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2015 Specialized S-Works Demo 8 Carbon 650B

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“First Ride: 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon”

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Review by Brandon Turman // Action photos by Dave Trumpore Surely you’ve seen Specialized’s new spaceship S-Works Demo 8 Carbon by now. The thing is missing half the seat tube and looks more akin to the concept bikes of the future than to something you’d find at your local bike park. Troy Brosnan and Aaron Gwin also piloted it to three World Cup podium finishes after it was introduced late this season, as well as third place at World Champs. Well, this coming January the future will officially arrive at Specialized dealers around the world. Curious how the alien-looking rig rides, we saddled up for two days of rock, Read More »

Joystick Binary Carbon 35 Handlebar

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“Tested: Joystick Binary Carbon 35 Handlebar and Digger Stem”

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Joystick started up in BC in late 2011 as a small initiative focused on making quality components. Almost 3 years later, the company has a fairly impressive line of bars, stems, saddles and grips available, all developed with the input from a number of high-profile riders who ride for and with the brand. We were able to lay our hands on some of the newest 35-mm standard bars and stems they make, and we wasted little time putting them to the test to see how they stack up out on the trail. After the 8-bit alloy DH stem and bars we tested earlier, now it’s time for us to weigh in on the carbon Binary 35 and Digger Read More »

Joystick Digger Stem

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“Tested: Joystick Binary Carbon 35 Handlebar and Digger Stem”

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Joystick started up in BC in late 2011 as a small initiative focused on making quality components. Almost 3 years later, the company has a fairly impressive line of bars, stems, saddles and grips available, all developed with the input from a number of high-profile riders who ride for and with the brand. We were able to lay our hands on some of the newest 35-mm standard bars and stems they make, and we wasted little time putting them to the test to see how they stack up out on the trail. After the 8-bit alloy DH stem and bars we tested earlier, now it’s time for us to weigh in on the carbon Binary 35 and Digger stem. Joystick Read More »

Mavic Alpine XL Clipless Shoe

“Super comfy, all day shoes”

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The Good: Very comfortable for riding and walking. Paired with XT trail SPD's. Light weight with good protection..

The Bad: Nothing at all

Overall Review: These are fantastic shoes. Very comfortable on and off the bike. Was a little unsure on the looks at 1st but don't notice them now.

2015 YT Capra Comp 1 Bike

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“Tested: 2014 YT Industries Capra Comp 1”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Johan Hjord and Tal Rozow YT’s Capra made quite a splash when it was released earlier this year. With 160-170mm of travel, a carbon frame, and a price tag usually found hanging from bikes half as well spec'd, the only question mark that remained on paper was whether or not YT had overcooked the numbers for everyday trail use. Once the tires hit the dirt, that question was seemingly answered with a resounding "no," as the initial ride reports and reviews all pointed to a bike that was at ease both up and down the hill. In fact, after attending the launch of the bike, we called it a “game Read More »

Spy Optic Omen MX Goggles

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“Tested: Spy Optic Omen MX Goggles”

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Review by Fred Robinson // Photos by Matt Puzel Goggles are a simple tool that are essential to a good ride; every downhiller knows this. Spy Optic knows this too, and after two decades in the game they continue to push the evolution of off-road eyewear. The new Omen MX are billed as modern goggles that offer the biggest field of view possible and fit the most popular helmets on the market. That point, in addition to Spy's Happy Lens windshield, Rise ventilation system and Quad-Layer Isotron face foam had us expecting good things from the Omens - read on to find out how they fared. Omen MX Goggle Highlights Happy Lens - Read More »

Crank Brothers Iodine 3 Wheelset

“Poor Warranty Claim Process”

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The Good: Spiffy looking
Fairly lightweight
Easy spoke replacement

The Bad: Poor warranty claim process for defective product

Overall Review: Didn't get to test these out on more than one ride because they were defective, so I can't say a lot about how the non-defective ones perform. For the pair I received, the rear hub made a loud popping sound any time a new set of pawls was engaged. The three pawls did not engage the hubs teeth at the same time as they were supposed to. This will happen occasionally for any good company. That's why they have warranty policies, to maintain their reputation and happy customers. Unfortunately, their warranty policy requires you to send the product back at your own cost (~$30 for a wheel). In my case, they Read More »

Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail Frame

“Love at First Ride”

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The Good: Local company, good people, great bicycles.

The Bad: A few minor SNAFUs in delivering my bike just so, but such is the nature of custom work. In the end, everything was made right.

Overall Review: I've been riding, building, and racing mountain bikes most of my 33 years. Without reservation, this one is my favorite. I love the geometry: the longish TT (size medium) mates perfectly with a 35mm stem, 800mm bars,and my 5'10" frame. It does not climb like a bike of its heft or trail/gravity orientation, especially with Climb Switch engaged. Pointed down is whereshe really shines of course, and I'veyet to engage Beast Mode! I mean, Gravity Mode.The lower BB and slackish HTA make for a stable, confidence-inspiring, super playful ride. The Pike Solo and CCDBI outshine any FOX suspension product I've ridden. The Read More »

Kitsbow A/M Short

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“Tested: Kitsbow A/M Ventilated Short”

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Let’s get to the price of this short right away. A while back a grocery clerk asked if the green Super Food juice I was buying was “worth it?”, which highlighted both the differences in taste (literally and figuratively) between us, and our financial comfort with a $3 purchase. The idea of drinking something green, and paying 3x more for it than her favorite soda, was appalling enough to warrant asking a total stranger what possible reason one could have to make such a purchase. Surely there must be some tangible level of gain afforded by spending so much money and suffering through such nastiness. Yet the reality is that I Read More »

SeaSucker Mini Bomber Rack

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“SeaSucker Mini Bomber Rack”

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The Good: Versatile Rack (use on various cars and bikes easily). Can be mounted on roof, trunk, or hatchback without permanent attachment. Lightweight - Includes spare vacuum pad and pump and pump maintenance.

The Bad: $400 price tag. Does not include Cable Anchor.

Overall Review: As with the other SeaSucker rack I own, I was initially very skeptical of securing my $5k+ bike to the car via vacuum cups. After some initial tugging and pulling HARD on a single cup that was attached to my roof, I instantly realized the power of the vacuum cups. Rated at 210 lbsof pull-strength per cup, the Mini Bomber has a total rating of 840 lb pull-strength which is mighty impressive in my mind. Initial setup is quite easy and just requires a quick spray of the roof top to clean it of dust/dirt, and a quick spray on the vacuum cups before installation. Each cup only takes about 10-15 pumps to reach full suction Read More »