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Banshee Bikes Rampant Frame

“purchased a raw from Joyride cycles”

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The Good: EVERYTHING....it pedals great, I think it's easier to whip than my hardtail, it's light, stable, easy to manual. looks great. corners amazingly I know this isnt a review for that but Joyride has great customer service. I was very pleased to get my frame through them.

The Bad: nothing I have realized yet

Overall Review: honestly, the best bike i've ever owned. Hands down

Specialized Pitch Comp Bike

“brilliant!!!!”

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The Good: everything, it climbs like a monkey, comes down like a ball<br /> geometry is spot on!

The Bad: forks!! ok if your 12stone or below but i'm a big lad and they bobbed a lot, <br /> upgraded to marzzochi 55's 150mm travel and its much better,

Overall Review: a brilliant ride that wont empty your wallet, i'm sure there's a lot more exspesive bikes to be bought but wont perform to the level this bike does, a dry run in a shop wont do this justice you need to try it on the trails and jumps etc tip if you see a one at your trail center take it off him (or her) and have a blast!! if he'll let you and you'll throw your £5000 in the ditch i promise ;-)

Five Ten Freerider Flat Pedal Shoe

“great shoe”

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The Good: Sticks to pedals really good, the look cool to

The Bad: nothing bad so far, had them for three weeks and ive raced, wore them to school, and rode everyday on them

Overall Review: i like them, good shoe

Five Ten Freerider Flat Pedal Shoe

“Best Skate Style Bike Shoe”

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The Good: Amazing grip- nothing beats 5.10 stealth rubber for traction. Lighter and more breathable than the 5.10 Impact or Karver.

The Bad: Durability. The sole delaminates too soon. The new model comes with a new sole construction.

Overall Review: Five Ten makes the best flat pedal shoe on the market. The Freerider is perfect for the guy who wants a casual, more breathable, less bulky, less stiff shoe than the 5.10 Impact.

Five Ten Freerider Flat Pedal Shoe

“Best Mountainbike Shoes!”

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The Good: These shoes have an incredible amount of grip on flat pedals.

The Bad: The rubber around the main sole comes open easily and stones start to get stuck inside. Not much grip walking in mud.

Overall Review: These shoes are perfect for mountainbiking! If they ever broke I would get the impact or Sam Hill shoes next.

Commencal Meta 4x Frame

“Simply brilliant”

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The Good: Brilliant linkage system, light, brilliant shock, headtube sleeve accomodates wide range of riding.

The Bad: Once headset cups are in place its hard to see what angle the headtube sleeve is at.

Overall Review: Brilliant frame, it can be nippy and quick when you want it too and the linkage system makes it feel like it has more than 4 inches of travel when you need it. Taking this bike to Les Gets this year with rock shox pikes at the front and dont doubt it for a second. Good for trail riding although it is very low down so its just about pedalable with the seat post at its max. Havent used it for 4X yet but i feel that for todays 4X tracks you would be better off with a hardtail at the moment. 4X wasnt what i bought it for and it probably wont see much of it. I bought it as an all rounder as i cant afford multiple bikes and it hasnt failed to impress! Fantastic frame.

Morewood Bicycles Makulu Frame

Featured Review

“First Impressions of the 2011 Morewood Makulu”

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The Good: Perfect for race and aggressive downhill applications<br /> Lives in the stable of long low slack downhill geometry bikes<br /> MSRP of $3199 is ballpark and competitive for a high end race bike with Double Barrel shock, axle, rear fender, and seatpost clamp<br /> Natural well balanced ride<br /> No significant suspension dysfunction or weird feedback such as brake jack or squat<br /> Excels and thrives at high speed in rough terrain<br /> Requires an aggressive riding position<br /> Very efficient machine<br /> Very stiff frame with excellent traction<br /> Build quality is excellent<br /> Subtle understated design

The Bad: Double Barrel can be difficult to tune requiring patience, time and effort, but it gets the best from the low leverage suspension design<br /> Price, if you're on a budget

Overall Review: Rider Overview I'm an intermediate-aggressive DH rider coming into my fifth full season. The...

Airborne Taka Bike

Featured Review

“Great value, great entry to DH”

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The Good: Price and spec. Weight - again, for the price, a fully equipped DH rig that tips the scales at about 40lbs is a great find. The Avid Juicy's, once broken in, do their job pretty well. The Marz 888 RV takes big hits without bottoming too easily, same for the Marz coil in the rear. LOVE the Maxxis tires, they hook up very well in a wide variety of conditions - they are a local favorite here. Comfy, soft seat! <br /> <br /> As far as handling is concerned - yes. The Taka is actually a fairly nimble rig. It goes where you point and will hold the line as the 8 inches of suspension does its job. I like the top-tube length couple with my 55mm stem, I can get "in" to the bike's suspension/sag comfortably - and have plenty of room for body english adjustments through the rough stuff. If flies straight and true, easy to correct your trajectory or style if needed. This is potentially a very fast bike.

The Bad: Not sure there's anything bad per se; but the head angle could be a bit more relaxed. At really high speed, the bike is not as stable. For medium speed riding, it's very good, like for freeriding where you have pick you line over a skinny or bridge or switchback. But at racing speed, its a little more work to keep in on track. Personal preference? Maybe, but most DH bikes lately are spec'd closer to 65 degrees. <br /> <br /> The bottom bracket is also quite high, getting a bit lower will help keep the center of gravity down, and keep the bike even more stable. <br /> <br /> The seat - is a very nice seat - comfy and soft, almost a relief sometimes. But for a DH rig, it's a bit overkill.<br /> <br /> Grips are not the keenest - but again, not a deal breaker and easily replaceable.<br /> <br /> Understand, these are nits to be picked, not deal breakers.

Overall Review: I have to disclose: I am a member of Airborne's Flight Crew, which means I do ride a Taka, but I...

2011 Airborne Marauder Bike

“One Sinister Rig! Airborne Marauder!”

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The Good: My rig is a 2010 Airborne Bicycles Marauder. I purchased it in January of this year. It's a Freeride rig with 6 inches of travel. I've been riding it nearly daily since i got it. I love to ride on the dirt, but unfortunately where I live, there aren't very many trails. So i have to make due with what i have. In turn my Marauder sees a lot of urban freeriding assaults. But don't worry, it spends plenty of time on the dirt singletrack and even some rocky Ozark terrain. It hasn't let me down yet, tackles anything I put in its way. Be it rock gardens, roots, step-ups, drop-offs, dirt jumps, staircases... You name it, it can take it.

The Bad: Could use some lock-on grips.

Overall Review: I've put my Marauder through some punishment and it has taken everything i have thrown at it and...

Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake

“Best bang for the buck”

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The Good: VERY CHEAP compared to other hydro brakes, extremely powerful, easy to install, easy modulation of left and right side of caliper

The Bad: none so far

Overall Review: I ride these brakes with 160 mm rotors front/back on a downhill trail 3 times a day, every day of the week. They hold up amazingly. I do not notice any loss of brake power after long rides. These brakes are as good at the bottom as they are at the top. They are powerful enough to lock up the back wheel instantly and make it possible to do endo's when pulling the front brake. I would definitely recommend these brakes to anyone who is in the market to buy disc brakes but don't want to drop $150 per brake for hydro's. The best part about them is that I don't have to worry about bleeding them or having a leak out on a trail rendering my brakes useless like hydro's. AWESOME!