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Race Face Women's DIY Jersey

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“Tested: Race Face Women's DIY Jersey”

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Review by Jessee Maule // Photos by Colt Maule In a biking world that used to be more densely populated with XY chromosomes, finding legitimate women-specific clothing could be a task. And I'm not referring to the gear that companies would shrink in size, slap some pink on and call good. Thankfully for us ladies, more and more lines of apparel designed specifically for us has become available. Race Face is one of the respected companies that has been on the forefront of providing goods for the girls. Created by a woman with attention to detail focused on the feminine figure, the Race Face women's line has been Read More »

Joystick 8-Bit Alloy Handlebar

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“Tested: Joystick 8-Bit Alloy Handlebar and Stem”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Joystick started up in BC in late 2011 as a small initiative focused on making quality components. Almost 3 years later, the company has a fairly impressive line of bars, stems, saddles and grips available, all developed with the input from a number of high-profile riders who ride for and with the brand. We were able to lay our hands on some of the newest 35-mm standard bars and stems they make, and we wasted little time putting them to the test to see how they stack up out on the trail. First up, the 8-bit alloy DH stem and bars. Joystick 8-Bit Alloy Read More »

Joystick 8-Bit Integrated Stem

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“ Tested: Joystick 8-Bit Alloy Handlebar and Stem”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Joystick started up in BC in late 2011 as a small initiative focused on making quality components. Almost 3 years later, the company has a fairly impressive line of bars, stems, saddles and grips available, all developed with the input from a number of high-profile riders who ride for and with the brand. We were able to lay our hands on some of the newest 35-mm standard bars and stems they make, and we wasted little time putting them to the test to see how they stack up out on the trail. First up, the 8-bit alloy DH stem and bars. Joystick 8-Bit Alloy Read More »

Shimano CM-1000 Sport Camera

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“Tested: Shimano CM-1000 Sport Camera”

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by Kevin Bazar Well, Shimano makes cameras now. I’ve been a fan of their higher end cranks, shifters and brakes for pushing two decades, and now they make a POV camera that ties the operation of all those bits into some video footage (or soon will). Beyond just capturing POV footage, the idea with the CM-1000 is that data available from their Di2 electric shifting system can be imported into a yet to be released Shimano application/program that lets you see what gear you’re in at certain points in the trail. Well, the POV camera market is certainly a hotly contested arena, so I was very curious to see what kind of Read More »

Fly Racing Ripa Convert Jersey

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“Tested: Fly Racing Super D Short and Ripa Convert Jersey”

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by Nick Zuzelski If you are into motocross, then you know Fly Racing is a staple on the apparel and gear front on the track. Fly has recently entered the MTB market, bringing their knowledge and experience to the pedal-heads, and they have brought a plethora of new products to the table, including the Super D shorts and Ripa Convert jersey put to the test here. How did they manage the crossover? Ripa Convert Jersey Highlights Convertible 3/4 sleeve arms w/ cut line under cuff Mesh panels in the upper back and lower arms to help improve air flow Drop tail for coverage and raglan sleeve cut for comfort while Read More »

Fly Racing Super D Short

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“Tested: Fly Racing Super D Short and Ripa Convert Jersey”

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by Nick Zuzelski If you are into motocross, then you know Fly Racing is a staple on the apparel and gear front on the track. Fly has recently entered the MTB market, bringing their knowledge and experience to the pedal-heads, and they have brought a plethora of new products to the table, including the Super D shorts and Ripa Convert jersey put to the test here. How did they manage the crossover? Ripa Convert Jersey Highlights Convertible 3/4 sleeve arms w/ cut line under cuff Mesh panels in the upper back and lower arms to help improve air flow Drop tail for coverage and raglan sleeve cut for comfort while riding Read More »

Schwalbe Big Betty DH Tire

“Great dry/medium conditions tyre”

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The Good: Great dry/medium traction, soft compound is amazing, light for a proper DH/FR tire.

The Bad: Wears quickly with the soft compound, like every brand´s soft compounds do, but this is one of the least durable I´ve tried so far. Useless in wet/damp conditions.

Overall Review: I really like this tire. Currently on my 2nd set (front tire). They are light for a DH/FR tire and don´t pinch easily. Loads of grip in loose/dry conditions, doesn´t drag too much. The soft compound is amazing, predictable behavior, the sides do hook to the ground. Confidence inspiring tires, specially in the front. Forget about them in wet/damp conditions, get yourself a proper mud tire for that.

Smith Overtake Helmet

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“Tested: Smith Overtake Helmet”

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Review by Joel Harwood // Photos by AJ Barlas and Dave Silver (BCBR) Smith has been producing eyewear since 1965, and has recently been making the move into cycling helmets. Late last summer they released the unique Forefront, for hard charging trail riders seeking innovative features and ample protection. Featuring many of the same features and distinct styling, Smith also created the Overtake helmet, catered towards riders looking for a more traditional XC-style helmet that could also be used on the road. The Overtake was not intended to be an entry level helmet; Smith took what they’ve learned from their years of Read More »

Atlas Crank Carbon Neck Brace

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“Tested: Atlas Crank Carbon Neck Brace”

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No one wants to spend the rest of their life in a wheelchair. Unfortunately, we are in a sport that puts us in a higher risk bracket for spinal cord and neck injuries. Neck brace research will show you that in lab testing, the benefits of a neck brace are huge - whether you think that lab testing can directly apply to a real crash is for you to form your own opinion on. This doesn't mean we have to quit what we are doing, but thanks to a handful of innovative companies, we can help give ourselves that extra bit of insurance if something goes really wrong during a ride. The neck brace is becoming increasingly standard Read More »

7iDP Control Knee Pad

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“Tested: Seven iDP Control Knee”

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Review by Fred Robinson // Photos by Matt Puzel The team over at Seven iDP insist “it's vital that riders understand the level of protection a pad will provide,” and when it comes to the Control Knee, they label them as a minimalistic approach to pedal friendly protection. With a description like that you would assume the pads are intended for users who enjoy going up as much as they enjoy going down and not necessarily meant for full bore gravity riding. Perhaps Seven iDP are underselling the Control series since they also offer a burlier line of pads in the Tactic series, but with the continuing trend of Read More »