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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.

Specialized Boomslang Flat Pedal

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“Tested: Specialized Boomslang Flat Pedal”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Specialized has been making flat pedals for some time, but it’s fair to say that they’ve sometimes been lacking a little flair. The same does not hold true of their latest creation, the Boomslang. Taking its name and maybe the inspiration for its shape from a tree snake with a nasty bite, the Boomslang promises venomous grip for your feet, and untold horrors for the shins that dare defy it. Boomslang also happens to be the nickname of Jason Chamberlain, one of the most senior wizards at Specialized and the father of these pedals. Be that as it may, we’ve Read More »

2015 Santa Cruz V10 Carbon CC

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“Tested: Santa Cruz V10CC”

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Review by Fred Robinson // Photos by Fred Robinson and Matt Puzel/Brandon Turman (action) With the 2014 World Cup overall title in the bag and only half a second away from winning World Champs, had Josh Bryceland just SLOWED DOWN before that final jump, the new Santa Cruz V10 already has a reputation that speaks pretty loudly for itself. So what else could we find to say about it? Plenty. Check out how well, or sometimes maybe not so well, we got on with the brand new Santa Cruz V10CC. For 2015 Santa Cruz introduces the 6th generation of it's highly successful V10 platform. While maintaining the look and lines of the Read More »

2015 Norco Range Aluminum 7.1 Bike

“T minus 10 seconds for take off!!!!”

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The Good: The suspension, the build quality and the handling.

The Bad: Gives you too much confidence lol!

Overall Review: The Norco Range A 7.1 2015 is a beast!!!! It may not have a carbon frame but it will not stop you getting confidence to take on anything you see on the trail. I have to take my hat off to Norco. They simply hit the bullseye with their line up of mountain bikes. Honestly I still had that frame of mind that Norco just makes budget bikes. A few years ago I never once considered getting a Norco if you were serious about hitting the trails. That was the past, but now I realise that I was very wrong. I love Norco's geometry. The build quality is one of the best. I have owned different brand mountain bikes in the past and I Read More »

Source Pulse Hydration Pack

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“Tested: Source Pulse 2L Hydration Pack”

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Review by Monica McCosh // Photos by Ryan Grani Source hydration packs have hit the mountain bike scene with some pretty well thought out design features. While they may not be as widely known or “cool” as some of the lifestyle brands in this space already, their functionality and technology might cause a bit of a paradigm shift in staying fueled. Source Pulse 2L Highlights Bladder Capacity 2L (70 oz) or 3L (100 oz) Storage Capacity 3L (38cm Height x 22cm Width, 412g) or 4L (45cm Height x 24cm Width, 444g) Lightweight Ripstop 70D nylon, mesh shoulder straps, elastic strap retainers, removable waist belt, reflective LED Read More »

2015 Specialized Enduro Elite 650B

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“2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B”

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Review by AJ Barlas and Brandon Turman // Photos by Lear Miller At the tail end of 2013, Specialized began to make the shift from 26-inch wheels to 650B, also commonly referred to as 27.5. The move, which began within their Stumpjumper FSR series and is now migrating into the rest of their lineup, was one that the 'Big S' held off on for quite a while. Since making its way into the Enduro range, team riders like Curtis Keene have posted some of their best results in the World Enduro Series aboard the updated bike, leaving many wondering just how good it is? We threw a leg over the top end aluminum model to answer Read More »

7iDP Control Knee Pad

“I love my new control knee pads”

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The Good: Fit well, don't slip, like you aren't wearing anything at all....

The Bad: They don't slip down while riding and protect your ankles from pedal bite...

Overall Review: I have used/tried several other pads in the past, non-7idp, and was irritated by the way they feel, slip, etc. I actually like wearing the Control Knee pad because it stays in place, you can't feel that it's on and of course the protective quality. Out of any pads I have tried/worn, these are my favorite. In fact, I am wearing them every time I ride unlike the others I left in my gear bag. This is a great product.....  I recommend them without hesitation.

WTB Breakout 27.5 Tire

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“Tested: WTB Breakout TCS 27.5”

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The modern all-mountain or enduro racing bike is quite an achievement, possessing almost impeccable downhill manners while still being a relative joy to grind up hill or rally day-long on the trails with your friends. Tire options, however, have taken a bit of time to catch up. In their defense it's no easy task to balance weight, casing durability, grip, rolling resistance, volume, wheel size(s), rim width, and the countless trail conditions they are subjected too. WTB's new Breakout 2.5 is the latest all-mountain/enduro offering from a company whose profile has been rising quickly in the tire and rim market, but is it fully Read More »

2015 Trek Fuel EX 9.9 27.5 Bike

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“Tested: Trek Fuel EX 9.9”

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Review by AJ Barlas // Product Photos AJ Barlas, Riding Photos Jon Anthony Almost a full year ago now, Trek revealed to the world a special sauce they'd been working on with top motorsports racing outfit, Penske. That technology was the RE:aktiv damper, a unit that took onboard Penske's advanced regressive suspension tech used in their F1 race car suspension, and a range of similar applications. After initially enjoying a couple of days aboard the RE:aktiv equipped Trek Fuel in South Carolina, we were eager to spend more quality time on this bike and suspension technology, on trails we commonly ride in the Pacific Read More »