WHERE WE WERE AND WHERE WE ARE; THE TRAIL HELMET

MY TROY LEE EDGE COMP. IT SERVED ME WELL.
MY TROY LEE EDGE COMP.
IT SERVED ME WELL.

When I look back at all my years of mountain bike riding and racing I have done, then come across something I have kept as a memento from my early days, it makes me think just how far we have progressed with bikes, parts, and riding gear.
While reorganizing my mountain bike area of my garage I came across my first DH helmet. This was one of Troy Lee Designs first helmets that he brought out, sort of, but he did and it was the “Sh_t to have” (read on).
After strolling through memory lane in my mind of those fun DH days, it made me think about what this helmet resembles or more about what it represents today. There’s no way this would be close to a DH helmet by today’s standard. Then it hits me! It’s more like an Enduro or All-Mountain helmet.

THE FUTURE IN THE PAST
It was called the EDGE Comp, but what most of you out there may not know is, the Edge Comp started life with a well-known helmet company. My guess is they thought their name would make the sales in mountain biking, but as we all know this may not be the case and back in the early days of mountain biking this really didn’t work to often by name and reputation alone.

FULL REMOVABLE CHINBAR PROTECTION WITH ONLY FOUR SCREWS
FULL REMOVABLE CHINBAR PROTECTION WITH ONLY FOUR SCREWS

Shoei Helmets brought out their first mountain bike helmet with no chin bar at the time, it was a new cool style XC helmet. Something way different then the traditional XC helmet (which had about as much style as an all foam helmet from KMART).
We go back to 1990, Shoei helmets (big in the moto market) thought to break into the MTB market, calling the new helmet the RC3 it came with no removable chin bar (like the TLD Comp) and looking to capture the XC crowd by storm Shoei was heading in the right direction, or so they thought.
Shoei knowing Troy Lee for being a leading graphics painter in Moto race circles, thought Troy Lee could do something with it, spice it up a bit, make it look COOOOOL.
Troy Lee recognized the potential with the helmet. He tweaked the peak, added a decal graphics package with it so you could make it cool and “BAM” you have a seller.
BIG VENTS KEPT YOU COOL UNDER PRESSURE.
BIG VENTS KEPT YOU COOL UNDER PRESSURE.

Next you have some of the top pro riders at the time wear it, BAM!! Pros loved this helmet, Troy Lee eventually acquired the rights to the RC3 and Troy Lee called it the Edge Comp.
With Downhill becoming more and more popular in the mid 90’s, Troy Lee saw the need for more protection. At this point he added a chinbar that could be removed simply by unscrewing the four screws. suddenly you have the best of both worlds, a DH helmet or an open face XC helmet.
Something we call All-Mountain, Trail, or Enduro helmets today.

THE FUTURE NOW
I started noticing what made this helmet so unique in itself is that when you look at all the features it has, you see what a lot of the newer helmets have in them. The DNA of the Troy Lee EDGE Comp is evident with the new designs out there from Its full rear / side head coverage, removable chinbar, large venting and overall fit, not to mention cool style.

TROY LEE STILL MAKING COOL HELMETS. LOOK AT THE GREAT REAR PROTECTION
TROY LEE STILL MAKING COOL HELMETS.
LOOK AT THE GREAT REAR PROTECTION

I found it funny to look at it and think, “Wow, the new helmets out there today are not that much different in the style and design structure (OK structure is different, but you know what I’m talking about).
FOX ALL MOUNTAIN TRAIL HELMET
FOX ALL MOUNTAIN TRAIL HELMET

GIANT BICYCLES RAIL HELMET MIPS.
GIANT BICYCLES RAIL HELMET MIPS.

THE BELL AND THEIR SUPER 2R CHINBAR REMOVED.
THE BELL AND THEIR SUPER 2R CHINBAR REMOVED.

Just look at the Bell Super 2R, Giro Switchblade, Leatt DBX 3.0., 6D, Fox and so many more. When you compare the look of these helmets in full-face or All-Mountain mode to the older Troy Lee Edge [RC3] they share the same general DNA features. Some may be a full-face helmet with removable chinbar, big venting, or All-Mountain / trail helmets like 6D, FOX, and others. In other words you get great coverage and comfort for long rides all in one.
THE LEATT DBX 3.0 LIKE THE BELL HAS A SIMPLE REMOVAL SYSTEM
THE LEATT DBX 3.0 LIKE THE BELL HAS A SIMPLE REMOVAL SYSTEM

GIRO SWITCHBLADE LOOKS LIKE A DH HELMET, BUT NOT RATED FOR THE HARDCORE STUFF
GIRO SWITCHBLADE LOOKS LIKE A DH HELMET, BUT NOT RATED FOR THE HARDCORE STUFF

QUICK CHINBAR REMOVAL ON THE GIRO.
QUICK CHINBAR REMOVAL ON THE GIRO.

LEATT'S DBX3.0 IS A CLEAN HELMET FROM THE GUYS THAT INVENTED THE SAFETY NECK BRACE. YEAH THEY KNOW THEIR STUFF
LEATT’S DBX3.0 IS A CLEAN HELMET FROM THE GUYS THAT INVENTED THE SAFETY NECK BRACE.
YEAH THEY KNOW THEIR STUFF

LOOKING AT THE NEW
With the advent to new technologies, better materials, and better understandings of head trauma, cycling helmets have become far better safety wise these days.
Style is everything to most of us, I mean really, we have to look good on the trail. From the moment you pull up to the trail and unload your bike the style points are starting with your peers, Lol.
All kidding aside we do care about safety and the manufactures care as well, especially to the head.
You will find many companies out there using the regular old EPS designs still and there is nothing wrong with that at all, but if you have the chance to help save your head with a bit more safety, why not be smart and do this for yourself.

We may all know someone that may have had a head injury from mountain biking, I know I have and with what’s out there now makes me wonder if it would have made a difference had my friend been wearing one of these new helmets today.

THE NEW MOUSE TRAP
These new designs come in many acronyms. The most well-known of them all and I believe one of the first was MIPS. You have 360Deg Turbine Technology by Leatt, and 6D has ODS.
These new technologies have been the big game changer for off-road cycling helmets today. Manufactures are making helmets that will help the rider to better survive a nasty shot to the old noddle. Even if you may not have a whole lot up in that area, let’s keep what you do have intact, shell we.
What do these safety features do? There are two things that are being achieved here, one is the reduction of rotational acceleration to the head and brain and number two is the absorption of energy during impact at concussion level.
So, let me give a brief explanation of what these do for you, told by the companies that make them.

MIPS

GIANT SHOWS HOW THE MIPS SYSTEM WORKS WITHIN THEIR HELMETS
GIANT SHOWS HOW THE MIPS SYSTEM WORKS WITHIN THEIR HELMETS

Most of you out there may know or have heard of what MIPS is. The MIPS system is used widely by many companies.
Some will simply add this to their helmets EPS liners, while other companies will design it into their helmets for better fit with your head.
Bell uses it in their Super 2R, Giro in the new Switchblade, and many bicycle manufactures like GIANT use the MIPS systems with their MTB helmets.
MIPS PLACEMENT WITHIN THE BELL SUPER 2R HELMET
MIPS PLACEMENT WITHIN THE BELL SUPER 2R HELMET

BELL SUPER 2R WITH MIPS INCORPORATED. YOU CAN SEE IT WITHIN THE HELMET
BELL SUPER 2R WITH MIPS
INCORPORATED. YOU CAN SEE IT WITHIN THE HELMET

MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, this is a leading slip-plane system placed within the helmet to help reduce the rotational forces that result from impact.
Kind of like having a floating layer the will move when hit.

360Deg Turbine Technology

LEATT TURBINE 360 WITHIN THE EPS.
LEATT TURBINE 360 WITHIN THE EPS.

LEATT, a leading safety company known for the development of neck brace protection has developed their own system called 360Deg Turbine Technology. Turbines made of 3D molded energy absorbing material.
The best way to describe this is they look like small rubber disc that are placed within the EPS liner around the helmet.
The two advantages to this are the reduction of rotational acceleration to the head and brain and the absorption of energy upon impact at concussion level.

ODS

THE 6D ODS IN THE EPS
THE 6D ODS IN THE EPS

6D helmets is another company that takes their helmet safety seriously. They have developed their system called Omni-Directional Suspension technology (ODS for short).
What make their helmet safety unique is how it works. You will notice the word Suspension in their description of the technology.
That’s right, suspension in a nut shell or brain bucket in this case. 6D has dual EPS liners with Elastomeric Isolation Dampers in between. What this does is allow for downward and upward, rotational, and side to side impact safety.

UP CLOSE AT 6D SUSPENSION FOR YOUR HEAD
UP CLOSE AT 6D SUSPENSION FOR YOUR HEAD

SAFETY AT ITS BEST FOR THE HEAD
SAFETY AT ITS BEST FOR THE HEAD

If you look at one of their cut-away, it seems like it would be free floating within the two EPS liners with little rubber shocks so to speak. Very cool.

PICK YOU POISON
This is just the tip of what is out there when it come to new helmet safety. It blows me away to look at my old Troy Lee and see what we have today versus what we have now. It makes me think, “WOW, I rode in that thing and took a killer hit to my head in it while racing a Big Bear AM-CUP. I rang my bell for sure and it saved my head, but how would that hit have differed to my head while using one of the new helmets with this new safety technology in.
With all research in head trauma, new technology and materials, it has made one thing clear.
Companies care about their customers well-being, not just making a buck off of us.
So, when you are out there and you are ready to make that next helmet purchase give a little thanks to guys like Troy Lee and Shoei for seeing the future, pushing the envelope and making us safe.
And give thanks to all the new guys that are pushing forward on how to keep us riding everyday.

GIANT RAIL MIPS IN ACTION
GIANT RAIL MIPS IN ACTION

Ride safe and ride on….

INTERBIKE 2017: DAY1

Well this will be the last year in Vegas and day 1 was great, big crowds, great products to see, and it looks like the E-Bike crazy is still big here.
So sit back and check out INTERBIKE 2017 at a glimpse.

ROTEC CYCLES IN THE HOUSE

John Sullivan is one guy who has kept a dream alive in my opinion. ROTEC Cycles came into play in the late 90’s early 2000’s. With the likes of Eric Carter and Geoff Scofield (ex BMX pros and legends) at the helm racing a bike that was unique to the norm.
I’m not sure of the story of how John Sullivan took the ROTEC name and went from there ( a story for another time).
He made changes from the original adding the Mert Lawwill’s famous rear end design that was on Yeti and Schwinn at one time, which brought gold to both companies I might add.
Refined, tweaked and made to conquer the meanest World Cup courses the new ROTEC 29’er and 27.5 will do just that.
Sitting on this new ride one can only feel it has the soul to grab gold.

29'ER ANYONE?? LEAN AND MEAN JOHN SULLIVAN HAS A WORLD CUP BIKE ON HIS HANDS.  ANY TAKERS??
29’ER ANYONE?? LEAN AND MEAN JOHN SULLIVAN HAS A WORLD CUP BIKE ON HIS HANDS.
ANY TAKERS??

MERT LAWWILL IS ALIVE HERE,BUT WITH REFINEMENT.
MERT LAWWILL IS ALIVE HERE,BUT WITH REFINEMENT.

A TRUE FULL FLOATING MOVEMENT UNDER BRAKING KEEPS THE REAR ACTIVE ALL THE TIME.
A TRUE FULL FLOATING MOVEMENT UNDER BRAKING KEEPS THE REAR ACTIVE ALL THE TIME.

THIS MAY LOOK LIKE THE OLD YETI OR SCHWINN DH BIKES, BUT NOT SO.
THIS MAY LOOK LIKE THE OLD YETI OR SCHWINN DH BIKES, BUT NOT SO.
DVO SUSPENSION, TPR COMPONENTS MAKE IT A SOLID RACER ON ANY DH COURSE.
DVO SUSPENSION, TPR COMPONENTS MAKE IT A SOLID RACER ON ANY DH COURSE.

ROTEC’S OTHER BIKES

ROTEC has also has their PARK bike. You want to have fun hitting the slopes, jumping, and all around fun this is your ride.

REVERT PARK BIKE, SIMPLE FUN, SIMPLY PUT.
REVERT PARK BIKE, SIMPLE FUN, SIMPLY PUT.

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DVO HANDLES ALL THE HITS.
DVO HANDLES ALL THE HITS.
REVERT 5.0
REVERT 5.0

On the horizon John introduced his new Carbon XC frame. Clean looks, we can’t wait to see this built up.

NEW CARBON XC FRAME.
NEW CARBON XC FRAME.

REAR TRIANGLE LOOKS SMOOTH AND CLEAN.
REAR TRIANGLE LOOKS SMOOTH AND CLEAN.


ALPINESTARS IS AN “A”

ALPINESTARS HAS A GREAT SELECTION OF GEAR FOR MEN AND WOMEN. FROM DH TO XC, ENDURO AND MORE, THEIR TECH GEAR WILL MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD AS WELL AS PROTECT YOU.
ALPINESTARS HAS A GREAT SELECTION OF GEAR FOR MEN AND WOMEN.
FROM DH TO XC, ENDURO AND MORE, THEIR TECH GEAR WILL MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD AS WELL AS PROTECT YOU.
TECH WEAR SEEMS TO BE THE THING WITH MOUNTAIN BIKE WEARS FOR ANY WEATHER CONDITION.
TECH WEAR SEEMS TO BE THE THING WITH MOUNTAIN BIKE WEARS FOR ANY WEATHER CONDITION.
THIS IS THE SHORT SLEEVE ENDURO PROTECTION FROM ASTARS.
THIS IS THE SHORT SLEEVE ENDURO PROTECTION FROM ASTARS.
REAR HOUSES YOUR HYDRATION PACK.
REAR HOUSES YOUR HYDRATION PACK.
FULL DH PROTECTION COVERAGE IN ALL THE RIGHT SPOTS.
FULL DH PROTECTION COVERAGE IN ALL THE RIGHT SPOTS.
PROTECTION YOUR BACK IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE HEAD.
PROTECTION YOUR BACK IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE HEAD.
SAME AS THE SHORT SLEEVE YOU HAVE THE LONG SLEEVE VERSION, WHICH THE SLEEVE CAN BE REMOVED ON A HOT DAY.
SAME AS THE SHORT SLEEVE YOU HAVE THE LONG SLEEVE VERSION, WHICH THE SLEEVE CAN BE REMOVED ON A HOT DAY.

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THE BASIC VEST ALLOWS MAXIMUM AIR TO THE FRONT.
THE BASIC VEST ALLOWS MAXIMUM AIR TO THE FRONT.
HOWEVER YOU CAN STILL PUT IN YOUR HYDRATION PACK OR INSERT THE BACK PROTECTION. THIS CAN BE DONE WITH ANY OF THE LIGHTWEIGHT ENDURO STYLE PROTECTION.
HOWEVER YOU CAN STILL PUT IN YOUR HYDRATION PACK OR INSERT THE BACK PROTECTION. THIS CAN BE DONE WITH ANY OF THE LIGHTWEIGHT ENDURO STYLE PROTECTION.

Alpinestars knee and elbow protection is top notch.

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Alpinestars has the gear and they have the gold from champions like Gwin, with the dedication they carry over from the racing heritage, Alpinestars is here to protect you.

GREEN GURU GEAR

Look as mountain bikers we have a need to be able to carry our beer, well Green Guru Gear has solved this problem for our need to bring our favorite suds with us. Insulated or none insulated, made from reusable materials these guys got it going on and made in AMERICA in Colorado.

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KALI HELMET TECH AND SOME NEW PADS

Talking the tech on KALI helmets was one thing we have always wanted to hear and it was great to have a minute or two to hear it.
We also got to see and feel the new knee pads that KALI introduced as well.(yes they look like someone’s out there, but with a touch different)

KALI HELMETS HAS ALWAYS MADE A NICE LID, GREAT GRAPHICS AND SAFETY IN MIND.
KALI HELMETS HAS ALWAYS MADE A NICE LID, GREAT GRAPHICS AND SAFETY IN MIND.
TRAIL OR ENDURO, KALI MAKES SAFETY NUMBER ONE.
TRAIL OR ENDURO, KALI MAKES SAFETY NUMBER ONE.
THE INTERNAL CORE OF THEIR FULLFACE HELMET DOES NOT SKIMP ON SAFETY.
THE INTERNAL CORE OF THEIR FULLFACE HELMET DOES NOT SKIMP ON SAFETY.
WITH EVERYONE FOCUSING ON ROTATIONAL FORCE AND BETTER WAYS TO BUILD THE MOUSE TRAP, KALI TAKES HELMET SAFETY TO THE HIGHEST LEVELS, WITH NO COMPROMISE.
WITH EVERYONE FOCUSING ON ROTATIONAL FORCE AND BETTER WAYS TO BUILD THE MOUSE TRAP, KALI TAKES HELMET SAFETY TO THE HIGHEST LEVELS, WITH NO COMPROMISE.
THE CUT-AWAY OF KALI'S TRAIL / ALL-MOUNTAIN HELMETS. YOU GET THE SAME FEATURES AS THE FULLFACE.
THE CUT-AWAY OF KALI’S TRAIL / ALL-MOUNTAIN HELMETS.
YOU GET THE SAME FEATURES AS THE FULLFACE.
A CLOSE LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS OF WHAT IT TAKES TO PROTECTING THE OLD BEAN.
A CLOSE LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS OF WHAT IT TAKES TO PROTECTING THE OLD BEAN.

NEW KALI KNEE PADS

You may think these look like someone else pads, but they are made different and have added protection.

THE OUTER LAYER GIVE AN ABSORBING EFFECT ON THE HIT, AIR FLOW WHEN ON A HOT RIDE, PULL ON TO THE LEG FOR A SOLID FIT AND FEEL.
THE OUTER LAYER GIVE AN ABSORBING EFFECT ON THE HIT, AIR FLOW WHEN ON A HOT RIDE, PULL ON TO THE LEG FOR A SOLID FIT AND FEEL.
KALI ADDED AN EXTRA LAYER OF PADDING ON THE INSIDE OF THE PAD TO HELP WITH IMPACT AND COMFORT.
KALI ADDED AN EXTRA LAYER OF PADDING ON THE INSIDE OF THE PAD TO HELP WITH IMPACT AND COMFORT.
ONE OF KALI'S OTHER KNEE PADS HAS A DIFFERENT INTERNAL MATERIAL, THOUGH TOUGH, THIS ONE IS A MORE BASIC PROTECTION THEN THE NEW KNEE PAD WE JUST TALKED ABOUT. KALI PUTS IN A LOT OF EFFORT IN TO ALL THEIR PROTECTION. THIS HAS TO MADE THE CONSUMER FEEL GOOD WHEN THEY GO DOWN AND GET UP.
ONE OF KALI’S OTHER KNEE PADS HAS A DIFFERENT INTERNAL MATERIAL, THOUGH TOUGH, THIS ONE IS A MORE BASIC PROTECTION THEN THE NEW KNEE PAD WE JUST TALKED ABOUT.
KALI PUTS IN A LOT OF EFFORT IN TO ALL THEIR PROTECTION. THIS HAS TO MADE THE CONSUMER FEEL GOOD WHEN THEY GO DOWN AND GET UP.

Well more to come from DAY 1.

Art Aguilar

HOLIDAY RIDES

Well its that time of the season again, where the holidays are fast approaching. The days are getting shorter, the trees are changing color, and its getting colder outside. Well maybe not so much in Southern California where we have cool 68 to 75 degree days during fall and winter most of the time.
Who am I kidding, anything under 68 can be down right COLD!! I’m talking the tundra here.

So what can one do to spice up that ride around your local area trails. How about dressing up for the occasion and have a little fun on your ride with a group of friends.
I’m not talking about your riding gear your wearing here and I’m not saying go out and buy some all new gear ( well that is always fun to do, right).
No what I’m talking about is getting together with your buddies and dress for the holidays on your group ride. Its always fun to see a group of people dressed in costume for Halloween, fall Thanksgiving, or Christmas.

Being creative with your costume is great to see when your on the trail, its always a pleasure to see a group of riders dressed up on a ride having fun, I just don’t suggest the crazy clown suits this year if you know what I mean. Man those things freak me out.

So get out there and have a great time dong the Halloween ride this weekend, Christmas get out that Santa hat, or elf cap, maybe some antlers for your helmet perhaps. Have fun and be safe, unless you decide to go with the crazy clown thing, I say good luck on that one.

Halloween Fun
Halloween Fun
Skulls OK, Crazy Clowns maybe not
Skulls OK, Crazy Clowns maybe not
Christmas Ride
Christmas Ride

Have fun and dress up that ride this weekend or during the next couple of months.

MtnBikeRiders.com Staff wishes you a safe fun Halloween.

DAINESE USA WAREHOUSE SALE!!!!!!

“ALERT!!” “ALERT!!”
This just in!! Dainese USA is going to be having HUGE sale this week starting September 9/8 Thursday and Friday 9/9 11AM -7PM Friday, Saturday 9/10 9AM to 4PM.

If your a Downhill racer, shuttle rider, Freerider, into Enduro racing, a hardcore trail rider, heck even a Cross Country rider that want’s to protect themselves from a crash. Look no further for some of the best mountain bike gear out there at what could be some of the best prices ever.

MtnBikeRiders.com just got wind of this and we want to pass this on to our readership. As you know we have tested Dainese gear as well as AGV in the past and even been sponsored by them with our DH team a few years ago and this gear still holds true today with great quality and protection.

We don’t know what will be on sale and if your looking to get some new gear for what ever your discipline may be this may be something to check out, because it’s not everyday Dainese USA opens up their doors for a warehouse sale.

If you have a motorcycle or ski Dainese will be having some moto wear and winter ski wear for sale also.
So come out, tell your friends and get some deals on the best stuff out there.
All info details are in the posted flyer.
Wareshouse sale flyer

FINDING DEALS OF THE CENTURY

SUPER SHOE DEAL!!!
SUPER SHOE DEAL!!!

SO YOU WANT A DEAL

We all look for that ultimate deal; you know the one that’s too good to be true, hard to pass up, if you don’t get it the next guy will and you know that will just kill you.
Yeah you just have to get it, even if you know you have three more just like it you haven’t even touched yet that are brand new.
Being into cycling you just know when you see a good deal you just have to get it. No matter what it is, like a frame, parts, tires, clothing, the list could go on.
Where do you find this “deal of the century” one might ask? You could maybe find it online (may not be the best deal place), Craig’s List (now that’s always fun to deal with at times), a friend (which could be the best deal), or the best place is one of the big sporting goods stores that will have super clearance sales. Even your local bike shop could be the place of deals.
The big corporate bike shops could be a great place also to find that super deal.
Why the store you might ask, well stores will want to blow out goods to make room for new products coming in, so if you hit them at the right time like say end of the year you will find some super deals, especially from the big sporting goods stores and corporate bike shops.

When merchandise sits for too long this is lost profit when it’s old, the longer it sits the more it has to be marked down. Watch for these sale items. The other thing that’s important is styles of items. Riding clothing with bright colors, flashy bike parts, crazy colored bike frames. Some of these all kinds of items have a shelf life and if they don’t move fast a store has no choice but to get rid of thing by mark downs, then if they have them too long things go to the clearance racks, shelves, or online for cheap . The closer to the end of the year you get the better for you as the consumer.

SPOTTING THE DEAL

"$24.95, HECK YEAH I WANT THEM!!"
“$24.95, HECK YEAH I WANT THEM!!”

This can be an art in itself. How do you think good old mom was able to buy a whole year of school clothes for you and only spend $200 bucks or go to the market and get 10 baskets of groceries for only $60 buck, so who cares if you will never be able to eat 50 cans of Spotted Dick she saw on sale in the international aisle (this is kind of good by the way).

Let’s take these really cool Shimano MT33L SPD shoes. These were the ultimate deal when I found these on the clearance rack at a highly reputable sporting goods store that sells mountain bikes and some accessories. Now this wouldn’t be the prime place to go and get your next carbon XC, All Mountain, or DH rig, but when it comes to accessories you can score.
So here I am looking for some hiking boots when I come across these nice Shimano SPD shoes.
These are a normal kind of shoe that is good for trail riding or commuting. They are a great set of shoes from Shimano with that Shimano quality.

WHAT’S THE PRICE ALREADY!!!

OK, OK what did I pay for these little gems? How’s like $24.95 sound, yeah you heard me,
$24.95.
I was blown away, so much so I must have looked funny from a distance when you saw me poke my head up over the clearance rack to see if this wasn’t a set up or that I felt like I was ripping off the store or something. Not being satisfied that this was real I immediately set out to look for more to see if this was not a mistake. These particular shoes retail for $60.00 normally and $24.95 seemed just a little too good to be true.
While looking I did find another pair, “BUT WAIT”, the price on the other set was much higher, $48.99 dollars higher as a matter of fact.
Could it be someone made a huge mistake that I should bring to a staff members attention. Will I feel guilty if I buy them at this low price because of a mistake?
Naaaaahhh, it’s the clearance rack, there’s no mistake, it’s priced to move, old product that needs to be out of the system, gone for good!! SCORE! I need them for casual trail/commuting rides, yeah.

SEIZE THE MOMENT, NEVER LOOK BACK

SUPER DEALS MEAN MORE MONEY FOR AFTER RIDE TACOS!!
SUPER DEALS MEAN MORE MONEY FOR AFTER RIDE TACOS!!

See there you go, if you’re in the right place at the right time and you know when to hunt for bargains and deals, one should never hesitate.
End of the year sales, holiday sales, store anniversary sale, and just plain clearance sales are always the times to look.
Places like Craigslist, Pinkbike or other social media that offer a sales section could be a great place too. I got a great pair of Shimano M162 SPD (Msrp $150) for $40 and yes I needed them. If you recognize that the item that’s on sale is being sold at half off or lower, GET IT!!
Look at your friends that want to clear out that multitude of bike goodies they never used. This is a good place to look to (racer buddy’s that are sponsored, wink, wink).

You may not need another set of shoes, or part for your bike, heck even another bike for that fact, but if you know it’s too good a deal to pass up you can sure bet your butt the next guy will know and snatch it up fast.
Well good luck finding your deal and happy shopping.

SHIMANO MT33L IN ACTION
SHIMANO MT33L IN ACTION

INTERBIKE 2015: BELL HELMETS & STAR WARS??

OK ITS TIME TO GEEK OUT, YEAH I'M A STAR WARS FAN.
OK ITS TIME TO GEEK OUT, YEAH I’M A STAR WARS FAN.

GEEK TIME

Allow me to geek out for a minute OK. “YES, YES, YES!!! Limited edition Star Wars helmets!!! Yeah!!!”
Now that I got that out of my system, Bell helmets will be offering two Super 2R MIPS equipped helmets, plus the Segment and Segment Jr with Star Wars graphics on them for a limited time.
Now you can have the SUPER 2R MIPS BOBA FETT helmet and go collect your bounty at the Enduro races or trails.
Why not be STORM TROOPER TK-421. You remember him don’t you, the Trooper that HAN SOLO and LUKE called into the Falcon to get his armor while on the Death Star. I’m pretty sure HAN shot first on that one, but we will never know.
You also have the SEGMENT Darth Vader black helmet with Imperial Cog on the side and for that Jr shredder check out the BOBA FETT BOUNTY HUNTER SEGMENT JR, or Millennium Falcon SEGMENT JR.
I have to say this is a first time I have ever seen something like this before and find it very cool for all the SW fan boys.

The BOBA FETT SUPER 2R
The BOBA FETT SUPER 2R

The mark of the Mandalorian
The mark of the Mandalorian

The cool STORM TROOPER SUPER 2R helmet
The cool STORM TROOPER SUPER 2R helmet

Chinbar complete with TROOPER breathing ports
Chinbar complete with TROOPER breathing ports

"STORM TROOPER!!" "Your designation is TK-421!!"  "DO YOU HEAR ME TROOPER!!"
“STORM TROOPER!!” “Your designation is TK-421!!”
“DO YOU HEAR ME TROOPER!!”

SEGMENT & SEGMENT JR

SEGMENT DARTH VADER
SEGMENT DARTH VADER

BOUNTY HUNTER JR
BOUNTY HUNTER JR

MILLENNIUM FALCON SEGMENT JR
MILLENNIUM FALCON SEGMENT JR

SUPER & SUPER 2R MIPS

Some cool colors for the 2016 Super 2R and Super will pop out at you. Aggression Blue, Matte Kryptonite, and Matte White/ Glacier Blue.
Bell is also doing the Joy Ride Women’s collection which will have the Super and Super 2R with a cool color.
Here’s a look at what you can expect from BELL HELMETS.

BELL's cool colors
BELL’s cool colors

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JOY RIDE WOMEN’S HELMETS

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I love the Super helmet we reviewed when they came out and with the new SUPER 2R’s added quick release chinbar it makes for one versatile trail/Enduro helmet. Another thing that’s great, BELL did update the SUPER to allow you to purchase the chinbar separately if you want later.
Look for the BELL STAR WARS Limited Edition helmets other Bell Helmets at your local dealers near you.

REVIEW- DAINESE BASANITE S/S JERSEY, HUCKER SHORTS, AND ROCK SOLID-D GLOVES

DAINESE 2015 DH / ENDURO GREAR
DAINESE 2015 DH / ENDURO GEAR

Well here I am again having spent a long amount of test time with some new gear and this time MtnBikeRider.com is putting some of Dainese new 2015 gear through the ringer.
Now we all know Dainese as the innovators of protection and in the last few years Dainese is trying to make a come back in the mountain bike arena. They’ve been upping their game with new pad designs, innovative Enduro packs and clothing designs.
When it comes to the protection side of things they have in my opinion done it better than anyone out there. After all they are the one’s who started it all and others fallowed, so when it comes to say jerseys, shorts, or gloves, can they stack up to the others who have been making the advancements in new innovative wicking materials or tough Ripstop nylons, will have to see.

THE GEAR

I have always loved any gear I have received to test or even purchased for myself from Dainese.
For 2015 they pulled out the stops and really brought their game, so much so that in 2014 the Lapierre Gravity World Cup team was fully outfitted for DH battle as well as the Enduro team by Dainese.
I have to tell you it was great to see Dainese out there in a big way on the World Cup circuit like it used to be.
So what are we going to review, well why not review what the Lapierre team used.
Dan Walczewski of Dainese USA heads the Multi-Sport division and after a few conversations we were off to test.
Dan set us up with the BASANITE S/S JERSEY, HACKER SHORTS, and ROCK SOLID-D GLOVES.
The first thing you will notice is the color I chose, the neon yellow pops. All the colors in the three items stick out good, besides I figure why not look ultra-cool and go a little Valentino Rossi (for those who don’t fallow Moto GP road racing, he is the MAN on the track for Dainese and AGV).


BASANITE SHORT SLEEVE JERSEY

BASANITE S/S JERSEY
BASANITE S/S JERSEY

The BASANITE Jersey comes in short sleeve as well as long. There are four colors, red/black, neon yellow/black, white/black, and white/green, with sizing of XS – XXL.
The jersey is made of light weight polyester that is a technical fit. The BASANITE jersey has such a light feel that you wonder if you are wearing a jersey at all. I love the fit, not super baggy and not too tight. Great air flow due in part from the micro-mesh area panels on the sides of the jersey which really allow for maximum heat dissipation from the body which is a super plus on hot days.
I have worn this jersey on long hot rides climbing and descending, if it wasn’t for my hydration pack on my back cutting the air flow around to my back I would no doubt have been very cool all the way around.
I have to give the BASANITE Jersey high marks for its ultra-light feel, air flow, and great looks.
This is a great jersey to use for DH racing as well as an all-day Enduro race.
The retail price is $69.99

HUCKER SHORT

HUCKER SHORT WITH LARGE AIR FLOW FRONT PANELS
HUCKER SHORT WITH LARGE AIR FLOW FRONT PANELS

The HUCKER is the new DH short for 2015. The first thing I notice was the light weight feel to them, lighter then past Dainese DH shorts we have tested.
Now I don’t mind a heavy short because it makes me feel safer in the event of going down, but will they hold up to a fall in the rocks or gravel, read on.
So what makes these DH- FR (Freeride) shorts tough and light, well Dainese uses a tear-resistant Duratex Fabric that’s for comfort and ergonomics, elasticated inserts on the crotch and lumbar allow for greater movement of freedom while riding DH, Enduro, or your favorite trail.

REAR LUMBAR STRETCH PANEL ALLOWS FOR GREATER MOVEMENT
REAR LUMBAR STRETCH PANEL ALLOWS FOR GREATER MOVEMENT

The HUCKER doesn’t come with any padded liner as these are a DH racing type shorts which allows you to tailor the under short to your ride, for example DH I run the Dainese Performance Short that has hard shell protection on the thigh and tail bone and a soft protection Dainese short for light protection.

COOL ZIPPER STASH POCKET FOR THAT BEER MONEY
COOL ZIPPER STASH POCKET FOR THAT BEER MONEY

The best part about the new HUCKER Shorts is their breathability; four large panels bring in the air to cool off those privates. This is a super comfort when beating the heat and I give Dainese top notch marks for that.
Finish off the great attention to detail with the clean colors and logos, nice waste adjustment straps and a nifty little zip pocket for keys, beer money, or whatever tickles your fancy.
These are a great DH short or Enduro race short, Light weight to beat the heat and tough enough to save the tushy.
Sizes range from XS –XXL at a retail price of $109.99

ROCK SOLID-D GLOVES

ROCK SOLID-D PRO SHAPE KNUCKLE PROTECTION
ROCK SOLID-D PRO SHAPE KNUCKLE PROTECTION

Gloves have changed quite a bit from when I started racing DH and I’m a firm believer in knuckle, finger, and palm protection. Dainese has always made a superb glove of this type in the past, but even Dainese has gone the way of the thin racing glove. Riders seen to want that connection from the bike to the ground, sorry but I’m not buying it. Having some sort of protection is important if you’re doing a DH race or tackle a killer Enduro race and that being said Dainese delivered by adding PRO SHAPE to the ROCK SOLID –D, along with tech materials for breathability and toughness .
First let’s start with the obvious; Dainese is using their new proprietary protection that’s found on their new TRAIL SKINS knee and elbow guards called PRO SHAPE.
This is a unique honeycomb flexible structure that is made of Polynorbornene, a polymer that has remarkable shock-absorbing qualities for only being 6mm thick. The perforated structure allows it to breathe and ventilate heat and sweating.

AIRPRENE UPPER, TOUGH HIGH STRENGTH SYNTHETIC PALM, AND TOUCH SCREEN FINGER TIP COMPATIBLE
AIRPRENE UPPER, TOUGH HIGH STRENGTH SYNTHETIC PALM, AND TOUCH SCREEN FINGER TIP COMPATIBLE

You have roughly a 1” x 4” patch set across the knuckle area of the glove that will bend with the hand and offer that knuckle protection. It’s so good it has satisfied the EN 1621 standards.
A high strength synthetic fabric on the palm, an Airprene upper cuff that’s light and breathable, silicone printing on the palm for added grip contact, and the last great touch is that the finger tips are touch screen compatible to stop and take that great selfie of yourself on the trail or after the race.
Sizes range from XXS-XXL and the retail is $54.99.

OVERALL

WITH GREAT COMFORT AND FIT OVERALL DAINESE HAS HIT THE MARK WITH THE BASANITE JERSEY, HUCKER SHORT, AND ROCK SOLID-D GLOVES
WITH GREAT COMFORT AND FIT OVERALL DAINESE HAS HIT THE MARK WITH THE BASANITE JERSEY, HUCKER SHORT, AND ROCK SOLID-D GLOVES

While wearing the BASANITE S/S jersey and HUCKER shorts I really didn’t find any fault at all, I have to say they seemed rather perfect. All the technical features of both work great. Air flow, light weight fabrics, and great quality make these two products shine, however the one hurdle Dainese has to overcome is to be competitive with their pricing, especially with their jersey price. Other companies range start at $40.00 up to $50.00 bucks.
I have no complaints with the HUCKER shorts as the pricing is close to other competitors.
I did get to ground test these babies, though it was a small spill the fabric held up well, I just love the air panels as they really let the air flow in great.
With gloves I wear a medium, but after a previous test from another company I went to a small size for the ROCK SOLID –D, now for the most part they fit better when I dropped a size. My fingers were all the way to the tips of the gloves. This is a good thing; it offers a snug feel with no loose material on the hand.
Now the one issue I found was that the PRO SHAPE padding was positioned just a hair behind my knuckles and this could be due to the smaller size glove.
The PRO SHAPE molded well on my knuckle area, bending and moving on my hand well under riding conditions, however I did notice that my right gloves feel put a strain on the top of my knuckles after some time, but as I said this could be due to the size gloves I was wearing. I didn’t experience this on my left hand so much.
I would have like to have seen the protection moved closer to the fingers and run over the knuckles down each finger say ½” to 1” stopping before the first knuckle of each finger for that added protection.
The rest of the gloves materials were spot on in the comfort department and breathability.
Price wise I’m a firm believer in protection and if I have to pay a little more I’m OK with that.
Overall I would recommend the BASANITE jersey, HUCKER shorts, and ROCK SOLID-D gloves (check your sizing with them first). They look great, breath great, and wick the heat away great.
The other thing that puts Dainese on high marks is the “One Year Warranty” they have against material and manufacturing defects on all their products (of course barring crash damage). You can’t beat that.
If you’re looking for Dainese products ask your local bicycle retailer, visit one of three D-Store in the US, or go to Dainese.com to shop.

Thanks to Dan Walczewski , Multi-Sports Manager and Dainese USA.

SEA OTTER : BELL HELMETS

If you recall we did a review on the BELL super helmet last year as a part of our Enduro product reviews. At that time BELL had not yet released the Super 2R or Super 2R MIPS. These are the latest in the All-Mountain / Enduro type line up for BELL Helmets along with the Super 2.
The Super 2R come as a standard foam type EPS liner with a In-Mold Polycarbonate Shell, while the Super 2R equipped MIPS steps up the protection in the shell. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. This allows for better protection to the head.
The key feature to both Super 2R helmets is that they use a detachable chinbar. This is great because it allows you to remove the chinbar while say climbing, put it in your pack, and then allowing you to simply reattach it back to the helmet with three clips.
The other cool thing is the fact that you get not just a CPSC Bicycle safety rating, but also a CE EN1078 rating.

BELL Helmets was quite busy at the Sea Otter Classic showing off the good.

BELL Helmets showing off the goods.
BELL Helmets showing off the goods.

The new BELL SUPER 2R helmet
The new BELL SUPER 2R helmet

Notice the quick release on the back of the helmet. You also have two more on the left and right sides of the helmet. Easy as 1, 2, 3.
Notice the quick release on the back of the helmet. You also have two more on the left and right sides of the helmet. Easy as 1, 2, 3.

Inside the MIPS equipped SUPER 2R.
Inside the MIPS equipped SUPER 2R.

Retail for the SUPER 2R is $200, while the MIPS equipped SUPER 2R retails for $220.

REVIEW – 2015 GIANT REIGN 27.5 2 RIDE TEST

2015 GIANT REIGN 27.5 2
2015 GIANT REIGN 27.5 2

GIANT REIGN 27.5 2
Well here we are a new year and look what we have for one of our first test review, the all-new 2015 GIANT REIGN 27.5 2.
If you recall last year we did the review on the new GIANT ANTHEM ADVANCED 27.5 carbon that was one step down from the team model and I found this to be an amazing ride for someone that is in the 5’ tall range in comparison to a small 29er. https://www.mtnbikeriders.com/2014/04/11/2014-giant-anthem-advance-27-5-1-test/)
Giant Bicycles went full boar in 2014 committing to the new tire size with their top of the line mountain bikes for women and men. Now they didn’t drop the 29’er as they do have a place in the market.
This is a big thing for any company to do and Giant has always done their research and it was a huge success for Giant Bicycles if you ask me.
The only two models left out of the 27.5 line in 2014 were the REIGN and GLORY.
With the advent of Enduro racing soaring to new heights, Giant’s Enduro weapon was the TRANCE 27.5 with 5” travel. The Trance did very well in the Enduro racing scene, but Giant needed to excel further in this realm and what better way to do this then bring your Enduro team to the table, send them out on countless test rides and races, bring the team back to the table with all the data heads, and go back out till everyone involved got what they wanted. The end result is the all-new 2015 GIANT REIGN 27.5.
THE REIGN LINE
Giant has come out with four models of the all new REIGN for 2015. Starting with their carbon framed bikes, the REIGN ADVANCED 27.5 0 Team and the ADVANCED 27.5 1.
The next step down is the ALUXX aluminum REIGN 27.5 1 and the REIGN 27.5 2.
Price ranges for the ADVANCED to the ALUXX are $8250 to $3400.

ATTACKING THE TRAIL ON THE REIGN 27.5 2 IS ALL FUN
ATTACKING THE TRAIL ON THE REIGN 27.5 2 IS ALL FUN

The prices may seem a bit high, but when you look at the range of parts and frame materials, this is relevant to all the competition out there.
GIANT’s full REIGN line is well equipped to get the job done, whatever that may be for you.
“So, Pick your REIGN and REIGN down on the competition “. I should use this line at the end of the review, but this bike rips!! (Getting ahead of my high praise)

LAYOUT
In comes the all new REIGN 27.5 2. Its stout looking frame with clean lines is built for speed in the rough. RockShox Monarch Debonair RT shock with 2 position compression (Open/Pedal) lever and 6.3”/ 160mm rear travel does the duty in the rear with the Maestro suspension, while up front RockShox Pike RC Solo Air w/ 15mm thru-axle and 6”/ 6.3mm travel will smooth out the bumps and jumps in your path, now this is the only REIGN model without a dual positon travel fork.

RockShox Pike RC Solo Air
RockShox Pike RC Solo Air
RockShox Monarch Debonair RT
RockShox Monarch Debonair RT

Giant chose Shimano equipment to fill in the duty of breaks and drivetrain, starting with Deore 203mm rotor front and 180mm rotor rear. Deore shifters, Deore front derailleur, and SLX Shadow + rear derailleur, Deore cranks, 24/38 w/ MRP 2x Guide.
Giant finishes off the REIGN 27.5 2 with a few of their own components like the P-AM2, Double wall rim set with Giant hubs, Contact SL DH 31.8mm bars that are nice and wide with the Truvativ’s Holzfeller 40mm stem.
To finish off the REIGN, Giant’s Contact SL Switch-R Dropper seat post and Contact seat handle getting low on the descents.

SHIMANO SLX REAR DURAILER
SHIMANO SLX REAR DURAILER
THE REIGN COCKPIT WITH WIDE BARS AND 40MM STEM
THE REIGN COCKPIT WITH WIDE BARS AND 40MM STEM

My Giant REIGN 27.5 2 came with Maxxis Minion DHF on the front and a High Roller on the rear.
If you look at the spec sheet on Giant’s website the REIGN 27.5 2 is supposed to come with Schwalbe Hans Dampf, Performance tires, but I’m not complaining with tire choice here at all. (Big smiles)

GIANT'S CONTACT DROPPER POST WITH INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING
GIANT’S CONTACT DROPPER POST WITH INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING

RIDE TEST
This will be the second 27.5 Giant bicycle I will be reviewing for MtnBikeRiders.com, so with blind faith and no reviews out at the time of their released I went straight away and purchased this beauty for my own.
Now the first thing that you will notice if you ride DH bikes is the layout. To look at the 2015 REIGN 27.5 2 you see DH written all over it, slack head tube, slack seat tube, wide bars, DH tires, this bike is a mini DH rig. Is that what you want in an Enduro bike?
When you sit on the bike it even has the feel of a DH bike, just less weight to it. When I sat on it for the first time I was so at home on it, the REIGN is just calling you, no begging you to go and ride it.
So now that you know what an awesome machine it is (wait I’m getting ahead of myself here), let’s see if it will perform the way you expect an Enduro bike should.
We will review the climbing, descending, and handling of the GIANT REIGN 27.5 2, get down to the nitty gritty so to speak.

THE CLIMB
I owned the earlier 07’ REIGN X 6.7 and I loved the way it preformed, though I might add these are two different beast all together, but in comparison when it came to climbing my old REIGN did climb better, “ WAIT, WAIT I must explain okay…” There are reasons for this. First off the rake between both bikes is night and day of course and you really can’t compare each together.
The 07’ had a 67deg head angle (steeper), while the new 27.5 REIGN has 65deg head angle.
When climbing the REIGN 27.5 2 on a somewhat steep hill (Aliso Woods, Cholla trail) you feel the front end wanting to come up on you quite often. This meant really playing with your body English on the bike’s seat to keep the front end down.
This is very noticeable on the 2015 REIGN 27.5 2 in steep climbs only. Handling is not a bear, but it will make you work for it. On moderate climbs the REIGN would do well without the front end coming up. The new REIGN 27.5 2 may not be a climber, but put a dual position fork on it and I would say watch out.

The second is the absence of a dual position travel fork. All the other REIGN’s come spec’ed with this type of fork and this is the only issue I see so far while climbing.
When you look at the price point of the Carbon Advanced 27.5 1 ($4750) and the REIGN 27.5 2 ($3450) that we tested, this is a $1300 difference. I bring this up only because with this caliber of bike for the price, I would pay that little extra for a dual position travel fork to be on the REIGN 27.5 2.
Having the option to dial the fork down would have been a big help while climbing.
Now what does help with the climbing though is that the rear Rock Shox Monarch Debonair RT is equipped with a 2 position compression (Open/Pedal) lever. When its locked out it helps with the uphill pedaling, you feel the rear working to keep you moving like a tractor. The Maestro suspension has come a long way also. I notice the smooth efficient way it works while you mash those pedals to propel you to the reward you seek at the top of the climb, which is that downhill.
OK, so it’s not like you will be winning any King of the Mountain awards for climbing right. Enduro is stages with more descending then climbing, Right? After all you don’t get scored for the uphill, right.
I really have to try an Enduro race.

HANDLING
OK so you read what I thought of the climbing aspects, so let’s talk about the handling.
I set up the suspension to the recommended settings for sag and hit the trails.
You heard me say that the REIGN 27.5 2 feels like a DH bike when you sit on it, well I’m here to tell you it not only feels like a DH bike, it rides like one too. With its 65 degree head angle and its standover height of 28.2 inches (small frame tested), it made me feel right at home. Turning on the REIGN 27.5 2 was effortless with its geometry layout.

IN THE AIR WITH THE REIGN 27.5 2 IS A GREAT FEELING
IN THE AIR WITH THE REIGN 27.5 2 IS A GREAT FEELING

I loved every minute running this bike through its paces at high speeds and low. Mild climbing was great as the 27.5 wheel size motored you up hill no problem, like I said just steep made you work for it.
Add the GIANT Contact Dropper post, wide GIANT Contact bars and 40mm Truvativ’s Holzfeller stem for the descents or maneuvering through single track and you have a lethal combo of an Enduro racer.

DOWN THE HILL
This is always my favorite part of any test when it comes to a bike and I’ll get right to it. The REIGN 27.5 2 descends with prowess. The Maestro suspension works so well tracking in the bumps at low speed as well as in the rough you forget you are even on a 6.3” travel bike.
When you get this kind of feel on a bike it makes riding easy. It puts you in the zone to concentrate on other thing at hand.

BIG BUMPS AND LANDINGS, NO PROBLEM
BIG BUMPS AND LANDINGS, NO PROBLEM

Now I know I made mention of the fork not having a dual position setup, well it may not be so important on a descent. The Rock Shox Pike RC Solo Air does a great job handling the rough.
Braking with the Shimano Deore brakes isn’t bad. I did experience some brake fade when pushing the REIGN 27.5 2 really hard all day. Something you don’t want during racing.
The Maxxis DH tires of course did the job of keeping you on track.
Descending in a whole was outstanding on the REIGN 27.5 2. It ate up the rough and didn’t miss a beat.

OVERALL
What make a good Enduro bike, better yet what makes a great Enduro bike? It has to encompass all the makings for an All Mountain trail bike that will keep you on it all day for that push to each stage, a little bit of XC to run the distance, and finish it off with all the ability to look at rough terrain and laugh all the way down.
GIANT has hit the mark here yet again (OK I need a GLORY 27.5 now to round out the quiver, wink, wink).
With the whole redesign of the REIGN line I went on blind faith and did my purchase and I am very happy with the outcome of the bike.
I found few flaws with the REIGN 27.5 2. Sure it could use a better fork and better brakes, but GIANT has managed to bring it to the table at an affordable price in comparison to some. Sure one could upgrade the bike’s week points, but if you do that you might as well go to the next level and if you only have a certain amount of cash flow this would be a bike worth getting.

HANDLING THE ROUGH IS NO PROBLEM HERE
HANDLING THE ROUGH IS NO PROBLEM HERE

If there is one thing I look for in a bike is comfort, the minute I sit on a bike I want that feel that I am right at home in the cockpit. Upon my first ride I felt I had been on this bike for a while. The handling gives you a point and shoot ride with no thought of the bike other then you looking at the line you want and making it yours.
When it comes to the Maestro suspension, the progression in high and low speed bumps was top notch. You stay tracking the ground in total control. This inspires confidence in your riding. I have been on the first and second gen Maestro suspension and this has got to be the best yet.
I like the way the Rear Rock Shox Monarch Debonair RT shock worked on the bike. It felt as though I was on a DH bike the whole time.
The Deore and SLX drivetrain do the job in the shifting department with no issues.

AN ENDURO RACER WITH A DH SOUL
AN ENDURO RACER WITH A DH SOUL

With my last words I have to say this being the lowest on the tier of GIANT’s REIGN model, it should take any weekend Enduro race warrior to the podium.
Seeing that the REIGN 27.5 2 gives this kind of performance I would love to see what the REIGN Advanced 27.5 0 Team rides like.
With all the time and effort that went into the designing of the new REIGN 27.5 lines GIANT has brought to the table a world class racer.
Thank you Giant Bicycle for another great ride. You can find a Giant dealer near you by going to giant-bicycles.com

REVIEW – BELL HELMETS SUPER

BELL HELMET’S ENDURO ALL MOUNTAIN LID

Well we tested some Enduro gear, so next had to be a helmet that would fit Enduro/All Mountain. Now we have to say that when it comes to these type specific helmets there are quite a few to choose from, so we went with the new BELL Helmets SUPER.
BELL did a fantastic job of developing this helmet. Its packed full of features that cover not only safety, but keep the rider in mind who likes to do POV videos of their rides, something no one has done at the time BELL introduced the SUPER and I don’t know if anyone has to date.
One thing we like to do is look at the safety as the number one thing, then the comfort, function, and just plain good looks.

TECH TALK

When you look at the BELL SUPER you can see that it comes full of features. First off the SUPER has a certification rating for CE EN1078 & CPSC Bicycle. Next you notice that the helmet’s shell seems stout in looks. This is due to its Fusion In-Mold Microshell, add the internal reinforcement, lightweight webbing, lightweight buckle, lightweight Cam-Lock Levers, X-Static Padding, then you finish it off with a Speed Dial Fit System to give you one nicely made helmet.

Now round all this off with A 25 vent system that would just about allow you to pedal through hurricane force winds (well maybe not, but our legal department tells us we can’t say things like that) and couple that with the 4 Overbrow Ventilation Ports to give you a cool head to attack any trail.

One of the cool things I like is the fact that BELL gave thought about what to do with your goggles. Simply lift up the GoggleGuide Adjustable Visor System and you have a spot to hold your goggles in place no problem. If you choose not to use the peak BELL provides goggle holders that replace the peak system.
Now the other great design feature BELL was hip on was the breakaway GoPro mount that goes on the top of the helmet. With all of us wanting to get that POV vid of our epic race or ride action. This is a cool feature that you just Velcro in with straps on the provided mount, put your GoPro on and you are ready to go.
The SUPER comes in at a weight (if your into counting things like this) of 390 grams.

OVERALL VIEW


When I first started wearing the SUPER I felt it was a bit heavy, now I haven’t tried any of the other brands in this category to compare it too, so I can’t say if it’s heavy or not, but in truth after wearing the SUPER I feel safer in it. The weight makes me feel safe, so is 390 grams to heavy?
No, it isn’t! Once I adjusted the Speed Dial Fit System internal arms (see pic above) and adjusted the Speed Dial, the helmet hugged my head great. You also get great rear coverage as well as side coverage.
Now you may see this kind of coverage on many brands, but I feel as though I’m wearing half a fullface with no chinbar (remember this).
What about the comfort. The X-Static padding is nice, but I would like just a little more thickness in this department, still it’s not bad on an all-day ride, plus it does a good job keeping the sweat from my eyes.
The one place I felt “literally “when riding with the SUPER is the amazing air flow you get from this helmet. These giant vents are just great. I’m a firm believer that if you’re going to make a bicycle helmet, let the air flow with venting. BELL has hit the mark here.
The goggle holding system is tops and how simple was that to think up, and you still look hip with them in this position.
The last thing is the GoPro mount. This is well thought out and a perfect position for the POV. The idea of it being a breakaway mount will save your GoPro and in the event of a crash you shouldn’t feel it pull on your head causing neck injury in comparison to a solid mount to the helmet.
I have been around BELL Helmets along time. They were my helmet of choice in my motocross days. They were known in the days to make the best, for the best racers in the world.
So what I see here is the same quality and safety in their cycling line as they do with their motorsports line.
As we post this story Enduro event courses have begun to look more like DH courses in some areas with rougher rock sections and drops, so BELL has already in the making the SUPER 2 ( remember I mentioned chinbar).
So when you’re ready to shell out those hard earned clams you saved up the retail of the SUPER is $125.00.
Not a bad price to pay when it comes to your head. BELL has in my mind made a great ENDURO All Mountain helmet here, with superb feature.

ON A SIDE NOTE
If there was one ad that BELL has done that stuck in my head all these years and I know I’m dating myself here, but this is so true and I think of it when I go to replace a helmet every time.
“If you have a $10.00 head, wear a $10.00 helmet.”

Contact bellhelmets.com or see your local bike dealer for a BELL SUPER.
Many thanks goes out to Niki Jaimes for the test product.