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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.

Troy Lee Designs D3 Composite Helmet

“The Benchmark”

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The Good: Light
Brilliant fit and with different shell sizes and changable pads.
Feels safe and sturdy on head without getting warm.
All the goggles I've tried fits perfectly. (Oakley, Fox, Goat, Spy, Dragon)
Comes with brilliant helmet bag, that also takes a Leatt-brace if packed well.

The Bad: Expensive
Gloss finish is prone to scratches
Sunglasses doesn't fit inside for those who prefers that over goggles. (At least with my head)
I miss a flat black-no graphics version.

Overall Review: Troy Lee FF-helmets are legendary for a reason. Why put a price on your head? If you can afford it, buy it and relish it. Full score even though there's some small issues, which really are nit-picking.

Marzocchi 888 RC3 EVO Titantium Fork

“Back to their fine form”

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The Good: Low maintenance
simple axle
plush
feel

The Bad: direct mount compatibility (i think they have changed for 2012 to boxxer style)

Overall Review: had the original 04 888s and loved them, then went to and been on Boxxer till i got the 2010 888rc3 evo Ti. Im 100% never ever EVER going back to a Boxxer fork. I live in Whistler riding and racing as much as possible. I ride a lot and can happily say my 888s out preform my Boxxers and require little to no maintenance. 1-2 rebuilds each season compared to a rebuild every 2nd week on the Boxxer. People need to loose the old stigma of the Marzocchi problems of previous years. My 'new and improved' 2010 Boxxer team came with no oil, warranty return, rebound cartridge seized, warranty return, seized again, return, arched snapped on a crank it up berm, warranty return, then got rid of them thank god. Now after 2 full Whistler seasons on the 888 they still feel like new

Urge Down-O-Matic Monaco Full Face Helmet

“Get the Urge”

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The Good: Light, super comfortable with quite a bit of adjustment. By far the best fitting helmet i've ever had the pleasure of trying. Includes bag, stickers, etc.

The Bad: Colours not to everyone's tastes.

Overall Review: Well worth the money I paid. I would happily pay it again.

Giro Remedy Full Face Helmet

“Don't like how it fits”

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The Good: Good looking helmet, very strong, removable pads.

The Bad: The fits, the large its to big and the medium doesn't even fit.

Overall Review: great helmet for the price, but if you have weird size head like me it will not work.

Fly Racing Chaos Full Face Helmet

“Chaos the best helmet for the price”

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The Good: The PRICE, it fist really well, I own a giro remedy L and its to loose, the M does not fit. My Chaos its Large and it fist like a glove. The graphics are ok, and the removable pads are a plus.

The Bad: The visor bold insert are don't the best.

Overall Review: great helmet for the price, if you are thinking about getting this helmet do it !!!!! You will not be disappointed.

Azonic Carbon Skad Full Face Helmet Full Face Helmet

“O'Neal Carbon Skad helmet”

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The Good: Light, carbon fiber looks good... that's about it.

The Bad: Very cheap feeling, bad design, loose fit, not the most protective helmet out there by any means.

Overall Review: I got this helmet hoping that it would be pretty sweet, but as soon as I took it out of the box I was disappointed. The padding on the inside is very cheap, and not at all comfortable. The cheek pads are really loose on your face and the helmet slides around a lot (yes, it was the correct size too). I had a bad crash and totally destroyed the helmet, knocking myself out in the process. It took me about two weeks to fully recover. I wised up and bought an MX helmet (Shoei VFX-W) because a mountain bike specific full face helmet comes no where near a MX helmet in terms of protection, and I really Read More »

Fox Racing V3 Full Face Helmet

“Moto for the Mountain”

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The Good: If every one of your riding buddies has a TLD, this is a pretty sweet alternative. Great looking, good paint (doesn't' scratch easily), comfortable out of the box, very light weight, moto looks.

The Bad: It's not a TLD.

Overall Review: I haven't slammed my head into a tree yet, so I just have to assume it works properly, but it is light, fits well out of the box, great ventilation, and good looks. Highly recommended.

Troy Lee Designs D3 Composite Helmet

“me like alot”

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The Good: you just feel incredibly safe, my previous helmet was a sixsixone evolution and you really feel a difference, the tld is lots tighter around any spot of you head

The Bad: closing the helmet ain't really easy whit a complicated system

Overall Review: just get it it is worth the money, or wait for a promotion on crc like i did ;)