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100% Speedcraft LL Glasses

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“Tested: 100% Speedcraft Glasses”

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by AJ Barlas In the world of downhill the vast majority of riders sport a pair of their favorite goggles for eye protection, whether against dust and debris, or to keep the wind out of their eyes. It's so common that more often than not we're surprised to see someone rocking a full-face helmet without a pair. Step down to the trail bike though and eyewear flips the other way, with those rocking some protective glass tending to be the black sheep in the paddock. Goggles and the half-shell helmet have grown in popularity, but realistically goggles are far from the best tool for this application. While some of the rationale Read More »

Fouriers Narrow Wide CR-DX003-AH Chainring

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“ Tested: Fouriers MageSK CR-DX004 Cassette Add-On and Narrow Wide CR-DX003-AH”

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With the growing popularity of 1x drive trains, Fouriers has refined the overdrive setup and developed a full conversion kit. Combining it with the CR-DX003-AH narrow wide chain ring up front makes for a weight shedding, granny gear climbing machine. The MageSK CR-DX004 cassette add-on includes a 16t chain ring for clean shifting and a longer b-tension screw for proper derailleur setup. While designed for Shimano cassettes and not SRAM their website states, "...but you can give it a shot." And we did just that. MageSK CR-DX004 Cassette Add-OnHighlights Conversion kit for 10-speed Shimano cassettes Full Read More »

Fouriers MageSK CR-DX004 Cassette Add-On

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“ Tested: Fouriers MageSK CR-DX004 Cassette Add-On and Narrow Wide CR-DX003-AH”

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With the growing popularity of 1x drive trains, Fouriers has refined the overdrive setup and developed a full conversion kit. Combining it with the CR-DX003-AH narrow wide chain ring up front makes for a weight shedding, granny gear climbing machine. The MageSK CR-DX004 cassette add-on includes a 16t chain ring for clean shifting and a longer b-tension screw for proper derailleur setup. While designed for Shimano cassettes and not SRAM their website states, "...but you can give it a shot." And we did just that. MageSK CR-DX004 Cassette Add-OnHighlights Conversion kit for 10-speed Shimano cassettes Full 7075-T651 Read More »

Xpedo JEK Flat Pedal

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“Tested: Xpedo JEK Flat Pedals”

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Review By Fred Robinson // Photos by Matt Puzel We all know pedals are one of the most important choices when it comes to dialing in a bike exactly how you want it, and likely bike manufactures know this too which is why hardly any complete high-end bikes come pre-equipped with pedals; it's a highly personal choice. Xpedo clearly understands this and offers over 10 different configurations of the flat pedal with some pretty straight-forward designs as well as some completely out of the box designs. We got the chance to test Xpedo's JEK pedal, which is one of their more “standard” looking pedal designs currently offered. Slated Read More »

Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support (BNS) Tech Carbon

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“Tested: Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support Tech Carbon”

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Review by Amanda Wentz // Photos by Amanda Wentz and Mimi Wentz In the past few years there has been some debate over neck braces. Do they just break your collarbone? Do they restrict your movement? Are they effective in a mountain bike fall? These are the questions I have heard posed many times. I have even participated in some of these discussions despite the fact that I had yet to ride in a neck brace. So given the chance to test out the Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support (BNS) Tech Carbon I jumped on it so that I could see for myself what all the debate is about. Bionic Neck Support Tech Read More »

2014 GT Fury Expert Bike

“Great bike with great spec”

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The Good: A lot of good bullet proof components come stock

The Bad: Brakes could be stronger, plus be sure to get the sizing right as it's a very large bike

Overall Review: ​I've had this bike for a good few months and have been riding it every chance I get. I've upgraded the stem and pedals with Straitline components, and when I first bought the bike was told there was a recall on the wheelset so instead of the Jalco rims and hubs I've been riding Ringle Demon hubs and MTX33 rims. This bike is amazing. The control for such a long bike is awesome, and the balance is second to none. There have been several times I've nose cased a large jump or been a bit off center flying into a rock garden and still been able to ride away, when on another bike I would have been over the bars. All in all a great bike for the price. There are a few components that I would upgrade, but it's just personal preference.

Five Ten Sleuth Canvas Shoe

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“Tested: Five Ten Sleuth Canvas Flat Pedal Shoe”

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Review by Cory Tepper // Photos by Emily Peterson and Cory Tepper Five Tens. We all know about the radness of Stealth rubber. We also all know how hideous Impacts look when you're walking around town post-ride looking for IPA’s. Total Joey status right? Well 5.10 has made a shoe that is less hideous than any of its previous attempts….and it rides pretty damn good too. Five Ten Sleuth Highlights Sole: Stealth Marathon Rubber Upper Material: Polyester Textile Color: Grey / Blue Closure: Lace Weight: 315g Ea. (size 9US) MSRP: $80 USD Initial Impressions The Sleuth is the lightest, most compact Stealth rubber shoe Read More »

Royal 2015 Victory Gloves

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“Tested: 2015 Royal Victory Glove”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Royal has had a Victory glove in its line-up for quite some time, but 2015 saw a complete overhaul of the model that resulted in a lighter, thinner glove, in keeping with the overall product line direction we’ve seen from Royal of late. Based on good experiences with previous generations of Royal gloves, we were eager to put this latest offering to the test, which is exactly what we did. Read on to find out how we got on. Main Features Sublimated Cool-span back of hand fabric Pre-curved ride friendly “crease free” tailored shape All over raised TPR protective Read More »

Praxis 10-Speed Wide Range Cassette

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“Tested: Praxis 11-40 Wide Range 10-Speed Cassette”

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by Lee Trumpore A few years ago, quietly and without much warning, SRAM re-wrote the book on MTB drivetrains and more or less caught everyone else with their pants down with the release of XX1. A slow response from the competition combined with a considerably steep price tag opened the door to several clever manufacturers seeking to fill what amounted to a gaping hole in the drivetrain market. While some offered larger add-on cogs or aftermarket derailleur links, Praxis Works has opted to skip what some saw as a bandaid approach and instead developed an entire wide range 11-40 tooth 10-speed cassette with 100% cross Read More »

Source Fuse 12L Hydration Pack

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“Tested: SOURCE Fuse 12L Hydration Pack”

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Review by Fred Robinson SOURCE Hydration might not be the first name you think of when it's time to buy a new hydration pack, but with what we've seen from SOURCE so far, that will likely be changing in the near future. Recently we've had the chance to test a slew of products from SOURCE Hydration, with the latest being the Fuse 12L Hydration Pack. With a large 12L cargo carrying capacity and 3L bladder, the Fuse Pack is intended for short hikes and rides, but in our opinion a pack this size is ample for longer days in the saddle. With a minimalist approach in terms of construction yet still packed with plenty of Read More »