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Topeak Pocket Shock DXG Pump

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“Compact, simple shock pump for most home mechanics”

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The Good: Small enough to fit easily in a hydration pack. Will inflate a fork or shock from zero to fully aired up within a minute. Good for home use.

The Bad: Slightly difficult to grip comfortably. Bleed valve does not work well unless used in one specific way. Despite dual-stage chuck, still releases some air when removed.

Overall Review: This is a solid shock pump for occasional home or trail-side use. I wouldn't recommend it for a shop mechanic or somebody who tinkers with their suspension all the time, because it's tricky to get a comfortable grip on this pump due to its small size. On the plus side, that small size means that you can bring it along on a ride easily if you're still figuring out suspension settings. The rotating hose allows it to fit into most tight spaces without much trouble. The dual-stage chuck is more cumbersome and slow to use than the lever found on some other pumps, and it doesn't quite prevent that little bit of Read More »

FOX DHX RC4 Rear Shock

“Liven up your suspension with the RC4”

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The Good: Smooth, plush, easy to setup, lots of adjust-ability

The Bad: Can't think of any so far

Overall Review: It’s hard to write a thoughtful and technical review about such a complex piece of suspension when in the end all I really want to say how sweet, smooth and plush the RC4 is. Plus I don’t fully understand all the mechanical jargon and technology that goes behind making this shock work. Most recently I’ve been running the DHX 5.0 and then switched over to the RC4 at the begging of this summer and the change was quite dramatic between the two. The first thing I noticed when I upgraded to the RC4 was how much smoother the suspension ran, this was instantly noticed when just compressing the suspension in the parking lot Read More »

Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Jersey

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“Cam Zink wore this when he 360’d the Oakley sender!!!”

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The Good: TLD quality, breathable, light, great colors

The Bad: None so far

Overall Review: So this jersey won’t give you Cam Zink level skills to huck 360s off massive drops but it will definitely make you look cool. The jersey, like all TLD gear is light, breathable and durable. I don’t know when the length sleeve jersey fad started but it seems to have stuck with the MTB scene as most bike jersey companies now make sleeve jerseys. The cool thing about the Ruckus jersey is that it comes in a couple different colors, I have the purple/orange one and although it’s a bit bright it doesn’t come off as too flashy or loud as some of the other color explosion jerseys. The TLD logo is laser etched Read More »

SixSixOne Evo Knee Guards Knee/Shin Pad

“Versatile knee pads”

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The Good: light, comfy, stretchy material, breathable, versatile from XC to DH

The Bad: shins are still exposed to pedal bite

Overall Review: I lusted after these for quite some time before shelling out the big bucks for these knee pads, they come at a hefty price tag (for just a knee pad) but I think they are well worth it. In my opinion the best feature about these pads is the versatility, meaning that they can be worn from DH races to XC rides. Since they are compact, light and breathable they can be used for all day trail rides but at the same time they offer tons of knee protection and can be used as a DH/freeride pad. I’ve read some other reviews about these pads saying that they don’t offer full knee protection, especially on the Read More »

WTB Devo Saddle Nicro Rails OE

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“XC saddle that handles DH with comfort and durability”

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The Good: Super comfortable, versatile for all types or riding, durable.

The Bad: Not as soft as most other DH/Freeride saddles

Overall Review: When I was purchasing my DH bike the one part I thought I would be swapping out immediately was the saddle. The Devo came stock on the bike and it just looked too skinny and sleek to be able to handle the abuse that comes along with DH riding. Even looking at the WTB website, the description about this saddle said the following: USAGE: Elite Road / Cross Country Racing But at the same time it said the following as well: The Devo combines firm DNA padding, a smooth leather cover and a very supportive moderate-width shell. It is the saddle of choice for two-time DH world champion Fabien Barel of Team Subaru Read More »

Shimano Saint SL-M810 9-Speed Shifter

“Burly shifter”

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The Good: Compact, durable with flawless performance

The Bad: None so far

Overall Review: So I am realizing that writing a review about a shifter is kind of tricky. I mean what do you say about a shifter, it either works well or it doesn’t, and when it doesn’t work well is it really the shifter itself or perhaps the cable is loose or housing is gunked up or maybe the derailleur is bent or broken. Let’s start with the look and feel. In the looks department the saint shifter looks like most other shifters, this one does have that Saint flat black stealth look along with the trick looking gold adjusters. The triggers feel ergonomic like most other triggers do but these have a nice stout solid Read More »

Troy Lee Designs Air Gloves

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“Excellent minimalist glove”

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The Good: Thin without being flimsy, breathable, comfortable. Great for cross-country or trail riding if you don't like thick, bulky gloves.

The Bad: Wrist closure is a bit large

Overall Review: I've always preferred thinner gloves because they provide a better feel for the bar. My favorite pair of Fox Digits wore out after three seasons and I picked up these TLDs as a replacement. I've been stoked on them ever since. They're thin enough to give me a good grip on the bar, but tough enough to keep my hands from getting torn up when I hit the ground. I've crashed in them, and they've saved me from any major scrapes or cuts. They allow enough air in to keep my hands relatively cool even on hot climbs. After months of racing, riding, and crashing, I have yet to see a loose stitch. The wrist closure is larger than I'd like, but that's probably only an issue for me. These are solid gloves, and I'll get another pair if I manage to wear these out.

Spank Spoon~762 Handlebar

“Spoon Barz”

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The Good: Wide and cool graphics pretty light

The Bad: don't like the back sweeps but ill get used to it

Overall Review: Have then on my dj bike, spins like a boss! 40mm rise 29 long gonna get some for my slope style bike!

Giro Remedy CF Full Face Helmet

“Burly Helmet”

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The Good: Nice ventilation, washable pads, fits my Smith goggles well. Fits my big head. has survived a number of big hits.

The Bad: Not quite as light as other CF helmets. Some of the color/Graphics sets are a bit much.

Overall Review: My 2010 model did everything I could have asked it to, it held up to a number of big hits on rocks. There was abrasion to the shell down to the Carbon Fiber,  but it is still structurally intact.  I got this to replace my fiberglass Giro that had done it's tour of duty and survived. Good ventilation and fits all the goggles I have ever tried with it. I will happily be replacing this one with another shortly.

Giro Remedy Full Face Helmet

“Fits my FAT head great.”

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The Good: Great price, fits my weird head and survived a few heavy hits. Nice ventilation. Removable/Washable pads

The Bad: Nothing to say, it did it's job.

Overall Review: I am reviewing one from '09. I purchased this based on price and the fact that it fits my head which is BIG and long front to back. Most other XL helmets press on my forehead quite a bit, if they even fit over my head. I had a couple of big wrecks with this helmet where it took big hits.  I retired it as a precaution, but the shell was still intact, and the foam seemed fine.  I demolished the visor, and had some serious abrasions on the outside, but came away fine, with the chinbar fully intact. This helmet did everything I could have asked it too, and at a great price.