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Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Expert 6Fattie Bike

“Levo is fun”

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The Good:

Want to ride like an EPO junkie that lives at 10000' elevation racing at sea level, this is the bike.

The Bad:

Lots of diehard MTBrs hate electric bikes.

Overall Review: Federal law defines ebikes with a CONTINUES max power output of 750 watts,and 20MPH top speed with NO PEDALING with a 170# rider input as a bicycle. See 15 U.S. Code 2085 Low-Speed Electric Bicycles (B) for exact definition details. So in consulting with my attorney/friend, his professional opinion is ebikes with these limited power parameters are allowed to go anywhere a bicycle can go and are bound by the same rules of the road that bicycles are. The Turbo Levo is way under the power parameters set by the feds, first it won't do anything under its own power, needs human pedal input, 2nd, its peak Read More »
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Troy Lee Designs D3 Carbon MIPS Full Face Helmet

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“Tested: Troy Lee Designs D3 Carbon MIPS”

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By Fred Robinson Troy Lee Designs’ Daytona, or D-series, helmets may very well be the most iconic line of full face helmets in mountain biking. Worn by some of our sport’s legends like Steve Peat, Shaun Palmer, Sam Hill, Aaron Gwin, Cam Zink and Brandon Semenuk, the list goes on and on and on. TLD's current helmet, the D3, hasn’t seen a big update for a number of years now, but as helmet technology advances, TLD has now integrated the MIPS system into the lid. If you don’t already know what MIPS is, here’s a quick run-down for you: MIPS, short for Multi-directional Impact Protection System, is a Read More »
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WTB Convict Tire

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“Tested: WTB Convict Tire”

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Review by Nick Zuzelski // Photos by Carl Gray We put our trail bikes through some serious terrain these days as modern geometry and capable six-inch suspension brings us to terrain that not too many years ago was considered downhill-bike-only. This leaves riders searching for that better connection with Mother Earth so we can hit that corner harder, brake a little later and go a little faster. WTB has answered that call with an aggressive tire designed around these abusive requirements with their new tire, the Convict. WTB Convict Features Intended use: Gravity / Enduro Conditions: Dry to wet / Sand to loam Size: 27.5 x 2.5-inch Read More »
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Renthal Fatbar Carbon 35 Handlebar

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“Tested: Renthal Fatbar Carbon 35 Handlebars”

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by Fred Robinson The Renthal Fatbar very well could be the most popular handlebar on the market, if not the most highly regarded. How did the Fatbar get so popular when Renthal has only been in the bicycle industry since 2010? The UK brand pays attention to every detail, uses high-quality construction and embraces their moto and ATV heritage which dates back to 1969. Renthal recently updated both the Fatbar and the Fatbar Carbon, as well as their Integra stem, to the new 35mm clamp standard. Many will argue the new standard is just another way for the bike industry to sell us stuff, and it’s hard not to agree, but Read More »
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e*thirteen LG1 Race Wheelset

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“Tested: e*thirteen LG1 Race Wheelset”

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by Fred Robinson e*thirteen has been on a roll lately when it comes to making innovative, well-designed, high-performing products. New component highlights include a modular cassette which can squeeze in a tiny 9-tooth cog for extended range and their brand new TRS tires which were meticulously created with intention behind every knob shape and placement. Refined with input from Mick and Tracey Hannah of the UR Team, e*thirteen’s new LG1r wheels bring to the table some new, unique and interesting features. The wheels are built with 27mm-wide hookless carbon rims, and wide-flanged hubs thanks to e*thirteen’s own Read More »
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Alpinestars Paragon Vest

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“Tested: Alpinestars Paragon Vest”

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Review by Matt Swenson // Photos by Matt Swenson and Seth Beckton (Action) The Italian brand, Alpinestars, has been immersed in motor sports, like motorcycle racing, motocross, auto racing since 1963. As they expand their presence in mountain biking and develop more bike-specific product, we received their Paragon Vest. The lightweight vest is built for comfort and features a three-piece, customizable back pad, room for a water bladder as well as additional storage on the side and lower back. We put the Paragon vest to the test for a couple months to see if it's a true performer. Alpinestars Paragon Vest Read More »
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2016 YT Capra AL Comp 1

“Epitome of a bad buying experience”

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The Good:

Suspension feel and progression rate; ease of taking apart and cleaning; great geometry for bike park/jumping; pedals really well; perceived price/quality ratio

The Bad:

Might take a bit to get used to the fore/aft balance if you aren't used to that much suspension travel; customer service/glaring design flaws that won't be addressed by YT; no support for defective components right out of the box...i.e. you get what you get;

Overall Review: From a riding/geometry/suspension standpoint this bike is amazing and well thought out.I do about 50/50 long rides and freeride with the occasional (maybe 2-3 times a year) bike park trip and I prefer progressive suspension. It does tend to bottom out on flatter landings (3-4 ft + vertical) and on larger drops but that really depends on the slope of the landing, hard to quantify there but in general it is hard to bottom out. There is no doubt this bike rips, but my experience basically epitomizes the risk/fear of direct to consumer... you get what you get and if stuff isn't right, too bad you are getting left out in the dark. Read More »
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Reynolds 27.5 Enduro Complete Wheel

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“Tested: Reynolds Blacklabel Enduro Wheelset”

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Review by Nick Zuzelski // Photos by Carl Gray Reynolds is back with their redesigned high-end carbon enduro wheelset. The brand went back to the drawing board from their previous Blacklabel hoops and created a new hookless carbon rim that’s wider, beefier and more aggressive. Paired up with the equally impressive-sounding and performing hubs, which were developed in collaboration with Industry Nine, Reynolds means business with this high-performance wheelset. Reynolds Blacklabel Enduro Wheelset Features Weight: 1660g (Claimed) Carbon rims with internal 28mm width and hookless bead 28 Sapim CX-Ray bladed spokes per Read More »
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Xpedo GFX Clipless Pedal

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“Tested: Xpedo GFX Clipless Pedal”

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Review by Matt Swenson / Photos by Chris Wellhausen, Seth Beckton, and Matt Swenson Pedal choice is a key factor when it comes to riding, especially given the terrain we choose these days as bikes become more and more capable. Choosing a downhill-specific clipless pedal can be quite the challenge as we search for fast engagement, predictable release, a stable platform as well as durability, all in a package that has to come in at a reasonable weight. Considering these important attributes, we've spent the past two and a half months smashing the new Xpedo GFX pedals, which have been designed from the ground up. The GFX Read More »
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