The Good: Light, cheap, rebuildable
The Bad: Could use a few more pins for grip in rugged terrainOverall Review: I’ve always been somewhat skeptical of plastic pedals. As a BMX and hardtail rider they've always seemed sufficient, but do they provide enough grip for trail use? A few months ago I was introduced to the Deity Compound platforms, which have since dusted all of my notions that plastic pedals don’t belong on the trail. They have to be done right, of course... Spec Highlights Nylon fiber composite body Heat treated Cr-Mo spindle DU bushing and double micro sealed bearing system Replaceable Cr-Mo pins Black, purple, green, and red color options Weight: 339 grams MSRP $48Right out of the box, I was fascinated with the nylon Read More »
The Good: Mega traction, supple and durable
The Bad: Availability is not widespread yet in the USAOverall Review: So a few months back, I was asked by my friend Bill of gretnabikes.com to test out a set of tires from Onza (onzatires.com). You may remember the Onza name from the 90's, the classis Porc's tires, the bar ends, etc. These days Onza is back with a strong presence in the European market and their tires are designed in Switzerland. Gretna Bikes is slated to be the North American distributor.Being that I am one of the few remaining 26" wheel riders in our local riding group, I was asked to test the 26" IBEX DH 2.40 FRC-120 RC2 55a Tires on my 2011 Cannondale Jekyll.Specs on these babies state they are:MTB FREERIDE/DH TIRE with Freeride Read More »
The Good: Fast Rolling, Light Weight (compared to 2 ply DH tire), Tubeless Ready, All around tread pattern
The Bad: Price. All around tread pattern not the best for loose conditions.Overall Review: The Super Gravity Hans Dampf (26in x 2.35) tire is an evolutionary step forward in downhill tire construction. The innovative carcass, reinforced folding bead, snakeskin protection and tubeless ready design creates an enduro/dh tire that is 250 to 300 lighter than a comparable 2 ply tire. I was eager to find out if this tire was tough enough to handle real world downhill trail conditions.I've ridden these tires (Trail Star Front, Pace Star rear set up tubeless) on rocky, loose downhill trails, super fast single track and bike park jump lines. What I noticed right away was how fast these tires rolled compared to Read More »
The Good: Competitive weight in Aluminum DH/Trail Bars
Bar width between the two offerings (Fatbar and Lite)
Several offering in heights (30 & 38 being the obvious choice)
Sweep / Rise allows for major earth raping
The Bad: Only one colorway, would prefer a black option
Bar Graphics (alignment)
The Good: Very Grippy, Looks good, Lasts long.
The Bad: Price could be a little lower.Overall Review: Grip lasts long and looks great. Grip pattern is good. Hand fits on grip very well. Not the cheapest grip out there but I would say its worth the money.
The Good: Smooth as butter, Jumps amazingly, Handles the gnarly stuff amazingly
The Bad: Needs lots of down tube protection for shuttling. (If you shuttle over a tale gate.)Overall Review: Very smooth, rides through rock gardens like its a paved road. In my opinion the 10inch rear is only good for super gnarly courses, otherwise it feels sluggish. Jumps like a freeride bike. Cornering becomes very natural with the bike.
The Good: Comfy, Good fit, Good looking, Carbon/Light, Strong.
The Bad: Gets hot, not many vents.Overall Review: Quite light and not very bulky. Moto style is pretty cool. Looks sick. Very strong, had a few hits on it and no real damage to the helmet besides a few scratches. Not the best on very hot days, as it doesn't have very many vents and it gets sort of hot. Works good with a neck brace, doesn't smash against it. Overall - Awesome Helmet, worth the money.