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2013 Ibis Mojo SL-R with XT Build

Vital Review

“2013 Test Sessions: Ibis Mojo SL-R”

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Reviewed by Matt Thompson, Steve Wentz, Jess Pedersen, & Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer & Brandon Turman Founded in 1981 in Scot Nicol's garage, Ibis Cycles has a long and rich history in mountain biking, even though they've had to overcome a few bumps along the way. Throughout the years they've developed a number of bikes that are seen as iconic - innovation in the sport and often a welcome breath of fresh air amidst lots of marketing hype. They're a company that builds what they want to ride, and in 2006, that was the Ibis Mojo Carbon - a bike that stood out as the first carbon fiber monocoque all-mountain Read More »
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SixSixOne Comp II Full Face Helmet

“Good & fair priced...”

C138_57596

The Good:

Durable, stylish & fairly light.

The Bad:

Needs better venting & a different strap system. D -Rings suck. .

Overall Review: Overall, I like this helmet. It has saved my head numerous times. Only real complaints are it needs a more modern, easier securing system & more working vents.
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Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evolution Tire

“Still Undecided....”

C138_24524

The Good:

I run a 2.1 on the rear & it's light & fast.

The Bad:

Very loose in corners at high speeds in unpacked areas. Doesn't have much of a footprint. Might try a 2.25 in the future.

Overall Review: Still undecided on this tire. Seems it would be fine on packed surfaces w/ minimal sand, rocks or pine straw. I run a 2.25 Nobby Nic on the front & this on the rear. It's definitely a fast combo, but trying to stay in control at speed, on loose terrain, is a challenge all in it's own. Gonna try a wider version to see if the problem persists before putting a Nic on the rear.
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Schwalbe Nobby Nic Evolution Tire

“Like em....”

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The Good:

I run a 2.25 on the front. Seems to hang on good, no wash outs, tolerable weight & width.

The Bad:

A little squirrely for a front tire but other than that, no complaints.

Overall Review: Overall, seems to be a good, gripping tire that holds the corners & slings some dirt. So far it's all I expected. Would like to add one to the rear to see what that changes. Recommended.
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Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert EVO Bike

“great trail bike”

C138_sj_fsr_expert_enduro

The Good:

pedals uphill as well is it descends. more slack head tube makes it downhill really well. dropper post is nice (not the best but it works)

The Bad:

fox fork isn't great. i can't get full travel out of it. pretty bad vibration out of the back from the brake.

Overall Review: overall impression of the bike is awesome in my opinion. on the trail the bike feels awesome. steep downhill and steep uphill is when the bike finds its limits (as with most AM bikes) one of the best trail bikes i've ridden
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ODI Lock-On Grip - Rogue

“The best grip there is”

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The Good:

Super tacky/grippy, great for anything

The Bad:

Slightly thick

Overall Review: These are the best grips out there, nothing else comes close. They are super sticky and ride perfect with gloves on, they are the best grip around.
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ODI Ruffian Lock-On Grips

“Grippy grips”

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The Good:

Great grips, thin profile

The Bad:

Wear out fast

Overall Review: Don't last very long but they are incredible while they do, you can just buy the grip after you have the lock rings.
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Pro-Tec Classic Helmet

“Good cheap option”

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The Good:

Fits well, stays tight

The Bad:

Hot, nothing else

Overall Review: Not many vents so it gets hot but other then that its a great budget option, with lots of color options.
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Kenda K-Rad Tire

“Incredible street tire”

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The Good:

Good grip, wears good, light, rolls good, good price

The Bad:

Maybe not as good on dirt as some others

Overall Review: Overall great tire, no complaints, rolls good and is priced extremely well.
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Crank Brothers Multi 17 Tool

“All the Essentials”

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The Good:

Has everything you might need

The Bad:

Tad bit heavy but you would need to have all these tools anyway...

Overall Review: Great product, I have been using it for years with no issues, perfect to slip in your pocket on a short ride or throw int he pack for longer rides. Has all the tools you would ever need.