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Review: Onyx Racing Ultra Cassette Hub

For the better part of the last year I’ve been riding a cassette hub from Onyx Racing, a Minnesota based manufacturer that’s relatively new on the scene. The story of how Onyx Racing came to be is very reminiscent of how so many companies started off back in the early days of BMX. Dad’s son gets into racing, dad wants him to have the absolute best possible bike, dad decides that he can make something better than what’s out there. In this case that dad was Jim Gerhardt, and his son’s hubs that he set out to improve would eventually…

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Review: Ergodyne ProFlex 9000 Anti-Vibration Gloves

I just had to throw together a review of the Ergodyne ProFlex 9000 Anti-Vibration Gloves after all of the hilarious comments I got on the picture of them I posted on Instagram! I also have some pretty strong opinions about them as well, so why not go ahead and share them with you all. Let me give you a little background on these things before we really dive into them. It was about a month or so ago that Jake showed up to the trails with them. He had somehow come across them during one of his epic Amazon surfing…

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Review: The Back Bone Video

Full length BMX DVD releases are becoming fewer and farther between with each passing year, and those with trails in them have become rarer than hen’s teeth. The trails community collectively popped a boner when Back Bone announced that they were going to be releasing a full length DVD. Anyone that knows anything about Back Bone knows that Rhysty and the crew are all about trails. Sure they have a few street guys on their team, but they also have the most impressive roster of Australian trail riders that has ever been assembled. After three years of accumulating footage, Back…

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Review: Triple Eight Gotham Helmet with MIPS

I really wasn’t expecting any helmet manufacturers to send me anymore helmets to test after that last buyers guide I did, but to my surprise I got an email from Triple Eight asking if I wanted to check out their new dual certified Gotham Helmet that utilizes MIPS technology. Before we get into just what MIPS Technology is, I want to mention that this review is a little bit different than ones I’ve done before. The Gotham helmet is aimed more at the bicycle commuter market than at BMX. Sure, you can absolutely wear it at the trails, but it…

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A Brutally Honest Certified Helmet Buyers Guide

Over the last few years there has been a quite a noticeable increase in helmet use at the trails. In the early to mid 2000s it was pretty rare to see someone rocking a helmet. These days it’s the exact opposite. I don’t think head injuries were something that was on the radar of most people back then. Mike Aitken’s crash in 2007 opened a lot of people’s eyes as to the dangers of head injuries. I had just been chatting with Mike in Vegas a couple weeks beforehand and then came news that he had crashed and was fighting…

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Review: Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle

A long day at the trails requires that you bring along a good supply of water to keep yourself hydrated. I used to just jam a couple simple plastic water bottles in my bag and call it good. That’s all fine and dandy on a nice cool fall day, but try that around here during the summer and you may as well bring along a tea bag to accompany the hot water you’re going to be left with. At some point I wised up and decided to pick up one of those plastic insulated water coolers that you find pretty…

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Review: POWS “Welcome Back To Jefferson State!” DVD

I’m not going to bore you with a long drawn out review here. I’m going to get right to the point in just the same way that the POWS “Welcome Back to Jefferson State!” does. There’s a trend these days for trails videos to be overly artsy and have way too much b-roll digging footage in them. If that’s what you’re into then that’s your prerogative. As for myself, I just want to see trails getting roasted. I’ve done enough digging, stacking, and packing in my lifetime to know damn well what it looks like. Luckily for myself and anyone…

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Review: G-Form Knee Pads

I still have the memory of my first experience with soft shell pads burned into my head. I believe the year was 2001, and Fox had just come out with their Radius pads. I remember first seeing them in a magazine photo with Joe Rich wearing them, and of course I had to have them! Fast forward a bit to the Woodward CFB contest, and there before me in the pro shop was just what I had been searching for. I couldn’t get the money out of my wallet fast enough! Gone would be the days of scraped up knees…

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Tool Review: Razor-Back Fiberglass Handle Transfer Shovel

The other day I was walking through Home Depot picking up some stuff for the house when I just so happened to look down the tool isle. We currently have five times more shovels than people to use them, so I really wasn’t planning on doing any tool shopping. That was until something caught my eye. Nowhere in site were the red Husky fiberglass shovels that I’ve become accustomed to seeing. Instead they had been replaced with shovels from a brand called Razor-Back. At first glance I thought it was just a rebranding of the Husky shovels that they used…

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Tool Review: Fiskars Brush Axe

I’m sure by now you all are aware of the affinity I have for my katana machete. It’s my go to tool for cutting things back, clearing the way for new lines, or anything else that requires having the shit chopped out of it. If it were up to me everybody at the trails would be armed with one. That way when the time arose for some serious clearing we’d all be able to work together on it. Ol’ Jakey Jake had other ideas though. Rather than purchasing a tool we already had, he decided to try out something different….

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