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Sombrio Disciple Jersey

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“Tested: Sombrio N'Fluence Shorts & Disciple Jersey”

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by Kevin Shiramizu Sombrio has been around for a long time, so obviously they must be doing something right with their clothing. I've had a pair of shorts from them for several years now and they have lasted really well. They were hand-me-downs from a friend, and after my time in them, they got passed off to another friend and are probably still going out for rides. That said, bike clothing has changed a lot in the last decade, so how does the new stuff from Sombrio stand up? N'Fluence Short HIghlights Ultra durable custom printed 4-way stretch fabric with DWR and soft inner face Wicking hand Read More »
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DT Swiss XM1501 Spline ONE 26 Wheelset

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“Tested: DT Swiss XM1501 Spline ONE Wheelset”

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by Joe Schneider The new Spline ONE wheels from DT Swiss combine several innovative features with some standby technology to create an excellent wheelset, at least on paper. From the unique Squorx nipples to the Ratchet Freewheel System, they look to be among the most advanced aluminum hoops available at the moment. Curious how they'd hold up, I mounted up a pair of the tubeless ready XM1501 wheels, which are designed for all-mountain and enduro use. XM 1501 Spline ONE Wheelset Highlights 26, 27.5, and 29-inch versions 22.5mm internal rim width Tubeless ready 28 double-butted DT Competition spokes per wheel DT Read More »
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Yeti SB-66 Bike

“Super Bike”

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The Good:

The best 6" all mountain bike on the market. (I rode the others too)

The Bad:

Comes with float 32 fork , get the float 34 upgrade for a bit more $ and a ton of confidence.

Overall Review: If you want a bike that is "faster than you" this is it.  I've had this thing for 4 months and I take it to the trails, pump tracks (you'd be surprised how it preforms) and raced it downhill at Beech Mtn. last weekend.  It was my first dh race and i finished 8th of 24 in cat2.  My point is the faster I got the better the bike responded.  Obviously, a dh bike is the preferred choice for dh riding but the SB really held its own and wasn't in over it's head.  If you want 1 bike to take anywhere this is it.  It's simply lively.  That being said if you ride it under 80%ish you won't experience the SB's true personality.  Oh yeah the switch technology works too, it climbs like a mtn. goat.  I didn't give it 5 stars because it wasn't free.
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Contour Flex Strap Camera Mount

“Most usefull mount!”

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The Good:

Great product quality. Allows you to be really creative.

The Bad:

I haven't found any yet.

Overall Review: This is my go to mount whenever I use the camera. Really secure mount and gives you a lot of flexibility because it can be wrapped around almost anything.
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Contour ROAM Wearable Camcorder

“Great Budget Action Camera”

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The Good:

-Great product quality.
-Great picture/video quality.
-Lots of mounting options.

The Bad:

-No option to switch modes without a PC.
-No preview screen.

Overall Review: I was debating between this camera and the Go Pro Hero2 when I received an amazing deal on the Contour so that made my decision. I have never regret it! The camera works flawlessly. The only thing I miss is that you can not switch the recording mode without connecting the camera to the PC. Battery life is OK, great construction quality for the camera an mounts.
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Vital MTB member Matias
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2013 Kona Process

“Solid fun descender, but weight and component choices questionable.”

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The Good:

Tapered head tube, nice geometry, 142 x12

The Bad:

Heavy wheels and tires, 2x10 and bash, Elixir brakes

Overall Review: At first look at the stats the bike seems too heavy to be a contender, espcially when there are way lighter 160mm travel machines on the market, but somehow you just don't notice the weight until you pick it up. It climbs OK, but it could climb so much better, on the descents it is fun, but this is mostly due to the tire width and slack HT angle becuase the RS suspension is adequate, but not great, but could have been tuned by Kona or RS to be really good. I feel the process could be a little better with some smarter component choices. If the bike had lighter tubeless tires like Hans Dampf 2.35 heck of a lot of weight could be Read More »
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Race Face Ambush Short

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“Tested: Race Face Ambush Jersey and Shorts”

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by Lee Trumpore Seemingly left for dead a few years ago, Race Face has bounced back in force with a full complement of components and riding gear. The new Ambush shorts and jersey are part of their latest offering for everyone from casual trail riders to racers looking for something a little more subtle than traditional moto-inspired gear. Ambush Jersey Highlights Repreve moisture wicking technology 3/4 length sleeve Flatlock stitching throughout Slight drop back patterning Hidden zip stash pocket located in side panel Faux suede pocket bag doubles as goggle wipe US MSRP: $59.99 Ambush Shorts Highlights Read More »
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Vital MTB member general lee
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Race Face Ambush 3/4 Jersey

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“Tested: Race Face Ambush Jersey and Shorts”

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by Lee Trumpore Seemingly left for dead a few years ago, Race Face has bounced back in force with a full complement of components and riding gear. The new Ambush shorts and jersey are part of their latest offering for everyone from casual trail riders to racers looking for something a little more subtle than traditional moto-inspired gear. Ambush Jersey Highlights Repreve moisture wicking technology 3/4 length sleeve Flatlock stitching throughout Slight drop back patterning Hidden zip stash pocket located in side panel Faux suede pocket bag doubles as goggle wipe US MSRP: $59.99 Ambush Shorts Read More »
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2012 Trek Superfly 100 Pro Bike

“This Bike + Good Engine = Podium”

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The Good:

Lighter than most 4" travel 26er FS frames/Awesome geometry/51mm offset fork decreases trail, while mitigating increased slack/ABP rear pivot is beefy and super stiff/Plush, 4.33" (110mm) of rear travel/Asymmetrical chainstays/Thick downtube and BB equals 100% forward thrust/Carbon frame armor/Equally great climber descender/Stock Bontrager saddle is actually nice/Rock Shox fork with dual air simply rocks

The Bad:

Dated, 2010 tech on front derailleur mount(direct mount/type 2) adds grams/Full-length cable housing for front shifter does not optimize correct cable pull ratio/"Big Sweep" bars feels like a Beach Cruiser/Bontrager RXL 29er wheelset weighs a whopping 2000grams/SRAM XX brakes is unsafe and unreliable - ditch them/Rear Fox shock with Kashima coating is high-maintenance

Overall Review: After 2010 Gary Fissure Superfly 100 frames were deemed a complete reliability nightmare - Trek corrected everything for 2012, by reinforcing unidirectional carbon layups in all affected areas, without compromising weight. Trek also mandated 142x12 rear axles, further beefing up rear stiffness and stability. The ABP rear pivot works as claimed, greatly minimizing tire skidding and keeps the suspension fully active under hard braking. Overall - the 2012 SF100 Pro is a dream on two wheels; it climbs almost telepathically. Baby head rock gardens suddenly turn into frozen peas and carrots, allowing you to confidently blaze Read More »
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Sombrio Shazam Mid-Top Shoes

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“Tested: Sombrio Shazam Shoes”

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by AJ Barlas Roughly 10 years ago, a couple of Australian rippers showed up to races with a unique looking, bicycle-specific shoe on their feet - something that hadn't been seen before. Back then the shoe of choice for flat pedal riders was often the Vans Caballero, at least Down Under anyway, but this new shoe intrigued everyone. Maybe it was simply because riders like Chris Kovarik and Nathan Rennie were winning races on them, or maybe it was the fact the shoes were unattainable for the average Joe? No matter what it was, the first Intense flat pedal shoe, a kick developed with the folks at Five Ten, was a Read More »
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