Latest Product Reviews


Continental Trail King Tire

“Great traction for you rear”


The Good:

Awesome traction

The Bad:

Swiss cheese for rubber, far too many puncture problems.

Overall Review: Don't get me wrong, I loved this tire for the rear. Great uphill traction on anything and really good braking . Hooks up well in the corners and all that great stuff. The problem with this tire (for me) was I was always tearing the sidewall and putting holes in the tread. Before I decided to part ways with this tire, I had 7 patches on the inside of the tire, 7. I can't remember the last time I flatted that many times in a season with tubes and I ran this guy tubeless the whole time. The final straw was whenI warped the tire on a ride and I created this weird hopping feeling and hump in the casing. Apparently, this Read More »

OneUp Components Chainguide

Featured Review

“Keep on ridin'”


The Good:

Keeps your chain, cost effective, simple

The Bad:

Doesn't come in blue, pink or that new Bronson color of the year

Overall Review: Long story short, when racing I have (had) a tendency to drop the chain; like a lot, even with a narrow-wide. A worn chain and sprockets more than likely didn't help my cause, but I bought one of these puppies and have been handsomely rewarded for my efforts. Through two normal riding days (which I rarely ever dropped chains anyway), a race practice day and the actual race; I can report no dropped chains. The guide came with everything needed to get up and running. Set up was supereasy;I didn't need any of the spacer for the chain line. My only problem was that my bike only came with 2 ISCG tabs, so I ran the Read More »

2014 Intense 951 EVO

“intense 951 evo 2014 ”


The Good:

boss of downhill and jumps

The Bad:

maybe not the best at cornering in tight bike parks...but who cares. if you ride this bike to have fun, this is a great bike. Bible of bike tests, not sure why you would provide such negative comments on this bike. All my friends love this bike. I highly recommend it even thought it is not going to be made anymore at this time.

Overall Review: Simply love this bike!

Atomlab Superlite SL 26 Wheelset

Featured Review

“They sing like cicadas”


The Good:

Sweet engagement, stiff and light.

The Bad:

Takes you places you maybe shouldn't go

Overall Review: I had been hearing about these wheels from the local shop guys for months. I'd heard the talk of mutiple pawls, the lightweight, stiff build, increased contact points, added bearings, and the song of those pawls ratcheting as they blazed down the trail behind me, goading me to ride faster to escape the buzz, like a group of cicadas shaking off their skins. So when I got an offer to demo them for myself, I jumped at the chance. I decided to head out to a series of local trails with lots of technical climbing that would present the perfect tests. I started on Barrel Roll, a steady 2-mile climb. I didn't notice much Read More »

Maxxis Grifter Tire

“the bad the worst and the worst”


The Good:

cant think of anything

The Bad:

worst road tire I"ve ever rode

Overall Review: In over 25 yrs of riding MTB"s I"ve never rode such a bad tire. The Maxxis "Griffter" tire is such a disappointment its hard to describe. The first night I got the tires, I pumped them up to 57 psi. and went for a very short ride, the next day I woke up to two flat tires or what I call "Factory" flats. I apparently didn't check the insides of the tires good enough before I put them on, O.K. my fault I then went for my first of three rides and having the tires pumped up to 61.5psi. being a 40mi.,45mi. and a 57mi. all went well and it should have,then it started happening, Flats and more flats then more flats, in all six Read More »

7iDP Flex Knee Pad

Vital Review

“Tested: 2015 7iDP Flex Knee Pad”

Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Nils Hjord and Johan Hjord 7iDP’s range of protection keeps growing, and the latest addition to the family slots right into the line-up to cater to the ever-growing group of riders looking for lighter weight, pedal-friendly pads that are still up for some abuse. How much abuse is up to you, you will never catch 7iDP overselling the capabilities of their protective gear, but it sits in the middle of their range which gives some indication of design priorities. No better place than the trail to find out what’s what though, so that’s just where we’ve been testing the Flex knee pad over Read More »

2014 Cannondale Women's Tango 29 7 Bike

“Breaks and shocks. ”


The Good:

Good fitting bike. Responsive rear shifting. Fast rolling.

The Bad:

Breaks both front and rear have good grab but started squealing after the first few rides. Change front pads and still screamed with each grab. Front shocks don't ride smooth after only a few good trail rides. My model is only a few months old and the shocks aren't absorbing any trail vibration anymore. So it's basically riding like a solid fork.

Overall Review: An ok beginner bike for the price but after a few months, I already have to upgrade parts. Might as well have invested in a tougher bike from the beginning.

MRP AMg V2 Chainguide

“No nonsense guide to protect your investment”


The Good:

Light'ish (i have the alloy version, also comes in carbon). Quiet Super easy install
looks great
protects your chain ring
added peace of mind

The Bad:

Not cheap but relative to other bike parts its a bargain

Overall Review: I have used an XX1 setup since it came out. Originally with a 32t ring up front and no guide. The narrow-wide ring + the clutch does wonders for keeping your chain on however its by far not guaranteed to stay on. In the past 3'ish years I've dropped my chain probably 5 times and I noticed it had become much more frequent as the chain aged. After a chain swap i found it was tight as can be yet I was still clocking my ring on rocks and such. Something like this guide is the perfect solution. It fits rings down to 26 in size (now I'm using a 28), the install took literally 5 min without evening having to remove my cranks, it's Read More »

Loaded Precision X-Lite Quick Release Post Clamp

Featured Review

“Beautiful Bicycle Jewelry ”


The Good:

Super lightweight, over 50% lighter than my stock QR clamp. Advertised weight was spot on (24g) via my digital postage scale. Beautiful machining, no razor sharp edges. Smooth radius cuts and curvy contours. Titanium bolt doesn't corrode and knurled thumb nut offers easy adjustment even with sweaty gloves or greasy fingers. Smooth and precise pivot is wiggle free. Lever has a nice shape that is easy on the hand when clamping tightly.

The Bad:

A bit pricey, but inline with other QR clamps made from the same materials and comparable weight. The lever looks fragile and kinda feels that way when clamping down. Although, I havent noticed any flexing or been fearful of breaking it, even when clamping down tighter than i probably should.

Overall Review: First I must admit to being a bit of a bling whore. I typically choose to keep it somewhat less flashy though, so I chose to order the clear anodized (silver) clamp. I ordered directly from the manufacturer and despite being on the opposite coast of the country, I received the clamp in 3 business days. Packaging was small and simple, requiring only a pair of scissors to cut a single cable tie to free the clamp from its retail card. Holding the clamp in hand was a pleasure. It is unbelievably lightweight and has a feel comparable to a fine wristwatch. After removing the factory QR clamp and Read More »