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Shimano XT PD-M785 Clipless Pedals

“Great clipless pedal”

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The Good: tough, long lasting pedal at a reasonable price

The Bad: jams in heavy mud

Overall Review: If you ride clipless pedals and do the Shimano thing, these are where it's at! Like many Shimano products, nearly the same quality and durability found in the highest level pedals (XTR) is also incorporated here in a more economical version. Overall you get great function and years of solid use with the XT trail pedals. From previous years, they haveadded a cage around the pedal to increase contact area with the shoe and allow for more security in times when you want to ride clipped-out. This also adds long-term durability, as the cage helps protect the pedals from smashing rocks, etc. I have found Read More »

Cane Creek 40.ZS44.Short.Complete Headset

“Good price and great quality to match”

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The Good: Does the job without complaining

The Bad: none found so far

Overall Review: Headsets don't normally get a lot of love since it's not a flashy item that everyonedrools over. No matter to the Cane Creek folks who are making some really good headsets these days and at reasonable prices. I've had this headset twice now, one on a bike I had a year ago and sold and now on my do-it-all bike that sees everything from local trails to the bike parks in the summer. This one does the job and has given me no issues whatsoever on either bike. So I guess I could have bought a headset that cost three times as much...but what would I gave gained? Another reason why I like CC headsets is that they Read More »

2011 Cove Gspot Bike

“G-spot, Bringing the pleasure”

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The Good: Built in BC by people who ride the trails I dream about. Burly, rugged, designed for an aggressive rider. Low standover height and long feeling, but with a higher bb than most in its class.

The Bad: No exit hole for a dropper stealth, 2.4 max rear tire clearance.

Overall Review: I've put 6 months of riding on this bike, from Shuttle DH and Black Rock kickers to 30 mile backcountry epics. This is my one bike that I use for everything and it does everything asked of it. I have a single ring in the front and climb it everywhere I would climb an XC bike. When you do reach the downhills, it opens up a world of opportunities. It is more nimble than a Downhill rig, but can still mow down obstacles with authority. The 1.5 headtube allows you to achieve 65.5 at the head angle which really helps with cornering and keeping it on the trail when things get hairy. The first ride on this bike, it felt like it wanted to Read More »

Yeti 303-R DH Frame

“Sexiness!!”

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The Good: Stiff, responsive, fast, and of course sexy.

The Bad: On the heavy side, quit being a weenie!

Overall Review: I have a 2011 303rdh, performs like a champ. Climbs when I want it to and smashes downhill like no other. $$$$$ well spent

2013 Scott Gambler 10

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“First Ride: Scott's 2013 Gambler - Superb in the Rough”

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Ride report by Brandon Turman // Photos by Ian Hylands and Dave Trumpore In the Spring of 2012, the radically redesigned Scott Gambler was first leaked online. The bike was to be piloted by Brendan Fairclough and the Scott 11 Team, and it sported an interesting linkage system and an impressively slack 62-degree head angle. Over the course of the race season, the bike went through a few more revisions before being officially released in July 2012. During Whistler's Crankworx Festival, we had the opportunity to ride the beast for a day and a half of rock and berm bashing. Designed By A Shredder Ben Walker, the bike's Product Read More »

Race Face Turbine Stem

“Top Tier Stem”

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The Good: This stem is a work of art! Beautiful, strong and lightweight. Also, good range of sizes for just about every rider.

The Bad: Retail price is high, that being said, there are several online retailers that you can buy it from for cheaper.

Overall Review: Bought this stem a while back along with the turbine handlebar (725mm) I went from the stock 75mm stem to this 60mm and I LOVE it! Its very stiff and strong, I weigh 230 lbs and have NO issues with flex the shorter reach was actually pretty dramatic change in feel, but for me it was a good thing, quicker steering response and no noticeable change in climbing prowess. Great looks just seal the deal! I'd buy again in an instant.

2011 Trek Remedy 7 Bike

“I ride it throw alps!”

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The Good: incredible while climbing and it does everything you could ask to an all-mountain bike, easy to handle while discending.

The Bad: not that much really, maybe... the zone of the bottom bracket get a bit dirty on muddy days, but nothing you can worry about

Overall Review: amazing bike, ride it in every place and every cconditions and just did everything, i would totally recomend it to those who have just started doing all-mountain or enduro (sorry if there's any mistake, i'm italian, i can't speak english very well)

Straitline SSC Stem

“Strong yet light ...”

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The Good: Strong, light and looks great are the good features of this stem. I believe those features came from the the material, design and how it been manufactured. The power transfer from your body to the handlebar and front wheel is effective.

The Bad: There are few features that i dont like about this. those are the tag price ...seller price ... and .take out price..

Overall Review: I highly recommend this as the chosen stem for enduro, aggresive AM, single crown's Freeride, light dh and DJ. So far i really feel confidence to take out berm and fast speed single track, and  i control my bike through this stem not the other around.

Shimano SLX M666 Disc Brake

“Shimano SLX M666”

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The Good: compact lever/master cyclinder. easy to bleed. reach adjust. only had to pay 75 bucks for front and rear. very very smooth feel.

The Bad: absolutely nothing

Overall Review: i was running the previous gen slx's brakes and those were pretty good, then both the calipers cracked at the mounting holes and called up shimano and since i work at a shop, the warranty process was very smooth. i recieved in mail two brand new rear m666 brakes, and since they were free and i only need the one rear, i sold the other one which paid for the front so all in all, i only had to pay for rotors. im running them with the avid g3 rotors, 7 inch front, 6 inch rear and after getting the rotors/pads broken in, these brakes are phenominal. all the braking power i need and smooth modulation. Read More »

2012 GT La Bomba Bike

“2013 GT La Bomba, light and snappy”

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The Good: beautiful frame, tapered/hydroformed headtube, replaceable dropouts, low standover, short rear end. for the money good parts spec and makes for an overall solid build. comes in at just a hair over 29 pounds.

The Bad: rockshox recon fork, avid elixir 1 brakes (love/hate).

Overall Review: this review might be over the top but i am a stickler when it comes to my bikes and the parts. ive been riding a kona stuff ss dj bike for the last year and for how i ride, ive got the perfect build on that bike. since i can get gt's at 55% msrp, i definitely had to pull the trigger on the la bomba. there isnt much in the way of reviews for the gt and this is only the third year for the la bomba with just a few minor changes to parts spec and staying around the same 1500 dollar price mark. with this being a 4x geo, its slightly different than the p2 and stuff ive been used to riding. the standover is very low, has a slightly longer Read More »