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Maxxis Ikon Tire

“Great, fast xc tire”

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The Good: great rolling resistance, mounts up tubeless easy, lightweight, exo sidewall

The Bad: Expensive tire

Overall Review: This is a really good xc/trail tire. I'm running the 26 x 2.2 version (3C, exc, exo) on some black flag pro's (stan's technology). For the sidewall protection it has and the volume, it's an impressively light weight tire. Mine tipped the scales at around 550g. Sure you can find lighter tires, but they'll have paper thin sidewalls and 1.9" widths. I was pleasantly surprised that the volume is very close to a Continental trail king 2.2 that I have on the front on my bike. Maxxis sizing hasn't always been consistent and I was happy to not receive a really skinny tire labeled 2.2. The tire mounted up fine and I was able to air it Read More »

Troy Lee Designs D3 Carbon Full Face Helmet

“Totally worth it!”

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The Good: Good looking helmet, light, safe and well-conceived!

The Bad: Pretty expensive, but its totally worth it!

Overall Review: Simply the best helmet! Fits super good, is safe and i've never had problems with it yet and i think i won't get any problems. It comes with a second visor and a nice helmet bag. Not cheap, but totally worth it!

Straitline SSC Stem

“great looks at a price”

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The Good: strong, many color options, good looks

The Bad: on the pricey side

Overall Review: I've been running 2 of these on separate bikes for the last two years. This is a hands down gorgeous stem. Straitline was way ahead of the curve when they came out with this stem. There are many color options and it's a great accessory to the cockpit if you're looking for bike jewelry. It's perfect for handling DJ, All-mountain/enduro/ DH duties. While it's not the lightest stem in its class, it's also not the heaviest either. While it's one of the few stems I would put on my bike, Straitline has a lot more competition these days (thomson, easton havoc, spank, to name a few) that are at a lower price point and look just as good. These days it's hard to find the SSC stem retailing for under $100.

Thomson Elite Seatpost Collar

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“tough and elegant”

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The Good: bombproof, great looking, set and forget

The Bad: not the lightest clamp if you're a gram counter, pricier than most other offereings

Overall Review: Been running this clamp for about a year now after getting a dropper post. It's not the lightest and it's on the high end price wise for a seat clamp, however that's minor. The clamp simply works really well. It's reliable, durable, and looks great. The clamp action is really strong. I've even had to back it slightly off of suggested torque specs as my dropper was returning too slow due to clamping forces. What else can be said? I want my bikes too work well AND look good. Chromag is probably the only other clamp I would consider using.

Troy Lee Designs D3 Carbon Full Face Helmet

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“Tested: Troy Lee Designs D3 Carbon Full Face Helmet”

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Review by Ian Collins // Photos by Ian Collins and Fred Robinson The Troy Lee Designs Daytona series of helmets (that’s the "D" in D3) was originally developed back when mountain bikers wore skin suits and obsessed over ensuring that their 150mm 30-degree rise Ringle stem had the exact same color purple anodizing as their Cook Bros Racing cranks. The Daytona, D2, and D3 have had a few things in common - carbon shells, nicely sculpted vents, badass clean lines, and rad visors. Looks and functionality aside, TLD has also strived to be a class leader in safety over the years. It almost goes without saying Read More »

100% iTrack Gloves

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“Tested: 100% iTrack and RideFit Gloves”

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Review by Nick Ducharme // Product photos by Brandon Turman The 100% logo has been iconic and easily recognizable at motocross and supercross events for the last 30 plus years. Recently they've been launching some great product in eyewear and protective gear that continues with their story of high quality, attention to detail and maximum effort. With all of the gear overlap between between us MTB shredders and our throttle twisting cousins on the dirt, the traditionally moto products from 100% fit right in with the human-powered two-wheeled off-road crowd. Their new gloves are sure to get you thinking “How much effort do you give?” Read More »

100% RideFit Gloves

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“Tested: 100% iTrack and RideFit Gloves”

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Review by Nick Ducharme // Product photos by Brandon Turman The 100% logo has been iconic and easily recognizable at motocross and supercross events for the last 30 plus years. Recently they've been launching some great product in eyewear and protective gear that continues with their story of high quality, attention to detail and maximum effort. With all of the gear overlap between between us MTB shredders and our throttle twisting cousins on the dirt, the traditionally moto products from 100% fit right in with the human-powered two-wheeled off-road crowd. Their new gloves are sure to get you thinking “How much effort do you give? Read More »

Spank Oozy Trail295 Bead Bite Wheels

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“Tested: Spank Oozy Trail295 Bead Bite Wheels”

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Review by Lee Trumpore // Photos by Lee Trumpore, Damian Breach, and Brandon Turman I was a huge fan of the Spank Oozy Evo 26 wheels I tested last season, and after a year and a half of riding they are still going strong and straight. My biggest complaint with that model was the difficulty in mounting and removing tires and their relatively narrow 21mm internal width, especially given the trend towards ever wider tires for all-mountain riding and enduro racing. The Oozy Trail295 Bead Bite wheels seek to address both of these issues while building on the strengths of the previous model. Starting at just 1670 Read More »

Guerrilla Gravity Gravity 1 Wheelset

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“Tested: Gravity 1 Wheelset by Guerrilla Gravity”

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Review by Fred Robinson // Photos by Ian Collins Guerrilla Gravity is taking a unique approach with their custom handbuilt wheelset program. Unhappy with the direction the bicycle industry pushes riders in with regards to price vs. performance, Guerrilla Gravity created a custom wheelset program that seeks both value and performance in an effort to, in their own words, “make things less cost-prohibitive for the people, but still make things they're stoked on.” In order to provide a product that satisfies both their price and performance standards, Guerrilla Gravity uses select off-the-shelf products that should, Read More »

Troy Lee Designs A1 Helmet

“Most Enduro”

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The Good: Looks and Fits better than any helmet around. Lots of protection, works with glasses and goggles on most heads..

The Bad: price, still not quite as many colorways as we'd like to see,

Overall Review: The A1 is by far and away the best fitting helmet we've tried - we know what you're thinking; fit is subjective, and you're right, but this one seems to fit almost everyone who tries it on. The guys at Troy Lee did a great job tailoring the A1 to it's target audience - it's about as enduro as you can reasonably look. By that we mean that it works well with goggles and has plenty of protection (more occipital protection than just about any other half-shell) all that and it vents surprisingly well.