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Specialized Enduro Expert Bike

“Fast and Fun”

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The Good: Super tough, pedals amazing, super plush, goes ANYWHERE

The Bad: Talas up front might be cool

Overall Review: Bike is perfect. It does everything it was intended for exactly as you expect it to. It pedals phenomenally with the RP23 pro pedal and 2x10. When you get to the top, it descends any line even the wrong one. Its the perfect balance for a do absolutely everything bike.

Maxxis High Roller Tire

“Old technology, and a poor front tire. Edit: not that bad, but still prefer Minions”

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The Good: Nice upright braking traction, fairly reasonable climbing, good volume for rocky AM/FR/DH

The Bad: Minimal edit: 'sketchy leaning grip if you lean in gradually' and thorn protection also minimal

Overall Review: The 2.35 version of the High Rollers I have are similar to Kenda Nevegal 2.35s, although faster rollling, however minus a row of knobs that you are going to need if you lean the bike between 30-40 degrees on any surface, something seems missing at this lean angle and you seem to free float for a bit, and then suddenly the jello-like outer knobs get their time to shine but just fold on you. High Roller? Yep it's gambling for sure, on whether or not you are going to face plant on a high speed corner! Is it enough only to have a high volume tire that has reasonable braking traction? What about cornering? Maybe I'm missing Read More »

Truvativ Hussefelt 1.1 DH Crank

“Reliable lead boat-anchors.”

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The Good: Cheap, very robust, Howitzer BB is compatible with many chain guides

The Bad: Heavy, Saints and Hozfellers are better

Overall Review: If you need a cheap crank-set where weight isn't really a problem these are ideal, especially if you live somewhere rainy or are likely to power wash your bike after a ride. If weight is a problem, a Stylo might be a good option

SRAM PC991 Cross Step Chain

“A slick fast chain that works well with other Sram components”

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The Good: Power-link, light weight, price, works very well with other Sram/Truvativ components

The Bad: Some people complain they break, but I haven't noticed the problem

Overall Review: I've noticed the Sram chains available in Europe are made in Portugal. These I've noticed are better than their similar Asian cousins, that are made in China. I've noticed that with a mostly Sram (rear derailleur and cassette) drive-train are really slick but that Shimano chains jump around a fair bit, so better to stick with the same manufacturer here as the rest of your drive-train. Power-link rocks and is easy to use and better than KMC missing links.

Point One Racing Podium Flat Pedal

“Godly Grip”

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The Good: Best-pedals-ever. 5.10s stick to them like glue, they're tough as nails and the bearings last.

The Bad: None whatsoever

Overall Review: If the bearing bulge is an issue for you than you simply have some whack-ass foot placement

Point One Racing Podium Flat Pedal

“Wanted to like them”

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The Good: Narrow profile, light, beautifully made.

The Bad: Could not stand the bearing bulge at the pedal/crank interface. I like my feet as close to the crank arm as possible. I could ride these without feeling the bulge through my shoe. It bothered me.

Very expensive

Overall Review: I give it a 3 because of the bulge and price.

Crank Brothers 5050 X Flat Pedal

“Heavy and Bulky but they do their job”

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The Good: They are flat pedals, and have good grip, they cant stand the hits (I do hit them a lot, perhaps I should shorten my crankarms). so far no mechanical problems with them.

The Bad: quite heavy and bulky , pricey for around 20 bucks more you can find slimmer flat pedals.

Overall Review: Nothing extraordinary but they do their job as they are supposed to.

Five Ten Freerider Flat Pedal Shoe

“Great confy shoe”

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The Good: Is light and the sole is very grippy at the beginning, it has protected me from direct hits at the toes, you can walk and push if needed and they look good.

The Bad: after a year of use, the outer sole hast start to come off and has become a bit stiff (they are confortable and you can still walk, but they dont grip as before)

Overall Review: All in all, I would buy them again, love the style (going for the white ones in my next pair)

2011 Kona Five - 0 Bike

“A welded together FS bike”

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The Good: Decent front end (travel, usable 68 degreeHT angle and 20mm axle).

The Bad: Heavy, so-so parts, ISIS BB, Better with Hussefelt Howitzer and X7 surely?

Overall Review: Have the 2009 bike, this bike to me doesn't seem much like a DJ/urban bike, but it does seem like a light free-ride bike. To me if you want a hard-tail why not a 4x bike or maybe a Giant STP or SC Chameleon?

Point One Racing Podium Flat Pedal

“sexy good performance”

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The Good: Very large platform, low profile for better clearance, durable pins that are easy to replace, light, durable body that takes hits well.

The Bad: Expensive-but worth it.

Overall Review: These pedals paired with FiveTen shoes perform amazing and just inspire confidence. You never give the pedals a second thought, they just work.