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2021 YT Capra Blaze 29 Bike

“It's the real GOAT”

2021 YT Capra Blaze 29 Bike

The Good:

build quality, looks and ride
Seat tube length, wheel base and stack height
Suspension spec
Brakes (Code RSC)

The Bad:

Slackish seat tube angle
Mid-range drive train, not real bad but GX 10-52.

Overall Review: A really good, responsive and fast for 170mm mountain goat. Went just a little higher on air in suspension which made a very supportive pedal platform. Admittedly over biked for most of my riding, however sure plows through rooty sections and confidence inspiring on downhills. I am relieved to find that the rather long wheelbase doesn't feel too slow through turns, but rather provides stability through technical climbs. I have no issues climbing it, although a steeper seat tube angle would be good. I had a choice to go either Medium or X-Large due to inventory, YT suggested med would be too small and so I went XL. For full on Read More »

2021 Commencal Meta HT AM Ride Bike

“Built up frame buy”

2021 Commencal Meta HT AM Ride Bike

The Good:

Light and stiff frame Long seat tube
Good stack height

The Bad:

Wish the seat post was another 1-2 degrees steeper and cockpit 20mm longer. narrow BB

Overall Review: Very capable. Built in 27.5+ configuration. 160mm suspension fork. Carbon wheels with I9 1/1 hubs and Rocket Ron 2.8 tires. weighs 27.5 with pedals Very nice handling, quick and fast.  Love the long seat tube for dropper. Able to utilize a 210mm Oneup dropper to get really low when necesary. 

2022 Specialized Kenevo SL Expert E-Bike

Vital Review

“2022 Specialized Kenevo SL Review”

2022 Specialized Kenevo SL Expert E-Bike
In the last few years the e-bike category of mountain biking has continued to fill out and evolve, offering an impressive variety of specifically designed machines for almost every niche rider preference. With most models maintaining the heavy-yet-stable, motor-up-everything feel we’ve come to expect from pedal-assisted bikes, anyone who’s spent time aboard an e-bike has daydreamed of applying just the benefits of some motor assist to their mountain bike. A perceived unachievable blend of broader climbing potential matched with the agile, bomb hole smashing descending elements of a modern 160-170mm bike that Read More »

SRAM Guide R Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

“one of the worst brakes made from sram”

 SRAM Guide R Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

The Good:

the matchmaker levers keep your cockpit clean

The Bad:

everything else

Overall Review: have had multiple sets of these brakes 1 out of 10 might be a good set. number of problems with bleeding properly and almost all of them have had lever sticking issues . i had even swapped out lever pistons that was supposed to fix the issues with the lever but still had issues . you would be better off buying a different brake set at that price or a little more than these cause the long term issues will not be worth the money saved

Magura MT5 Disc Brakes

“excellent brake for your money ”

 Magura MT5 Disc Brakes

The Good:

Easy to bleed , light weight with great stopping power

The Bad:

the royal blood mineral oil can cost more than other mineral oils

Overall Review: great brake for the price was easy to install and bleed . plus ive found it to be one of the lighter brakes around at that price point .

Fast Suspension Fenix Rear Shock

Vital Review

“High-Performance Coil Shock for Your Enduro Bike | Fast Fenix Review”

 Fast Suspension Fenix Rear Shock
Hailing from France, Fast Suspension is a small company that was founded in 2007. They initially specialized in mountain bike suspension service and various upgrade kits for other brands but since 2015 they are also a manufacturer of rear shocks. The Fenix shock was born from the idea of combining the sensitivity and performance of a downhill coil shock with a climbing platform for enduro applications. We’ve been testing it for the past 5 months, and we’re here to let you know how we’ve been getting along. Strengths Weaknesses Overall low weight Effective and noticeable range of adjustments Quiet operation Smooth Read More »

Maxxis Grifter Tire

“Absolute Trash”

 Maxxis Grifter Tire

The Good:

Absolutely Nothing

The Bad:

I only got one ride out of them and the rubber tread tore open allowing the tube to balloon out through the hole and pop. The rubber split at the tread and just left a big split in the tire even though they are BRAND new. I am disgusted at the quality of this product and will never be buying from maxxis again.

Overall Review: Don't ever buy these guys trust me save yourself the heart ache and find a quality and reputable tire manafacturer

POC Resistance Pro DH Gloves

“Same gloves as 2016 POC Resistance Strong Gloves just a different name- unless adhesive is improved.”

 POC Resistance Pro DH Gloves

The Good:

no more twisted strap, like on 2015 Index DH glove
more air flow than the DH index glove provided by the holes in the palm
I stay cool even in 25 deg. Celsius
comfortable
true to size, I have 21cm knuckle size, and the medium fits me perfectly. I went from Index DH gloves in large which was a bit too bit too big, to this glove.
Durable ceramic-coated SuperFabric® with abrasion-resistant properties, this actually works.
Great fit.
Has impact protection at the knuckles.

The Bad:

the impact protection is silly thin, they won’t help on a proper impact, I tested it with hitting my hand harder and harder on a stem.
Because of the holes on the palm, the durability suffers when you get something (pedal pins for example) stuck in the holes you can tear the fabric, but this is also caused by the fabric's weakness. but if you do it can easily be fixed if you got some sewing skills.
the triple dots on the fingers wear off fast because they are glued on. the glue holding the Velcro to the rubber strap failed of some pairs of gloves, but you can easily fix this with a sewing kit. Sadly I got an inconsistent quality of the stitching on these gloves with the gloves I got.
after many months of use, the glove stretched and had to be sewn in the palm to fit me properly.

Overall Review: But if you want longer lasting palm to get the Index DH glove instead, but it will of course not be as cool as the Resistance glove, but the durability of the palm must be improved. I still use my Index DH gloves in size L, for colder days,I wear them over fleece gloves in size M, which works well. I want to look intoother gloves, like Mechanix for example, they got full finger padding and knuckle padding. but that might be overkill. Original review 

SHRED. Brain Box NoShock Full Face Helmet

“Don't Buy it”

 SHRED. Brain Box NoShock Full Face Helmet

The Good:

The vents aesthetic

The Bad:

Everything this was so uncomfy, the quality was poor, it got very hot, felt itchy for some reason I think it was the liner. Rode in it twice and sold it bought a Bell

Overall Review: I don't even want to write a full review it was so bad and not worth my time reviewing. There are so many helmets that are better than this, stay away. They also get employees and sponsored riders to review their products.

Roval Control Carbon Wheelset

Vital Review

“$1,350, 1450g Roval Control Carbon Wheelset First Look”

 Roval Control Carbon Wheelset
Dropped off by our favorite Fedex driver 4 days ago are the new Roval Control Carbon wheels. These light-weight XC/light-duty trail wheels feature a 29mm internal width, DT Swiss' new 350 hubs with 36-tooth star ratchet guts, 28 straight-pull spokes and a weight of around 1450g for the pair. While not inexpensive by any means, their $1,350 price tag for the pair is less expensive than a rear-only carbon Control SL wheel that's only about 100g lighter. Sure there are hub differences between the wheels in this analogy, and if you're chasing XC podiums, 100g could mean something, but most sane mountain-biking humans Read More »