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Specialized Enduro Expert Bike

Featured Review

“The Downhiller's One Bike”

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The Good: To put it simply, this bike rides like a DH bike but allows you to peddle to the top. The geometry, and suspension design allows you to throw your bike into the gnarliest of lines and come out clean. I've ridden this bike in every environment, from Northstar rocks to fast flowy single track and it's very difficult if not impossible to find a bike that excels as well as the Enduro in all conditions. If you are a rider that likes to haul the mail and can only afford one bike, this is without a doubt it.
Good:
1) Geometry
2)Ability to plow through anything like a DH bike
3)Built to last. I ride my bikes hard, and have trashed this bike and it's still going strong. After a year and a half of shuttling, lift riding, and local xc riding(which may as well be downhilling as well) the bike has no dents in the frame and only a few minor scratches. The frame bearings are all still good, and the frame has no noticeable flex when riding hard.

The Bad: There are 5 things that I don't really like about the Enduro. Some can be easily changed but some cannot.
1) The cable routing under the frame. This is not really a problem if you don't shuttle, or ever throw your bike over a tailgate, but I really wish bicycle companies would consider this when designing the cable routing.
2)The shock: I debated putting this in the bad category as it does do many things well, but if you are an aggressive/heavier rider, the shock has a tendency to blow through the travel on harder hits(G outs, small drops, big square edge bumps)
3)The offset specialized stem. Over time, the spacer for the stem will decide it's worn out and you will literally be able to flex your handlebars up and down a half inch. Ditch the specialized stem and buy a Thompson.
4)Not coming with a travel adjust fork. This bike will climb much better with a travel adjust fork(Specialized specced the 2012 enduro expert with a travel adjust fork). On steeper climb the bike makes you feel like your riding a wheelie. This is a give and take though. The geo of the bike yields amazing DH performance so it's understandable the way the bike climbs. From personal experience a travel adjust fork will make this thing a much more eager climbing machine.
5) The Specialized seat will eventually start to creak; get a new one. Also, if you are using a Specialized Command Post, crank the bolt that holds the seat in place five times harder than you would anything else, or your seat will self adjust.

Overall Review: Overall, you want this bike if you are a gravity focused rider that can only have one bike. If you have a DH bike and are looking for a trail bike, look for a smaller bike. The only reason I say that is because this bike climbs like a pig compared to other bikes in its class. The Nomad, Ibis Mojo, etc all pedal much better. The tradeoff is the Enduro rides down the trail better. Personally, I will be selling this bike to get a lighter, more XC friendly bike at the end of the year, but that is because I have a DH bike to ride, and this bike creates some overlap in the bike stable.But, in summary, this bike is rad. You will not be disappointed if you buy one.

Nukeproof Electron Pedal

Featured Review

“Best value for money I ever had!”

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The Good: - very cheap
- very light
- surprisingly strong

The Bad: - normal pins are too short
- annoying bump in the middle (can be fixed with longer pins)
- they look kind of cheap, because of their nylon body!

Overall Review: I originally bought these for my 4x bike. They looked thin, were super light and cheap, but because they are made from nylon instead of metal, I didn't think they were that strong.The first thing I noticed, is the little bump in the middle, where the axle is. This was annoying at first, but I got used to it quickly. The grip was okay, but not great, enough for some 4x tracks and skateparks, tough. After a few weeks I decided to put them on my DH bike. But with my 5.10's I didn't have any grip, because the bump in the middle was to high and the stiff sole of the 5.10s couldn't bend around it.So I went home and made Read More »

Specialized Big Hit 1 Bike

“Pretty Good”

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The Good: Tuff, strong, pretty light for the price, and fairly plush.

The Bad: Brakes fade and the stock suspension isn't very good.

Overall Review: I've had this bike for about a year now and it's held up well from all the torture I've given it. I had to replace the fork because it started creaking and so I went for a boxxer and it's much better. I also had to replace the rear shock because I blew through the bottom out bumper. I replaced it with a fox van rc and it feels much more plush. The brakes are strong but kind of spongy and fade everyone once in a while but for the price it's really good. Also, I find my self wishing for a slightly slacker head angle when things get steep and rough but it works fine how it is. Overall it's a great bike for the price and I would recommend it.

2013 GT Sensor 9R Expert Bike

“2011 GT Sensor Expert 9r”

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The Good: Nice frame/rear shock. Looks cool, feels comfortable and good adjustment range on the shock.

The Bad: The fork clicks when compressed. No click when TST2 engaged?
The Kenda Small Blocks were not designed for the PNW slop. Swapped out for WTB Bronsons.
Low end drive train (Alivio). Upgraded massively to XT Dyna-sys.

Overall Review: If I could get the fork issue handled I would be completely happy with this ride! Possibly new wheels in the near future. Oh and the "All-Terra" components have to go...

2012 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp EVO Bike

“My Quiver Killer”

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The Good: Easy suspension setup with the Autosag (though I do adjust it depending on what I'm riding)
Very capable components for the $$
Stock dropper post that is in my opinion the best one on the market
Great tires
Stock chain guide and bashgaurd
Overall beefy setup that's at home all around the mountain

The Bad: Wheels could be better. They'll last, but they're the first thing I upgraded.

Overall Review: Love this bike. Since buying it and riding it stock for about a month, I swapped out the 2x10 for a 1x10 setup with an e13 chain guide.  Like I said, the stock wheels are not the best, so I swapped those out for Crossmax SX's.  I'll still use the stock wheels, but I'm not expecting a long life, particularly from the rear hub. Overall, this is a sweet bike at a great price.  The chassis is very upgrade worthy, and burly enough to withstand what will hopefully be many seasons to come.  Stoked on this buy-my favorite bike!

Shimano Saint Crankset M815 Crank

“Durable DH Cranks”

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The Good: I've been running these cranks for 2.5 years without any issues whatsoever. These are really a set and forget type of component. They are really stiff and strong.

The Bad: The price and now that we are seeing carbon cranks these are a bit heavy.

Overall Review: After 2.5 years of riding these cranks I can say they are super durable and totally worth the price. I've had no issues with these and would highly recommend this product.

Answer ProTaper 780 DH Handlebar

“Wide and light”

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The Good: I think most handlebars in this price range will be pretty similar in terms of strength, the one thing i noticed right away about these ones is the weight and how light they are. They feel really nice and are nice and stiff. Also having some color options is nice as well.

The Bad: The only thing i noticed is that the color is fading on the top of the bars. Not really a big deal but kind of weird.

Overall Review: Super happy with these strong, stiff, wide, light bars. Would highly recommend.

Fox Racing Transition

“fox transition”

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The Good: Lighter than heck, super strong.

The Bad: they don't make it in in purple

Overall Review: Sick helmet had mine for 2 or 3 years, use it for mtb and bmx riding and going to work. It also ha a nice fit. Bout' time for a new helmet, but i know what one i'm gettn'!! Bottom line GET ONE!!

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!