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Morewood Bicycles Zula Frame

“The XC bike that likes to DH!!”

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The Good: It descends incredibly well! I have it set up with a single ring in the front and it is fast! I race XC and this is my race bike! It pedals well but really likes to go DH! great handling.

The Bad: The only bad thing I can think of is the weight. Its not the lightest bike.

Overall Review: This bike is a very good trail bike! you can race XC with it and even shred the downhills with a little fiddling with the rear shock. I race XC and Super-D/All Mountain. I like this bike because I can still pedal it really well and then I change the rebound nob like 2or 3 clicks and it has a squishy rear end that's really fun for the more DH courses. Its a great all around XC/ Trail Bike. It is a very well handling bike too. you can point it where you want to go and it will go right there!!

Point One Racing Podium Flat Pedal

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“Platform pedals by Point1”

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The Good: These are a wide, super light, super thin pedal which last a long time and can take a beating. The ease of chaning out pedal pins is a big plus and a real time saver. They have a super slim design which means they also give more ground clearence which is definitely a good thing in Downhill.

The Bad: I prefer longer pins around 10mm (available at any hardware store), so the stock ones just don't seem grippy enough straight away for me.

Overall Review: Overall, a lightweight, functional pedal which have good, solid bearings which don't allow the pedal to spin like crazy and throw your foot off. They have lasted through several muddy riding days. Also, the ease of changing pins is great and super easy even for a beginner.

Sun Ringle A.D.D. Wheelset

“ADD wheelset”

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The Good: They are very strong especially for their light weight which is rolling weight and what every rider wants to reduce. I definitely put these wheels through their pace in Angel fire and actually cracked through one rim yet it didnt pinch my tube nor did it explode

The Bad: Spokes need to be kept taught at all times especially for bigger riders otherwise the wheels will lose true easily but ths is the case with most wheels.

Overall Review: overall I think sun has done a great job on these wheels in having a good balance between strength and weight and offering something so good at an affordable price

Point One Racing Split-Second DM Stem

“Direct mount Stem”

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The Good: These are a cool looking stem which bolt on directly to the for crown which means they are super rigid and perform thei job well. They are unbelievably light and yet super strong and because of their low profile it means that the front end will be as low as possible which is great for cornering.

The Bad: Only thing is they can be a little tricky when putting new bars on them and sometimes adjusting the roll is annoying bacuse there are four bolts but on two seperate clamps. This just means a little more care is needed when setting up ones handlebars

Overall Review: Looks really cool, very simple design which works well and is is super light

MRP G2 SL Chainguide

“G2 Guide and Bottom Bracket”

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The Good: Easy to install, functional, light weight and have never lost a chain or totalled my chainring

The Bad: really have nothing bad to say about these guides

Overall Review: The bashplate has kept my chainring intact on a number of big hits and the chain has never come off... what more can you say? these guides look great, are easy to install and get the job done

Manitou Dorado Pro Downhill Fork

“Dorado Forks”

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The Good: These forks are unreal right out of the box, I was really impressed at how well they work straight away and it seemed the more I rode them the better they got. Super plush and love the rough stuff. It also seems Manitou have eliminated a lot if the flex associated with their old Dorados which is not an easy task with an inverted fork.

The Bad: The only issue I have is with the cable routing, it just tends to bow out to much when the forks compress and I ran a cable tie on the fork leg to stop this but it caused the line to kink. The cable also rubs along the leg and scratches it which does not look the best.
I understand that no one wants their front wheel to come loose but the method of undoing 4bolts then screwing in one can be quite tedious when undoing or tightening the axle on the forks. However this system does work very well and the front axle has little or no chance of ever coming out which is very important!

Overall Review: Overall a great fork which has been developed over the years to work well in all conditions. The longevity is great unlike other forks these do not need servicing every week and the seals last a life time even when riding a lot of mud. A super plush fork which looks great and for such a big fork is very light.

Hayes Stroker Ace Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

“Stroker Ace”

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The Good: I found these brakes bed in really fast and the power was there after a few runs and once the brakes are fully worn in the power is unbelievable! It definitely is a good thing that they are not this powerful straight off the bat because it allows the rider to get progressively used to such a strong brake.

The Bad: The only downfall I think is the lack of modulation especially on the front it seems. The range of the lever when pulled between off and on is quite small and it took some time to get used to not over braking or sliding.

Overall Review: I have not had a chance to ride the brakes in the mud/rain but they work well in the dry and the pad longevity is really good. I have plenty of meat left on them after a lot of harsh riding. Im really impressed with these brakes and the modulation issue is just something which the rider learns to adapt to

Dainese Performance Elbow Guard

“Performance Elbow”

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The Good: The way these guards pivot twice means that they basically mould to your arm and need less tension to stop them slipping which means less arm pump. The way the straps do up also stops the guards slipping or moving when impacted upon. They are also light weight and comfortable to wear and unlike a lot of other elbow pads I have owned.

The Bad: Really have nothing bad to say... simple do not move when i ride, are comfortable and protect me

Overall Review: They are also light weight and comfortable to wear and unlike a lot of other elbow pads I have owned do not move when you crash or hit small chattery bumps along a trail 10/10

Dainese Performance Knee Guard

“Performance Knee Guard”

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The Good: Very functional and the strapping system works very effectively and these pads do not move when you crash and are durable, i only used one set during an entire season.

The Bad: May be a little to long for a short person as the shin pad is quite long but the range of sizes allows for a wide range of heights.

Overall Review: Although lacking in some style points these pads are about as safe and functional as any on the market. They protect the whole leg from the knee to shin and the strapping and padding make them super comfortable and with a range of sizes it does not matter if your leg is like an octopus these pads will fit.