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Specialized P.3 Frame

“simplicity meets perfection”

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The Good:

The frame is low and light, giving an initial impression much like a 4X bike. The speed is there but dont be fooled. the short chainstays and high bottom bracket make this thing as much of a street and park machine than any other. a steep headtube and long top tube balance the need for a responsive, playful geometry with the need for stability and room for barspins. The frame can handle any abuses and will simply beg for more.

The Bad:

The chain tensioners work great for the most part but they need to be very very tight or they like to slip. this caused some frustration initially but now that the bike is dialed there are no real complaints.

Overall Review: This is simply the best dj frame around. load it up with your favorite components and its a bike that anyone will envy. Tough, reasonably priced, light, clean, absolutely dialed.
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2013 Scott Voltage FR 10 Full Suspension Bike

“Ultimate Fun machine”

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The Good:

The Voltage can cater to anyone and anything. With small and large options you can decide weather you want snappy race feel or a playful trick machine. The bike itself also has two phenomenal features in regard to how adjustable it is. The headtube is a 1.5 straight which allows for literally any fork configuration available to be an option given the correct headset. The voltage also comes with a variety of shock mounts allowing for a setup tunable for any build from a light slopestyle bike up to a heavy duty big mountain killer. with every given shock mount, the voltage also has an easily accessible short and long travel adjustment, allowing the rider to dial in the rear end with nothing more than an allen key. The specs on the bike are fantastic and leave very little to be desired. The frame is extremely light, and with the adjustments, can cater to a riders every need.

The Bad:

The voltage, in my opinion, is the perfect park bike. The frame is light and responsive so the fact that scott would spec it with components less than the very very best is beyond me. I think that it would be genius to sell a frame option as well because all of the tunability means very little if the rider has to purchase it complete.

Overall Review: Overall, the Voltage FR has been my dream bike for a while, and after extensive abuse, progression and close calls, I can say the voltage is a bike for the rider who wants every last bit of fun they can possibly have on a mountain bike. If you want a slope and a dh bike but dont have the money, look no further. Want a perfect bike park bike? Or something to destroy the local freeride zones or carve snow in the off season? This is the bike. This bike kills it all. Masterpiece
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Vital MTB member Billy3197
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Park Tool CT-3 Chain Tool

“works how it should”

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The Good:

Works exactly as advertised. I have replaced multiple chains and it has been perfect. Even the dreaded shimano link pops in very simply. I thought it was worth the price.

The Bad:

I have no bad issues with this. As of now no problems whatsoever.

Overall Review: I would recommend purchasing this item. I always think it is worth it to have quality tools in your arsenal.
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RockShox Dart 2 Fork

“Starter Fork”

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The Good:

If you're getting into sport, especially XC this is good fork. Has a turnkey lockout and really isn't hard to turn while driving or getting into climb.

The Bad:

Well, if you care about weight don't go for this fork. Personal: My trails often have a lot of mud on it and rebound adjustment is really problematic without cleaning. After big drops you will have a felling that fork doesn't work on smaller rocks.

Overall Review: I'm giving it 4 stars looking from aspects of beginner XC rider. You won't need anything more for XC hard tails, so if you're not obsessed by the weight go for it. If you break it, you haven't used it right.
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RockShox Recon Silver TK Fork

“recon silver: workhorse fork for a rider with a budget”

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The Good:

this was one of the first forks i ever ran. When i started biking we did it all. XC races, skills parks with ladder bridges, street riding, home made skinnys and drops local singletrack. everything. This fork took it all even when we got into dirt jumping. it begged for more rock gardens, skateparks, and grueling xc races for a year and a half with no service at all.

The Bad:

a bit heavy

Overall Review: For the price, this fork is a no brainer. it is widely adjustable, plush, affordable and versatile. It really brought me to a new level and gave me what i needed to become a more and more dedicated rider.
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Vital MTB member Billy3197
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Deity Compound Flat Pedal

“Rider owned”

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The Good:

these pedals are extremely light, really strong and have an incredible feel to them. they will take a beating and come back begging for more. these will not let your feet slip ever.

The Bad:

the pins are very very sharp but what pedals arent really?

Overall Review: these pedals are an affordable, light, dialed addition to anyone's arsenal of parts on their bike, it will make a positive impact on any build.
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Vital MTB member Billy3197
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Chromag Ranger Stem

“BC masterpiece”

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The Good:

This stem is light, stiff and clean. it gives your bike a north shore feel while also having extensive color options.

The Bad:

The stem liked to move a bit during crashes and eventually began to strip

Overall Review: This stem is fantastic for someone who wants the absolute best, quite honestly it is in a category with very few others for some of the nicest products around.
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Vital MTB member Billy3197
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2013 Specialized P.3 Bike

“Shred ready from the start”

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The Good:

The bike packs more punch than any other at this price. the fork and the crankset stand out for sure. The frame is light, stiff and feels so nice on the jumps slope or park. extremely versatile

The Bad:

Im not a particular fan of the p series bars stem and seat, and a nicer wheel set would go a long way. but again at this price everything specialized has done just makes sense

Overall Review: Overall the bike is absolutely nuts. top of the line products where you need them, a fantastic frame, and a bike that is shred ready from day one.
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Vital MTB member Billy3197
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Race Face Narrow/Wide Chainring

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“Tested: Race Face Narrow/Wide Chainring”

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by Joel Harwood Race Face started producing mountain bike components back in 1992. They originally gained notoriety for their Diabolus offering, which at that time was one of the few product lines that could withstand serious abuse. For nearly twenty years Race Face produced some of the highest quality components available. In 2011, the company faced bankruptcy and many thought Race Face products were about to become collectors' items. Nevertheless, the company made it through the rough patch and came back swinging with a number of new, refined and innovative components... with a variety of colors and graphics to Read More »
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Lowepro DryZone BP 40L Backpack

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“Tested: Lowepro DryZone BP 40L Backpack”

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by Lee Trumpore Few things can ruin a photographer's day faster than water, and getting enough of it even on completely "weather-proof" sports-specific camera bodies and lenses can spell disaster and a big bill at the repair shop. Yet some of the most iconic images of our sport have been captured in some of the worst possible conditions. While photographers will always have to battle the elements while shooting, the last thing they need to worry about is the rest of their gear getting soaked. Lowepro has long made camera bags for everyone from the enthusiast to the working professional, but the new DryZone series Read More »
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