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2011 Specialized P.1 Bike

“Awesomatic!!!!!!”

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The Good: Everything about this bike is so cool the blue is sweet

The Bad: it had quite a big scrath on the underside of the handlebar

Overall Review: i love the colour (blue) the brakes are brilliant its the best bike ever

Park Tool Nitrile Mechanic Gloves

“Protec yo self but don't wreck your wallet”

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The Good: Keeps the chemicals, grease, DOT fluid, and various oils off your skin.

The Bad: $47. 10 times the price of the same product in a different box

Overall Review: This is another item that needs to be in your box whether your in the shop or just wrenching in the lot at the resort. However, I will never buy these things with my own money. You can pick up the same pretty blue gloves but in a white box from any hardware store for less than $5. You do need to save your skin from all the crap but you also need not kill your wallet in the process.

Park Tool PH-T25 Torx Wrench

“A Must have”

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The Good: These little guys are nice, not just the T25 but all their torx drivers. Last a long time. I have yet to wear it out after several months in a busy shop.

The Bad: Not the spiffy blue?

Overall Review: With the newer components having a set of Torx drivers is essential for most mechanics. And rather than fuss around with separate bits and a driver that always get lost or a cumbersome multi-tool I'd rather use these individual bad chickens and keep em on my bench at all times. More and more bike parts are going torx, so you'll need em sooner ot later

Park Tool Magnetic Parts Bowl

“Good but expensive”

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The Good: These things are super handy. Keeps you from doing a repair then searching over your crowded bench for that bolt you just cant seem to find. Saves a whole lot of time.

The Bad: It's a bit more expensive then other generic versions, but hey, it's Park. The dish itself is nice but for 1/3 the price you can pick up the same thing at an auto parts or hardware store.

Overall Review: Great product, keeps people like me from loosing things. You can stick it anywhere; on the bench, on the stand, side of the tool box. But it's just expensive would rather buy 3 others in silver for the same price, but the Park will match all your other tools.

Park Tool Portable Wheel Dishing Guage

“Get's the job done”

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The Good: I got this for my home workshop since it was cheaper than a shop quality one. It does the job it's described to do

The Bad: The tip that contactins the hub could be a bit better. And the adjustment is a little slow you have to hand turn it where others will just slide or even have a built in spring.

Overall Review: It's good for a portable one and works fine. Just not really up to shop quality, and how often do you need a portable dishing gauge anyways??

Park Tool Professional Cable And Housing Cutter

“Pretty bad”

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The Good: Look nice, I guess

The Bad: These are pretty bad cutters. We ordered a batch for our shop. about half wouldn't cut all the way through a cable and housing right out of the box. When we called park, they said it was our fault for not adjusting them before use- which seemed a little ridiculous to me. The half that worked out of the box wore out within a few months.

Overall Review: I expected better out of park. Most of their tools are OK but these were bad and it was horrible for them to say we need to adjust their cable cutters. Stick with Felco or really anything else.

POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Pads

“Good all round pads.”

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The Good: Extremely protective, fairly comfortable, with good movement.

The Bad: Get warm after you have been riding for a considerable length of time or in hot conditions.

Overall Review: Some of the best pads I have used, great all round, but maybe too much for some people and some riding.

2011 Airborne Marauder Bike

“Whole lot of bike, not a whole lot of money!”

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The Good: This is a 6" travel bike for under $700. It is speced, for the most part, with decent componets, it is a blast to ride. It comes with a SRAM X-7 rear derailluer and X-5 shifters, Tektro Novela Sprot disk brakes with 208mm rotor, thats right 208mm of stopping power, the wheel set is tough as nails and the Kenda Kinetics tires stick like glue. Nice bash guard to save your chain rings.

The Bad: The FSA crankset sucks, it has the power drive bottom bracket, it is FSA's bottom of the line. My bottom bracket lasted only two months, but it was replaced with a more capable FSA bottom bracket and have had no problems since. The only other think that people may worry about is the weight, this bike is heavy, but I personaly don't have an issue with this.

Overall Review: Bottom line that this is one sick ride for very little money. I ride every thing from xc to full on down hill on this bike and it has serve me well. The frame is burly, but heavy. The bike loves all types of gravity riding, it flies down hill and is stable in the air, but you can still climb. All in all I love this bike.

Park Tool Hacksaw

“Great Saw--Buy It”

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The Good: Hard to screw up something as simple as a hacksaw. Works very well. Affordable. Easy to change the blade

The Bad: I can't think of any thing bad to saw....It's a hacksaw for peet's sake! Should come with an extra blade--preferable a "high tooth count" for fine work like cutting carbon.

Overall Review: A must have! Buy it! Every mechanics toolbox and work bench should have a hacksaw and why wouldn't you want one that is Park Tools BLUE. Remember that if you're using this to cut carbon...like hacking down those new 800mm wide ENVE carbon bars you just got...to make sure you are using a "high tooth count" saw blade. I don't believe the stock blade is "fine" enough to cut carbon with a clean result.

Park Tool Professional Cable And Housing Cutter

“Anything else is better!”

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The Good: Solid feel in your hand....otherwise nothing!

The Bad: Everything. As a professional bike mechanic for years my work benches have always been primarily PARK TOOLS (including my home work bench) because PARK makes the best version of most bike tools out there. PARK cable cutters are the exception! Most other brands are superior to the park cable cutters. They get dull; they bend the housing; fray cables when cutting; plastic handles slide off over time, and basically just SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even Dykes work better in most cases.

Overall Review: Ice tools, Pedros, Spin Doctor, any other generic brand of cable cutters are better than these!