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Tool Review: Fiskars IsoCore 5 lb Pick

Consider yourself very lucky if the only thing digging at your spot entails is sticking a shovel into the earth and having it come up with a heaping scoop of dirt. Unfortunately for us, a heavy session with a pick is absolutely mandatory to break up our rock hard clay before we even think about digging it. Over the last seven years we’ve been through over half a dozen different picks/mattocks from a variety of different manufacturers. Though they’ve all been slightly different, there’s one thing that they’ve all had in common. They’ve been absolutely brutal on our bodies, especially…

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Review: MX Trails “Trekt Op Nieks” DVD

I’d be lying if I said that I had any inclination that I’d be reviewing a trails DVD this year. With how easy it is these days to slap some footage together and throw it up on YouTube or Vimeo, I thought the days of DVDs were unfortunately behind us. Luckily our Belgium friends from the MX Trails decided not to go the easy route, and instead took the footage they’ve been gathering up for the past few years from their travels around the world and turned it into a proper full length trails DVD.

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Tested: Mission Cease Brakes

You’re just throwing your money away if you spend more than $16.99 on a set of U-brakes. That’s what Mission’s Cease brake retails for, and I stand behind my statement when I say that they’re one of the best U-brakes that I’ve ever owned. A bold statement I know, but hear me out! U-brakes are pretty simple really. Two pivoting arms that overlap and form their namesake U shape, and some sort of hanger/straddle cable configuration that connects them to the cable running to your lever. Let’s be honest here, there really haven’t been any radical innovations in U-brake functionality…

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Tool Review: Jackson 6 Cubic Foot Total Control Steel Wheelbarrow

It was a sad day last year when our trusty wheelbarrow finally decided to shit the bed. It had done service at two other sets of trails before coming to us, and over the eight year course of its life it moved literally thousands of loads of earth. It was actually kind of a shock when it did finally decide to give out on us. Sure, we had make a few bush repairs to it over the years, but it seemed like that thing was going to be around forever. That was until I went to move a load of…

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Creating A New Category: Commonground Bikes

Every so often a company designs a new bike that shakes up the standards and norms of accepted bicycle geometry and creates a new category of bike all its own. Sunday did it with their Model C by replacing a 24″ cruiser’s traditional race geometry with scaled up specs and angles from modern 20″ freestyle bikes, Faction did it by designing bikes around a completely new 22″ wheel size that they pioneered and developed, and now Commonground Bikes has done it by creating a bike that merges the best traits and the aesthetics of a 24″ BMX bike and the…

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Review: Odyssey Grandstand Alloy Pedals

“Holy shit, these things don’t have bearings!” Those were my exact words when I took apart one of my Odyssey Grandstand pedals to try and figure out why it was loose. Now, I don’t mean that I rode the things so hard that the bearings disintegrated and there was nothing left. What I’m saying is that these things really don’t have bearings, not in the traditional sense at least. More on that later, first let me bring those of you who aren’t familiar with Odyssey’s newest pedal up to speed. The Grandstands are Tom Dugan’s signature pedal that feature a…

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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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