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ODI Ruffian Lock-On Grips

“Ruffian report”

The Good:

Very nice grip compound that is sticky and soft so you dont slip at all and have small vibration absorption. solid proven design. small diameter fits smaller hands and reduces arm pump. can be customized to match you bike or patriotism!!!!

The Bad:

bummer when the white ones get dirty. scratching the personalized laser etching!

Overall Review:

Great grip that has been tested and used by pros for many years and for good reason. they are awesome!!! weather you are dong DH, dirt jumping, XC or even trials these grips will let you feel in control!!!

FOX 36 Talas 160 RC2 Fit Fork

“Downhill is pushing it...”

The Good:

Great weight, great adjustibility, super stiff, Low speed damping great

The Bad:

High speed damping can get overwhelmed(DH) when pushed...but it is an air spring. The FIT system should improve that

Overall Review:

This fork has worked great for me, I've had it on a Wildcard which I used for trail, DJ and DH. I've carried it over to my Santa Cruz Blur LTCarbon. The 3 settings (100,130,160mm) make it a great investment for a carry over to your next bike. The travel setting tended to wander during the heat of battle at Blue Mountain in Ontario...not a gnarly hill.

2011 Santa Cruz Nomad Freeride Bike

“2010 Nomad”

The Good:

Proven design - really does pedal well without giving up too much small bump sensitivity.
Weight (7.5 lb frame w/Fox DHX Air, Size L). Great looking frame and easy access to the shock.

The Bad:

Flex - why no 12mm rear option? Also would like a steeper seat tube. -1 star

Overall Review:

Build is 32lbs with still capable parts. Fox 36 Float and DHX air rear well balanced. I can see myself riding this frame for years as a fun, capable trail bike. Build recommendations: I put a zero stack headset, a short stem, and a flat bar to bring the front end down and really like the cockpit feel. For sizing, I usually choose a meduim frame for DH steeds, but the Large Nomad fits short so was spot on for me (6' tall).

Race Face Ride Crank

“Race Face Ride DH Crank”

The Good:

Very strong, Cheap, can take SO! much abuse

The Bad:

not the lightest, not the heaviest, but still heavy.

Overall Review:

Best crank I've ever had. Lasted two seasons, riding around and 2 weeks in Morzine. looked no older then a few weeks when I sold them, and bought a new pair after. 5stars

FOX 40 FIT RC2 Fork

“Fox Racing Shox 40's RC2”

The Good:

the plush, light, strong and very adjustable.

The Bad:

there expensive to buy and cost alot to service (which is twice a year)

Overall Review:

ill give it 5/5 because the feeling of racing and riding them is worth the costs to even have a pair.

Maxxis High Roller Tire

“Best Downhill Tires going”

The Good:

Amazing Grip on nearly every track and environment

The Bad:

they wear out quick for me

Overall Review:

Only tire for me forever and always

Marzocchi 888 RC3 EVO Titantium - 2010 Fork

“888 RC3 EVO Ti”

The Good:

good price and plush

The Bad:

heavy and the air volume adjuster clicks when the suspension is compressed. I truly think the air volume adjuster is just a gimmick cause you don't feel a difference if its all the way in or out. Mine has already been sent back n it still does the same thing.

Overall Review:

If you want a heavy fork that makes a lot of noise it is perfect for you. Than again maybe i just got a crummy batch of forks

Wellgo MG-1 Flat Pedal

“If you can get the cheap, do it.”

The Good:

Light wieght
sealed
Pins are screwed in from top, not through the body

The Bad:

A little thick.

Overall Review:

Although not as thin as some pedals, still one of the best deals. I love the pins. When they get damaged you can still unscrew them without damaging the body threads. You may have to use pliers but thats better than having to cut damaged pins just take them out and risk ruining the body threads. For example the trailmix pedals.

Superco Charger Hardtail Frame

“The last hardtail I'll ever own”

The Good:

I rode one of Doc's first prototypes, and within minutes I knew this was the frame I was going to own. I tried to give him cash right that moment, but he wanted to wait until the bikes were actually done. Love the clean lines, tight geometry, and smooth ride. Just awesome.

The Bad:

I originally had the regular frame, and my size 11's didn't clear the tire on barspins. Once I got the XL frame, that was fixed. If you have size 11's, and like to spin the bars, go with the XL frame.

Someone needs to give Doc a CNC machine so he can include chain tensioners with the frame. Those tight little dropouts make finding the perfect tensioner a bit tough. Doc has some good recommendations for now, but that was the hardest part of my assembly of the bike.

Overall Review:

The frame is super dialed. If you get a chance to ride one of these, consider the fact, that once you have ridden it, you won't want any other frame.

Vital MTB Stack Hoody

Featured Member Review

“Vital in the hood.”

The Good:

Soft, comfy, and my sexy points went up 10 points.

The Bad:

My gfriend keeps stealing it. Had to get one for her.

Overall Review:

You ain't cool, unless you pee your pants.....AND have a Vital hoodie.