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Shimano SLX M666 Disc Brake

“Great brake for the price...hell, great brake all around.”

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The Good: Great stopping power. No noise or squeal. They just work, and really well at that.

The Bad: None so far.

Overall Review: I originally bought them for my XC/AM bike, but moved them to my FR bike when I found out the XC/AM frame was cracked. They were more than enough to stop the big bike (at least 40 lbs) on steeps and only 1 finger braking is needed. They also came on my new 29er and I couldn't be happier with them.  No fuss and they work great.  My FR bike originally had Avid Codes on it, which gave me non-stop problems.  It's nice to finally do lap after lap with no complaints about my brakes.

Shimano SLX M666 Disc Brake

“Just Awsome”

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The Good: very strong, good price easy to install

The Bad: there is no bad

Overall Review: best brake i ever bought , like to use them on my DH and my dirt jump bikes.

Jett Ride Jersey

Featured Review

“Stylish, but could use more secure buttons”

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The Good: Stylish Looks
Comfortable
Roomy cut

The Bad: Expensive
Buttons snaps are weak
Fabric prone to abrasion damage

Overall Review: I love how this jersey looks. it has a slightly distressed finish with pin stripes. The breast pocket is really small and hard to utilize. Not sure of what would fit in there well. The biggest fault is the buttons coming loose really easily. The material looks like it'd get torn up by body armor and backpack shoulder straps too. 4.5 stars since there's nothing really quite like it, but it's not perfect. Would really like to see more jerseys like this.

Jett Draken Short

Vital Review

“Tested: Jett Draken Shorts”

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At first glance these shorts look pretty basic, but sometimes simple is a good thing. The Jett Drakens are made with a polyester spandex chassis, and feature dual pockets, an adjustable waist closure, and sublimated graphics. Things We Love There's a fair amount to like about the Draken shorts, but what stands out the most is the material. It's very lightweight, and the breathability and freedom this allows is a huge bonus for hot days or epic all-mountain rides. There are no zippered vents on these shorts, but we're not sure they're needed given how well they vent. The material is also very quiet which we really appreciate. Read More »

Shimano Saint Crankset M815 Crank

Featured Review

“The Best DH Crank. Period.”

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The Good: 1)Extremely reliable
2)Extremely durable
3)It says Shimano on it. It must be good.

The Bad: 1)Could be lighter(lol)
2)Graphics will wear off eventually(also lol)

Overall Review: The Good: These cranks are extremely reliable/durable. You install the BB and cranks and you basically have to do nothing ever again(except grease the BB occasionally). You could literally throw your bike of the empire state building and the cranks will still be in perfect working order. There aren't too many products I would say this about. In all seriousness, I have bashed my set of Saint Cranks on hundreds of rocks, bottom bracket cased big jumps and drops, and the Saint's never let me down. After three years of hard riding my cranks have a bunch of scratches, but are perfectly straight(the tabs too). I did go Read More »

Specialized Enduro Expert Bike

“DO IT ALL BIKE”

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The Good: Climbs well, Descends even better. Slack geometry. durable. Looks great.

The Bad: The stock shock isnt my favorite but it is decent.

Overall Review: I was looking for a bike that could both descend and climb. Little did I know that I was getting a bike that could both handle all the downhill I was capable of dishing out and more but I would also be able to give my XC friends a run for the money when out on XC rides. This bike really is the best of both worlds. Im not looking to replace this anytime in the near future.

Kali Protectives Aazis Soft Knee Pad

Featured Review

“Looks cool and keeps you cool”

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The Good: Cool, Fit, Comfortable, Non-Slip, Killer looks.

The Bad: Have to take off shoe to put them on/off.

Overall Review: What a solid knee pad! They're so good I bought the knee/shin 180 combo for riding DH as well. I've taken some falls without the the pad budging and protection has been spot. Not to mention the pad looks good too, nothing crazy mind you.. just black and grey w/ a simple kali logo. I've had both the knee and knee/shin combo on in hot weather and my legs have always stayed relatively cool. They won't stay sweat free but what can you expect by strapping neoprene and plastic to your legs. In the past I've used the 661 knee/shin race pads and the TLD knee/shin. The Kali pads are WAY more comfortable. Its like they Read More »

T.H.E. Maxi Guards

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“Tested: T.H.E. Maxi Guards”

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It's tough to find one thing that's good for everything - this holds true for bikes and knee pads. When it comes to bikes, a nice slack 5 or 6-inch travel trail bike is the choice of most savvy folks who can only have one bike in their garage. It may not be the best downhill machine, but it'll do, and it's not the best climber, but it sure is fun on the way back down. When it comes to knee pads, the same concept applies - protection, comfort, durability, breathability, and more variables are all at play. At first glance, the new T.H.E. Maxi Guards, first introduced at Sea Otter 2012, look to be equivalent to that Read More »

Leatt DBX Pro Neck Brace

Vital Review

“Leatt DBX Pro Long Term Test”

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Last fall, I reviewed the Leatt DBX Pro. Now that I have been using the brace for the nearly a full year, my opinions haven't really changed much. It's still the best thing going at the moment. Despite a few spills and normal wear and tear over the last year, the brace still looks practically brand new. The padding is easy to remove and clean (not having Velcro to deal with really makes everything easier to clean), so the white portions have retained most of their brightness. The spring loaded hinges are still working like they did right out of the box. In addition, the crashes didn't seem to impact the structural Read More »

Shimano SLX M666 Disc Brake

“Solid Brakes”

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The Good: Well priced, great stopping power, low maintenance, easy to install, tool free reach adjustment, comes with those finned pads

The Bad: I can't think of any

Overall Review: These brakes are awesome. You really can't beat them for the price. I haven't had to do any maintenance on these since I got them. Shimano brakes in my opinion are also the easiest to bleed. They have tons of stopping power. I run these on my freeride bike and have used them at multiple bike parks and tons of downhill runs. I've never had to use more than one finger on these brakes. The reach adjustment also works great. My brother has ridden his avid codes the same amount as me or less and they are in need of a bleed and mine are not. The bottom line is if you want dependable, strong brakes and you're on a budget get these brakes!