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Maxxis Ikon Tire

“Definitely for xc, Good tire.”

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The Good:

This tire has a low weight and as far as I'm concerned, awesome rolling resistance. I found grip overall to be good, not great, but good.

The Bad:

This tire has little protection, and therefore easily tears and gets punctures.

Overall Review: ​Good XC tire for riding. I feel like the knobs could have been spaced more, especially in the middle. Wears quite fast in my experience.

2014 Specialized Crave Comp 29 Bike

Featured Review

“Decent bike, with some flaws”

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The Good:

The bike climbs quite well.
For what it is, the bike descends OK on technical terrain. Decently lightish.
Feels good on flowy singletrack.
Nice fork, and remote lockout.
Good frame. Decent brakes.

The Bad:

Most of the stock components are not that good. Tires are light but easily tear / wear, don't have really good grip especially in wet or loose conditions
Rims and wheels are heavy, need truing often (4 times in 8 months)
Cranks wear fast, as do both front chainrings
Saddle bent after a small crash.
Seatpost screw in the front is hard to get to with a larger screwdriver.
Seatpost clamp is awful, CAUTION for anyone like me who raises / lowers seats on climbs and descents.
Geometry / bike feel gave me the impression that the bike was a little confused; seems a little between a full on xc bike and a light trail hardtail.

Overall Review: Essentially, this is the first real mountain bike I have ever had. I am now looking at purchasing an enduro bike, but this bike was strong and affordable, so I chose it. After riding for a few months, I realized that all mountain riding is more of my style. I have done a few upgrades on my bike (wider bars, bigger brakes, big tires) and those DEFINITELY improved the bike, while keeping it at the same / lower weight. I think the way that Specialized markets this bike is not really good. I don't see this bike as an xc race bike at all. Given the relatively low price difference between this bike and a low end stumpjumper Read More »

Crank Brothers Mallet DH/Race Clipless Pedals

“Crank Brothers Mallet DH”

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The Good:

Durable, Strong Spindles, Nice Platform, Low Maintenance, 2 Year Warranty

The Bad:

None I Came Across

Overall Review: I decided to get into clipless again when I was doing quite a few local DH races to help in the gnar we have here on the East Coast. I decided to go with these pedals as they had some good initial reviews and all else failed Crank Brothers provided these with a two year warranty. I paired them up with some 510 shoes. I used them throughout a solid season of DH racing and general rides. They have gone through dry and very muddy weather and they have not been taken apart once. They still spin freely and smooth. If I could change one thing, it would only be to have a slightly stiffer spring to make Read More »
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Straitline SC Platform Pedal

“Straitline SC Platform Pedal”

C138_49718

The Good:

Very Durable, Good Grip, Easy Maintenance

The Bad:

A Bit Heavy Compared To Others

Overall Review: I have had these pedals for several years and they have held up great even without any rebuilds. The bushings may not spin as freely as pedals with bearings, but under foot I do not notice that at all. They have held up to countless rock strikes and the spindles are both still very true. As one noted, if you use them frequently in wet weather, you will need to take them apart every once in a while to clean and use a slight amount of grease. It only takes a few minutes for each pedal to do so and all you need is a small flat blade screw driver to get the clips off. I have found they have good grip in all kinds of conditions and they have a nice large platform. The pins also hold up very well and Straitline includes some spares if you need them.
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Trek Stache 9 29+ Bike

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“Tested: Trek Stache 9 29+”

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By gordo If you're reading this review, I figure you have one of three attitudes toward the 29+ tire size: Why would this clown bike be reviewed on Vital? I'm going to hate on it in the comments because that's what any cool mountain biker would do. I'm actually interested in the wheel/tire platform and how this bike rides. What the heck is that thing, I know nothing about it. If you have attitude #1, you can skip to the comments and leave your territorial pissings. Your internet friends will approve of your hate and your life will go on. If you have attitude #2 or #3, keep reading. Trek Stache 9 29+ Highlights 29 x 3.0-inch Read More »
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Four Four Three Blender Stem

“Excellent stem”

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The Good:

Looks good and reliable

The Bad:

None so far

Overall Review: have this stem for about a year now. gave me no trouble and is holding on with my aggressive type of riding. also looks very good and adds to the BLING

Cane Creek DBinline Air Shock

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“Cane Creek DBinline Air”

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The Good:

Cane Creek Provides Many Tunes, Extra Oil Volume Compared to Other Inline Shocks, Four Way Compression/Rebound Adjustment, Cane Creek's website to aid in set-up

The Bad:

Blew The Compression/Rebound Circuits After 3 Months

Overall Review: I knew it was time to look for something different when I was feeling inconsistent performance on my Fox Float CTD shock (pre DPS). I had looked at multiple options for my Devinci Troy with 140mm travel in the rear and 160mm up front. I am not a weight weenie, but I did not necessarily want to go with a full piggyback shock either. That is where the Cane Creek Double Barrel Inline finds its place. I have been using it since the end of June and figured that about 4.5 months was a good test length. Some of the highlights include: Cane Creek provides many tunes on their website to give a base tune for your specific Read More »
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Race Face Turbine Cinch Cranks

“Race Face Turbine Cinch Cranks”

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The Good:

Easy to setup, Strong, Cinch setup for single ring, Lightweight for aluminum cranksets

The Bad:

Need cassette lock ring tool for removal or chainring

Overall Review: These by far were the easiest set of cranks I have installed. The tension preload ring makes it very easy by getting rid of all spacers. The only negative I gave them is not really even a negative as it is a common tool, but you will need a cassette lockring tool. They are easy to come by, and it is used to fasten the chanring to the crank. They are pretty light for an aluminum crank and with 30t charinring and bottom bracket weighs just 673 grams. They have remained quiet for the 10 months I have ridden them so far on my Devinci Troy, and are holding up well to rock strikes. I would not hesitate to but these again in the future for another bike.
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Loaded Precision AMX Signature CroMo Flat Pedal

“Loaded Precision AMX Signature CroMo Pedals”

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The Good:

Through pin design, Thin, Good grip

The Bad:

None really to be reported

Overall Review: I have had the pedals for a majority of ten months and they have been working very good for me. They spin well even with riding in the rain/much and I have done no maintenance to them what so ever. The pins screw in through the backside which help make them not back out over time, and the spindles are straight despite may rock strike encounters. They do not offer the best grip of any pedal I have ever rode, but they do well holding onto my FiveTen shoes. I recommend these as good pedal that are not as pricey as some of the other competition out there.
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Industry Nine Enduro Complete Wheelset

“All I ever could want!”

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The Good:

They look great, very strong, durable, stiff, 26mm inner width, 120 Points of engagement

The Bad:

Price compared to mid level and budget wheels, proprietary spokes

Overall Review: This is the second set of Industry Nine wheels I have had, and the past seven months has been flawless. The wheels have much more lateral stiffness compared to the stock wheels that came on my Troy Carbon. The 26mm internal width is adequate, but not as wide as some of the newest offerings (I am actually perfectly fine with this). Some of the best features of any I9 wheelset is their super quick 120 POI. This can come in handy of technical climbs when you need to ratchet the cranks. The hub mechanism has proven very reliable and makes a nice Bzzzzz noise as you ride down the trails. After the first few rides, I checked Read More »
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