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2012 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp EVO Bike

“A Killer Trail Bike”

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The Good: Absolutely kills it on the uphill with its slack but uphill ready headtube angle. The command post adds a nice touch, being able to change your seat hight on the go.

The Bad: Wheel set dents easily after a few cases.

Overall Review: Overall a outstanding bike! Great for a first timer or a expert! Highly recommended

FUNN Fatboy Riser Bar

“Cheap, Light, Strong”

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The Good: Cheap, Light - 282g, Strong

The Bad: Nothing at all.

Overall Review: Cheap bars that look great. Same material as all the other companys so will be the same strength, Lighter than most. Been running them all season at Whistler and they are still perfect. No complaints.

2012 Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon XTR am 1x10 Bike

“Do it all!”

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The Good: I own this bike and I love it.... It climbs it Drops, DownHills, Jumps, Enduro. what ever you want this bike can fill the need with a 160 Front fork you have the perfect enduro bike! Slap a coil in the rear with a 180 fork up front and this thing makes the perfect Freeride or DownHill rig. and still will climb fairly well! I am amazed at how well it does every thing I ask of it.

The Bad: The first scratch was devastating, but I got over it : )

Overall Review: I Love this bike! I Highly recommend Buying this bike!

Manitou Minute Expert Fork

“Great affordable fork!”

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The Good: Lock-out, rebound, reliability, price

The Bad: None, that I can find

Overall Review: I've had this fork installed on my XC bike for over a year and I love it! The lockout dial is easy to turn on the fly. The rebound knob is on the lower of the right leg and is large enough to grip easily with gloves. The air pressure valve is well protected and they even have a suggested pressure sticker on the leg so you don't have to fumble around with the manual.

Race Face Turbine Handlebar

“Awesome, affordable XC bars.”

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The Good: Price, looks, width, weight, durability.

The Bad: None, unless weight is an issue at this price point.

Overall Review: These bars are a great option for someone who rides XC but can't afford to go carbon. They are wide and have a few different options for rise and sweep. When I installed these bars the wide stance gave a feeling of much greater control and responsiveness. These bars are very durable and have withstood a few crashes without any signs of wear or bending. I did eventually bend them, only slightly but I think my broken collar bone speaks to the fact that the bending was not unwarranted!

Troy Lee Designs GP Gloves

“Great, durable downhill glove!”

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The Good: Finger and Backhand protection, super grippy

The Bad: Minimal padding

Overall Review: If you are more worried about grip and protection than long term comfort on the bars,these are definitely for you!The rubberized molding on the fingers and backhand provides excellent protection from crashes or if you tag a sneaky branch or tree. The palms have little padding but instead they have a rubbery checkerboard pattern that provides amazing friction on an grips you choose to run.I've owned these for over two years and only recently the rubber-checkerboard-palm-coating has started to peel off in some places. They have held up to numerous crashes and tons of abuse and hardly show any other wear.DH/FR riders that want a durable glove that will keep your fingers and hands safe will feel at home with these.

Lizard Skins G-LOVE Long Gloves

Featured Review

“Great Summer Glove!”

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The Good: Thin, breathable, good fit.

The Bad: Durability of backhand, odd placement of palm padding.

Overall Review: Overall I really like these gloves! I bought them in April at Sea Otter for $10, and they have been very good to me. The back hand is very breathable and has suited well for the hot summer months and the terry cloth thumb is always a welcome feature. I own the white/green ones and they stay surprisingly clean with just a run through the wash, even after coating them in some real tacky red dirt. The grips on the finger tips have also stayed intact and don't seem to be wearing too quickly, in fact they grip so well they are rubbing the anodizing off of my Avid SD-7 brake levers! I only have two gripes: 1. The Read More »

FOX D.O.S.S. Adjustable Seatpost

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“Tested: Fox D.O.S.S. Adjustable Seatpost”

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by AJ Barlas The somewhat recent invention of adjustable seatposts, and the even more recent development of reliable versions, have been among some of the most game-changing advancements to how we ride our bikes. The adjustable post — alongside other notable trail bike technologies — has invariably changed how many people ride their bikes and the type of bike they ride. With this advancement in technologies came obvious demand, and with this demand, more manufacturers are stepping into the ring with their own versions of this amazing little piece of bike tech geakery. Welcome into the ring Fox. The Fox Read More »

Nukeproof Proton Flat Pedal

“neutron mg-ti”

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The Good: they are light, the grip is perfect, the replacement parts are really easy to get. but i doubt that you will even need those....

The Bad: i have nothing bad to say about these pedals :D

Overall Review: the price is a bit high.. but i say it's worth the money ,

Deity Compound Flat Pedal

Featured Review

“Deity Compound Pedals - The bees knees pedal”

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The Good: durable, lightweight, inexpensive, highly serviceable, take to rock smacks very well

The Bad: can be narrow if you have wide feet, no concave if you like that sort of thing

Overall Review: Whenever buying anything in the biking world, the general rules when choosing a product is durable, lightweight, and inexpensive, you can only pick two. The Deity Compound Pedals breaks this rule and achieves all three aspects. At only $48 for a pair, they weigh in at svelte 339 grams which is within 10 grams of other platform pedals that cost at minimum $200, and the pedal body is as thin or thinner as their expensive competitors. Thin isn't usually a feature for a pedal of this price and weight. They’re made of nylon fiber, so they will not bend like traditional metal platforms and, will not explode like typical plastic Read More »