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PNW Components Loam Grip

Featured Member Review

“Excellent grips but could be a bit cushier”

 PNW Components Loam Grip

The Good:
-Comfortable and durable rubber
-Good wet grip and general support
-Lock ons that stay put
-Many colors available
-The grips wrap the bar's ends, no need for end caps
-Well priced

The Bad:
-Could filter out a bit more feedback

Overall Review: Grips are a very personal thing, and it feels like the choice of what grip to run depends of one's mindset and bike setup at a given time. At one point I liked thin grips, and now I am more into thicker grips. Maybe that's because I am now running a 35mm bar since my hands didn't grow recently. I have different grips on all of my bikes, and I feel like each one suits one bike or the other for its intended purpose. For my commuter/road bike, I'm running comfy push-on grips to reduce the high pressure tires' road vibrations. No need for lock-ons on this one since I never swap grips or controls, and the absence of plastic Read More »

Fly Racing Lite Elbow Guards

“Bad option”

 Fly Racing Lite Elbow Guards

The Good:

Light for use ans transportation

The Bad:

Thwy slipped down every time I used them

Overall Review: Yesterday I had a minor crash and landed with my left elbow, the pads slipped down and burned my skin badly, I’m gonna take them to the trash and buy some troy lee guards.

Magura MT5 Disc Brakes

“Magura HT5 with HC 1 finger lever”

 Magura MT5 Disc Brakes

The Good:

I know longer had to buy the 1 finger lever as an aftermarket option. I have many options to color match and change pad material

The Bad:

Stock comfort brake apd isnt the best, needs upgraded to the peroformance material.

Overall Review: Magura HT5 HC lever, rotor, pad and color options Watt On Wheels This brake set is a great option for high performance withouht breaking my wallet.  Many options to really dial it in for your use.

2019 Trek Remedy 8 Bike

“Versatile bike”

2019 Trek Remedy 8 Bike

The Good:

-Stiffness
-Durability
-Design
-Looks
-Not too long

The Bad:

-Maybe too stiff?
-Re:Aktiv shock
-Knock block
-Provided dropper is a bit short
-Main pivot bearing should be bigger

Overall Review: Been riding this for 2 years. It is a good trail bike out of the box. However, I feel that the stiff chassis begs rowdier riding. The steering is super precise and it never feels like the bike would not handle the abuse. I have been jumping all the biggest stuff there is around where I live. For the majority of time I have had a 180 mm air spring in the fork I have fitted a 230x65 Super Deluxe coil and put the flipchip in the low position. This gives good bb hight ~165-170mm in the rear and a slacker hieadangle. Now the bike is fit for enduro. The leverage ratio is a bit too linear for a coil in my opinion, but my preference is Read More »

2021 Marin El Roy Steel Hardtail

“Marin Trail Bomber with 3 month review UPDATE”

2021 Marin El Roy Steel Hardtail

The Good:

Dialled progressive geometry and durable spec, Super Fun, smooth, compliant steel, stable and very fast downhill, great climber, "steady" all rounder

The Bad:

On the heavy size, limited sizing, a bit uninspired on the flat or mellow trails

Overall Review: 3 month update I've been riding the Marin Elroy since early October now, so I felt a good time to add an.updated review. First I think adding a little about me as a rider, and what kind of terrain I ride might set the scene a bit more for any of you considering getting this ultra modern hardtail from Marin.  I'm 5'10, 210 lbs, from NW UK and ride a "regular" El Roy. Typical riding grounds are steep, muddy, loamy rocky and rooty - lots of steep long, fireroads, tight technical climbs and steep gnarly descents.  Locally, straight out of the door I have a 4 mile tarmac climb, then a 1.5 mile techy climb on rooty, muddy, Read More »

Race Face Aeffect R Wheelset

Vital Review

“$599 and Ready for Abuse - New Race Face Aeffect 30R First Ride”

 Race Face Aeffect R Wheelset
When asked to put the new Aeffect wheels from Race Face through some testing, I was wondering if I was the right person for the job. Even though I’m on the hefty side of things (~200lbs.,) I’ve rarely had issues with wheels. Granted, I have only ridden wheels that I personally built for most of the last 25 years or so, but still- I haven’t broken a spoke in at least 6 years, don’t tend to damage tires, and only dent rims when I tell myself “that rear tire feels a little low, I should probably air up after this run.” Still, as a long time mechanic, hardtail rider, and fan of good equipment that doesn’t cost a fortune, Read More »

Fox Racing Rampage Full Face Helmet

Featured Member Review

“One of the best affordable full-face helmets”

 Fox Racing Rampage Full Face Helmet

The Good:

-Feels solid and well built
-Not too heavy
-Nice looking shape color-way options

The Bad:

-Pretty tight on the cheeks, wish they sold thinner pad sets
-Ventilation could be a bit better

Overall Review: The Fox Rampage is one of the most affordable DH certified full-face helmets available, and it's also one of the nicest looking. I don't ride lift-accessed centers often anymore, but I still wanted a full-face helmet for those scarier and faster trails. Not having an unlimited budget, there were not many options that I liked in the price range I was looking for. Local availability was a factor, but I would still have chosen the Rampage for its good fit, appearance and price. Fit To start with, the Rampage has a d-ring closure, which is something I don't mind at all over fancier buckle or magnetic options. In Read More »

etnies Marana Crank Shoe

“Not bad if you have narrow feet”

 etnies Marana Crank Shoe

The Good:
-Reasonable price
-Not too flashy looking
-Durable sole and shoe in general

The Bad:
-A bit tight/narrow fitting
-Sole pattern or rubber could be grippier

Overall Review: This summer I thought I'd try something new as I have been riding a few pair of Teva shoes since the last 8 years and was getting a bit tired to see them. The fit was good, but since they weren't the freshest pairs (I bought a few when they stopped their MTB line a while ago), I thought that getting new shoes I'd get a bit better grip. Etnies came out with the Marana last year, and they looked like they were ticking all the boxes of what I was looking for. Since I'm not a fan of flashy colors, the black version fit my bill perfectly. Fit First, the fit is pretty good if you have narrow feet, but unfortunately Read More »

Shimano SLX SM-CRM75 12-Speed Chainring

“Excellent chainring at a reasonable price”

 Shimano SLX SM-CRM75 12-Speed Chainring

The Good:
-Reasonably priced compared to aftermarket brands
-Excellent chain retention
-Great durability
-No creaking from the interface

The Bad:
-Could be available in more teeth count options

Overall Review: When I built up my new bike this past spring, I knew that the drivetrain would be all Shimano. I simply prefer their trouble-free double-bolt crank arm installation, nicely shaped aluminium arms, and I had an HG driver on my hub. Going with the new 12 speed stuff, I chose the XT M8120 crankset for the better looks over the SLX M7120 (the blueish-grey color didn't fit with my bike's colorways), but I picked up the SLX CRM75 chainring as it was cheaper than the XT for pretty much the same quality. The new direct-mount interface When Shimano came out with their new 12 speed line, I was a bit reticent of the new Read More »

DVO Jade X Rear Shock

Featured Member Review

“Simple, durable, amazing performance!”

 DVO Jade X Rear Shock

The Good:
-Durable and reliable
-14mm shaft strong enough for yoke-driven shocks
-Simple to set-up
-Super effective lockout
-Piggyback shape is compatible with more frames
-Easier to service and tune at home than most shocks
-No annoying sounds or clicks coming from the damper
-Can easily be converted from 65mm, 62,5mm, 60mm and 57,5mm with stroke limiting spring clips
-Awesome customer service by DVO
-Comes in a padded plastic case -Competitive price vs other high-end options

The Bad:
-Depending of shock size, might have too much travel from stock

Overall Review: Choosing a rear shock for a new bike built from scratch can be a hit or miss. Most manufacturers spec their bikes with shock tuned specifically for a particular frame’s kinematics.When buying something on your own, you have to make sure that the stock tune fits with your frame or else you’ll have to get a custom tune to get the best performance. The frame that I was building up (’20 Commencal Meta AM 29) was sold without a shock, but their stock builds came with air or coil shocks. Right from the start, I knew I wanted to use a coil shock even if it was not too progressive (around 20% from what I’ve found). To make sure it Read More »