The Good: Price, SLX/XT Spec, Party Geometry, Tubeless Ready Wheels
The Bad: Rear Tire Clearance, Deore ShiftersOverall Review: As soon as this bike was released, I knew I needed one. Having wanted a steel hardtail for the last couple seasons to complement my quiver, a quick review of the numbers on the Explosif confirmed my initial impulses. Missing the mid-season release of the 2013, I promptly ordered a 2014 for Spring delivery. The important components are spot on with a complete SLX build and a XT rear changer. The only miss on the mechanical components in my opinion are the Deore shifters, which do not allow for inboard adjustment when married to the brake levers. Regarding the cockpit spec, the stock Kona parts will work for a majority of riders, Read More »
The Good: 1. All mountain weight weenie shoe- they feel light! 2. Fit and finish are all Shimano- super nice 3. They are a great value at Vital's retail partners.
4. Sizing is spot on, since they use the Euro chart and it offers fractions of sizes.
5. The ratchet release is the best I've used.
6. Toe box is roomy, but not sloppy.
7. Heel retention is perfect!
The Bad: 1. The accents could have been black - fashion slave
2. White shoes make my feet look big and they aren't - that's what she said
The Good: Fit is right on according to RF sizing. The don't move down the leg while riding. They aren't too hot in the summer. Minimal protection for those not needing or wanting to wear Goalie gear.
The Bad: None yet. They are NOT a DH impact guard!!!Overall Review: I got these pads earlier this month from my LBS and they have been just what I was hoping for. I consider myself an aggressive XC rider...Not enduro or DH. I usually don't have catastrophic starfish moves coming off the bike in the trees at speed :) That being said I did come off the bike last month and have been nursing some knee issues ever since. These pads have really hit the mark if you are looking for something that you can ride in for a couple hours in 90 degree weather and wear them just in case. These are perfect just in case guards for your knees. They have some minimal knee protection that is Read More »
The Good: + + + Rubber + + Tread and shape of the sole + Finger and ankle protection
The Bad: --- Price (I bought just because of the stock minus 30 percent) --- Unsticking!!! (like any other shoes I've had in my life) - Absorb water like a sponge - Dry at least a week after a big rain - Connection between the top and the sole: it couldn't work .. - Appearance (especially those trashy letters on the heel) - The quality of the material (artificial, 'plastic' leather) - The type of fill (sponge-absorb water, too much in tongue) - Weight (while dry- is heavy but acceptable, but wet weights minimum 1 kg per one) - Convenience: when tied on the last holes,is a stab in the tibia by riding / pusching up the bike.Overall Review: I've absolutely no idea, WHY so many riders are so strong praising this shoes. The ONLY top-rated value thing on them, is a rubber. Sad to say- unfortunately none of the competitors (Teva, Sombrio, what more..?) do not have such a good (sticky, flat, wide, with a perfect grip) equivalent. Some pictures in gallery below explains my opinion. After 3 attempts of gluing soles,3 weeks agoI've turned my knee on the ridge, because the mountain pine caught by hole in the shoe. before complaint attempt:http://1drv.ms/1oUC1M4 and epilogue:http://1drv.ms/Wkv0NQ
The Good: tough and relatively light at a good price
The Bad: hub adapters for 142mm or 157mm axles cost extraOverall Review: Earlier this spring I decided to pick up a set of these wheels to help drop some weight on my DH bike and to add a little bling to the bike. The somewhat heavy stock wheels were the obvious choice for me to shed some weight and after calculating what the swap would do, I estimated that I would save a pound from going to the Spank Race 28 wheels and another pound by going to slightly lighter tires (Schwalbe Magic Mary super gravity casing) set up tubeless. The change was noticeable right away. After three months of riding them on shuttled trails and bike park tracks, I am glad to have gone this direction and have seen no Read More »
The Good: solid construction
The Bad: thicker fabric can get a bit hotOverall Review: I've been using Jett's Hornet jersey on and off for the past two years and have found it to be a keeper. Each piece of clothing has it's own characteristics, not that they are good or bad in and of themselves. This jersey is made of a somewhat thicker fabric with perforated mesh holes to aid in breathability. The fabric is stitched well and has survived a couple of my minor tumbles and shown only minor damage. A couple of snags have appeared over the years and this could be due to scraping rocks or even a dreaded velcro scrape. Since it is a little heavier duty than many of the other jerseys I have, I often wear it Read More »