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ODI Flight Control Handlebar

“ODI Flight Control Handlebars”


The Good: Laser etched positioning marks for precise installation on stem, strong and lightweight construction, great color selection, 2 Wingtip extension options

The Bad: Nothing bad with the handlebars but not all aftermarket bar end plugs work with Wingtip extensions.

Overall Review: Comfortable sweep and rise, a lightweight handlebar that has many color options. It's great that ODI also makes the Flight Control stem and grips to go along with bars and that makes a great combination for your cockpit. I have a set on each of my bikes for about a year now and the anodized colors are still as colorful as new. Strong and true control system that ODI has going on right now.

SixSixOne ReCon

“Awesome Helmet!”


The Good: Great xc helmet! Comfortable and light weight.

The Bad: The quick adjuster in the back isnt as quick as it claims. If I tighten it too much i find myself having to take the helmet off to re-adjust it again.

Overall Review: Great helmet overall. I like how its light weight yet if I do fall at speed I feel that i have good head protection. It covers more than what most xc helmets do but doesnt feel bulky.

Fox Racing Flux

“Flux helmet”


The Good: Great fit, style and durability.

The Bad: Hasn't changed since 07. I guess if it ante broke why fix it.

Overall Review: Great all mountain, trial helmet. Never moves and looks good. Been using one since 07 and its hard to try others when this works so well.

Urge Endur-O-Matic Open Face Helmet

Featured Review

“Life Saver”


The Good: - Saved my life(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
- Comfortable
- Much lighter than it looks
- Stylish -
-Confidence Inspiring w/ more all around protection

The Bad: - A bit warm on super hot days or very long climbs
- Visor warped a bit after being in the sun on a black table in 80 degree heat for 8 hours at our expo booth (plus side is that if the visor is removed it can be set back to flat pretty easily with a heat gun and something big heavy and flat)

Overall Review: This thing saved my life. Not in a figurative "I got a small branch to the head, OMG" way, in a completely literal life-saving way. Read on for a few more details. I took a very serious crash in Peru in the fall (see March 2012 Decline for more deets on the trip and crash). Absolutely every doctor I've seen said had I not been wearing a helmet I surely would have died (some even laughed at the question). Also every one of them said had I been wearing a less protective helmet I would have most likely come out out of the wreck with serious permanent brain damage. I'm off the bike for a few more months, but my recovery Read More »

Turner DHR Frame

“A Great Year with the DHR”


The Good: Finishing quality on the frame is comparable to none, it was spot on perfect. Except for the minor issue they had with the first batch with the gusset on the head tube. Other than that, the Turner Customer Service has always been helpful and have been helping me out without delays and problems. And please take note I'm from Malaysia, not US or Canada. Yet still they were helpful and fast with the reply.
Ride characteristic: This bike will take you to another level, it is unforgiving and yet playful. I have been riding with a 61 Deg head angle and it has been a blast on the steeps. But still with a flat handle bar, body position is necessary since the rear end is very progressive and doesn't use up its travel like other DH bikes so quickly. But with aggressive riders, this will not be an issue. This bike like to be punished, and push to the limits. Railing corners is a dream, jumps and drops become non-existent, just let her rip. Definitely recommend this bike to anyone looking for a new bike for 2012. Don't miss out on this super DH rig. It's not a featherweight frame but it will take the abuse without worries.

The Bad: Only one issue that i had is the bearings getting wet after washing. Would suggest for better bearing sealing for tropical countries with wet riding conditions.

Overall Review: Never regretted buying frames from Turner and will always stick with the best bike company out there!

Pro-Tec Classic Helmet

“The Classic”


The Good: Great price, good looking shape, comfy fit, super durable.

The Bad: Could vent a little better and the lining on top of the foam sometimes peels away. Minus one star.

Overall Review: It's called "The Classic" for a reason. It's been around for ages and set the stage for nearly every other half shell/dj lid on the market.

Evoc SE Bike Travel Bag 2012

“Very good bag”


The Good: - Fit a DH bike
- Easy to transport
- 20 min max to pack your bike

The Bad: - Expensive
- The bag might be too long if you want to travel with rail road in some European countries (e.g. TGV in France)

Overall Review: I can't compare with other bag, but I know this one is really good. I was not sure if I required a bag, because I do not travel a lot, but I am using it really often !!!

2011 Specialized P.1 Bike



The Good: Everything about this bike is so cool the blue is sweet

The Bad: it had quite a big scrath on the underside of the handlebar

Overall Review: i love the colour (blue) the brakes are brilliant its the best bike ever

Park Tool Nitrile Mechanic Gloves

“Protec yo self but don't wreck your wallet”


The Good: Keeps the chemicals, grease, DOT fluid, and various oils off your skin.

The Bad: $47. 10 times the price of the same product in a different box

Overall Review: This is another item that needs to be in your box whether your in the shop or just wrenching in the lot at the resort. However, I will never buy these things with my own money. You can pick up the same pretty blue gloves but in a white box from any hardware store for less than $5. You do need to save your skin from all the crap but you also need not kill your wallet in the process.

Park Tool PH-T25 Torx Wrench

“A Must have”


The Good: These little guys are nice, not just the T25 but all their torx drivers. Last a long time. I have yet to wear it out after several months in a busy shop.

The Bad: Not the spiffy blue?

Overall Review: With the newer components having a set of Torx drivers is essential for most mechanics. And rather than fuss around with separate bits and a driver that always get lost or a cumbersome multi-tool I'd rather use these individual bad chickens and keep em on my bench at all times. More and more bike parts are going torx, so you'll need em sooner ot later