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KS Ether Stem

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“Tested: KS Ether Stem & Bar”

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by Justin Schroth KS Suspension, who first made their presence known in the mountain bike arena with a wide range of dropper posts, have further branched out with their new line of Ether Control products. The new line, which includes traditional fixed seat posts, both carbon and alloy, as well as the Ether stem and Ether handlebars. Available in multiple lengths, widths, rises and materials, we chose to give the 780mm-wide carbon Ether Rise Handlebar and 50mm alloy Ether Stem a go. Continue reading to how the new bar and stem combo stacks up. KS Ether Rise Bar Highlights Material: Carbon (alloy version available) Clamp Size: 31.8 or Read More »
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KS Ether Handlebar

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“KS Ether Rise Bar”

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by Justin Schroth KS Suspension, who first made their presence known in the mountain bike arena with a wide range of dropper posts, have further branched out with their new line of Ether Control products. The new line, which includes traditional fixed seat posts, both carbon and alloy, as well as the Ether stem and Ether handlebars. Available in multiple lengths, widths, rises and materials, we chose to give the 780mm-wide carbon Ether Rise Handlebar and 50mm alloy Ether Stem a go. Continue reading to how the new bar and stem combo stacks up. KS Ether Rise Bar Highlights Material: Carbon (alloy version available) Clamp Size: 31.8 Read More »
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7iDP Control Knee Pad

“Top Notch Knee Pads”

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The Good:

Great knee pads, very light weight, breathable, comfortable, and they offer better protection compared with soft pads Long Term Update: After a summer of heavy use, the pads are holding up great. They've taken a couple more good crashes and they are still providing great protection.

The Bad:

They can rub on your shin if not positioned perfectly. Sizing is a touch big. Long Term Update: They still feel a bit bit on the top and small on the bottom. The shin portion still rubs a little if the pads aren't positioned perfectly.

Overall Review: After crashing with these pads a couple times, I won't go back to a soft pad. The hard knee cup really offers superior protection and it keeps the pad from moving out of place during an impact. The are so light and comfortable that you really don't notice you are wearing them even when pedaling. The pads are still working great after a summer of use. Overall wear is minimal and it looks like they will last at least another year or two.
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Deity Micro DM Stem

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“Tested: Deity Micro Direct Mount Stem”

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by Evan Turpen Anyone in the know about mountain bike geometry can tell you that most bike companies are leaning towards a longer reach dimension of the frame combined with shorter than normal stems. This is changing the way we ride our bikes once pointed down the trail from the older “low and back” riding style to the newer upright and forwards “attack position.” Downhill bikes along with All-Mountain and Enduro race bikes all can benefit from this new geometry concept. Up to this point Downhill stems hovered in the length range of 40mm-60mm with your gold standard being 50mm. Deity’s Micro Direct-Mount stem is one of only a Read More »
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Kore Repute Stem

“Kore Repute Stem - Any Color You Want, As Long As Its Black”

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The Good:

Looks good. High quality finish. Light weight.

The Bad:

Tends to slip on the steer tube. A few more color options might be nice.

Overall Review: So a stem is probably not the sexiest bike component to review and one might even think that a stem is a stem is a stem. But to the finicky bike builder, choosing the right stem is the foundation of a solid cockpit. Besides for desired length and rise, what I look for in a stem is functional design, quality craftsmanship and a pleasing aesthetic element. Considering these factors in reverse order, I think the Kore Repute stem with its post-modern industrial art look scores high in the aesthetics category. The shiny black finish is durable and after two seasons of four-day-a-week east-coast riding, the body and hardware of the stem Read More »
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2015 Giant Glory Advanced 27.5 0

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“Tested: 2015 Giant Glory Advanced 27.5 0”

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by Evan Turpen The Giant Glory Advanced 27.5 is Giant’s first foray into the carbon downhill bike market. Although they were a few years late to the carbon downhill bike game, in doing so they avoided critical wheel size and geometry changes before locking things in with expensive carbon molds. Retailing for $8,520, the Glory Advanced 27.5 0 (tested here) is their top spec’d version and is nearly identical to the bike raced by the Giant Factory DH Team. The same bike that in its debut season more than proved its capabilities under factory rider Marcelo Gutierrez who managed multiple career best finishes (3rd place at Read More »
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Specialized Ambush Open Face Helmet

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“Tested: 2015 Specialized Ambush Helmet”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Nils Hjord and Johan Hjord Specialized has been making helmets for a long time, but they have been slow to develop an extended coverage half-shell which has become the go-to helmet type of choice for most aggressive trail riders and/or enduro racers over the last couple of years. They took their time to get it right, and when we first laid eyes on the new Ambush lid, our first thought was that it was time well spent. Read our review to find out what some trail time would reveal. Specialized Ambush Highlights Aramid-Reinforced Skeleton provides internal EPS support. “Energy Read More »
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Enve Composites Carbon Fiber Mountain Riser Handlebar

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“Tested: ENVE Carbon Mountain Stem and Riser Bar”

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by Lee Trumpore When it comes to mountain bike upgrades, ENVE Composites components are at the top of most riders' wish lists. From fancy carbon bars to some of the most lusted after carbon wheels in the business, the Utah-based company has a habit of making products that turn heads. The latest in their lineup include a new carbon mountain stem and riser bar. ENVE Carbon Mountain Stem Highlights Unidirectional carbon construction with aluminum faceplate Reversible for 6 degree OR -6 degree rise Titanium hardware 1.125 inch steerer tube clamp diameter 31.8mm handlebar clamp diameter 40, 55, 70 Read More »
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Enve Composites Carbon Fiber Mountain Stem Stem

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“Tested: ENVE Carbon Mountain Stem and Riser Bar”

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by Lee Trumpore When it comes to mountain bike upgrades, ENVE Composites components are at the top of most riders' wish lists. From fancy carbon bars to some of the most lusted after carbon wheels in the business, the Utah-based company has a habit of making products that turn heads. The latest in their lineup include a new carbon mountain stem and riser bar. ENVE Carbon Mountain Stem Highlights Unidirectional carbon construction with aluminum faceplate Reversible for 6 degree OR -6 degree rise Titanium hardware 1.125 inch steerer tube clamp diameter 31.8mm handlebar clamp diameter 40, 55, 70 and 85mm Read More »
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2015 Transition TransAM 29 Bike

“ Early review”

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The Good:

Fantastic part spec. Shimano SLX is real nice. Quick, crisp, smooth shifting. Gear range is with the 11-36 cassette is great, matched with 30t ring, I can climb most anything. Deore brakes are surprisingly powerful. Even matched with 180 rotors there's tons of stopping power There's not much I can say about the Pike. It's just there doing what it's supposed to, so that's pretty good. Kore bars are stiff and flex free which is real nice when climbing. For a steel frame, it's much more stiff than I was expecting which is great for pedaling, but also makes this hardtail especially hard. However, the 29'ers and the big Nobby Nicks definitely take the edge off of the square edge impacts. Speaking about the tires, totally awesome. Climbing traction is fantastic, even out of the saddle, and braking traction is great as well. Handling is not adversely affected by the large wheels, the bike is handles quick and nimble.

The Bad:

Had some troubles getting the seat post clamped tight enough. The 45mm stem was shorter than I was accustomed to, leaving the bike feeling a little twitchy at first, although it is feeling much more natural now. With the seat tube angle needed for the short chainstays, the reach can feel a little short unless you've got the seat post at full extension, but once extended, cockpit feels great.

Overall Review: Love it. Climbs well, descends well. Fun to ride. Love it. Looking forward to adding a dropper in the future.
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