The Good: Weight, Strength, looks
The Bad: A bit narrowOverall Review: This summer i picked up an early season Cannondale Jekyll 4. I bought this low end model because it came with the basic frame and fork set up I wanted but then left me freedom to build the rest the way I wanted it. One of those changes that I made right out of the gate was to install the new Atomlab Suprelite 650b wheels. Atomlab components have always been durable and I was looking for a wheel set that would perform over the long haul in the Las Vegas dust, ledges, and drops that constitute the majority of my riding. Installation I set mine up tubeless (is there another way) right out of the box. I used stan's Read More »
The Good: Stiff, Lighter than it looks.
The Bad: None observed, unless you value weight over strength and stiffness.Overall Review: I have had the Atomlab SL stem on my 2015 Cannondale Jekyll since interbike in September. I put it on to replace the stock 50mm OEM cannondale stem that came on the bike. The machining is superb and the laser etched graphics are amazing. But besides giving my bike a much better look the stiffness that it provides along with the DHR handlebar is incredible. I went with a 70mm on my Jekyll because wanted just a bit more length that the stock set up and my cockpit is perfect.
The Good: Inexpensive, goopy and waxy, smells nice
The Bad: Lasts only one ride, hard to get chain completely wiped free of lubeOverall Review: We've obviously come to a different era. An era where guys discuss lubes with other guys, right? Right. Wait. What were we discussing again? Oh yeah. Chain lube. I got this lube in a pack with a degreaser and chain cleaning tool. This was the product I was most jazzed about as it seemed really different. I have tried many a lube(from TriFlow all the way to B-9 to Dumonde) and have liked some and realized others were a waste. Unfortunately I'd have to put the Ice Wax in the latter category. I hold B-9 as my gold standard as it goes on easily, wipes away easily and stays adhered to the chain for at least Read More »
The Good: Crank has at least 10 years of life and is still at almost 100% from a brand new bmx crank. Titanium spindle upgrade reduces weight and also increases durability.
The Bad: I have had to replace the bottom brackets a couple times over past 5 years, but its an easy and cheap fix.Overall Review: I have had this Profile BMX crank on my Black Market Riot (Dirt Jumper hard-tail with 26" tires). I can't think of one negative comment regarding this crank as it has taken a pounding over the years from a 180-200lb rider constantly riding trails and jumps of any size. I did upgrade the spindle to the titaniumProfile GDH Ti Spindle Upgrade Kit which saves 3.15 Oz compared to the original chromolly version. I have taken my bike all across Texas and this crank has handled everything from pump tracks to Downhill trailsin the Hill country. It keeps my bike a one speed which saves weight and ease of use and once you get Read More »
The Good: 150mm Fox CTD (Climb-Trail-Descend) Full Suspension (Such plush and responsive suspension that has saved me from several huge wipeouts). Great Spec for a solid Aluminum Frame that's not too terribly heavy. Shimano Deore Hydro Brakeset does the job very well.
The Bad: Not as light as bikes in the $5,000 - $12,000 range. Tire in front is a 2.4 inch in width which is not totally necessary (matching the slimmer 2.2 in the back would have been just fine).
The Good: Super Light, Fast, Strong, and Quick Engagement.
The Bad: Apparently attracts K-9's...Overall Review: I decided to ride a local trail called Zen to test out my new Atomlab Superlite SL wheels. I had much anticipation with the 102 Rear hub. I upgraded my own personal bike a few years back and went from 15 degrees of engagement on the free hub to 7.5 degrees cutting it in half.. So needless to say when upon learning about the Atomlab 102 Rear hub offered 3.5 degrees I was intrigued and had to have a pair. Upon arrival of my new wheel set I proceeded to install my tires and set them up tubeless which was very easy...no complications and the Kenda Nevegal tires seated up without fail... The Atomlab wheels are light but Read More »
The Good: Climbs like a rabid billy goat and honks in the flats.
The Bad: The fork is definitely not my friend. Not a very happy bike in long technical downhill sections in courses.Overall Review: Overall a good bike. Climbs like a billy goat and probably the best thing about it compared to the other bikes I have raced/ridden over the years, the newer rear Brain is different from other Brains I have had in that over roots etc in the trail it doesn't release as drastic and give you that "flat tire feel" as if you just hit a rim but overall a pretty rough riding rig and get some rear wheel hopping in fast chattery descents. The head angle is a bit more aggressive and if someone is used to the older Epics you will over-steer coming out of hair pin turns until you get used to it after a ride or two. Read More »