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Fouriers Narrow Wide CR-DX003-AH Chainring

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“Tested: Fouriers MageSK CR-DX004 Cassette Add-On and Narrow Wide CR-DX003-AH”

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Intro With the growing popularity of 1x drive trains, Fouriers has refined the overdrive setup and developed a full conversion kit. Combined with the CR-DX003-AH narrow wide chain ring up front makes for a weight shedding, granny gear climbing machine. The MageSK CR-DX004 cassette add on includes a 16t chain ring for clean shifting and a longer b-tension screw for proper clearance setup. While designed for Shimano cassettes and not SRAM their website states, "...but you can give it a shot." And we did just that. Spec Highlights MangeSK - Conversion kit for 10-speed Shimano cassettes - Full 7075-T651 CNC in Read More »

Fouriers MageSK CR-DX004 Cassette Add-On

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“Tested: Fouriers MageSK CR-DX004 Cassette Add-On and Narrow Wide CR-DX003-AH”

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Intro With the growing popularity of 1x drive trains, Fouriers has refined the overdrive setup and developed a full conversion kit. Combined with the CR-DX003-AH narrow wide chain ring up front makes for a weight shedding, granny gear climbing machine. The MageSK CR-DX004 cassette add on includes a 16t chain ring for clean shifting and a longer b-tension screw for proper clearance setup. While designed for Shimano cassettes and not SRAM their website states, "...but you can give it a shot." And we did just that. Spec Highlights MangeSK - Conversion kit for 10-speed Shimano cassettes - Full 7075-T651 CNC in 40/42T Read More »

Easton Haven Carbon 27.5 Wheels

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“Tested: Easton Haven Carbon 27.5 Wheelset”

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Review by Fred Robinson // Photos by Fred Robinson and Dan Summers (action) For 2015, Easton Cycling came in swinging with their new Haven Carbon 27.5 wheelset. Aimed directly at the Enduro crowd, the new carbon wheels share quite a few similarities to their alloy counterpart, also dubbed Haven. The main difference between the two, as we're sure you've already guessed, is the rims. The carbon rims save you a whopping 220g over the alloy versions and slightly boost the stiffness. But with all that saved weight, where do the new wheels stack up in terms on durability? Pure race wheelset, or something weekend warriors Read More »

G-Form Knee Pad

“Good Lightweight Protection for Minimalists”

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The Good: Lightweight, Breathable, Pedal Friendly

The Bad: Not sure its DH worthy

Overall Review: When you are young cuts scrapes and stitches are a badge of honor that you proudly display. As you get older they become a reminder of the fragile line we all ride between our limits, and the ability to show up to work the next day and collect a paycheck. With modern bikes allowing us mortals to conquer more and more challenging terrain, the likelihood of of serious crash becomes ever more present. I was reminded of this last summer when I was riding one of my favorite trails in Southern Utah, Suicidal Tendencies. It is a steep technical trail where a mistake over the bars could lead to a nasty 20 foot sage Read More »

Giro Feature MIPS Helmet

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“Tested: Giro Feature MIPS Helmet”

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Review by Jeff Brines // Photos by Lynsey Dyer and Johan Hjord Giro's Feature helmet has been in company's line for a number of years. The helmet, aimed squarely at the all-mountain/trail rider/enduro set, received one significant update for the 2015 season with the optional inclusion of MIPS. We tested the helmet through a number of various climates and riding condition. From snowy Jackson WY to the desert of Moab, UT and just about everything in between. Feature MIPS Highlights Weight: 310 grams (our scale) Fit System: In form Vents: 12 Construction: In-Mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner Adjustable Read More »

Kore Repute M35 Stem

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“Tested: Kore OCD M35 Bar and Repute Stem”

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Review by Kevin Shiramizu // Action photos by Damian Breach When Kore was making their comeback effort a few years ago, they sent out their OCD bars and Repute stem for testing. I was thoroughly impressed by the finish quality and the attention to detail given their affordable cost. Most companies making comebacks seem to rebrand some catalog stuff and throw it out there, while Kore seemed to be doing their homework the right way. Now that it's 2015 and they've re-solidified their presence, it's time to check in on their most recent developments, including the new 35mm diameter versions of the same bar and stem I tested a Read More »

Kore OCD M35 Handlebar

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“Tested: Kore OCD M35 Bar and Repute Stem”

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Review by Kevin Shiramizu // Action photos by Damian Breach When Kore was making their comeback effort a few years ago, they sent out their OCD bars and Repute stem for testing. I was thoroughly impressed by the finish quality and the attention to detail given their affordable cost. Most companies making comebacks seem to rebrand some catalog stuff and throw it out there, while Kore seemed to be doing their homework the right way. Now that it's 2015 and they've re-solidified their presence, it's time to check in on their most recent developments, including the new 35mm diameter versions of the same bar and stem I tested a Read More »

Giro 2013 Hex Open Face Helmet

“A Lot of Helmet for $90”

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The Good: Excellent Ventilation, Retention System works great.

The Bad: The front pads create a channel for sweat to roll down onto your glasses. The Orange straps are a bit overwhelming.

Overall Review: Initial Impressions Shopping for a helmet is an interesting thing, You go to your LBS, you look through the stacks of helmets and find the one that you like the look of, and then try it on your head. It fits OK, looks good, hits the price point you are looking for, buy it. Familiar process we all go through every couple of years. The interesting thing is once we put the helmet on our head we don't see it any more, but the helmet does become an identifying feature of yourself to other riders. That is what my bright orange Giro Hex helmet has become for me. It is not uncommon for other riders to say "I saw your helmet" Read More »

Sombrio Disciple Jersey

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“Tested: Sombrio Pinner Short and Disciple Jersey”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Sombrio has been a staple of the all mountain and freeride scene for many years, but despite the popularity of the gear, the brand ran into financial trouble a couple of seasons ago. Now back in business under new ownership and set to pick up where they left off, Sombrio kit is once again on the shelves. Drawn in by the black and pink get up reportedly designed for Darren Berrecloth himself, we wasted no time putting it to the test. Read on to see how we got on. Sombrio Pinner Short Highlights Ultra durable 4-way stretch fabric with DWR finish and soft inner Read More »

Sombrio Pinner Short

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“Tested: Sombrio Pinner Short and Disciple Jersey”

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Sombrio has been a staple of the all mountain and freeride scene for many years, but despite the popularity of the gear, the brand ran into financial trouble a couple of seasons ago. Now back in business under new ownership and set to pick up where they left off, Sombrio kit is once again on the shelves. Drawn in by the black and pink get up reportedly designed for Darren Berrecloth himself, we wasted no time putting it to the test. Read on to see how we got on. Sombrio Pinner Short Highlights Ultra durable 4-way stretch fabric with DWR finish and soft inner face Durable anti stink, wicking & abrasion resistant Read More »