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Öhlins TTX Rear Shock

“Öhlins TTX 22M - SantaCruz ed.”

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The Good: Very sensitive, smooth and precise. Also easy to calibrate.

The Bad: It cost a lot of money.

Overall Review: Last June 27, 2014 I bought the new Öhlins TTX shock 22M from the most famous Italian reseller called Andreani Group. The suspension has been modified on the classic head of the shock which is usually assembled on the Demo 8 with a totally redesigned one for reasons of space specifically for Santa Cruz. The functioning, however, remains the same. The length is 240mm and the stroke is 76mm while the average price for Italy is 780 + 22% VAT (government taxes). Andreani Group has been really helpful and professional: during the iXS European Cup in Val di Sole their engineer support me all the day while I tried and set up the Read More »

ODI Lock-On Grip - Rogue

“That's what you need!”

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The Good: The size and feel of this grip makes it a winner in my eyes. I prefer a larger grip as my left hand is knackered from multiple breaks. This grip is very durable too, I didn't need to replace them at all last season.

The Bad: If the grip was slightly softer, it'll damper more vibration and make it more comfortable for the all day epics, but then you'd lose some of that durability.

Overall Review: My new bike came with a set of ODI Cross Trainer grips, they will be swapped out with the Rogue asap.

2015 Santa Cruz X01 AM 27.5" Nomad Carbon Bike

“The Nomad new but not quite there. ”

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The Good: Doesn't wander around going up

The Bad: Short TT // Feels tall // Deflects // Not so great turning

Overall Review: I was pretty pumped to ride the new Nomad today. Did I like it? I took a Large demo with a 160mm 34 CTD, Monarch Plus, Shimano 1X10 and XT Trail. Blue & Magenta. The dude set the suspension up for weight and I was off. The fit was interesting. It felt very short for a large, similar to the Bronson, and taller than expected. The climb up the road was good. The bike is light and pedaled real well. The front end didn't wander around which was nice given the fork was at 160mm and the frame has a 65HTa. The descent into Upper Hide & Seek was interesting. The first turn felt gyroscopic and reminded me of a Read More »

Enve Composites M90 Ten Wheels

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“Tested: ENVE M90 Ten Wheels”

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By A.J. Barlas // Photography A.J. Barlas & Brandon Turman There is no shortage of wheels for mountain bikers to choose from and we've tested a number of them over the past couple of years - some we've been pleased with while others have been less than ideal.A large number of these are focusing on the trail/AM segment of the sport, but what about DH? Designing a wheel that meets the rigors of today's downhill riding, while remaining light enough to keep the weight conscious happy is a tricky situation. Throw price into the equation and you complicate it even more. Light, strong, cheap; pick any two is an old golden rule of Read More »

Specialized Women's Andorra Pro Short

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“Tested: Specialized Andorra Women’s Jersey & Shorts”

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Review by Courtney Steen // Photos by Brandon Turman Okay, yeah. I’m a girl. I love puppies, flowers, and colors. When I was told, “Hey, Specialized has some new women’s trail clothes for 2014 that have fun colors,” my immediate and completely appropriate response was, “Color? Oooo, show me, show me!” Similar to their philosophy when developing bikes, Specialized looked to rider needs and seized the opportunity to create mountain bike apparel that can improve a ride. By focusing on rider mobility, comfort, and durability, Specialized built apparel collections specific to trail, all-mountain, and gravity Read More »

Specialized Women's Andorra Comp Long Sleeve Jersey

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“Tested: Specialized Andorra Women’s Jersey & Shorts”

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Review by Courtney Steen // Photos by Brandon Turman Okay, yeah. I’m a girl. I love puppies, flowers, and colors. When I was told, “Hey, Specialized has some new women’s trail clothes for 2014 that have fun colors,” my immediate and completely appropriate response was, “Color? Oooo, show me, show me!” Similar to their philosophy when developing bikes, Specialized looked to rider needs and seized the opportunity to create mountain bike apparel that can improve a ride. By focusing on rider mobility, comfort, and durability, Specialized built apparel collections specific to trail, all-mountain, Read More »

Race Face Khyber Jersey

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“Tested: Race Face Women's Khyber Shorts & Jersey”

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by Monica McCosh The 2014 women’s Khyber jersey and shorts from Race Face hits bike park and trail runways with a vengeance and a fresh color scheme this season. Touted as “the little black dress” of mountain bike apparel, the Khyber shorts may not be as slinky and lightweight as one, but this burly piece of shred equipment is designed to make a rough-and-tumble girl look and feel good on the trails or at the bike park. Khyber Short Highlights Tweedster Fabric 70% Polyester, 26% Rayon, 4% Spandex Yarn-dyed textured outer fabric bonded to 100% Polyester durable mesh interior DWR (durable water resistance) treated; Read More »

Race Face Khyber Short

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“Tested: Race Face Women's Khyber Shorts & Jersey”

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by Monica McCosh The 2014 women’s Khyber jersey and shorts from Race Face hits bike park and trail runways with a vengeance and a fresh color scheme this season. Touted as “the little black dress” of mountain bike apparel, the Khyber shorts may not be as slinky and lightweight as one, but this burly piece of shred equipment is designed to make a rough-and-tumble girl look and feel good on the trails or at the bike park. Khyber Short Highlights Tweedster Fabric 70% Polyester, 26% Rayon, 4% Spandex Yarn-dyed textured outer fabric bonded to 100% Polyester durable mesh interior DWR (durable water resistance) treated; Read More »

Gravity Gradient Stem

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“Tested: Gravity Gradient Cockpit”

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by Kevin Shiramizu A quick image search for “carbon failure” is enough to make anyone doubt that carbon bars are a good idea. I’ve been a skeptic myself for a long time, and have just stuck with regular old middle-weight aluminum bars. Carbon has come a long way in recent years and so the chance to try out Gravity’s new Gradient bar and stem was my way of dipping the toes in the hot tub of a carbon cockpit. Gravity Gradient Stem Highlights 3D Forged and CNC Machined AL6061, 4‐Bolt UD Carbon Faceplate, and Chromoly Hardware Clamp Size: 31.8mm Length: 60, 70, 80, 90, 100mm Rise: 6 40mm Fork Clamp Stack Height Colors: Sandblasted Read More »

Gravity Gradient Handlebar

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“Tested: Gravity Gradient Cockpit - A Couple Shades Of Gray”

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by Kevin Shiramizu A quick image search for “carbon failure” is enough to make anyone doubt that carbon bars are a good idea. I’ve been a skeptic myself for a long time, and have just stuck with regular old middle-weight aluminum bars. Carbon has come a long way in recent years and so the chance to try out Gravity’s new Gradient bar and stem was my way of dipping the toes in the hot tub of a carbon cockpit. Gravity Gradient Stem Highlights 3D Forged and CNC Machined AL6061, 4‐Bolt UD Carbon Faceplate, and Chromoly Hardware Clamp Size: 31.8mm Length: 60, 70, 80, 90, 100mm Rise: 6 40mm Fork Clamp Stack Height Colors: Read More »