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Specialized Big Hit 1 Bike

“Pretty Good”

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The Good: Tuff, strong, pretty light for the price, and fairly plush.

The Bad: Brakes fade and the stock suspension isn't very good.

Overall Review: I've had this bike for about a year now and it's held up well from all the torture I've given it. I had to replace the fork because it started creaking and so I went for a boxxer and it's much better. I also had to replace the rear shock because I blew through the bottom out bumper. I replaced it with a fox van rc and it feels much more plush. The brakes are strong but kind of spongy and fade everyone once in a while but for the price it's really good. Also, I find my self wishing for a slightly slacker head angle when things get steep and rough but it works fine how it is. Overall it's a great bike for the price and I would recommend it.

2013 GT Sensor 9R Expert Bike

“2011 GT Sensor Expert 9r”

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The Good: Nice frame/rear shock. Looks cool, feels comfortable and good adjustment range on the shock.

The Bad: The fork clicks when compressed. No click when TST2 engaged?
The Kenda Small Blocks were not designed for the PNW slop. Swapped out for WTB Bronsons.
Low end drive train (Alivio). Upgraded massively to XT Dyna-sys.

Overall Review: If I could get the fork issue handled I would be completely happy with this ride! Possibly new wheels in the near future. Oh and the "All-Terra" components have to go...

2012 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp EVO Bike

“My Quiver Killer”

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The Good: Easy suspension setup with the Autosag (though I do adjust it depending on what I'm riding)
Very capable components for the $$
Stock dropper post that is in my opinion the best one on the market
Great tires
Stock chain guide and bashgaurd
Overall beefy setup that's at home all around the mountain

The Bad: Wheels could be better. They'll last, but they're the first thing I upgraded.

Overall Review: Love this bike. Since buying it and riding it stock for about a month, I swapped out the 2x10 for a 1x10 setup with an e13 chain guide.  Like I said, the stock wheels are not the best, so I swapped those out for Crossmax SX's.  I'll still use the stock wheels, but I'm not expecting a long life, particularly from the rear hub. Overall, this is a sweet bike at a great price.  The chassis is very upgrade worthy, and burly enough to withstand what will hopefully be many seasons to come.  Stoked on this buy-my favorite bike!

Shimano Saint Crankset M815 Crank

“Durable DH Cranks”

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The Good: I've been running these cranks for 2.5 years without any issues whatsoever. These are really a set and forget type of component. They are really stiff and strong.

The Bad: The price and now that we are seeing carbon cranks these are a bit heavy.

Overall Review: After 2.5 years of riding these cranks I can say they are super durable and totally worth the price. I've had no issues with these and would highly recommend this product.

Answer ProTaper 780 DH Handlebar

“Wide and light”

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The Good: I think most handlebars in this price range will be pretty similar in terms of strength, the one thing i noticed right away about these ones is the weight and how light they are. They feel really nice and are nice and stiff. Also having some color options is nice as well.

The Bad: The only thing i noticed is that the color is fading on the top of the bars. Not really a big deal but kind of weird.

Overall Review: Super happy with these strong, stiff, wide, light bars. Would highly recommend.

Fox Racing Transition

“fox transition”

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The Good: Lighter than heck, super strong.

The Bad: they don't make it in in purple

Overall Review: Sick helmet had mine for 2 or 3 years, use it for mtb and bmx riding and going to work. It also ha a nice fit. Bout' time for a new helmet, but i know what one i'm gettn'!! Bottom line GET ONE!!

2013 KHS Alite 2000 Bike

“2012 KHS Alite 2000 Frame size 15" ghost white”

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The Good: The geometry really fits me. Very light (less than 1.6 kilograms) i like the weldings and the paint, looks expensive with Shimano Deore XT group set, and Sram components. XT wheel set plus Selle Italia Saddle and Kenda Klimax Lite 1.95 for road and Maxxis Nevegal 1.95 for trail.

The Bad: So far I have'nt notice anything wrong with this frame, i just bought the frame last june 6, 2012.

Overall Review: For me,,, this frame is really great for me. I like the geometry, weight, and weldings and paints,

2013 Scott Voltage FR 10 Full Suspension Bike

“The Good, The Great, and the Beautiful”

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The Good: Bike is hands down, one of the most fun bikes i've owned. I feel comfortable riding anything that any DH bike can, and to boot, I (kinda) pedals too. Comes, with top of the line components, (FOX 180 VAN FIT RC2, DHX RC2, SRAM X9). So as far as the components go, you can't find better on a complete bike.

The Bad: The stock Schwalbe tires suck major ass. Do your self a favour, and upgrade to a Maxxis Minion/Highroller combo, and save the heartache. In my opinion the bottom bracket is a bit low, but I rarely hit on bigger hits.

Overall Review: This bike is the bee's knees. It's hard to find a better ride, that can do it all. Components are epic, tires not so much, but still an easy fix. Hope this helps!

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Short

Featured Review

“Well priced Trail Short”

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The Good: Well tailored for pedaling, comfortable, and breathable.

The Bad: Minimal pocketing

Overall Review: The Skyline short is a good pair of mountain bike shorts for those riders that do not want a chamois. Why spend money on a trail short w/o a chamois? The answer is comfort. This short is designed for mountain biking and not for walking or hiking around. The cut is generous enough to wear with knee pads but not baggy like a freeride short. It's a chino cut. The stretchy material is comfortable and keeps you much drier than cotton shorts. There are basic front pockets (like on your denim pants) and a zippered rear pocket on the waist. Adjustable velcro tabs also help you dial in the fit. I wish there Read More »

Nukeproof Scalp Frame

“Nukeproof scalp”

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The Good: I bought this bike about 7 months ago second hand and I was amazed. With a 63 degree head angle the bike is very stable at speed , at home on the steep stuff , while being easy to handle in the jumps. The bike reacts amazingly well to everything that is thrown at it. It isn't too long in length or heavy in weight ( I don't have the lightest of parts on it) , this makes it easy to manoeuvre in corners and tight sections where needs be. The bike also keeps traction when it is faced with a slippy rocky or rooty section.

The Bad: I had my shocked TF TUNED about 2 weeks ago now , and although it performed exceptionally better on the small bumps and other stuff thrown at it , if the shock (cane creek Double barrel ) took a medium and fast hit it would blow through it's travel exceptionally fast. I highly doubt this is to the shock tuning as TF TUNED are masters in what they do so can only blame it on suspension design. But that is not a deal breaker as the bike is very capable at what it's built to do. Also if my memory serves me correct , Nukeproof have a linkage that stops the shock from ramping up. I am still not sure if it's available to the public yet though , but I'm sure they will release one therefore making my negative points about this bike non-existent when they do.

Overall Review: Taken into consideration all of the things mentioned I feel the scalp is a very comfortable and extremely fun bike to ride and wouldn't hesitate to buy one again as I have been very happy with what I have got.