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Avid Elixir CR Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

“Worst Brake Ive Ever Owned!”

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The Good: the only good thing is the levers are comfortable on my fingers

The Bad: the stopping power wasnt good at all

Overall Review: If your fast, buy a 4 Piston Brake, dont waste your money on there.

Leatt Adventure Body Vest

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“Good, but could be better”

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The Good: Comfortable
Not overly restrictive
Leatt brace compatible
Not too hot
Good protection

The Bad: The sizing - I'm 75kg with broad shoulders and tried on the smallest size they had (which is meant for riders between 55 -65kg) and it fit me perfectly. Leatt really need to get a better sizing chart as rider weight isn't good enough especially seeing how completely out their recommended size was. They need to include more specific body sizes such as shoulder width, torso length and arm length (as iXS do). The back protection is of a lower standard than their full body armour (level 1 instead of level 2). Chest plate is too flat and doesn't wrap around the ribs as well as it could.

Overall Review: Surprisingly comfortable, not too hot and fits perfectly with a Leatt. My only gripe is that the back protection is not the same level as the full body vest. Which is something I wanted in particular as I broke my back in 4 places not too long ago. However I figured I'd rather have less than optimum protection knowing I would wear it all year round rather than having the full body vest I could only wear in winter (South African summers are insanely hot). Great product all round.

SixSixOne Sub Gear SS Shirt

“Mostly useless armor, only good for some shoulder abrasion resistance”

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The Good: Highly breathable, lightweight

The Bad: Poor protection, hard to take off, sizing a bit off, chest compression kind of makes cardio harder by restricting heavy breathing

Overall Review: Seems like something you wear under a jersey, rather than alone. When alone, the wind hits the sweat and makes it extra chilly, which is annoying if you stop at all and it's windy, especially past sunset. It doesn't look all that good anyways. What I wanted was some chest protection for insurance on over the bar crashes and some shoulder protection to take some sting out of shoulder rolls. It does the shoulder roll decently, but the chest protection is mostly useless and placed too high. I recommend something like the TLD 7850 instead.

SixSixOne Kyle Strait Knee Pads

“Nice knee pads.”

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The Good: No slip and durable material. Excellent quality.

The Bad: Tends to bunch when seated. Feels too thick for using them under jeans.

Overall Review: These is my first pair of knee pads ever and i'm pretty happy with them. They offer excellent protection.

Bell Sanction Full Face Helmet

“First full face helmet”

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The Good: -Price and price.

The Bad: -No removable padding.
-Didn't noticed it was oriented for young riders.

Overall Review: It feels light when used. It is not expensive.

Pro Bike Display Stand

“Good and stable stand”

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The Good: It holds the bike as designed.

The Bad: -price
-if you don't put the bike correctly it stands pushing the brake rotor.

Overall Review: Good and stable. It holds the bike perfectly if fitted correctly. You need to check those arms are not pushing against the rotor.

Shimano DX SH-MP66W Clipless Shoe

“Great Shoes”

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The Good: They are comfortable, but not just comfortable, really comfortable. Easy to walk in. Easy to clip in and out.

The Bad: Can't think of anything!

Overall Review: I love these shoes, picked them up for around $25 on JensonUSA. I ride them on flats and on clipless down hill pedals and they work great on both. Get'em you will not be sorry.

Vans Warner SPD Clipless Shoe

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“Great shoe for many occasions”

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The Good: Solid construction, decent support, better looking (and simple style) than most other 'casual' SPD shoes, waffle sole gives plenty of grip. Like the extra velcro strap.

The Bad: Can be a bit heavy compared to other shoes (Shimano's DX shoe comes to mind). No lace protection. No ankle protection.

Overall Review: I've used this shoe for DH racing and XC riding for close to two years and have been very satisfied. The Warner is a fairly straight forward shoe with no problems at all. I've even brought these shoes to the bike park by accident instead of my 510s and did fine with them on flat pedals (just remove the SPD cleats) as the waffle soles provide great grip (not the insane grip of the 510 Stealth Rubber but the difference is negligible). Fashion-wise, these shoes are great with a pair of jeans or some MX gear, which really doesn't matter much but I know there are folks out there who are fashion-conscious in this sport.

Five Ten Hellcat SPD MTB Shoes

“Great shoe with some minor draw backs.”

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The Good: The shoes provide good traction when unclipped. They are comfortable and durable. I really like the laces with the velcro strap over top.

The Bad: I feel at times when there is some dirt in and around the cleat it causes some issues when trying to clip in. The clip opening could be wider and a shim to bring it out the cleat would also we useful.

Overall Review: Good shoe, good price, has some issues with clipping in when there is thick mud in the cleat opening. I would higly recommend this shoe to anyone to races, does shuttles, or is a bike park rat.

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert EVO Bike

“The Perfect Bike”

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The Good: Build is superb, geo is dialed!

The Bad: The fox 32 150mm travel is awesome, but the bike is capable of more. However, the 36 might be a bit much. *Note to Fox, start making a 34 for this bike

Overall Review: I don't specialize in one area of riding, but I have ridden for a long time. I've ridden and researched many bikes from HT 29er's to DH bikes. I climb up to ride down and favor more aggressive trail/AM riding. I have ridden everything from the White rim in a day to resorts and DH tracks. This bike does everything. While not a DH bike and not a XC race bike, it can do a little of both. It climbs amazingly well and makes riding so much fun coming down. This is my favorite bike I have ever ridden and shines on just about every situation in my everyday riding. Since I can only afford one bike, this is the one I would choose every time. Even if I could afford having more than one bike, I would still choose this every time.