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Bell Drop Full Face Helmet

“Best option for riders on a budget”

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The Good: Awesome protection, good looking, low weight, price

The Bad: The regulations of the visor are too short

Overall Review: The drop is a helmet with a very good fit, the padding is confortable and easily removable to wash. The weight is very low for a composite helmet, and it's easy to forget that you have your helmet on after a few minutes. A good helmet overall if you don't want to spend a lot of money in an expensier one

Troy Lee Designs D3 Carbon Full Face Helmet

“Great helmet”

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The Good: Looks sweet, fits perfect, nice features, light weight

The Bad: Kinda pricy, but you pay for what you get

Overall Review: Buy it, it's worth it its a super nice helmet also you get a sweet helmet bag too

SixSixOne Comp II Full Face Helmet

“Great Budget Lid”

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The Good: Very good value, very light and comfortable, not bad looking, good for a first full face.

The Bad: Feels less protective than more expensive helmets and therefore less confidence inspiring.

Overall Review: This is a good helmet for someone who doesn't ride downhill a lot or is just getting into it and doesn't want to spend a fortune right off the bat. When you build up skills and speed and start doing bigger jumps/drops it starts to feel a little inadequate however. I had this helmet for nearly a year and then changed to a D3.

T.H.E. T2 Composite Full Face Helmet

“Good DH lid.”

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The Good: Reasonably light for composite, good price for the quality of product, removable inner padding for washing, really really good looking.

The Bad: Could have bigger, or maybe a few more vents, gets quite hot.

Overall Review: Best fully I've owned. Much lighter than previous fullys I've had. Can get a bit hot though... Makes a good change from all the guys wearing D2's & D3's, and is just as good I'd say.

Royal 2014 Domain Pants

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“Tested: Royal Racing Domain Pant - For When Conditions Get Gnarly”

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by AJ Barlas Jeans for biking? Let's start with a confession: I wear jeans almost religiously. I have no idea how it started, but pretty much on a daily basis I rock denim. Denim to lounge in, work in, dig in, when riding the pumptrack, dirt jumps and cruising the streets. When it gets warm I rock cut jeans. Simply put, I'm not at all adverse to donning the material in order to cover my legs. So why not ride downhill (or freeride) in a pair of jeans? To be honest, even though I'm clearly a big fan, I never thought jeans had a place in the woods on the bike. Curious about the Royal Racing Domain Pant—a waterproof, Read More »

SixSixOne Comp II Full Face Helmet

“Affordable protection that works”

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The Good: Great bang for the buck. Nice lid for the guy just starting out in the freeride/dh world. Pretty light and fits really well. Oakley goggles fit great with it.

The Bad: You get what you pay for. After my few first runs, the visor adjustment screw came off and the visor kept flopping around, basically blinding me at times. Duct taped it back into place and it works better now than it did. Venting isn't all that great and I'm not too fond of the D-ring set up, plus it would be nice to have removable cheek pads to wash. I'm not overly fond of the huge 661 logo on the side, but that's just personal preference. These features don't come at this price point.

Overall Review: Overall, this helmet is great for the price and the guy that doesn't want to drop his shorts for a full face. It does what it says it will and it'll leave you money for beer after those shuttle runs.

Giro Remedy CF Full Face Helmet

“Excellent Helmet, poor sizing”

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The Good: Has all you need, for a good price.

The Bad: What if your not small medium or large?

Overall Review: I am a bit of a baller on a budget, and after riding non carbon for 4 years i decided to upgrade, and immediately decided on the Remedy because of its iconic image. So many people have ridden the remedy and for good reason, its light, durable, and breathes quite well. I have had some long days with this on my head, and its the type of helmet you dont feel the need to take off going up every run. Also for me, the clip is much better than the D loop, i find that a hassle and the clip is all you need to keep it on. Also great fit for a wide range of goggles. The only issue i have with this helmet is the Read More »

2013 Giant Trance X 29er 2 Bike

“Climbing and decending machine”

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The Good: Climbs like a beast, descends like beast, comfortable geometry, solid stock tires, cheap price point.

The Bad: stock wheels are heavy, x7 front derailleur is shit and x5 rear isn't much better

Overall Review: I want to start off by saying that if you are looking for a bike that will do everything at under $2000 this is the bike for you. I have had this bike for 7 months now and have about 600 hard miles on it. I have had only one issue and that was the x7 front derailleur getting so out of whack it had to be replaced, but sram sent me a new upgraded x7 model for free and I haven't had a problem since. As for the riding experience this bike provides, it will do equally as well on a long steep climb as it will on a easier DH trail. I have ridden everything from the slick rock of Sedona and Moab to the high alpine trails of Read More »

2013 Specialized P.26 AM Bike

“Sweet Bike!”

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The Good: The forks are pretty dialed along with most of the bike.

The Bad: The only few things I'm not impressed with is the wheels. I have had some hub issues but I also have to factor in the amount of use and just need to keep things adjusted and same with the headset. The tires I have crashed on from sketchy traction for skatepark use but other than that its an amazing bike.

Overall Review: This bike is seriously a beast. I love it. For being a taller rider the front of the bike is a little short. But with bars and a stem and eventually a fork upgrade it will be 10x more dialed. I would highly recommend this bike :D

2013 Cannondale Jekyll MX

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“2013 Test Sessions: Cannondale Jekyll MX”

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Reviewed by Steve Wentz, Joe Schneider, and Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Brandon Turman Introduced in 2011, the Cannondale Jekyll has a very fitting name given its two-sided personality. With the flip of a switch, the custom DYAD RT2 pull shock transforms the ride from a 150mm travel bump gobbling machine to one with just 90mm of rear travel and steeper angles ready to haul you back to the top for another run. Of the five models in the Jekyll lineup, the Jekyll MX was most inspired by the builds used by Cannondale's professional OverMountain enduro race squad and is the burliest of them all. Ready to rally, Read More »