We test the Fox 36 Float 160 FIT RC2

With tough competition in the Enduro suspension fork MTB market, it isn’t just any kind of product that will suffice. Every single part of the product has to be the best and to answer all such demands Fox 36 launched the Fox 36 Float 160 FIT RC2. Ever since its launch, Fox 36 Float 160 FIT RC2 has become the foremost choice of free-riders, enduro & MTB’ers. It is made for use on the mountains, trails, free ride, etc. with many commendable features that make it the perfect companion.

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Staggering Crank Bros Candy 11 Pedal Test Review

Crank Bros Candy 11 Pedals

Crank Brothers pedals have got a loyal following, but there have always been naysayers. But the Crank Brothers cranked it up by including bearings as against the bushing in the earlier version. Bearings allow the free movement of the pedal and remove the hassle of rebuilding the pedal twice a season. The other feature that makes the Crank Bros Candy 11 Pedals stand out is the resin body. It would get beat to pieces and know the wear and tear would never affect the performance, but they also look good after a rough season.

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Bell Super Helmet Review

At a Glance

The Bell Super is an exceedingly well thought-out lid. Purpose built for the enduro riders and racers out there it offers excellent coverage combined with innovative features. Firstly it has been designed with full goggles management in mind, the visor can be raised by 30 degrees allowing the goggles to be placed underneath. You can also remove the visor and add the goggle retention clips should you wish to look totally retro. Styled on the Bell Custom 500 motorsport lid from the 50’s it has an air of classic style about it coupled with some modern technology such as full In-Mold construction.

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Suunto Ambit2 Heart Rate Watch Review

At A Glance

Suunto have been making tools for explorers for some time now, and the guys have things pretty dialled in when it comes to making great products. The Ambit2 series of watches is their flagship range offering the most advanced technology that they have at their disposal. There are three models in the range, the Ambit2 Black, Silver and this special Sapphire edition. All three watches share the same internals and battery life, but the Sapphire boasts Sapphire glass which is tougher and a slightly different bezel. It’s a considerable amount more for the Sapphire version, but so far with 2 months of hard use the glass has suffered no damage whatsoever, while the silver bezel is showing definite signs of abuse. At the heart of the Ambit 2 is the GPS tracking system which not only allows you to track your rides but you can also upload GPS tracks to follow other routes and navigate your way around the woods.

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Nukeproof Warhead Carbon vs. Race Face SixC Riser Bar

NUKE PROOF WARHEAD CARBON 20MM RISE

 Nuke Proof War Head

Nukeproof have been making great bars and stems for a while now and we are big fans of the alloy Warhead bar. Naturally, we were eager to see what it was like in carbon! Sticking with the older standard of 31.8mm diameter the bars have been built with World Cup DH racing in mind. The bars are constructed using a 3k-carbon weave and then a unidirectional carbon is added on top. The decals are then put into place and a final topcoat is applied. A neat feature, unique to Nukeproof, is the inclusion of some 3m protective tape to keep your bars looking fresh! Keeping the classic geometry of the Warhead alloy bar meant we instantly felt at home with this setup and the 760mm width was perfect for the medium to smaller members of the test team.Comfortable to ride with a quick response to rider input left us feeling in control at all times.

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Anvl Tilt Pedal Review

At A Glance

Born from the Pacific Northwest in the US ANVL components are relatively new on the scene but have a pedigree that goes way back to the dawn of biking. Each component they make has been meticulously researched, sketched, and designed with hardcore riding in mind. Using the most advanced materials and manufacturing process available they have created the Tilt pedal as a low profile, high grip offering to rival many of the current crops of performance flats. Designed to be mated with some MTB specific flat shoes the ANVL should offer a superior connection to one of the most important parts of your bike. Manufactured from 6061 Extruded Alloy and 3D CNC machined for accuracy they are 14mm thick at the center point and use 3 cartridge bearings with 20 pins per pedal.

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We test the SixSixOne Evo AM Helmet

At A Glance

The Evo AM from SixSixOne is a new helmet that they are releasing mid-season. It’s been in development for some time and is aimed at the endure/all-mountain riders out there. Like all modern helmets, it is packed with tech to protect your noggin in the event of a crash. At its very core is a Contego Foam construction which decreases the energy transmitted in an impact by as much as 35%. Instead of filling the helmet with holes for ventilation they have made the holes large to increase airflow, there are 15 vents on the helmet in total.

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Crank Brothers Opium 3 vs. Anvl Mandrel Riser Bar

CRANK BROTHERS OPIUM 3 30 MM RISE

CRANK BROTHERS OPIUM 3 30 MM RISE

Crank Brothers have an undeniable style of their products and the Opium 3 bars are no different. Made from 7050 aluminum these have been designed with a downhill in mind and have been built to take the toughest of knocks. The 30mm rise helps to keep your head up when the trail gets steep, but if you tend to ride flatter terrain there is a 15mm option too. Weight is good and they are backed by a 5-year warranty, which should give you plenty of peace of mind! On the trail, they felt responsive and we actually enjoyed the steeper rise when the terrain got rowdy.

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Smith Forefront Helmet Review

At A Glance

Now for something completely different… Smith is known for their eyewear and their snowboard helmets, but they have just brought their A game to the mountain bike table to the Forefront. Firstly let’s get the obvious out of the way, the Forefront looks a little different. It’s not really styled like anything we have seen before, and it’s either love at first sight or the opposite. When we first laid our eyes on it, it wasn’t the looks that intrigued us most, but what was going on under the bonnet.

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