is a legitimate product and works just as advertised. Make sure you check it every so often to make sure it hasn't dried out. My Stan's was dried up when I hit a sharp and nasty rock garden that pierced my tire resulting in a small slash across the tread, perhaps 1/8 of an inch. I used a tube to finish my ride and then patched the inside of the tire and filled it back up with Stan's; it's working great.

I actually discovered there was a second puncture from the same impact made on the sidewall of the tire and Stan's has sealed that bad boy right up as well.

Running tubeless is worth it and Stan's is definitely the way to go.

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tchokaeewewrote a review of on September 16, 2015

One-Bike Quiver
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this bike in early May, 2015 and have spent a decent amount of time riding it this season in Utah. So far this bike has covered 212 miles with 30,401 ft in total elevation gain over the course of 24 rides. I am 6'5" and obviously purchased an XL. Weighing the bike at home with clipless pedals comes to just over 30 pounds.

•Feel: I love how this bike rides. Definitely an all mountain bike. I climb better on this bike than I did on my previous Specialized hardtail, this includes leaving my rear shock in "open/descend" mode. Descents are a blast and I can romp through some technical and rocky terrain with plenty of control. Steep descents are easily handled as well even with my height. I have never felt like I was going to endo but at the same time I've never had to bump my butt against the rear tire, which speaks well to the center of gravity down steep sections. The suspension performs very well and I love the feel of the VPP both in climbing and descending. As I mentioned before I climb with the rear shock in "open" and the VPP suspension operates as Santa Cruz advertises. Additionally the carbon frame is so stiff and solid; I love it.

•Facts: My Strava times have improved dramatically, FWIW. I frequently ride with my uncle who destroyed me on downhills in the past and now I hang off his back wheel the whole way down. I clean/wash the bike pretty frequently depending on how dirty the ride was and I have yet to notice any paint chips from rocks flipping up off the tires. Although the bike did fall over once and scratched the paint on the side of the bike. I keep the chain lubed with Boeshield T9 and that stuff is amazing. My chain has been in great shape and I can run several rides in very dusty conditions without picking up dirt and hearing no noise from the chain; I still lube frequently.
-In late August I was moving the bike and heard a weird clanking noise coming from the frame. Lifting the rear tire off the ground there is something rolling around inside the down tube. I have no idea what it is as the down tube is completely sealed internally so I have no way of extracting it out. The bike has never been crashed so there is no way something would have broken off from an impact. I can't hear any noise when riding, only when I tip the bike up in the air so it doesn't bother me that much.
-Stan's sealant does dry out and the Maxxis High Roller II's can puncture. I learned this the hard way when I hit a rock garden particularly hard and 50 yards later found my front tire flat. The result was a 1/4 inch cut in the tread and a pin-sized hole in the sidewall just above the lip of the rim (snake bite flat). A patch on the inside of the tire sealed it back up and I'm running fresh Stan's again. However, I noticed that the tire is now permanently deformed and has a wobble to it. The rim is true but the tire seems to have stretched somewhere so a 6 inch section is off center.
-A mystery dent has appeared in my rear wheel. Sometimes I feel the back end hit really hard when going through rocky sections but I always make sure I have enough pressure in my rear tires that I shouldn't be bottoming out. I'm getting that dent straightened out but the tire still seals and runs tubeless.

•Upgrades: No upgrades have been made as of yet (pending wife approval for budget). First thing I will do is get a dropper post. This bike does not come standard with a quick release lever for the seat post so unless you have a dropper or buy a quick release lever you will be using a 4mm hex every time you need to raise/lower the seat. A 1x11 is in my future but only once my drivetrain needs to be replaced. ENVE wheels would be awesome but they are $$$$$$$. For now this bike rides great how it is.

After almost a full riding season I still love my purchase.

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tchokaeewewrote a review of on May 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Who doesn't want to film their adventures in 4K? GoPro Heros are great for any action footage or simple camera functionality and the Hero 4 Black certainly performs as you'd expect for the cost. Happier because I got it on discount around the holidays but it's already put a smile on my face from mountain bike rides, hikes, and capturing "firsts" of my baby son.

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tchokaeewewrote a review of on May 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are a lot of good floor pumps out there and this seems like all the others upon first glance.
Let me say that what sets this apart is the fantastic hose connector for your valves. I love that it screws onto the threads so you don't lose it while inflating. The pump is built from good materials, looks great, and is perfect for home use. Other pumps are good, this one is fantastic.

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tchokaeewewrote a review of on May 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is great for cleaning my chain off. Scrubbers and brushes do their job well and it keeps you from making a mess.
Only downside is the 8 ounces of Chain Brite solution doesn't go very far. I've cleaned my 3rd chain and it's almost gone according to instructions for amount of solution to use.

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tchokaeewewrote a review of on May 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 192 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I have 3-4 different brands of these liner shorts for mountain biking and these are hands down the best ones. Material seems higher quality, tighter/sleeker fit, and the elastic around the waist and thighs is perfect.
Also, padding does its job very well. I've done several 10+ mile bike rides on rough terrain with a brand new bike/saddle and I haven't felt any saddle soreness.

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tchokaeewewrote a review of on May 14, 2015

5 5

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

I bought this for my wife to replace an older Polar HR monitor watch she had.
This has great functionality and the GPS is wonderful. It took my wife a few times to figure it out but she never bothered to read the instructions. I spent some time diving through them and set up & operation is very simple.
Syncs easily and battery life seems to be pretty good. She runs 4-5 days/week and charges it once per week.

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tchokaeewewrote a review of on May 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this mainly as an extra safety measure when my bike is stored in my garage. I assume a thief with good enough cable cutters could get through this but it's an extra deterrent just in case, especially while my bike is hanging way up off the ground from the rafters in my garage.
Combo dials are easy to use, just have to make sure the cable isn't twisted too much or else they don't like to turn.

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tchokaeewewrote a review of on May 14, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was expecting something a bit more sturdy when I ordered this. The description says it is spring loaded when it actually turns out to be a simple bungee and is about the width of thick yarn. I don't feel very confident in it long-term.
Also, the wider attachment that goes around your stem is very large and the whole front end of the bike sways about and the handle bars turn. Make sure you have something to secure the front wheel so that it's not moving all over the place while driving.

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tchokaeewewrote a review of on April 8, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was very happy to see a more affordable option for bike stands and I have been happy with other Park Tool products I have purchased. The material is strong and sturdy while the overall assembly is pretty basic. I think the clamp is perfect as it is very easy to rotate from a horizontal to vertical position and anywhere in between while also controlling how tight you close it down on your seat post or bike tube.

Now for the 2 stars. The base of the unit where the leg assembly slides down and locks with the push button does not work properly. Once the stand is holding weight, any force applied by myself on the bike will cause the leg assembly to unlock the push button by sliding right over the top of it and the legs begin to slide up the vertical tube of the stand.

I may try to file the small hole opening where the push button should be locking because it seems to taper open on the inside of the hole allowing the button to easily be pushed in. I am hoping this fixes it, otherwise the stand is almost unusable.

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tchokaeewewrote a review of on March 29, 2014

4 5

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

I recently purchased bikes for my wife and myself and obviously a pump is a necessity. I didn't realize how tiny this thing would look next to my XXL frame! We have not had any flats yet but they will come, and when they do it's great to have a pump on hand. I wish it could do both Presta and Schrader valves, that's my only thought that doesn't make this pump perfect.

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tchokaeewewrote a review of on March 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this helmet for my wife and another similar Bell helmet for myself recently and they are perfect. Hopefully we never have to see how well they work in a crash situation? However, they fit great with adjustments and provide ventilation and comfort. I'm happy with the price as well.

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tchokaeewewrote a review of on January 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are extremely light weight and strong tent stakes. They hold their place in the ground incredibly well and I am very happy I got them. I've had one thing I don't like about the stakes but I don't think this is necessarily worth docking off a star, more of a personal irritation. I scuffed them up pretty bad driving them into rock ground. There weren't any big rocks but the ground was very tough and the stakes had several gouges in them after I removed them the next morning. They still function perfectly fine but now have sharp little edges on them so I need to take extra care to not cut myself or catch any fabric on them. Aside from that these have been phenomenal.

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tchokaeewewrote a review of on January 21, 2014

5 5

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

I bought this mummy liner for my wife's sleeping bag. She tends to sleep a bit on the cold side and also didn't like the feeling of sleeping against the sleeping bag itself. This liner helped out with both, though it only does so much to add warmth. The fabric is much better to sleep against than the inside of a sleeping bag. Easy to pack and easy to clean, it's a winner.

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tchokaeewewrote a review of on January 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife and I love these bottles. I love the colors and their durability. Works great at home, in the office, up on the mountain, wherever! I have the Katadyn Combi water filter and it screws right onto the mouth of the Nalgene, so convenient for backpacking & hiking trips where there is a reliable water source without having to carry all that extra water. Again, these bottles rock.

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