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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.

Loaded Precision X-Lite Seatpost

“Very very bad quality”

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The Good: It's pretty that's all

The Bad: Poor quality, bad customer service and warranty

Overall Review: This seatpost bent with little light use, I am only a 180lb rider. Instead of X-Lite it should be called X-weak. I have never seen anything like this before! Don't be fooled by its looks. Loaded didn't honor their warranty until I threatened to write a bad review

Alex Rims DM18

“good n cheap”

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The Good: 3+ years beating

The Bad: no bad here, should have bought before

Overall Review: 3 years, and thousands of kilometers on this rim that was bought as an emergency temporary . 3rd tire on now, lets see how far this rim will go! Alex Rims DM18

2013 Giant Yukon FX Bike

“Sweet bike for a great price”

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The Good: Price, full suspension, has everything you need to hit the mountain and jump a couple of ramps (worked great in a 5-6 ft high ramp).. great for beginners and intermediate. Components are basic, but work great.

The Bad: Not a light bike, not a heavy bike. The grips suck, I had to change them after about 2 months of use because one of them got ripped, but not something to worry about.

Overall Review: A bike that will get you through every obstacle that the mountain has, I feel very confident in this bike, great price for a great bike, works perfectly going downhill really fast, comfortable, kind of slow (not that good) going uphill. I really recommend this bike for people who are starting to go mtb and for people who want a tough bike that will let them go to their limits, but again, not a pro's bike. Its a fun bike, worth riding it.

Maxxis Ardent Tire

Featured Review

“Good Tire.”

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The Good: -Good grip
-Long life
-Sounds cool on pavement
-Great on hard pack or minor loose stuff
-durable sidewall and casing

The Bad: -Sucks with any kind of mud
-Not light
-Does not roll well at all on pavement

Overall Review: I use the 3C, 2.4 version of this tire on my trail bike. Yeah, it weighs quite a bit but I never really have to worry about getting a flat or ripping the sidewalls. These things are stout and they grip very well in dry conditions. The tread wear has also impressed me. I ride to some of my local trails via road, and while they do not roll well on pavement, they have not worn down on the pavement. Which is quite surprising to me. That being said, if you ride in a lot of mud, this is probably not the tire for you. They get clogged up pretty easily. I also rode the 3C, 2.6 version on my downhill bike and experienced the same thing. Good grip, good wearing tendancies etc. They also gripped quite well on those slippery East coast rock faces. Good tire all around and can sometimes be found for a great price.

ODI Ruffian Lock-On Grips

“Get a grip”

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The Good: Tacky, feel great, just the right size, they never move on the bars - and they look great too (with loads of color options for the lockrings + the custom stuff that is also available).

The Bad: There is nothing bad per se. They do wear out, I typically go through maybe 3-4 pairs per year (riding 2-3 times per week). Note that they still work every bit as well even when they're falling apart, I usually change them out just for that new feeling (and look).

Overall Review: It's one of the few constant parts on my bikes over the years, I just never see the need to even try anything else. As good as it gets!

SixSixOne Kyle Strait Knee Pads

Featured Review

“great pad that balances comfort and protection”

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The Good: Very comfortable, good adjustment, good protection, good value

The Bad: Fitment is not accurate. This product runs bigger than other knee pads

Overall Review: Kyle Strait knee pads are very comfortable to wear. Each pad is ergonomically designed for each knee and has upper and lower velcro straps that create a good fit.  The knee cap is made of durable fabric on the outside and a hard plastic shell on the inside.  Dense foam is used to protect both sides around the knee.  Over time, the knee pads seem to conform to the shape of your knees. After 100 plus days of bike park, shuttle and pedal days these pads are still holding up.  There are scratches, cuts and smudges but no tears in the fabric.  These pads will stretch over time so size down whenever possible. I highly recommend the Kyle Strait knee pads for downhill, bike park, shuttle runs and backcountry descents.