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Bell Full-9 Helmet

“Best full face I own ”

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The Good:

Lightweight, slimline, durable, protected

The Bad:

On warm days it doesn't seem to provide much ventalation.

Overall Review: I have used this for several seasons and have no issues with this helmet besides it being kinda hot.

Troy Lee Designs A1 Helmet

“Best half face helmet on the market”

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The Good:

Ventalation, comfort, protection and style

The Bad:

The only drawback for the A1 is the price, but you are paying for a quality product not just the brand.

Overall Review: I had a pretty hard impact wearing my tld A1 and it definitely did its job. Its worth the price to know you will be well protected!

Park Tool Rotor Truing Fork

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“Bent Rotors Suck”

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The Good:

Dual sided for different types of bends, fits multiple rotor thickness, Gets rid of stupid pinging noises from rubbing rotors.

The Bad:

Allows for too much leverage at times

Overall Review: If you are a mountain biker you have probably dealt with a bent rotor at some point, it is almost inevitable. Whether its from a crash, setting the bike down on the rotor, or transport, a bent rotor is not only annoying, it can affect your overall riding experience. Some people can deal with a small blip in the rotor that makes that ping ping ping sound when you ride, but I am not that person. While a small blip may not really affect your bike too much or really slow you down, I hate hearing that sound and knowing my rotor is out of true. A bigger bend however can definitely cause issues with slowing your Read More »
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Chromag Lynx DT Saddle

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“Chromag Lynx DT Saddle Review”

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The Good:

Good width, cool graphics, comfortable nose for climbing, Nice amount of padding, not too little, but not too much

The Bad:

Not the lightest offering out there, may be a bit pricey for some.

Overall Review: Chromag is one of those brands recognized for making durable, quality products and if you look at many of the slopestyle riders bikes, or freeriders bikes many will run Chromag parts.They sponsor riders like Logan Peat, and Brandon Semunuk and have that laid back, anti-corporate vibe going on. That durability and style has made them a recent favorite for All mountain (Enduro) riders as well and I have seen Chromag parts on a ton of bikes here in Colorado. When it comes to saddles, keep in mind just how personal saddle choice can be, what works for me might suck for you. That being said though, the Lynx DT seems to have a width Read More »
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Hope Technology Seat Collar

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“Hope Seatpost Clamp Review”

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The Good:

Great looking seatpost clamp that adds a bit of style and color to your bike

The Bad:

A bit heavier than other offerings (not a big deal to me), aluminum bolt makes me a bit nervous, but seems ok as long as you torque it correctly

Overall Review: When it comes to my bikes, I like to keep things simple, a black frame with small pops of color is jam, and Hope makes parts in a crazy assortment of colors and styles perfect for those looking for small upgrades on the bike that stand out from the crowd. They are known for their quality, and nice aesthetics and this seatpost clamp does not disappoint. This clamp replaced my old black seatpostclamp, and while a touch heavier, it has much nicer machining and is larger than my previous clamp. I got the blue color to match my chainring and my new Chromag saddle and the color matches up nicely. Anodized parts Read More »
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Park Tool Threadless Nut Setter - TNS4

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“Threadless Nut Setter”

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The Good:

Always sets the nut to the proper depth and keeps it nice and straight

The Bad:

Cost is a bit high for the home mechanic that does not need to set star nuts often.

Overall Review: This is the tool you don't know you need until you are stuck with a crooked star nut in your fork, or one that has been placed too far into the steerer tube. As far as function goes, there is not a lot to say, this tool has functioned perfectly every time I used it. You simply thread the star nut onto the tool until snug, place over your cut steerer tube, and hammer until the tool bottoms out. Then you simply twist the top of the tool, unthreading it from the nut and leaving your perfectly placed star nut behind. While this may seem expensive for the job it does, anyone that has dealt with the Read More »
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Eastern Black Betty Frame

“Great Frame! ”

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The Good:

I've had this frame a little over a year and it's held up great! No problems whatsoever. If you come across one online when looking to buy a dirt jumper, I strongly recommend that you get it.

The Bad:

Nothing at all. I love it!

Overall Review: It handles great, incredibly responsive, very strong and light, and prefect for dirt jumping or skatepark riding.

Race Face Aeffect 35 Stem

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“Race Face Aeffect 35 Stem Review”

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The Good:

Holds my bars, low price for a 35mm stem, clean and simple look

The Bad:

Not as refined or blingy as other stems (might be a good thing)

Overall Review: If you are looking to run that fancy 35mm bar, but don't want to drop a ton of dough on an expensive new stem, this is a great option. While it is not as fancy or refined as other stems (like the Race Face Atlas stem), it does its job well and without issue. I am running the 50mm length and the stem has not had any issues with slipping either at the bar side or the steerer tube. Definitely a good thing considering that is what it is made for. The faceplate does not have alignment marks, but it does have a window on the front which keeps it relatively light and makes getting your bars aligned a pretty easy task. The finish Read More »
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ODI Ruffian Lock-On Grips

“ODI Ruffian MX Grip Review”

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The Good:

Legendary grip, MX half waffle adds some comfort (and looks sweet), lock on collars do not slip, decent wear

The Bad:

Have to be careful not to over torque the lock on clamps, a little thin for some/ lacks alot of padding

Overall Review: If you have been around MTB's for any period of time you have probably heard of or at least seen omeone rocking the ODI Ruffian grips. They are known for their small diameter, good grip and how connected they make you feel to your bike. This review is for the Ruffian MX grips, which like many motocross grips (hence the MX designation) has a half waffle pattern on the bottom. I have run Ruffians on my bikes for a while and used to ride motocross as well so when I saw these half waffle style grips I had to give them a try. The grips feel similar to the standard Ruffian grips, but the half waffle does provide a bit of a padded Read More »
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Royal 2016 DH AM Sock

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“Give Your Feet the Royal Treatment”

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The Good:

Calf length, reinforced heel, arch and ankle support, quality construction, super comfortable

The Bad:

No colors besides black and blue details

Overall Review: The Royal DH AM socks are by far my favorite and end up on my feet on almost every ride. The length of these are fantastic and come up mid-calf on me, I love a taller sock for a bit more shin proctection. The length of these socks also meet when wearing knee guards, or warmers, and cover my leg completely. This is great for cooler days or when you want to be completely covered. The construction of the Royal DH AM socks are great! These have gone through more rides and washes then I can count and the only issue is they aren't as black as they used to be. When Royal designed this sock they knew it would get some harder use and Read More »
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