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2011 Cove Hooker Bike

“THE COVE HOOKER”

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The Good: Niiice bike, frame is really good...landed a bunch and crashed even more on this bike.

The Bad: The stock seat, I didnt really like it but youn can spend 50 bucks to get a new seat, really worth it.

Overall Review: I highly recommend this bike, more of an intermediate than a beginner bike though.

2011 Snafu Crenshaw Bike

“my first dirt jump bike( carl )”

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The Good: the bike is very light, strong and trickable( 28.5 pounds). the tires have amazing traction which gives good performance on the trails.

The Bad: for pros, the bars could have been a bit wider and the gyro lead you to the loss of braking power. I took off my gyro after a little, and the brakes worked a lot better. then i had to lower my seat. I replaced my grips for the deity classics and they gave me more confidence on the trails.Also the fork, once i used it, was very loose

Overall Review: overall, the bike is great, i recommend it to anyone looking for a nice decent looking ride who is looking forward to a hard hitting dirt jumper. i recommend taking the gyro off because you get better braking power on the trails. This is my first dirt jump bike so i cant compare this to anything, besides my specialized hardrock.

2011 Specialized Demo 8 2 Bike

Featured Review

“Lower, Slacker, Faster”

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The Good: - Plush and active suspension
- Slacker geometry
- Low BB, very stable in the turns
- Compact frame, lower center of gravity
- Short chainstays
- Looks great

The Bad: - A bit inefficient in the pedaling category

Overall Review: I had a 2011 Giant Faith 0 before this bike and a 2011 Giant Glory 01 before that and in the suspension category they are comparable to the Demo 8 but for me what sets this bike apart is the geometry. With the lower BB height, compact frame, and slacker head tube angle I found myself carrying more speed and leaning harder in the corners than I ever have before. Another aspect of the bike's geometry that stands out is the chainstay length which is about an inch shorter than most DH bikes. This allows the bike to manual and bunny hop easier than any other bike I've ridden which suits my riding style quite well. Despite the Read More »

2012 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp EVO Bike

Featured Review

“A Downhiller's Trail Bike”

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The Good: - Descending friendly Geometry
- Plush suspension
- Legitimate tires
- Dropper post comes stock
- "Autosag" on the rear shock makes setup fast and simple

The Bad: - FSR suspension isn't quite as efficient as Maestro or other VPP designs but with the Pro Pedal activated (the switch is easy to reach) there is no excessive "bobbing".

Overall Review: I got this bike so that I could access the great XC trails where I live. I started out riding and racing XC but I have done DH predominantly for a while now. For me the only reason to go up is to come down as fast as possible. My ideal trail bike is one that can ascend with relative ease without feeling like I have to hold back on the downhill. So far this bike fits the bill perfectly.Compared to the other Stumpjumper FSR's, the EVO models have slacker head angles, lower bb's, bigger/more aggressive tires, and 150mm of travel versus 140. So what does all that mean out on the trail? Except for on the steepest of Read More »

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert EVO Bike

“would be 4.5 stars...”

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The Good: Awesome geometry, feels flickable/light underneath you. killer stock build. definitely a do-it-all.

The Bad: 1) 2011 models (pictured) have no rear thru axle but that has been corrected.
2) Mine has this INSANE rear brake vibration... it literally violently shakes the entire bike under hard braking.
3) FLOAT RL is a mediocre fork (improved for 2012). I never seem to get full travel
4) QR seatpost
5) needs internal routing (all specialized)

Overall Review: I've had this bike about 7 months now and have done everything from 15 mile fireroad climbs to tight, technical descents, to hitting 20' doubles. It does everything very well - not just OK, VERY well... my major complaints are listed above, the biggest of which is the lack of a rear thru-axle on 2011 models, but this has been corrected for 2012. Also, the stock avid brakes will likely drive you insane with the amount of vibration they cause under hard braking. thats just me complaining though... overall this is easily the best all around bike I've ever owned (other bikes have been Giant reign, Commencal Meta 4, Trek Remedy). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

2013 Cannondale Claymore 1 Bike

“Cannondale Claymore wins top honors!”

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The Good: Great angles, low BB, versitile, low mass, leightweight, stiffness, 1.5" steer tube and fork. Great if not possibly the best, when it comes to its catergorie... Overmountain, Park, Freeride, HD All Mtn, DH. You will see this bike out there with dual crown forks, this chassis is truly built to shred. My rig is 32.8 lbs with Fox 36 180mm, XO, Iodines and Reverb. It would be the same with a high end Boxxer... lose the dropper post for DH and I'm sitting on a sub 32 lbs dual crown rig! Remarkable!

The Bad: Umm... Love the 1.5" headtube... do not like the propeirty headset diameter... all headset pieces for different fork steer tubes must come from Cannondale. Not compatible with aftermarket headsets.

Overall Review: This bike is wicked... shred sled for sure. If you like to pedal to your drop-ins and don't really want to comprimise anything on the DH, give the Claymore a long look. When the Dyad is in the Elevate postion, not only does it climb like a 110mm bike, it also jumps like one too. So if you find yourself at a jump set with your Claymore... pop it in Elevate and have some fun. One of the only rear air shocks that feels like a coil (Fox Dyad). This rear shock moves massive amounts of fluid therefor runs cool for predictable and durable suspension performance. I didn't knock off any points for the headset, because really the parts are available and you can put any fork in this frame. Try a demo from your local bike shop and let the bike sell itself to you. I know it will.

2012 Mongoose Switchback Expert Bike

“Mongoose switchback expert 2012”

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The Good: Lightweight and very strong, will take alot of punishment and deal with it no problem. Grippy wide tyres makes speed riding through dirty tracks and slippery surfaces easy. Fantastic brakes mean you have complete control downhill.

The Bad: The crank and pedals are of a poor quality so i would reccomend getting those replaced. quick release mechanism on front and back tyres are a theives dream so i would have those removed.

Overall Review: I have had this for 3 weeks now and its a fantastic bike. I did spend an extra £100 on a steel crank and pedals but that was personal preferance. I would reccomend this to anyone.

2011 Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon All Mountain Bike

“...like taking an exciting and non-lethal drug that brings complete happiness”

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The Good: Stiff, effective, nimble, flickable, ..i can't believe i own this, etc.

The Bad: It isn't under everyone's saddle and not being pedaled by every biker.

Overall Review: I can't complain for shiza about anything that has to do with this bike. You can Dj to Dh to Xc....and with thin enough tires, road. I need to riiiiddddeeee!

Transition TransAM Frame

“Amazing Bike!”

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The Good: Super solid and stiff, frame takes the edge out of rough terrain, not much weight penalty for a steel frame, well thought out geometry.

The Bad: The rear drop outs are a nightmare to use, the older frames have no ISCG mounts.

Overall Review: This is definitely an amazing bike. I have mine built up with heavy duty all mountain parts and it's still weighing in at a nice 27 pounds. I noticed that over watermelon sized rocks, the frame really takes the edge off all the hits, especially compared to my old aluminum frame. It's still not as smooth as a fully (obviously), but it's definitely not half as bad as you might expect. My only complaint with it is the rear dropout system, mainly if you run gears. To remove the back wheel, you need to remove two little "chips", the derailleur, and the brake caliper. That being said though, I haven't needed to remove the back wheel ever since I went tubeless. Besides that, it's an amazing bike. If you've never ridden a steel bike before, you really owe it to yourself to try one!

2012 Santa Cruz Blur TRc SPX xc Bike

“Blur TRc Custom Build”

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The Good: This bike is very stiff when pedalling and is great on the hill climbs, when you turn the trail down it becomes a very stable and agile machine that makes you feel very confident and capable and able to go faster. The suspension platform is great on the climbs with very little "bob" and then comes alive on the descents. The RP23 with kashima coat gives a noticeable difference over the older RP23 shock. I have been running with a 140 fork giving a HA arounbd 67 degress, which does give slight front end wander on steep climbs but nothing that cannot be fixed with good body movement. Currently set up 1x10 whichallows me to get up the majority of climbs and then have all the gears I need for descending and general riding.

The Bad: A slightly higher BB would have been cool but doesnt overly affect the riding that I do.

Overall Review: A stiff, stable, agile, confidence inspiring bike that gives you a grin from ear to ear whether you are going up or down. This bike can be built in many ways to fulfill many roles and would not dissapoint. A truely awesome trail bike.