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2014 Marin Mount Vision Carbon XM Pro

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“2014 Test Sessions: Marin Mount Vision Pro XM”

Reviewed by Steve Wentz, Evan Turpen and Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Lear...

Race Face Atlas FR Cranks

“Race Face Atlas Cranks”


The Good: Great super stiff cranks. have been running a set for years that are 3x9 configuration. Have held up to a lot of riding from XC to freeride and lift accessed terrain. Solid feeling and you don't have to think about them at all. just ride.

The Bad: A bit expensive and a little heavy but maybe not a really a bad thing? Have never gotten a long life out of a Race Face bottom bracket.

Overall Review: Nice solid long lasting durable crank set.

Hadley 20mm Dowhill Front Hub

“Very Nice Hubs”


The Good: Low maintenance durable hubs. Have them on my dirt jump bike and the rear has the same engagement feel as the Kings on my XC bike. Have been great hubs and plan on running them for a long time. Have had zero issues with them and they just work great. They are at the top of my list for future wheel builds.

The Bad: I wish Hadley had a website with all their hub info available.

Overall Review: Great durable long-lasting American made hubs.

Chris King ISO Disc Rear Hub

“Awesome hub!”


The Good: Have been running these for at least 7 years and have had them professionally serviced twice and I partially serviced them twice. They have been flawless. Near instant engagement and tough. they have seen a lot of miles in all conditions and I have no doubt they will be running smooth for years to come. Have been laced to 2 different rims and seen some hard riding including a bad landing that broke some spokes. Silver finish is still nice too.

The Bad: Kinda loud and once you have been running them it sucks to ride anything with lesser engagement.

Overall Review: Great hubs that will last a long time if you take care of them.

SixSixOne Evo Knee Guards Knee/Shin Pad

“EVO knee pads”


The Good: I have been using these for a 2-3 years now. At Rays indoor park I have needed them a couple times that i fell on larger jumps to a concrete floor. They worked really well. Without them my day would have been over and maybe a trip to the Urgent Care? Walked away and kept riding. Totally worth the price. I wear them under jeans with no problems and with shorts. Have also worn them on trail rides on my XC bike. Maybe overkill for that but they were fine and after 10 minutes you forget they are on. Can't really say how they are in really hot weather but indoors under jeans and 2-3 hours of riding they don't get very sweaty that you notice and remain comfortable.

The Bad: Now that they are a few years old they don't want to stay in place quite as they used to. The velcro straps are too stretchy. to keep them tight I am almost at the end of usable vecro. It's not a huge problem and i will replace them with these same pads next year.

Overall Review: Well made comfortable pads that work really well.

Chris King No Thread Headset

“Awesome Headset”


The Good: Smooth and trouble free. Have had one on 3 frames over 10 years and it's still super smooth and in great condition. It's the silver color and still looks great as well. Not cheap but for all the use mine has seen it's been totally worth every penny. Probably less than buying lesser headsets every couple years.

The Bad: Nothing comes to mind.

Overall Review: Great trouble-free part that will last a long time.

Deity Topsoil Handlebar

“Topsoil Bars”


The Good: Solid stiff bars. have had them on my dirt jump bike for 2 years now. no complaints or problems. I'm a kinda big guy and ride fairly hard and these bars have been great. Durable finish. Bend and upsweep numbers are comfortable as well. Same as Easton bars.

The Bad: Can't think of anything.

Overall Review: Great bars, one of those set it and forget parts you don't have to worry about.

Loaded Precision X-Lite v.2 Front Front Hub

“Good Front Hub”


The Good: Affordable, holds up well, colors to select from. I had my old hub and had to purchase new ones after it broke so I went with Loaded's hub. So far I've lived it. No issues whatsoever.

The Bad: No complaints

Overall Review: I run these on both my XC and my dh rig and they're worked well. Hold up nicely. Can't really complain. I had loaded build up my wheels for me and they run great. I also have the Amx rims with their white spokes and the set up looks nice together. These hubs were affordable for my price range. I was going to go with profile racing hubs but the noise began to irritate me when I went riding with my riding group. These are much quieter.

Alpinestars RP-5 Rain MX Pants

“MX Pants from Alpinestar ”


The Good: comfortable, fit well, affordable, breathable

The Bad: color but other than that they are fine

Overall Review: I've had problems finding good rain pants but these work out really well. Enjoy riding in them. They're comfortable

Loaded Precision AmXC

“Perfect XC Bar”


The Good: strong, light, durable, lasted me a while, inexpensive, colors to choose from

The Bad: Not anything

Overall Review: I have these on my Trek Fuel and really enjoy them. Had to cut them down a bit since I have narrow shoulders, but they fit me good. I like the slight rise to them, the are super comfortable. Loaded offers them in several colors which is great. They are strong and only $80. I got mine through Jensons and they shipped it out fast