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Dainese Performance Elbow Guard

Featured Review

“Go ahead and get these but not the knee version”

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The Good: Great hard shell protection, they hinge above the elbow so they move WITH your arm, three straps that keep them in place without cutting off the circulation, can wear with or without a jersey, they are R and L specific so they are even more molded to your arm which helps them stay in place

The Bad: Very expensive for elbow pads but they are Dianese afterall, they don't cover all the way down to the wrist like some elbow pads do, the sizing is very weird on them so make sure you try them on before buying (again because they are made by Dianese and all their products are sized funny)

Overall Review: Most body armor jackets that I have worn seem to have great protection except for the elbow pad part. So to try and remedy that one year I used a body armor vest and separate elbow pads to keep things lighter and hopefully improve the fit since most jackets that combine the two don't work that well. After looking around and testing out some different models I went with the dianese since they seemed to fit the best without having to wrench down on the straps and cut off circulation like most pads required. What I love about these pads is that they really do stay in place even though there are only 3 straps, Read More »

Fox Racing HC Graphic Jersey '11

“Great Jersey for an even better price”

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The Good: Very light weight, cool design as expected from fox (they know how to do it), slightly tighter cuffs keep it from riding up in the sleeves, cheap cheap cheap

The Bad: I bought mine too big so I could wear armor underneath and its wayy to big totally my fault though.

Overall Review: I usually buy all my mtn bike jersey's at motocross shops since they almost always have a discount rack in them and you can usually find some great bargins. I only paid $25 bucks for this jersey but I know that it would have run me at least $45 at any mountain bike shop in the USA. My favorite part about this jersey is that its very light weight and breathable, I have run all different types of jerseys and the material that fox uses is unique and lighter than anything else I have worn before. There are no little elbow pads in them like some jerseys but if you want elbow pads you should buy some Read More »

RockShox Boxxer RC Fork

“Simple Fork”

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The Good: Light, plush, easy to rebuild

The Bad: Front axle comes lose often

Overall Review: This fork is a really good option if you like stiff suspension. If you don't then you'll probably have to swap the spring to a lighter one (if your on the lighter side). The controls are really simple: compression and rebound. Most people don't even know how to properly set up their World Cup forks so why buy one? The RC is very basic and will feel good over roots, rocks, drops or whatever else the trails throw at you. My only complaint would be that I loose traction in the corners because I run my suspension really stiff the fork wont settle down in the corners because there isn't a high/low speed compression option. I also find that the seals start to leak about a month after you first use it. It's a great fork and has served me very well.

SDG I-Fly I-Beam Storm AW Saddle

“Feel like a Factory Rider”

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The Good: Light, looks cool, no rails to bend, grippy for wet conditions, slim design

The Bad: Expensive, uncomfortable, have to buy an I-Beam seat post if you don't already have one

Overall Review: This seat makes your bike look like a world cup race bike. I've had no issues with mine in the past year that i've been running it. The I-Beam is super rad and I think it looks good and functions better than a seat with rails. It's really easy to adjust. The only problem is that you have to go and buy a new seat post if you don't already have an I-Beam. I like that if you crash there aren't any rails to bend so you would have to crash really hard to mess up the I-Beam tabs. Sitting on it for a minute isn't bad but if you just sit on it for like 5 minutes in the parking lot talking to your buddies it gets uncomfortable. When you ride DH/FR you never really sit on your seat so it's not a big deal. If you want to spend the money on this seat... do it!!

FSA Step-Up Crank With Bottom Bracket Oe

“A mediocre annoying crank”

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The Good: It works, at least at first, good bolts.

The Bad: Easy to bend, hard to remove.

Overall Review: The cro-mo insert should give the game way here these cranks are nasty and cheap. I got them on a new bike and sold it to a 140lb friend, he manged to bend the drive side crank doing XC! When we tried to remove them and had a real pain in the backside trying to find the tools to remove them as they are unusual. Near this price point, there are much better cranks and an this is too much to ask for an ISIS BB with cheap chain-rings. Your money would be much better spent on an X-type external BB type crank or a traditional square taper or even a Howitzer.

Renthal SR4 Ultralite Alloy Chainring

“Where art and engineering meet”

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The Good: Light and very strong.

The Bad: None found by me

Overall Review: When you get this chain ring it just blings off CNC machined sex. Why would you ever be happy with the pieces of 1950s window frames and old soda cans that call themselves chain-rings when you buy a new crank? It's tough as nails and light as hell. I'd get a tattoo of it on my body if I liked tattoos.

DMR Moto RT Tire

“Heavy, fast, robust and inexpensive”

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The Good: Fast, robust, cheap, good volume

The Bad: Heavy, only for hard-pack or road

Overall Review: This an ideal ghetto tire tire for poor kids who want a tire that lasts and don't want punctures on broken glass and other urban debris, but still want a tire for the street that will do dirt-jumps in the dry. It's almost like a Kenda K-Rad but tougher and heavier. If you are getting serious about riding and have the money get a lighter tire but sacrifice some of the robustness.

Lizard Skins Peatey Grips

“A perfect grip for some”

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The Good: Lots of grip, tacky feel, nice diameter, lock on tight.

The Bad: You can't open a beer with them, or maybe you can?

Overall Review: For me these things are nearly perfect, but I would prefer if they came with ODI type end caps and were 150mm. If you find a Ruffians a bit narrow, these are certainly worth a try.

ODI Ruffian Lock-On Grips

“Thin and grippy favorites”

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The Good: Light, tacky, grip well, lock on tight, sweet lightweight end-caps.

The Bad: Tiny bolts rust out

Overall Review: A great grip, some will say the best. That is subjective as grips are like saddles or your taste in clothes, it's personal. I like these, but I find them a bit too thin and narrow so I wouldn't buy them again but I do like the tacky, grippy surface. Personally I prefer Peaty lock-ons and Rogues but I'd never mind riding a bike with these.

DMR V8 Grease Port Flat Pedal

“A false economy pedal”

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The Good: Cheap, some pins can be removed.

The Bad: Paint chips easily, aren't greased properly, bad bearings, end caps all off, heavy.

Overall Review: These come with a grease injector that you are supposed to inject the grease into your pedal. However this grease isn't enough and without taking the pedal apart not enough grease will get on the bearings and who wants to start playing around with a cup, cone and loose bearings on a new product? They'll start grinding very young. Add to that the fact the pedals are thick as a brick and too narrow. You'd be better off spending your money on a sealed bearing Wellgo pedal, which are probably made in the same factory anyhow.