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Added a product review for Crank Brothers Power Pump Pro 11/4/2013 9:16 PM
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compact but not practical

Rating:

The Good: Compact, light, easy to use gauge

The Bad: Not much air volume. Takes forever to pump high volume mountain bike tires.

Overall:

Although compact and beautifully made, the Power Pump Pro is more fashion than function. The lack of air volume requires a lot of effort to pump up high volume mountain bike tires.   Look elsewhere if you are flat prone.

This product has 1 review.

Added a product review for Crank Brothers Multi 17 Tool 11/4/2013 8:57 PM
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long lasting, well designed multi tool

Rating:

The Good: durable, versatile, compact

The Bad: heavy, prone to rust

Overall:

The multi tool 17 is a durable, versatile and well designed multitool. Equipped with a chain tool and spoke wrench, this crank brothers tool is ready for all day epics or local trail rides.

This product has 4 reviews.

Added a product review for Park Tool CT-3 Chain Tool 11/4/2013 8:48 PM
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Shop quality chain tool, own it for life

Rating:

The Good: Strong, durable, replaceable pins

The Bad: CT-3 may not work on 11 speed chains. The newer CT-3.2 works on 5-11 speed chains.

Overall:

I've used this chain tool for over 15 years without fail. So far, I have replaced one pin.  The steel construction and fine machining is both durable and smooth.   The rubber coated handles are also a plus.   This tool also works loose kinks in the chain.  Not much more to say than buy this tool and you will own it for life.

This product has 3 reviews.

Added a product review for Schwalbe Hans Dampf Tire 10/17/2013 11:40 PM
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Next Generation Enduro/Downhill Tire

Rating:

The Good: Fast Rolling, Light Weight (compared to 2 ply DH tire), Tubeless Ready, All around tread pattern

The Bad: Price. All around tread pattern not the best for loose conditions.

Overall:

The Super Gravity Hans Dampf (26in x 2.35) tire is an evolutionary step forward in downhill tire construction. The innovative carcass, reinforced folding bead,  snakeskin protection and tubeless ready design creates an enduro/dh tire that is 250 to 300 lighter than a comparable 2 ply tire.  I was eager to find out if this tire was tough enough to handle real world downhill trail conditions.

I've ridden these tires (Trail Star Front, Pace Star rear set up tubeless)  on rocky, loose downhill trails, super fast single track  and bike park jump lines.  What I noticed right away was how fast these tires rolled compared to my 2 ply 2.5 Minions!  The reduced rolling resistance is remarkable.   I was also impressed with the durability and stability of the Hans Dampf SG tire.  The tire did not squirm under hard cornering or burp out tire sealant on hard landings or rocky sections.   So far, the lighter construction has not compromised performance.

If you need an all around tread pattern tire  for enduro, dh or aggressive trail riding, I highly recommend the Hans Dampf Super Gravity tire.

This product has 4 reviews.

Added a product review for Shimano SLX M666 Disc Brake 10/10/2013 10:21 PM
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powerful, consistent brakes

Rating:

The Good: Powerful, consistent, reliable, durable

The Bad: routine maintenance is required for peak performance

Overall:

I ran these brakes hard this season- bike park, dh shuttle laps, aggressive trails. What impressed me most was the consistent braking power even on the longest downhills.   The oversized ceramic pistons and ice tech brake pads keep the system fade free.  The lever design is comfortable for 1 finger braking.   I found the tool free reach adjustment very convenient.   Coming from Avid brakes, I had to get used to the power of the Shimano brakes.  The power comes on more quickly, requiring the rider to not drag their brakes.  SLX brakes require less pressure to engage thereby reducing hand fatigue.  In addition, I feel that I can brake later into corners which increases my speed.

At $125 per brake, these are the best performing brakes on the market.  Get them.  You won't regret it.

This product has 9 reviews.

Added a product review for Easton Havoc UST Wheelset 6/12/2013 2:53 PM
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solid performer for all mountain and jump trail use

Rating:

The Good: light weight, smooth rolling, low maintenance hubs

The Bad: proprietary rims, difficult to find spokes, soft rims

Overall:

This review is for the previous generation havoc wheel set with a 135mm rear wheel.

The Havoc wheel set should be used for trail, all mountain or smooth bike park riding. I have been happy with the performance of these wheels when used for these intended purposes.  These wheels roll very fast  and smooth especailly when set up ghetto tubeless (Maxxis Minion DHF EXO sealed up just fine).  The problem is that it's way too tempting to run them for DH and that's where durability of the rim becomes an issue.  I have replaced a pair of rims riding DH.  On the other hand, the hubs have been flawless after hundreds and hundreds of miles of aggressive trail/jump line  riding . 

Bottom line:  If you find these wheels on the internet at blow out prices,  get them for an all mountain bike.  It's worth it.

This product has 3 reviews.

Added a product review for 2012 Transition TR450 2 Bike 6/10/2013 4:34 PM
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stable, stiff, dh sled for the bike park

Rating:

The Good: stiff, stable, durable, superb in the air

The Bad: frame weight, wheel set

Overall:

The Transition TR450 is a great choice for dh riders looking for a bike park sled.

Ride Impression: The frame design is incredibly stout and you can feel it on the bike. Consequently, the bike tracks very well in the rough or through corners.  The TR450 suspension delivers a plush ride but is not mushy under power once you dial in the Fox DHX RC4 shock.  I have to admit I was skeptical of the "single pivot"  design but the linkage actuated design does not have any flaws that an average bike park rider will notice.  The TR450 feels good with the wheels on the ground but feels even better in the air.  I was instantly comfortable off jumps on this bike.   The bottom bracket height is not super low like some of the newer designs nor is it old school high.  I think Transition has found a nice balance between ground clearance  and cornering capability.

Durability: The TR450 is designed to withstand the abuse in the bike park with solid welds, oversized pivot bearings and simple suspension design.    Expect this bike to last for years with minimal maintenance.  However, durability comes with a weight penalty.  The TR450 will hover around 38/39 lbs with a solid build.

Component spec: The Boxxer RC fork, Sram drivetrain and Code brakes have performed well and you will like it if you prefer sram over shimano.  However, I was not a big fan of the wheel set- cheap and not built well IMO.  Rebuild the wheel set from the start.

Put this downhill bike on your short list of you are looking for a very good performing bike that will be stiff, durable and low maintenance.

This product has 1 review.

Added a product review for Five Ten Freerider VXi Shoes 5/31/2013 5:47 PM
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next level flat pedal shoe

Rating:

The Good: superb traction, stiff pedaling platform (for a flat shoe), low weight, slim profile, excellent midsole and heel cushioning

The Bad: no gusset on tongue, needs break in time.

Overall:

It seems many of the things I did not like about the original Freerider have been addressed in the new Freerider VXi.

First, the new outsole pattern makes foot adjustments on the pedal easier without sacrificing grip.  The original Freerider almost had too much grip.  Second, the Freerider VXI has a slimmer profile and lower weight.  The Freerider VXi is significantly lighter and has more rocker, allowing the shoe to walk with ease.  I found the original Freerider to be a bit bulky and lacking rocker.  Third, the new VXi provides excellent midsole and heel cushioning.  The VXi sports an eva midsole that offers good cushioning compared to the Freerider.  Fourth, the Freerider VXi has a solid pedaling platform for a flat pedal shoe.  It's a noticeable difference in power transmission when compared to the Freerider which was too soft for some riders. 

The Freerider VXi sets the new standard for performance flat pedal shoes.  Buy this shoe if you want a lightweight, breathable and supportive shoe.  Get the 510 Impact if you value protection and durablity at the expense of bulk and weight. 

This product has 5 reviews.

Added a product review for SRAM X.9 Rear Derailleur 9/21/2012 4:38 PM
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crisp, reliable shifting

Rating:

The Good: positive, reliable and crisp shifting. value

The Bad: bulky footprint compared to shimano saint, xt and zee rear derailluers

Overall:

I have a x9 short cage 9 speed rear derailluer that has survived three seasons of heavy duty bike park use. It's beat up and slightly bent  but the shifting is still crisp and reliable.  I personally love the postive feel of sram shifting versus Shimano.

The only gripe I would have about the x9 rear derailluer is the bulky profile of the component.  It's much bigger than Saint, Zee and XT rear derailluers.

This product has 3 reviews.

Added a product review for 2012 Transition TR250 2 Bike 8/28/2012 8:26 PM
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Superb DH/Bike Park/Freeride/Shuttle Bike!

Rating:

The Good: Responsiveness, Stability, Acceleration, Supple suspension

The Bad: Hard to adjust rebound, bit of pedal feedback

Overall:

The stability, stiffness and plushness of the TR250 really stands out.  Take the geometry of a downhill race bike and shorten things up a bit here and there and you get the Transition Tr250.  I don't think there is a better single crown dh/bike park sled out on the market for the experienced rider.

Stability- The Tr250 truly feels like a full dh bike when you hit the gas.  High speed runs at Mammoth Bike Park doesn't faze this bike at all.  You are mostly fooled into thinking that you are on a full dh bike.

Stiffness-  The 150mm rear end of the TR250 is astoundingly stiff!   Ditto for the big down tube front triangle.  You get impressive exit speed out of corners and incredible acceleration in straightaways.  Power Transmission is very good for a bike this size.

Plushness-  Small bump sensitivity is excellent and plush in the rough or off big landings.  You can go big on the Tr250 and be confident that the suspension has your back.

This is the ideal bike for riders looking for a more nimble, versatile dh/bike park/shuttle bike that doesn't compromise stability at speed or on the steeps.  Riders looking for a very playful bike or novice riders should look at other options.

This product has 1 review.

Added a product review for Deity Dirty30 Handlebar 8/13/2012 7:47 PM
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Great handlebar at a good price

Rating:

The Good: Quality finish. Familiar shape. Strong. Good weight for a dh/freeride bar.

The Bad: Not wide enough for some (760mm)

Overall: The Dirty 30 handlebar is damn good looking, strong and has a comfortable shape. The 25 mm rise is just spot on for most downhill setups.  If 30 inches is wide enough for your tastes, get this bar.  I think at $80 the Dirty 30 is a better choice than a lot of the after market competition.

This product has 1 review.

Added a product review for Deity Decoy 2.5 Flat Pedal 8/13/2012 7:29 PM
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Excellent pedal. Amazing Value

Rating:

The Good: Incredible grip, great concave shape, narrow profile, perfect size, rebuildable

The Bad: not easy to find at bike shops

Overall:

If you are in the market for a flat pedal, the Deity Decoy should be on your short list. The Decoy has a great concave body that is a perfect size.  Not too big and not too small for average feet.  The 8 pins that are placed around the outer edge provides incredible traction even in wet conditions.  In addition, the Decoy pedal has a narrow profile (17mm)  and yet has a solid feel to it.   It feels more beefy than its weight of 425 grams per pair.

All pedals will eventually take a beating so it's great to know that the Decoy is rebuildable.  This fact really sets this pedal apart from the competition.  I have the confidence to hammer run after run at the bike park and not worry about durability.   I highly recommend this pedal for all mountain, enduro and dh riding!

http://www.deitycomponents.com/decoy_pedals7.htm

This product has 5 reviews.

Added a product review for Troy Lee Designs Skyline Short 6/19/2012 3:39 PM
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Well priced Trail Short

Rating:

The Good: Well tailored for pedaling, comfortable, and breathable.

The Bad: Minimal pocketing

Overall:

The Skyline short is a good pair of mountain bike shorts for those riders that do not want a chamois. Why spend money on a trail short w/o a chamois? The answer is comfort.  This short is designed for mountain biking and not for walking or hiking around.  The cut is generous enough to wear with knee pads but not baggy like a freeride short.  It's a chino cut.  The stretchy material is comfortable and keeps you much drier than cotton shorts.  

There are basic front pockets (like on your denim pants) and a zippered rear pocket on the waist.  Adjustable velcro tabs also help you dial in the fit.   I wish there was a single side pocket big enough for a phone or gloves.

In terms of sizing, I believe the skyline short runs a tad small in the waist.  The bottom of the short is stitched such that you can shorten the inseam by an inch by cutting off the bottom.  I think most guys can get the inseam they want on a trail short.

Treat yourself and get these shorts for trail rides.

This product has 3 reviews.

Added a product review for SixSixOne Kyle Strait Knee Pads 6/13/2012 8:04 PM
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great pad that balances comfort and protection

Rating:

The Good: Very comfortable, good adjustment, good protection, good value

The Bad: Fitment is not accurate. This product runs bigger than other knee pads

Overall:

Kyle Strait knee pads are very comfortable to wear. Each pad is ergonomically designed for each knee and has upper and lower velcro straps that create a good fit.  The knee cap is made of durable fabric on the outside and a hard plastic shell on the inside.  Dense foam is used to protect both sides around the knee.  Over time, the knee pads seem to conform to the shape of your knees.

After 100 plus days of bike park, shuttle and pedal days these pads are still holding up.  There are scratches, cuts and smudges but no tears in the fabric.  These pads will stretch over time so size down whenever possible.

I highly recommend the Kyle Strait knee pads for downhill, bike park, shuttle runs and backcountry descents.

This product has 6 reviews.

Added a product review for 2011 Cove Gspot Bike 10/5/2011 11:03 PM
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very capable am/fr bike

Rating:

The Good: Fast, stable and efficient pedaler. Corners well. Feels bottomless.

The Bad: Stock head angle is a bit steep

Overall: This bike handles steep, rough and fast terrain like a mini dh bike at the weight of an all mountain bike. You will not find a more capable all mountain bike anywhere.

This product has 2 reviews.

Added a product review for Thomson Elite Seatpost 9/25/2011 11:25 PM
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perfection

Rating:

The Good: solid durable strong two bolt clamp. machined one piece design. smooth micro adjustability

The Bad: price. but you get what you pay for

Overall: this seat post is the standard by which all other seat posts are measured. the machining and tolerances are amazing. there is no creaking or slipping or loosening of the bolts. the adjustment feature is the best I best I've ever used. Treat yourself and get this seat post!

This product has 10 reviews.

Added a product review for MRP Mini G2 SL Chainguide 9/25/2011 11:15 PM
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best taco guide on the market

Rating:

The Good: easy to set up. quiet. fits many frame designs. durable

The Bad: pricey. not very stylish

Overall: this chain guide sets up easy, rolls smoothly and fits many frames. It doesn't get better than the mini g sl

This product has 6 reviews.

Added a product review for Intense SS2 Frame 8/29/2011 9:50 PM
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Incredible Bike Park/Shuttle Bike

Rating:

The Good: amazing cornering capabilities, efficient pedaling, jumps incredibly well.

The Bad: Price. Frame only option

Overall: This bike is so fun to shred in the bike park! The SS2 rides like a mini 951 but with the nimbleness and versatility of a single crown bike. I am amazed at how well the bike corners, pedals and jumps. VPP2 suspension definitely pedals better and rides higher in the travel than the original VPP design. Although some may find the bb height to be too low, it's one of the design elements that makes this bike handle so well. I am definitely give the intense ss2 five stars

This product has 2 reviews.

Added a product review for Giro DJ Gloves 7/12/2011 8:59 PM
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Poorly manufactured glove

Rating:

The Good: Decent palm materials and padding

The Bad: The construction and seams kill this glove

Overall: I would not recommend this glove because the glove is not comfortable and feels cheap. You can feel almost every seam on the glove. Giro, let's simplify the design and rework the stitching so it's comfortable. Not worth $34 or even $24.

This product has 2 reviews.

Added a product review for Five Ten Freerider Flat Pedal Shoe 6/11/2011 5:49 PM
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Best Skate Style Bike Shoe

Rating:

The Good: Amazing grip- nothing beats 5.10 stealth rubber for traction. Lighter and more breathable than the 5.10 Impact or Karver.

The Bad: Durability. The sole delaminates too soon. The new model comes with a new sole construction.

Overall: Five Ten makes the best flat pedal shoe on the market. The Freerider is perfect for the guy who wants a casual, more breathable, less bulky, less stiff shoe than the 5.10 Impact.

This product has 10 reviews.