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Spank Oozy 26AL EVO Complete Wheels

“low quality shiny wheelset”

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The Good: Looks good

The Bad: Bad welds, i.e. not possible to run tubeless. Bad rim tape, does nothing in terms of tubeless readiness. Freewheel came off after a few rides.

Overall Review: The worst downgrade I have ever purchased for my bike. Due to this poor choice of judgement I sit around off my bike because it is always some trouble with the rims or something else to do with the Spank Oozy 26 AL wheel set. First thing, they are not that tubeless ready. You have to install rimstrip (Joes or Stans) or similar to run them tubeless. Second thing, the weld got broken which also means yo have to use rimstrip. Otherwise it will burp every turn through the weld. Thirdly, when the above was finally fixed the free hub body got loose. I do not like this product. My previous Mavic SX was tubeless and they worked, I wish I would have bought the yellow 27.5" Mavic Enduro wheel set.

ODI Troy Lee Designs Lock On Grip

“Great Lock-ons for average sized hands”

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The Good: Design, grip and flanges, similar wear rates to other grips.

The Bad: None given design

Overall Review: This product is about as good a lock-on grip could be. Just the right size for my average size hands, not too thick or thin, very sticky and small flanges at either ends to keep your hand in the right position. The only question is really if lock-ons are really the right grips generally, and whether you'd get less arm pump with a fully rubber grip stuck on with hairspray and alloy bar ends would reduce arm pump a bit. In my experience there is not much in it, and the convenience of lock-ons if certainly a plus, but there is a tiny bit more vibration going through the bar, but negligible.

Easton Haven 35 Stem

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“Tested: Easton Haven 35 Handlebar and Stem”

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Review by Joel Harwood // Photos by AJ Barlas Getting comfortable on a bike is a tricky one. It can easily be argued that one of, if not the most important factors is cockpit setup. Stem and bar combinations are just about limitless when one considers length, rise, width, and sweep. Recent advancements in carbon fiber technology and as of late, an increase in handlebar diameter have made the choices that much more convoluted. The general trend in the mountain bike industry is shorter stems and wider bars, but the 31.8mm clamp diameter is less than ideal according to some manufacturers. The creation of 35mm diameter handlebars Read More »

Easton Haven 35 Carbon Handlebar

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“Tested: Easton Haven 35 Handlebar and Stem”

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Review by Joel Harwood // Photos by AJ Barlas Getting comfortable on a bike is a tricky one. It can easily be argued that one of, if not the most important factors is cockpit setup. Stem and bar combinations are just about limitless when one considers length, rise, width, and sweep. Recent advancements in carbon fiber technology and as of late, an increase in handlebar diameter have made the choices that much more convoluted. The general trend in the mountain bike industry is shorter stems and wider bars, but the 31.8mm clamp diameter is less than ideal according to some manufacturers. The creation of 35mm diameter Read More »

MRP Stage Fork

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“Tested: MRP Stage Fork”

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MRP has been in the bike game for a long time. Mostly known for their chainguides and drivetrain components, MRP has taken their White Brothers suspension division and re-invented themselves with their latest technology under the MRP name. Aimed squarely at the enduro and all mountain shredders, the Stage has been designed to go for the throat of the single crown market's current top contenders. We had a chance to log some serious miles on the 26/27.5" model and put it through the wringer the past few months to see just how it stacks up. MRP Stage Highlights TRAVEL: 140, 150, 160, or 170-mm (26/27.5") 120, 130, 140, or 150-mm (29") Read More »

FOX Factory Series Float DPS Rear Shock

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“Tested: 2016 FOX Factory Series Float DPS Shock”

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by Brandon Turman Every year it seems like we hear same thing from suspension manufacturers: "Our new (insert product here) weighs less, is more sensitive, has refined damping, and provides more control." Sounds great, doesn't it? To be honest, we take it with a grain of salt, just as you likely do. There's only so much Coolaid a guy can drink, but occasionally a company truly does hit a home run. We had the opportunity to get some trail time on FOX's latest products - pre-production samples of the all-new 2016 Factory Series Float DPS shock and Float 34 fork - to see if the claims are true. Today we'll take Read More »

X-Fusion Sweep Roughcut HLR Suspension Fork

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“Tested: X-Fusion Sweep HLR”

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by Kevin Shiramizu X-Fusion has been quietly making quality shocks and forks for several years now, and are often spec'd on budget-oriented bikes given their good value. The company has continued to take steps towards producing higher end parts, and the new Sweep fork is their latest development, incorporating a fresh "Roughcut HLR" damper. X-Fusion Sweep HLR Highlights Travel: 160mm (ITA 100-160mm) for 27.5" 34mm Stanchions Spring Type: Air Damping: "Roughcut HLR" cartridge damper with expansion bladder External Adjustments: Hi- and Lo-speed compression, rebound Axle: LockX 15mm Post Mount, Max Rotor Size: 203mm Read More »

2013 Norco Aurum 1 with Boxxer

“gold like the name”

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The Good: Perfect dh bike, geometry, center of gravity for great positioning of body.

The Bad: 10 speed, not needed for dh racing..

Overall Review: Perfect bike for any dh terrain, We have them in stock at Bikes Plus in Monmouth OR.. Carbon soon..

2015 Cannondale Jekyll 27.5 4 Bike

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“Great Enduro Starter Platform”

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The Good: Frame and Suspension Components

The Bad: All the stuff you want to take off

Overall Review: The Decision I picked up my 2015 Jekyll 4 in June of 2014. This had been my first new bike in quite sometime and my quest for my new ride had a few requirements. 1. It had to have 27.5" wheels. 2. It had to have enough travel to be ridden aggressively on the ledgy technical trails around Las Vegas and Southern Utah. 3. I had to be able to pedal it, FAST. The toughest part of my search was deciding upon how much travel my new sled should have. My previous bike had been a 26" 140mm travel bike with 130mm travel fork. And it weighed around the 30 lb mark. This seemed to do the trick for me so I started looking into bikes Read More »

2014 Trek Remedy 7 27.5/650b

“Sweet, but a little too short so size up”

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The Good: Good baseline components. Looks good. Very fun ride. It climbs well and descends as well as longer travel bikes I've ridden. Pops and plays making any two a lot of fun.

The Bad: The drcv shock needs a push mod to not bottom out. The frame is a bit shorter than average so you should upsize or the bike won't ride right. The fork is not query as nice as a pike, but for the price point I've had worse.

Overall Review: I love mine now that I've installed the Push volume spacer in the rear shock. I usually ride an 18" frame but I went with a 19 and am glad I did. I recommend this bike as long as you are willing to fix the rest shock.