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Fox Racing Rampage Pro Carbon Helmet

“Logn-term review 2016 Fox Rampage Pro Carbon Full Face MIPS helmet”

The Good:

Very comfortable & secure fit, This is the most comfortable helmet I have ever worn so far. Good air flow, the ears stay cool, and every thing else, but of course the motofoam in the front of the chin guard will, of course give less air flow, so on really hot days you might notice the extra heat, but it’s not huge difference for me. double D-ring doesn’t scratch easily. the carbon shell makes this a very durable helmet, unlike helmets with plastic shells, that dent just by hits from some small branches, the carbon shell won’t crack or dent even if the bike the back of it in a downhill fall. the inserts are easy to remove.

The Bad:

at 1100 grams the helmet is not light, but I got used to it quite fast, and it doesn’t effect me much, but a lighter helmet would be nice.
The cheek pads/inserts wear out, they get compressed and get too thing, so the helmet will eventually wiggle,
I noticed the chin guard hitting my face. so after few months I have to swap them for new cheek pads/inserts. a better solution is needed.
After few months of use I noticed the MIPS has cracked, I noticed this after taking the helmet off, this happen only on one of the two helmets I got.
The glue failed to rubber skirting, the adhesive is not strong enough to hold it, Fox helmets had problems with this in the past. when you hold the helmet on the chin guard & you will flex the skirting in many directions which loosen it up. but of course, you can glue it back, it’s an easy job
The inner shell separates from the outer shell after 3 years of use.

Overall Review:

For pictures and more check out my review on my site: https://wp.me/p60aTF-1NL

Renthal Apex Stem

“Long-term review”

The Good:

Holds on to the steerer & bar for months, secure even in rapid and big temperature changes as long as you use Loctite 243.
easy to install.
well machined, no sharp edges, or rough areas.

The Bad:

bolts could have better tolerances.

Overall Review:

my review, for more in-depth look and pictures. https://wp.me/p60aTF-2t5 If the bolts were perfect it would be nice. I can recommend this stem, This stem seems likea great option if youwant lightweight, durable, stiffness, This is one of the lightest stems the market now, and it’s robust, Apex35 Will go on my next bike(s).

2014 Trek Fuel EX 7 29 Bike

“Long-term review”

The Good:

mostly good welds
did not fail catastrophically.

The Bad:

too flexy, chain stay hits the tyre, also tyre hits the chainstay when wheel flexes, tyre gets scraped.
horrible component choice, pedal fell off, spider on m552 crank failed.
the bigger sizes seem to be problematic, hanger bends, eventually fails
chain wear is unacceptable with me riding it.
bearings get pushed out in the ABP, probably due to axle getting loose.
the bearings in the rocker in where the seat stay connects get pushed out.
welds were different on two of my bikes, so one could fit bigger zip ties other could not at one spot.
the rock link cracks where the bearings sit.
flexy wheels, with weak spoke nipples, can't handle rock strikes, truing the wheels.
tyres wear out in 4 weeks of trail riding.

Overall Review:

Check out my reviews for more info and videos, photos, and more in depth look at it: https://wp.me/p60aTF-aK my bike is 17.5/18.5 It will probably work ok for a kid, but not me, so it can probably bring fun to a kid, but for me it's too flexy.

ODI SDG Lock-On Grip

Featured Member Review

“Good stuff - favorites”

The Good:

Medium thickness, Great grip - no hand slip, Comfortable

The Bad:

Wear quickly, Narrow, Expensive to color code to your bike (17$ CAD end caps), Can't buy just the grip without the end caps

Overall Review:

I've never been on board with super thin grips, they hurt my aging hands. After I had a scary moment(muddy hands)with a well known thin grip with little texture, I went looking for something else. I found the Hansolo grips by SDG and ODI. I thought, this looks interesting! They have reversed scalloped finger grips on the underside and SDG logos on the top, which provide cushion. I've never slipped a hand with these grips, no matter the weather. They are a medium thickness - 1/2 way between the Oury's and an ODI Ruffian. This is perfect for me. Downsides are that they wear quickly on the top, but not so fast I don't keep buying Read More »

Hope Technology EVO Crank

Vital Review

“Vital Reviews the New Hope EVO Crank”

When Hope got into the aluminum crank game a few years ago now, they came up with a product that had a lot going for it. It was relatively light, very strong, and it put up a good reliability record over time. It did however also have a slightly complex spindle to crank arm interface which made working on the crank a bit more involved that it perhaps needed to be. Hope took their crank back to the drawing board and came up with a new version, aptly named the EVO. It is both lighter and stiffer than its predecessor, but more importantly, it also features a vastly simplified spindle interface. Check out the video Read More »

Renthal Lock-On Grip

Featured Member Review

“Renthal Ultra Tacky Lock-on ”

The Good:

Super Tacky compound is more durable than you think. Has great damping properties. Works alright as a gloveless option.

The Bad:

Outside collar used. After a couple months even the black looks a bit off

Overall Review:

I had heard a lot of good things about Renthal's ultra tacky compound and wanted to give them a try, but didn't want to commit to using the push-ons with glue. So decided to give their lock on version a test. I got the black Ultra Tacky compound, half expecting them to last about 2 months before falling apart. However, I've been proved wrong. The grips are now coming on to a year of use and they are no were near as worn as you would expect. I would easily guess they have another year of use in them maybe more. But the best thing about the grips is that because they are so soft, they have fantastic damping properties. I noticed Read More »

Sensus Disisdaboss Grip

“Best. Grips. Ever.”

The Good:

Long, 143mm. Narrow diameter, 29mm. Mushroomed at the end. Rubber partially covers lock-on clamps. Reliable clamps/bolts compared to other brands I've tried. When you get thin spots from wear, you can flip them completely around and get twice the life out of them(assuming you grab the end as I do). Andreu Lacondeguy signature grip/he's friggin good, right?

The Bad:

Can't find them in too many shops.

Overall Review:

I have long fingers and pretty big hands for how tall I am. Always ran big fat, cushy grips, but always had sore hands by time I got to the bottom of the trail. Tried something with a smaller diameter and noticed the results right away. Eventually tried these for the mushroomed end. It was like gripping a baseball bat again. I know where I'm at on the bars without looking. The ends save my grips when I crash. My hands and fingers aren't sore after laps and laps down a-line, even with 'less' cushion compared to others. Friggin love em. I tried about 20 different grips before finding these. They've been on both of my bikes(dev wlsn, trans dub) the last 3 years and I don't plan on trying anything else ever, if I don't have to.

DMR Deathgrip Grip

“An excellent all-around option. ”

The Good:

Excellent comfort for long days. Great grip both wet and dry, with and without gloves. Easy installation. Competitive price.

The Bad:

There are limits to the amount of abuse the built in end-caps can take. Not available in purple.

Overall Review:

After using my initial pair in the super wet Pisgah 111k last year I have added these to my other bikes as well. They are all-day comfortable and still provide grip to torque the handlebar. The inner mushroom section does a great job of floating the section of grip you pinch with your thumb and the firmer lateral half of the grip doesn't wallow or squish under pressure. Grip in the wet both with without gloves remains excellent. I have added these to my lightweight single speed as well, where the combination of grip and comfort is welcome. With the soft compound they do wear faster than some of the other options out there, but Read More »

DMR Deathgrip Grip

“Wanted to love them, but was left disappointed ”

The Good:

Great colour choice
They look the bolox
You can pretend you're Brendog. Sort of

The Bad:

Not especially comfortable
Too narrow

Overall Review:

Bought a set when they first came out, and immediately went out and bought another pair for the other bike. Loved all the colour choices and they look the nuts. But after some time in the saddle I found them rather uncomfortable; hand cramps a plenty and simply not large enough diameter for big hands. I didn't find the grip they offered to be especially confidence inspiring either. For smaller hands I can imagine they could be ok, but just not for me

Ergon GA2 FAT Grip

“If you have manly hands, this is the grip for you!”

The Good:

Size; perfect for big paws
Grip; there's plenty
Compound; nice and cushy

The Bad:

Hmm, hard to think of any really

Overall Review:

Been through a fair few grips in my time and I have at last found "the one"! If you are of a fairly large handed persuasion, you should most certainly give these a go. A very noticeable difference over the non fat version, and all the better for it. I've found that the combination of compound and diameter has significantly reduced hand cramp, and with more to hold on to, it also gives increased confidence in control of the bike. Nice and tacky too, without feeling like the compound comes away on your hand. Best grips I've used