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Galfer Bicycle Wave Brake Rotor

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“Tested: Galfer Disc Brake Pads and Wave Rotor”

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by Ian Collins Galfer has been making high quality brake rotors for motorsports since the 1990's, specializing in making some really high end brake components for superbikes. By really high end we're talking about $1,000 for a pair of brake rotors. That'll put things in perspective for us mountain bikers whining about spending $50 on an average rotor. Anyhow, for whatever reason, they've decided to enter the mountain bike market and to bring their expertise with them. On paper, this is exciting news, given how much effort they've put into designing and developing brake rotors and pads that offer real Read More »
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Royal 2014 Women's Core Glove

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“Tested: 2014 Royal Women's Core Glove”

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by Amanda Richter According to Royal Racing, “The over riding aim with this and all our gloves is fit and performance. Each material is chosen to compliment the others to create a great fitting, light, and durable glove.” How do the Core gloves stack up to this goal? Let’s find out… Women’s Core Glove Highlights Corded Nylon back of hand fabric Micro fibre thumb wipe Index finger silicone grippers 2/2 Mesh fourcettes Direct inject pull tab on palm 0.8mm Royal custom specced synthetic leather palm MSRP $24.95 Initial Impressions These gloves are thin and light, no denying that. I couldn’t help but wonder about Read More »
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Troy Lee Designs A1 Helmet

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“Tested: Troy Lee Designs A1 Helmet”

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Review by Ian Collins // Action photos by Fred Robinson Troy Lee Designs entered the MTB helmet game back in 1993 with an all-mountain helmet made by Shoei featuring a removable chin guard. After some time they quickly became the go to manufacturer for full face gravity helmets. With sculpted shapes and strikingly clean lines, the TLD D2 and D3 were far and away the most popular helmets of their time. Aesthetically speaking TLD lids have always had people talking. Bold and brash paint schemes typically made for some mixed feelings... consumers either loved or hated the style. Be that as it may, they looked fast, Read More »
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Loaded Precision X-lite Titanium Stem

“Strong stem”

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The Good:

I was shocked at how lightweight this stem is. It actually was decently priced as well. I just recently bought this stem and I'm liking it so far. It study, as I'm running it with their carbon AmXC bars on my trail bike.

The Bad:

Nothing. It's a great stem

Overall Review: This stem is shockingly light. Yet I still find it to be just as strong. I couldn't decide whether I wanted all carbon components so I went with their Titanium stem instead. I'm happy with it. It's the perfect length for me. I got mine in the 110mm.

Loaded Precision X-Lite Ultra Carbon Rim

“Legit wheelset! ”

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The Good:

Incredibly lightweight, well built, affordable compared to other brands but you get what you pay for

The Bad:

I haven't had any problems so far. I'm happy with them.

Overall Review: These wheels are perfect for me. I'm an avid XC racer and wanted to run these on my 29er. I actually ended up buying their complete wheelset than just the rims since I needed the spokes in blue. The wheelset looks great on my bike. They've held up real well to. I did my research and these were pretty affordable for me. I know carbon can get pricey, but in the long run it's well worth it to have a legit lightweight bike for me.

Smith Forefront Helmet

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“Looking for a light, vented, and comfortable helmet? Look no more!”

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The Good:

Light, very vented, good grip on the head, crazy colors, very adjustable

The Bad:

Very expensive

Overall Review: I've had the Smith Forefront Helmet for a week (after a lot time of waiting), and after four rides in hot weather here are my impressions. You can really feel the air coming in and out of the helmet shell and you hardly feel the helmet on top of your head. I was previously riding the Specialized S-works MTB helmet for 2 years and was looking for a new lid to give me the same ventilation capabilities but with more protection. I bought the Troy Lee A1 helmet, which was comfy as hell but had poor ventilation, so for me in hot weather the sweat was oozing out on my eyes and sunglass and that was disturbing while riding. Read More »
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iXS Trail RS Helmet

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“Tested: IXS Trail RS Helmet”

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Review by Jessee Maule // Photos by Colt Maule Speed on two wheels: That has been iXS's core business right from the start, providing functional sportswear and protection created from high-tech materials that you can rely on. The Trail RS Helmet is a contemporary trail helmet which attempts to provide the perfect blend of style and quality in a design that covers a large part of the head. The Trail RS boasts ‘Dual-compound head ring for highest comfort and optimized fit, a dual-inmould, lower 360 degree inmould shell to prevent front damage, Y-clip adjustable strap system, ratchet safety closure, crash release visor, Read More »
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Loaded Precision AmX Flat Handlebar

“Love it! Great bar”

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The Good:

colors, affordable, strong, really wide!

The Bad:

Nothing, definitely a great bar

Overall Review: These are some great bars! They've held up for a while. I just bought my second pair since I just bought a blue frame and wanted to match. I really love the Loaded product that I'm running on my downhill bike. I like the color options that they have and the logo looks pretty sweet. I actually put these on my slopstyle bike as well since I prefer the flat bars over their riser bars. Just my preference. But overall I think it's a good bar

FSA Step-Up Crank With Bottom Bracket Oe

“Heavy, Heavy, and Heavy!”

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The Good:

they pedal

The Bad:

heavy, cheaper alloy construction, limited ability to modify

Overall Review: These cranks came as OEM on my bike, as it seems they do on many other mid-level bikes. I have ridden them for two yours with no major problems, but also haven't fallen in love with them. The crank arms are really thick which puts on the very heavy side for a double ring and bashguard. I have also had very limited luck with changing these in anyway from how they came. While I understand that the cheaper the product, the less you can do with it, I can't even find a good way to remove the bashguard to lose a little weight. I've looked around and can't even find a shim or spacer from FSA that allow for Read More »
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WTB Pure V Race Saddle

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“Comfortable and Lite - Poor Construction”

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The Good:

Comfortable and lite

The Bad:

tears easily

Overall Review: Have ridden on WTB seats for 10+ years and have always loved them. Picked this seat up on sale and to replace an old seat that getting uncomfortable. When I got it I was happy with the construction, comfort, and weight. On rides it feels good and when you are in the saddle it soft enough to not hurt, substantial enough you don't feel like you'll fall off, but thin enough in the right places that it doesn't rub and you are able to slide around on it when you need too. The big problem has been the poor construction. The model I have came the "diamond" corners on the rear that are supposed to be tear/rip proof; this isn't Read More »
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