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Park Tool Professional Cable And Housing Cutter

“Anything else is better!”

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The Good: Solid feel in your hand....otherwise nothing!

The Bad: Everything. As a professional bike mechanic for years my work benches have always been primarily PARK TOOLS (including my home work bench) because PARK makes the best version of most bike tools out there. PARK cable cutters are the exception! Most other brands are superior to the park cable cutters. They get dull; they bend the housing; fray cables when cutting; plastic handles slide off over time, and basically just SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even Dykes work better in most cases.

Overall Review: Ice tools, Pedros, Spin Doctor, any other generic brand of cable cutters are better than these!

Kali Protectives Aazis Soft Knee Pad

“awesome pad. keeps your knees cool”

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The Good: VENTILATION IS GREAT. They don't slide or bunch. Protection is adequate. Slim fit and comfortable.

The Bad: Have to take your shoes off to put em on.

Overall Review: They've kept my knees safe and cool in 105 degree F weather in humid south texas. They don't slide around or bunch up. When they get stinky I just throw em in the wash and let em air dry. Had em for about 8 months now and they've been put to the ground many a time. Not even a torn stitch. When you measure your legs for sizing make sure you do so in an athletic stance like you're on your bike. I measured my legs while straight and my pads are a little snug. But even though they are tight they are still comfortable and I can barely tell they're there. BUY THEM BEFORE YOU CRACK YOUR KNEECAP LIKE I DID BEFORE I BOUGHT THESE.

2012 Cannondale Flash Alloy 29'er 3 Bike

“Great Bike, Lightweight and Responsive”

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The Good: Responsive, frame geometry, paint job is slick, handles really well

The Bad: Haven't had a chance to find any bad it in yet.

Overall Review: I felt really confident on my first time out on the single tracks here in the Las Vegas desert with this bike. It handles well, shifts like butter and had great responsiveness. I love it!

SixSixOne Kyle Strait Knee Pads

“rad knee pads!!”

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The Good: no slip, durable, good padding placement, light, not too bulky

The Bad: cant put on/ take off with shoes on

Overall Review: these knee pads are great! i decided to buy them after i had a crash that left my knees raw for about two weeks, and have never regretted buying them. they are used mostly for dirt jumping and a little DH, but work for trail rides as well. i even used them on a 25 mile trail ride when i forgot leg warmers one day, and they worked flawlessly! They are also very durable, a rarity for soft face knee pads. even after multiple hard crashes all that shows is a little tear on the side of one pad! These are great, 661 knocked it out of the park with the Kyle Strait!

SixSixOne Kyle Strait Knee Pads

“Good pads. Work how you want.”

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The Good: Comfy and dont move around.

The Bad: Bunch up sometimes. Straps can cut the back of your leg occasionally

Overall Review: After having a few rides on some lopes guards I thought I would give these a go. Way better than the TLD Lopes. Seem to protect just as well after a few stackes too.

Race Face Dig Knee Guards

“Good product”

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The Good: They stay in their place, even if pedaling. Light. You forget that you wear them.

The Bad: Can't fault this product for something.

Overall Review: Wore them just a couple of times, only for AM use. For DH I use longer guards that cover the shin as well. It's a very nice product, that you will be happy wearing. Can't say anything about durability and crash performance yet.

SixSixOne Kyle Strait Knee Pads

“The ones you want”

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The Good: They don't slip. Padding is in the right places. Comfortable. Do the job and they do it well.

The Bad: A little too thick for under jeans. Material behind the knee sometimes bunches on trail rides.

Overall Review: There's a reason why several other pad companies created close variations of the Straits. Would be a 5-star rating if they didn't bunch up when seated.

Leatt DBX Comp II Neck Brace

“Great comfortable neck brace”

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The Good: Very Adjustable, plenty of movement, changeable pads

The Bad: Price, straps

Overall Review: Works great, I hardly realize its there when i'm wearing it. I started running it without the straps which are annoying and haven't noticed it riding up that much. The most comfortable and ergonomic brace you can buy right now IMO.

2012 Scott Aspect 29 Sport Bike

“Scott Aspect Sport Review”

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The Good: excellent overall value; hydraulic disc brakes stop like a brick wall. It is geared low so climbs great.

The Bad: would like better (more adjustable) shocks but they are ok;

Overall Review: I weigh about 210 and the bike handles me great. The 29's are awesome -- the only way to go in my mind. This bike is great. I am a new rider and can keep up with more experienced friends. Was comparing to Specialized Hardrock, Trek Marlin, a Focus Whistler, and a Gary Fisher which I can't remember much about. REALLY happy with my decision. It was $690 at Sun & Ski Sports and I feel great about it.

Turner DHR Frame

“Turner DHR”

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The Good: This is the best pedaling DH bike there is. The bike corners like it's on rails and and jumps and pumps off of small features like no other DH bike I have ridden.

The Bad: I think the RC4 is poor match for the progressive linkage design of the DHR. Although the bike was smooth overall, I had an issue with the rear shock spiking when going over small hits at higher speeds. I also wasn't too fond of the stiff feeling the shock provided when going through "nastier" rock gardens. I really would have liked to ride the frame with a Double Barrel or Vivid Air to see how this would have changed, but seeing as the DHR is specced with an RC4 I think what I said above is fair to point out.

Turner's quality straight up sucks. I really can't word that any nicer. My ISCG tabs were out of spec, the bb threads needed to be chased, the head tube needed to be reamed, and there was burn through in the bb and the headset. The frame I got should not have made it through a quality control check. The best part was Turner's response was to file down a chain guide. The legendary Turner customer service was nonexistent in my experience.

Overall Review: Overall, the DHR is a great DH bike, but after my experience with this frame I will never buy another Turner. Turner wouldn't return calls or emails and that is not okay in my book. The bike is not a plow bike. If you ride smoother trails with lots of jumps and berms you'd be hard pressed to find a better performing bike. If you like to plow through rocks, look elsewhere.