The Good: Inexpensive, goopy and waxy, smells nice
The Bad: Lasts only one ride, hard to get chain completely wiped free of lubeOverall Review: We've obviously come to a different era. An era where guys discuss lubes with other guys, right? Right. Wait. What were we discussing again? Oh yeah. Chain lube. I got this lube in a pack with a degreaser and chain cleaning tool. This was the product I was most jazzed about as it seemed really different. I have tried many a lube(from TriFlow all the way to B-9 to Dumonde) and have liked some and realized others were a waste. Unfortunately I'd have to put the Ice Wax in the latter category. I hold B-9 as my gold standard as it goes on easily, wipes away easily and stays adhered to the chain for at least Read More »
The Good: Crank has at least 10 years of life and is still at almost 100% from a brand new bmx crank. Titanium spindle upgrade reduces weight and also increases durability.
The Bad: I have had to replace the bottom brackets a couple times over past 5 years, but its an easy and cheap fix.Overall Review: I have had this Profile BMX crank on my Black Market Riot (Dirt Jumper hard-tail with 26" tires). I can't think of one negative comment regarding this crank as it has taken a pounding over the years from a 180-200lb rider constantly riding trails and jumps of any size. I did upgrade the spindle to the titaniumProfile GDH Ti Spindle Upgrade Kit which saves 3.15 Oz compared to the original chromolly version. I have taken my bike all across Texas and this crank has handled everything from pump tracks to Downhill trailsin the Hill country. It keeps my bike a one speed which saves weight and ease of use and once you get Read More »
The Good: 150mm Fox CTD (Climb-Trail-Descend) Full Suspension (Such plush and responsive suspension that has saved me from several huge wipeouts). Great Spec for a solid Aluminum Frame that's not too terribly heavy. Shimano Deore Hydro Brakeset does the job very well.
The Bad: Not as light as bikes in the $5,000 - $12,000 range. Tire in front is a 2.4 inch in width which is not totally necessary (matching the slimmer 2.2 in the back would have been just fine).
The Good: Super Light, Fast, Strong, and Quick Engagement.
The Bad: Apparently attracts K-9's...Overall Review: I decided to ride a local trail called Zen to test out my new Atomlab Superlite SL wheels. I had much anticipation with the 102 Rear hub. I upgraded my own personal bike a few years back and went from 15 degrees of engagement on the free hub to 7.5 degrees cutting it in half.. So needless to say when upon learning about the Atomlab 102 Rear hub offered 3.5 degrees I was intrigued and had to have a pair. Upon arrival of my new wheel set I proceeded to install my tires and set them up tubeless which was very easy...no complications and the Kenda Nevegal tires seated up without fail... The Atomlab wheels are light but Read More »
The Good: Climbs like a rabid billy goat and honks in the flats.
The Bad: The fork is definitely not my friend. Not a very happy bike in long technical downhill sections in courses.Overall Review: Overall a good bike. Climbs like a billy goat and probably the best thing about it compared to the other bikes I have raced/ridden over the years, the newer rear Brain is different from other Brains I have had in that over roots etc in the trail it doesn't release as drastic and give you that "flat tire feel" as if you just hit a rim but overall a pretty rough riding rig and get some rear wheel hopping in fast chattery descents. The head angle is a bit more aggressive and if someone is used to the older Epics you will over-steer coming out of hair pin turns until you get used to it after a ride or two. Read More »
The Good: fits well l/xl does its job I guess
The Bad: 1 endo and the helmet was toastOverall Review: For a 100 dollar helmet I thought the quality would be a lot better. When I got the helmet, I noticed that some of the plastic pieces that hold the straps in place were popped out. I attempted to pop them back in only to find that they were broken and would not stay in place....No big deal, I wanted to ride. Every time I pull the helmet out for a ride, the stupid pads that are velcroed in fall out, its annoying. I took one spill and now the helmet has a huge dent in it and is useless....I would not recommend this helmet, spend the extra 50 dollars and get a TLD
The Good: Excellent descender, surprisingly capable climber, excellent performing build kit, tubeless kit included, proper large sizing
The Bad: Cost is relatively high for alloy frame and X1, some flex from separate upper maestro links, some noises and creaksOverall Review: I've had my Reign 1 for around 3 months now, and the bike continues to get better as I continue riding it. It's so good on the downhills my Demo 8 is for sale, and it climbs as well as many smaller trail bikes I've ridden. The Pike dual position air I've found to be a great asset, as with the fork in 130mm mode the bike feels like a much more aggressive trail bike making getting round feel much more natural, and extended climbs much easier. On the descentsyou canforget aboutfinding theeasiest line choice and instead plow throughthe harshest yet most direct route. The sizing would seem quite large, and the top tube figures are Read More »