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Fox Racing Launch Pro Knee Guard

“Bombproof protection that won't let you down”

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The Good: Tough, rugged, stout, kevlar stays in tact, pads stay in place, cheap

The Bad: Bulky which leads to sweaty knees in warmer climates, slide on only so you have to wear them all the ride.

Overall Review: I finally got tired in my old age of wrecking(especially in wet winters) and bruising or scraping my knees. No, I'm not down on my knees as much as you may be thinking. But on a slick log over in December you can end up bouncing all your body parts and bruising more often than not. Also, with the advent of enduro riding(sarcasm) you just HAVE to have pads now, right? Not one to be left out on the trend I got my 800mm bars and knee pads. All kidding aside these things have fit well from day one. I don't have robust legs and wear a size medium in these pads. They have always been good about staying in Read More »

ODI Lock-On Grip - Rogue

“This would likely be the grip for those who want a fat grip”

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The Good: Locks on with no problem

The Bad: The thick grip isn't made for my hands, heavy, spendy

Overall Review: My bike came with these initially and I thought I liked them. Well, at least I liked them for the climbing portion of the trail. They offered a lot of cush for pulling on the handlebars. When it came time to go downhill though my hands cursed the very existence of all that padding. I wasn't into the cush and my hands started to hurt after extended downhills. The issue became exacerbated with repeated days in the saddle. I believe I found these to just be too thick for my paws and had to resign them to the parts bin. I ended up going for some ODI Vans grips and have found those to be my thickness. If you need big grips these might be your ticket. I prefer thin grips and the feel they offer. It's kind of like saddles...to each their own.

Xpedo Spry Pedal

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“Tested: Xpedo Spry Pedal”

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Xpedo has been making mountain bike pedals for quite some time, and they are especially known for their more or less radical out-of-the-box designs. With the new Spry flat pedal, they look to offer one of the lighter and thinner pedals on the market at an affordable price. At just 260 grams and $79 for the pair, we were eager to put a pair to the test to see how they measure up. Xpedo Spry Highlights 260g per pair Magnesium body Cromo spindle 2 cartridge bearings 1 DU bushing 28 straight pins per pair Size: 106 x 100 x 11-mm Colors: Gold, Black, Red, White MSRP: $79 Initial Impressions Out of the box, the obvious first thing Read More »

Race Face Women's DIY Jersey

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“Tested: Race Face Women's DIY Jersey”

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Review by Jessee Maule // Photos by Colt Maule In a biking world that used to be more densely populated with XY chromosomes, finding legitimate women-specific clothing could be a task. And I'm not referring to the gear in which companies would shrink the size, slap some pink on it and call it good. Thankfully for us ladies, more and more lines of apparel designed specifically for women has become available to us. RaceFace is one of those respected companies that has been on the forefront of providing goods for the girls. Created by a woman with attention to detail focused on the feminine figure, RaceFace has been Read More »

Joystick 8-Bit Alloy Handlebar

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“Tested: Joystick 8-Bit Alloy Handlebar and Stem”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Joystick started up in BC in late 2011 as a small initiative focused on making quality components. Almost 3 years later, the company has a fairly impressive line of bars, stems, saddles and grips available, all developed with the input from a number of high-profile riders who ride for and with the brand. We were able to lay our hands on some of the newest 35-mm standard bars and stems they make, and we wasted little time putting them to the test to see how they stack up out on the trail. First up, the 8-bit alloy DH stem and bars. Joystick 8-Bit Alloy Read More »

Joystick 8-Bit Integrated Stem

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“ Tested: Joystick 8-Bit Alloy Handlebar and Stem”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Joystick started up in BC in late 2011 as a small initiative focused on making quality components. Almost 3 years later, the company has a fairly impressive line of bars, stems, saddles and grips available, all developed with the input from a number of high-profile riders who ride for and with the brand. We were able to lay our hands on some of the newest 35-mm standard bars and stems they make, and we wasted little time putting them to the test to see how they stack up out on the trail. First up, the 8-bit alloy DH stem and bars. Joystick 8-Bit Alloy Read More »

Shimano CM-1000 Sport Camera

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“Tested: Shimano CM-1000 Sport Camera”

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by Kevin Bazar Well, Shimano makes cameras now. I’ve been a fan of their higher end cranks, shifters and brakes for pushing two decades, and now they make a POV camera that ties the operation of all those bits into some video footage (or soon will). Beyond just capturing POV footage, the idea with the CM-1000 is that data available from their Di2 electric shifting system can be imported into a yet to be released Shimano application/program that lets you see what gear you’re in at certain points in the trail. Well, the POV camera market is certainly a hotly contested arena, so I was very curious to see what kind of Read More »

Fly Racing Ripa Convert Jersey

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“Tested: Fly Racing Super D Short and Ripa Convert Jersey”

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by Nick Zuzelski If you are into motocross, then you know Fly Racing is a staple on the apparel and gear front on the track. Fly has recently entered the MTB market, bringing their knowledge and experience to the pedal-heads, and they have brought a plethora of new products to the table, including the Super D shorts and Ripa Convert jersey put to the test here. How did they manage the crossover? Ripa Convert Jersey Highlights Convertible 3/4 sleeve arms w/ cut line under cuff Mesh panels in the upper back and lower arms to help improve air flow Drop tail for coverage and raglan sleeve cut for comfort while Read More »

Fly Racing Super D Short

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“Tested: Fly Racing Super D Short and Ripa Convert Jersey”

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by Nick Zuzelski If you are into motocross, then you know Fly Racing is a staple on the apparel and gear front on the track. Fly has recently entered the MTB market, bringing their knowledge and experience to the pedal-heads, and they have brought a plethora of new products to the table, including the Super D shorts and Ripa Convert jersey put to the test here. How did they manage the crossover? Ripa Convert Jersey Highlights Convertible 3/4 sleeve arms w/ cut line under cuff Mesh panels in the upper back and lower arms to help improve air flow Drop tail for coverage and raglan sleeve cut for comfort while riding Read More »

Schwalbe Big Betty DH Tire

“Great dry/medium conditions tyre”

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The Good: Great dry/medium traction, soft compound is amazing, light for a proper DH/FR tire.

The Bad: Wears quickly with the soft compound, like every brand´s soft compounds do, but this is one of the least durable I´ve tried so far. Useless in wet/damp conditions.

Overall Review: I really like this tire. Currently on my 2nd set (front tire). They are light for a DH/FR tire and don´t pinch easily. Loads of grip in loose/dry conditions, doesn´t drag too much. The soft compound is amazing, predictable behavior, the sides do hook to the ground. Confidence inspiring tires, specially in the front. Forget about them in wet/damp conditions, get yourself a proper mud tire for that.