The Good: Sturdy uppers. Very grippy and comfortable.
The Bad: Didn't last. They developed a hole in the 3mm thick sole. Holes mean wet feet in the UK. SINCE POSTING FIVE TEN HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH AND WANT TO TAKE THE SHOES BACK. I'M HOPING THAT THEY WILL GLEAN SOME INFORMATION ABOUT WHY I ENCOUNTERED THIS PROBLEM WITH MY SHOES.Overall Review: The other reviewers have listed all the good attributions of this shoe and i wholeheartedly agree with them. I thought this would be a shoe I would buy again, due to it's great grip, comfort and good looks. However, one of my shoes developed a pea sized hole in the sole after 4 - 5 months equalling 70 hours of usage (I Strava all my rides). This was due to the central pins on my HT pedals, which ironically, Vital has used for their photo shoot. I guess movement from my feet has picked away at the stealth rubber, which I guess are 3-4mm thin! I contacted the UK distributor who pointed me at the shop I bought Read More »
The Good: Cornering, weight, rolling resistance, comfort, predictable
The Bad: Wear, not recommendet for muddy terrain, priceOverall Review: I have mounted the snake skin tubeless version on my Cannondale Jekyll and the result coudn´t be better, the first thing i noticed descending in rockie singletracks is the great confort even rolling fast, is easy to keep the confidence when cornering because is a predictable tire thanks to a soft knobs, big volume it also helps in a way, i compared with a Conti Mountain King 2.4 and the difference is visible to the naked eye.Despite its appearance when pedalling it behaves even better like some trail tires, so your legs gonna apreciate.The main enemy of this excellent tire is the mud, the small space between the knobs Read More »
The Good: Bloaty tire volume without the weight. Super grippy in the corners. Tubeless setup with little effort and holds the pressure well without burping at lower pressures.
The Bad: Price and long term wear. After 1000 miles trail riding I noticed the side knobs were tearing off from hard corneringOverall Review: Lots of great things to say about these. I ran them for the first part of the season front and rear at 2.35 width on a Transition Covert 29er. they are well spec'd this way from Transition as the stock tire. Great job Transition! They hold corners, roll fast and climb well. I can say enough about the volume of the 2.35 it is huge huge huge compared to Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5. Yep they are bigger! Plus they are 200 grams per tire lighter. I will be going back to these next season after I put some more miles on the Minions. The TrailStar compound is the real deal. I liked its fast rolling middle and grippy edges. Read More »
The Good: Lightweight, great design, canadian made ofcourse and stiff
The Bad: There is no 35mm option, priceOverall Review: It does cost alot but I've just bought the third one. I have one on my freeride bike (black 40mm) and I've had one on my fr/am hardtail (gold 50mm). I've currently sold my fr/am hardtail bike to my friend and am in process of building myself a new one, so I ordered a red 50mm chromag ranger stem. The thing is, I've been so impressed with the performance of this stem, that when I was looking at every other manufacturer's high end stem I still could not get over the fact that I wasn't buying chromag. So in the end, when nothing could even remotely compare to the ranger stem I just ordered a new one :)You can run any width handlebar Read More »
The Good: Geometry- this frame was developed as an out and out race bike, and the geometry definitely suits that description. low and slack geometry matched with a decent wheelbase leads to an incredibly stable ride on high speed sections and always inspires confidence on the steep stuff. Suspension- when paired with the CCDB, the linkage driven single pivot performs as well as any frame on the market. Both geometry and linkage wise the frame is very comparable to a TR450, but after riding both frames fitted with a CCDB i would say that where the TR450 completely flattens the trail the Scalp instead offers a little more feedback and feeling. Simply put, to get the best out of this frame you really need to spend some time tinkering with the shock. The frame was developed with the use of a CCDB in mind because with a shock this capable there is no need to over complicate the linkage, for example, bottoming out too easy? just increase the compression damping. Price- the current scalp frame is around half the price of most boutique DH frames, which for a world cup capable downhill frame is amazing value.
The Bad: Performance wise when compared to a TR450 you can notice a slight increase in flex, but personally i have never found this to be an issue. Also, whilst it can be tuned to become quite an efficient pedaller, this does hinder the suspension over rough terrain, so it will come down to whether you want to burn it on the flat or through the rough stuff. other than that, It does go through DU bushes and top link bearings quite quick, that being said, this is with regular pressure washing and constant British weather, and the overall simplicity of the frame makes replacement a really easy job.Overall Review: Overall, with both the price and performance in mind, i don't think that you can do much better than a Scalp for the same amount of money without going second hand. Plus, paired with the CCDB it gives you the ability to tune the bike to perform exactly how you want it provided you're willing to take the time setting up the shock.