2021 Kona Honzo DL Bike
This Bike Rips
The Good
Absolute blast to ride, tough, adjustable dropouts, good geo, loads of standover, lots of tyre clearance
The Bad
Some rubber grommets around the internal cable routing ports would've been nice.
Sliding dropouts came loose on a ride once
Overall Review
I bought this as a frame and have built it up with Shimano slx 170mm cranks, deore drivetrain & brakes, wtb i29 wheels and a Z2 140mm fork, and 2.6 specialized butcher/purgatory tyres, superstar pedals & brandx dropper, Its just under 14kg. Paint job is gorgeous too. This is the 2021/22 bike , but frame is same for 2023/24 bike Frame is well thought out, massive tyre clearance even on 2.6s thanks to nicely sculpted stays. Lots of standover clearance too. Its not as slack as the ESD, but Z2s ride
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2022 Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Comp E-Bike
The Good
Bike rides great, suspension kinematic is amazing. Weight is perfect. Great for riding with non e-Bikes as well as other e-Bike riders.
The Bad
Several issues including a failed remote, stripped hub, motor/crank play in the BB. Bent a crank arm, my fault completely but you have to replace it with their crank arm, not compatible with any others on the market.
Overall Review
I love this bike, I take to the Bike Park and ride it hard. It's great on Double Black and Big Jump lines. Its light enough that riding super steep terrain and rollers feels normal (heavier ebikes get outta sorts with all the weight and gravity pulling on all the LBs). The only changes I made are putting Magura brakes on it (but I do that will all my bikes) and swapping on some Maxxis tires. It makes climbing up for the next lap a joy and it makes impossible (for me) climbs doable. You get the
2022 Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Comp E-Bike
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2023 Orbea Wild FS M10 E-Bike
The Good
Bike is amazing, handles really well, I upgraded the suspension and brakes and had a custom paint job (benefits of the MYO program with Orbea) so didn't need to upgrade anything as I felt it was all set. Handling was great and the price was reasonable for an ebike of this caliber.
The Bad
INTERNAL HEADSET ROUTING! INTERNAL HEADSET ROUTING! INTERNAL HEADSET ROUTING!
I wanted a Bosch motor and a reasonable price, this is where I landed. I was hesitant because of the headset routing but was not many other choices in that price range (Crestline too high in price, Ibis too ugly and over priced for the spec)
Other complaint is there is a lot of space in the front triangle, seems I would be able to get my Oneup pump mount in there but nope. They could have added a tool mount in there as well.
Overall Review
It was a lot of money to buy sight unseen and no test ride, but I was confident on the geo and set up of the bike. Order process was great, made some changes, added the XT brakes and Kashima Fox Factory suspension. Tire spec was on point as well. Set up was simple, although getting the shock pump onto the X2 was challenging and had to use a different pump is still worked out okay. Bosch motor is amazing, so much better than the Shimano, have had the bike for about 6 months, ride it about once a
2022 Intense Tazer Expert FOX E-Bike
The Good
It's and Intense and handles very well. My first mullet and turned really well for how long of a bike it is compared to what I am used to. My first e-bike. Pretty light for an ebike as well.
The Bad
The price. I got a pretty good deal on it so I am not really complaining too much for myself. The motor is the Shimano e7000, very under powered but still gets moving. The battery (504w) is small, easy to swap out but I couldn't find a back up for under $550.
Overall Review
I needed/wanted an ebike (I use them to set up enduro races) and the bike served me well. I would have to make sure I could charge the battery since I did not have a back up but it would get the job done. I discovered that although I would rather be on a "normal bike" that the ebike was great for recovery days and getting laps in as well, I ride it about once a week and my other bike 3-4 times a week. The mullet was pretty good but will stick with full 29er for now, even though I am short 5'9"
2022 Intense Tazer Expert FOX E-Bike
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2022 SCOR 4060 Z LT XT E-Bike
The Good
Fun, poppy, mx compatible, solid build kit. Doesn’t feel like or ride like a tank. Big battery.
The Bad
I had some issues with the linkage being super creaky and I blew up 4 motor covers before they sent a better one.
Overall Review
Pretty spendy so bear that in mind. However i’ve seen them for like $2.5k less than msrp.
2022 SCOR 4060 Z LT XT E-Bike
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Newmen Components Beskar Flat Pedal
Vital Review
Tested: Newmen Beskar Flat Pedal
Overall Review
How do you make something very light yet very strong? In the Star Wars universe, it’s simple: use Mandalorian beskar, a super-tough alloy that can even resist direct lightsaber hits for some time. In the real world, most of us don’t need our stuff to be lightsaber-resistant, so Newmen settled for a regular Earthly aluminum body with a titanium spindle for their first foray into the flat pedal galaxy. To check their work, we laid our hands on a sample pair and put it to the test under our
Newmen Components Beskar Flat Pedal
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2023 Transition Smuggler Carbon GX Bike
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The Smuggler has been a staple of Transition’s line up for a while, but the very latest generation had us waiting for it as Transition took their time giving it the same refresh as the rest of the range. When the Smuggler finally returned for 2023 it featured the new design language also found on most of the other Transition bikes, along with the mandatory longer and slacker treatment. Sporting travel numbers that puts it squarely in the “trail bike” category, we were excited to make it our
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We Are One Composites Convergence Wheelset
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Strong yet compliant, preferably with a lifetime warranty program of some sort – these are all attributes that you would expect to find in today’s premium carbon wheelsets. We Are One Composites spent two years designing their latest rim, the Convergence, and they took this mission to heart. They came up with a rim that not only looks unique but offers distinct advantages thanks to its angled spoke beds. We’ve had a pair of these new wheels out on the trails for about five months now, and we’re
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2021 Devinci Django Deore 12S Bike
The Good
Geometry and suspension are sorted out very well
The Bad
She's a portly lass, 32 pounds. Cable routing isnt great.
Overall Review
This bike is excellent. She's a heavy girl, but man does she swing above her weight. It's simultaneously the best climbing and best descending bike I have ever owned. When it came out, it was excellent value compared to other full bikes and the stock spec was very well thought out. The geometry is excellent if you are not fortunate enough to live in alpine or mountain terrain, and the conservative numbers are great for actual trail riding where it's gnarly up and down the trail. The wheelbase
2021 Devinci Django Deore 12S Bike
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2022 Yeti ARC T1 Bike
2022 Yeti Arc
The Good
Great do-almost-anything hardtail, stunning finishing, nice geometry.
The Bad
Serious coin.
Overall Review
Custom build 2022 Yeti Arc running 130mm Pike Ultimate, XT/AXS and 30mm ID carbon wheels (Enve m70s and Kovee Pros). Have two set ups - one with XC tyres (Fastrack), the other with Dissector/Rekon (with CCore). With the trail tyres it is an incredible all-rounder - not much you couldn't ride, especially if a fork was shunted up to 150mm (ran a 150mm 36 for a while). With the XC tyres its a rocket. Overall, the bike feels really nicely balanced - long (enough) slack (enough) but still quick to
2022 Yeti ARC T1 Bike
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