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2013 Giant XTC 29er 2 Bike

“No clowning around with this fast 29er!!”

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The Good: This bike is great for singletrack, XC racing and just cruising down the bike path.. The roadies give me funny looks when I pass them up. This bike is surprisingly light too. I may try a Century this summer, 30-50 milers every weekend with no complaints..
The bike is really fast and since i have broad shoulders i love the wide handlebars. I weigh 235lbs at 5'10" I do alot of weightlifting and I wanted a fitness bike, however after researching things and numerous test rides I went with the 2012 XTC 29er 2. I added some Straightline flat pedals with a pair of Five Tens I have no problems no being clipped in... I love the versatility of this bike with the bigger ring you can really fly and I am a little stretched out on my medium frame.. It was funny because my brother has a Trek FX and he said were are you going to ride it. I just said it is a Mountain Bike! Anywhere. Well we do have a great trail 15 minutes away in Crosby, Mn. called Cuyuna MTB trail that is a blast...

The Bad: I haven't found any weakness in this bike and would recommend it to any friend.

Overall Review: After getting this 29er and riding it I no longer desire a road bike... It's just too much fun off road!!

2012 Diamondback Sortie Black Bike

“Nicely Done and Performed well! Dont knock it til you try it!”

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The Good: Fox Float Adaptive Logic, RP23 w/ Kashima Coat (Very Nice)
Knuckle Box Technology
Easton 24h EA90 XC, 26" Clincher - UST
Easton 24h EA90 XC Wheels
KENDA Slant 6 26x2.1 120tpi folding
Full XTR with ICE brakes

The Bad: Not much that I was able to find riding it for the 2 days i had the chance, but it does get dirty and loves to kick up dust quite a bit. LOL

Overall Review: Rode this exact bike at Bootleg Canyon, NV the 1st week of Feb 2012. The bike was nicely spec'd with top notch parts! The Knuckle Box performed very well and was plush when it needed to be even when braking in chatter bumps! Climbing was very good and with very little bob if any. Rear shock just got better as you climbed prob due to the Adaptive Logic RP23. Cornering was great and tracked very well! FOX suspension with Kashima and full XTR 10spd along with the Easton goods just added to the complete performance of this bike. The bike felt light and nimble! I would consider this bike for sure as a serious contender in the Read More »

2011 Cove Hooker Bike

“THE COVE HOOKER”

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The Good: Niiice bike, frame is really good...landed a bunch and crashed even more on this bike.

The Bad: The stock seat, I didnt really like it but youn can spend 50 bucks to get a new seat, really worth it.

Overall Review: I highly recommend this bike, more of an intermediate than a beginner bike though.

2011 Snafu Crenshaw Bike

“my first dirt jump bike( carl )”

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The Good: the bike is very light, strong and trickable( 28.5 pounds). the tires have amazing traction which gives good performance on the trails.

The Bad: for pros, the bars could have been a bit wider and the gyro lead you to the loss of braking power. I took off my gyro after a little, and the brakes worked a lot better. then i had to lower my seat. I replaced my grips for the deity classics and they gave me more confidence on the trails.Also the fork, once i used it, was very loose

Overall Review: overall, the bike is great, i recommend it to anyone looking for a nice decent looking ride who is looking forward to a hard hitting dirt jumper. i recommend taking the gyro off because you get better braking power on the trails. This is my first dirt jump bike so i cant compare this to anything, besides my specialized hardrock.

2011 Specialized Demo 8 2 Bike

Featured Review

“Lower, Slacker, Faster”

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The Good: - Plush and active suspension
- Slacker geometry
- Low BB, very stable in the turns
- Compact frame, lower center of gravity
- Short chainstays
- Looks great

The Bad: - A bit inefficient in the pedaling category

Overall Review: I had a 2011 Giant Faith 0 before this bike and a 2011 Giant Glory 01 before that and in the suspension category they are comparable to the Demo 8 but for me what sets this bike apart is the geometry. With the lower BB height, compact frame, and slacker head tube angle I found myself carrying more speed and leaning harder in the corners than I ever have before. Another aspect of the bike's geometry that stands out is the chainstay length which is about an inch shorter than most DH bikes. This allows the bike to manual and bunny hop easier than any other bike I've ridden which suits my riding style quite well. Despite the Read More »

2012 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp EVO Bike

Featured Review

“A Downhiller's Trail Bike”

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The Good: - Descending friendly Geometry
- Plush suspension
- Legitimate tires
- Dropper post comes stock
- "Autosag" on the rear shock makes setup fast and simple

The Bad: - FSR suspension isn't quite as efficient as Maestro or other VPP designs but with the Pro Pedal activated (the switch is easy to reach) there is no excessive "bobbing".

Overall Review: I got this bike so that I could access the great XC trails where I live. I started out riding and racing XC but I have done DH predominantly for a while now. For me the only reason to go up is to come down as fast as possible. My ideal trail bike is one that can ascend with relative ease without feeling like I have to hold back on the downhill. So far this bike fits the bill perfectly.Compared to the other Stumpjumper FSR's, the EVO models have slacker head angles, lower bb's, bigger/more aggressive tires, and 150mm of travel versus 140. So what does all that mean out on the trail? Except for on the steepest of Read More »

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert EVO Bike

“would be 4.5 stars...”

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The Good: Awesome geometry, feels flickable/light underneath you. killer stock build. definitely a do-it-all.

The Bad: 1) 2011 models (pictured) have no rear thru axle but that has been corrected.
2) Mine has this INSANE rear brake vibration... it literally violently shakes the entire bike under hard braking.
3) FLOAT RL is a mediocre fork (improved for 2012). I never seem to get full travel
4) QR seatpost
5) needs internal routing (all specialized)

Overall Review: I've had this bike about 7 months now and have done everything from 15 mile fireroad climbs to tight, technical descents, to hitting 20' doubles. It does everything very well - not just OK, VERY well... my major complaints are listed above, the biggest of which is the lack of a rear thru-axle on 2011 models, but this has been corrected for 2012. Also, the stock avid brakes will likely drive you insane with the amount of vibration they cause under hard braking. thats just me complaining though... overall this is easily the best all around bike I've ever owned (other bikes have been Giant reign, Commencal Meta 4, Trek Remedy). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

2013 Cannondale Claymore 1 Bike

“Cannondale Claymore wins top honors!”

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The Good: Great angles, low BB, versitile, low mass, leightweight, stiffness, 1.5" steer tube and fork. Great if not possibly the best, when it comes to its catergorie... Overmountain, Park, Freeride, HD All Mtn, DH. You will see this bike out there with dual crown forks, this chassis is truly built to shred. My rig is 32.8 lbs with Fox 36 180mm, XO, Iodines and Reverb. It would be the same with a high end Boxxer... lose the dropper post for DH and I'm sitting on a sub 32 lbs dual crown rig! Remarkable!

The Bad: Umm... Love the 1.5" headtube... do not like the propeirty headset diameter... all headset pieces for different fork steer tubes must come from Cannondale. Not compatible with aftermarket headsets.

Overall Review: This bike is wicked... shred sled for sure. If you like to pedal to your drop-ins and don't really want to comprimise anything on the DH, give the Claymore a long look. When the Dyad is in the Elevate postion, not only does it climb like a 110mm bike, it also jumps like one too. So if you find yourself at a jump set with your Claymore... pop it in Elevate and have some fun. One of the only rear air shocks that feels like a coil (Fox Dyad). This rear shock moves massive amounts of fluid therefor runs cool for predictable and durable suspension performance. I didn't knock off any points for the headset, because really the parts are available and you can put any fork in this frame. Try a demo from your local bike shop and let the bike sell itself to you. I know it will.

2012 Mongoose Switchback Expert Bike

“Mongoose switchback expert 2012”

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The Good: Lightweight and very strong, will take alot of punishment and deal with it no problem. Grippy wide tyres makes speed riding through dirty tracks and slippery surfaces easy. Fantastic brakes mean you have complete control downhill.

The Bad: The crank and pedals are of a poor quality so i would reccomend getting those replaced. quick release mechanism on front and back tyres are a theives dream so i would have those removed.

Overall Review: I have had this for 3 weeks now and its a fantastic bike. I did spend an extra £100 on a steel crank and pedals but that was personal preferance. I would reccomend this to anyone.

2011 Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon All Mountain Bike

“...like taking an exciting and non-lethal drug that brings complete happiness”

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The Good: Stiff, effective, nimble, flickable, ..i can't believe i own this, etc.

The Bad: It isn't under everyone's saddle and not being pedaled by every biker.

Overall Review: I can't complain for shiza about anything that has to do with this bike. You can Dj to Dh to Xc....and with thin enough tires, road. I need to riiiiddddeeee!