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Ergon GD1 Grip

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“Tested: Ergon GD1 Grip”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Johan Hjord and Tal Rozow You might know Ergon as the makers of those funky, half-flat grips that marathon riders like to use to keep their hands comfortable for very long days out. Well, the German manufacturer has also turned its attention to more conventional-looking grips, notably the GE1 that Richie Rude held onto for dear life all the way to the Enduro World Series overall title, and the downhill-oriented GD1 tested here. So, what can a little German engineering do for something as simple as a grip? Read on to find out! Ergon GD1 Highlights Intended use: Downhill, Freeride, Gravity Sizes: Read More »
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VP Components VP-VX Clipless Pedal

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“VP VX Pedal Review”

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The Good:

Solid engagement with pronounced "click", holds up well to rock strikes. decent sale price

The Bad:

Heavy, screws that hold on stationary part of the binding come loose and fall out

Overall Review: Overall a pretty nice pedal, and a decent alternative to Shimanopedals in terms of price. I bought these from Jenson for $25 which is a similar price to Shimano's M520 pedals. I think the pedal has a nice look to it, and they feel super solid in your hand. They are pretty heavy though, but do not feel a lotdifferent than a Shimano pedal in terms of weight. The tension adjustability is nice, I like mypedal tension pretty tight and these allowed for that no problem. They came with their own set of cleats, that are very similar to Shimano cleats, but I left myShimano cleats on and they worked fine together. One of Read More »
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Race Face Atlas 35 Stem

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“Race Face Atlas 35mm Stem”

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The Good:

Looks great, Decent weight, Stiff beyond belief, Built to last forever.

The Bad:

Nothing at all.

Overall Review: Recently picked up the Race Face Atlas 35 stem after finally deciding on a 35mm diameter bar. I knew I would love the Race Face bar I picked up but wasn’t exactly sure if I would be sold on the stem. After several months with it, here are my impressions. Out of the Box: Much like most of Race Face’s products, the Atlas 35 stem is beautiful straight out of the packaging. It’s made of high quality 6061-T6 aluminum and the finish is flawless with laser etched logos, so nothing will be rubbing off easily. When contacting Race Face, I told them I wanted their most burly and durable stem out there and the Atlas is just that. Made Read More »
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Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Expert 6Fattie Bike

“Levo is fun”

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The Good:

Want to ride like an EPO junkie that lives at 10000' elevation racing at sea level, this is the bike.

The Bad:

Lots of diehard MTBrs hate electric bikes.

Overall Review: Federal law defines ebikes with a CONTINUES max power output of 750 watts,and 20MPH top speed with NO PEDALING with a 170# rider input as a bicycle. See 15 U.S. Code 2085 Low-Speed Electric Bicycles (B) for exact definition details. So in consulting with my attorney/friend, his professional opinion is ebikes with these limited power parameters are allowed to go anywhere a bicycle can go and are bound by the same rules of the road that bicycles are. The Turbo Levo is way under the power parameters set by the feds, first it won't do anything under its own power, needs human pedal input, 2nd, its peak Read More »
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Troy Lee Designs D3 Carbon MIPS Full Face Helmet

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“Tested: Troy Lee Designs D3 Carbon MIPS”

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By Fred Robinson Troy Lee Designs’ Daytona, or D-series, helmets may very well be the most iconic line of full face helmets in mountain biking. Worn by some of our sport’s legends like Steve Peat, Shaun Palmer, Sam Hill, Aaron Gwin, Cam Zink and Brandon Semenuk, the list goes on and on and on. TLD's current helmet, the D3, hasn’t seen a big update for a number of years now, but as helmet technology advances, TLD has now integrated the MIPS system into the lid. If you don’t already know what MIPS is, here’s a quick run-down for you: MIPS, short for Multi-directional Impact Protection System, is a Read More »
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Park Tool AWS-1C Hex Wrench Set

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“Park Tool AWS-1C Hex Wrench Set”

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The Good:

Excellent Material and quality, Easy to hold and use. Re-usable by filing down end of key.

The Bad:

Nothing at all.

Overall Review: Out of all the tools a home mechanic, there aren’t many more commonly used than a good set of Allen wrenches. Of the most common are the 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm. Park Tool makes a three sided wrench set that has all three sizes (Park Tool AWS-1 Hex Wrench Set). I’ve owned mine for over 8 year now and here are my impressions: Construction: Park Tool designed the AWS-1 exceptionally well. They used high quality steel with covered with durable plastic that not only a great product but something that is comfy to hold in hand. The tolerance on the machining of this tool is top notch as well. The 4mm, 5mm, and Read More »
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Park Tool AWS-3C Hex Wrench Set

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“Park Tool AWS-3C Hex Wrench Set”

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The Good:

Excellent quality, comfy handle, machined very well.

The Bad:

Can bend and twist if not careful (in extreme use)

Overall Review: Out of all the tools a home mechanic, there aren’t many more commonly used than a good set of Allen wrenches. That being the case, I picked up the Park Tool AWS-3 Hex Wrench Set about 5 years ago and here are my impressions since: Construction: Park Tool designed the AWS-3 exceptionally well. They used high quality steel with covered with durable plastic that not only a great product but something that is comfy to hold in hand. The tolerance on the machining of this tool is top notch as well. The 2mm, 2.5mm, and 3mm sizes found on this tool are relatively small but after 5 years of use, I can Read More »
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Avid G2 Clean Sweep Rotor

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“Avid G2 Clean Sweep Rotor”

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The Good:

Strong, durable, good value

The Bad:

Noisy, real noisy.

Overall Review: With each disc brake, there needs to be a rotor. Just like all the disc brakes out there, there are a ton of rotors to choose from. That being said, below are my impressions of the Avid G2 Clean Sweep Rotor, ridden on Avid Elixir R brakes: Out of the box: The Avid G2 Clean Sweep Rotor has been around for quite a number of years and has really get a standard for what a rotor should be. Made from heat treated steel, they are built to handle all the braking force you can throw at it. It comes with a nice vented design that is meant to cool the braking system as quickly as possible while reducing weight. For what they are Read More »
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Park Tool Chain Wear Indicator

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“Park Tool Chain Wear Indicator”

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The Good:

Simple and accurate, easy to read

The Bad:

Nothing at all

Overall Review: When it comes to components, some are relatively cheap while some are hyper expensive. Sometimes cheap components can lead to hyper expensive service bills down the road. Chains are one of those cheap components that, if left unchecked can cause a $400+ cassette to become worn out and useless. That is why I picked up the Park Tool CC-3.2 Chain Wear Indicator. It’s not just a tool a mechanic should have, it’s a tool that anyone who rides a bike should have. After using it for over a year now, here are my two cents on it: Performance It may not be the most attractive or fancy chain checking tool out there, Read More »
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