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MRP Stage Fork

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“Tested: MRP Stage Fork”

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MRP has been in the bike game for a long time. Mostly known for their chainguides and drivetrain components, MRP has taken their White Brothers suspension division and re-invented themselves with their latest technology under the MRP name. Aimed squarely at the enduro and all mountain shredders, the Stage has been designed to go for the throat of the single crown market's current top contenders. We had a chance to log some serious miles on the 26/27.5" model and put it through the wringer the past few months to see just how it stacks up. MRP Stage Highlights TRAVEL: 140, 150, 160, or 170-mm (26/27.5") 120, 130, 140, or 150-mm (29") Read More »

FOX Factory Series Float DPS Rear Shock

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“Tested: 2016 FOX Factory Series Float DPS Shock”

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by Brandon Turman Every year it seems like we hear same thing from suspension manufacturers: "Our new (insert product here) weighs less, is more sensitive, has refined damping, and provides more control." Sounds great, doesn't it? To be honest, we take it with a grain of salt, just as you likely do. There's only so much Coolaid a guy can drink, but occasionally a company truly does hit a home run. We had the opportunity to get some trail time on FOX's latest products - pre-production samples of the all-new 2016 Factory Series Float DPS shock and Float 34 fork - to see if the claims are true. Today we'll take Read More »

X-Fusion Sweep Roughcut HLR Suspension Fork

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“Tested: X-Fusion Sweep HLR”

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by Kevin Shiramizu X-Fusion has been quietly making quality shocks and forks for several years now, and are often spec'd on budget-oriented bikes given their good value. The company has continued to take steps towards producing higher end parts, and the new Sweep fork is their latest development, incorporating a fresh "Roughcut HLR" damper. X-Fusion Sweep HLR Highlights Travel: 160mm (ITA 100-160mm) for 27.5" 34mm Stanchions Spring Type: Air Damping: "Roughcut HLR" cartridge damper with expansion bladder External Adjustments: Hi- and Lo-speed compression, rebound Axle: LockX 15mm Post Mount, Max Rotor Size: 203mm Read More »

2013 Norco Aurum 1 with Boxxer

“gold like the name”

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The Good: Perfect dh bike, geometry, center of gravity for great positioning of body.

The Bad: 10 speed, not needed for dh racing..

Overall Review: Perfect bike for any dh terrain, We have them in stock at Bikes Plus in Monmouth OR.. Carbon soon..

2015 Cannondale Jekyll 27.5 4 Bike

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“Great Enduro Starter Platform”

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The Good: Frame and Suspension Components

The Bad: All the stuff you want to take off

Overall Review: The Decision I picked up my 2015 Jekyll 4 in June of 2014. This had been my first new bike in quite sometime and my quest for my new ride had a few requirements. 1. It had to have 27.5" wheels. 2. It had to have enough travel to be ridden aggressively on the ledgy technical trails around Las Vegas and Southern Utah. 3. I had to be able to pedal it, FAST. The toughest part of my search was deciding upon how much travel my new sled should have. My previous bike had been a 26" 140mm travel bike with 130mm travel fork. And it weighed around the 30 lb mark. This seemed to do the trick for me so I started looking into bikes Read More »

2014 Trek Remedy 7 27.5/650b

“Sweet, but a little too short so size up”

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The Good: Good baseline components. Looks good. Very fun ride. It climbs well and descends as well as longer travel bikes I've ridden. Pops and plays making any two a lot of fun.

The Bad: The drcv shock needs a push mod to not bottom out. The frame is a bit shorter than average so you should upsize or the bike won't ride right. The fork is not query as nice as a pike, but for the price point I've had worse.

Overall Review: I love mine now that I've installed the Push volume spacer in the rear shock. I usually ride an 18" frame but I went with a 19 and am glad I did. I recommend this bike as long as you are willing to fix the rest shock.

Specialized Boomslang Flat Pedal

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“Tested: Specialized Boomslang Flat Pedal”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Specialized has been making flat pedals for some time, but it’s fair to say that they’ve sometimes been lacking a little flair. The same does not hold true of their latest creation, the Boomslang. Taking its name and maybe the inspiration for its shape from a tree snake with a nasty bite, the Boomslang promises venomous grip for your feet, and untold horrors for the shins that dare defy it. Boomslang also happens to be the nickname of Jason Chamberlain, one of the most senior wizards at Specialized and the father of these pedals. Be that as it may, we’ve Read More »

2015 Santa Cruz V10 Carbon CC

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“Tested: Santa Cruz V10CC”

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Review by Fred Robinson // Photos by Fred Robinson and Matt Puzel/Brandon Turman (action) With the 2014 World Cup overall title in the bag and only half a second away from winning World Champs, had Josh Bryceland just SLOWED DOWN before that final jump, the new Santa Cruz V10 already has a reputation that speaks pretty loudly for itself. So what else could we find to say about it? Plenty. Check out how well, or sometimes maybe not so well, we got on with the brand new Santa Cruz V10CC. For 2015 Santa Cruz introduces the 6th generation of it's highly successful V10 platform. While maintaining the look and lines of the Read More »

2015 Norco Range Aluminum 7.1 Bike

“T minus 10 seconds for take off!!!!”

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The Good: The suspension, the build quality and the handling.

The Bad: Gives you too much confidence lol!

Overall Review: The Norco Range A 7.1 2015 is a beast!!!! It may not have a carbon frame but it will not stop you getting confidence to take on anything you see on the trail. I have to take my hat off to Norco. They simply hit the bullseye with their line up of mountain bikes. Honestly I still had that frame of mind that Norco just makes budget bikes. A few years ago I never once considered getting a Norco if you were serious about hitting the trails. That was the past, but now I realise that I was very wrong. I love Norco's geometry. The build quality is one of the best. I have owned different brand mountain bikes in the past and I Read More »

Source Pulse Hydration Pack

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“Tested: Source Pulse 2L Hydration Pack”

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Review by Monica McCosh // Photos by Ryan Grani Source hydration packs have hit the mountain bike scene with some pretty well thought out design features. While they may not be as widely known or “cool” as some of the lifestyle brands in this space already, their functionality and technology might cause a bit of a paradigm shift in staying fueled. Source Pulse 2L Highlights Bladder Capacity 2L (70 oz) or 3L (100 oz) Storage Capacity 3L (38cm Height x 22cm Width, 412g) or 4L (45cm Height x 24cm Width, 444g) Lightweight Ripstop 70D nylon, mesh shoulder straps, elastic strap retainers, removable waist belt, reflective LED Read More »