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WTB FX28 XT758 15mm Ta Wheelset

“no, just no”


The Good: rather cheap

The Bad: Super heavy
bent the whole thing 2" off true in 3 months
super narrow

Overall Review: when i got these, I thought that they would last, and was willing to suffer the weight penalty. these wheels suck. the damm rim didnt last as long as my tires im over these rims.

Teva Pinner Flat Pedal Shoe

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“Teva Pinner”


The Good: -Comfortable
-Simple look
-Good off the bike
-Great grip
-Great price point

The Bad: -A little warm

Overall Review: I got lucky when I found these seeing as how my FiveTen's were needing replacing. I found them in a local store in the clearance section and I loved them the minute I stepped in. The Pinner is incredibly comfortable. The lining is similar to site shoes, which, for many, is incredibly familiar for many flat pedal riders. The grip is great as well, being the exact same as the Links. Using them on my pedals, which are missing a fair amount of pins, they have amazing grip. I didn't feel like they would slip, nor did they feel like they gave too much grip, which was a constant issue with my FiveTen's. The soles are stiff and Read More »

e*thirteen LG1+ Chainguide

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“Tested: e*thirteen LG1+ Chainguide - Let It Guide You”

Review and photos by Johan Hjord For quite some time, e*thirteen was basically another word for chain retention systems (aka chainguides), and rightfully so – the original e*thirteen guide + bash combos were certainly pushing innovation and design in chain management, and their ubiquitous “Turbocharger” bashrings graced many a bike build, be it at the races or out with mates. e*thirteen was acquired by and became part of The Hive, a company that was at the time mainly producing cranks, in 2010. The e*thirteen brand was kept alive, and has since then grown to include not only guides but also cranks, wheels, Read More »

Teva Links Flat Pedal Shoe

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“Get a High Five from your Feet.”


The Good: -Stiff sole
-Just the right amount of grip -Really comfortable
-Water Proofed(except for the mesh)
-Mesh on top for breatablility

The Bad: After giving this a good five minutes of thought, I suppose they could have more color options to match my gear.

Overall Review: Let me start by saying that I have spent most of my biking life running skate shoes or basketball shoes as my everyday and bikingfootwear. About two years ago, Idecidedto buy some dedicated mountain bike shoes. The Teva Links was not the first pair I purchased. While the other shoes had amazing grip, they wereimpossibleto move to make small foot position adjustments, the sole was too flexible, and I hated walking around in them. So after a year I got the Teva Links. And with it I lost all my previous complaints. In the short, my feet love me for buying these. I wear these shoes all day, every day for almost everything. In Read More »

2013 BMC Trailfox TF02 Trailcrew

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“2013 Test Sessions: BMC Trailfox TF02 Trailcrew”

Reviewed by Matt Thomson and Jess Pedersen // Written by Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Brandon Turman The BMC Trailfox is a 150mm travel all-mountain rig that BMC lovingly refers to as the "Swiss Army Knife" of their lineup. Much like that beloved pocket knife, the Trailfox was designed to come in handy for a variety of uses. The do-it-all bike is something many companies try to achieve, but few actually succeed. When Switzerland-based BMC set out to make the Trailfox, that's exactly what they had in mind, but did they pull it off? We invited the company to send over their mid-range TF02 model to find out during Read More »

2013 Norco Range Killer B-2

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“2013 Test Sessions: Norco Range Killer B-2”

Reviewed by Steve Wentz, Joe Schneider, and Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Brandon Turman For 2013, Norco has eliminated the 26-inch version of the Range in favor of a new 650B "Killer B" version. Yes, you read that right, another victim of the big wheel. They didn't do it to spite the 26-inch lovers among us, though. The reasoning behind the switch, according to Norco, was simply in the pursuit of making the best all-mountain bike. In their eyes the way to do that just happened to be with the 650B wheel size, so they rolled with it. The end result is this beauty - a 160mm travel do-it-all shred sled. It Read More »

RockShox Vivid Air R2C Rear Shock

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“Vivid Air is a Step in the Right Direction”


The Good: -Light for a DH/Freeride shock
-High volume air can for a less progressive feel
-Sag indicators
-Dual-rebound adjustment.

The Bad: -Not as smooth as coil shocks
-Air can valve can be a pain to get to

Overall Review: When I bought this shock, I was on a weight loss kick for my rig. Basically I wanted my baby to slim down without loosing performance. At the time, the Vivid Air R2C was the only air shock that I was considering since it has a larger air can, and is built from the ground up to be put on a DH/Freeride bike. The Vivid Air comes in three different compression tunes to match the travel ratio of your bike. The problem I had with this, is that Rockshox doesn't make it very easy to find out which tune fits which travel ratio. After a few weeks of searching and comparing forum results, I found that my bike could run either Read More »

Royal 2014 Signature Shorts

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“Tested: Royal Racing Signature Short”

by AJ Barlas Up until a few years ago, the majority of the Royal range was aimed at downhill riders, but the range has grown alongside the sport. Their riding short range saw the introduction of the Matrix a couple of years back, then came the Hexlite and MW365, and for 2013 the Esquire and Signature shorts were added to the list—all with a goal of being lightweight, comfortable and functional. The Signature Short is specifically aimed at the Trail rider—the guys (and ladies) that just want to ride bikes, whether it be a shuttle, pedal, hike-a-bike, whatever. The premise for the short is to keep you Read More »

2013 Giant Trance X 29er 0

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“2013 Test Sessions: Giant Trance X 29 0”

Reviewed by Steve Wentz, Joe Schneider, and Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Brandon Turman Dubbed the "Ultimate Trail Bike" and developed in conjunction with super-everything champion Adam Craig, Giant's 2013 Trance X 29er is the latest evolution of the original Trance X trail bike, but re-engineered for 29-inch wheels. The bike grew a little, sprouted bigger wheels, 5-inches of Maestro driven suspension, Giant's OverDrive 2 headtube, and the relatively new Contact Switch adjustable seatpost. With the increased popularity of Enduro races, this bike comes at a time when people are searching for seconds, trying Read More »

Manitou Dorado Pro Downhill Fork

“Racer feel with a freeride package”


The Good: small bump compliance is amazing. there are so many adjustments so getting it dialed is a snap. SUPER stable on the big hits

The Bad: honestly nothing

Overall Review: Better than fox rockshox marzocchi and DVO. i have tried all of these extensively and this is truely the best downhill fork ever made.