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Five Ten Cyclone Freeride Shoes

Featured Review

“Looking for substance over style? Don't need to make a choice here.”

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The Good: Very comfy shoes; grippy sole around the cleat area; no problems whatsoever clipping in and out; little cleat interference when walking; even though looks are always relative, these beauties look the beez knees.

The Bad: Pushy price tag; quite heavy; won't help your feet feel cool in hot days.

Overall Review: When you wear Shimano DX shoes for two years, you get used to a feeling of practicality and stiffness on your feet and sort of forget about the comfort area. Having that said, it's no surprise that I was blown away when I first tried on the Five Ten Cyclones: you immediately feel your feet cushioned by it's inside, to a point where you almost forget that you have a piece of metal under a plastic plack under them. The annoying clicking sound and slippyness are much less noticeable than with many other shoes, even if it is still there. Once you get out on the trails, you feel absolutely confident that the Read More »

2012 Specialized Camber Comp 29 Bike

“Faster than your friends....”

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The Good: great components package, fox shocks all the way....overall speed went up 3-4mph vs my fsr 26", fyi.

The Bad: needs a chain tensioner, every damn bike should have a chain tensioner! wtf?

Overall Review: I enjoy MTBing from XC to DH (multiple bikes of course),this bike is a goat, climbs hills with ease, 110mm is plenty for XC and rock gardens, great day trip bike.

2012 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Bike

“Just got the charcoal and gold version in the mail, light weight, nimble, nice to look at.”

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The Good: AUTOSAG kicks butt....plush ride all the way around. corners quite well ....

The Bad: none...buy one....

Overall Review: get the command post and put your other bikes away, this one will be doing most of the riding now....

Novik T.E.C. Gloves

Vital Review

“Tested: Novik T.E.C. Gloves - From Motocross to MTB”

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by Brandon Turman Who the heck is Novik Gloves, and why is Vital telling me about them? Well, they're probably the biggest little glove company you've never heard of. Or maybe you have. Novik has been killing it on the motocross scene for a few years and started making a push into MTB this spring when they signed a number of riders, including Mike Montgomery. Curious what all the fuss from the moto world was about, I picked up a pair of T.E.C. (short for "That's Even Cooler") gloves from the Novik crew this past February and have been riding with them ever since. It seems like the life expectancy of gloves varies greatly from Read More »

2013 KHS DH300 Team Bike

“Almost perfect!”

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The Good: Corners on rails, smooth over all bumps, built like a tank

The Bad: a little heavy, bearings too exposed creating a lot of issues in wet weather, not all shocks fit, needs to come in an extra large, not the best peddler

Overall Review: Lets get the bad out of the way, not the best in wet weather would benefit from better bearings(Enduro), the Roco air will not fit in the frame, and it bobs a bit during pedaling, but don't let that fool you it is still the BEST bike I've ever ridden, it will out corner any bike on the market, and is insanely smooth over bumps, not to mention its practically bombproof. Really wish it came in an extra large though, I'm 6'2 and even though I'm not really cramped i just don't have the confidence to plow a section like on my old frame which was almost another inch longer.

SixSixOne Veggie Knee Guards

“good all around pads”

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The Good: Lightweight, soft, somewhat breathable in hot weather, easy to carry or strap to a pack, good for trail use

The Bad: Straps and velcro can work loose during a ride, and it takes a LONG time to break these in to your shape. It took me a few weeks of good riding until they really felt confortable. You have to take your shoes off to put them on or remove them.

Overall Review: I ride a lot of XC in rocky NH ( the granite state!) and wnated something to protect me on some really technical rocky stuff after a skiing injury left spme big scars on my knees. After the break in period, they are soft and confortable enough to wear for a few hour XC/trail ride even in the summer. Once in a while the velcro strap will catch on something and come loose, but the pads do stay in place well. If you are willing to invest the time to break them in, you will be rewarded with a light knee pad that could save your keens from some rock damage!

2014 Santa Cruz Nomad R AM Bike

“Still the best choice for All Mountain”

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The Good: Weight and geometry in a single shot. This is the most versatile bike that I've ever ride, comfortable when going uphill, the best fun on trails and the total orgasm when going downhill. Great handling on curves, floating on jumps and drops. I've never seen anything like this toy.

The Bad: If the bike equipped with the basic fork (lyrik R) it lacks of adjustability for uphill rides, not comfortable when going uphill and need to stand on pedals.

Overall Review: My next bike: Nomad, after that: Nomad, after that: Nomad.......

2012 Knolly Delirium Bike

“My #1 One!!!!”

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The Good: Pedals excellent, 4x4 suspension gets great traction, for a 7" suspension bike it climbs like a champ!Frame is built like a brick shithouse, soaks up landings like a sponge and craves to be pointed downhill.

The Bad: Not much really, maybe price an weight but typical for what else is out there.

Overall Review: This is my one bike. Sure i could own three bikes, but my XL frame with a ccdb coil on the rear and my 180mm van on front weighs in @ 36.5lbs. thats with carbon six c crank and bars and heavy rims and tires. For an XL frame that could take heavy hits all day thats not bad. I could easily lose 3lbs by changing the van to a float and go to a much lighter wheelset. But the bike is staying the way it is because it pedals just fine. For those of you not wearing a skirt and perfume on your rides and are looking for just one bike for xc, freeride and downhill i recommend the Knolly Delirium 100%. Rich from CT.

2011 Airborne Wingman Bike

“AIRBORNE WINGMAN - An Aerial Ace for the Rider on a Budget.”

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The Good: I'm the proud owner of an Airborne Wingman. The Wingman is a dirt jumper and urban assault machine. It also works great for pump-tracks, 4-cross and dual-slalom. Not to mention, it's a rolling work of art you can throw down sick tricks on.

The Wingman's hydro-formed 6061 aluminum frame is a masterpiece and has been described as a work of art by many. It's beefy yet light and has an integrated headset. The top tube and rear drop-out designs are wicked cool, like no other on the market. The frame has only one gusset, which is an open-ended design at the down-tube/head-tube junction. The Wingman is currently only offered in a 17.5" frame size.

Airborne's Wingman stands out for several reasons. One reason being the frame design. Another being the components it's spec'd with. It comes out of the box with 160mm Tektro Auriga Comp hydraulic brakes front and rear. Yes, front and rear. A Marzocchi Bomber DJ-3 fork comes equipped on this beast, which can be found on bikes in the $1,000 range, featuring preload adjust on top of the right stanchion. Traction is put to the ground via BFC-II chromo tubular crank-set, Quantra sealed bearing hubs and Alex FR30 wheels wrapped in Kenda K-Rad 2.3" rubbers. Cockpit consists of Funn Components with 710mm Fatboy bars with lock-on grips, Crossfire stem and seat post, and their Throne saddle.

This bike has an ultra-low stand-over clearance, so it's super flickable and whipable. Making it easy to control, keeping your shins and knees from making unwanted/needed contact with the frame. Which I find aids in cornering and busting out your favorite tricks. I run my saddle slammed, I find it helps me in cornering and for tricks as well... and it looks freaking sweet.

The Wingman's frame is rigid with short chainstays which makes for a flex-free experience when cornering and getting up to speed. The 28/12 gearing is a little on the tall side but works great for my style of riding. The bike is rigid and rolls excellent, making every bit of leg movement flow effortlessly into forward momentum.

Manualing on the Wingman is nearly a subconscious act. Lifting the front end is a breeze thanks to the nicely tucked in rear wheel/tire. This thing jumps and flies through the air like a fighter jet. You can land this bike anywhere you can fit it. It launches like a guided missle. The Marzocchi DJ-3 is stiff to absorb hard landings. Cornering is like riding on rails, making it effortless to change lines and carve berms. The Kenda rubbers make ample traction in dirt and urban environments.

Airborne cuts out the middle man, which means you get an epic deal on a sweet rig. The Wingman can normally be purchased for $800, but you can currently purchase it for $700. My opinion is this rig is better than a lot of other dirt jumpers found in the $1,000 price range. It does require some assembly. So for those of you like me who love to wrench on things, you even get to put it together yourself, how cool is that. When you open the box you will find everything is well protected and held secure with lots of foam and zip-ties. This thing could be dropped as a care package from a plane and survive.

The Bad: Here are some tips/upgrades to keep in mind. Wrap up the chainstay with an old tube and a few zip-ties. It will eliminate the noise of the chain slapping the chainstay. I also put a loving dab of thread lock on the crank bolts, just to make sure they don't vibrate loose. If you plan on doing bar-spins or tail-whips you might want to invest in longer brake hoses.

Overall Review: I must say, I absolutely love the Wingman. It has become my primary rig. A+ to the Airborne crew. It's fast rolling and great for urban assaults and dirt jumps/pump-tracks, light with low stand-over for excellent cornering and insane aerial trickery. Hands down, one boss rig. To get your very own aerial ace visit http://www.AirborneBicycles.com. You can also e-mail them at Support@AirborneBicycles.com or call 1-800-888-BIKE.

2013 GT Ruckus DJ Bike

“Gt Ruckus DJ: great bike”

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The Good: Sturdy, nothing has broken and I have gone on trail rides and jumping. The shock is great and the tires have a lot of traction on all surfaces. The brakes work great every time even when the bike is upside down and I do a brake check, the hydraulic brakes work every time. I have been riding it for almost 3 months even during the winter and it works in all weather conditions and on all surface from trails to roads to jumping.

The Bad: I would rather the color was different but I'm getting used to it and once I got a new black seat, black grips, and black pedals it looks much better. The original grips are white so they attract a lot of dirt and they move around a lot but GT sells black lock on grips and they work great and don't slide at all. Also the paint on the cranks wears off a lot and the bare metal is already showin but it doesn't really matter because the color isn't great.

Overall Review: Overall the GT Ruckus DJ is a great bike because it is durable, reliable, and great for just about any kind of riding. You can ride long distances with it too, I ride it for miles at a time all over during the weekends and it is comfortable and I don't have to worry about anything breaking or needing any tuning. I recommend this bike to anyone who does jumping, trail riding, or long bike rides. This is a great bike.