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Tannus Armour

“Tannus Armour Foam tire Insert”

The Good:

Cost and ease of installation.

The Bad:

It does add weight to the wheelset.

Overall Review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKF43JIEVw8&t=4s I did a video review and tested them on the trails and some bench testing to see what they could handle.  Subscribe for more future reviews

Ride Concepts Livewire Flat Pedal Shoe

“Ride concepts livewire ”

The Good:

Colour options
Elastic lace holder
Fit my narrow feet.

The Bad:

Maybe not so good for wider feet.

Overall Review:

I've  had these for a few months now and I like them a lot. My old shoes were teva links and these are better in every way. Better grip and they fit great too. The sol seems lower than the tevas, so I don't feel like I'm wearing platform shoes.  So far I have had no problems, and I recommend these. I haven't had 5.10s as they seem too wide and I hear about poor quality so I can't compare them. Lucky for me a shop near me had these to try on.

2019 Specialized Stumpjumper Women's Comp Carbon 27.5 Bike

Vital Review

“Long-Term Test: Specialized Women’s Stumpjumper”

This Specialized classic has gone through several generations and has been the companion to many historic tails about epic rides of yesteryear. In 2018, the Stumpjumper once again received many updates. Among them, it inherited the previous Demo’s spaceship-like sidearm main triangle design, got a bit longer than before, is now stiffer and lighter, has a geometry adjustment, and the little details are more dialed than ever. For the women’s models, a female-specific Specialized Rx suspension tune comes standard front and rear. It’s safe to say this is a big update compared to Stumpjumpers of the Read More »

Afton Keegan Flat Pedal Shoe

“good for summer”

The Good:

Good grip to the pedal, good ventilation, toe box protection

The Bad:

they´re very slippery in the rain, dont offer heel protection

Overall Review:

I wanted to buy a good riding shoe, and i looked for this new brand to give it a chance, i have two monts riding it, are very confortable, and could be dressed in any ocation, the offer a good grip in the pedal but once they get wet gets very slippery, i would love a version that covers the heel because they already have toe box reinforced. The outsole needs to be rethinked because it´s getting very damaged with the pedal´s screws, and dont offer any support to the heel when it needs it, the material is very hard, is good for the confort because dont cause any pain when you´re riding, but it get shattered when the pedal get stuck in the holes. Im going to keep riding with them, are a very good shoe but can get better.

SRAM Level T Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

“Reliable and Affordable”

The Good:

Very Reliable, Affordable, Durable, Lightweight

The Bad:

No Tool-Free Reach Adjust, Not Very Powerful, Over Heat

Overall Review:

The SRAM Level T's are marketed by Sram as a lightweight cross country and trail brake. Unfortunately, I can't really recommend this brake as a trail bike as they really can't handle heat that will build up on the trail. They also are only 2-piston brakes, so the power would not be as powerful as a 4-piston brake. However, I would recommend this brake to the average XC racer orenthusiast. These brakes are very light weight and affordable which isn't a bad thing. I have been using these brakes for over a year now riding some downhill, enduro, and a few cross country races. Over this long period of time, I have never Read More »

Five Ten Freerider Pro Shoe

“Grippy and lightweight but fragile.”

The Good:

Lightweight and very grippy. Great water resistance.

The Bad:

Weak material used to save weight can't hold up to rigors of weekly use.

Overall Review:

These shoes grip awesome but the soles wear out quick. The toe box is tough but the material over the toes cracks over time. I have stopped wearing these because they are wearing out so fast. Now I only wear them for LONG days or races. The Impact Pro is 5 times as durable and 80% just as grippy.

2020 Trek Top Fuel 9.8 Bike

Featured Member Review

“Cross country bike looking to party ”

The Good:

*Raceable yet fun & forgiving *More versatile than one would think
*Balanced ride
*Priced reasonably well with carbon wheels
*Chain guide
*Fun!
*Fox 34 is an outstanding performer for the weight
*Good geometry considering its intended purpose

The Bad:

*Knockblock. Cmon guys, end this joke!
*Lockout has been finicky
*Paint on frame is questionable (will update this after Trek looks at it)

Overall Review:

Shimano SH-GR7 Flat Pedal Shoe

“Strong and comfortable”

The Good:

Full season of enduro racing on them and holding strong. Toe box is tough helping with blasting through loose rocks

The Bad:

Laces could be made of a thicker material. they are sometimes hard to tie with gloves on.

Overall Review:

The sole of the shoe is stiff enough to transfer power to the pedals while still flexible enough to hike and maintain feeling through the pedals. The overall durability is great. After a full season of racing they are still in amazing shape. If these ever wear out I am buying them again.

Shimano SH-GR7 Flat Pedal Shoe

“1st Time User of GR7s”

The Good:

Breathability is awesome. Firm sole is great.

The Bad:

Narrow. Using thick wool socks for colder weather will not be possible. Feel a bit disconnected from the pedal.

Overall Review:

I'm generally stoked with this shoe for late Spring/Summer/early Fall use in warm SoCal. The breathability is amazing. You're feet will feel the cooling from breezes which is wonderful.  However, they run a little narrow for my liking.  I've worn them for 15-20 rides thinking they would stretch out but they did not. They will be my goto show for Spring/Summer/early Fall use for XC riding because of the floating feeling over the pedal.

Dakine Slayer Knee Pad

Featured Member Review

“All Day Comfort?”

The Good:

Price, Looks, Stay on Knees, Breathable, Slim, Pedal Friendly

The Bad:

None so far

Overall Review:

For the past couple of years, I have only ridden cross country, light trails, and street. Due to this, I never really questioned the use of knee pads as it thought it would just make for an uncomfortable ride as I like to keep everything light, in terms of gear. I rarely ride with a hydration pack and carry minimal amounts of tools. After getting more into enduro and jumping, I really started wanting to get knee pads as hitting your bare knees never feels good. Finally, after a week or so of research, I pulled the trigger on the Dakine Slayer Knee Pads as I reckoned, they would be light and breathable enough for Read More »