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2012 Giant STP

“Full suspension????”

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The Good: Besides that full suspension typo this new frame for the stp looking sweet. Sure its light and hydro formed all over. Do yourself a favor and just buy the frame and build your own spec. The stock giant stp setup going to be heavy. You can spend a little more and save money and time in the long run.

The Bad: Clunky looking heavy stock parts

Overall Review: Great value and geometry for the stp frame, the parts are ???? stock parts not going to give full potential of this frame. Awesome looking frame for a custom build.

2011 Specialized P.1 Bike

“P series is legendary”

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The Good: This is alot of bike for a small price, very upgradable. Jumping straight out of the box.

The Bad: bottom bracket a bit low and getting lower every year. Next year you going to be scraping chain on the ground.

Overall Review: If you looking for a street sweeper and don't want to pay 2g's on a custom setup this is the bike for you.

2011 Cove Hooker Bike

“Cove Hooker is a bobo looking frame”

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The Good: Fun name for people that don't see Hookers every day.

The Bad: Bad name for people that see Hookers every day

Overall Review: Heavy, redicilous price tag, minimal travel and trail use. STUPID name created by trust fund babies that never even seen a real hooker.

2012 Transition Trail or Park Bike

“Great Geometry”

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The Good: Like I said above, great geometry. It's a fun bike to ride and exceeds my expectations.

The Bad: The Spanish BB is not ideal but if it fits in the BMX world, why not bring it over to MTB?

Overall Review: I look forward to riding this frame for years to come.

2012 Transition Double Bike

“Transition Double”

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The Good: good"do it all bike" even though no bike can...
handles great,
jumps great
kills it at bike parks.. super smooth even though its just a 4" bike cycles through travel good

The Bad: a little on the heavy side
compresses on steep lips some..

Overall Review: if you want a bike that you can shred trails,jumps, slope style and freeride on, then defiantly look at the double.. very comfortable everywhere..

Five Ten Impact Low 2 Flat Pedal Shoe

“Gotta love the grip”

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The Good: Stiff sole, great traction, and they last. The stiff sole is so nice behind a shovel too.

The Bad: run a bit big in the width, but thats a personal fit issue. New model is "action leather" you mean pleather? Ya, they run a bit hotter than the OG model.

Overall Review: I have had the original Inpacts since 07 and they are in great shape. I put down 2K plus XC,DH, DJ, Digging and trials miles a year for the last 4 years and they are still looking good. I got a new pair from Santa and was disappointed to find out they are all Pleather now ( original were a swede leather) I just hope they last like my last pair( that I still rock on the days I do more digging than riding. I would love to see a velcro top like the Minars to help keep the laces and shoe tight but not like the moon boot Karver. Great shoe!

Specialized Enduro Expert Bike

“Ridiculous”

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The Good: Climbing, descending, jumping, everything

The Bad: None. This is a rad bike

Overall Review: Rode this in Moab, UT. It is super confidence inspiring. I felt like I could do anything on this bike. Climbs amazingly well and is a blast coming down in any type of terrain. 5' drop to flat and lots of rocks with absolutely no complaints. This is an awesome bike. It is a little slower than my stumpy EVO on flats and long climbs, but one of the funnest bikes I have ever ridden

Crank Brothers Candy 3 Pedals

“Great pedal for your knees”

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The Good: Great amount of float. Easy to get in and out.

The Bad: Durability

Overall Review: These pedals have been great for the last year. I had a bad knee and this has helped a lot. They have a lot of float, but they only lasted me a year. CB will warranty it, but I have to send them in for them to fix the problem. That means weeks without a pedal... Four stars for performance. 2 stars for durability

Giro Phase Helmet

“Comfortable”

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The Good: FIts well and it is comfortable

The Bad: Styling is fine, but nothing special

Overall Review: Never crashed in it yet, but it is lightweigt, comfortable, good ventilation. Styling isn't anything special, but good for trail riding.

Five Ten Impact High Flat Pedal Shoe

Featured Review

“Seriously?”

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The Good: What are you even doing looking at other brand name shoes to ride in? Five Ten owns the flat pedal shoe market, period. I've had the older model of this shoe and this revised version and they both rock. Sticky rubber that glues your feet to whichever flat pedal you run even in wet and muddy conditions. The hightop has great ankle protection and support which is great for people with weak ankles or protection from the rabid rock that comes up and tries to bite you. It is easy to clean the rubber soles and maintain the tops after a weekend of DH runs in any riding condition. The extra shoelaces that they come with is a great addition to a great product.

The Bad: They leave black marks on some surfaces, like my kitchen floor.

Overall Review: I use these shoes for riding and trail work only which is a key factor in getting the most life out of them. These shoes should be at the top of your list when looking for a pair of shoes to ride in or even do trail work in. I still have my older model (4yrs old) shoes with lots of life left on them and had to get this newer version to hang with the Jones'. I've run 6 different pedal sets and these shoes show no sign of slippage on any of them regardless of trail conditions, sometimes I want my feet to come off the pedals to bail and the shoes say "no way, I'm doing my job". None the less, an investment well worth it if you are looking for a high quality flat pedal shoe.