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Straitline SSC Stem

“Top notch craftsmanship and look”

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The Good: Strength and design

The Bad: You'll pay for quality here

Overall Review: The edgy angles are the first thing you admire about this work of art but it won't be the last. The simple, no fuss design is easy to install and the strength is something you'll never question as you rip the sketchy line you've been eyeing. The one thing I would like to see is more sizes please: 42 mm would fit nicely between the 35 and 50 mm options.

Continental Der Baron DH Tire

“Great tire for both mud and hard-packed conditions”

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The Good: Black chili rubber loves you long time

The Bad: Weighs more than some tread designs

Overall Review: I wouldn't have thought this tread would cover so much terrain but it's great for both dry and wet trail days. I rocked these at the bike park for two seasons now and not only am I still on the same pair of rubber (thanks to the long lasting tread), but I keep them on for the spring and fall rides which tend to get a bit soggy or loose at times. Wide spacing between knobs keeps them from gunking up too much and the best part? The tread actually rolls quick enough, despite my original thought that they would roll slowly. The 2.5 wire bead dh version is not the lightest tires out there but it's withstood plenty of abuse and peace of mind is worth it to me.

Fox Racing Tech MTB Jersey '11

“Great long sleeve jersey”

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The Good: Simple styling and cool fabric

The Bad: Fabric can snag if not careful

Overall Review: Perfection is hard to come by, but this jersey is close to it for a lightweight, summer jersey. Summer? Isn't that for short sleeve shirts? Well, this fabric is thin enough to keep you cool and the long sleeves keep you from burning those tan lines over and over. Plus there are mesh underarm panels to vent the funk out. The styling may not be for everyone but I prefer the simple design. The fit is spot on and leaves a bit of room for a nice loose feel, or for sneaking in some thin armor. The green on the jersey is more vibrant than the picture above and matches much of the "vital" green colored parts that are out there. ps - keep Velcro away from this jersey in the washer and drier

Fox Racing Sergeant Shorts 2011

“Decent Baggie shorts for MTB”

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The Good: Soft, comfortable fabric

The Bad: Thick fabric gets hot

Overall Review: These are good for comfort and chilling around town before, during and after a ride. Cargo pockets come in handy for stashing stuff and an adjustable waist ensures a good fit. My favorite feature is the lens cloth for your glasses or goggles. The downside is that since these are a bit heavier (and have more cotton) than many shots out there, they tend to hold water from sweat or rain more than I would like.

Park Tool Home Mechanic PCS10 Repair Stand

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“Perfect stand for at home or in the hotel!”

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The Good: Packs up easily, good grip, easy adjustments, stable

The Bad: The small lever for setting the tension of the jaws could be a little longer for easier adjustment.

Overall Review: I've had this stand for almost a year now and it goes everywhere with me! I keep it set-up in my garage when I'm at home and when I go on trips I set it up in my hotel room for cleaning/repairs. All of the adjustment are quick release and held pretty well, sometimes you have to crank them down pretty hard though. The rubber jaws grip well without damaging the bike, and have cut-outs for cables if you have to grip the bike on a tube with cable routing. My only gripe is that you can't just set the jaw tension and then clamp and un-clamp it because the lever doesn't have enough leverage for that. You typically have to loosen it in order to un-clamp, and tighten it up after clamping, which sometime proves difficult while trying to juggle the bike. Overall a solid stand for the casual and home mechanic.

Giro Indicator

“Decent helmet for a decent price.”

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The Good: It keeps your head safe

The Bad: I could never get it to fit quite right.

Overall Review: This helmet is probably the lowest I am willing to go as far as price for protecting my dome, and it works! The accu-dial adjustment works well for getting the right fit on the rear of your head, but the straps ride at a weird angle around my ears and sometimes irritate me. I know how to adjust my helmet properly and have never had this issue with helmets before but the straps just seem to want to twist right before the front and rear straps converge under the earcausingit to be slightlyuncomfortable. It's not enough to bother me on shorter rides but when I go on an all-day trail ride it can start to get annoying. Read More »

Royal Java Trail Riding Jersey

“Sweet jersey, nice fit!”

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The Good: Looks, comfort, pocket, glasses wipe, it's made from coffee!

The Bad: None so far!

Overall Review: I bought this jersey in grey a couple of months ago for about $20 on theClymb.com and I love it. It has pre-curved sleeves, mesh side panels, and a long back that doesn't look goofy but keeps your back covered when you lean forward. The zip back pocket sits low enough to be usable with a small hydration pack. It has a patch of microfiber to wipe your glasses... and it's made of a sustainable fabric made from used coffee grounds! I prefer loose fitting trail jerseys over spandex and was actually a little hesitant about the fit of this jersey, but I am stoked with the look and feel. It looks nice and isn't as tight around Read More »

Deity Streetsweeper Frame

“StreetSweeper !”

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The Good: Light weight, that great steal feel, super short chainstays, amazing ride !

The Bad: Nothing bad so far.

Overall Review: I got this frame to replace a 2008 BlackMarket 357 for use at Rays MTB in MKE. I purchased the frame from Ray's because if anyone should make money from me its Rays who gives me a place to ride ! The streetsweeper is 2 pounds lighter than the 357, I went from a 28/13 gearing to a 30/14 and STILL had to remove two links from chain. The streetsweeper is far more nimble and just feels faster than other bikes. I'm not sure why but I let everyone ride my bike and everyone says it just goes fast so easy. No matter jumps, pump track or anywhere in the park it is just responsive, fast, nimble and boosts like crazy making everything Read More »

Crank Brothers Mallet 2 Clipless Pedal

“Quality pedal, flawed design.”

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The Good: Good quality, Solid platform, grip pins, reliable clip-in/out great mud-shedding

The Bad: Platform is fairly pointless unless you have shoes with a hole in the sole so you don't ride on the retainer springs.

Overall Review: I have been mountain biking for 6 years, riding mostly XC/Trail and had never second guessed my choice of platform pedals... until I took a vacation to Colorado, rented a Yeti 575, and got stuck on rental platforms for two days of epic Front Range, Rocky Mountain riding. First off, the low rating is not for quality but purely for design issues. I bought these pedals and a pair of 510 Maltese Falcons for two reasons: 1: I use my bike for many things and don't want to only be able to ride it with one pair of shoes. 2: When I use the clipless shoes I don't want to have difficulty walking when off the bike. Read More »