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Park Tool CCP-44 Crank Puller

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“Park Tool CCP-44”

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The Good:

Excellent quality, easy to use if installed correctly.

The Bad:

Can be installed wrong which could cause a huge problem.

Overall Review: If you title yourself as a home mechanic or would just like to do all simple bike services by yourself, the Park Tool CCP-44 is a true luxury to have. Trying to remove crankarms without them is nearly impossible. I’ve owned mine for just about 10 years and here are my impressions: Construction: Just like the other Park Tool crankarm pullers, Park Tool didn’t cut any corners on the materials or design of the CCP-44. The steel and welds offers all the strength you would need and the fine threads allow you to remove even the most difficult cranks arms. Throw on a vinyl dipped handle and it’s as good as it Read More »
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Park Tool CCP-22 Crank Puller

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“Park Tool CCP-22 ”

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The Good:

Excellent quality, easy to use if installed correctly.

The Bad:

Can be installed wrong which could cause a huge problem.

Overall Review: If you title yourself as a home mechanic or would just like to do all simple bike services by yourself, the Park Tool CCP-22 is a true luxury to have. Trying to remove crankarms without them is nearly impossible. I’ve owned mine for just about 10 years and here are my impressions: Construction: When it comes to the design and materials used on the CCP-22, Park Tool didn’t cut any corners. The steel and welds offers all the strength you would need and the fine threads allow you to remove even the most difficult cranks arms. Throw on a vinyl dipped handle and it’s as good as it gets. The handle is also Read More »
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Park Tool Shop Hammer

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“Excellent hammer (not so much for a mallet)”

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The Good:

High quality materials (except for mallet), doesn't dent, great handle

The Bad:

Mallet attachment didn't last long, impossible to find replacement parts now.

Overall Review: When working on a bike, and especially on older bikes, a mechanic’s best friend is often a good hammer. Looking to keep the majority of my tools the same brand, I picked up a Park Tool HMR-2 hammer. Coming up to almost a decade when I first picked it up, here are my impression: Out of the box: Just like the majority of Park Tools, the HMR-2 is made out of very good materials and has great appeal. The handle is made of reinforced fiberglass and a soft grip which leaves your hand feeling good, even after going H.A.M. on a seized seatpost. On the striking end, Park Tool gave it a solid piece of steel accompanied Read More »
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Crank Brothers Acid 1 Clipless Pedal

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“An decent pedal but could be improved”

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The Good:

Looks great, Good company with excellent warranty

The Bad:

Lacking platform, Non-adjustable tension

Overall Review: I was given a pair of the Crank Brothers Acid 1 Clipless Pedals from a buddy that upgraded to a new style. After a dozen of rides on them, here are my impressions: First Look: Crank brothers did an excellent job at making these pedals look sweet. Nice curving lines and anodized blue pieces are a nice touch that some companies look past. The platform is a combination of metal and plastic that, so far has held together pretty well. For the most part, I feel Crank brothers spend a fair amount of time designing these before just throwing them out for a quick buck. Function and Durability: My friend owned them for Read More »
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WTB Convict Tire

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“Tested: WTB Convict Tire”

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Review by Nick Zuzelski // Photos by Carl Gray We put our trail bikes through some serious terrain these days as modern geometry and capable six-inch suspension brings us to terrain that not too many years ago was considered downhill-bike-only. This leaves riders searching for that better connection with Mother Earth so we can hit that corner harder, brake a little later and go a little faster. WTB has answered that call with an aggressive tire designed around these abusive requirements with their new tire, the Convict. WTB Convict Features Intended use: Gravity / Enduro Conditions: Dry to wet / Sand to loam Size: 27.5 x 2.5-inch Read More »
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Renthal Fatbar Carbon 35 Handlebar

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“Tested: Renthal Fatbar Carbon 35 Handlebars”

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by Fred Robinson The Renthal Fatbar very well could be the most popular handlebar on the market, if not the most highly regarded. How did the Fatbar get so popular when Renthal has only been in the bicycle industry since 2010? The UK brand pays attention to every detail, uses high-quality construction and embraces their moto and ATV heritage which dates back to 1969. Renthal recently updated both the Fatbar and the Fatbar Carbon, as well as their Integra stem, to the new 35mm clamp standard. Many will argue the new standard is just another way for the bike industry to sell us stuff, and it’s hard not to agree, but Read More »
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e*thirteen LG1 Race Wheels

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“Tested: e*thirteen LG1 Race Wheelset”

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by Fred Robinson e*thirteen has been on a roll lately when it comes to making innovative, well-designed, high-performing products. New component highlights include a modular cassette which can squeeze in a tiny 9-tooth cog for extended range and their brand new TRS tires which were meticulously created with intention behind every knob shape and placement. Refined with input from Mick and Tracey Hannah of the UR Team, e*thirteen’s new LG1r wheels bring to the table some new, unique and interesting features. The wheels are built with 27mm-wide hookless carbon rims, and wide-flanged hubs thanks to e*thirteen’s own Read More »
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Vital MTB member FredLikesTrikes
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Alpinestars Paragon Vest

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“Tested: Alpinestars Paragon Vest”

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Review by Matt Swenson // Photos by Matt Swenson and Seth Beckton (Action) The Italian brand, Alpinestars, has been immersed in motor sports, like motorcycle racing, motocross, auto racing since 1963. As they expand their presence in mountain biking and develop more bike-specific product, we received their Paragon Vest. The lightweight vest is built for comfort and features a three-piece, customizable back pad, room for a water bladder as well as additional storage on the side and lower back. We put the Paragon vest to the test for a couple months to see if it's a true performer. Alpinestars Paragon Vest Read More »
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2016 YT Capra AL Comp 1

“Epitome of a bad buying experience”

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The Good:

Suspension feel and progression rate; ease of taking apart and cleaning; great geometry for bike park/jumping; pedals really well; perceived price/quality ratio

The Bad:

Might take a bit to get used to the fore/aft balance if you aren't used to that much suspension travel; customer service/glaring design flaws that won't be addressed by YT; no support for defective components right out of the box...i.e. you get what you get;

Overall Review: From a riding/geometry/suspension standpoint this bike is amazing and well thought out.I do about 50/50 long rides and freeride with the occasional (maybe 2-3 times a year) bike park trip and I prefer progressive suspension. It does tend to bottom out on flatter landings (3-4 ft + vertical) and on larger drops but that really depends on the slope of the landing, hard to quantify there but in general it is hard to bottom out. There is no doubt this bike rips, but my experience basically epitomizes the risk/fear of direct to consumer... you get what you get and if stuff isn't right, too bad you are getting left out in the dark. Read More »
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Reynolds 27.5 Enduro Complete Wheel

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“Tested: Reynolds Blacklabel Enduro Wheelset”

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Review by Nick Zuzelski // Photos by Carl Gray Reynolds is back with their redesigned high-end carbon enduro wheelset. The brand went back to the drawing board from their previous Blacklabel hoops and created a new hookless carbon rim that’s wider, beefier and more aggressive. Paired up with the equally impressive-sounding and performing hubs, which were developed in collaboration with Industry Nine, Reynolds means business with this high-performance wheelset. Reynolds Blacklabel Enduro Wheelset Features Weight: 1660g (Claimed) Carbon rims with internal 28mm width and hookless bead 28 Sapim CX-Ray bladed spokes per Read More »
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