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SDG I-Fly I-Beam Storm AW Saddle

“Feel like a Factory Rider”

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The Good: Light, looks cool, no rails to bend, grippy for wet conditions, slim design

The Bad: Expensive, uncomfortable, have to buy an I-Beam seat post if you don't already have one

Overall Review: This seat makes your bike look like a world cup race bike. I've had no issues with mine in the past year that i've been running it. The I-Beam is super rad and I think it looks good and functions better than a seat with rails. It's really easy to adjust. The only problem is that you have to go and buy a new seat post if you don't already have an I-Beam. I like that if you crash there aren't any rails to bend so you would have to crash really hard to mess up the I-Beam tabs. Sitting on it for a minute isn't bad but if you just sit on it for like 5 minutes in the parking lot talking to your buddies it gets uncomfortable. When you ride DH/FR you never really sit on your seat so it's not a big deal. If you want to spend the money on this seat... do it!!

FSA Step-Up Crank With Bottom Bracket Oe

“A mediocre annoying crank”

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The Good: It works, at least at first, good bolts.

The Bad: Easy to bend, hard to remove.

Overall Review: The cro-mo insert should give the game way here these cranks are nasty and cheap. I got them on a new bike and sold it to a 140lb friend, he manged to bend the drive side crank doing XC! When we tried to remove them and had a real pain in the backside trying to find the tools to remove them as they are unusual. Near this price point, there are much better cranks and an this is too much to ask for an ISIS BB with cheap chain-rings. Your money would be much better spent on an X-type external BB type crank or a traditional square taper or even a Howitzer.

Renthal SR4 Ultralite Alloy Chainring

“Where art and engineering meet”

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The Good: Light and very strong.

The Bad: None found by me

Overall Review: When you get this chain ring it just blings off CNC machined sex. Why would you ever be happy with the pieces of 1950s window frames and old soda cans that call themselves chain-rings when you buy a new crank? It's tough as nails and light as hell. I'd get a tattoo of it on my body if I liked tattoos.

DMR Moto RT Tire

“Heavy, fast, robust and inexpensive”

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The Good: Fast, robust, cheap, good volume

The Bad: Heavy, only for hard-pack or road

Overall Review: This an ideal ghetto tire tire for poor kids who want a tire that lasts and don't want punctures on broken glass and other urban debris, but still want a tire for the street that will do dirt-jumps in the dry. It's almost like a Kenda K-Rad but tougher and heavier. If you are getting serious about riding and have the money get a lighter tire but sacrifice some of the robustness.

Lizard Skins Peatey Grips

“A perfect grip for some”

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The Good: Lots of grip, tacky feel, nice diameter, lock on tight.

The Bad: You can't open a beer with them, or maybe you can?

Overall Review: For me these things are nearly perfect, but I would prefer if they came with ODI type end caps and were 150mm. If you find a Ruffians a bit narrow, these are certainly worth a try.

ODI Ruffian Lock-On Grips

“Thin and grippy favorites”

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The Good: Light, tacky, grip well, lock on tight, sweet lightweight end-caps.

The Bad: Tiny bolts rust out

Overall Review: A great grip, some will say the best. That is subjective as grips are like saddles or your taste in clothes, it's personal. I like these, but I find them a bit too thin and narrow so I wouldn't buy them again but I do like the tacky, grippy surface. Personally I prefer Peaty lock-ons and Rogues but I'd never mind riding a bike with these.

DMR V8 Grease Port Flat Pedal

“A false economy pedal”

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The Good: Cheap, some pins can be removed.

The Bad: Paint chips easily, aren't greased properly, bad bearings, end caps all off, heavy.

Overall Review: These come with a grease injector that you are supposed to inject the grease into your pedal. However this grease isn't enough and without taking the pedal apart not enough grease will get on the bearings and who wants to start playing around with a cup, cone and loose bearings on a new product? They'll start grinding very young. Add to that the fact the pedals are thick as a brick and too narrow. You'd be better off spending your money on a sealed bearing Wellgo pedal, which are probably made in the same factory anyhow.

Kenda K-Rad Tire

“Fast, fun and inexpensive”

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The Good: Fast rolling, fairly high volume, pumps up to 80 psi, great on the street, very good on hard-pack, fair on loose over. Doesn't puncture easily.
Lasts for ages.

The Bad: None found.

Overall Review: I've commuted on many narrower, slicker tires with less volume in the city and had more aggressive tread in the hills. Although I wouldn't use this outside of hard-pack or light dirt I love it around town and on BMX tracks etc. I found that having a narrow slick tire doesn't make you that much faster in the city and wow you can have fun on nearly any surface if you go wider and with a bit of tread you can go almost anywhere if it hasn't rained recently. Pump 'em up, don't narrow your hoops! Might try Schwalbe Table Top next time, but these have been a blast.

Five Ten Baron Shoes

“Not much more than a red Freerider”

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The Good: All the advantages of a Freerider a grippy perfect shoe maybe a tad more weight and protection.

The Bad: Split seams and cracked leather after a year or so, you can kill them in two years but it takes daily abuse!

Overall Review: I think I prefer the Freerider in feel and color for DJ and fun, the Impacts for serious riding.

Five Ten Impact Low 2 Flat Pedal Shoe

“Bulky and grippy”

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The Good: Really grippy, about 30% or so more grippy than a 5/10 Freerider. Lots of protection. Last for years.

The Bad: A bit too chunky to be ideal for anything other than very aggressive AM or FR/DH

Overall Review: There is nothing wrong with this shoe, its specialty is for DH and FR but still works across a range of disciplines and offers real piece of mind on rocky AM rides too. Keep in mind that a 5/10 Freeriders are lighter, better for DJ, urban and look better when you go out, but you lose some protection.