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Deity Decoy 2.5 Flat Pedal

“Sleek and sticky”

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The Good: The decoys are fantastic pedals, good width and very thin! Also very light and good looking at a price that won't break the bank!

The Bad: A bit hard to find, not the cheapest but well worth it.

Overall Review: Riding these pedals on my cryptkeeper! Use them for jumping, park, street, and occasional trail riding and they've been fantastic thus far! In addition to looking amazing, they provide fantastic grip! comfortable width to ride on, and they're incredibly thin, great for rocky trails! I recommend these pedals for any discipline from xc to dh! Great pedal at a sub $100 price!

Chromag HIFI Stem

“The definition of bombproof”

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The Good: The hifi is super stiff, extremely durable,and looks super nice, while maintaining a fairly light weight!

The Bad: A bit expensive.

Overall Review: Very nice stem! The quality and attention to detail is very obvious even at first glance. Very clean and sleek looking stem, the design is amazing! The hifi also performs great. I use the 50mm model for dirt jumping with 750mm bars and it has no flex. Big hardware and built very strong so it stands up to all sorts of abuse! Some say its heavy, but for a jump/dh stem it has a very respectable weight, doesn't feel at all heavy while riding. Overall, if you're looking for a great looking and performing stem in a variety of lengths look no further!

Deity Cryptkeeper Frame

“Buy it! You won't regret it!”

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The Good: -Amazing geometry on everything.
-Well built.
-Very lightweight.
-Affordable.
-Looks amazing.
-Comes with a warranty.

The Bad: I can't really think of any. I suppose the fact that the frame only has stickers, not painted on designs or clear-coated logos to be negative, but I like how it makes customization easier. But quality or performance wise, absolutely nothing.

Overall Review: This is quite possibly the best dirt jump frame on the market! Geo feels 100% dialed on everything from dirt jumps to street and park! Craftsmanship is amazing, if you know anything about deity, you'll know how much they care about their product and that's clearly evident in this frame. Everything from the welds, to the decals, to the chainstay yoke shows how much they value what they make and how important buyer satisfaction is to deity! Hands down the best frame I've ever ridden. The only thing that could make it better is a tapered headtube, which is going to be a feature in the new ones! I really can't think of a reason Read More »

DVO Emerald DH 203mm Inverted Suspension Fork

“new player in the downhill fork world.”

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The Good: corner stability

The Bad: not hing today

Overall Review: what i have expectet! Ride high in corners and steep gnar. NO brake dive.., thats unbelievable.. super plush for chatter stuff, nice fork. the OTT future is like a miracle!

2014 Lapierre Zesty AM 527

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“2014 Test Sessions: Lapierre Zesty AM 527”

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Reviewed by John Hauer and Jess Pedersen // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Lear Miller Lapierre’s Zesty AM ticks many of the boxes for an aggressive all-mountain bike: it has great geometry, a good looking list of components, a carbon frameset, and 150mm of travel at a reasonable price. It also has an interesting “Electronic Intelligence” rear shock, known as the E:i system. “There’s no place for electronics in mountain biking,” some of you will say, while others may be open to new ideas and technology. With an open mind and nothing but miles of rough Sedona, Arizona trails in front of us during the annual Vital MTB Test Read More »

FSA Afterburner Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

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“Tested: FSA Afterburner Disc Brakes”

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Review by Joe Schneider // Photos by Brandon Turman FSA, a trusted and known brand for cockpit components, has now entered the hydraulic disk brake market. This stirs the pot and adds another player to the fray of manufacturers on the quest to make the ideal set of brakes. FSA has two versions of their hydraulic disk brake set, the K-Force and the Afterburner, both have the same functions but the K-Force drops 40 grams per side from the system. This review is on the Afterburner model which lists for $289 per side and weighs in at 345 grams for the front with a light weight rotor and rotor bolts. Afterburner Disc Read More »

2014 Kona Honzo Bike

“Kono Honzo 2012”

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The Good: I built this bike up from a frame so I cannot speak to the stock components. I will say I love the GEO. The bike is comfortable, flickable and eats up the down as well as up. I love the way the frame looks. Mine is in blue. Compared to my aluminum bike this chromoly frame really absorbs the bumps and etc. Very fun to ride.

The Bad: I do not find anything bad about this frame some say it is heavy, others say the BB is too low, some grip that you cannot run a front derailleur.

Overall Review: If your looking for an all in one bike this is it. It is brawny, hardcore and does everything really well from XC, Trail to All mountain. It shines on downhill and technical sections. The GEO places your weight more towards the center rear rather than like an XC bike where your weight is shifted towards the front. This bike is really really fun to ride and to me that is what is most important me. My build: Easton EA70XC wheelset front 15mm RaceFace evolve SS crankset RaceFace N/W 32 t chain ring Fox Float 34 CTD Continental MKII Frt: 2.4 Rr: 2.2 XT derailleur type 2 XT cassette Easton EA30 Seatpost Truvativ Hussfelt stem ODI flight control 700mm bar ODI ruffian grips WTB GT seat

Race Face Atlas Flat Pedal

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“Tested: Race Face Atlas Flat Pedal”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Johan Hjord and Tal Rozow As part of its ever expanding line of components, Race Face introduced two new flat pedals for 2014, the mid-range Aeffect and the high-end Atlas. Designed on the North Shore (and manufactured in Taiwan), the Atlas is a distinctly modern flat pedal, featuring a large and thin platform with cartridge bearings throughout and bottom-loading pins, which should mean it’s ready for just about anything. We put a pair to the test to find out. Race Face Atlas Flat Pedal Highlights Thin double concave wide platform Fully sealed bearing design Hex-head threaded pin design Read More »

Alex Rims EVO 2.3 Rim

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“Tested: Alex Rims EVO 2.3 Rim”

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by Steve Wentz Alex Rims have probably been on your bike before, possibly hidden under another name. Alex has been manufacturing all sorts of hoops for over 20 years, but only recently have I noticed them making a big push with aftermarket rim options. One of the most recent releases is the EVO 2.3 rim, a 23-mm internal width, 455-gram beauty that promises light weight and strength as well. That's a claim that just about every rim in the 450-gram range makes, so lets see if it really holds true for the aluminum EVO 2.3. The rim is made from a proprietary 8,000 series aluminum alloy, said to be near scandium weight but closer Read More »

DVO Emerald DH 203mm Inverted Suspension Fork

“Next Level”

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The Good: Intuitive, responsive, stiff.

The Bad: Nice things aren't cheap.

Overall Review: I rode an Emerald for about a month. I've never been as impressed with a fork before. It was able to be supple in the chatter, yet no fork dive mid berm.  The ramp up at the bottom kept me from bottoming out even when I forced the issue on flat or rock garden landers.  I'd recommend this fork to anyone looking for the best regardless of cost.  Nice job DVO!