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Royal 2014 Stage Jersey

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“Tested: Royal Racing Stage Jersey”

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Review by AJ Barlas // Photos by Jon Anthony and AJ Barlas Royal Racing has hit the trails with...

2014 Specialized Camber EVO 29

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“2014 Test Sessions: Specialized Camber EVO 29”

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Reviewed by Jess Pedersen and John Hauer // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Lear Miller In a time...

Thomson Elite Seatpost

“Awesome seat post”

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The Good: Have had it for over 10 years and it's still great. Zero complaints. Has been on two different bikes and tied with one other part that's the oldest things on my bike. Confident i will run it for years to come.

The Bad: Nothing i can think of.

Overall Review: Excellent post that's worth every penny.

Shimano PD-MX30 Flat Pedal

“Shimano DX Pedals”

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The Good: Grippy with long pins installed. Pedals come with short pins in pedals and long pins in a bag.look good after years of riding and non damaged pins can be replaced. I have had 2 sets of these pedals over several years on a Blur LT I ride for everything but DH and DJ. Work good in all conditions and replacement pins are available and i have done that. have a set on a dirt jump bike as well that are still perfect after a few years of riding.

The Bad: Pins can get ripped out and become un-replaceable. Rock strikes have taken their toll on my current set. I'm missing a few pins on each pedal right now and looking for something different in the spring. The older pedals I had seemed to last a lot longer than the newest set under same riding conditions.

Overall Review: Great for my dirt jump bike but not the best for trail or bike bike park use, especially if it's rocky.

Spank Lock-On Grip

“Spank Grips”

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The Good: When new they feel great and very grippy and they have a fairly small diameter. nice comfortable width without much extra on either side of hand. I'm 6'2" and had them on both a trail bike and a dirt jump bike.

The Bad: They wear down to smooth very fast. A couple months and you can see where my fingers fit on the grip and a lot of surface has become smooth. Seems a lot to spend all the time on grips.

Overall Review: Would be good for a season if you don't ride that much.

Spank Subrosa 30AL EVO Rim

“Spank Subrosa Rim”

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The Good: Rode these rims on my jump bike for a year and they have been flawless. Super stiff and solid feeling. I needed new rims for my Blur LT trail bike and got these for that bike as well. Have rode those for a year and two years now on dirt jump bike with a lot of use and all 4 rims are still like the day I got them. Not the lightest choice and not many rims out there with this width and height combo and my next bike will definitely have them on it.

The Bad: Nothing that i can think of.

Overall Review: Great super solid feeling rim and I would recommend to anyone looking for rims. Especially trail, enduro or dirt jump applications.

Banshee Bikes Rune V2 Frame

“2013 Banshee Rune V2”

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The Good: A very versatile trail hitting machine. Stiff, playful and can handle most anything that comes your way on trail. Very effiicient climber/pedaller that I often use for XC duties, even though it is more at home on rugged AM/FR kind of terrain

The Bad: Exposed bearing races at pivots making them more susceptible to increased wear especially if riding in wetter/damper environements. Most of my bearings were seized after first season with minimal wet riding. Managed to crack rear end after 8-9 months of hard trail use.

Overall Review: Great bike that is extremely verstaile. I currently use it as my "one bike" that frequents run of the mill XC/trail riding regularly with big elevation changes to more AM/FR stuff with lots of jumps, gaps, burms.  This bike can pretty much do it all.  A few qualms with bearing/pivot design due to more exposure to elements and did manage to break frame the first year, but overall very well pleased with this bike and has served me quite well over the past year.  I definitely feel I got my money's worth out of this frame and Banshee is an awesome company that will to go to great lengths to take care of the end user.  Nothing but praises for this AM bike that is head and shoulders better than earlier versions.