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Grammo Toa Carbon Frame

“Absolute Race Machine”

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The Good: The frame is very light and stiff, making this bike climb like a goat and turn like you wouldn't believe. It's responsive and snappy. It rails the descents better than any hardtail I've ever ridden.

The Bad: Don't you mean badass???

Overall Review: The best hardtail I've ridden. Amazing price, beautiful design, and a great ride.

Grammo Toa Carbon Frame

“Best Hardtail Ever”

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The Good: Super stiff, short wheelbase and tapered headtube make the bike extremely manuverable and snappy. This stiffness also transfers to excellent climbing. Really light, with internal cable routing that both protects the cable from grit and wear, and looks gorgeous.

The Bad: You'll have nothing to complain about except how to spend all the $ you saved building your new race machine.

Overall Review: An excellent bike, great price, super manuverable but retaining all the good aspects of the 29er wheel. I have ridden most other top 29er hardtails on the market, and not only does it ride as well or better, but has many little things that make it shine even more, such as the super low price, the excelllent durability, and internal cable routing, not to mention the much more responsive feel. Some 29ers make you feel like you're hauling a trailer. This one makes you feel like you've recently won the lottery and bought a new exoctic car.

Fox Racing Dirtpaw Gloves

“Some of my favorite gloves”

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The Good: Durable. Breathes Well. It's a glove -- it works -- it keeps your hand from becoming raw when you ride all day.

The Bad: It creases near the top of the palm just below the knuckle, but seriously all gloves do that.

Overall Review: I'm on my second pair. The first pair never wore out, but I lost one of the gloves.

e*thirteen LG1+ Chainguide

“I'd reccomend it”

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The Good: it looks good, it does the job, simple to put on

The Bad: nothing yet but its not been on 6 months

Overall Review: Possibly a bit premature posting a review but it is a good piece of kit and I've not noticed it being noisy on my bike - I thought it was quiet to be fair

SixSixOne Veggie Knee Guards

“What it says on the tin”

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The Good: Cheaper than a lot of the alternatives, doesn't rub, stays in place, comfortable and doesn't get too hot ....oh yeah, and I've still got knees after crashing

The Bad: Takes a while to get them bedded in and if you don't wear them for a bit (weeks) they take a little bit of time to soften up, I personally find that velcro strip for converting them into knee and shin guards annoying as it catches on clothes (depending on the material), the main biggie is no side protection, but thats kinda obvious from picking them up

Overall Review: Not as good as some of the other things on the market but its not trying to be, if this is what you want then go for it as it doesn't seem to have any hang ups

Manitou Minute Expert Fork

“great for the price!”

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The Good: it's amazing! it adusts so i can go from downhill trails to dirt jumping quick. its good for street and park. It's as good as fox forks. i've rode both brands and barely felt / saw a diffrence, the only one was design and stickers. if you have an air pump for yours fork it's even better!

The Bad: non! i love it

Overall Review: amazing fork, it works for all types of riding, just as good as fox, and a litle less in pricing

Foes Shaver Frame

“Foes Shaver, 2012”

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The Good: The most balanced trail bike I have ever ridden. I rode this bike as a demo over a 4 day period. I cleared stuff I never had before, had more fun doing it, rode fast downhill, climbed tough choppy technical, and just felt safer and more comfortable doing it. While the test bike weighed in at around 29 pounds, I never felt it climbing because the bike was so efficient. The single pivot is stiff and just doesn't flex at all.

The Bad: Having to choose between a Medium and a Large. I am 6'-0", right on the cut point for either frame size. As Brent Foes said to me, "You could go either way. Buy a Medium for climbing if that's your thing, or a Large for a more downhill oriented bike." I bought the Medium. It was the demo bike size and I flew downhill with no problem anyway.

Overall Review: I bought this bike immediately after the test rides. To me, it is the best handling trail bike I have ever ridden, and I have ridden many, many bikes.

2012 Transition Trail or Park Bike

“great everything bike”

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The Good: light, strong, and i can ride dirt, park and street with this bike and its still great what ever you ride

The Bad: 30mm seat post

Overall Review: i love this bike i have had it for about 2 ish years and its still riding great! the one thing about the 30mm seat post is not great but i found a 30mm pivotal seat post so its not to big of a problem for me

Foes Shaver Frame

“Foes Shaver”

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The Good: Everything !! the frame is well balanced and more than able for climbing for a heavy duty trail bike, but its the decending where it really shines.

The Bad: Lots of gaps for mud to find its way in. Very rare you catch the rear swing arm with your shoes but i use a wide trail type shoe with crank brothers mallet pedals.

Overall Review: I was torn between this and the Ibis mojo HD but since being a teenager racing downhill some 20 years ago i always wanted a Foes frame so i placed a pre production order for a white in medium. Took a while to turn up but the wait was more than worth it. I built up with DT Swiss 150mm forks, Full XT 2x10, Stans Flow rims and hope hubs, Rockshox reverb post, Sunline bars and stems. Its super fast over rocky and rooty single track and puts a huge smile on my face everytime i ride it and for a 30lb 150mm bike it climbs very well and im more than happy to spend all day in the saddle. Its by far the best bike I have ever owned and I'm looking forward to many a happy years riding it.