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Troy Lee Designs 2015 Ruckus Riding Jersey

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“Tested: 2015 Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Short and Jersey”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Troy Lee’s Ruckus kit has been part of the catalogue for a good few years already. Billed as the do-it-all, all mountain option, it is meant to be lightweight and breathable enough for all-day adventure, yet sturdy enough to get rowdy in. TLD’s full 2015 apparel line actually launched earlier today, but we managed to lay our hands on some early samples, so we’re here to tell you how the stuff performs already. Read on to find out! Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Short Highlights 2 way stretch, 92% polyester / 8% spandex Includes premium removable chamois Read More »

Troy Lee Designs 2015 Ruckus Riding Short

Vital Review

“Tested: 2015 Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Short and Jersey”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Troy Lee’s Ruckus kit has been part of the catalogue for a good few years already. Billed as the do-it-all, all mountain option, it is meant to be lightweight and breathable enough for all-day adventure, yet sturdy enough to get rowdy in. TLD’s full 2015 apparel line actually launched earlier today, but we managed to lay our hands on some early samples, so we’re here to tell you how the stuff performs already. Read on to find out! Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Short Highlights 2 way stretch, 92% polyester / 8% spandex Includes premium removable chamois Read More »

Pedro's Ice Wax 2.0 Lube

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“It LOOKS like it would be good but...”

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The Good: Inexpensive, goopy and waxy, smells nice

The Bad: Lasts only one ride, hard to get chain completely wiped free of lube

Overall 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 »

Profile Racing BMX Crankset

“Profile BMX crank”

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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 »

2014 Jamis Dakar AMT 650 Comp Bike

“2014 Jamis Dakar AMT Comp 650B: $3000 MSRP”

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The Good: 150mm Fox CTD (Climb-Trail-Descend) Full Suspension (Such plush and responsive suspension that has saved me from several huge wipeouts). Great Spec for a solid Aluminum Frame that's not too terribly heavy. Shimano Deore Hydro Brakeset does the job very well.

The Bad: Not as light as bikes in the $5,000 - $12,000 range. Tire in front is a 2.4 inch in width which is not totally necessary (matching the slimmer 2.2 in the back would have been just fine).

Overall Review: The bike is versatile to any trail. It has ultimately amplified the fun I have on the trail.

Atomlab Superlite SL 26 Wheelset

“Quick Engagement, Fast Wheelset”

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The Good: Super Light, Fast, Strong, and Quick Engagement.

The Bad: Apparently attracts K-9's...

Overall Review: I decided to ride a local trail called Zen to test out my new Atomlab Superlite SL wheels. I had much anticipation with the 102 Rear hub. I upgraded my own personal bike a few years back and went from 15 degrees of engagement on the free hub to 7.5 degrees cutting it in half.. So needless to say when upon learning about the Atomlab 102 Rear hub offered 3.5 degrees I was intrigued and had to have a pair. Upon arrival of my new wheel set I proceeded to install my tires and set them up tubeless which was very easy...no complications and the Kenda Nevegal tires seated up without fail... The Atomlab wheels are light but Read More »

2014 Specialized Epic Expert Carbon World Cup Bike

“Great bike but not the WOW factor I keep hearing”

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The Good: Climbs like a rabid billy goat and honks in the flats.

The Bad: The fork is definitely not my friend. Not a very happy bike in long technical downhill sections in courses.

Overall Review: Overall a good bike. Climbs like a billy goat and probably the best thing about it compared to the other bikes I have raced/ridden over the years, the newer rear Brain is different from other Brains I have had in that over roots etc in the trail it doesn't release as drastic and give you that "flat tire feel" as if you just hit a rim but overall a pretty rough riding rig and get some rear wheel hopping in fast chattery descents. The head angle is a bit more aggressive and if someone is used to the older Epics you will over-steer coming out of hair pin turns until you get used to it after a ride or two. Read More »

SR Suntour Aion Fork

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“Tested: SR Suntour Aion RC Fork”

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The 160mm fork market has certainly been heating up over the last few years, and there is an array of impressive top-of-the-line options available from all of the major suspension players. SR Suntour has also made serious progress during this time, its flagship Auron fork a prime example. The Aion is a mid-market offering aimed at riders looking for a complete package at a lower price point, and curious to see how this would compare to the current cream of the crop, we set out to find out. SR Suntour Aion RC Highlights Travel: 150 or 160mm (ships in 160mm setting) Wheel size: 27.5 and 29-inch only Adjustments: Low speed Read More »

Fox Racing Flux

“it's ok...”

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The Good: fits well l/xl does its job I guess

The Bad: 1 endo and the helmet was toast

Overall Review: For a 100 dollar helmet I thought the quality would be a lot better. When I got the helmet, I noticed that some of the plastic pieces that hold the straps in place were popped out. I attempted to pop them back in only to find that they were broken and would not stay in place....No big deal, I wanted to ride. Every time I pull the helmet out for a ride, the stupid pads that are velcroed in fall out, its annoying. I took one spill and now the helmet has a huge dent in it and is useless....I would not recommend this helmet, spend the extra 50 dollars and get a TLD

2015 Giant Reign 27.5 1

“Surprising All Rounder ”

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The Good: Excellent descender, surprisingly capable climber, excellent performing build kit, tubeless kit included, proper large sizing

The Bad: Cost is relatively high for alloy frame and X1, some flex from separate upper maestro links, some noises and creaks

Overall Review: I've had my Reign 1 for around 3 months now, and the bike continues to get better as I continue riding it. It's so good on the downhills my Demo 8 is for sale, and it climbs as well as many smaller trail bikes I've ridden. The Pike dual position air I've found to be a great asset, as with the fork in 130mm mode the bike feels like a much more aggressive trail bike making getting round feel much more natural, and extended climbs much easier. On the descentsyou canforget aboutfinding theeasiest line choice and instead plow throughthe harshest yet most direct route. The sizing would seem quite large, and the top tube figures are Read More »