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MRP G3 Chainguide

“MRP G3 from Tazer255's opinion”

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The Good:

The guide is a huge improvement from the G2. the hinged uper and lower guides are very nice and make for easy chain install

The Bad:

bolts are very weak. I went to torque to specific torque value provided by MRP however the head snapped off. MRP replaced in a very quick and professional manner

Overall Review: The guide is a huge improvement over their previous one the G2 and has allot of cool features. the bolt kinda sketched me out when i was torquing to their own specs the head snaps of (Bad bolt of the line i suppose). would be nice to be able to use any chainlube you want rather that "MRP approved ones" kinda annoying. I have been having a real problem with finding a chain lube that works here in socal that doesn't dry out that also works with this guide. If you are looking for an improvement over your G2 but don't want to run anything other than MRP than this is a great upgrade and it is also very light. The guide is also alot Read More »
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e*thirteen LS1 Chainguide

“good enough if you have a small budget”

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The Good:

Very cheap and works ok. Keeps your chain on the rings most of the time.

The Bad:

Quite heawy. Back plate is steal and quite big.

Overall Review: I'm riding this type of chain guide since two season. It worked out good.
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Gamut P30 Chainguide

“Simple and works great”

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The Good:

It's light, strong and works well.

The Bad:

The early model bashguards can crack in the mounting area if you get a bit hamfisted and overtighten. The new bash has metal inserts so it should be a non-issue now.

Overall Review: I've been running only Gamut guides for approximately 5 years now. Like I said, they are simple and work great.
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Look S-Track Clipless Pedals

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“Tested: Look S-Track Clipless Pedals”

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Review by Fred Robinson // Photos by Ian Collins When it comes to clipless mountain bike pedals, Look might not be the first brand you think of (at least it wasn't in our case), but that might change soon with the Look S-Track pedal. Look has solid reputation for their high-end, quality products, and the S-Track pedals follow suit nicely. They're versatile, adjustable, and clean-looking. Boasting a weight of 320 grams per pair, including cleats and screws, these pedals are light as well. Their sleek design is simple yet thoughtful, with composite deflectors under the cleat to minimize strike damage and hang-ups. Optional Read More »
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One Industries Enemy Knee Pads

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“Tested: One Enemy Knee Guards”

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Review by Fred Robinson // Photos by Ian Collins While the current trend among downhillers is minimal padding and trail riders are asking for more protection, knee guards/pads have staked their claim in both disciplines and are pretty much a staple now. Aside from helmets and gloves, knee guards are very likely the next most used piece of protection. The amount of protection can vary from knee guard to knee guard, which can make it hard to find a pad suitable for your specific application. As avid trail riders and downhillers, we're always on the hunt for that perfect pair of pads. Positioning themselves somewhere Read More »
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e*thirteen Guidering M Chainring

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“Tested: e*thirteen Guidering M”

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by Lee Trumpore Just one year ago, SRAM rewrote the book on mountain bike drivetrains with the introduction of their XX1 system. Almost immediately, riders started asking for aftermarket manufacturers to adopt aspects of the design in hopes of both increasing available options and reducing the rather hefty price tag. e*thirteen wasted no time answering the call with the new Guidering M, a modified chainring with alternating tooth widths designed to aid with chain retention. Guidering M Highlights Optimized for 11-speed, but 10-speed compatible Maximized tooth width to maximize engagement Ring chamfer facilitates Read More »
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2013 Nukeproof Mega TR

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“Tested: Nukeproof Mega TR – Nukeproof by Name, Nukeproof by Nature”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Johan Hjord and Tal Rozow Nukeproof launched the original Mega to much acclaim back in early 2011, and it quickly became one of the defining models of this young brand. With a slack headtube angle and relatively short travel, the original Mega was at the heart of the modern trailbike movement – fun, capable bikes that can pretty much go anywhere and do anything. For 2013, Nukeproof has increased its offerings in this category by creating an “AM” and a “TR” version of the Mega. The AM version gets a boost to 160mm travel (up from the 150mm of the original Mega), while the TR sees travel Read More »
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Race Face SixC Handlebar

“Race face Sixc DH Handlear”

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The Good:

Very strong and light! Absorbs the small bumps much better than the aloy handlebars I had before. The rise ans back sweep is very comfortable.

The Bad:

Nothing. Everything is as it should be!

Overall Review: Using it since beginnin of the season on my V-10. it just fits perfectly to the bike and to my riding style. I really like it!
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2013 Lapierre Zesty 214 Bike

“An all-round bike”

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The Good:

Good control. Fork travel is adequate for most terrain. Shock gives you comfortable feeling all the time. Rear wheel is stable when doing descent and turning.

The Bad:

Sprocket is weak, it broke at the first off-road ride. The running of brake hoses and shifting wires are tricky at the rear.

Overall Review: Not a light weight bike but can get used to it very soon. A really all-round bike which can handle most of the terrains.
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Spank Oozy 26AL EVO Complete Wheels

“Reasonable wheels for the price.”

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The Good:

Light, strong, tubeless ready, many axle sizes (as long as you spend extra)

The Bad:

Not fully compatible with many axle sizes or tubeless out of the box an no valves or rim tape, alloy free hub.

Overall Review: Lots of riders use different axles, not their fault, just how the industry has moved. So if you manufacture wheel-sets it would be great to include most common hub adapters, 100x20mm, 100x15mm, 142x12mm and 134x10mm are pretty standard. Then soon we'll need these annoying SRAM Boost options. So it would be great if wheelset makers included these extra axle adapters or one or two others in the box. Also if you want to sell something as 'tubeless ready' you might like to include rim tape, valves and tire sealant, otherwise that makes your product not tubeless ready. That rant over, the actual wheelset is pretty good and Read More »
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