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Suspension feel and progression rate; ease of taking apart and cleaning; great geometry for bike park/jumping; pedals really well; perceived price/quality ratio
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 »
No brake fade, quality, bling factor is high
They ain't cheapOverall Review: I can't say for sure these are better than a regular non ice tech rotor but I can for sure say that I have never experienced any brake fade using Shimano XT brakes (both M8000 and M785) down full-on DH trails, enduro races, bike park laps, or monster 1500 meter shuttle descents. I have used them with Shimano finned ice tech pads, and with Nukeproof Metal pads. I didn't notice any difference in stopping power or brake fade between the two pads, but the Shimano pads squeeled like crazy, no matter what trick I tried. The Nukeproofs have always been quiet. Overall, a quality rotor, that in my experience has led to excellent stopping power on the longest and steepest of trails.I just wish they were cheaper.
Stopping power, no brake fade, easy to bleed, ergonomic lever
Leaky levers.Overall Review: On two different bikes I've owned, the brakes leaked oil from the master cylinder near the lever. Its not anything that really is catastrophic, the brakes still work, but need to be bled more often. Thankfully, this is an extremely easy endeavor, especially compared to Sram brakes. I love the "on/off" feel of these brakes and I feel like I became a better rider because of it. I don't ride the brakes nearly as much as I did when using Sram brakes. Although I also feel like once you get used to them, you can still modulate to your heart's content. Its just when people who are used to Sram brakes go to these, there is a period of adjustment.
Versatile, half shell is the Bell Super, MIPS, ventilation, protection, ease of use, extra confidence for every trail.
Looks great as a half shell, only ok without.Overall Review: By now we all know the story. The Bell Super 2R is a convertible helmet that doesn't pass the downhill safety test. Listen, if you wear this as a downhill helmet, you have more than a lab safety test to worry about. If however, you want a helmet with a bit more protection and confidence to go that extra bit faster down some rowdier trails, then this is a perfect helmet. I've had it for two seasons and here's what I love about it. All of the extra protection comes at zero compromise. The chinbar fits in my helmet stow compartment in my pack and I never notice it while riding. The half shell is nearly exactly the Bell Read More »