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Banshee Spitfire - 2010 Frame

Featured Member Review

“Spitfire Aggressive Trail”

The Good:

Quite unique geometry for a 5" travel frame. This bike is FAST on the descents and an absolute blast when you get the opportunity to really open it up. Changing the geo with the front shock mount is super quick to do and very effective. The aggressive geo is complemented by the awesome chassis stiffness, allowing you to push a 5" air sprung bike much harder than it should be. Bike comes with an extra hanger and pivot bushings which is a nice touch. Build quality seems to be pretty top notch.

The Bad:

Ano finish is a bit fragile, dropouts are fairly generic/clunky. Slightly shorter chainstays would make the bike a bit more nimble and fun. If it were designed around a 7.875" i2i shock one could play with coil shock options.

Overall Review:

A pretty unique bike that is meant for riders that can appreciate how hard it can be pushed. Adjustable geo is easy to change, and the low/slack position is very much so for a trail bike. The shock does seem to be much more active in the low/slack setting, leaving the high/steep setting feeling snappy for trail riding but a bit harsh over the chatter.

DEITY Topsoil 2010 Handlebar

“Deity Topsoil Handlebar”

The Good:

Everything about these bars is great ! Weight , Rise , Length, Graphics
I use Dirty Thirty for DH and like the wider bars -So the 29 seems to be good fit for me on the Topsoil

The Bad:

None to report other then some of the graphics are covered up by the grips -

Overall Review:

Highly Recommend for your DJ ride - Plus customer service is top notch !!!!

Evil Revolt Frame

“Worst company ever!!!”

The Good:

The ride is great. There is nothing bad about the ride quality of this bike. Pure dh race rig thats highly adjustable.

The Bad:

The company itself, specifically the warranty department. I broke my frame in October of last year. After talking to Gabe in warranty and sending pictures to him, he agreed to replace the frame under warranty. He promised me that this would be taken care of no later than February. When February came he said it would be 45 days, production problems in China. 45 days past and I was getting a little pissed with race season starting I still had no frame. He promised me it would be taken care of no later than the end of March. Now we are at the end of March, he says he has 70 frames that just came in and 50 of them are junk, he'll call me back with a status. It's now August and he has not returned any of my calls, my shops calls, and the reps that were selling the frames have quit.

Overall Review:

I say to anyone who is thinking of buying this frame to reconsider. Don't make the mistake I did spending your hard earned money. They have had several revisions to this frame and it's still not holding up. The only ones they are taking care of are themselves. I started checking around to see what happened to the 20 "GOOD" frames that pasted inspection and the bike shop down the road from them got 6 of them to sell. Where did the rest go? Canada? Race team? Europe? No one knows the answer to that because they wont answer the phone. I hope the rest of you will be smart and pass this one up. Evil, you live up to your name. Thanks for ruining my race season and my confidence in the little guy! I'm only clicking one star cause it wont allow me to leave it blank!

Avid Elixir R Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

“Solid Brakes, Work perfect, Better than my 2010 shimanot saints”

The Good:

These brakes are dependable, did not experience brake fade, and have never bled my 2009s I had on the trek session 88. I also have them on my 2010 intense 951 and these brakes are more dependable than the saint brakes i have on my 2010 slopestyle. I have recently purchased a set to replace the saints on the slopestyle.

The Bad:

Nothing. these brakes are simply amazing and are very dependable. I rode them at Snowshoe bike park WV and Diablo. Highly recommend.

Overall Review:

Five stars, especially if you are not into bleeding brakes and look to ride a set that requires minimal if any maintenance.

2011 Trek Session 8 Bike

“I will never buy a trek bike again”

The Good:

handles very nice

The Bad:

i have literally broken/replaced/had problems with every part of the bike. I haven't had any big falls or any major reasons for the bike to have broken but it is completely ridiculous.

Overall Review:

the bike is great for the first couple weeks and then slowly goes downhill (no pun)

Morewood Bicycles Makulu Frame

“SIMPLY RAD”

The Good:

Suspension, Stability, Cornering, Speed

The Bad:

Nothing...n/a

Overall Review:

Let me begin by stating that I have ridden/owned alot of bikes, always searching for the next best thing...the Makulu is it. The suspension is incredible. The super low leverage allows the rear to feel unlike anything else I've ridden. Although this is a full-on dh race sled with about 40% sag, it doesn't feel mushy as many bikes often do, but at the same time it eats up terrain with ease. My riding style tends to be more jibby and slopestyle-esque, so I generally to do not like dh rigs that feel like plows or monster trucks. While the Makulu has no problem running over anything in your path, it is also nimble enough to Read More »

Avid Elixir R Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

“Solid Brakes”

The Good:

Reliable. Good performance. Not expensive.

The Bad:

For what they are, none.

Overall Review:

After reading the other dude's review I figured I should give these brakes some props. I've been running them for two seasons now and I've bled the rear once, and haven't had to bleed the front yet. I have them on my downhill bike and they're plenty powerful for me, I don't even run a 203 rotor in the rear. They slow you down well with good modulation and unless you're a newbie who brakes really hard or you're a heavy dude, the power is certainly sufficient. The difference between these brakes and the CR's is not power, but only the pad contact adjuster. Additionally, they have very little fade. I just raced Read More »

Avid Elixir R Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

“Weakweakweak!”

The Good:

there cheap thats about it

The Bad:

braking power just is not there, the body of the brake is very weak and they dont stand up to any real riding situations.

Overall Review:

would not recomend them to any on who actualy rides there bike unless you ride brakeless any way

Avid Elixir CR Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

“Avid Elixir Brake Review”

The Good:

good feel, great power, very adjustible

The Bad:

they squeal a tiny bit but it doesn't bother me at all

Overall Review:

i had hfx/9 carbon, i thought they were good but avid got there stuff right

Shimano M545 Clipless Pedal

“Would not recomend”

The Good:

nothing really good

The Bad:

First day i got them i bent the cages and lost a bolt to one which made the cage rattle everywhere.

Overall Review:

do not get these! the metal bends very easily