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2011 Santa Cruz Nomad Freeride Bike

“2010 Nomad”

2011 Santa Cruz Nomad Freeride Bike

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 4-bolt Crankset

“Race Face Ride DH Crank”

 Race Face Ride 4-bolt Crankset

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 2011 Fork

“Fox Racing Shox 40's RC2”

 FOX 40 FIT RC2 2011 Fork

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”

 Maxxis High Roller Tire

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”

 Marzocchi 888 RC3 EVO Titantium - 2010 Fork

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.”

 Wellgo MG-1 Flat Pedal

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”

 Superco Charger Hardtail Frame

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.”

 Vital MTB Stack Hoody

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.

FSA Orbit Xtreme Pro 1.5R Headset

“1 1/8 Version”

 FSA Orbit Xtreme Pro 1.5R Headset

The Good:

Gets the job done with minimal servicing.
Sleek

The Bad:

...catastrophic failure of the bottom cup.
Super shady warranty fine-print.
They have no contact number for customer service, and they won't seem to respond to the bike shop that I am dealing with.

Overall Review: For a headset whose name includes adjectives such as "xtreme" and "pro", the thing just didn't stand up to abuse like I thought it would. It has a 10 year warranty if you never use it for aggressive riding or competition. What the hell? If they stood behind their product and simply replaced it, this would have been a completely different story.

Vital MTB Stack Hoody

“hoodie goodie”

 Vital MTB Stack Hoody

The Good:

Comfy, soft and warm. Zipper works. Be a walking/riding billboard for the coolest mtb website since Litter!

The Bad:

Ooh, Vital is forcing a negative comment in order to submit my review. I like that.

However..I haven't any negative comments about my treasured Vital hoodie.

Overall Review: "It is a hoodie, how can you go wrong!" emc2