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DT Swiss 240S Disc Hub

Featured Review

“The Standard By Which All Others Are Measured”

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The Good: Featherweight
Simple and serviceable
Bombproof reliability
That unmistakable Hugi sound
Adaptability

The Bad: Slow engagement
Price

Overall Review: I have been on DT 240s for over 10 years. In those 10 years the only service that has been required is a simple regrease of the internals every year or so, depending on mileage, which requires no specialized tools. In my opinion, these hubs are the gold standard for reliability, serviceability, and weight. The new ones are especially great as the interchangeable end caps allow you to run 9/15/20mm in the front or 135x10 or 142x12 in the back. Gotta love that! The engagement is a little slow by today's standards but I guess I don't mind it because I have never been left wanting for quicker engagement. Yes, they are spendy but if you want the best, it comes at a price. Save your pennies, buy 240s and never buy another hubset again.

Chromag Moon DT Saddle

“Good for Gravity/Freestyle, Not Good for Trail”

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The Good: Graphics
Burly Construction
Secure feel when steering from the inner-thighs

The Bad: Wide profile, hard to get behind
Heavy

Overall Review: It didn't take me long to find that the Chromag Moon was not the saddle I was looking for. I put it on my trail bike and found the profile to be too wide for my liking. I kept rubbing my inner thighs on the edges as I was trying to get behind the saddle. I also found it uncomfortable to sit on for extended periods but that could've just been a disagreement with my arse and the Moon. Your arse may give you different feedback. For standing riding (DH, etc) the Moon was great. The saddle felt secure between the legs and really let me put some english into the rear of the bike when needed. If you are looking for a new saddle for your XC/Trail bike, you might wanna keep looking unless you like wide saddles. If you are looking for a steering wheel  for your legs, look no further.

Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HV Mini Pump

Featured Review

“A Floor Pump for the Trail”

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The Good: Lightweight
Easy to service
Secure thread-on valve chuck for presta and schrader

The Bad: Threads for chuck on pump base can get easily damaged or filled with debris when in use
Foot peg is small which sinks in soft soils and is unstable on rocky surfaces
T-handle is small and leads to my knuckles contacting the top of the air chamber at full compression in certain grip positions.

Overall Review: Flats suck. This pump doesn't change that fact but it does make the process of getting back on the trail much more enjoyable. Classic hand pumps require awkward bracing to keep the chuck attached to the valve. This pump does away with that by using a flexible hose and thread-on chuck so that you can inflate a tire without the risk of breaking/bending a valve or tearing a tube. Classic hand pumps also typically require so much shoulder and arm muscle to bring a large volume MTB tire to proper inflation that when the tire is finally aired up (after three rests to shake out the arms), you barely have Read More »

2011 Santa Cruz Nomad Freeride Bike

“The chosen all around bike”

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The Good: - The Geometry and VPP are the big advantage for all around bike.
- The weight to stiffness or strength ratios are really efficient

The Bad: - BB height is not really an advantage for turning and berm, thus heven't seen racer use this bike for dual slalom....

Overall Review: All Around bike and diffidently my chosen enduro bike...it geometry lets the rider to control the bike not the other around. However my next upgraded bike will be Nomad with 6.5' travel Notes For Santa Cruz: Watch Specialized , they launch New Specialized Enduro with extended travel to 6.5'

e*thirteen Heim 3RS Chainguide

“considering”

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The Good: considering it has to keep the chain on in 28 gears its worked really well on my hard tail and nomad mk1

The Bad: not so great on my new bike nomad carbon as had to modify to fit

Overall Review: if ya want to run three chainrings and wanna ride rough stuff get one its tough and lite and willstop ya dropping chains thus changing ya ride

Straitline Silent Guide Chainguide

“Straitline Silent Guide”

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The Good: the good: reliable, no maintenance needed ,and the most resistant i have ever used

The Bad: the only thing that could be better its the price ,but by the fact that you praticly don't need to change nothing because it wont break it's worth the price .

Overall Review: i used to have an e.13 LG1+ and i braeck the taco and it had 1 or 2 cracks on the upper side, this one i have landed with the chain ring on rocks and it didn't break, its like new the best guide ever and i don't want to change it for an other.

Fox Racing Launch Pro Knee Guard

“Really Good Knee pads”

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The Good: They are comfortable, breath well and actually protect you

The Bad: Durability?

Overall Review: I have had knee pads in the past, that when you crash stick to the ground and burn you knee(because your knee slides in them) these have never done that. Also, as far as comfort goes they are the best I have ever tried on. Almost all my friends used to use 661 and now all havetransferred over to these, everyone is blown away at how well they work.

Dakine Highwire Glove Spring/Summer 11

“Awesome glove for great price”

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The Good: durable, stylish, breathable

The Bad: None so far

Overall Review: I purchased these gloves at a great price and after a couple of weeks of using them I am very happy with the purchase. Dakine makes tons of quality gear and their gloves, especially the Highwire glove is no exception. The first thing I noticed about these gloves compared to others is the Neoprene knuckle flex panel, you can really feel the material stretching (in a good way) when using the gloves especially when reaching for the brake levers. This provides a really nice custom feel to the glove. The quality and stitching of the gloves is really nice and even after a couple of crashes and doing some trail Read More »

Manitou Circus Expert Fork

“if a fox 831 is the caddilac of dj forks then this is a flying ferrari tank”

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The Good: DURABILITY- at rays mtb park fox 831s and Argyle RCTs were breaking all the time and these were always the replacements.
Responsive- this fork is the definition of plush. it is a snap to adjust and you can dial it in soooooooo perfectly
Stiff- in the suspension and in the axle. manitou has outdone themselves with the 20mm hex lock
Light- for a tank like this its feather weight
AFFORDABLE- looking to pay less AND perform more? well i wouldnt reccomend dropping $800-$900 on an Argyle or 831

The Bad: if your into 4x the weight might take front seat but durability will pay off

Overall Review: This fork is a light, stiff, plush versatile tank. IT is sooo beefy compared to the competition. This thing is a tank and an 831 is a go cart. Seriously. The suspension it so responsive and smooth and manitou created a lock out that can take hits without being destroyed unlike rock shocks lock out. PERFECT

One Industries Vapor Pants

Vital Review

“Tested: ONE Industries Vapor Pants, So Light You'll Jump For Joy”

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Words by Sean “Griz” McClendon. Photos by Ian Collins. Well-known and respected in the motocross world, ONE Industries is about to make a charge into the bike market, and they're doing it in style. We recently had the opportunity to try out the new ONE Vapor pant, a crossover from their moto line that feels like it was made for mountain biking. Made with two-way stretch polyester, a touch of leather, an adjustable waist, and a velcro-style waist closure, the Vapor pant is like no other. Key Specs Constructed of a two-way stretch poly material - The outer shell is 95% polyester and 5% leather, and the lining is 100% Read More »