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Crank Brothers Kronolog Adjustable Seatpost

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“Tested: Crank Brothers Kronolog Adjustable Seatpost”

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by Brandon Turman This past March, Crank Brothers introduced the Kronolog, an all-new adjustable seatpost based around a simple mechanical design concept - that of a bar clamp. The post boasts 125mm of infinite adjustment, comes in 30.9 or 31.6mm diameters, and weighs an impressively light 493 grams with the remote. If you're unfamiliar with the inner workings of the post, take a moment to revisit this "First Look" feature that we prepared when the post was first launched: As you can tell by watching that slideshow, when we first got our hands on it we were pretty impressed. Everything from the fixed cable Read More »

RockShox Boxxer R2C2 Fork

“The Official "Budget" DH Fork”

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The Good: 1)Smooth with fresh grease/oil
2)Adjustable- High/low speed compression and beginning/ending stroke rebound
3)Relatively Cheap
4)Easy to rebuild
5)Relatively light

The Bad: 1)Needs to be rebuilt all of the time for best performance
2) It's flexy
3)Doesn't come with the correct amount of oil

Overall Review: The Good: 1)With fresh oil in the lowers, a rebuilt damper, and a ton of slick honey on the seals the fork feels really good. The problem is that the feel doesn't last. I went threw countless sets of seals/dust wipers on this fork. 2)The fork is quite adjustable for the price. You get three springs which can easily be swapped out if you do not fit the stock spring rate, and a multitude of adjustments(Bottom out, high and low speed compression, and beginning/end of stroke rebound) 3)The $850 price point puts this fork in a price range that your typical downhill rider might actually be able to afford. 4)The fork Read More »

Shimano Saint Hydraulic Disc Brake

“The Only Brake I Will Ever Buy”

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The Good: 1)Reliability
2)Power/Modulation
3)Easy to Bleed
4)Lack of brake fade

The Bad: 1)The metallic replacement brake pads tend to squeal like a pig.

Overall Review: Good: 1)I've been using the same set of Saint brakes since June of 2009 and only a month ago did I have to bleed the brakes. I probably ride roughly 30-35 bike park days per year and shuttle at least once per week. I've never experienced another brake that I've never had an issue with. Just replace the pads as you ware them down and you are good to go. If you do run into issues, I've found there is usually a Shimano tech at most West Coast races and they will not hesitate to get you sorted out. SRAM may lead in the warranty replacement department, but that doesn't help you if they aren't at the race. 2)The Saint Read More »

SixSixOne Evo Carbon Camber Full Face Helmet

“661 evo carbon helmet”

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The Good: 1. it's fairly lighter compared to other carbon helmet
2. Sun visor is flexible so it won't break easily
3. air ventilation is great
4. click on lock

The Bad: bad graphic, less graphic choice
and, 661 should redesign it to better suit Leatt and other neck brace

Overall Review: It's a great value vs price for a carbon helmet

SixSixOne Evo Carbon Camber Full Face Helmet

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“Tested: SixSixOne Evo Carbon Camber Helmet”

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The Good: Lightweight // No goggle interference issues // Meets or exceeds several safety standards // Reasonably priced

The Bad: Shape limits helmet cam mounting options

Overall Review: Product Highlights 3k Carbon Fiber Construction Removable, washable liner Inner channeling links intake ports to aid ventilation Weighs 2.1 pounds $299.95 MSRP Riding Impressions For 2012, SixSixOne introduced an all-new lightweight downhill specific helmet. With a great, comfortable fit, light weight and good styling, the Evo Carbon is a continuation of SixSixOne's progressive helmet design. Large vents located under the visor and at the back of the helmet encourage airflow and keep your head cool during riding. Goggle fit and peripheral vision wasn't an issue with the well designed eye opening. Read More »

Shimano PD-MX30 Flat Pedal

“"Shimano PD-MX30 Flat Pedal"”

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The Good: Grippy! No broken bits, top quality, look clean, after countless battles of Pedal Vs. Rock and they still look good

The Bad: The pedals screw in from the front(if smashed on a rock they wont come out), they say xc when upside down

Overall Review: I've enjoyed using these pedals for the whole timeI've had them, I can only remember slipping off the pedals once or twice and I don't have the "grippiest" of shoes.  I recommend the long pins if your riding All MTN or DH (they come with the pedals) Over all very good experience with Shimano pedals

SixSixOne Rage Knee Guard

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“Tested: SixSixOne Rage Knee Pads”

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The Good: Flexible // Breathable // Secure // Thin profile

The Bad: Offers slightly less protection than its predecessor

Overall Review: Product Highlights Perforated neoprene construction with stretch mesh back Stretch Kevlar knee cover with abrasion resistant graphics Pre-curved ergonomic internal hard cap protector $59.95 MSRP Riding Impressions The Rage kneepad was introduced as a new item in SixSixOne's 2012 lineup. This knee pad shares a lot of similarities with the classic Kyle Strait Knee Pads, but with a few variations. Think of this new knee pad to be the slightly slimmer, less beefy, better vented version to its hugely popular alternate. For comparison, the Rage is on shown here on my right knee, and the most recent version of the Read More »

2011 Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon

“My Nomad Experience”

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The Good: Climbs every hill without much ease then rips all the downhills comfortably leaving the rider with much control

The Bad: With the set up I have on mine, it doesn't jump that well

Overall Review: The first time I rode this bike i was instantly in love. Before finally getting this bike, I was only riding dh and dj and when ever I tried going on a am ride on my dh bike I found it was absolute hell. Then after taking my Nomad for the first rideI was amazed that I could actually climbs hills and then still have energy to ride down them fast. Never in my life was I able to do that and have that much fun. I could do almost everything I could on a dh bike on our local trails and that most likely the reason I haven't rode my downhill bike in over three months. Another thing I tend to like is it has just about the perfect Read More »

Hayes Stroker Gram Disc Brake

“AWESOME!!!!!!!”

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The Good: great brakes! got my rear brake from a friend and he only used em once, just gotta finish tuning them and they'll be done. i love the lever the most, but the whole set looks good

The Bad: have alot of brake dust for mine atlest

Overall Review: amazing set, lever feels good and doesnt hurt your finger after a full day of riding

2011 Airborne Wingman Bike

“Airborne Wingman- decent but the problems show”

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The Good: -Frame design
-Hydraulic brakes
-lightweight -dual walled rims
-looks
-Price

The Bad: -headset sucks
-crank likes to come loose
-sucks to service
-Fork cannot be set very stiff and is heavy
-I have suspicion of a wide defect on the bike (see below)

Overall Review: The wingman is stiff, light and maneuverable. Nothing feels like the bike is $660. Until you have logged some actual time on the bike. After riding far more expensive dirt jumpers, i can fairly say that this is able to keep up in basic dirt jump arenas but for advanced riders looking to start pulling bigger tricks it is a close call. Everything on the bike promotes control and high flying. Berms are swallowed up and pumptracks are absolutely demolished. Use it for freestyle, Dual slolam, its even light enough for 4X. Stock the bike doesnt quite cut it though. There are three main problems- headset, fork, and crank. After having Read More »