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Schwalbe Table Top Tire

“Fast rolling tires perfect for jumps and pumptracks”

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The Good: fast rolling tire, light weight, works in various conditions, good value

The Bad: None so far

Overall Review: I've had the opportunity to run these tires in a couple of various conditions and so far they have done great. These tires have a low rolling resistance and at the same time are fairly light weight making for a very fast rolling tire. I've used them a bit in the skatepark, and they have worked great but also tried in in several conditions on the dirt jumps and pump track. The tires grip really well on dry hard-pack tracks and also held up well when the pump trackwas a bit greasy after rain, I had no issues leaning the tires into corner and berms, they felt comfortable and kept theirline. In the dirt jumps they were Read More »

Xpedo FACEOFF 17 (XMX17AC)

“great pedal”

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The Good: they are reasonable in price

The Bad: they can bend

Overall Review: I have had these for 3 seasons now and they have held up from riding dh on my demo, multiple pedal strikes and multiple weather conditions from dry desert to winter storms. Once of the pedal strikes did bend the pedal a little bit but I really think i just hit it in the right place. Literally they have held up but if i were to change one thing on these it would be the pins. They are easy to remove and that was one problem i had was a few pins falling out but that was a quick fix with some locktite. I would like to see them reversed which would give more grip than they already have. The bearings and spindals have have been just fine in my experience. Seem the same as day one. I ride these with my basketball shoes and the combo is great ha.

Chris King ISO Disc Rear Hub

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“this is the one”

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The Good: quality, easy service, long lasting, xd compatible

The Bad: you have to skip an anniversary present to buy them (but its worth it)

Overall Review: IMO hands down the best hub ever. There is a reason why king has been in business so long and that is the attention to quality along with detail. I have been able to ride multiple hubs over the yrs and these are what I have stuck with all along. The easy servicing of the hubs to the actual customer service so far has been great. I rebuild these on my own because my kids could figure it out. True they are never the fastest to jump on a trend but every king owner knows eventually it will come. Now that they have come out with the xd driver there is no better set up for me. I have hopes on my dh bike, ive rode dt swiss 240s, Read More »

Cane Creek DBair Rear Shock

“simply put it has to be the best”

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The Good: freedom to customize, always plush feel,

The Bad: having to send it in to service, tool adjust

Overall Review: To me this has been the best air shock i have ridden. I have been able to ride many fox shox that were low to high end and a few rockshox as well. I am in Utah and we get to ride all sorts of terrain here from rocks, roots, hard pack, mud, snow, you name it and this will hold up to anything imo. The support in turns and the adjustments we can make to the type of riding here is spot on once you find what you like. Set up with the enduro sworks this thing had literally no bob when pedaling, great support like i said in the mid travel where some others fail and the small bump was just fine. The tool adjustment is kind of Read More »

VP Components VP-Harrier Flat Pedal

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“Tested: VP Harrier Flat Pedal”

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Review by Ian Collins // Photos by Ian Collins and Fred Robinson (action) VP has been quietly cranking away in the pedal market with various designs at every price point for quite some time now. Despite their efforts, it's fair to say that they have yet to carve out a niche for themselves in the race to deliver a truly iconic place to rest your feet. Recently, they released the Harrier – a fully redesigned flat pedal that contrasts dramatically in both aesthetics and mechanical execution with past offerings from VP. A few months ago, I got my feet on a set and I went about giving them a proper flogging to see Read More »

Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail Frame

“Guerrilla Gravity: Megatrail”

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The Good: Dialed geometry, amazing suspension performance, efficient pedaling, wheel size choice, priced competitively and backed by an awesome company who hand makes them in the USA.

The Bad: On the heavier end of the spectrum when compared to some of the carbon bikes on the market.

Overall Review: When I caught my first glimpse of Guerrilla Gravity's new Megatrail, its unique styling and the fact that it was hand built in the USA caught my attention. When all the details were released I knew that this bike would be right up my alley. By coincidence I happened to break my old frame days after the original glowing review from Vitalmtb was released and I knew I had to have it. I immediately put down a deposit on a frame and was contacted by Will, one of the co-owners thanking me for my purchase and offering any help along the way. The crew at Guerrilla Gravity went above and beyond to get me all the Read More »

2014 Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 Bike

“one bad ass machine”

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The Good: its fast, ready to go out the door

The Bad: price, not all carbon

Overall Review: What can I say this is an enduro machine! Just like all the forums out there and a reviews the 29er wheels roll fast and they are harder to turn so you really have to trust your bike which you can do with this thing. It eats up anything you can throw at it. You can jump, drop, crash, go fast and get ladies on this thing. If your a strava king then this is your bike since it can do it all. I thought the front end would try to move away from you but it doesnt. The engineers really put some thought into this one and the build specs are just fine to where you should not need to change anything from the stock build. Read More »

2011 Trek Remedy 8 Bike

“need a little remedy remedy”

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The Good: well rounded bike

The Bad: could use some better stock components

Overall Review: I have the 2013 remedy 8 and so I think the geo is all the same from 2011 up but Trek just had different color schemes. What I really like about the bike is how it pedals up just fine but it descends like a champ. I have rode this bike all over the place and different types of terrain from Moab, desert, hard pack, rooty, and a lot of rocky mtn terrain. It has taken on anything ive thrown at it. I do like running a stiffer fork than the 32 that came on it but the drcv technology really does have a small bump sensitivity to where you feel like there is endless travel and keeps your wheels on the ground. I have ridden many bikes from Read More »

DVO Emerald DH 203mm Inverted Suspension Fork

“Stiff, plush, super tune-able”

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The Good: Stiff, good looks, ease of tuning and range of tuning

The Bad: The color if you don't like green. Weight is a little higher than a boxxer world cup.

Overall Review: MY favorite part about this fork, besides the amazing looks and intricate details, is the amount of adjustabilty available. I can run it real stiff and responsive for racing, or plush and forgiving for throwing whips at the bike park. The inverted design really is superior to a conventional Mtb fork. Less un-sprung weight makes it super smooth over braking bumps. The OTT and easily accesible shim stack really gives it a level of tuning simply not available in other forks. Also being able to add or remove a few PSI is sooo easy compared to having to change a coil.

Fly Racing Freestone Helmet

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“Tested: Fly Racing Freestone Helmet”

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by Nick Zuzelski With today's all-capable, aggressive trail bikes, it is becoming more common to leave the DH bike back at home while getting our adrenaline fix on similar terrain at high speeds with these shorter travel steeds and open face helmets. For your head, this means you should probably be looking to maximize the amount of protection offered by your trail lid, as a simple XC helmet may easily be overwhelmed in case of a big crash. Fly Racing has recently entered the MTB game and have now brought the Freestone helmet to the table. Lightweight and breathable, with a long list of features like extended Read More »