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ODI Troy Lee Designs Lock On Grip

“ODI TLD Lock-on's!”

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The Good: Very grippy, they look awesome, easy to install.

The Bad: Nothing really. Could be a little cheaper, but you get what you pay for.

Overall Review: Had these on my DH bike for a while, but moved to the Rogue's since I like a thicker grip. Threw these on my XC bike and they work like a charm. No complaints.

X-Fusion Vector HLR Rear Shock

“X fusion vector”

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The Good: Plush and fluid all the way through its travel. Zero catch when suspension is first activated. The mid stroke doesn't blow through its travel. This also enhanced its pedalling abilities. I had the elka stage five before, but it would stick when first engaging and it blew through the travel too easily for my liking. The Vector fixed all the dislikes I had with my previous shocks. The bottom out is controlled, giving it a bottomless feeling. The adjustments do what with are designed for.

The Bad: Depending on your preferences in riding there could be one thing that you might not like- or you may like it if it suits your riding style. The last part of the rebound before it returnes to length slows down. It doesn't give you a pop off the lip of a jump. But at the same time it won't buck you if you come off a lip off balance. I think this charactistic adds to the constant fliud feel. Going fast through big rocks I think it gives smoother control. Adjusting the rebound changes it but doesn't make it go completely away.

Overall Review: This shock does what it was designed for. I think it works as well as the best rear shocks out there and better in some ways. I am very impressed so far. The lower cost in this case dosen't mean less.

Canfield Brothers The One Frame

“Canfield The One”

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The Good: Pedaling is excellant. Geometry is spot on for the entire spectrum. Due to the locking rear suspension in climbs far better than any xc, all-mountain, enduro, or FR bike I've been on. Supple, plush, and fluid suspension descends as good as the best DH bikes out there. It is as smooth as the specialized demo 8. (The only DH bike that I've tried with superior feeling suspension is the Canfield Jedi). Stable in the air. Built like a tank, it is very stiff. Corners like mad. Customer service is top notch.

The Bad: If you are buying this bike with the intention of doing everything from DH to XC IMO it only comes up short in one area. Because it is heavier than your xc specific bikes it isn't ideal for a long constant uphill ride. After 10+ miles of uphill you will be more tired than your 20lb bikes. With that in mind though it is far better for technical, steep, rocky climbs. It pedals anywhere. I have never ridden a bike that has outclimbed it. Other riders will wonder how out of shape they are when they see a dual crown bike pass them on up hill climbs.

Overall Review: I feel like Canfield has made a bike that is as good as the best, then given it something special (locking suspension) that puts it above and beyond the rest. For those who have always been unsure of buying a more DH oriented bike let your worries go. I always thought I would be sacrificing something I loved by not being able to climb and ride some of the things I used to ride by getting a bike with so much suspension. I couldn't have been more wrong. Everything I loved was enhanced. I gained more than I thought in every aspect of riding. I hardly dare ride the bikes I used to ride because they feel so akward and lacking.  All the years I wasted by listening to what other people assumed about bigger travel bikes is maddening.  This bike really is that good.

ODI Troy Lee Designs Lock On Grip

“TLD Grips, do just that GRIP!!”

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The Good: Excelent grip!!, Look great, compfortable, durable.

The Bad: To bad they didn't have more color options. I purchased two pair of grips to get the color combo I wanted. Not really a big deal that they don't , but this would be nice.

Overall Review: With the way the grips are designed when your pulling back on the bars it's like your hands are glued to the grips. I've been putting them through a lot of abuse and they are taking a beating for sure.

2012 Mondraker Durham Bike

“Light and Versatile Freeride/DH Light Bike”

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The Good: Ride characteristics
Versatility
Angles
Adjustability
Solid components
Weight

The Bad: Fragile bearings
Fox suspension under-gunned

Overall Review: The Bike: The Zero suspension system performs brilliantly. Great power transfer and tracking is very impressive. This doesn't seem to be at the expense of stiffness, something that more complicated linkage systems frequently suffer from. Over all build was fine, brakes, drive train and general components have all stood the test of time. I swapped out the fox springs for heavier weight to suit my more airborne riding style and will be swapping out the spring on the rear shock soon, too. Have to say I was disappointed by the build quality of the bearings and linkage bolts. 6 months in a bearing race failed completely and most of Read More »

2012 Transition Bottlerocket Bike

“So far so good...”

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The Good: Awesome geometry for jumping, and some downhill... I got it for Christmas 2012... So far so good.

The Bad: Not too happy with the fork... It's a coil fork, so I wish it came with a stiffer coil... I'm gonna get a stiffer one though. I bottomed out on a 1-2 foot drop... :/

Overall Review: It's a great bike! So far so good! I wish they were still putting Fox Forks on them though... An air fork would be better, I think...

Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15 Camera

Vital Review

“Tested: Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15 - A Solid First Go”

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Words/Video/Photos by Johan Hjord The action has really been heating up in the wearable POV video camera market. Once the exclusive domain of GoPro, the last couple of years have seen additional competitors enter the ring which has led to new capabilities and lower prices – in other words a classic case of success breeding success. Sony is of course a powerhouse in professional media production, and it provides an impressive lineup of pro and semi-pro grade camcorders that often feature among the best in class. We were therefore quite excited to see Sony enter the POV market, and eager to lay our hands on the new Read More »

Canfield Brothers 2014 Jedi Frame

“Jedi (master)”

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The Good: Where to begin. Plush and fliud; this bike gives crazy contol and is completely stable at the fastest speeds. With a 10 speed drive train you'll surprise the XC and All-mountain bikers when you pass them on the steep climbs. Braking is different feeling than other bikes, it is very smooth you don't feel the rocks or chatter when you are braking over rocks. The bike tends to sits back when braking. For big drops it is hard to tell when you left the ground and when you landed. Besides the bottomless suspension(I still haven't felt like I've hit the end of its travel) the initial impact that is transfered into your legs almost completely disappears. Perect therapy for those with bad knees. On top of it all, it is awesome looking.

The Bad: I'm trying to be objective and find weakness in how it rides, but so far with everything I've given it, it keeps screaming for more. It does exactly what it was designed to do. It would not be ideal for riding long uphill trails. Even though it climbs really steep technical stuff like a billy goat.

Overall Review: First off I am not a professional rider nor claim to be.I know each rider has somthing different he likes, so with that in mind if you are looking for rock gobbling, fluid, crazy control that can take the steepest rocky downhills as well as climb and pedal then you are looking for what I seach for. This bike feels far better than any bike I've been on and I've tried most of them. It is kind of unreal. I attribute that partly to the rearward travel. Half of the riding I do is DH and the other half is on technical, steep, and flat trails and it handles them better than my all-mountain bike used to. My expectations were high and this bike continues to exceeded them all.  Canfield is also an amazing company to work with.

Spank Spoon Stem

“Mega Bang for the Buck!”

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The Good: Short, stiff, loads of color options, priced right.

The Bad: None at all.

Overall Review: I was building up a dirt jump/pump track slayer, and wanted to make it cool, but also keep everything on budget. Stems are an often over looked part, if it gets the job done. And that's exactly how I describe the Spoon stem. I never notice it when riding, because it is stiff and super short, and also easy on the knees. What I do notice about it is how easy it is to pick one of these out that will match the color scheme of the most obsessed bike nerd out there. Spoon stem FTW!

Spank Spoon Stem

“Good value, strong, attractive stem.”

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The Good: Nice colour choices, 40 mm, zero rise, stiff,

The Bad: None found

Overall Review: I've had a bunch of different stems in the past. I like zero rise short stems that are tough, fairly light and look good. This stem works for me. I have a comparable (in price, length and rise) Truvativ Hussefelt stem and I much prefer the machining and anodised finish on the spank. Also comes with matching top cap which makes it even better value!