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Mavic Crossmax Hydropack 15 Hydration Pack

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“Tested: Mavic Crossmax Hydropack 15”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Say Mavic and most people think of rims and wheels, of the bright yellow variety more often than not. Well, over the recent years the company has also been developing a line of apparel and accessories, aimed squarely at the kind of riding the staff at Mavic themselves enjoy the most – climbing a hill and bombing down it. First introduced at Eurobike 2013, the Crossmax 15L hydration pack was developed to be the perfect companion for longer days out, and we’ve been putting it through its paces for almost 4 months now to see what gives. Mavic Read More »

Five Ten Hellcat Shoe

“Good Shoe for DH and #Enduro riding”

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The Good: Rugged, Sturdy, Supportive, Stiff Sole

The Bad: Heavy, Bulky, Cleat may be too recessed and may not be easy to clip out of with certain pedals (ie Crank Bros. Mallet 3)

Overall Review: I have had these shoes for about a year now and ride them on DH and am/enduro riding. I use the Crank Bros. Mallet 3 pedals and have not tried any other pedals. The shoes are GLUED to this pedal, this can be both good and bad. There are times I need to clip out and cannot, I think this is in part to the pin height on the mallet pedal as well as the deepness of the cleat on the shoe, combined with the stealth rubber, your foot isn't going anywhere. You can significantly lower or remove the pins to remedy this issue, it then is much easier to clip in and out.  The shoe is pretty stiff, and good for pedaling, when you need to. I have had some gnarly wrecks while wearing this shoe and it has seemed to handle them like a tank. Overall, I would recommend them to people with a gravity focused riding style.

Five Ten Hellcat Shoe

“Awesome shoes!”

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The Good: Not warm, tough, good grip even when your not clipped in

The Bad: Not really comfortable to walk, but who does that?

Overall Review: Using them for DH riding, no problems yet. Aren't warm, doesn't wear out, no problems... They are very stiff, so they're not comfortable to walk, but for me as a DH rider it's not a problem..

Race Face SixC Cinch Crank

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“Tested: Race Face SixC Cinch Crank”

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by Lee Trumpore It wasn't long ago that carbon crank arms were only found on the bikes of the gram-counting XC crowd who had money to burn. But just as carbon frames are becoming commonplace under the world's most abusive DH racers, it's fast becoming the material of choice for the rest of their components as well. Race Face is the latest major brand to throw their hat into the DH/All Mountain/Enduro crank ring, and at 540 grams the redesigned SixC Cinch cranks are still light enough for the XC crowd, but now stiff and sturdy enough to put up with the abuse of DH racing. Race Face SixC Cinch Crank Highlights Completely Read More »

2014 Giant Anthem 27.5 3 Bike

“Great for all day riding”

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The Good: Rockshox
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climbs anything

The Bad: No problems yet.

Overall Review: Picked this bike up from my local shop after riding one at a demo event. I have been loving every minute of my riding.  the 2x10 deore system shifts smoothly even under heavy loads. the shimano brakes were great right out of the box and  their stopping power is amazing.

Five Ten Hellcat Shoe

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“Tested: Five Ten Hellcat Clipless Shoe”

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by Nick Zuzelski All it takes is a quick look around today's World Cup races and you'll see Five Ten Hellcats strapped to some of your favorite rider's feet. Coming in hot with a new colorway, Lime Punch, we got the chance to run these tried and true clipless shoes ourselves and we wasted little time putting them through about as much abuse as we could muster up to see what they are made of. Answers below! Five Ten Hellcat Highlights Sole material: Stealth S1 rubber Upper Material: Synthetic / Leather Closure:Laces / Velcro Pedal type: Clipless Weight:(Size 9) 20.1 Oz/ 570g each Available sizes (US):6-12, 13, 14 MSRP: Read More »

Chromag Brandon Semenuks' 'Overture' Signature Model Saddle

“When Semenuk and Chromag team up this is what happens. Goodness.”

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The Good: Light, strong, and well... it's what Semenuk rides so...

The Bad: Nothing to think of...

Overall Review: Love this saddle so dang much. Looks so good on any bike and feels good on your booty after hitting the line you have always wanted to hit. If Brandon Semenuk approves you should probably approve too because he knows whats up.  

RockShox Argyle RCT Solo Air Fork

“Go ahead and bail it won't change a thing!”

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The Good: Light, STRONG, stiff, and great for hitting the streets of downtown or hitting the jumps at Crankworx!

The Bad: Nothing that I know of. Vital just needs to update this picture haha

Overall Review: Been riding the RCT on my P3 for awhile now. I must say I have bailed on lots of jumps and cased a lot and its still stronger than ever. Love the solo air with many different adjustments!

SRAM X01 DH X-Sync Crank

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“Tested: SRAM XO1 DH Drivetrain”

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by Ian Collins Ever since downhill grew into it's own discipline within mountain biking, riders have been tinkering and experimenting with their drivetrains, trying to optimize them for the demands associated with pointing bikes towards the bottom of the hill and all that comes along with it. This is in part due to the fact that manufacturers have neglected to build a specific group for the demands of DH. Until now : SRAM recently released X01DH - a fully dedicated gravity drivetrain. Some parts are ground breaking, but in all fairness, some have been around and may seem like old news. The cranks are basically your standard Read More »

SRAM X01 DH 7-Speed Mini Block Cassette

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“Tested: SRAM XO1 DH Drivetrain”

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by Ian Collins Ever since downhill grew into it's own discipline within mountain biking, riders have been tinkering and experimenting with their drivetrains, trying to optimize them for the demands associated with pointing bikes towards the bottom of the hill and all that comes along with it. This is in part due to the fact that manufacturers have neglected to build a specific group for the demands of DH. Until now : SRAM recently released X01DH - a fully dedicated gravity drivetrain. Some parts are ground breaking, but in all fairness, some have been around and may seem like old news. The cranks are Read More »