The Good: Light frame makes it easy to handle
Low cost Looks Great
The Bad: Low end parts
mechanical brakes (just my opinion)
The Good: * Rolls good with high PSI
The Bad: * Super sketchy as a front in mud, loose dirt, rocks, gravel. * Too narrow profile
* Looses grip too easy
* Cornering hard feels risky
The Good: The Fox 831 is extremely light, stiff enough for dirt jumping, and feels absolutely amazing!
The Bad: The only thing I can think of is the steep price, but what can I say, you're paying for the best of the best, and that 15qr limits hub choices, but now most companies make a 15mm hub, or sell adaptors for their 20mm's. Oh, and for those who complain about it not being stiff enough, just wait a year of two for when it comes out in 34.Overall Review: Bottom line is, if you have the money and you want the best, the Fox 831 is for you!
The Good: The Cryptkeeper has perfect geometry, is decently light weight, strong, and has a great price.
The Bad: I honestly can't think of a single downside to they Cryptkeeper, besides the limited colors, but black and white work with any build and the green is a nice touch if you want something different.Overall Review: The geometry feels great! When I first got on my Cryptkeeper, I was jumping higher and farther than before. Also, the frame is very stiff, and feels strong. Its not the lightest out there, but its not on the heavy side either. I would take an extra pound over bending or snapping a frame on a case or crash. Bottom line, if you're looking for a top-of-the-line steel DJ frame, the Cryptkeeper is for you!
The Good: Keeps your chain on.
The Bad: Knocks when cage is pulled, cage lock feature is incredibly annoying, shifting is nothing special.Overall Review: I now have used two different (short and medium cage) Sram type II derailleurs on my trail/slope bike (a Santa Cruz Nickel 34x11-36 gearing), and have the Saint m820 derailleur on my DH bike. They both do a great job keeping the chain quiet. The clutch did a surprisingly good job keeping the chain on. For the first two weeks I rode the nickel, I didn't have a chain-guide on it, and the chain didn't fall off once in 4 days of freeriding with 13' drops and all the jumps at Mountain Creek. Everywhere else, the sram derailleur has fallen short. Compared to the switch that engages the clutch on the shimano- Once the cage Read More »
The Good: this is what a brake should be like, reasonable price too
The Bad: these quiet brakes won't scare off wild animals or hikersOverall Review: Brakes make a huge difference in both ride performance and confidence on the trail. These are at the top of the pile of brakes I've used in the past decade. Shorter levers allow for controlled one finger braking with plenty of power, and when paired with the cooling fined brake pads and ice-tech rotors, I have seen a noticeable difference in fading (or the lack thereof) from other brakes. Add to that some big rotors and it can even work for lighter DH riders. As far as the XT level componentry goes, thankfully Shimano has created their brakes to work nearly identically as the higher end XTR, while being Read More »
The Good: works great without complaints, easy to adjust
The Bad: almost as expensive as a top tier shockOverall Review: Coming off some of the lesser fox offerings and previous model years, this shock is a real step up. All the adjustments are useful and straightforward and is a great match for the enthusiast who still wants a hand-full of settings to dial in the ride, yet doesn't want to shell out the cash for a super high end shock. After having ridden a CCDB, I can see that there is another level up in performance out there (compared to the RC4), however there are services that offer custom tunes for the Fox so that opens up options for future upgrades if desired. As far as the performance goes, the reason I love coil suspension so Read More »
The Good: Light and inexpensive
The Bad: Pins too short and can fall out. Neutrons are better.Overall Review: I really do love the weight of these, a very cheap way of saving a few grams. however I much prefer the firmer feel under the foot and the grip of the Neutrons, for which it is easier to buy longer pins. So I think I may settle on buying Ti Neutons in the end.