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Five Ten Freerider Pro Shoe

“Grippy and lightweight but fragile.”

The Good:

Lightweight and very grippy. Great water resistance.

The Bad:

Weak material used to save weight can't hold up to rigors of weekly use.

Overall Review: These shoes grip awesome but the soles wear out quick. The toe box is tough but the material over the toes cracks over time. I have stopped wearing these because they are wearing out so fast. Now I only wear them for LONG days or races. The Impact Pro is 5 times as durable and 80% just as grippy.

2020 Trek Top Fuel 9.8 Bike

Featured Member Review

“Cross Country Bike Looking to Party ”

The Good:

*Raceable yet fun & forgiving
*More versatile than one would think
*Balanced ride
*Priced reasonably well with carbon wheels
*Chain guide
*Fun!
*FOX 34 is an outstanding performer for the weight
*Good geometry considering its intended purpose

The Bad:

*Knockblock. Cmon guys, end this joke!
*Lockout has been finicky
*Paint on frame is questionable (will update this after Trek looks at it)

Overall Review:

Shimano SH-GR7 Flat Pedal Shoe

“Strong and comfortable”

The Good:

Full season of enduro racing on them and holding strong. Toe box is tough helping with blasting through loose rocks

The Bad:

Laces could be made of a thicker material. they are sometimes hard to tie with gloves on.

Overall Review: The sole of the shoe is stiff enough to transfer power to the pedals while still flexible enough to hike and maintain feeling through the pedals. The overall durability is great. After a full season of racing they are still in amazing shape. If these ever wear out I am buying them again.

Shimano SH-GR7 Flat Pedal Shoe

“1st Time User of GR7s”

The Good:

Breathability is awesome. Firm sole is great.

The Bad:

Narrow. Using thick wool socks for colder weather will not be possible. Feel a bit disconnected from the pedal.

Overall Review: I'm generally stoked with this shoe for late Spring/Summer/early Fall use in warm SoCal. The breathability is amazing. You're feet will feel the cooling from breezes which is wonderful.  However, they run a little narrow for my liking.  I've worn them for 15-20 rides thinking they would stretch out but they did not. They will be my goto show for Spring/Summer/early Fall use for XC riding because of the floating feeling over the pedal.

Dakine Slayer Knee Pad

Featured Member Review

“All Day Comfort?”

The Good:

Price, Looks, Stay on Knees, Breathable, Slim, Pedal Friendly

The Bad:

None so far

Overall Review: For the past couple of years, I have only ridden cross country, light trails, and street. Due to this, I never really questioned the use of knee pads as it thought it would just make for an uncomfortable ride as I like to keep everything light, in terms of gear. I rarely ride with a hydration pack and carry minimal amounts of tools. After getting more into enduro and jumping, I really started wanting to get knee pads as hitting your bare knees never feels good. Finally, after a week or so of research, I pulled the trigger on the Dakine Slayer Knee Pads as I reckoned, they would be light and breathable enough Read More »

Race Face Ambush Elbow Pad

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“Great fitting pad with excellent protection”

The Good:

Great protection, comfortable, and durable

The Bad:

On the warm side. Can feel a little bulky

Overall Review: Elbow protection is my white whale. I've looked endlessly for the "perfect" set of elbow pads only to be denied. I realize elbow pads are out of fashion, but I put them on the same level as knee pads if not more. Almost every crash has put my elbows in harms way so I want a level of protection that is more than what is currently offered with the sleeve/glorified arm warmer design but not full blown downhill protection. I would put the Ambushes in the middle with a slight bias towards DH protection. With so many different brands and body types, finding the right fit is almost impossible unless you're able to try them in Read More »

Kona Wah Wah 2 Plastic Flat Pedal

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“Wide and Light flat pedal at a great price”

The Good:

Wide platform, concave shape, light weight, great price

The Bad:

Not alloy if you don't get along with composites

Overall Review: I first learned of the Wah Wah 2's when I was researching Catalyst pedals. I've been riding flats exclusively for over 15 years and wanted a wider platform for more power and support. As a lighter rider (145lbs, 150-155 kitted up) and somewhat of weight weenie, I didn't want the weight penalty of a 500g pedal. Enter the Wah Wah 2. At 360 grams for the composite version, it had everything I was looking for - a large and wide concave platform, thin profile, light weight, a good amount of pins and half the cost of most alloy pedals in this class. The pedals are 120 118 x 13mm thick. At the time I purchased them the Read More »

Park Tool Park CT-5 Mini Chain Brute

“Excellent tool for trailside or home mechanic”

The Good:

It works well, forever.....

The Bad:

Nothing - for its intended application

Overall Review: I've had this chain tool for over a decade. I've used it to break and install more chains than I can remember. It just simply works. The design is small, light, and sleek enough to fit in your pack without notice. Yet, when you need it to work for a trailside fix it does the job admirably. In fact, I've never bought a larger chain tool for home use because there's never been a need to get anything else. I suppose if I was a shop mechanic I'd want something larger, but for my purposes it's been perfect. I can't think of another specialty tool that has been more reliable. I've had many bikes, components, moves from state to state, jobs, ex's, but the one thing that's remained constant in my life is the Park CT-5 Chain Brute. I think I might gift it to my first born.

Onyx MTB Rear Hub

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“Amazingly quiet with instant engagement”

The Good:

Enjoy the sounds of nature / instantly

The Bad:

Heavier than other hubs in its class

Overall Review: This is a review for the NOBL branded Onyx hub. I've never been a fan of super loud bee hive sounding hubs. I used to pack my old hubs with extra grease so they would stay quiet for as long as the grease lasted. When these hubs came to the mtb market I had to try them. NOBL offered them as an option for their wheelsets and I pulled the trigger. First off these hubs are super quiet. There is virtually no noise except for the sound of the dirt crunching under your tires. It makes for a super peaceful outing in the mountains especially if you're riding solo or the trail systems are deserted. The silence allows me to focus on Read More »

NOBL TR33 Rim

Featured Member Review

“Strong lightweight trail/am rim with great compliance”

The Good:

Lightweight, able to accommodate 2.2" - 2.6" tires

The Bad:

none so far, cost if you're used to cheaper wheels

Overall Review: This review is for my experience with 27.5" rims on 2016 and 2018 TR33 wheelsets from two separate bikes (140mm and 160mm rear travel). I'm 145lbs, 150-155lbs ready to ride so your mileage may vary depending on your weight. To cut to the chase, I love these rims and it will be hard to ride to anything else going forward. They are very light (385g) relative to their application (trail/all mtn riding). I had these built up with Onyx/nobl sprag clutch hubs and, again, I don't think I'll be able ride another hub - so quiet, super low drag, instant engagement (with a springy/taut feel). All you hear is the dirt under your tires. But Read More »