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2014 Trek Fuel EX 9 29 Bike

“The perfect bicycle!”

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The Good: Everything

The Bad: Nothing really

Overall Review: I used to ride downhill and bmx and moved over to xc and road cycling a few years ago. For me this really is the perfect bike, although I did change the cockpit, seat and post to make it suit my endurance riding style. I have used it for everything from road racing(yes I did a 200k race in just over six hours on this thing) to long distance xc and bike park riding. Putting a 50mm stem when playing around at bike parks and it jumps and shreds down technical downhill sections like it was nothing, even keeping up with proper dh bikes. Only problem I've had is round really tight berms where the 29er wheels aren't quite as nimble as 26ers.

Crank Brothers Iodine 2 Wheelset

“Getting Better”

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The Good: Light Weight,<br /> Strong Rim,<br /> Easy Tubeless setup,<br /> One off design

The Bad: Takes a proprietary spoke and nipple combo that will need to be sourced from a direct CB dealer or from CB themselves. On the plus side, they are all the same length so keeping extras is simple. Will true and tighten with universal spoke wrench (PT Black)

Overall Review: There is well known idea within the mountain biking community that Crank Brothers makes parts...

Royal 2014 Esquire Shorts

Vital Review

“Tested: Royal Racing Esquire Short”

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Review by A.J. Barlas // Photography Jon Anthony & A.J. Barlas Riding apparel over the last...

Avid G2 Clean Sweep Rotor

“Avid Rotor”

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The Good: Simple trouble free rotor. Stays straight as well. I have had it on a dirt jump bike with Hope M4 brakes. have no trouble with this rotor at all. Rotor was used with Avid mechanical brakes before the Hope's. Thought I might need to get a new rotor for M4's but this one has worked great.

The Bad: No issues to speak of.

Overall Review: Nice simple rotor. Can also be a good low cost back-up rotor for travel.