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Crank Brothers Iodine 11 AM Riser Handlebar

“LAME-O!!!!!”

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The Good: Weight! That;s it. Go get the Easton Havocs or ENVE 800's.

The Bad: 680mm is barely wide enough for an XC rig let alone trail/AM/DH...they must be trippin!

Overall Review: Completely miss-marketed! Not a trail/am/dh carbon bar...NOT EVEN CLOSE. 680mm is out! Why is CrankBrothers so far off the back with the current standards? Should be ashamed of themselves

Shimano DX SH-MP66W Clipless Shoe

“Great all around shred shoe”

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The Good: Stiff as hell, somewhat gummy sole sticks to flats. I picked these up at work because I'd just blown out my skate shoes and needed something for a weekend at the park. I had no idea how poorly those dirty old skate shoes were making me ride. End of the day not only was I riding stronger but my legs weren't as tired anymore. These aren't 5-10's but the stiffer soles make up for it. as i move to clipless this coming season these shoes will certainly be switched over for their 3rd season

The Bad: I don't have anything bad to say about these shoe's other then i wish they had a bit more stick to the soles... but they aren't designed for that so no big deal

Overall Review: Get them without hesitation whether your clipped or flats you'll love these bad boys

Royal Blast Riding Jersey

“Amazing Jersey”

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The Good: Fit is perfect, lightweight, breathes great, holds up to tree snags...., color looks fantastic.

The Bad: Not really much of anything I would want to change on this jersey. More colors maybe?

Overall Review: Huge fan of all of Royal's products and this jersey is great for anyone wanting a great performing jersey that looks great.

Urge Endur-O-Matic Open Face Helmet

“Call me officer Jon Baker”

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The Good: Where do I start. Light, comfortable, cool, the vents look funky and actually work better then other similar priced lids. The colours are groovy, comes with two sets of pads, parts like new visors (see below) are easy to come by and I feel like I'm in the CHP. Most importantly I feel bloody safe in it for my sort of riding.

The Bad: In a high speed crash the visor shattered and took a little slice outta my nose. However, to be fair to the manufacturer, I had already cracked it showing my daughter how it folded in a crash. It was unbolted and I wasn't gentle.

Overall Review: I bought this as until the POC lids came on the market but they have lost themselves a customer. While there is not too much to protect in my melon this lid was well worth taking a punt on. It sits comfortably on my noggin and the protection down the back certainly doesn't impact on the cooling, particularly in New Zealand's muggy summers.

Sunline V1 Handlebar

“Comfy Angles”

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The Good: Great angles, lots of sizes and colors.

The Bad: None so far.

Overall Review: I run these on pretty much everything with 26in wheels. I run the 28s on my trail and DJ bikes. The 29.5s hold things down in the DH department. Really comfortable angles and no quality issues after a couple years on the.

ODI Flight Control Handlebar

“ODI Flight Control Handlebars”

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The Good: Laser etched positioning marks for precise installation on stem, strong and lightweight construction, great color selection, 2 Wingtip extension options

The Bad: Nothing bad with the handlebars but not all aftermarket bar end plugs work with Wingtip extensions.

Overall Review: Comfortable sweep and rise, a lightweight handlebar that has many color options. It's great that ODI also makes the Flight Control stem and grips to go along with bars and that makes a great combination for your cockpit. I have a set on each of my bikes for about a year now and the anodized colors are still as colorful as new. Strong and true control system that ODI has going on right now.

SixSixOne ReCon

“Awesome Helmet!”

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The Good: Great xc helmet! Comfortable and light weight.

The Bad: The quick adjuster in the back isnt as quick as it claims. If I tighten it too much i find myself having to take the helmet off to re-adjust it again.

Overall Review: Great helmet overall. I like how its light weight yet if I do fall at speed I feel that i have good head protection. It covers more than what most xc helmets do but doesnt feel bulky.

Fox Racing Flux

“Flux helmet”

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The Good: Great fit, style and durability.

The Bad: Hasn't changed since 07. I guess if it ante broke why fix it.

Overall Review: Great all mountain, trial helmet. Never moves and looks good. Been using one since 07 and its hard to try others when this works so well.

Urge Endur-O-Matic Open Face Helmet

Featured Review

“Life Saver”

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The Good: - Saved my life(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
- Comfortable
- Much lighter than it looks
- Stylish -
-Confidence Inspiring w/ more all around protection

The Bad: - A bit warm on super hot days or very long climbs
- Visor warped a bit after being in the sun on a black table in 80 degree heat for 8 hours at our expo booth (plus side is that if the visor is removed it can be set back to flat pretty easily with a heat gun and something big heavy and flat)

Overall Review: This thing saved my life. Not in a figurative "I got a small branch to the head, OMG" way, in a completely literal life-saving way. Read on for a few more details. I took a very serious crash in Peru in the fall (see March 2012 Decline for more deets on the trip and crash). Absolutely every doctor I've seen said had I not been wearing a helmet I surely would have died (some even laughed at the question). Also every one of them said had I been wearing a less protective helmet I would have most likely come out out of the wreck with serious permanent brain damage. I'm off the bike for a few more months, but my recovery Read More »

Turner DHR Frame

“A Great Year with the DHR”

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The Good: Finishing quality on the frame is comparable to none, it was spot on perfect. Except for the minor issue they had with the first batch with the gusset on the head tube. Other than that, the Turner Customer Service has always been helpful and have been helping me out without delays and problems. And please take note I'm from Malaysia, not US or Canada. Yet still they were helpful and fast with the reply.
Ride characteristic: This bike will take you to another level, it is unforgiving and yet playful. I have been riding with a 61 Deg head angle and it has been a blast on the steeps. But still with a flat handle bar, body position is necessary since the rear end is very progressive and doesn't use up its travel like other DH bikes so quickly. But with aggressive riders, this will not be an issue. This bike like to be punished, and push to the limits. Railing corners is a dream, jumps and drops become non-existent, just let her rip. Definitely recommend this bike to anyone looking for a new bike for 2012. Don't miss out on this super DH rig. It's not a featherweight frame but it will take the abuse without worries.

The Bad: Only one issue that i had is the bearings getting wet after washing. Would suggest for better bearing sealing for tropical countries with wet riding conditions.

Overall Review: Never regretted buying frames from Turner and will always stick with the best bike company out there!