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2013 Felt Compulsion LT 1

Vital Review

“Tested: 2013 Felt Compulsion LT1 - Finally Aggressive”

Reviewed by Brandon Turman // Photos by Courtney Steen and Brandon Turman com·pul·sion |kəmˈpəlSHən| noun 1 an act of compelling : the state of being compelled 2 the action or state of forcing or being forced to do something; constraint 3 an irresistible urge to behave in a certain way We've got to tell you, we gave into the Compulsion. Every time we ride it, we have the irresistible urge to go fast, pop off the bonus lips on the side of the trail, and hoot and holler. It wasn't without a few tweaks to the stock build, though… Two months ago we first swung a leg over it, and today it's time to fill you in on how it Read More »

ODI Oury Lock-On Grip/Clamp

Featured Review

“If you like them thick...”


The Good:

thick, soft and sticky

The Bad:

None so far

Overall Review: The ODI Oury grips are one of the thickest grips on the market, if you are looking for a very soft and sticky grip this is a great choice. I have used these in the past and have been very happy with them. I also find that switching from other thinner grips to seems to help reduce some arm pump simply due to how think and comfy these grips are. Even though they are very soft they hold up a long time and proved to be very durable. I have also used these in the wet and muddy conditions and even with wet hands/gloves the grips still stay grippy and my hands do not slide off. Another plus about these grips is that when Read More »

Sunline Logo Lock On Grips - Thin

Featured Review

“Super thin grips”


The Good:

thin, durable, comfortable

The Bad:

slippery when wet

Overall Review: I've been running the Sunline logo lock on grips (thin version) for over a year and I've been very happy with them. Keep in mind these are very very thin grips but at the same are comfortable and durable. Iinitiallythought that since these were so thin that they would wear out faster than most thicker grips but that hasn't been the issue. The grips are comfy but you candefinitelyfeel the thinness of the grip and you can feel the handlebar through the grips. I do find that these grips may add to arm pump on long descent versus when you are riding with a thicker grip. I've used these in various conditions and even Read More »

Profile Racing BMX Crankset

“Old school bombproof crankset”


The Good:

durable, bombproof and stiff

The Bad:

weight is a big issue

Overall Review: I ran two sets of profile cranks on my downhill bikes and never had any issues with performance or durability. These were one of the first solid cranks that came out during a time when square tapered bottom brackets would round out and crank arms constantly snapped. These were so bombproof that even Bender used them for his hucking back in the day. The crank arms are super stiff and the bottom bracket bearings are very smooth and stay smooth after years of use. Installation is a breeze, removing the cranks is kind of funny as you have to use a special profile tool and then literally hammer on the crank arms but Read More »

Mongoose Nugget

“Fun little DJ machine”


The Good:

solid, fun, great in the air

The Bad:

pivots get loose after heavy riding

Overall Review: After a season of riding on the Nugget I can say that this is a very capable dirt jumper and overall a very fun bike. Dirt jumping/slopestyle is not my forte but as soon as I got on this bike I felt a lot more confident and comfortable on the jumps. My nugget was built up fairly heavy but even with the weight under me the bike felt snappy in the air and accelerated in the corners. I definitely feel this would be a good 4X bike, the 4 inches of travel feel consistent and help when the landings get sketchy or the trail gets rough. Although my Nugget was a size small I did take it on a couple of trail rides but I found that the Read More »

Wellgo B-27 Flat Pedal

Featured Review

“Durable and solid pedal”


The Good:

Good price with lots of performance

The Bad:

Bearings can get a bit sticky sometimes

Overall Review: I’ve used these pedals for a couple of seasons in all conditions (including snow) and they have worked great. They might not be as flashy as some of the higher end pedals but these work well and are very durable. I have smashed these pedals into rocks on several occasions and they still keep working without any issues. I have found that the spindles have seized up a couple of times in the past but they just need to be greased and then re-tightened, a very easy fix for a small issue. I found that the these pedals perform well in wet and muddy conditions. Even with caked on mud I have had no issues with my feet coming off the Read More »

Race Face Diabolus DH Stem

Featured Review

“Sweet looking stem”


The Good:

Light, durable and quality product

The Bad:

None as of yet

Overall Review: The Race Face Diabolus stem brings both style and performance into one package. The first thing I noticed was the styling of the stem as it is machined from 6061-T6 aluminium and looks really smooth and tidy. The next thing i noticed related to performance was simply how stiff this stem was, there was a fairly drastic difference between this stem and some of the others I have used in the past. The edges are also rounded out nicely which I think has saved my knees in the past. Overall I am very happy with this stem, it looks amazing with loads of quality and performance. After years of use I have had no issues/problems.

Race Face Flank Knee/Shin Guards

“Loads of Protection with Comfort in Mind”


The Good:

Comfortable, offer a lot of protection

The Bad:

Can get a bit toasty on hot days

Overall Review: I use knee only pads for most of my riding, but after a couple of trips to the mountains and some sketchy rock gardens I decided to purchase the Race Face Flank knee/shin pads. The pads offer tons of protection to the whole leg but at the same time come with a lot of comfort as they are made from d3o compound that is initially soft and then hardens and protects when impacted. The Flank pads offer a lot of adjustabilityand once put on they reallyaren'tvery noticeable. They also stay comfortable throughout a whole day of riding and even after a super hot day in the bike park. Since they are a full leg Read More »

Sombrio Deglo S/S Jersey 2011

“Basic Jersey - gets the job done”


The Good:

Cool colors

The Bad:

cool colors?

Overall Review: If you are looking for a subtle bike jersey this is a good choice. The jersey comes with black w/ pink graphics and Purple w/ yellow graphics. Although the colorways are a bit odd the jerseys is nice and subtle anddoesn'tlook like you ride for Nascar. The Sombrio logo is done in a retro 90’s graphics and even after numerous washes the logo still looks like new. I've done alot of riding and digging in really hot weather and it has worked great and kept me cool. The material does feel a bit heavier that some of the lighter trail jerseys but for DH and freeride this is a great item.

FUNN Launch Pad Saddle

Featured Review

“Solid durable saddle”


The Good:

durable and comfortable

The Bad:

Can't think of any

Overall Review: If you are looking for a no frills saddle that will handle the abuse of free-riding and DH this is a great choice. The price tag is very reasonable but at the same time this saddle offers a lot of bang for the buck. I've had a lot of crashes and sketchy landings on this saddle but it still looks and feels good. The sides of the saddle are also durable so they stop any rips or holes from forming. in regards tocomfort, I've spent all day doing DH runs and have had no issues, the seat provides all day comfort. The cromo rails are also very solid and after years of use they are still straight and have presented no problems. Overall I would rate this as a great saddle, if you are looking for something inexpensive but at the same time that will be durable this is a very good choice.