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Teva Links Mid Shoes

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“Tested: Teva Links Mid Shoes, A Worthy Flat Pedal Prospect”

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by Brandon Turman Just a few years ago the options for a good flat pedal shoe were very limited....

Banshee Bikes Wildcard Frame

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“I am in love with this bike.”

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The Good: Extremely versatile, relatively light, suspension is well-tuned, very stiff, did I mention versatile?

The Bad: In the short travel mode, the suspension isn't as lively as it could be. Also in the 5'' travel mode, the frame feels more slack, (harder to manual and bunnyhop,) which is kind of backwards.

Overall Review: Where do I start? First of all, the Wildcard has two travel modes. (127 and 165mm)This feature...

Kenda Blue Groove Tire

“Good All Around Tire”

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The Good: Grips well on the descents and the ascents. (Though it's better on the descents.) Excellent transitional grip with no lapses in traction. Directional ramped pattern rolls reasonably fast for a bulky tire. Adequate on many types of terrain.

The Bad: Not an excellent mud shedder, Not a very fast roller.

Overall Review: The blue groove is a unsung hero in Kenda's lineup. I haven't seen it on many bikes, which is...

RockShox Totem RC2 DH Coil Fork

“This is My Second Season on a DH Totem.”

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The Good: Bottomless Travel, Super Stiff, Trust This thing 100%

The Bad: Not quite as plush as Fox, some stiction.

Overall Review: I've used this fork at Highland MTB Park, East Burke, Local Freeride trails. Point and shoot, stiffest single I've ever ridden. Gets a little stiction, but with a little Silicone spray on the stantions she gets smooth and Buttery. High and Low speed compression knobs are easy to turn even while riding and between the two adujustments you can make this fork super stiff or plush. I don't use the lock-out, even when riding uphill. Great Fork!

Panaracer Fire Pro Tire

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“Surprisingly useful for the price”

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The Good: Usable traction combined with good rolling speed and durability, and less than half the cost of most other tires

The Bad: Doesn't have the cornering ability to be used as a dependable front tire

Overall Review: If you're on a budget and you need to keep your bike rolling, the Panaracer Fire tire is a...

2012 Kona Entourage Deluxe Bike

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“Shred-sled”

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The Good: Solid and versatile with a good overall component spec. Easy to maintain. Predictable and flick-able.

The Bad: One of my best friends wants to beat me up and take mine from me. Otherwise, just little nit-picky things that are just my biased opinion.

Overall Review: I purchased mine a little over a couple of months ago, although I was originally planning on...

ODI Troy Lee Designs Lock On Grip

“look great but too thick for my liking.”

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The Good: they look great

The Bad: too thick made my hands feel numb

Overall Review: I bought these grips for my new bike so everything would be shiny and new but I have quickly swapped back to my old ruffians. The grips look great and provide great grip but they just felt too thick in my hands.  IF you like thick grips then they might be great for you but for those who prefer thinner grips and love ruffians then stay away.

Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brake

“Plenty of power, but poor modulation”

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The Good: Raw stopping power is more than enough for trail riding. Split clamp makes installation easy (no need to remove grips or shifters).

The Bad: Modulation is lacking. Noisy.

Overall Review: These brakes certainly have the power for even the steepest trails. The drawback is that modulation is not on par with Shimano's current offerings. It took me quite a while to find the sweet spot in the lever stroke where I could avoid locking up the rear wheel on steep descents. Once you find it, the brakes work well enough, but they never modulate as well as the Shimano brakes I've ridden recently. If you rely on finessing the brakes delicately to get you through technical sections, you should try Avid's higher-end offerings, or switch to Shimano. That said, they've kept me in control through some gnarly trails, even though they can be a bit noisy under hard braking, and I have confidence in their ability to slow me down in a hurry.

ODI Ruffian Lock-On Grips

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“My all-time favorite”

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The Good: Knurled pattern gives great traction in dry or wet conditions. Thin enough to provide a good feel for the bar. Sturdy lock-on collars.

The Bad: Wear quicker than some other options

Overall Review: The often-imitated ODI Ruffian is my favorite grip. The knurled pattern is simple and low-profile, and provides great grip without annoying logos or hard spots. They're thin enough to give you a good connection to the bar and bike, but still take some of the sting out of the ride. Whether the day is hot and dusty or chilly and wet, these grips will give you the traction you need. Many other brands have a similar pattern available, but ODI's lock collars are better than most.