gear closet
The gear addiction is real...
We share our opinion on the things we use to make adventure happen
Bell Joy Ride Super 3R All Mountain Helmet
It was time to step our helmet game as we got into more aggressive mountain biking. The Bell Super 3R with a removable chin bar seemed like over-kill at first, but the versatility was something we couldn't argue with. With Bell products coming so highly recommended, we both pulled the trigger for a higher degree of safety and protection.

Why we like it:

The helmet is light weight yet substantial, offering protection on the back of the head and of course around the face when needed. The ability to clip on the face mask for downhill riding is huge, basically allowing the helmet to serve two different purposes. We also love the colors, making it easy to spot each other on the trail!

What could be better:
It certainly had a bit of a break in period, creating a few hot spots when tightened properly. It's also not "technically" downhill rated, however since we aren't hucking huge cliffs it offers the protection we need to preserve our mugs!

  Check out this year's model on the Bell website


Kuat NV 2.0
In looking for a reliable 2-bike rack to go on the hitch of our pick-up-truck last year, we purchased the Kuat NV. While we were mostly happy with this product, it ended up having a malfunctioning lever that controlled the position of the bike rack. We exhcanged the NV at REI for the NV 2.0, which ended up being an all around updated and more capable version of the NV. We highly reccommend this rack.

Why we like it:

With an arm that secures the front wheel and a strap that locks the back wheel down, the rack is very secure and the bikes don't wobble in transit. The rack locks to the truck at the hitch and the bikes lock to the rack via cable, which keeps the bikes safe while grabbing a beer or car camping overnight. One of the most notable features is the built in workstand, this comes in very handy for pre-ride maintenance.

What could be better:
Our one complaint is that we can never lay the truck tailgaite flat, even without the bikes on it. To that end, there is no rubber stopper or anything to protect the tailgate when you put it down to pull gear out of the bed. Also, when leaving the bikes for a longer duration we feel the need utilize an additional cable lock for added safety.

  Click here to check them out on the Kuat website  

Photo credit: Kuat

Trek Lush 27.5

Photo credit: trek.com

Trek Remedy 9 27.5
Michael was looking for an all around trail bike that was built for cross country and light enough cruise uphill, yet could still handle a serious decents.

What he likes about it:
The seat dropper post as a standard feature is clutch for aggressive terrain or downhill riding. The frame is super light helps make climbing easier. It comes with high quality shocks that adjust easily to make to the transition between ascents and descents.

What could be better:
You get a significant amount of chain chatter on prolonged descents. Also, the front derailleur wire rubbed and damaged the triangle bracket that connects from the top of the rear shock to the top of the rear triangle.
    
Click here to check it out on the Trek website

Photo credit: flowmountainbike.com