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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 »

Gravity Gradient MegaEvo Carbon Crank

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“Tested: Gravity MegaEvo Carbon Cranks”

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Gravity have jumped in and joined a small, but growing niche of manufacturers willing to put carbon cranks on the line, and not just in a cross country package either. No, they've gone all in and produced a full carbon, hollow crank aimed at gravity riders - although not so much downhillers (unless your DH bike runs a 73mm bottom bracket). Did they do a good job, and how will the cranks stand up to on-the-trail abuse? We've been beating on a set for some time in an effort to answer these questions and more. Gravity Gradient MegaEvo Carbon Cranks Highlights Hollow carbon composite arms with UD finish Low speed extruded Read More »

Chromag Fubar OSX Handlebar

“Awesome Bars”

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The Good: - Light
- Look cool
- Super strong
- Wide but can be cut down if you want to

The Bad: Price but i got mine for 50 bucks on sale at jenson usa.

Overall Review: I use them on my Dirt Jump bike and they are fantastic. Some might say they are a little wide and low for dirt jumping but you can cut them down if you want. If you like lower bars. This is the one to get.