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FSA Step-Up Crank With Bottom Bracket Oe

“Heavy, but at least it works”

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The Good: cheap, transfers energy from legs to drivetrain, hasn't broken, the bolts are pretty swanky

The Bad: heavy, not too pretty

Overall Review: I've had these for several months, and they've served their purpose without issue. However, their weight is almost unbelievable, and the overall look is fairly unimpressive.  Buy these if you must, but I would advise you to save your cash for better parts.

Black Market Bikes Tech 9 Rigid Fork

“Cheap, lightweight alternative to suspension forks”

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The Good: very light, has proven quite strong, looks great, a fraction the cost of suspension, doesn't need to be rebuilt

The Bad: definitely not as plush as your average suspension fork

Overall Review: I got this fork to replace a Marzocchi DJ3 (which was essentially rigid once it got cold enough), and I love it. At only 150 USD and no service costs, it's high quality for a very reasonable price.  The difference between rigid and suspension on pump tracks and dirt jumps is amazing.  Not only can I now pump harder, but I feel a much greater incentive to not case or overshoot jumps.  Some things to take into account upon purchasing one of these beauties: your wrists will hate you if you case jumps, and you might want to get some higher bars, as the transition from suspension to rigid will drop your front end significantly.

Five Ten Hellcat SPD MTB Shoes

“Great all-around shoe with style to boot”

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The Good: recessed cleat, velcro, looks, stealth rubber, comfort, walkability

The Bad: flexible, hot on long rides, a little on the heavy side

Overall Review: Recessed cleat stays out of the way when walking, however this can prove troublesome when clipping in. They look rad.  The velcro strap is a nice detail and functions quite well.  These shoes are great for freeride, downhill, and even cross country.  Or just standing around and looking good.  I would recommend them most for freeride applications, as they are not as stiff as most XC riders want, and can be pretty hot on longer rides.

RockShox Vivid Air R2C Rear Shock

“Consistently performed for longer aggressive rides.”

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The Good: Its hot rod technology has completed and maintained its performance for much longer rides compare with other air rear shock. (Ex. 12 km to 3-4 km of other air rear shock) .
Drops and Jumps, Vivid Air perfectly beats other air shock (8 to 5) and if you could find your best set up, it will bring you to win Red Bull Rampage (Kurt Sorge - 2012's Winner of Red Bull Rampage). It showed Vivid Air could be much better than the best Coil Rear Shock for Drops and Jumps.

The Bad: It is required tune up more often than your coil rear shocks. You really need to find the right set up combination for cornering, full speed at rock garden and extreme descending,

Overall Review: The most hardiness among air rear shocks and compare with coil rear shocks, Vivid air could achieved coil rear shock performance with half of the weight. The best rear shock for Freeride, Gravity Enduro and AM

Five Ten Impact Low 2 Flat Pedal Shoe

“Best flat pedal shoes!”

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The Good: Grip, grip and grip. Also durability.

The Bad: Nothing to point out.

Overall Review: I guess by now everyone knows that these are the standart in flat pedal shoes. They just grip in every situation like I have never seen before. They may be on the bulky side and have the same look for a number of years now but I personally think they look awesome and feel awesome as well. As for durability, mine have now almost 3 years and they look like I have just bought them.

Troy Lee Designs Air Helmet

“Very good for a MX helmet.”

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The Good: The protection of a MX helmet, looks, fit.

The Bad: Weight for DH use

Overall Review: Well, I got to start by saying this is a MX helmet and I'm not going to get on the discussion of the DH vs MX helmet thing. The Air is another great helmet offering from TLD, with the usual great fit and confort. Goggle wise, I used it with Spy and Oakley ones and didn't have any issue with fitment. Being a MX helmet it is not light compared to a DH specific helmet but I gotta say that the few times I used it for DH I didn't really feel the weight penalty at all. If you want the added protection or if you also have a MX bike and only want one helmet then the Air is really a great option for you.

Enve Composites Carbon Riser Bar

“Rides with Confidence”

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The Good: Super stiff and relatively the lightest among all hardcore handlebars. Its looks, strength and stiffness provide you with confidence.

The Bad: The only bad thing about this handlebar is the check out price....

Overall Review: So far it is the chosen handlebar for DH, Freeride,Aggressive AM and Gravity Enduro type of rides for its stiff, light, strength and certainly its looks.

Troy Lee Designs SE Gloves

“Perfect gloves!”

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The Good: Fit, durability, confort.

The Bad: None worth mentioning.

Overall Review: What can I say, another great product from TLD. The fit and feel on these gloves are simply perfect. Durability, after almost a year they are pretty new and show no real signs of wear. The protection on the back isn't as much as some of their other offerings, but I guess it is just the right amount of protection to still be very breathable and feel very confortable. They also have silicon on the brake fingers to help with the friction on the lever and as of right now it is holding pretty good without any peel. They may not be the cheapest, although I don't think they are expensive, and you really get what you pay Read More »

Troy Lee Designs GP Gloves

“Excellent!”

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The Good: Fit, confort, protection

The Bad: None worth mentioning.

Overall Review: Great overall Dh/FR glove. It fits great and is very confortable, I've used them for entire afternoons without any problem. Don't get me wrong, they are not some lightweight XC gloves as they do have pretty good rubber protections on the back, but you just don't notice them as they fit perfectly. They also have silicone on the brake fingers to help with friction on the brakes and it results great for it, although the silicone tends to peel over time.

Dakine Highwire Glove Spring/Summer 11

“Good quality!”

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The Good: Durability, fit, confort.

The Bad: Nothing worth mentioning.

Overall Review: I've been using these gloves for about a year and only have good things to say about them. The fit is close to perfect and so far they have withstand great, and almost don't show any signs of use at all. Feeling of the brakes is pretty good too. One of the best value for money gloves for sure...