Once again ridiculously expensive product launch pricing. I'll be waiting a year or two until a cheaper version comes out.
Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's Top Reviewer Award - Presented by Jenson USA 3/5/2014 3:04 PM
Liked a comment on the item First Look: SRAM's 7-Speed X01 DH Drivetrain Takes Downhill Gearing to the Next Level 3/4/2014 4:29 PM
Liked a comment on the item Game Changer: Introducing the YT Capra 3/2/2014 7:36 AM
YT could have taken that route 2 years ago, but didn't want to just end up selling through a distributor. The franchise concept is taking them a bit of time to develop, but should be worth the wait as they intend to keep selling direct with low prices in the franchise markets....more
Liked a comment on the item Game Changer: Introducing the YT Capra 3/1/2014 7:57 AM
Will buy as soon as they come to the USA. Provided they keep the same part specs and pricing.
Added a product review for Kore Torsion Stem 2/26/2014 8:29 PM
The Good: great bang for the buck
The Bad: no adjustability in length or rise
Kore stems may not have the exotic looks or fancy name brand that will get kids drooling over it in the parking lot. The design of their Torsion Direct Mount stem is simple and the quality is apparent when you handle it and bolt it onto the upper crown of your fork. A good stem does its job dutifully and without a lot of attention. You could easily pay twice as much for another stem that does the same job.
Some direct mount stems allow for multiple lengths or the ability to flip flop for different rise options. Kore's torsion direct mount stem offers no adjustability and so you want to make sure that the length and rise are what you need.
The bottom line is that after 6 months of using this stem it still looks and feels as solid as day one. Consider it as a contender for your hard earned cash providing the size fits your needs.
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Added a product review for Marzocchi 888 CR Fork 2/22/2014 9:29 PM
The Good: low maintenance, smooth feel
The Bad: a bit heavy, few dials for fine tuning
Last summer I purchased a cheap dh bike for bike park days and it came with a single crown fork. I soon ditchedthe fork in favor for the Marzocchi 888 cr. The relatively good price and my previous experience with Marzocchi forks sealed the deal. Once I had sold off the single crown fork I was looking at about a $350 upgrade which was staying true to the "budget" part of my new dh rig.
I was really hoping that the fork would be like a big brother to the bomber 66 single crown fork, which I have had a few times on different bikes over the years. I was pleased to find out that was the case after getting it set-up and taking it out for a few laps. Knowing what to expect, I felt right at home with the (wait for it) "plush and buttery" feel I've come to know from their products. The fork will gobble up the smallest bumps and has a fairly even, though progressive, feel to its travel.
Marzocchi forks are know for coming from the factory too soft for many riders. For me that isn't a big deal since I weight around 170 pounds and so it works for me out of the box, but others may need to upgrade springs or fiddle with the compression setting this fork has. Speaking of the dials available, you are looking at compression and rebound dials - that's it. If you are hoping to separate the low and high speed compression then you might want to step up to 888 RC3 EVO which is only a few hundred bucks more but may certainly be worth the price since my one real knock against the fork is that the initial part of the stroke is either too soft and dives fairly easily or either feels good but then the end of the travel ramps up too hard. I have found a good balance for me but if brake dive drives you crazy be forewarned.
Overall I'm satisfied with the Marzocchi 888 CR, and appreciate the extra stiffness and confidence that it brings versus the single crown that was stock on the bike. The good price and generally good feel of the fork make it a winner in my book.
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Liked a comment on the item Tested: Alex Supra30 Rim 2/22/2014 8:05 AM
Great review! I've got a pair of these on my dirt jumper. The rear rim has developed some throw and flat spots, but front rim is fine. I've had some loose spokes, which might be partly a reason for the throw. Hard hitting riders will be better off getting the stronger FR30 rim for rear wheel....more
Added a comment about product review Tested: Alex Supra30 Rim 2/21/2014 6:52 PM
Added a product review for Enve Composites Carbon Riser Bar 2/8/2014 9:38 PM
The Good: strong and light, good/simple graphics
The Bad: a bit spendy, but not much more than similar options
About a year ago I gouged my Easton Havoc carbon bar in a crash at bootleg canyon and afterward I was a bit nervous riding it with such a deep scratch and so decided to get a new bar. I mixed it up and bought a buddy's nearly new ENVE DH bar to see what I thought. In many regards it is similar to the Easton that I really like with very close rise and sweep numbers. One of the touches that I like about the ENVE is that there is a rough section for where the stem clamps on to prevent slips I suppose.
I did end up cutting down the 800mm bar to my preferred width of 760mm, but actually ended up taking too much off due to following the cutting marks printed on the bar. I ended up chopping off an extra 5mm so not the end of the world but I was pretty ticked that I didn't double check that the marks were accurate. Lesson learned.
Quality and performance otherwise has been excellent and so despite the high cost, which is not much more than other carbon bar options, this has been a terrific product.
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Liked a comment on the item Cam McCaul vs Rage Against the Machine Bassist in a Dirt Jump Trick Off! 2/8/2014 11:20 AM
Two Trek Y bikes died for this video...
Added a product review for Hope Technology Seat Collar 2/6/2014 8:40 PM
The Good: reliable, light
The Bad: nothing so far
Whether you're building up a bike from the frame or swapping out the standardquick release clamp that comes with most complete bikes, a nice seat tube collar is in order. I went with this one based upon brand reputation, the simple design and the reasonable price.
Nothing fancy here, the clamp just plain works. This is one of those components that you really don't want to think about too often. I have had two of these now, a blue on for my bottlerocket years ago and now a black one for the dh rig. I have moved it to a few different frames depending on which one has the dropper post on it and have had no problems with it working as expected.
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Added a product review for SDG Ti-Fly Saddle 2/6/2014 4:42 PM
The Good: Light, quality construction
The Bad: kinda pricey, but good deals can be found online
SDG's Ti Fly has titanium rails and thin padding to keep the weight to a minimum. I scored a good deal on one and put it on the dh bike where it works great. It is small/thin enough to not be in the way when moving around yet it feels solid when you need it to give the bike a little input with your legs. The saddle has been through a few crashes and the sides have held up well considering I got version with the nylon weave sides that are a bit tougher than a regular fabric.
I've used SDG saddles in the past and am a fan of the Bel-Air for trail riding where you spend a bit more time sitting down. Also the I beam is a really cool technology but I'm glad that SDG makes a railed version of their products.
Overall, the saddle is nice and great for something lightweight and minimal. Not the most comfortable thing for me to sit on for an extended time but that's all personal preference anyway. Despite being more money than I normally spend on a seat, I'd get it again.
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Added a product review for Intense Tire Systems MK2 Microknobby Tire 2/5/2014 7:51 PM
The Good: fast rolling, lightweight
The Bad: limited purpose
I was riding knobby tires on my hardtail that I use for commuting to work, riding with the kiddos,and kicking around town but decided to opt for these when I saw them on sale at Jensonusa.com. I'm glad I went for them as they increase the fun factor for my pavement rides. These roll much quicker and accelerate much faster than what I am used to in a knobby (obviously) or semi-slick so I'm a fan.
Overall these have held up well (no flats or slashes in the sidewall so far) and they have a really cool look to them as well, which has led to a number of comments about them by random strangers. I keep my knobby for the dirt days but these are great for what I use them for. The price made them a no-brainer at $17 a piece. The version I have and am reviewing is the 2.25 size, though you can get them in a slimmer 2.1 as well.
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Added a product review for Deity Compound Flat Pedal 2/5/2014 3:41 PM
The Good: Cheap, light, simple
The Bad: none so far
So what started out being a purchase to cheaply outfit my hardtail with some decent pedals, has led me to really like these pedals more and more. Soon these were on my main bike. My concern after moving these over to the full suspension bike, which sees more trail abuse, was that they pedals might not hold up due to the composite material versus a metal pedal. I actually like the way these will just slide off obstacles like rocks, where a metal pedal has the tendency to grip it and catch you (think tight, rocky tech sections). I've had no issues with the inner workings or the replaceable pins.
Style and fit are personal choices but I like the way they look and feel. I went for the purple to mix it up a bit but if I could have a do-over I'd go for black. No big deal, next time I will.
Basically, I think these pedals are way under-rated for their weight, quality and price. You could spend four times as much and still buy a heavier pedal! The Deity compound pedal has been a winner for me.
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Added a product review for Race Face Ambush Knee Pad 2/5/2014 3:09 PM
The Good: removable without taking shoes off, flexible d30 material makes pedaling better
The Bad: none found so far
So this is more of a comparison review from the knee pads I've been running for 3 years now (661 Strait knee pads).While I haven't tried every brand out there, the change to the Race Face Ambush has been pretty noticeable and I thought I mention how they've been for me.
The aforementioned knee pads that I had prior were ok, nothing amazing but these feel like the real deal. They don't get as hot or sweaty, they stay up on my legs and don't fall down as much, they are easier to pedal in, and they can be slapped on (or off) after you are all suited up without having to take off your shoes. This last feature means that it's less of a hassle to take them on and off during a ride, which is what I thought I'd be doing more of since its so easy, but I found that pedaling in them is hardly noticeable and I just leave them on for all but the hottest days or slogging up a long fireroad.
I have come down on these pads during minor crashes a couple of times and the fancy d30 material is like magic in the way it firms up to take the abuse and spread out the force. If I could wish for anything better it would be maybe a bit more side padding. Not that it's bad, I just tend to land more on the side of the leg during crashes than straight on so the side fabric tends to wear faster than the front. They are holding up fine though and the RF ambush pads should keep me happy for another season or two. For me the purchase to a nicer pair over my cheap 661s was a good call.
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Added a product review for Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Riding Short 2/5/2014 2:35 PM
The Good: Fits great and looks good
The Bad: zipper pocket is pretty small and hard to get your hand in
These shorts look good, fit nicely, and have adjustable features like waist Velcro straps and a hem which can be shortened if you want (I left it as is). I wear my own padded shorts underneath so this review is only looking at the shorts, not the liner that comes included.
The shorts that I've used that I don'twear much anymore are either too heavy (meaning thick fabric which gets hot in the summer), or are overloaded with features. I carry a small pack and so having cargo pockets for hauling gear is not needed. Thinner fabric and lack of bulky fabric helps a lot on the hot summer days around here. Again, this is what I like so you may prefer pockets to stash stuff.
The only thing I haven't tested out is how well it handles a crash (thankfully). The fabric is relatively thin and could shred if you land on rocks but overall these hold up fine to the minor scrape against bushes and branches. You might want to check out TLDs ace or moto shorts if you want something to hold up to crazy abuse.
If you're into wearing your riding shorts all day around town and going to the grocery store then maybe these aren't the best either. The loud color (I have the neon green) and lack of pockets to stash your wallet and phone make these best for on the bike.
While not perfect in every aspect and the styling may not be for everyone, they are exactly what I look for in a pair of shorts so I'm giving it a full 5 stars!
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Liked a comment on the item Airborne Pathogen 1/31/2014 7:47 PM
Such a nice new frame from airborne but that huge horrible logo on the down tube ruins it for me. Why don't companies understand less is more. Oh well ,,nothing a trip to the powder coat shop won't fix.
Liked a comment on the item Aaron Gwin's Winning GoPro Run from Fontana 1/27/2014 3:26 PM
It is what it is........At least its racing in the winter. After sprinting that wall section a couple times, sprinting straights on most courses seems like just a warm up......
Liked a comment on the item SRAM To Officially License Its Popular X-SYNC™ Technology 1/7/2014 2:10 PM
I don't believe RF/WTC/others will have many problems ... If you compare the rings from SRAM and the RF NW, ok they share the same original idea (which isn't new at all), but the design is massively different. RF teeth are smaller, and pointier while SRAM's are pretty squared...more
Liked a comment on the item 14 Things To Be Stoked About for 2014 in Mountain Biking 1/1/2014 9:39 AM
15. Spelling Lessons.