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OneUp Components Bash Guide

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“Tested: OneUp Components Bash Guide”

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Review by Matt Swenson // Photos by Chris Wellhausen (Action) and Matt Swenson (Product) OneUp Components produces a wide range of drivetrain products and this Bash Guide, they claim, will “eliminate dropped chains forever and more than double your chainring life.” The simplistic, light and durable chainguide isn’t just for enduro racers like Richie Rude and Jared Graves, we used it for trail riding, bike park ripping and even some DH racing. After two months of testing on two different bikes, we’re ready to share our thoughts on this guide. OneUp Bash Guide Features Weight: 87g 28-30T, 102g 32-34T, 105g 36T Read More »
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Five Ten Impact Low Flat Pedal Shoe

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“Tested: 2016 Five Ten Impact Low”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord If there is one name in mountain biking that is synonymous with flat pedal shoes, it’s Five Ten. And if there is one model that is synonymous with Five Ten, it’s the Impact. With design roots that hark back to the very first experiments with sticky climbing rubber for mountain biking, the Impact has always been the prime choice for flat pedal riders everywhere. That is not to say that this shoe has been exempt of criticism throughout its lifetime, in fact, far from it. There have been many well-documented quality issues over the years, and anybody who Read More »
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Charge Spoon Saddle

“Spoon!!!--The Tick”

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The Good:

Great price, nice fabric material and comfortable!

The Bad:

Probably too wide for technical, aggressive riding and shape is a bit 'old school'

Overall Review: I bought this to use on my gravel bike since I needed a comfy seat for long rides in the saddle. It was the perfect width and shape for me, felt very comfortable from the moment I sat in it.  The price was great, since saddles at low price points seem to be pretty bulky with less than ideal materials.  I don't think I'd use this saddle on the my trail bike though, since it's a little wide and the nose shape is not conducive to sitting at the nose and climbing like on a saddle with a flat wide nose.  The color touches on the saddle matches my bike perfectly, subtle and classy.
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Charge Spoon Saddle

“The name says it all!”

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The Good:

Super confy saddle, extremely well made and CHEAP!

The Bad:

Not the best option for those who have numbness problems like me

Overall Review: I suffer a lot from numbness in the southern regions and this saddle is so good that i really really felt bad for not sticking with it, since it gave me numbness, has it has no depression for the perineal area and as it is more of a round shaped saddle. However it is a dream of a saddle! Extremely well made, at a price that is total bargain, and the most confortable saddle i have ever tried! The round shape feels like a spoon, like someone was holding your butt with their bare hands. For someone that doesn't have such a weird anatomy as me, buy it and stick with it for the rest of your life!

Bell Full-9 Helmet

“Best full face I own ”

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The Good:

Lightweight, slimline, durable, protected

The Bad:

On warm days it doesn't seem to provide much ventalation.

Overall Review: I have used this for several seasons and have no issues with this helmet besides it being kinda hot.

Troy Lee Designs A1 Helmet

“Best half face helmet on the market”

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The Good:

Ventalation, comfort, protection and style

The Bad:

The only drawback for the A1 is the price, but you are paying for a quality product not just the brand.

Overall Review: I had a pretty hard impact wearing my tld A1 and it definitely did its job. Its worth the price to know you will be well protected!

Park Tool Rotor Truing Fork

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“Bent Rotors Suck”

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The Good:

Dual sided for different types of bends, fits multiple rotor thickness, Gets rid of stupid pinging noises from rubbing rotors.

The Bad:

Allows for too much leverage at times

Overall Review: If you are a mountain biker you have probably dealt with a bent rotor at some point, it is almost inevitable. Whether its from a crash, setting the bike down on the rotor, or transport, a bent rotor is not only annoying, it can affect your overall riding experience. Some people can deal with a small blip in the rotor that makes that ping ping ping sound when you ride, but I am not that person. While a small blip may not really affect your bike too much or really slow you down, I hate hearing that sound and knowing my rotor is out of true. A bigger bend however can definitely cause issues with slowing your Read More »
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Chromag Lynx DT Saddle

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“Chromag Lynx DT Saddle Review”

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The Good:

Good width, cool graphics, comfortable nose for climbing, Nice amount of padding, not too little, but not too much

The Bad:

Not the lightest offering out there, may be a bit pricey for some.

Overall Review: Chromag is one of those brands recognized for making durable, quality products and if you look at many of the slopestyle riders bikes, or freeriders bikes many will run Chromag parts.They sponsor riders like Logan Peat, and Brandon Semunuk and have that laid back, anti-corporate vibe going on. That durability and style has made them a recent favorite for All mountain (Enduro) riders as well and I have seen Chromag parts on a ton of bikes here in Colorado. When it comes to saddles, keep in mind just how personal saddle choice can be, what works for me might suck for you. That being said though, the Lynx DT seems to have a width Read More »
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Hope Technology Seat Collar

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“Hope Seatpost Clamp Review”

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The Good:

Great looking seatpost clamp that adds a bit of style and color to your bike

The Bad:

A bit heavier than other offerings (not a big deal to me), aluminum bolt makes me a bit nervous, but seems ok as long as you torque it correctly

Overall Review: When it comes to my bikes, I like to keep things simple, a black frame with small pops of color is jam, and Hope makes parts in a crazy assortment of colors and styles perfect for those looking for small upgrades on the bike that stand out from the crowd. They are known for their quality, and nice aesthetics and this seatpost clamp does not disappoint. This clamp replaced my old black seatpostclamp, and while a touch heavier, it has much nicer machining and is larger than my previous clamp. I got the blue color to match my chainring and my new Chromag saddle and the color matches up nicely. Anodized parts Read More »
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Park Tool Threadless Nut Setter - TNS4

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“Threadless Nut Setter”

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The Good:

Always sets the nut to the proper depth and keeps it nice and straight

The Bad:

Cost is a bit high for the home mechanic that does not need to set star nuts often.

Overall Review: This is the tool you don't know you need until you are stuck with a crooked star nut in your fork, or one that has been placed too far into the steerer tube. As far as function goes, there is not a lot to say, this tool has functioned perfectly every time I used it. You simply thread the star nut onto the tool until snug, place over your cut steerer tube, and hammer until the tool bottoms out. Then you simply twist the top of the tool, unthreading it from the nut and leaving your perfectly placed star nut behind. While this may seem expensive for the job it does, anyone that has dealt with the Read More »
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