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Maxxis Minion DHF Tire

“No better tire on dry/damp dirt.”

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The Good: Braking traction, cornering traction, off-camber grip, fast rolling, great rock and thorn protection and great even for trail and enduro depending on tire type.

The Bad: Too heavy or aggressive for XC, light trail and DJ (but not designed for those), slow on the road and sometimes dangerous in severely wet weather and weird on some kinds of gravel (and not designed for those either).

Overall Review: These should be the default tire for anyone into any serious riding, especially on the front. On the rear you could go for a faster rolling tire if the conditions are dry, but you can't go wrong with it front and rear. You may find an equally good tire aggressive trail/DH tire, but it's probably is a copy of this tread.

Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brake

“Cheaply made yet capable brake.”

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The Good: Power, split bar attachment, lever design good, universally available pads and brake fluid, easy to bleed.

The Bad: Modulation a little on/off, made of cheap aluminum housing and steel bolts, rear brake howl and suspicious of taper-bore.

Overall Review: These are cheaply made, 'Made in China' brakes with a fragile aluminum housing more at home of...

ODI Lock-On Grip - Rogue

“They are Rogue”

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The Good: They are the long lasting grips that are super tough.

The Bad: If you suffer from arm pump then they are NOT for you. They are big in diameter and meant for big hands.

Overall Review: Overall they look the part and if you wanted a grip that will last a long time then you need to get them. Do note they are thicker than normal grips and are not suitable for a person with small hands.

Nukeproof Neutron Pedal

“Perfect pedal, but is it original?”

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The Good: Size is perfect for 5-10s, shape just right, spin slow.

The Bad: Are the cheaper Superstars Nanotech (and some other brands) the same pedal with different decals? Longer pins make them better (supply them with them why not?) Heavy but only if you are weight conscious.

Overall Review: Ideal pedal for money ratio, I'll probably buy again, perfect for aggressive AM/FR/DH, although for some disciplines I think they are a bit heavy, but then there is the Titanium version if you have the money. You can spend less for pedals, but you lose the removal pins and the sealed bearings these have, making these much better value than cheaper options in the long run.

ODI Lock-On Grip - Rogue

“Might be your favorite, you need to try them”

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The Good: Width, grippiness, end clips.

The Bad: Heavy, wear quickly, small bolts rust-out very quickly.

Overall Review: If you prefer a Ruffian that is just personal taste, for some like me the Rogues are an ideal girth, the super slender Ruffians aren't as good for me, not to say they are bad, just like saddles, it's personal. If these grips could be a bit lighter, a bit longer 150mm instead of 130mm and the bolts didn't rust I think they could be perfect!

Intense Tazer HT Frame

“Light Fast Strong = FUN”

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The Good: Most fun DJ bike i have ever riden. Easy to jump and ride fast. STIFF.<br /> Best single speed / geared drop out ever on a dirt jump bike.<br /> very light frame

The Bad: on the black frame the "Ed Hardy" style TAZER logo that is not removable and its not a cheap bike

Overall Review: This bike came in at 4.65 pounds for the frame on the shop scale wich made it the one lightest...

Mavic Ex 823 Disc Rim

“Strong as Hell”

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The Good: Strong<br /> Durable<br /> Tubeless<br /> MAVIC

The Bad: They take a little longer to lace up

Overall Review: I worked at a bike shop for a few years and this was by far the best selling rim that I laced onto everyones hubs. We couldn't keep these in stock because they just fly off the shelves. I never had one person come back with any issues and after a couple of years these rims stay in great shape. I had to build myself a set and I have never even thought about changing rims since. I love that I get tubeless capability and the bead of any tire seats very well. This is why you see World Cup DH riders running these rims. Get yourself a set. You can't go wrong

Shimano XT Disc Brake M785

“A great brake, but a bit over-hyped.”

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The Good: Adjustment opportunities, power, modulation, single finger lever design, reasonable price and build quality.

The Bad: Not as fantastic as some reviews would have you believe, expensive gimmicky finned pads, need for Shimano's own hydraulic mineral oil, worry about brakes not heating up in cold weather, Shimano's (aftermarket) own rotors can be a bit sub-par .

Overall Review: Having used quite a few brakes I was drawn to the XT brakes due to a reasonable price and stellar reviews. Having used them for months I have to agree they are certainly a well made brake that is powerful and modulates very well. Props to Shimano for making such a good brake, but more than that such a great range of brakes. Honestly though I have a M596 paired up on the rear and another on the front of another bike and it really is 98% as good as the M785 (minus a bit of power and a few adjustments), perfectly adequate for most XC and trail riders. Also many reviews say that the XT is super powerful, but I find that unlikely compared to a four piston Saint brake for example. Also I have some worry that with all the ice-tec and finns in our -10 winters the brakes might take a bit long to warm up.

Fox Racing Shox Van RC Coil Rear Shock

“Reliable!!!”

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The Good: Reliable, reliable, reliable!!<br /> Simple

The Bad: Not as much adjustment as higher end models

Overall Review: This shock is filled with nitrogen, which is why it is so reliable. It's a "mini" dirt bike shock basically. You don't have to check any air adjustments before you ride. Plus nitrogen doesn't heat up as fast so it maintains performance on long runs. And if it ever does fail on you, you can take it to a motorcycle suspension mechanic instead of having to ship it to Fox (this voids your warranty though). I'll take this over an overpriced "high end" shock any day when the money is coming out of my own wallet.

2013 Kona Supreme Operator Bike

“Great Bike”

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The Good: Shimano part spec<br /> Handles great

The Bad: Cheap paint on frame<br /> Downtube is very exposed

Overall Review: After riding a buddies 2011 Operator I immediately put my name on the list for a 2012. I ride a...