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Fox Racing Dirtpaw Gloves

Featured Review

“Like slipping paws over your mitts”

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The Good: Fit, feel, value, bar feel, protection

The Bad: Trying to think of something....nope.

Overall Review: I previously had some super light Dakine gloves that detonated within a month. I will say I expect all Dakine products to detonate immediately after purchase. Sometimes you're in a bind and need something on the spot. I had tried these gloves on at the bike shop a couple times. We courted each other for a while. I was a little hesitant due to the cost but then I started comparing against others such as TLD. Once the Dakine's shat the bed after stitching them back together I decided to ask the Fox out on a date. She graciously accepted and a cheap $25 date later we had consummated something special. No frat pick up Read More »

GT Sanction Pro Frame

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“Tested: GT Sanction Pro Frame”

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Review by Jeff Brines // Photos by Patrick Nelson and Brandon Turman I dig any machine that is really good at what it was designed to do. Perhaps my most favorite purpose built machine is the Group B class of rally cars. As opposed to most rally cars, these cars were not tuned-up sedans but purpose-built from the ground up and their performance is still talked about some 29 years after their demise. When GT introduced the Sanction Pro I drew a parallel to Group B. Many bikes raced in the EWS are long legged trail bikes that are tuned for such application, sort of like an AWD off-the-lot sedan that is modded to compete in rallies. Read More »

2015 Santa Cruz X01 AM 27.5" Nomad Carbon Bike

“Amazing!! Wouldnt buy anything else ever!!!!”

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The Good: This bike is a machine going downhill, super stable and controllable.
Yes it was incredibly nimble and easy to control (I had the XL!!)
Looks incredible
Handles downhill tracks like a downhill bike! and uphills like a normal trail bike.

The Bad: Couldn't fault this bike at all! (maybe the price but you get what you pay for)

Overall Review: I test rode this bike for a whole day and after the very first ride it was apparent how much of a beast this thing really is. its nimble and surefooted, I rode it in the mud and very rarely if at all slid out uncontrollably. it jumps fantastically and handles big drops like second nature. I rode an XL I am 6ft 2, it felt slightly too big for me but the best way for you to get the fit right is to sit on one properly if you are going to drop this amount of money on one.You cannot imagine how silent and comfortable this bike is on rough ground, it tracks brilliantly and doesn't skitter about whilst braking its Read More »

Maxxis Ardent Tire

“Maxxis Ardent”

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The Good: Good product, but still need improvement...

The Bad: Beware of mud..a bit slippery on the muddy ground..

Overall Review: This is the tire that can make the bike looks more solid and powerful and this tire performs the powerful style. Just a bit slippery on the muddy ground but rolling fast on the dry track. But overall this is good product..

Novatec Dirtride Wheelset

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“Tested: Novatec Dirtride Wheelset”

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Review by Brandon Turman // Action photos by Courtney Steen When it comes to a good dirt jump wheelset, riders are often looking for a few key things: Are they strong? Are the individual components easily replaceable? Are they affordable? Do they match my ride? Will they slip in the rear dropout? Built using the same rims that Kyle Strait and Cam Zink rely on while hucking massive cliffs at Rampage, the Novatec Dirtride wheelset is clearly designed to take some serious abuse. I mounted up a pair to see how they'd fair during a summer of use at the Whistler dirt jumps and skatepark. Dirtride Wheelset Highlights Designed Read More »

Shimano Deore Disc Brake M596

“Good Product with Good Price”

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The Good: This is simple product with good performance..

The Bad: Nngg.....let me think.....

Overall Review: This is the best choice with the price. This product comes with simple design and doesn't get the modern touch like its brother such as XT or XTR, but Deore brakeset is really good product. Just one finger and the bike will stop...

Hope Technology Tech 3 E4 Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

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“Tested: Hope Technology Tech 3 E4 Hydraulic Brakes”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Looking through the history books of mountain bike technology, Hope Technology features prominently and with good reason. They made their first commercially available mountain bike disc brake in 1992, and by the mid-nineties they were seeing massive success with their C2 hydros. Even more ubiquitous than their brakes, the company is also known for its hubs, a staple of many a wheelbuilder’s arsenal, not to mention a multitude of CNCed goodies ranging from seat collar clamps to headsets. “Proudly made in Barnoldswick, UK” reflects Hope’s Read More »

Fox Racing Sergeant Shorts 2011

Featured Review

“Well cut but cotton??”

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The Good: Great fit, good cut, just baggy enough, length is nice, good liner

The Bad: Cotton fabric, crotch catches on seat, pockets are a bit deep

Overall Review: When I bought these I thought they were soft and supple and felt very nice. I mean, really, who doesn't like soft and supple, right? When I tried them on with the liner it seemed like they just fit right. These were gonna be summer shorts for when I wasn't wearing pads. The shorts are definitely on the long side. Think: modern day basketball shorts. They fit well on the waist though and were very comfortable. As a matter of fact, they were very comfortable on the first two hour ride with them including the liner. The crotch hung up on the seat a few times but I've learned to just deal with that over time Read More »

2013 Scott Gambler 20 Bike

“plowmachine”

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The Good: goes down faster than madonna at a naval base

The Bad: comes with elixer brakes.....why

Overall Review: Descends, jumps, and corners well, great park bike, not half bad in tight turns on tech trails. I like the low leverage ratio, easy to tune, bearings are huge, main pivot is 25mm. Changed the brakes to shimano zee and works awesome, the stock brakes are the only weak link with this bike. The bike seems a bit heavy at first but just add speed and it just rips! Scott has this bike dialed!!

Banshee Bikes Spitfire Frame

“A Downhillers Trailbike indeed!”

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The Good: - really aggressive Geometry for that little Travel
- stiff chassis
- pedals well uphill (not great but still good)
- stable ride downhill

The Bad: Not much actually.
I have to ride a medium cage X9 Type 2 derailleur for 1x10spd with a 11-36 cassette, because the rear stretches quite a bit while going through it's travel and the Type 2 derailleurs don't have as much free motion as the normal ones.
A short cage would make the bike quite a bit quieter.

Overall Review: I've got the bike build with a 160mm Rock Shox Pike up front and the Fox Float RP23 it comes with. I ride a fair bit of steep and technical terrain with it and it handles it surprisingly well. The Geometry is spot on and the suspension system works like a treat. On normal "Enduro" kind of trails I never wish for more travel, I think the Pike helps greatly, but the chassis is really stiff and makes for a stable ride. It's only on my local DH track, where the speeds are significantly higher that I remember it's only 130mm of travel. Maybe a beefier shock would help, but the system certainly has it's limits somewhere. As a Read More »