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Box One 11-Speed Rear Derailleur

“Long-Term Review Box One 11 speed Rear dérailleur”

The Good:

It’s easier to clean the jockey wheels than on Shimano rear derailleurs, due to the more open design, the jockey wheels are more exposed & the lower is bigger. The cage swings very smoothly
You can fully take it apart, as the swing arms have E clips, so removing them is easy with a screwdriver, So far Box does not offer every single part as a replacement.

The Bad:

The spring tension is too high.
The Clutch is not adjustable, so when it wears you can't regain hte same performance, But the new version has adjustable clutch.

Overall Review:

Going from Xt m8000 with uncut 116 link Kmc x11 Sl silver chain, I had to add 5 links, due to the bigger tension pulley, but with 34T Oval I could use stock chain length. But if I were to use 32T or smaller I don’t Think it would be an issue, but I haven’t tested this. Unlike the other current options, Box One has bushings, which is great, bushings can be replaced, which is very easy to do, the rear derailleur can be fully assembled, the only thing you need is a screwdriver to remove the E clips. I wish all Rear derailleurs fully serviceable. But the Top pulley is also more exposed, and easier to clean than on Read More »

Unparallel Dust Up Flat Pedal Shoe

Vital Review

“Tested: Unparallel Dust Up Flat Pedal Shoe”

If you’ve been following the MTB shoe market, you might have noticed a new name pop up recently. Unparallel Sports is a company that was founded in 2017 by Sang Lee, a close friend of Five Ten’s founder and the person behind the production of Five Ten shoes up until the adidas acquisition. With that heritage in mind, we were of course excited to see what this new/old player could come up with, and we’ve been putting one of Unparallel’s very first creations to the test to find out. Strengths Weaknesses Extremely grippy Very comfortable Effecting “damping” on the pedals Good in both wet and dry conditions Lacks Read More »

Roval Traverse SL Wheelset

Vital Review

“Tested: Roval's No-Nonsense Traverse SL Wheelset”

After a few years of real-world testing, Roval went back to the drawing board with their entire series of mountain wheels beforelaunching things last summer in Whistler. The latest Roval series features a number of refinements and has the potential to put the Roval wheelset near the top of everybody’s aftermarket upgrade list. Let's dig in. Strengths Weaknesses Excellent balance between stiffness and compliance Much quieter on trail than previous version 30mm inner width is perfect for most modern tires Tubeless from the box Same spoke length throughout J-bend spokes all of the same length Fast rolling DT Swiss hub Read More »

2019 YT Capra 29 CF Pro Race Bike

“Its a bad bike, in a good way.”

The Good:

Build, geometry, price, weight

The Bad:

Top end progressivity, mail order only

Overall Review:

I love this bike. I came from a 27.5 slash (160 / 160) to a GG Smash 29'er, and now this. It's fantastic. The build is about as good as you can get for the money. And with 170mm front and rear the bike will absolutely plow. Its also playful and with the fox factory suspension you can really dial it in to your specific needs. I have found it to be a little difficult to dial in the rear due to alot of ramp in final 10mm but I'm working through it. Overall its a 5/5. 

ODI Longneck ST BMX Grips

“ODI longnecks, the minion of grips. ”

The Good:

Sticky, soft, long, perfect width.

The Bad:

Nothing, seriously.

Overall Review:

Amazing grip. There is a reason all the BMX pros who aren't sponsored by a grip company ride these. So sticky that gloves are not required, last a decent amount of time, grip the bar well and don't twist or slide, come with a great bar-end. If you do tricks and ride without gloves, get them. They are the grip that all others try to beat, but can't. Like minions haha

Chromag Squarewave XL Grip

“No more hand/arm pump”

The Good:

Nice soft feel, wide grip for big hands and a nice bulge in the middle.

The Bad:

Colour choice, I'd like to see a polished/gum colourway

Overall Review:

After some seriously sore hands after 2 days at whistler bike park, I felt like I needed to try some fatter grips for the next few days,  found these at Evolution whistler and never looked back, I now use them on all my bikes and rate them as the best.

DEITY Knuckleduster Grip

“Knuckle(duster) sandwich”

The Good:

Great grip, even with sweaty mitts / Surprising amount of damping, even on the rigid singlespeed / A veritable panoply of color options / Durable for how soft they are

The Bad:

Still not quite enough grip to convince me to ditch the gloves

Overall Review:

Full disclosure- I picked up my first Knuckledusters because Deity is a local company, and they’re good folks. But the second set I bought specifically to go on a rigid bike. They’re that good. The three patterns do seem a bit like they’re trying to do to much in one grip, but it works really well,I’ll be replacing these with more Knuckledusters when that time comes.

2019 Rocky Mountain Altitude Carbon 90 Bike

“Pretty Sweet Rig”

The Good:

In the past three years I’ve had a YT Jeffsy 27, a Pivot Mach 5.5, and now an RM Altitude. The Altitude is by far the most fun of the three. It’s lighter and faster. It smooths out the trail amazingly well, but is insanely playful. I think it climbs very well. Coming from a DW Link bike I thought it might not climb as well, but it’s as good if not better than the Mach 5.5 going up hill. My bike is a custom build with X01 Eagle and Nox Carbon wheels. It’s about 29lbs with flat pedals. I love this thing and it’s got me looking at other Rocky Mountain bikes as well.

The Bad:

It can be a little twitchy at high speed for a 150mm travel bike. I’m sure that has to do with the really short chain stays.

Overall Review:

The most fun bike I’ve owned in a long time.  

ODI Vans Lock-On Grip

“Great Medium to thicker thickness ODI option”

The Good:

-Thicker than ODI Ruffian
-Slightly thinner than ODI Yeti's
-Just the right amount of squishy but firm
-Waffle pattern is great for fingers too
-Vans steez

The Bad:

Have yet to figure out that

Overall Review:

Was running Lizard Skin lock ons for years that were about the same as the current North Shore. Love them until the rubber would go bad (got sticky like candy). The shop I went in to replace those had these and they felt on the thicker side of lock ons (like slightly thicker grips). Do really dig how the waffle pattern lets your fingers register where they are on the bar. And of course just like any ODI lock ons they super solid.

HT Components ME05T Flat Pedal

Featured Member Review

“Light, grippy, thin and expensive”

The Good:

-One of the lightest pairs of pedals out there
-Grippy and comfortable
-Feels secure, even if I missplace my foot a little
-Did I say light?
-Super low profile
-Pins screw in from the back and are adjustable length
-Oh, and also, they are light.

The Bad:

-Expensive
-80kg rider weight limit
-Maybe too much grip at times? (I might need to put in some shims on the pins)
-Un-affordable

Overall Review:

I put mine on my DH-bike 2 seasons ago and haven't had any problems with them. I service them once a year during winter with cleaning and regreasing which is really easy to do. I've had plenty of rock strikes and they're still going strong. Better durability than flat pedals I've had before (Saints, DMR V12MAG, Spank Spike), the lower profile might be a reason. I love the fact that the pins are screwed in from the back and can be adjusted in length with shims that come mounted. Yes, they cost a lot of money, they are not for everyone and I fully agree with anyone who thinks I'm stupid to buy them. But If you can afford them and the rest of your bike can match their bling-factor. Why not? Also they are a lot cheaper than a lot of clip-in pedal and shoe combos. (I swear by my 5.10's)