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2013 Diamondback Overdrive Comp Bike

“Assembly and Initial Opinion”

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The Good: Bike comes with some great components.
Hayes Hydraulic Brakes
RockShox with remote Lockout
Priced lower than most other mid-range models (bought for $671 on amazon.com, the $499 price is for last year's model)

The Bad: Shifting doesn't seem as smooth as I would expect with 30-spds
Stock seat not very comfortable, even for shorter urban rides (To be expected I guess)
Had to pre-load the front fork to the max in order to get desired stiffness in the lock-out feature

Overall Review: Assembly was pretty straight forward on this 29er. My first experience with disc brakes, front-suspension and a 29er. I am impressed by the braking feel and power and rolling over curbs, roots, etc. with these 29" is awesome. The front-suspension seems to leave al ittle to be desired as the lock-out feature requires a full pre-load to obtain the stiffness. For the price I was unable to find a comparable bike as far as components and quality of brand were concerned.

Niner Carbon Fiber Fork

“The best rigid fork made?”

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The Good: Very stiff, Very strong, rides extremely well, very efficient

The Bad: You have to actually know how to ride a bike to use this fork

Overall Review: This fork is absolutely amazing. If you want a fork that you can depend on and have a blast while riding, this is the fork for you. Your riding capabilities will grow immensely. This fork will let you fly up the climbs and have a blast on the descents. You can not go wrong with it

2012 Transition Blindside Bike

“Alright for the price”

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The Good: The bike has decent geo and comes well spect.

The Bad: Mega flexy rear end. The seat stays are not connected to each other or to the chain stays unlike many other free ride/dh bikes. This created a lose feeling rear end, witch did no go well with the brake jack on technical sections. I found that for steep and ruff trails i was underbiked.

Overall Review: Great bike for free ride and smaller riders. Look elsewhere for a bike that can also handle DH.

2012 Turner DHR Bike

“Turner DHR DW-Link”

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The Good: Pedals like a hardtail, corners like a dream, stable yet nimble. Geometry is spot on and I felt at home at once on it. Looks good as well and the attention to detail is extensive. Grease ports works great and the pivots are easy to maintain.

The Bad: Costs fair bit of change, but as I see it, it's a frame that should hold it's own for a couple of years without the need for switching every season. Chainguide needs to be removed to access lower front right pivot grease port.

Overall Review: A brilliant piece of craftsmanship, a dream to ride and bike worth drooling for. If you can afford it, get it.

2012 Transition Blindside Bike

“Great bike”

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The Good: The geometry of this bike its perfect for freeride and people who like to jump their bike, it also can handle any dh track you put in front of it. With short chainstays this bikes feels very nimble and playfull. I own the 2009 version with 8.1 travel and its awesome.

The Bad: some brake jack at high DH speeds.

Overall Review: This is one of those bikes that if its your first really DH/FREERIDE you will improve your riding skills and will make you a better rider without braking the bank.

Crank Brothers 5050 XX Flat Pedal

“Not that Great”

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The Good: Can customize the look to match your frame

The Bad: no concave, heavy, need too many pins to gain traction

Overall Review: The pedals look nice and are though but the fact that there is no concave makes no sense. It makes for getting consistent grip hard and sometimes sketchy.

2012 Transition TR450 1 Bike

“tr450 review”

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The Good: The parts ar totally hi-end. Frame travel feels like never ending yet not very soft and very well controllable.

The Bad: The weight. Smth around 18kg.

Overall Review: Excellent DH race bike when you care how your bike will perform in longer time. Overall feel of the bike is very ergonomic because all that you need is right there by you. Avid brakes, sram shifters, fox suspension - everything all together combined with transitions great geometry.

2011 Specialized Demo 8 2 Bike

“Great Dh rig”

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The Good: Nimble, light (38lbs out the box) smooth, stable and freaking fun to ride

The Bad: at high speed over chatter bumps or square edge hits the suspension is a little rough. Maybe that is something i can fix with fine tuning my shock. This is a race bike with a super lower bottom bracket I have smacked it several times on the gnarly terrain of south mountain in phoenix az

Overall Review: Great bike, I would recommend it to anyone.

2013 Lapierre Rapt 2.1 Bike

“Wild ugly setup”

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The Good: The good news is that nobody in brooklyn ever going to show up at the trails with this ugly bike.

The Bad: Worst looking stock hardtail ever!

Overall Review: Probably a great bike but that oreo setup going to get old real quick.

2012 Giant STP

“Full suspension????”

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The Good: Besides that full suspension typo this new frame for the stp looking sweet. Sure its light and hydro formed all over. Do yourself a favor and just buy the frame and build your own spec. The stock giant stp setup going to be heavy. You can spend a little more and save money and time in the long run.

The Bad: Clunky looking heavy stock parts

Overall Review: Great value and geometry for the stp frame, the parts are ???? stock parts not going to give full potential of this frame. Awesome looking frame for a custom build.