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Continental Explorer Tire

“I do not like this thing”

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The Good: i got it cheap, very grippy

The Bad: Very unpredictable

Overall Review: I bought two of these things back in the day when i used to race XC a little. While this tire climbs really well, when corning its very unpredictable, meaning i could never get the hang of when it would break free. I eventually got so sick of them i gave them away to someone.

Maxxis Advantage Tire

“Solid Rear Tire”

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The Good: Similar cornering knobs to the highroller, with center treads that climb better

The Bad: none thus far

Overall Review: Corners similar to the highroller, so it pairs up as a rear trail tire with the highroller real well. Climbs well, and is fairly fast rolling. I have not run this tire in the front, thus far, but i like the highroller up there too much anyway.

Kenda Karma Tire

“Great Dry Tire”

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The Good: Rolls fast, climbs well in the dry

The Bad: wears quick, doesnt climb well in the wet

Overall Review: This tire is pretty sweet as a dry XC tire or rear slalom tire, wire the knobs wear fairly quickly, its a fast rolling, quick accelerating tire that you can find pretty cheap

Maxxis High Roller Tire

“Best tire ever?”

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The Good: Corners real well

The Bad: expensive, can't ever find them on sale, as a trail tire it doesnt climb too well

Overall Review: What can be said about the high roller, a tire that has been out for a long time? Everything, this tire is awesome! Square profile, hooks up in the wet and dry equally well, and is fast rolling as well. Tons of people shy away from this tire because of the drift zone that it has, but this is one of the most predictable tires ive ever ridden meaning that once youre used to it.... its amazing.

Kenda Nevegal Tire

“Kindof Cheap, Kindof Crappy”

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The Good: Cheap, ok as a rear tire

The Bad: doesnt climb too well, ive had the cornering knobs rip off.. not get worn out... tare off the sidewall

Overall Review: I bought two pairs of these things back in the day. 2 2.5 DH casing, and 2 2.35 foldable. I never run these guys in the front, as it is pretty sketchy. The foldable ones are ok, but ive had the corning knobs rip right off the sidewall. Additionally the tire really struggles to climb when its remotely damp. The drift is pretty predictable though, but it doesnt corning too great though. The 2.5 i will pretty much as a dick around tire on my dh bike. There would be very, very limited applications of when i would use these when racing.

POC Trabec Open Face Helmet

“Best Helmet Ive Ever Owned”

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The Good: Fits Real Well, lightweight, simple coloring

The Bad: Collects sweat real bad, but i think that every helmet is going to have that

Overall Review: Plain and simple, this helmet is sick. Fits real well, completely around your head. The visor doesnt pop every two off like other trail helmets, and to top everything off, the helmet is pretty light as well. I would definitely recommend this helmet for anyone rides more than a couple of times a week

One Industries Conflict Knee Pads

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“Tested: One Industries Conflict Knee Pads”

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The Good: Dual straps // Venting // Side Padding

The Bad: Bulky // Bunching // Chafing

Overall Review: by Noah Sears To pad or not to pad, that is the question. All-mountain riders seem to come in three varieties in terms of safety equipment; those who (except for a helmet) forego it altogether, full-time knee-padders, and fully-armored warriors ready for battle or perhaps expecting to hit the dirt at some point on their ride. I'm the in the first camp, unless I'm at a resort, I'm largely unprotected. Given my preference for pad-free riding (a preference that admittedly bites me in the ass from time to time), when the conditions do call for knee pads I'm pretty picky about what I strap on. I want something that Read More »

Shimano M640 Zee Hydraulic Disc Brakes

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“Tested: Shimano Zee Disc Brakes - Affordable Power”

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by Nick Zuzelski Arguably the biggest star of Shimano's Zee lineup is the brake, which offers riders many of the same technology advancements and features of their big brother Saint. Luckily for us, Zee brakes come at a pretty substantial cost savings of about $140 per pair over Saint. Zee Brake Highlights Servo wave lever pivot Shorty levers High rigidity ceramic pistons for heat insulation Anti-slip dimpled lever blade Radiation fin pad with new metallic compound to improve control and consistency Super stiff high-power 3-layer brake hose for a more consistent lever feel One-way bleed for easy and clean Read More »

Intense Tire Systems Edge Tire

“edge 2.35 good for the slightly dryer side of intermidaite conditions”

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The Good: roll well, solid cornering and stable while breaking. great in there intended conditions and terrains

The Bad: some riders may find the wait an issue, better all round tires on market

Overall Review: these tires although not particularly light roll well and have a solid and responsive feel.  The compound is fairly soft and accompanied  by the unaggressive tread pattern it grips well on hard packed to intermediate mud as well as rock slabs. thick side walls help to fend off punctures and there is good stability under breaking, taking them out of there comfort zone and onto loose stones or sloppy conditions you will start to push there ability to stay grounded, but that is why the range is extensive and the edge are not recommended for such terrain,

Pivot Firebird Frame

“11 Pivot Firebird Frame”

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The Good: Just a great ride all around. I had previously always ridden freeride bikes SC Bullit, Iron horse 7 point, this bike not only blows them away on the long rides, flats and climbs like I had expected, but even with the RP23 it blows them away on the decents. I did a parts swap from the older bikes so all the credit really goes to the frame Im starting to feel slow again because I cant get the bike to a speed where it feels like its out of control. It even manuals and 3 hops/drops as well as my old set ups which I built more for that.

The Bad: The 11 frame has the old 135x10mm rear axle and the wheel I had was quick release which I couldnt get tight enough to get the stiffness I wanted ( low end sram hub) out of the rear end. I converted the wheel to bolt on a now problem is solved.

Overall Review: The Setup is 11' Pivot Firebird Frame w/ RP23 RockShox Totem Solo air WTB Dual duty wheels Geax Datura 2.2 tires Holzfeller Cranks/Bottem bracket Boobar/ hussfelt stem 55mm Hayes Nines 208mm Sram x7 group w/ shimano xt front(had to be e type) Blackspire stinger chainguide This frame really does defy logic, being a winter build project it was ready for spring before a lot of the more burly trails in the area were. So I got to take it on some long hilly rides on atv trails. First thing that stood out immediatly was how well the bike held speed and pedaled, and climbing was no longer a granny gear affair I can push as hard as I want Read More »