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SixSixOne Rage Knee Guard

“A comfortable knee pad”

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The Good: Super confortable<br /> Don't slip down

The Bad: Seem bulky at first

Overall Review: My initial thoughts when I first wore these knee guards were that they were really comfy (more so than the kyle straights). They seemed a little bulky at first but the more I wore then the more they seemed to fit more condense around my knee. One of the problems I was having with my old knee guards (kyle straits) were that the straps stretched out over time and my knee guards would fall down when riding. The Rage are built with better quality straps now and have not given me any issues of slipping down on my knee. I wear these now matter what kind of riding i'm doing there that comfortable. I would definitely purchase these again.

ODI Ruffian Lock-On Grips

“Your gonna get hooked on these!!”

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The Good: Consistent, not too expensive, great rider owned brand, the benchmark for grip design, durable rubber, etc.

The Bad: these may tear up your hands when you first ride them but then again most new grips do anyways, I always loose the end caps so make sure you keep those lock rings tight.

Overall Review: So ever since I rode Aaron Chase's hard tail one day while at a Mt. Snow race I noticed he had these grips on there and they really stuck out to me as a "universal pro grip" as almost ALL the pros there were using them (regardless if they were sponsored by them or not). If that wasn't enough of a reason to get them I don't know what is. I have these on all my bikes now and I will never use another grip again, I recommend black though, the white ones get pretty nasty looking after a few days of use but they still work fine. I am starting to like the ones with the checkers board pattern on the back too I think they are called the Ruffian MX or something.

Xpedo FACEOFF 17 (XMX17AC)

“Not bad for the light weight”

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The Good: The low weight, the grip when coasting, durable finish, warranty, and easy to service.

The Bad: After a year of use, both pedals have noticeable play between the body and the axle. This became very noticeable after my last Super D race. There were a lot of rock gardens hit with pretty good speed, and after that they started clicking and have play.

Overall Review: Overall, I think that these are good flats for the weight. Just keep them clean and they'll be quiet.  I think that it's due to the light weight construction that I have an issue with mine.  I am 5'11" and 168 lbs who rides a 6" travel all mountain bike pretty hard.  I've hit these on occasional rocks, and have made plenty of hard landings off of jumps with them, which is overall why I think that they've developed play and a click.  The finish on them has not suffered too badly though, just a few scrapes.

Shimano XTR Race BR-M985 Disc Brake

Featured Review

“Light, durable, and strong”

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The Good: Great lever feel.

The Bad: Expensive for recreational riding.

Overall Review: I have been riding these brakes for over a year now. I have since swapped bikes, and had to move...

Mavic Ex 823 Disc Rim

“You will need more than rocks”

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The Good: -Light<br /> -Durable<br /> -Strong<br /> -Look Good

The Bad: -Only fit french valves

Overall Review: The Mavic EX 823 Disc rim is one of the stongest rims out there and can really take a hit. I use it on a Santa Cruz V10 and have put it through the works and it has not even showed signs of damage. I have landed on flat on countless occasions and the rim is not even buckled. The spokes on the rim are strong and are held in place well and the tire fits into the rim well with no movement. Overall this rim is a more affordable version of the Mavic Deemax and a must buy for anyone looking for new rims on abudget.

Fox Racing Sidewinder Glove

“good glove - comfy”

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The Good: comfortable fit, durable (had to clear the chain when it went off the cog into the spokes), palm material grippy

The Bad: no thumb terry cloth

Overall Review: I've had my gloves for 9 months, riding Tues/Thurs/Sat. No wear showing on the palms or thumb (I've worn through the thumb area on other gloves). Comfy in the heat (Phx, AZ rider) the palm doesn't get all clammy when the sweat starts running. Excellent and would buy again.

Race Face D2 Stem

Featured Review

“Solid DH/FR Stem. Literally”

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The Good: Clamping interface, 35mm length option, recessed bolts

The Bad: Weight and looks

Overall Review: I bought this stem because I was really looking for a 35mm stem, and this came in at the price I...

GT Fury Downhill Frame

“Fury? No anger here... Just pleasure.”

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The Good: How about.... everything?!?!

The Bad: Without regular, meticulous maintenance, she becomes a whiny broad... But a little regular TLC goes a long way.

Overall Review: Let's start with the construction -- yes, it's upkeep. Duh. Carbon is notoriously light and...

2012 Transition TR250 2 Bike

“Superb DH/Bike Park/Freeride/Shuttle Bike!”

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The Good: Responsiveness, Stability, Acceleration, Supple suspension

The Bad: Hard to adjust rebound, bit of pedal feedback

Overall Review: The stability, stiffness and plushness of the TR250 really stands out. Take the geometry of a...