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Kali Protectives Avatar Full Face Helmet

“uber lite, great fit”

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The Good: great air flow
super light
break away visor
extra padding set

The Bad: ridge on top makes top mount helmet cam difficult
rather expensive (vs. regular helmets)

Overall Review: helmet is awesome fits perfect. Light, saves neck on long rides or multi shuttle days. visor is adjustable to increase field of vision. I would buy again and have recommended to friends.

Crank Brothers 5050 X Flat Pedal

“Great Idea, Terrible Execution”

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The Good: Super grippy and STRONG pedals with pretty resilient pins. The threaded pins are nice and tall, which provides a lot of grip especially with 5.10's...the platform is nice and wide, basically the perfect shape, width, all that ergonomic business.

The Bad: Absolutely terrible bearing!!! what were they thinking? those little bastards are the smallest bearings I've ever pulled out of a pedal, only to be rivaled by Shimano DX flats. I total pain to regrease and repack...also its almost impossible to find the right size wrench to take it apart (needs to fit into the axle body). Bearing preload nut is useless! It's either loose or almost locked up. Naturally they dont stay tight and develop play within the first ride and need maintenance constantly. And to top it all off they're thick and heavy with those pointless interchangeable plates!

Overall Review: They're my favorite pedal, I'd never buy anything else but damn do they need to hire some engineers...Great performance, horrific maintenance, I hope they release those new 5050 prototypes soon because they're long overdue for an update...

Crank Brothers 5050 X Flat Pedal

“perfect flats”

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The Good: wide enough, cool colors, great grip, give confidence because you always find it, strong. Great design.

The Bad: not sure what to say here.

Overall Review: Very good product, love it.

Dainese Dirt Quake L/S Riding Jersey

“definitely a winner”

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The Good: Rode this in DH, bike park and bmx track. Quality is obvious when you touch this one for the first time. Very comfortable built, light with the right mesh insert to add venting.

The Bad: not enough colors

Overall Review: Very cool jersey by the Italian brand. Different from the usual stuff on the market.

Dainese Back Protector Soft Bike Body Armor

“the new Dainese Soft backprotector”

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The Good: Very light, really surprised how low profile and unobstructive it was. Shapes really to the curve of the back. Their new memory foam is pretty reassuring too, definitely some high level protection.

The Bad: didn't really see anything to complain about, except that I'm not always a fan of the shoulder straps. Those stay in place though.

Overall Review: I can't ride without when going down rooted and rocky trails.

Geax AKA Tire

“grip n rip”

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The Good: everything the ads say they are

The Bad: pavement and rocks

Overall Review: very happy with the way these tires hook, from ideal conitions to a bit muck sticky, havent let me down yet.

Troy Lee Designs D3 Composite Helmet

“Time to get that mortage...”

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The Good: Uber protection with a solid amount of awesomeness...

The Bad: you'll need to mortgage your dead grandma's house

Overall Review: like alot, expensive as shit, but i ended up gett a POC full face one for more, so i dont know why im complainin about the price, but sam hill uses them and its troy lee, so you'll be getting your money'sworth.

Shimano PD-MX30 Flat Pedal

“one of the best.”

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The Good: theres a reason why so many pros out there are still sticking with these... becos they are so comfortable and grippy. love the design too... makes it look so space age ( even though its a pedal from the 90s ).
also, if u know how to service, u can actually set how fast its gonna spin.

The Bad: comes fixed with microscopic pins and changing them into the longer ones which are supplied takes effort ( 40 pins in total ).
expensive for a pedals when theres cheaper alternatives out there.

Overall Review: the second gen of the pioneer platform pedals. amazing to see something still selling after a decade. what a classic!

Crank Brothers 5050 X Flat Pedal

“3 pieces is too many”

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The Good: It spins!!!

The Bad: Why on earth would you add extra joints to a part like a pedal body. It doesn't need them. Sure, you can customize the colors, but it also makes it heavier, thicker, and weaker. What a poor idea.

Overall Review: All the fancy packaging in the world can't make up for the fact that this is an inferior design. The spindle and bearings are the same as every other pedal on the market. The only feature setting it apart is the moronic 3 piece body. Do yourself a favor and buy 3 sets of generic pedals with that cash. They're all made in the same place.