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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.

Fox Racing Launch Knee/Shin Guard

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“I have bought 3 pairs of these pads and would happily buy them again”

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The Good: Great coverage, you don't have to take off your shoes to put these one, they won't move around on you while riding, clever x-strap design is better than velcro since it won't loose grip or wear out with time, well ventilated, hard shell protection makes it lighter and stronger than kelvar enforced pads.

The Bad: More expensive than some other pads out there but the performance is worth it in my opinion, gives you funny tan lines on the back of your calf when your out in the sun too long lol.

Overall Review: Simply put; I will not use a different set of pads for DH/Park riding ever again. Over the years I have bought 3 pairs of them (past pairs have taken serious abuse and have gotten pretty smelly/dirty too). All my riding buddies use these as well and are loyal Fox Launch users themselves. The x strap system is very simple and hardly ever comes undone. Another clever part about the pads is the fact that they go all the way down to your ankle so they can't move down on your leg because there is no where for them to move. You can use them underneath your jeans or with your favorite pair of riding Read More »

Dainese Performance Knee Guard

“Skip these expensive pads”

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The Good: they look cool and the have the name "dianese" on them....

The Bad: too small with not enough coverage, the straps are small, skinny and ineffective, the cost about $75 retail, they move and fall down while riding and crashing, they only come in black so they get really hot in the summer time.

Overall Review: I have always wanted to love dianese products because I have seen soo many pros use them and to be honest; they look really cool lol. But after buying these pads I realized that not only do they not cover much when you crash but they move around pretty easily when you pedal. To try and remedy this I got a knee sock and guess what they STILL move around on you. I crashed on a gravel 4 track road with them on and I still scratched up my knee pretty bad. The one good thing about them is that they are durable and well made but sadly the design just isn't up to date with the current DH offerings. Dianese is old school stuff and now I can see why, everything is outdated. If you really want some good DH knee/shin pads I would look elsewhere like: TLD, Fox, 661, etc.

DMR LOCDD Grip

“Soft, cheap and fairly light”

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The Good: Easy to install and remove, very grippy and 150mm

The Bad: Wear very quickly especially on the DMR logo, and for some are a little too soft.

Overall Review: These grips perfectly OK, and come in both the BMX and non-BMX style. They are grippy and light so ideal for dirt jumping. Even though they are not terrible I would never buy again just because I think ODI grips are preferable for the trails despite the marginal extra weight.

Kenda Nevegal Tire

“In desperate need of a redesign”

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The Good: Not dangerous, OK in the wet but not on wet rock.

The Bad: Super-uber slow rolling, puncture prone, so many better tires out there why bother?

Overall Review: If you compare this tire to a Maxxis Minion it really is a fail. The Minion is better in every other way, better braking action, cornering grip, off camber grip and much faster rolling. Also there are a host of other tires that are in this class that have a better reputation such as Schwalbe Hans Damf, High Roller 2 and Specialized Butcher etc, so why use this slow tire?

Sun Ringle MTX Rim

“Cheap Option”

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The Good: Convert to tubeless easily
Fairly light
Low price point
Deep sidewalls keep tubeless tires on and don't burp off the rim

The Bad: Hard to get tires on and off (dual ply) because of the deep sidewalls

Overall Review: These originally came on one of my bikes and I immediately converted them to tubeless with stans tubeless strips. I seated a dual ply 3C non-tubeless tire first try and didn't need to add anymore stans in the tire for a year. The deep rim walls are great at keeping the tire from burping off of the rim. I had 4 really bad flat spots on my rim and it still held tubeless with no issues. If you do end up bottoming out the tire to the rim you will most likely get a flat spot so I wish they were a little stronger. But for the price I'm not complaining. Great choice for a Fr/Dh rider on a budget or even a great spare rim to keep around.