The Good: looks good, relatively easy to install
The Bad: seems pricey for what it isOverall Review: The LG1+ provides both bash protection and chain retention for a single ring setup. It has worked without problems on my bike park rig for over a season. Since I replaced the one that came with it (which was complete garbage), it really makes me appreciate a system that doesn't drop chains and that keeps your chain ring safe from the occasional rock bash. I like the smooth plate facing the chain ring on this device as it doesn't collect mud and debris. Speaking of nasty conditions, if you ride in heavy mud, watch out for the pulley getting jammed up. I guess this is why many of the newer models are going to a Read More »
The Good: strong, Titanium coil spring!
The Bad: oil level was a little off from the factoryOverall Review: Let's be honest, price is a concern for most of us when making a bike purchase. The fact that this fork was much less than the competition when I bought it (online blowout a couple of years ago) was a big factor in me choosing it over other brands. Having said that, I was really impressed with it once it was installed on the bike. The strong 35mm stanctions were enough to keep things from being noodly in rough terrain and the feel of the coil spring was nice and buttery smooth. The weight of a coil fork is usually a bit of a penalty, but in this case Marzocchi has done a good job of keeping it relatively close to other Read More »
The Good: jumps very well, plows through rocky sections, very stable feeling, rearward travel
The Bad: weight, pedalingOverall Review: this is easily my favorite frame that I have ridden. it plows through the rough stuff like nothing i've ever owned yet it jumps incredibly well. this is due to that rearward travel. this frame design is a double edged sword though. what you gain in stability and jumping you sacrifice dearly in pedaling. frame is also a bit heavy. i would highly recommend this frame who doesn't have too many pedaly courses
The Good: Light, Nimble, No brake jack, Bottomless feel, Quiet, it just plows like a dirt bike.
The Bad: Trek does not sell The Frame OnlyOverall Review: This bike rides just like its younger brother carbon version its amazing!!!!!! the combination of the Full Floater (allows the full rear linkage to move without sinking into the travel of the shock, when you come into corner's leaving your full travel for the brakes pumps ahead), with ABP Active Braking Pivot (rear linkage bearings are concentric with the axle of the wheel, it feels like the rear wheel wants to sink into the ground when you brake instead of the annoying brake jack). This bike its a machine that eats holes, rocks and roots for breakfast any day. I have my 2012 Session 8 build at 36 pounds. If your are thinking about it, do it. You will not be disappointed ask Aaron Gwin & Tracey Mosley.
The Good: not bulky or hot
The Bad: not that great of protectionOverall Review: This sub gear shirt does a good job of adding a little extra protection, mostly for the shoulders, without getting too hot or cumbersome. Notes about the fit:while it does loosen up over time the fit out of the box is rather tight. I guess that's just part of how compression gear works and how protection in general fits, but it takes a little getting used to if you are accustomed to riding in a loose t-shirt or jersey. I really like the idea of having some protection for the chest and shoulders that fits nicely under a jersey and that doesn't restrict movement but I hope that future iterations of this product Read More »
The Good: tough, long lasting pedal at a reasonable price
The Bad: jams in heavy mudOverall Review: If you ride clipless pedals and do the Shimano thing, these are where it's at! Like many Shimano products, nearly the same quality and durability found in the highest level pedals (XTR) is also incorporated here in a more economical version. Overall you get great function and years of solid use with the XT trail pedals. From previous years, they haveadded a cage around the pedal to increase contact area with the shoe and allow for more security in times when you want to ride clipped-out. This also adds long-term durability, as the cage helps protect the pedals from smashing rocks, etc. I have found Read More »
The Good: Does the job without complaining
The Bad: none found so farOverall Review: Headsets don't normally get a lot of love since it's not a flashy item that everyonedrools over. No matter to the Cane Creek folks who are making some really good headsets these days and at reasonable prices. I've had this headset twice now, one on a bike I had a year ago and sold and now on my do-it-all bike that sees everything from local trails to the bike parks in the summer. This one does the job and has given me no issues whatsoever on either bike. So I guess I could have bought a headset that cost three times as much...but what would I gave gained? Another reason why I like CC headsets is that they Read More »
The Good: Built in BC by people who ride the trails I dream about. Burly, rugged, designed for an aggressive rider. Low standover height and long feeling, but with a higher bb than most in its class.
The Bad: No exit hole for a dropper stealth, 2.4 max rear tire clearance.Overall Review: I've put 6 months of riding on this bike, from Shuttle DH and Black Rock kickers to 30 mile backcountry epics. This is my one bike that I use for everything and it does everything asked of it. I have a single ring in the front and climb it everywhere I would climb an XC bike. When you do reach the downhills, it opens up a world of opportunities. It is more nimble than a Downhill rig, but can still mow down obstacles with authority. The 1.5 headtube allows you to achieve 65.5 at the head angle which really helps with cornering and keeping it on the trail when things get hairy. The first ride on this bike, it felt like it wanted to Read More »
The Good: Stiff, responsive, fast, and of course sexy.
The Bad: On the heavy side, quit being a weenie!Overall Review: I have a 2011 303rdh, performs like a champ. Climbs when I want it to and smashes downhill like no other. $$$$$ well spent