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BikeYoke Revive Seatpost

“Best Dropper Available”

The Good:

- super smooth operation
- always reliable
- revive feature fixes any “deadspot” in a few seconds, instead of rebuilding or sending in your seatpost.
- adjustable air pressure allows for speed adjust, and an audible top out knock if you so wish for it.
- easy to rebuild, if for some reason needed. Bike yoke is very informative as well. And allows for playing with different oils and weights. Not limiting you to one type of oil that you feel burning your eyes and lungs....
This is a cool feature because, if you frequently ride in cold weather, you can use a lighter oil. Or if a lighter rider feels the post is too firm pushing down, it can be adjusted to preference. Not as easy as twisting a dial on your remote, but also no hydraulic line in your frame...
- comes with a usable remote. The remote can use a cable head, or clamp the cable. So setup is super easy and quick.
- the “max” 34.9 post uses an entirely larger design for durability, instead of just making the lower portion of the post heavier and thicker.
- one of the lowest overall lengths available. The 160 is shorter than many competing 150 posts.

The Bad:

- cheap cable and housing included. Pretty standard on all droppers though. Recommend swapping to sealed ferrules and stainless cable.
- pretty spendy, but includes a remote.
- remote feels cheap compared to a wolf tooth remote, but that’s kind of expected.

Overall Review:

I can’t see the future, but as far as what’s available today, I would never buy a different post. The reliability and the quality of the Revive is years beyond anything else available, and worth every penny. The revive feature is genious. Don’t be concerned that you’ll be using it daily, in two years of owning, I had to legitimately use the feature twice to reset my post. I did it a dozen other times showing people how it works. If for some reason the oil is very foamed up, you may need to do it twice. But you will always get your post back to feeling new, literally at the flip of a switch. Out of the dozens that we have Read More »

ENVE Composites AM Wheel

“They Just Keep on Rolling. ”

The Good:

Have stayed true, round, have had zero maintenance since 2013, spin up well and stiff. Oh and i have never had to touch the spoke tension, just give them an oiling, once!

The Bad:

Nowt. There is nothing i bad about them, other than having to rob a bank to buy them.

Overall Review:

I have been running as set of 29" AMs, own my old Tall Boy since late 2013. These wheels have been awesome. I have not had to touch them, I have be used on river side trails, The Pisgah Stage race, the forests in Indiana and Dallas, and are now being hammered through, roots, rock gardens and down hills in Hong Kong. There have been a few times i should have had a pinch flat from hitting a square edged rock and the wheels have just kept on rolling. Mind you, they ain't cheap, but worth every cent.

SDG Slater Grip

“Lightweight but unrideable”

The Good:

Lightweight, & the one-piece chassis can be salvaged as basis for another shot at doing it right.

The Bad:

The most painful grip I've ridden in over 30yrs of MTB!

Overall Review:

The one-piece design has promise and saves weight vs. alloy collars: this version is a fail, but V2 could be a win SDG manages to turn up the damping and cushion factor by several orders of magnitude. These grips offer next to zero cushioning or shock adsorption. To make matters worse, SDG has added a hard-plastic, beveled cap at the outer end of the grip, which doesn't just limit your hand positions, it literally cuts into your hand if you're used to gripping the end of the bar. I'm a self-professed grip minimalist, but I took these grips off after two rides because they managed to produce *pain* within the first 15 minutes of Read More »

2018 UNNO Ever Factory Bike

Vital Review

“Review - UNNO Ever from Vital MTB Test Sessions”

During the Vital MTB 27.5 DH Test Sessions, the UNNO Ever went head-to-head with four other leading bikes. What follows are our thoughts specific to the Ever. Be sure to check out the main feature for an in-depth comparison video, timed testing results, and more. Highlights 27.5-inch wheels Carbon frame with high-gloss, self-healing finish Only 50 bikes produced per year, by hand, in Barcelona 200mm (7.9-inches) front and rear travel Dual-link suspension design Integrated frame protection throughout Internal cable routing with inner guides and rubber port seals Rubber seal on seatpost collar Threaded bottom bracket with ISCG Read More »

2018 Specialized Demo 8 S-Works Bike

Vital Review

“Review - Specialized Demo 8 from Vital MTB Test Sessions”

During the Vital MTB 27.5 DH Test Sessions, the Specialized Demo 8 went head-to-head with four other leading bikes. What follows are our thoughts specific to the Demo 8. Be sure to check out the main feature for an in-depth comparison video, timed testing results, and more. Highlights 27.5-inch wheels Asymmetric carbon frame 200mm (7.9-inches) front and rear travel FSR suspension design with concentric main pivot/bottom bracket Lipped and sealed cartridge pivot bearings Integrated frame protection throughout // Additional paint protection included Internal/external rear brake routing options BB30 bottom bracket with Read More »

2018 Pivot Phoenix DH Carbon Saint Bike

Vital Review

“Review - Pivot Phoenix from Vital MTB Test Sessions”

During the Vital MTB 27.5 DH Test Sessions, the Pivot Phoenix went head-to-head with four other leading bikes. What follows are our thoughts specific to the Phoenix. Be sure to check out the main feature for an in-depth comparison video, timed testing results, and more. Highlights 27.5-inch wheels Carbon frame 204mm (8.0-inches) rear travel // 200mm (7.9-inches) front dw-link suspension design 9.5x3.0-inch shock with sag indicator Air shock suggested due to clevis design Internal cable routing with cable port system Integrated frame protection throughout Press fit bottom bracket with ISCG 05 mount 12x157mm rear Read More »

2019 Norco Aurum HSP1 Bike

Vital Review

“Review - Norco Aurum HSP from Vital MTB Test Sessions”

During the Vital MTB 27.5 DH Test Sessions, the Norco Aurum HSP went head-to-head with four other leading bikes. What follows are our thoughts specific to the Aurum HSP. Be sure to check out the main feature for an in-depth comparison video, timed testing results, and more. Highlights Available in 27.5 (tested) and 29-inch models Carbon frame with size-scaled tubing 200mm (7.9-inches) front and rear travel High single-pivot suspension design with an idler pulley Metric trunnion shock with bearings 225x75mm (27.5) // 225x70mm (29) rear shock Gravity Tune: Chainstay length increases proportionately to front-end length Integrated Read More »

2018 Canyon Sender CF 9.0 Team Bike

Vital Review

“Review - Canyon Sender from Vital MTB Test Sessions”

During the Vital MTB 27.5 DH Test Sessions, the Canyon Sender went head-to-head with four other leading bikes. What follows are our thoughts specific to the Sender. Be sure to check out the main feature for an in-depth comparison video, timed testing results, and more. Highlights 27.5-inch wheels Carbon front end // 6066 T6 aluminum rear triangle 200mm (7.9-inches) front and rear travel MX Link suspension design with industrial bearings and sag monitor Adjustable chainstay length and head angle (included headset cups) // Six distinct geometry options Integrated frame protection throughout // Rear fender Sound-proofed Read More »

Troy Lee Designs Resist Water Resistant Shorts

Vital Review

“First Ride: Troy Lee Designs Resist Short”

With advances in tech fabrics and construction techniques, MTB-specific rain gear has really evolved over the past couple of years. However, perhaps because of its California roots, Troy Lee Designs has paid a little less attention to its foul-weather catalogue which as a result has been left quite a bit sparser than some of its competition. The all-new Resist short is here to start to address this point, and we’ve had it out in the mud to see how it stacks up. Troy Lee Designs Resist Highlights Water resistant design for wet weather conditions 84% nylon/16% spandex fabric construction Read More »

OneUp Components Dropper Post

“Sweet post from a great company ”

The Good:

~Reliable
~Great value for money
~Easy to service
~Easy to install
~spares are inexpensive
~cable operated and clamps at the lever

The Bad:

~Small amounts of play in post
~Not as smooth as some (more expensive posts)
~Doesn’t come with lever or shim (purchased separately)

Overall Review:

Using the 150mm, 30.9 post without the shim, pared with a wolf tooth lever. Been using the post hard for 8 months and had zero issues. The post has a nice quick action but not quite the nut busting speeds of the specialised posts. Simple to install, where the cable head sits in the bottom of the post and the end clamps at the lever so cable shortening is nice and easy. You also don’t have to be as accurate with cable tension to get it dropping and returning nicely compared to other cable operated posts I’ve used. I’ve just recently serviced the post, which allows you to clean/regrease the brass keys and wiper Read More »