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Chromag Brandon Semenuks' 'Overture' Signature Model Saddle

“When Semenuk and Chromag team up this is what happens. Goodness.”

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The Good: Light, strong, and well... it's what Semenuk rides so...

The Bad: Nothing to think of...

Overall Review: Love this saddle so dang much. Looks so good on any bike and feels good on your booty after hitting the line you have always wanted to hit. If Brandon Semenuk approves you should probably approve too because he knows whats up.  

RockShox Argyle RCT Solo Air Fork

“Go ahead and bail it won't change a thing!”

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The Good: Light, STRONG, stiff, and great for hitting the streets of downtown or hitting the jumps at Crankworx!

The Bad: Nothing that I know of. Vital just needs to update this picture haha

Overall Review: Been riding the RCT on my P3 for awhile now. I must say I have bailed on lots of jumps and cased a lot and its still stronger than ever. Love the solo air with many different adjustments!

SRAM X01 DH X-Sync Crank

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“Tested: SRAM XO1 DH Drivetrain”

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by Ian Collins Ever since downhill grew into it's own discipline within mountain biking, riders have been tinkering and experimenting with their drivetrains, trying to optimize them for the demands associated with pointing bikes towards the bottom of the hill and all that comes along with it. This is in part due to the fact that manufacturers have neglected to build a specific group for the demands of DH. Until now : SRAM recently released X01DH - a fully dedicated gravity drivetrain. Some parts are ground breaking, but in all fairness, some have been around and may seem like old news. The cranks are basically your standard Read More »

SRAM X01 DH 7-Speed Mini Block Cassette

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“Tested: SRAM XO1 DH Drivetrain”

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by Ian Collins Ever since downhill grew into it's own discipline within mountain biking, riders have been tinkering and experimenting with their drivetrains, trying to optimize them for the demands associated with pointing bikes towards the bottom of the hill and all that comes along with it. This is in part due to the fact that manufacturers have neglected to build a specific group for the demands of DH. Until now : SRAM recently released X01DH - a fully dedicated gravity drivetrain. Some parts are ground breaking, but in all fairness, some have been around and may seem like old news. The cranks are Read More »

SRAM X01 DH 7-Speed Trigger Shifter

Vital Review

“Tested: SRAM XO1 DH Drivetrain”

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by Ian Collins Ever since downhill grew into it's own discipline within mountain biking, riders have been tinkering and experimenting with their drivetrains, trying to optimize them for the demands associated with pointing bikes towards the bottom of the hill and all that comes along with it. This is in part due to the fact that manufacturers have neglected to build a specific group for the demands of DH. Until now : SRAM recently released X01DH - a fully dedicated gravity drivetrain. Some parts are ground breaking, but in all fairness, some have been around and may seem like old news. The cranks are basically Read More »

SRAM X01 DH X-Horizon Rear Derailleur

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“Tested: SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain”

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Review by Ian Collins // Action Shots by Fred Robinson Ever since downhill grew into its own discipline within mountain biking, riders have been tinkering and experimenting with their drivetrains, trying to optimize them for the demands associated with pointing bikes towards the bottom of the hill and all that comes along with it. This is in part due to the fact that manufacturers have neglected to build a specific group for the demands of DH. Until now. SRAM recently released X01DH - a fully dedicated gravity drivetrain. Some parts are ground breaking, but in all fairness, some have been around and may seem Read More »

Giro Cipher Helmet

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“Tested: Giro Cipher Helmet”

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by Justin Schroth Giro has long been in the head-protection game in various action sports, producing some of the best technology and features available for riders today. With the Giro Remedy being a crowd favorite for many years, Giro now looks to further step up their game with the new Cipher, aimed at the DH and Enduro crowd in need of a lightweight and well-vented lid at a price point that won’t break the bank. Giro Cipher Highlights Integrated P.O.V. camera mount Tool-free, bolt-on visor Channeled ventilation at browline Emergency removable pads X-Static anti-microbial padding D-Ring buckle system TuneUps audio Read More »

2014 Niner RIP 9

“Review of RIP 9 after upgrading from RM Slayer”

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The Good: Every damn bit of it

The Bad: No dropper post, not even a quick release post

Overall Review: Thought I'd add my review to give people some additional feedback. First off, I've been riding a Rocky MountainSlayer for the past five years. While the Slayer is a great bike, I've grown tired of slogging 34 lbs uphill. The Slayer has treated me well otherwise. Once at the top, it always rules the downhill. It handled three days at Whistler just fine (with a downhill wheelset). But, for everyday riding, it's just a mental killer on the climbs. I'm a bike shop employee, so I had access to Niner, Pivot, and Norco. I poured over reviews, rode a few bikes, talked to a bunch of people, and ultimately decided on the RIP 9. My size Read More »

2014 Trek Remedy 8 27.5/650b

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“Great ride for the money”

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The Good: Solid components for the price, great balance of performance and cost. I haven't changed a thing from stock and it performs well on steep climbs, rocky trails, tight corners, and fast descents. A great do-it-all bike!

The Bad: Tires are a bit thin on tread for rocky areas and loose-over-hard conditions. They are just "OK', but I would have liked to see the XR4's fitted on a bike like this. To really nitpick, I'd say that Trek/Fox needs to lower the recommended shock pressures. They're too high for anything but smoother trails.

Overall Review: For reference my last two bikes were a 2012 Blur LTc and Trek Fuel EX9. Both great bikes, but the Blur was the clear favorite. The trails I normally ride (Upper Bidwell Park in Chico, CA) are rocky, technical, and rarely maintained. It's a lot like Downieville, minus the smooth flow of some of the more loamy forest trails. So keep that in mind with this review, as it seems to differ quite a bit from most mountain bike trails in other places I've ridden. Component spec:Overall, the component selection on the Remedy 8 is excellent, especially considering the price tag of around $3,000. A mix of SLX/XT components, tubeless Read More »

2015 Niner JET 9 RDO Limited Edition

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“Tested: 2015 Niner Jet 9 RDO”

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Review by Joel Harwood // Photos by AJ Barlas At the end of March, I was offered the opportunity to race the BC Bike Race. This 7 day XC stage race is advertised as the ‘ultimate single track experience’. Being that my little bike falls on the burly end of the spectrum I wanted to get my hands on a capable, durable XC whippet to train and race on. The ideal marathon XC bike has to be light and efficient enough to allow a rider to conserve energy as much as possible, but it also needs to be confidence inspiring for whatever one might come across while on the trail. Enter the Niner Jet 9 RDO Limited Read More »