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Mavic Alpine XL Clipless Shoe

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“Might this be the best non-Italian shoe for your feet? Well...minus a stormtrooper mistaken appearance.”


The Good: Fit, weight, flex, price, grip, support

The Bad: Look, neoprene boot practically useless, pressure points up top

Overall Review: So, I had been rocking XC shoes since back in the day where I was dragged kicking and screaming into the world of SPDs. Mashing the pedals on the slippers is great because they're stiff as a 4x8 but because of the top section of my foot they were constantly falling asleep. Why? Well...because they were essentially being smashed against a 4x8 super stiff carbon board. I wasn't quite ready to dive into the world of flat pedals as I've gotten nice and used to the laziness of floating my feet around. Besides, my aging knees creak and moan at the mention of flat pedals. Fair enough. What would be the compromise? I wanted a Read More »

DVO Diamond Fork

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“First Ride: 2015 DVO Diamond Fork”

Review by Brandon Turman // Photos by Dave Trumpore We first caught a glimpse of DVO’s Diamond fork over a year ago in prototype form. Since that time the company has been tweaking and tuning their first single crown fork, and they’ve been very open about the entire development process. For those biding their time, the wait is nearly over and the fork is currently in production. Like the Emerald DH fork that came before it, the Diamond makes use of DVO’s Off The Top (OTT) external negative spring adjustment and has an easily removable and tunable compression loader. The Diamond does have a few new tricks of its own, though, like a Read More »

2014 Evil Bikes Uprising

“One of the best on the market”


The Good: Amazing Pedaling, Very comfortable cockpit, Descending is just amazing. You become one with the bike immediately

The Bad: Needs more room for the back wheel.

Overall Review: This is the best all-mountain bike I've ever owned. I also own a Transition Bandit 27.5 with the exact same build(1x11, pike, dropper) and I usually end up taking the uprising even though it has more travel and is supposed to be less of a climber. I have not found that to be true. Especially with the Fox Climb mode, it climbs like a goat. The bike comes alive when you get to the top and switch it to descend. I have my sag set at 33% and it feels very linear up until the end of the travel when it becomes very progressive. The bike is so comfortable. This bike is so agile and the suspension system works perfect. I just wish there was more room in the rear triangle for mud and rocks. That should be remedied. I haven't had any other problems besides that.

Magura MT7 Disc Brakes

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“Tested: Magura MT7 Disc Brakes”

Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Magura has been making brakes for a very long time – the company’s roots go back 120 years, and much of their experience has to do with brakes for two-wheeled applications. They also have almost 10 years’ experience of making disc brakes for mountain bikes, their original Gustav brake long a reference among gravity riders in regards to braking power. For 2014, Magura has completely renewed its entire line up of mountain bike brakes, and we laid our hands on the 4-piston MT7 to see what they have managed to come up with. Magura MT7 Highlights Carbotecture SL Read More »

Reynolds Black Label 27.5 AM Wheels

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“Tested: Reynolds Black Label 27.5AM Wheelset”

by Nick Zuzelski Reynolds has been around in the wheel game for some time, and with the recent release of the premium Black Label wheelsets, they bring their MR5 carbon rims paired with quality hubs and spokes to the market to offer a family of very high level wheelset builds. Available in 4 different models, 27.5" AM, 27.5" XC, 29" XC and 29" Trail, each Black Label offering has been specifically designed with a unique rim profile and carbon layup to cater to each intended use. We hit the trails with the 27.5" AM version to see what $2400 worth of wheels will get you these days. Black Label 27.5 AM Wheel Spec Read More »

Kore Durox Complete Wheelset

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“Tested: Kore Durox Wheelset”

by Kevin Shiramizu Kore is making a push towards getting their name back on bikes with decent parts for decent prices and that effort is appreciated in this time of astronomical price tags. After riding their bars and stem last year, I was glad to see them coming out with more offerings. There’s a lot more to a wheelset than a stem however, so I hoped they had done their homework with the Durox. Kore Durox Wheelset Highlights UST Tubeless Compatible 26", 29" And 650B Welded High Strength AL6061-T6 Durox Rims KORE Stainless Butted Black Spokes With Alloy Nipples Durox Sealed BearingISO 6 Bolt Disc Hubs Alloy Sealed Bearing Read More »

2014 Intense 951 EVO

“951evo is stellar”


The Good: suspension

The Bad: fork bumpers

Overall Review: I tried a 951 evo as a rental bike up at Silver Star Bike Park and was super impressed. Very easy to ride, fast, handles and jumps well - overall awesome. My previous bike was a V10c that I spend 3 seasons riding and tuning and changing parts to get it just right. The 951 evo was better on the first ride, so I went and bought one. GREAT BIKE !

Fox Racing Launch Pro Knee Guard

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“Bombproof protection that won't let you down”


The Good: Tough, rugged, stout, kevlar stays in tact, pads stay in place, cheap

The Bad: Bulky which leads to sweaty knees in warmer climates, slide on only so you have to wear them all the ride.

Overall Review: I finally got tired in my old age of wrecking(especially in wet winters) and bruising or scraping my knees. No, I'm not down on my knees as much as you may be thinking. But on a slick log over in December you can end up bouncing all your body parts and bruising more often than not. Also, with the advent of enduro riding(sarcasm) you just HAVE to have pads now, right? Not one to be left out on the trend I got my 800mm bars and knee pads. All kidding aside these things have fit well from day one. I don't have robust legs and wear a size medium in these pads. They have always been good about staying in Read More »

ODI Lock-On Grip - Rogue

“This would likely be the grip for those who want a fat grip”


The Good: Locks on with no problem

The Bad: The thick grip isn't made for my hands, heavy, spendy

Overall Review: My bike came with these initially and I thought I liked them. Well, at least I liked them for the climbing portion of the trail. They offered a lot of cush for pulling on the handlebars. When it came time to go downhill though my hands cursed the very existence of all that padding. I wasn't into the cush and my hands started to hurt after extended downhills. The issue became exacerbated with repeated days in the saddle. I believe I found these to just be too thick for my paws and had to resign them to the parts bin. I ended up going for some ODI Vans grips and have found those to be my thickness. If you need big grips these might be your ticket. I prefer thin grips and the feel they offer. It's kind of like saddles...to each their own.

Xpedo Spry Pedal

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“Tested: Xpedo Spry Pedal”

Xpedo has been making mountain bike pedals for quite some time, and they are especially known for their more or less radical out-of-the-box designs. With the new Spry flat pedal, they look to offer one of the lighter and thinner pedals on the market at an affordable price. At just 260 grams and $79 for the pair, we were eager to put a pair to the test to see how they measure up. Xpedo Spry Highlights 260g per pair Magnesium body Cromo spindle 2 cartridge bearings 1 DU bushing 28 straight pins per pair Size: 106 x 100 x 11-mm Colors: Gold, Black, Red, White MSRP: $79 Initial Impressions Out of the box, the obvious first thing Read More »