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Enve Composites Carbon Riser Bar

“Excellent bar”

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The Good: strong and light, good/simple graphics

The Bad: a bit spendy, but not much more than similar options

Overall Review: About a year ago I gouged my Easton Havoc carbon bar in a crash at bootleg canyon and afterward...

Hope Technology Seat Collar

“Get the QR version”

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The Good: Works well and well finished

The Bad: A child could strip out the extremely weak alloy bolt and even snap it

Overall Review: In my opinion an aluminium alloy is just the wrong material to use for a bolt in this application, the weight savings are just minuscule, it's just too weak, I stripped out the bolt with very minimal force, which is pretty disappointing from a manufacturer like Hope. However the collar part of the product is well finished and nicely anodised and has lasted for years, after I switched out the bolt for a steel version. I also use the QR collar and have never had a problem, so I'd recommend buying that instead.

Hope Technology Seat Collar

“Simple and solid”

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The Good: reliable, light

The Bad: nothing so far

Overall Review: Whether you're building up a bike from the frame or swapping out the standardquick release clamp that comes with most complete bikes, a nice seat tube collar is in order.  I went with this one based upon brand reputation, the simple design and the reasonable price.  Nothing fancy here, the clamp just plain works. This is one of those components that you really don't want to think about too often. I have had two of these now, a blue on for my bottlerocket years ago and now a black one for the dh rig.  I have moved it to a few different frames depending on which one has the dropper post on it and have had no problems with it working as expected.

SDG Ti-Fly Saddle

Featured Review

“Nice saddle”

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The Good: Light, quality construction

The Bad: kinda pricey, but good deals can be found online

Overall Review: SDG's Ti Fly has titanium rails and thin padding to keep the weight to a minimum. I scored a...

Maxxis High Roller II Tire

“Worthy, but Minion beats it”

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The Good: Mud shedding ability, and downhill bite

The Bad: Weight, climbing slip, and cornering sketch unless ruthlessly thrown at the corner

Overall Review: Not a bad DH tire, if I got a bike with them I'd use them, but replace them with something else. They look like the offspring of the original HRs mixed with a Minion DHR. I was never a fan of the old High Roller, and much prefer the Minion DHF. The HR2 is better than the old tire IMO but still has some of the old annoyances, personally a think it just handles a bit worse than a DHF, but braking traction is good as is mud shedding. Climbing as HR is worse than a semi-slick

2014 Kona Process 153 Bike

“where have you been all my life!”

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The Good: Geometry, Handling, Nice wide bars, Pikes, dropper post as standard,

The Bad: Bit wide at the rear, Cranks could be stiffer, monarch RT sealing not as good as fox, KS seatpost not great in mud

Overall Review: Had the bike for 3 months now and every time I ride it just seems to get better! My medium was...