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Specialized Pitch Pro Bike

“Awesome (2011 version)”


The Good: Climbs extremely well, Propedal works very efficiently with the FSR suspension, Decends incredibly, ISCG tabs, the fork can be internally lowered to 140 or 130. Has cable guides for a dropper post. The XL weighs in at 31.25lbs. Despite what I expected with white grips, they clean very well.

The Bad: Not really much, comes with X5 shifters which I promptly replaced with some X7's, but only because I had some extras. I'm sure the X.5s would've handled fine

Overall Review: Climbs well. This is the most underrated bike out there. I'd put this up against any 3-4 grand bike any day. Since my riding style caters more to the downhills, The 90mm stem was a bit awkward when I wanted to manual or jump so I put a 40mm on it and now it's perfect. Upgrades so far: X7 shifters 40mm Hussefelt Stem Funn Fatboy Bar (same dimensions as the Specialized one, but it's stronger and lighter despite it being a freeride bar)

Wellgo MG-1 Flat Pedal

“Great for cheap pedals”


The Good: Light with great grip, inexpensive.

The Bad: Can be damaged on rock hits, thin pedals are all the rage right now and these are not as thin as others.

Overall Review: I have two pair of these pedals, got first pair for the XC bike when to poor to buy new clipless and was surprised by how much I liked them. Bought a send pair for my DJ bike that came with 50/50's, I found that the 50/50's were twice as heavy and had less grip ! The MG1's survived 70 days of indoor MTB park riding this winter doing the jump lines all day with a 200 lbs rider. Will not be switch back to clipless anytime soon, love the MG-1's.

Five Ten Freerider Flat Pedal Shoe

“Great shoe for everyone”


The Good: Grips well, fairly durable, and much more protection that regular trainers

The Bad: A bit bulky, seams get split and rubber wears down. Maybe a little expensive

Overall Review: These take a year of regular abuse and then start to die, but the shoe is so good that it is worth it

WTB Prowler MX Tire

“An excellent grippy tire for XC and trail hardpack”


The Good: Super grippy, fairly puncture resistant, and fairly fast rolling too

The Bad: Not enough volume, seems a bit narrow for size, gets ripped to shreds on rocks

Overall Review: A great dirt tire which excels in hard-pack and loose over, wow you can lean over on this thing at it just keeps biting. But for AM and abve it doesn't have enough volume to absorb hard hits or enough strength to deal with sharp rocks

Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake

Featured Review

“Not the best brake, but the most reliable and user friendly.”


The Good: Easy to set up, easy to find parts, good power, good modulation, can be even better with better rotors and pads.

The Bad: The stock roundagon rotors are not that great. Get the CS2s.

Overall Review: IMO a much smarter buy than medium range or low range hydro brakes, especially if you ride a great deal. Changing a cable is much preferable to bleeding a brake system, but really top end hydros like Avid Codes and Hayes Stroker Ace will always have more power.

Wellgo MG-1 Flat Pedal

“Fine for XC and light trail work.”


The Good: Very light, very grippy, good bearings, good pins.

The Bad: Magnesium gets damaged easily.

Overall Review: These pedals are ideal for XC, trail and light AM, and I would use them for road commuting and street too. However for AM/FR/DH especially in rocky terrain they can get damaged easily as magnesium is very soft

Giro Remedy Full Face Helmet

“Great for aggressive riders”


The Good: Great protection, light weight, inexpensive. Washable interior, last for ages.

The Bad: Too hot, unless you are specifically using it for FR/DH or very aggressive AM. Cycling uphill in this helmet in warm temperatures will roast your head, but that's true of all helmets like this. Paint chips off, but I like the rugged look anyhow!

Overall Review: Great helmet, worth the money, just use it for its purpose.

Crank Brothers 5050 X Flat Pedal

“5050's ? Meeeeh.”


The Good: Look nice, cool color shifting options, grip (becoming VERY grippy when you add more pins), large platform, not too thick.

The Bad: F***in bearings. One month using these and you can forget the rigidity of the axle, unless you have the courage to rebuild them.

Overall Review: Look good but work badly. These pedals are a real deception. You'd better buy a pair of 5050 XX instead of this model (bearings look stronger), but here is the other problem : at this price, you can get a pair of Taiwanese-catalog flats with a Titanium axle. Hopefully, the new 5050 will be better.

Bell Drop Full Face Helmet

“awesome protection !!”


The Good: its an awesome helmet and has great protection ...... very comfy to wear and i have crashed in many rock gardens and smashed my head on rocks directly and felt nothing ........ great vision .....

The Bad: weight and size..... its bulky but when riding and its almost unnoticeable..... breathing can be tough at times ....... like on climbs ....

Overall Review: its a next level helmet for 130 $ what more can u ask for .... the claw wears it and if its good enough for him its good enough for me ..... and hes taken some gar crashes (monster energy crankworx 2010) in this helmet

Snafu Towatay Stem

“Best stem out.”


The Good: Rounded back for knee pleasure, deep sensibly sized hardware. Drop/rise. Low stack height. Looks fantastic. Very good weight (188g). DOES NOT SLIP.

The Bad: Faceplate looks a little goofy. Two tiny cracks have formed in the faceplate after a year of pro-level abuse and hucking to flat.

Overall Review: Fantastic stem. It is an injustice that people recommend Straitline stems and not this overlooked beauty. Honestly the best stem out, as far as I'm concerned. My Straitline SSC just sits in my basement now.