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FOX 2016 Float 36 FIT RC2 Suspension Fork

“Single crown awesomeness for aggressive riders”

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The Good:

Stiff
Incredible damping control
Highly tunable
Lightweight bruiser
Great finish quality

The Bad:

Lots of knobs means more time setting it up
Can feel harsh if not charging
Price a bit steep

Overall Review: Let me just start off by saying this fork is amazing - really, it is astounding that mountain bike suspension has been able to come this far in so little time. My last Fox fork was a 2012 Fox 36 Talas that required a ton of maintenance, was always a bit sticky, and tended to dive a bit. I dabbled with Rockshox products for a bit and even went so far as to try XFusion and Marzocchi's offerings in the long travel all mountain single crown category - it's a good time to be an all mountain rider because of the range of products that are all pretty damn good. But Fox, you win the category in my mind. I had a bad couple of Read More »

2016 Scott Genius LT 710

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“2016 Test Sessions: Scott Genius LT 710”

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Reviewed by Steve Wentz and Brandon Turman // Photos by Lear Miller Scott's Genius LT received a major overhaul in 2014, and while the 2016 model doesn't look all that different from recent years, the company's continued focus on refinement could help improve the overall ride. Previous Genius LT bikes have had their pros and cons, with suspension that didn't quite agree with us and some questionable component choices. The latest version makes use of FOX's most up to date rear shock technology and custom tuned 36 fork, which much more closely align with how a 170mm (6.7-inch) travel bike can be ridden. Will a slight evolution Read More »
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2016 Santa Cruz Bronson C S

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“2016 Test Sessions: Santa Cruz Bronson C S”

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Reviewed by AJ Barlas and Brandon Turman // Photos by Lear Miller New for 2016, Santa Cruz revamped their ever popular Bronson, the company's 150mm travel all-around trail smasher. While the updates may seem minor on paper, they’re just the right amount to take it from being a pretty "standard" trail bike by today’s standards to something with more potential to get wild and ridden with aggression. You're looking at a revised Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension system, fresh rear shock tune, Boost axle spacing, slacker and longer geometry, lower standover heights, and more. The Bronson faced off with the rowdy, rocky Read More »
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RockShox Lyrik RCT3 Fork

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“2016 Rockshox Lyrik RCT3 160mm Review”

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The Good:

Stiffer Crown, Stiffer Lowers, Small Bump Sensitivity, Supple Initial Stroke, Charger Damper

The Bad:

Torque Caps, 15mm Axle Only

Overall Review: Initial Thoughts When Rockshox announced the new Lyrik I was excited. I wanted a fork that could compete with Fox’s 36 FiT4 but feel more active. After reading the initial launch notes and reviews I began to get sad.. I admit I was not excited about “Torque Caps” or that it looked like a beefed up Pike but I decided to save my concerns until I got my hands on it. I decided to get a Lyrik RCT3 27.5 because I found a great deal on it. I got it from www.worldwidecyclery.com for $787.95 with a 10% coupon code “bomber10”. Most places I saw it for ranged from $900-$1000+. This was for a full retail version not OEM. Pump, tokens Read More »
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Canfield Brothers Nimble 9 Frame

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“The Hardtail for those seeking Maximum Party”

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The Good:

- Unique
- Progressive Geo
- Sturdy
- Sensible features
- Affordable
- Good karma for supporting a rad company

The Bad:

Large footed individuals might clip the stays with their heels a bit

Overall Review: Perhaps we should start at the beginning: why a hardtail? Just the other day, my Nimble 9 was resting against a fence alongside my friend's 6" full-sus über bike. I considered them a while. The fully, hewn in fibres and decked out with state of the art gear, made the Nimble 9 look positively agricultural. Every point was a juxtaposition. His bike was plastic, mine steel. His aesthetic was stealthy black, mine modelled on some sort of exotic gutter slime. His tyre choice made sense together, mine was whatever chewed out tread I'd dragged out of the shed to give its coup de grâce. His internally routed post was a slick Read More »

2016 Jamis Defcon 1

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“2016 Test Sessions: Jamis Defcon 1”

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Reviewed by Steve Wentz and Brandon Turman // Photos by Lear Miller Jamis has a long history of making decent trail bikes at good prices, and they're taking aim at the popular "do-it-all" enduro/all-mountain category with the new 160mm travel Defcon series. This is the first long travel ride they've offered in years, and of course it's accompanied by 27.5 (650b) wheels - something Jamis has been using since 2010, well ahead of most others. Visually speaking the Defcon 1 holds true to its name and looks like it could stop a nuclear threat with its robust tubing, big tires, and some of the burliest suspension available. Add in some Read More »
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Loaded Precision X-40 Hookless Carbon V.3.1 Complete Wheel

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“Tested: Loaded Precision X-40 Carbon Wheels”

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Review by John Keep // Photos by Fred Robinson Loaded Precision is a Southern California-based components brand that was started in 2006. Offering a wide variety of products ranging from handlebars, stems, pedals and wheels, Loaded has hopped into the market of ultra-wide, carbon wheels. With a whopping 40-mm external width (35-mm internal), the new X-40 wheelset is offered in a variety of colors, much like the rest of their line. Having first spotted these wheels at Eurobike last year, we were eager to give them a spin. Available in both 27.5" and 29", we've spent the better part of the past few Read More »
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Park Tool Chain Checker

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“ Accurate if pins are kept straight”

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The Good:

Simple to use
High quality materials

The Bad:

Could become faulty if pins get bent

Overall Review: I was in the market for an easy-to-use chain checker after switching to the Sram XO1 11 speed drive train. Not replacing a $35 chain could wear out my hyper-expensive cassette so I wanted to get the most accurate one. After a bit of research, I decided to go with the Park Tool CC-1 chain checker. After 2 years of use, these are my impressions Simple and easy to use The thing I like most about this chain checker is how straight-forward it is to use. Place the chain checking between the links of a chain, slightly press the black swivel until it begins to stop. Look through the measurement hole and see what it Read More »
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Troy Lee Designs 2015 Ruckus Riding Jersey

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“Awesome Jersey, Strong, light, breathable, and comfortable. ”

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The Good:

I purchased 2 of these Jerseys having never purchased or worn any tld jerseys. I had become fond of 3/4 length sleeves for mountain biking here in socal, liked the colors of the jerseys, and had enough gift card money to pay essentially nothing for the two (which were on sale for $35). The pocket though small is very handy, though I wouldn't recommend putting anything super heavy in there as it will pull the jersey to one side. I was able to put a small patch kit and cereal bar in there comfortably, both of which were not super heavy, so the fit was still spot on. The integrated google wipe is great. My first ride started off in warm 80 degree weather and then rapidly turned to heavy rain and the temperature dropped over 20 degrees. Throughout the entire ride, the jersey was spot on comfortable, and though the jersey stuck to certain parts of my body when it was wet, it still felt loose and comfortable. In the almost 90 degree heat on my second ride the jersey didn't feel hot at all, and infact you could feel the air flowing through the jersey even on very slow climbs. Keep in mind however that it still is a tiny bit hotter then a classic short sleeve jersey. I took a spill hucking off of a step down I had done only a couple times and landed on my side. My elbow was mildly scraped through the jersey but the jersey itself had NO physical damage. I'm 100% convinced the jersey covering my elbow protected a lot of blood and scrapes. The fit of the jersey is spot on for me. I am 6'3'' and fairly long built with long arms and legs, though I'm not skinny. The large fit me perfectly. If you are wider or have big and wide arms I would recommending maybe sizing up. For me personally, the fit is perfect. The neck and back is strechy and breathable. The chest and shoulders are nice and loose, yet not too baggy and the arms are the same, though they taper towards the cuff so they remain almost in place which I find awesome!

The Bad:

None as of now for me personally. I will say, the jersey is hotter then a short sleeve, but that is expected and a trade off for the added protection. Arms might be a tad too tight for those will very big and muscular arms. I haven't personally tried them with elbow or arm pads but I feel like they would be a tad too tight.

Overall Review: For my first taste of TLD apparel, I'm enjoying these jerseys hugely! These jerseys are everything I look for for all day rides and technical terrain here in hot socal. Arms could be a bit looser if you have big arms or want to wear arm pads, but for me, they work great.

Park Tool TW-6 Ratcheting Torque Wrench

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“Cheaper than cracking carbon”

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The Good:

High quality feel and materials 12-60 Nm range 0.2 adjustment increments Easy-to-read gauge Comes with a protective traveling case

The Bad:

Nothing at all

Overall Review: Carbon frames, carbon seatposts, carbon saddles, carbon cranks, carbon bars, carbon stems, seems like everything is being made out of carbon these days. That being said, carbon has a very specific tolerance for torque which can’t be exceeded. This is why I have decided to purchase my very own torque wrench set. After getting a Park Tool TW-5 wrench, I chose to go with the Park Tool TW-6 for the higher-end torque speced parts. After several months of use, I’m glad I did. Here are my impressions on the masterpiece: Features Just like most torque wrenches in this category, the TW-6 has a torque Read More »
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