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Shimano PD-MX30 Flat Pedal

“"Shimano PD-MX30 Flat Pedal"”

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The Good: Grippy! No broken bits, top quality, look clean, after countless battles of Pedal Vs. Rock and they still look good

The Bad: The pedals screw in from the front(if smashed on a rock they wont come out), they say xc when upside down

Overall Review: I've enjoyed using these pedals for the whole timeI've had them, I can only remember slipping off the pedals once or twice and I don't have the "grippiest" of shoes.  I recommend the long pins if your riding All MTN or DH (they come with the pedals) Over all very good experience with Shimano pedals

SixSixOne Rage Knee Guard

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“Tested: SixSixOne Rage Knee Pads”

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The Good: Flexible // Breathable // Secure // Thin profile

The Bad: Offers slightly less protection than its predecessor

Overall Review: Product Highlights Perforated neoprene construction with stretch mesh back Stretch Kevlar knee cover with abrasion resistant graphics Pre-curved ergonomic internal hard cap protector $59.95 MSRP Riding Impressions The Rage kneepad was introduced as a new item in SixSixOne's 2012 lineup. This knee pad shares a lot of similarities with the classic Kyle Strait Knee Pads, but with a few variations. Think of this new knee pad to be the slightly slimmer, less beefy, better vented version to its hugely popular alternate. For comparison, the Rage is on shown here on my right knee, and the most recent version of the Read More »

2011 Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon

“My Nomad Experience”

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The Good: Climbs every hill without much ease then rips all the downhills comfortably leaving the rider with much control

The Bad: With the set up I have on mine, it doesn't jump that well

Overall Review: The first time I rode this bike i was instantly in love. Before finally getting this bike, I was only riding dh and dj and when ever I tried going on a am ride on my dh bike I found it was absolute hell. Then after taking my Nomad for the first rideI was amazed that I could actually climbs hills and then still have energy to ride down them fast. Never in my life was I able to do that and have that much fun. I could do almost everything I could on a dh bike on our local trails and that most likely the reason I haven't rode my downhill bike in over three months. Another thing I tend to like is it has just about the perfect Read More »

Hayes Stroker Gram Disc Brake

“AWESOME!!!!!!!”

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The Good: great brakes! got my rear brake from a friend and he only used em once, just gotta finish tuning them and they'll be done. i love the lever the most, but the whole set looks good

The Bad: have alot of brake dust for mine atlest

Overall Review: amazing set, lever feels good and doesnt hurt your finger after a full day of riding

2011 Airborne Wingman Bike

“Airborne Wingman- decent but the problems show”

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The Good: -Frame design
-Hydraulic brakes
-lightweight -dual walled rims
-looks
-Price

The Bad: -headset sucks
-crank likes to come loose
-sucks to service
-Fork cannot be set very stiff and is heavy
-I have suspicion of a wide defect on the bike (see below)

Overall Review: The wingman is stiff, light and maneuverable. Nothing feels like the bike is $660. Until you have logged some actual time on the bike. After riding far more expensive dirt jumpers, i can fairly say that this is able to keep up in basic dirt jump arenas but for advanced riders looking to start pulling bigger tricks it is a close call. Everything on the bike promotes control and high flying. Berms are swallowed up and pumptracks are absolutely demolished. Use it for freestyle, Dual slolam, its even light enough for 4X. Stock the bike doesnt quite cut it though. There are three main problems- headset, fork, and crank. After having Read More »

Kenda Small Block 8 Tire

“best tire for dirt jumping!!!”

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The Good: grips amazingly and is great on street

The Bad: cant think of anything yet

Overall Review: Amazing tire for dirt jump and street, and its not to pricy

Maxxis Ardent Tire

“Pro Racing's Honesty”

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The Good: Rolls Fast
Super tough Sidewalls (DH Casing)
Tons of grip if you can dig in
Lean it and GRIP

The Bad: Transitional knobs don't exists...
No grip on hard pack trails with small marble like dust when initiating cornering

Overall Review: I have run through two sets of these tires. I run the DH casing 60a. The 60a compound lasts incredibly well and still gives tons of grip. These tires won't benefit much from a softer compound because their specialty is digging in and getting bite. They roll super well and will have you keeping up with wierwolf clad XCers. As long as you can lean your bike over and dig into the terrain you're riding on these are going to be some of the best tires you could possibly ever run. However, if you can't dig into the soil and you're on hardpack summer condition trails with no loam or duff or gravel these aren't the tires for you. If you Read More »

iXS Sinister II BC Elite Jacket

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“IXS Sinister”

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The Good: Waterproof, windproof and breathable; Looks great; Price; Lightweight; Packs up small

The Bad: Occasionally breathability, especially on the arms; Smallish hood

Overall Review: First of all, this is my only jacket. Therefore, it has to do everything, from its primary use in mountain biking, to going to the pub, the occasional cold or wet road ride, walking, trail building and nipping to the shops if its pissing with rain. I own the black version and it actually looks really smart, a lot nicer than the brown one appears in the picture above. I set out to buy a soft-shell, as I dislike the feel of a hard shell and prefer to be able to wear a jacket over a t-shirt, a bit more like a jersey than an outdoor garment. It needed to not only work in a mountain environment, where Read More »

SRAM X.0 Rear Derailleur

“Carbon/metal goodness”

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The Good: Light, flawless shifting, looks amazing

The Bad: Price but you get what you pay for

Overall Review: After years of riding Shimano derailleurs I had the opportunity to finally ride a SRAM unit as it came on my slope bike. Simply looking at this derailleur you can see the quality and beautiful craftsmanship; this is almost more a piece of art than a bicycle component. There is something about that metal open cage and the carbon together that come together to create an amazing looking and performing derailleur. I ran a 1x9 configuration and have no issues once it was setup, the shifting was flawless in all types of conditions, it didn’t matter if the derailleur was covered in dust or full of mud and even snow, it shifted Read More »

WTB LaserDisc Super Duty Rear Hub

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“No frills hubs that get the job done”

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The Good: Durable and strong

The Bad: Hub engagement is not as instant as with some of the higher end hubs such as Industry Nine, King...etc

Overall Review: There seems to be some mixed reviews about these hubs but I’ve had mine for over two years now and they still work like new with no real maintenance being done on them this whole time. Some of the negative feedback is surrounding the play that can sometimes start within the axle/bearings but mine are still smooth with no friction and no play. I’ve used these in variable conditions including mud and snow and there has been no impact to performance. These came stock on my bike and although I do admit they would not have been my first choice for hubs they have not caused any issues so there is no reason to Read More »