Latest Product Reviews


2012 Giant Trance X2 Bike

“Lively and capable trail bike - but ditch the triple!”


The Good:

A total blast to ride on tight, technical descents or fast, swooping singletrack. Pedals efficiently through rough or smooth trails. Reasonable weight for the price. Durable, solid parts kits. Inspires confidence on gnarly sections.

The Bad:

Triple crankset is unnecessary - swap to a double or single for lower weight and better chain retention. Stock tires are thin - I pinch flatted on my first ride. Stock brakes aren't great.

Overall Review: Every time I ride this bike I enjoy it more. It pedals well enough to get you to the top of the hill without unnecessary gasping, although big standing efforts definitely work better with the ProPedal switch engaged. The Maestro suspension works well to keep the rear wheel tracking on technical climbs, making rooty or rocky sections easier. The fun really starts at the top of the hill - this bike comes alive on any descent. It accelerates quickly, and once you have the suspension dialed in, it floats through rock gardens with composure. It sucks up rocks and drops easily. I will say that the suspension can be a bit noisy, but I Read More »

Finish Line Cross Country Lube

“One and Done”


The Good:

Perfect for NorCal Conditions

The Bad:

Too Small of Bottle

Overall Review: I'm on my second bottle of FinishLine Wet Lube for my chain. I've never tried anything else, so not much to compare it too, but FinishLine makes race worthy products, and when I ride in NorCal area especially in the winter, its great to know that my chain won't break / stick / make a shit load of noise.  Thanks to this lube

Hope Technology Seat Clamp & QR

“Simple Clamp Always Works”


The Good:

Simplicity N' Style

The Bad:

too many logos everywhere

Overall Review: I can't afford a dropper post, so this is the next best thing. Add a tiny grease to your seat post and this clamp and you can change your seat post height quickly trail side.  The screw on the far side tightens to allow the clamp to hold your seatpost.  Never had any play.  I've got a black one and a blue one, both work as advertised and are simple to control.  Lightweight and its got a little bling factor

Oury Mountain Grip

“Great Company, Prime Grip”


The Good:

Thick N' Sticky

The Bad:

Air Bubblez

Overall Review: These are tested-tried-n-true grips. Oury makes grips for all kinds of handlebars.  Their bike grip is dialed.  I picked up 2 sets of these at Sea Otter 2012, they had a tent their and were charging 5$ a set of grips.  No brainer!  I bought a set for my flat bar that is on my road bike, they are nice and sticky and thick.  The thickness really helps absorb some of the road harshness transferred from my stiff road bike.  I would recommend these especially if you have large hands.  Also they will never wear down because of how huge each section of the grip is. When you put the grip on it naturally traps air between the inside of your handlebar, so you have to stick a pin at the end of the grip or it will bubble up a bit.

SixSixOne Raji Glove

“Lightweight, Lite Quality”


The Good:

Very Breathable

The Bad:

Rip Easily

Overall Review: These gloves are super lightweight and almost feel like wearing nothing. The wick any sweat you may have great, but they are super thin everywhere.  The lightweight makes sections of contact thin and eventually the gloves wore thru in the palm and thumb area.  Had them for about 1 season and they were toast.  Wouldn't recommend them as a everyday glove, especially if you crash, you could tear them very easily

ODI Ruffian Lock-On Grips

“Simple and Tacky”


The Good:

Tacky Grips, Slightly Smaller so you can squeeze the life out of your bar

The Bad:

Will wear quickly

Overall Review: These grips are the best ones from ODI in my opinion, I'm running them on 2 different bikes, allows you to feel the handlebar that much tighter especially if you don't wear gloves. The lock-ons are always a bonus and never fail.  The small diamond cuts into the grip add for a great amount of traction, but over a year or two, they can wear down and your rubber grip can get quite thin.  Be prepared to get new ones after a few seasons.  My friend had a set on a bighit for years and wore them down to the plastic/metal insides.

SRAM Team GXP Bottom Bracket

“BB Tech at its Finest”


The Good:

Simple and Sturdy

The Bad:

Moveable washer outside easy to loose

Overall Review: I've run this same BB on two different sets of Truvativ Descendant cranks. This BB came stock with the crankset and its worked great.  I haven't had to mess with them since the original install.  Sometimes the washer on the outside ends of the BB can slip off when installing, and its easy to loose if you not paying attention.

Easton Flatboy Pedal

“Super Wide, Let it Slide”


The Good:

Wide Body, Tacky Pins

The Bad:

Weak Axles

Overall Review: These are great wide pedals, I have a big foot and these are very study feeling under my feet. The pins add great traction and are replaceable with the included spare pins. I've seen these for upwards of $100, but I think I got my set for like $40 somewhere, great price if you can find it. I ran these pedals on a Turner DHR, I had one instance when I was riding thru a rock garden and I smashed one of them on a step down, and when I rode away it felt funny. I finished the trail and when I got home that night to take a look, the axle had cleanly broken inside. Not exactly sure how, but I took the pedal to a bike shop and Read More »

Gamut P30 Chainguide

“Decent Guide...Sometimes”


The Good:

Super Light and easy to install

The Bad:

Sometime Drops Chain

Overall Review: I had this chain guide on a 2008 Turner DHR, it was a lightweight option to the E.13, and looked sturdy out of the box. It ran flawlessly for a few months, then I had to adjust it a few times, because it would drop a chain especially when things got muddy. When back-pedaling in some trail sections that were muddy the chain could get stuck and cause a real issue. Luckily I've never used this guide in a race, but I have seen it fail under race conditions on friends bikes.... Also, on my particualr guide, other than dropping the chain a sometimes it was fine. The guide is a strong plastic, and the black color comes from Read More »

e*thirteen LG1+ Chainguide

“Solid Strong Guide”


The Good:

Never dropped a chain, easy to install

The Bad:

The white color will turn brown/grey from the chain quick

Overall Review: I've used this guide on my 2009 specialized demo, and never had any issue dropping a chain riding in the northern California area including Northstar. The chain guide has great hardware included and you'll never have an issue with striping anything due to the production value.  The gold bits are a nice touch, but when I bought white, should of got black because the white will fade when your greasy chain runs thru the dirt and back thru the guide. I've never had a bammer product from e.13, and this latest guide is wayyyy ahead of the older style clunkier DRS that I ran on my AM bike a few years ago.  The new LG1+ is much smoother and quieter.