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Royal 2015 SP-247 Shorts

“not horrible”

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The Good: They work after cut out the mesh liner. They also cover my legs.

The Bad: The mesh shrinks and the outer material doesn't causing the shorts to curl in on themselves on the bottoms.
the stitching on the butt was pretty bad from when i got them.
The rubber logo faded off.

Overall Review: My brother and I got these shorts at the same time, within the first 10 rides both of the stitching in the butts failed for us both. Within the first washes the outer mesh shrunk and the outer material did not. This made the legs curl in on them selves. We just cut out the mesh and that solved the problem. They arnt the worst bike shorts i've ever bought.

Royal 2015 Trail Socks

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“Not just any socks”

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The Good: Light, quick drying (even in wet shoes)

The Bad: Relatively fast wearing

Overall Review: Socks are socks, right? I mean, I buy socks to top up my parts orders to get over the free shipping threshold - and it's usually the cheapest, or first pair that I like the look of when I type in 'socks'. This held true until the planets aligned when one particular shopping basket needed topping up, and I hastily hit buy on what would unwittingly become the best pair of socks I ever owned - the Royal Trail socks. Really, I think they're perfect. They're light - so light that when I soak my foot halfway through a long ride (happens a lot in New Zealand) the socks, and my feet, dry out by the end of the ride - inside my Read More »

2015 Trek Slash 7 27.5 Bike

“Great All Mountain Bike”

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The Good: geometry, Pike fork, really light, tubeless ready!

The Bad: A bit pricey, shifter housing is weak, no 1 x 10 on the 7

Overall Review: I've had this bike since March and I have ridden cross country, enduro and a small amount of downhill at Plattekill mountain. I ride at least 2-3 times a week so I feel like I've ridden this bike quite a bit. It handles well and feels good. I've jumped things, gone down chutes and done some small drops and it does well. The rear shock does not have a compression adjustment which is a bummer though. It only has a rebound adjustment. I might upgrade to the next step up monarch shock int he future but for now I don't think that I have hit it's limits yet. I did add some internal spacers to cut down the internal volume though Read More »

POC Joint VPD Air Knee Pad

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“Tested: POC Joint VPD Air Knee Pad”

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Review by David Howell // Photos by Brandon Turman, Lear Miller and Colin Meagher With trails getting faster and trail/all-mountain/enduro bikes becoming increasingly capable, more of us are looking for lightweight, yet protective knee pads that can comfortably be worn in any situation, including a good pedal. The POC Joint VPD Air Knee pad steps up to fill the gap between a clunky downhill pad and one that offers nothing but looks. POC Joint VPD Air Knee Highlights Lightweight and impact absorbing VPD compound Neoprene anti-slip panels inside Reinforced stretch fabric Elastic strap for a comfortable fit Designed Read More »

Crank Brothers Mallet DH/Race Clipless Pedals

“Very Poor Products”

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The Good: Look good and worked well for 12 weeks

The Bad: Fell apart after 12 weeks - approx 36hrs only

Overall Review: Wow! got these pedals 12 weeks ago and one fell off. Yep, bearing crapped itself and the pedal actually fell off. I'm sure it would have been a pleasant experience if I was in mid flight, but luckily I was on the flat telling my mates how great they were.... What a joke these are and we all had to laugh... Top price, worst quality part I have bought in 15 years. Took back to shop who said water damaged!! What, so you can't ride with these if it's wet? Pedals had done less than 40hrs and although used in wet conditions, never was it raining or the pedals submerged... Look cool but anyone who can actually Read More »

Chromag Fubar OSX Handlebar

“Great colors. Paint chips easily”

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The Good: Great colors and quality bar. I have the Fuchsia paint series on my wife's DH bike and it pops.

The Bad: The paint chips easily. The first one we received had a scratch. The 2nd one was good, but as we tightened the brakes/shifters it is easily scratches the pain. Make sure you have them in the right position before finally tightening. The first day on the lift, the bars got a bunch of chips and scratches.

Overall Review: The look great and perform well. The paint is just not strong enough for DH riding. They will last the season, but most likely I will need to replace next season for cosmetic reasons.  We call Chromag and they don't have any touch up paint and suggests to better protect the surface.  We will most likely try to find a matching nail polish or automotive paint.  If Chromag had a touch up paint, it would greatly help. 

Atlas Air Neck Brace

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“Tested: Atlas Air Neck Brace”

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Review by Nick Zuzelski // Action Photos by Brandon Turman Atlas has become a household name in the bike and moto neck brace market over the past few years. In order to keep at the forefront of design, Atlas has re-engineered and refined their previous offering for 2015. The result is a brace that goes on a diet with impressive weight savings, in addition to offering a simpler design and improved fit. The new brace is available in two different versions, the Air and the Air Carbon - we have been shredding the more wallet friendly Air model which at less than 600-grams certainly lives up to its name! Read on to find out what Read More »

Birzman Travel Tool Box

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“Tested: Birzman Travel Tool Box”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Nils Hjord and Johan Hjord Tools can literally make or break your wrenching experience. Having the right tool for the job at hand can easily mean the difference between heading out on your next ride and heading to the shop with stripped bolts, leaking brake lines, and a red face. Most serious riders probably have a decent collection of essential tools in their garage/man cave/backseat, but more often than not, it will be a hodgepodge selection of tools acquired over the years as and when the need arose. Birzman knows the pain of not having the right selection available at the Read More »

7iDP Covert Knee Pad

“7idp covert knee pad”

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The Good: Great fit.
Stays in place and they barely move around.
Super comfortable on long rides.

The Bad: The hard shell layer is a bit too rigid for my liking for lots of pedalling

Overall Review: I bought these pads and they are the best light weight knee pads I have ever owned. I pulled the hard shell layer out and I found it made them much more comfortable during long rides. Make sure to measure your legs to get the right size. My 661 and alpine stars pads are all l/xl but I only needed a large in these pads. I've worn these for many 3 hour rides and they are still comfortable time after time. I do tend to pull them down to my ankles on large grinding fire road climbs. The lack of straps is also great. I was a bit skeptical at first but after riding twice a day in Squamish for a week I had no issues with them Read More »

7iDP Transition SS Base Suit

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“downhill under armor ”

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The Good: this gear is made of quality materials. great shoulder pads. I was super impressed by the feel and look of the product. the padding is really light and fits perfectly snug. having the padding removable for washing was the best part, as i like to keep my gear smelling fresh. nothing is worse than sitting next to the guy who smells like a bum camp...

The Bad: the chest pad was way to hot for me. the instant i put it on, i had sweat rolling down from my tits instantly. felt like i was wearing a fur from an arctic caribou across my chest. the spine was a bit better than the front, but not by a whole bunch. and this was on a 65 degree day at the local bike park. getting the shirt off after riding for 6 hours and having the thing dripping with sweat was almost impossible. i was so overheated i almost passed out trying to worm my way out of the thing. it fits tight like its suppose to and trying to remove it without just ripping it apart was a huge challenge. a buddy will be your best bet to get the thing off once its sticky and sweaty.. better be a good pal....
didnt seem to fit well with my atlas neck brace like it claimed. the brace would not sit normally like it did without wearing the shirt. price is a bit steep. but is worth is if it actually holds up for a few years.

Overall Review: the overall product seems great in looks and quality. i really liked the feel of the material. i bought this armor after having a bad crash and nearly breaking my back. figured it was time to get some real spine protection since im getting older and i dont have mom to take care of me anymore (grown up). my one concern when buying some spine protection was having something that actually went down far enough to cover the whole spinal area. this product did the job. it might seem a bit to long for some. but it was just perfect for me. as i have used the troy lee armor that only covers about three quarters of the Read More »