The Good: Every damn bit of it
The Bad: No dropper post, not even a quick release postOverall 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 »
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 »
The Good: Price, easy set up, reliability, weight, easy to do your own service
The Bad: You can lose rebound knob.Overall Review: Awesome fork for good money (if you look at other fork prices...) and easy settings. It will ride great if you do at least 1 oil changing per season (depends on how much you ride, of course). It has two very basic settings - compression and rebound and you honestly don't need anything else except racing on WC level and even there, some guys race RC forks. You can lose rebound knob if you hit some rocks or fall.. Just setup the fork and remove the knob, you don't need it there all the time once the fork is set-up.
The Good: This bike is great. It has exactly the same geometry as 10 or 20 Gambler model but with lower priced components and of course for a better price. Great handling, fast and HOT looking! This frame will go through two seasons of racing easily. Once you change few components on the bike you have nothing to worry about. Otherwise, everything is good, wheels are strong, stock 'syncross' components are looking great and very strong. Pedaling is surprisingly good.
The Bad: The Gambler 30 has some components that have to be changed from the beginning in my opinion. Brakes are critical for every downhill rider and those Elixir 1 are not helping. Also, the chainguide is very weak and you WILL break it. And maybe the next bad point could be the weight of the bike, which is around 39.6 lbs (18.0 KG). I don't mind that, it still handles great and it's better that it is a bit heavier but strong and confident at any track.Overall Review: I've had this bike for this season now. Few of my friends have last year model and are still running this year. It is a great bike, i would recommend it to anyone - racer or bike park shredder. The rear of the bike is soft from the beginning but it really feels like you have endless rear travel. Everything is so dialed on this bike, Scott did a great job with the new geometry. If it's stock chainguide and brakes would be better, this would be 5 stars. I give it 4.5 just because of that. After having few downhill bikes from different brands.. I have finally found what I need.. A fast bike that will hold me for more than one season with no problem or special maintenance.
The Good: 800mm means there's space to cut
The Bad: Aluminum has a fatigue lifeOverall Review: I bought these trying to go wider on my 160mm bike. Well....800mm is about as wide as you're gonna get for the most part. Jeebus! I tried it a ride at 800mm and knew immediately that it wasn't going to work that way. I tried on a few different settings and eventually settled on 760mm. That's a lot of cutting, right? Luckily there's gradations every 10mm so you can get things cut right. Bar actually cuts relatively easily. It's not a soft bar either. I've wrecked a few times with it and it isn't worse for wear. Eventually those wrecks WILL add up because it's aluminum and will fatigue eventually. The bar is very lightweight for Read More »