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Crank Brothers Stamp Flat Pedal

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“Tested: Crankbrothers Stamp Flat Pedal”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Johan Hjord and Nils Hjord Crankbrothers was historically never one of the front runners in the flat pedal race considering how popular their clipless pedal are, but with the introduction of the Stamp pedal, they are looking to change that up. The Stamp is a resolutely modern take on the flat pedal, wide and thin. It is also one of only a few pedals to be offered in multiple sizes, which allows you to match them to your shoe size. To make sure we gave both the available sizes a good pasting, we recruited a little extra grom help and hit the trails. Read on to find out how we got Read More »
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7iDP Crew Socks

“7iDP Crew Socks Review - They cover my feet and look cool”

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The Good:

Comfortable, good fit, good coverage, look sweet

The Bad:

Nothing yet

Overall Review: I'll start off by admitting to the fact that writing a review about socks is a little trivial, but here goes nothing. I love 7 Protection, they have saved my knees from many an unplannedejection, and have gotten my loyalty for their nice design and ergonomics. I used to ride with ankle socks, but after a while getting hit in the shin by numerous stupid plants, cactuses (socks don't do much about cactus thorns though) and random other trail obstacles I began to see the merit. I'll admit the bros I see wearing tall socks everywhere made me hesitate inbuying taller socks, I try to stay as far away from being a tool as possible, Read More »
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Ergon GA2 Grip

“Ergon GA2 Grip Review- Ok grip but not astounding”

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The Good:

Decent amount of grip, unique multiple compounds, hard wearing, doesn't slip

The Bad:

Hands fatigue fairly quickly on rougher terrain.

Overall Review: Ergon is well known for their thoughtful, sciency approach to making MTB components and gear, and i think this can be a huge benefit, but can also create a product full of unnecessary features. I feel like these grips fall somewhere in the middle. They have a single lock on clamp allowing you to have your hands on the outside of the grip with more comfort, and thus far (after about six months of use) have been slip free This was something I was honestly a bit worried about after coming off the dual clamp ODI grips I was used to. One fairly unique trait of the Ergon grips is their directionality, they have very specific patterns and Read More »
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Jaybird Freedom

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“Tested: Jaybird Freedom Wireless Earbuds”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Lots of people like to listen to music on the go. Whether while traveling, working out, or on the commute to work, listening to your favorite music can help make time go by a little quicker and little more joyously. Although mountain biking provides plenty of thrills on its own, a lot of riders like to listen to music out on the bike too, especially if we’re talking about training rides. We tested the Jaybird Bluebud X a couple of years ago with awesome results both on and off the bike, so when they released the all-new Freedom model, we were keen to give it spin Read More »
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Five Ten Impact Low Flat Pedal Shoe

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“Tested: 2016 Five Ten Impact Low”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord If there is one name in mountain biking that is synonymous with flat pedal shoes, it’s Five Ten. And if there is one model that is synonymous with Five Ten, it’s the Impact. With design roots that hark back to the very first experiments with sticky climbing rubber for mountain biking, the Impact has always been the prime choice for flat pedal riders everywhere. That is not to say that this shoe has been exempt of criticism throughout its lifetime, in fact, far from it. There have been many well-documented quality issues over the years, and anybody who Read More »
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Charge Spoon Saddle

“Spoon!!!--The Tick”

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The Good:

Great price, nice fabric material and comfortable!

The Bad:

Probably too wide for technical, aggressive riding and shape is a bit 'old school'

Overall Review: I bought this to use on my gravel bike since I needed a comfy seat for long rides in the saddle. It was the perfect width and shape for me, felt very comfortable from the moment I sat in it.  The price was great, since saddles at low price points seem to be pretty bulky with less than ideal materials.  I don't think I'd use this saddle on the my trail bike though, since it's a little wide and the nose shape is not conducive to sitting at the nose and climbing like on a saddle with a flat wide nose.  The color touches on the saddle matches my bike perfectly, subtle and classy.
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Charge Spoon Saddle

“The name says it all!”

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The Good:

Super confy saddle, extremely well made and CHEAP!

The Bad:

Not the best option for those who have numbness problems like me

Overall Review: I suffer a lot from numbness in the southern regions and this saddle is so good that i really really felt bad for not sticking with it, since it gave me numbness, has it has no depression for the perineal area and as it is more of a round shaped saddle. However it is a dream of a saddle! Extremely well made, at a price that is total bargain, and the most confortable saddle i have ever tried! The round shape feels like a spoon, like someone was holding your butt with their bare hands. For someone that doesn't have such a weird anatomy as me, buy it and stick with it for the rest of your life!

Bell Full-9 Helmet

“Best full face I own ”

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The Good:

Lightweight, slimline, durable, protected

The Bad:

On warm days it doesn't seem to provide much ventalation.

Overall Review: I have used this for several seasons and have no issues with this helmet besides it being kinda hot.

Troy Lee Designs A1 Helmet

“Best half face helmet on the market”

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The Good:

Ventalation, comfort, protection and style

The Bad:

The only drawback for the A1 is the price, but you are paying for a quality product not just the brand.

Overall Review: I had a pretty hard impact wearing my tld A1 and it definitely did its job. Its worth the price to know you will be well protected!

Five Ten Freerider Contact Shoe

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“Amazing shoes with a few loose threads”

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The Good:

The BEST gripping rubber, Excellent fit, True to size, Colors galore.

The Bad:

Threads on inner part of shoe have frayed completely apart due to crankarm rub

Overall Review: Let me first say, Five Ten makes the best mountain biking shoes on the planet. No one comes close to making rubber as grippy and as durable as they do. With that being said, I retired my Freeriders that I've owned for 4 years and picked up a set of the Freerider Contacts. After 2 months of riding, here is my insight: Out of the Box: The first thing I noticed the slim profile of the Freerider Contacts. They are the size of your everyday shoe which is a good and bad thing. Good thing because I can wear them anywhere and not get strange looks and bad thing because I wear them everywhere which will probably Read More »
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