The Good: Light, cheap, breathes well, fits bars well
The Bad: CraftsmanshipOverall Review: I bought these last summer as a cheap glove that breathed well so my hands wouldn't sweat so much. I wanted something light, cheap and with no padding so I could contact the bars. I looked at competitors' gloves but saw these for half the price. They couldn't be half the performance, right? Right? Well.... Fit - The gloves fit great. I normally wear a size large glove and these fit great. No extra length in the fingers and it conformed to the palm well. The velcro enclosure wrapped around nicely and didn't cause any pressure points. The velcro was clean and didn't come loose but tears away easily when you Read More »
The Good: Super good suspension, gives great traction without bottoming out because of its progressive rate. Feels like it has more travel. Super fun to ride, corners very well and likes to fly high. Easy to get use to it from the first ride. Super versatile.
The Bad: Its a bit heavy for a bike with 6" travel. The paint is not very good and chips easily.Overall Review: Altough it pedals well, its deffinetly a mini dh bike rather than a trail or enduro bike as its travel would suggest. Anyway its a great all arounder, I have it as my only bike and use it from trail rides to bike park laps, some dh races and even dirt jumping. Its super durable, it bought a used one two years ago and even after two summers in my local bike park and one month in whistler it still rides perfect.
The Good: Weight, Strength, looks
The Bad: A bit narrowOverall Review: This summer i picked up an early season Cannondale Jekyll 4. I bought this low end model because it came with the basic frame and fork set up I wanted but then left me freedom to build the rest the way I wanted it. One of those changes that I made right out of the gate was to install the new Atomlab Suprelite 650b wheels. Atomlab components have always been durable and I was looking for a wheel set that would perform over the long haul in the Las Vegas dust, ledges, and drops that constitute the majority of my riding. Installation I set mine up tubeless (is there another way) right out of the box. I used stan's Read More »
The Good: Stiff, Lighter than it looks.
The Bad: None observed, unless you value weight over strength and stiffness.Overall Review: I have had the Atomlab SL stem on my 2015 Cannondale Jekyll since interbike in September. I put it on to replace the stock 50mm OEM cannondale stem that came on the bike. The machining is superb and the laser etched graphics are amazing. But besides giving my bike a much better look the stiffness that it provides along with the DHR handlebar is incredible. I went with a 70mm on my Jekyll because wanted just a bit more length that the stock set up and my cockpit is perfect.
The Good: Inexpensive, goopy and waxy, smells nice
The Bad: Lasts only one ride, hard to get chain completely wiped free of lubeOverall Review: We've obviously come to a different era. An era where guys discuss lubes with other guys, right? Right. Wait. What were we discussing again? Oh yeah. Chain lube. I got this lube in a pack with a degreaser and chain cleaning tool. This was the product I was most jazzed about as it seemed really different. I have tried many a lube(from TriFlow all the way to B-9 to Dumonde) and have liked some and realized others were a waste. Unfortunately I'd have to put the Ice Wax in the latter category. I hold B-9 as my gold standard as it goes on easily, wipes away easily and stays adhered to the chain for at least Read More »
The Good: Crank has at least 10 years of life and is still at almost 100% from a brand new bmx crank. Titanium spindle upgrade reduces weight and also increases durability.
The Bad: I have had to replace the bottom brackets a couple times over past 5 years, but its an easy and cheap fix.Overall Review: I have had this Profile BMX crank on my Black Market Riot (Dirt Jumper hard-tail with 26" tires). I can't think of one negative comment regarding this crank as it has taken a pounding over the years from a 180-200lb rider constantly riding trails and jumps of any size. I did upgrade the spindle to the titaniumProfile GDH Ti Spindle Upgrade Kit which saves 3.15 Oz compared to the original chromolly version. I have taken my bike all across Texas and this crank has handled everything from pump tracks to Downhill trailsin the Hill country. It keeps my bike a one speed which saves weight and ease of use and once you get Read More »