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Simple Pleasures Gnar Bar Handlebar

“Gettin gnarly”

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The Good: Awesome control, improved comfort for longer rides, effortless steering, finally something new

The Bad: A bit heavier than my stock bars; only a couple of lock on grip choices, but the WTB's work great for me

Overall Review: Stoked on em' so far, and would like to see them in a low-rise version. Carbon-ized would be interesting too...

Marzocchi 888 RC3 EVO Titantium Fork

“Simply Amazing”

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The Good: Incredibly reactive and controlled over everything, not too heavy, simple to setup.

The Bad: Dives quite a bit under breaking, dont really like the idea of a 1 size fits all spring, the direct mount options are limited.

Overall Review: I think i need to put the stiffer spring in it, but all in all its the best fork on the market, get it you will not be disappointed.

Gravity Lock On Grip

“gravity grips”

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The Good: soft, good grip, doesn't kill your hands

The Bad: they don't last long at all, i wore them down in 2 1/2 weeks

Overall Review: they would be great grips if they lasted longer

Bell Variant Open Face Helmet

“Get Great Value And Graphics With This Helmet”

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The Good: First - It's a BELL helmet. They're a leader in the helmet industry, not just for bikes, but just about every type of helmet there is. <br /> Second - To compliment the great fit and protective features, the graphics are finally up to snuff. Not sure what made BELL finally decide to make helmets that look good, but someone in the arts and crafts department knows what their doing. Thanks for that.

The Bad: Nothing is wrong here. The price is great, the fit is great, and it looks good. Check, check, and check...

Overall Review: If you're looking to save around $50 over the premium lids, this is the helmet. You can also check out the Giro Hex, also a great lid for the $.

Bell Variant Open Face Helmet

“Great All-mountain lid”

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The Good: The helmet is really light and has a lot of adjustability for each size via the TAG fit system. One thing i noticed right away was the breathability of this helmet, I could actually tell a difference between this lid and my old one and it was clearly evident that air flow was a lot better in this lid. So for hot days or days when you are not just running DH this is a great helmet.

The Bad: I cant find much negatives on this helmet, its durable and the fit is great.

Overall Review: Helmet choice will probably boil down to personal preference in terms of fit, Bell helmets seem to fit me well so I like these. The Variant is nice and light and offers a lot of breathability. Good color choices as well. Strongly recommend as a all mountain or XC helmet.

Crank Brothers 5050 XX Flat Pedal

“Average at best...”

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The Good: Aside from the bearings, they certainly seem to be pretty durable. The colored plates let you pimp your ride, too.

The Bad: Poor grip compared to many other flat pedals. Bearings were shot after a single season of abuse. Thick profile.

Overall Review: For a flat pedal, they are average at best. Nothing spectacular and nothing drastically wrong with them. Without fivetens, though, you might be wishing for more traction...

Crank Brothers 5050 XX Flat Pedal

“Awesomest pedals”

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The Good: Durable, no slipping and look awesome

The Bad: Little pricey to buy after market

Overall Review: Looks like some mixed reviews about these pedals. They came stock on my bike and in my opinion these are the best pedals I have ridden. Super durable and my feet never slip off. Really happy with them!!!

Crank Brothers 5050 XX Flat Pedal

“Not Recommended”

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The Good: - looks<br /> - good platform for your foot when they stay together

The Bad: - weight<br /> - pedals have a chance to come apart on the trail (and they do)<br /> - not slender<br /> - way overpriced

Overall Review: Just a swing and a miss. I had a piece of my pedal come off at the local dirt jumps. Luckily, I was able to reassemble them and donate them to a buddy... the same thing happened to him. I know one local pro from Northstar who had his pedal come apart during a race run (which effected his time negatively, of course). And I've heard a lot of other people having the same gripe as me. No pedal should be built this way... it just doesn't make sense. I personally like Atomlab pimplite pedals on my rigs. Those are rock solid in every aspect.

Crank Brothers 5050 XX Flat Pedal

“Flashy enough.”

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The Good: Unique look, easy to switch up traction. Great customer service from Crank Brothers.

The Bad: Heavy, thick, plates come loose far too often. Bearings wore at an extremely uneven rate which mystifies the hell out of me.

Overall Review: I tried really hard to like this pedal, Crank Brothers certainly stands behind it, but ultimately it's really let down by the gimmicky plates - they add a lot of weight, hassle, and detract from durability.

Black Market Bikes Underboss Stem

“So-so stem”

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The Good: Looks pretty amazing in polished colour, kind of light.

The Bad: Tiny hardware, slips like crazy, bolts strip instantly, friend of mine had the threads just rip out of the stem body.

Overall Review: I'd be hard pressed to recommend this stem by any metric, there are lighter, cheaper, better-looking, better-performing stems out there.