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Chromag Lynx DT Saddle

“Quality and Comfort”

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The Good: Amazing construction
Looks perfect
Comfortable and relatively light

The Bad: Absolutely nothing

Overall Review: ​After many positive experiences with Chromag products, I expected nothing less with the Lynx DT. The material used is extremely high quality and the decals looks great. The seat is very comfortable even for AM use and feels very solid. There isn't anything I can find wrong with this amazing product.

SixSixOne Rage Knee Guard

“Good for the price”

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The Good: Inexpensive
Good padding/protection

The Bad: Not the best for pedaling
Tend to move

Overall Review: This pad is very good for the price point, however you may be best served by dropping a few extra dollars on a nicer set. The downfall of this pad is in the fit. The material and construction are surprisingly high quality, but they don't stay where they need to and that makes them uncomfortable for longer days on the bike. Great for the technical downhills but I would rather not use them at all when pedaling the uphills.

Race Face Narrow/Wide Chainring

“Phenomenal ”

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The Good: Easy Installation
Looks Good
Works as advertised

The Bad: Finish wears away (as expected)

Overall Review: Race face has changed the 1X game with the introduction of this chainring. The narrow-wide offers easy 1x configuration for virtually any crank configuration without the necessity of a chain guide. I have used this product for anything from cross country to freeride/DH and have dropped my chain only a few times, which wouldnt have happened if I were using a clutch rear deraileur. In addition to the product functionality, it also looks great and adds a little bit of flair to your ride. Naturally, the finish has worn away where the chain contacts the chainring teeth.

Chromag Fubar OSX Handlebar

“Great bar with Style”

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The Good: Great Color options
Come wide enough to trim to preferred length
Easy index marks to align shifters/brakes

The Bad: Heavy for AM use

Overall Review: The Fubar OSX is the perfect blend of performance and style all combined into one fantastic product. The paint and anodized options make sure you can find a color to fit any whip. The bar comes at quite wide but has markings on the ends for easy trimming. The gentle rise is comfortable. This bar is virtually bombproof, I have taken many spills with it, with no more than cosmetic damage. While the bar is billed more towards the FR crowd, it can be use for AM or even XC riding( at some weight penalty). In the hand, the bar feels stiff and inspires confidence. I highly recommend this product to the rider that wants to upgrade their cockpit with a little bit of flair.

2015 Intense M16 Pro Build

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“Tested: Intense M16”

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Review by Fred Robinson // Photos by Matt Puzel Right as lift season started, we were lucky enough to get our hands on Intense's latest addition to the M-Series Downhill Race machines, the M16. In the evolution of arguably the most iconic line of Downhill bikes, the new M16 sees a few changes over the previous flagship M9. Most obvious is the introduction of 27.5” wheels, in addition to some minor tweaking of the suspension and geometry. Gone is the adjustable wheelbase and head-angle of the M9, but Intense kept the travel and progression options in place allowing either 8.5 or 9.5 inches of VPP travel and a high and low setting for Read More »

100% Speedcraft LL Glasses

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“Tested: 100% Speedcraft Glasses”

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by AJ Barlas In the world of downhill the vast majority of riders sport a pair of their favorite goggles for eye protection, whether against dust and debris, or to keep the wind out of their eyes. It's so common that more often than not we're surprised to see someone rocking a full-face helmet without a pair. Step down to the trail bike though and eyewear flips the other way, with those rocking some protective glass tending to be the black sheep in the paddock. Goggles and the half-shell helmet have grown in popularity, but realistically goggles are far from the best tool for this application. While some of the rationale Read More »

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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With the growing popularity of 1x drive trains, Fouriers has refined the overdrive setup and developed a full conversion kit. Combining it 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 derailleur setup. While designed for Shimano cassettes and not SRAM their website states, "...but you can give it a shot." And we did just that. MageSK CR-DX004 Cassette Add-OnHighlights Conversion kit for 10-speed Shimano cassettes Full 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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With the growing popularity of 1x drive trains, Fouriers has refined the overdrive setup and developed a full conversion kit. Combining it 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 derailleur setup. While designed for Shimano cassettes and not SRAM their website states, "...but you can give it a shot." And we did just that. MageSK CR-DX004 Cassette Add-OnHighlights Conversion kit for 10-speed Shimano cassettes Full 7075-T651 Read More »

Xpedo JEK Flat Pedal

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“Tested: Xpedo JEK Flat Pedals”

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Review By Fred Robinson // Photos by Matt Puzel We all know pedals are one of the most important choices when it comes to dialing in a bike exactly how you want it, and likely bike manufactures know this too which is why hardly any complete high-end bikes come pre-equipped with pedals; it's a highly personal choice. Xpedo clearly understands this and offers over 10 different configurations of the flat pedal with some pretty straight-forward designs as well as some completely out of the box designs. We got the chance to test Xpedo's JEK pedal, which is one of their more “standard” looking pedal designs currently offered. Slated Read More »

Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support (BNS) Tech Carbon

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“Tested: Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support Tech Carbon”

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Review by Amanda Wentz // Photos by Amanda Wentz and Mimi Wentz In the past few years there has been some debate over neck braces. Do they just break your collarbone? Do they restrict your movement? Are they effective in a mountain bike fall? These are the questions I have heard posed many times. I have even participated in some of these discussions despite the fact that I had yet to ride in a neck brace. So given the chance to test out the Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support (BNS) Tech Carbon I jumped on it so that I could see for myself what all the debate is about. Bionic Neck Support Tech Read More »