04.10.2019 I revised the review, improved some things.
The straps are fatiguing shoulder & neck area with heavier loads, But as long as don’t stuff the backpack full with heavy stuff, it’s fine.
The pack got a lot of room for everything you really need for a ride plus more, if you want to use it for grocery shopping you can, I can fit 2 cola bottles or 2 1,5 milk cartons,3 1 L cartons
upper pocket got 2 Compartments with an elastic band which is perfect for a wallet and a helmet light battery charger, I sue one for Gemini Xera light battery charger and the other one for my wallet. And it’s perfect a smartphone & Go Pro mounts, small chargers.
the top pocket got keyholder
soft material inside the pocket so you don’t scratch your camera lens smartphone, I can fit a Sony experia XZ Premium smartphone in the pocket but any bigger phone won’t fit, but I prefer to have it in short pocket instead.
back protector comes at 145 grams with feels like nothing
side pockets with elastic band, which is great if you forgot to fill up the Hydrapak and just wants to buy a bottle of juice or soda or to keep shopping bags i
no matter how aggressive riding I did, jumping, riding in stairs, the zippers staid in place
Side waist pocket, which is perfect for rubber gloves or a small snack
the plastic zipper extension failed.
The Velcro got work out, it was not gripping.
The belt keeps the backpack from bouncing. The Velcro got worn out worn after about 2 years of use, so it did not stay in place by itself, but with buckle strap, it stays in place still after 3 years. But if you need new Velcro straps you can buy new and sew them on, so that’s not really an issue. The buckle & the other plastic parts still work great.
27 march 2018 it snapped, which is not surprising at all. But not too bad.
eventually the other snapped few months later.
I fixed it with a zip ties.
It has a strap for mounting rear light.
The helmet holder is also nice for securing toilet paper or anything similar when you are grocery shopping.
March 21, 2019
the zipper failed during a ride.
I stopped to take take my phone out, and it failed, good I did that, cus it might have fallen out out if I did not, I knew it showed signs of wear, but it failed eventually not a surprise, the zipper is sliding on the stitching until destruction.
It was time for a new backpack.
The buckles and straps were still in great condition.
This hook is permanently secured and secures the drinking hose.
the logos will start to peel off after one season of use.
The zipper gets cough on this spot so I had to use my fingers to move this bump out of the way.
if you use the helmet holder for an xc or trail helmet, make sure you get the front down and all the way in otherwise it will be too loose
you have to have the zippers on the side or it will take in water because of the gap in the 2 step zipper
to get most comfortable fit, loosen all straps, let the back pack sag down, until it bottom outs, it will bottom out somewhere with the stomach belt under the navel, then tighten the bottom straps where you feel right, and then the chest strap, it’s not perfect comfort at all times, but it will result in the most comfortable fit possible with this back pack.
A headset should withstand some abuse, but this headset can’t withstand normal use.
fabric cushions – your head won’t hurt after wearing the headset in long periods,you will not be as hot as with leather or leather cessions.
will fit small heads and bigger heads,even if you are a hardcore head-banger(headbanging not advised) it wont fall off.
3,5 mic speaker and mic plugs
microphone is easy to swivel away
cable does not kink
volume control wheel is good no super high change in volume its how it should be:-)
easy to take off the ear cup cushions
The head-set will break have dropped the head set few times,some times i have shaky hands and drop things so this headset is not for me, it will break!!!
it stink weird the first days
microphone have rubber arm that its easy to scratch
the volume range is too small when connected via USB,
the wire to the ear cup is not unplug-able
the micro phone ON/OFF ,volume control is on the the wire, if would be better to have it on the ear cups instead. When I connected the headset via USB sound card, i tried the volume control wheel,and when I roll it closer to the end I got white noise(it might only be my USB sound car that is faulty but i don’t care) I maxed the sound and I got even more white-noise but no increase in sound, the white noise was there even when not listening to music. but when i plugged the headset in via analog 3,5 plugs i could increase
easy to scratch
after few weeks of use I noticed play in the headband adjustment from side to side
the USB plug got rubber grip
cable is rubber too
the USB sound card is very light I can barely feel it.
microphone is decent, but it will not sound like it would in person
the cession on the headband feels like it got a balloon inside,when you push with one finger the other goes up,I have not taken them apart so don’t know what’s inside.
do not use the USB sound card read why :I recommend using 3,5 plugs and use on-board sound-card or dedicated sound card, the USB sound wont be as clear , i have tested the headset both via USB and via 3,5 plugs and using on-board sound broad on my ASUS z97 P, with the onboard sound it sounds much better in my opinion I can hear the other instruments than the bass betterwhere i barely could with USB, bass sounds drums sounds more natural,guitar riffs do not sound as soft. I even hear sounds I never heard on Gary Moore’s albums
there is no real reason you should use USB sound card on a gaming pc, only if you got a cheap small mini pc
the headset I used before was Madcatz freq 7 and it was USB card only, there was a cable for phone use but that’s too short for pc use and you could use the controls on the headset, so that silly, so when you buy a headset remember to look for 3,5 plugs/inputs
Logitech G software allows you to tweak the sound but,that’s not the same as getting good sound without tweaking anything.
Much better audio with Equalizer
after the headset fell off my head many times the microphone eventually snapped off at the last drop. I also Installed Mod Mic5 for much better audio input.
After coming back to this headset after the HyperX headset got ripped wire, I needed to get the sound better, so I tweaked them in the Equalizer:
I managed the audio to sound decent with Equalizer, these are the settings
Stay away from this headset, it’s fragile, built from wrong materials, horrible solutions. but if you already got them, tweaking the sound in Equalizer is a must. If you want a good and lifelong lasting headset this is not for you
I have updated the review on Dec 16, 2015, I have improved the review.
they cost the same as the giro remedy X gloves and are way better when it comes to comfort & Poc offers protection padding but Giro does not.
the impact protection is too thin, they won’t help on a proper impact, I tested it with hitting my hand harder and harder on a stem
The adjustment strap is twisting and keeps getting undone.
because these gloves were actually bit too big(size large) I changed to 2016 Resistance strong gloves(size medium),the palm on some of the gloves worn out, I think this is caused by the material used & the venting holes in them, so far the Index Dh has been holding up OK,but I guess over long period of time they will eventually wear too.
I have used the gloves my two pairs for the whole winter of 2017-2018 I managed to wear out the stitching in the long finger due to braking, but that is easy to fix.
I use these gloves in the winter, with fleece gloves and Nitrile gloves, for colder days with -5c and below I use two pairs of fleece gloves, and nitrile gloves for waterproofing, which has worked great.
I recommend doing something similar.
I get good to feel a and control over the cockpit with this setup, but with Ski gloves, I Lack control and feel.
because these gloves are one size to big, I had to get them sewn in where the gap with the elastic is, which results in no need for the Velcro strap. So the glove fits securely, and I can take it on and off easily.
I have used these pads for a really long time now, over 2 year,The whole year, and I put them trough some hard crashes, and they protected me every time.
I was so satisfied with these, that I bought second pair as spare,So I always have clean protection, or if I damage one the other can be repaired.
When fabric has stretched:
When the rear fabric has stretched make sure you fix it, get it back to the correct measurements again so the pads fit as intended,which is important so they don’t slide around,So they give you maximum protection.
You have to use the right technique to put them on:
if the pad slides up its because you did not use the right technique to put them on,You should hold the top part with 2 hands and pull them up so all the fabric slides upwards keeping the pad low, and have to top part with the adjustment strap as high as possible, this way they say in place, I have the typical muscle legs and thighs, And I use size Medium and have worked perfectly, as long as I did put them on right. I also noticed that they will make noises as the pads are against each other, as for the discomfort,you should have the upper part as far up as you can,if it’s right under the knee it will not be comfy.
comfortable(if worn & put on correctly)
good fit, the upper is made like a joint, so the upper part stays n palace while the rest moves with your leg and knee. this work very well.
does not slide down
good protection on the side of the knee
good Velcro straps
no movement restrictions
size matches the size guide, not like 2015 products from Bliss
But of course you are gonna get bit warm, but the protection Poc’s pads give you is definitely worth it, but in the fall, winter this is not a con:-)
the weight,but I don’t care, if they protect me.
I think these pads are one of the best on the market right now
if you want durable,heavy duty protection these are a good option,if you ignore the fact they are sweaty to wear.
Sickline.com video in the Poc stand at Interbike 2014:
I use size L for Alpine Stars jerseys, with Fox I use XL, Mavic Size L, Swix base layer I use Medium
No itching labels or stitching
good fit works well with protectors underneath, the sleeves are long enough, good size of collar, the jersey stay in place how it should no sliding or twisting of the sleeves or any other part of the jersey
the collar is not too open,so it works well , it keeps the buff in place,I wear a Swix Race X base layer underneath & a buff/neck warmer(s), for those colder times where you don’t have to wear a jacket to stay warm, as the neck is one of the places I get cold fast, this is a big plus for me.
the pockets do not interfere with my Evoc backpack, the pockets are perfectly placed.
the pockets are so big you can have lunch or some energy bars in them, or 2 buffs or 2 sets of gloves.
easy to take things out or put in the pockets,because of the Velcro straps,which makes a secure pocket to keep stuff in,but I would not keep small or tiny stuff in it because they could come out, on rough rides, because the Velcro straps are only in the middle and not on the whole length.
the stitched part of the pocket rolls down on the Velcro strap some times, but this is not a big deal, there is more than enough Velcro to keep the pocket secure.
Note that this article is work in progress, at least now you know some more brands or bikes.
These bikes are in no particular order.
If any of you have found more bikes or child specific stuff, be so kind to comment below to share with us.
I have no experience with these bikes, So I will say my opinion, and my experiences with the components used,I will not decide for you.
This article will be update when I find more good bikes
order and title of article might change but I publish this right ow so you can see it, sorry if there are mistakes and typos.
there are few kids bike brands that make good bikes for kids,and there are even fewer adult bike brands that make kids good kids bikes,and there are not many kids brand that make good kids bikes for 24 and 20 inch wheel size.
Kids should have as safe,light,strong,and as well performing bikes as adults.
for the kids to enjoy riding the bikes for a long time the bikes must be light.
Fit is very important,Adjustable reach for brake levers, right crank arm length,saddle that fit kids,I have seen kids riding on saddles that are painful to sit on,the shape of the saddle the length of the saddle the height/depth of it,Its all very important,a flexible saddle is a must In my opinion for optimal comfort.
When you want to buy a bike please ignore the silly marketing tricks, like using using A celebrity or pro riders name, or a company’s name..
I see many kids got awful bikes, and jump and ride downstairs jump off walls, and they do it on awful and dangerous bikes. the kids I saw ridden like Seth does in this video.
Shame so many kids ride on bikes that is junk,and they don’t know how dangerous it is,and the parents got no clue.
but in this guide I will show some the best kids bike I have found on the internet.(custom builds only commercial products will be listed here)
In my opinion bikes like these should be illegal to sell, but sadly they are not.
And then there are the fake dirt jump bikes that are marketed as bikes that can withstand abuse. which they can’t do at all, bikes with Sr Suntour xct and xcm forks,the plastic adjustment, pops out, flexing, knocking sounds, or almost no rebound, depending on the model.
Some bikes have warning stickers on that say the opposite of what the ad say.
I see many kids got awful bikes, and jump and ride downstairs jump off walls, and they do it on awful and dangerous bikes. the kids I saw ridden like Seth does in this video.
If you are a beginner and want to do advanced riding I you need to subscribe to this channel.
Most of the worldwide big bicycles brands, only make cheap awful bikes for the kids, or really basic hardtails.
Many of the Kids MTB guides, are misleading, many of the bikes got awful components.
Many of the kids bikes I have seen are absolutely awful junk.
Almost everything is wrong with these 100 dollar bikes.
Just some of the things that are wrong with them:
they are very heavy,a too heavy bike can be dangerous, the bike was glued to the ground I could no jump it.
suspension that does not do the job,the most common fork on these cheap bikes are ZOOM.
mechanical disk brakes that are hard to brake with for kids.
saddles that is torture to sit on.
tyres with no grip
Example of kids bikes that are marketed as mountain bikes, but they are to they are garbage, they are not made for Drop-Offs and jumps, and shredding in the woods.
There are many choices on the market right now,
but If you want the best speed bike without spending too much I recommend buying from Direct Sale brands.
This video shows me jumping a 24 inch fat bike that is way too heavy:
Here are some real mountain bikes for kids. all from XC to freeride,downhill
10 speed 1 by drive trail with shimano Deore shadow plus, and Rock Shox fork & shock & hydraulic mineral oil disk brakes from shimano. I think this is a nice package,but a chain guide would be nice
2016 Trek Fuel EX Jr
So far this is the only high -end bike for kids from Ttrek.
X-Fusion Performance Suspension is tuned for lighter riders
10×2 setup makes sure that the kid got all the gear range he or she needs. the bike got Deore shifters which are lighter to push than the Deore XT M8000, so shifting should not be an issue for kids, but it would be nice if the bike had 1x drivetrain, for reduced weight and simplicity. the bike lacks a dropper post, so you will have to get one if you go for this ibke. the adult size bike has issues with hte linkages, the bearings dislocate, chainstays wear out, rocker ink cracks, but I have no experience with the kid’s bike, but it might not be an issue.
The bike has decent seat tube angle so you shoudl be able to put the tip of the saddle over the bottom bracket for good pedalling.
They make balance bikes, 16, 20, 24 inch wheeled bikes. the bikes are light weight, have short cranks. With head angle of 67, the head angle is nto too far off from what most trail bikes for adults are, but not as slack as the slackest bikes out there. the seat tube angle at 74 is not too crazy slack.
But they don’t offer any full suspension bikes yet.
the stand I got Failed after few days of use,the clamping plates failed when I had the Trek Fuel ex 7 29er in it.and suddenly I hear a loud bang,but it was fixed with 2 washers on each plate.
The teeth on the and angle-adjustment wear out fast and there will be huge play, which makes the bike hang loose. it should be made of metal instead, or there should be a different solution for adjustment.
The plastic where the screws are got eaten up by the weight of the 13.6 KG bike.
the arm holding the bike is sagging so the bike will not be hanging 100% straight.
No replacement offered for Plastic inserts for the arm.The plastic inserts where the arm fro the adjustment slides in and out, wears out fast, so there will be huge amount of play, that causes huge amount of sag,(the bike hangs uneven. there is nothing wrong using plastic there but then spare parts are needed.
huge amount of play, in the legs
when working on the bike you have to take the wheels of or the the weight of the bike might flip the stand.
the clamp failed after few times of use, I had my 13,6 kg bike clamped. and suddenly I hear a loud bang,one of the plastic plates on the clamp failed, so now its very flimsy and bike wont stay still.
there is noticeable play I the whole stand
when you have The small-parts box is useless,if you hang the bike to by the seat post.
The plastic camping plates, will scratch the frame,so you need to have something over it.
If you crash a lot, and need a durable jersey, POC Flow is a good choice.
if you want soft and super comfortable jersey i would go for the Trail jersey instead, biut for me this is OK.
confortable, the jersey is smoother inside than outside, so it will not be as unconfortable as you might think.
Very Durable,i crashed 2 tiomnmes ( on concrete stairs and on asphalt) with this jersey on and it still looks like new,but i assume if you crash very bad the POC logo might get some scrapes.
no itchy size label
i ordered wrong size but i kept it did not have time to deal with it so i just used it, but one size too small was wearable but not so comfy to put it on, but hopefully i can get some more of these in the right size
Conclusion, if you want durability, the POC flow jersey is a good choice.
I have not had a bad crash in these I can’t say what will happen exactly,but I assume they will do pretty well.
side zip venting, it is perfect for me, I can use the shorts in the spring and autumn and some mild winter days.
I use size 32, but I use the waist adjustment, but if would get chubby they would still fit.
the adjustment straps are perfect,i do not have the need for a belt,this is perfect for me because I hate to use belts when cycling.
the right zip pocket will fit a smart normal size smart phone, my cat s50 fits perfectly.
can use a belt,but i prefer to use the Velcro straps instead.
zippers are smooth
good length,I ride the shorts in the fall/autumn,I wear the shin and knee pads, with keeps me warm but not too warm, but of course when its winter I wear my craft rain pants over the poc stuff.
excellent and smooth zippers,and the button make it simple and easy to takeo n and off.
The shorts should be longer.
the big Poc logo on the side might eventually fall off afther use and wash , as can be seen here: i use 800rpm/ gentle wash, this is pretty common issue with printed logos, i got 2 pairs 1 in baron blue and oen in black ,this happend on the black shorts,but i have used&washed the baron blue one more. i do not know why this happend so fast with htese shorts and did not happend on the blue shorts.ihave a adidas jacket, and this happend with it too,but this was with years of use,and now its crackign and falling off,so i was supriced so see it happenign to the poc short so fast.
the fabric under the bottom show signs of wear, but nothing major it’s only on the inside,these 2 were the only signs of wear I have seen on the shorts so far.so fat it only happen on the black short.when you wear it the bottom tilts to the left and is rubbing the fabric,so it wears.
get bit hot in above 25 degrees Celsius
If you can get Poc Resistance strong shorts instead get them.
The short is almost perfect, but need improvment on the button.
The Mucky Nutz is is more secure, or getting hit than Ass Savers large ,which will easily fall of when hit or or pulled,but the Mucky Nutz will not fall off unless extreme forces are applied.
Provides pretty good protection a gianst mud from the rear tyre.
when hit from above or under side it will stay in place.
it will stay in place without any issues when you ride.
does a very bad job at keeping you mud free, unless you only sit on the saddle. just look at this video:
its hanging down a bit.
when hit hard from the side it can snap out of place and fall off, if you crash or for example when you are getting on the bike by pulling your leg up, so be careful if you do it this way,this is not really a big issue.
can be bit tricky to take off,but that depends on the seat post design,i got the 2014 Bontrager seat post on my fuel ex 7.On the 2014
will not fit every saddle there is, the 2014 Bontrager Evoke 2 saddle the Fender will not stick up like this but will hand about 5 degrees down.
there will still be dirt coming from the rear tyre but if you got a backpack or jacket on it does not matter, i use a Evoc Fr Enduro Team and the bottom part of it get bit dirty, but for me that’s not a issue,the main reason for this fender is to protect your pants or shorts being muddy.
I can’t recommend any saddle mounted fenders, its best to have a fender mounted on the seat stays, so it protects the pivots, and the dropper seat post.
The spring system work very well, and never get stuck
the plastic will not bend and touch the metal bell it self so it will always stay loud.
When wet , you can barely hear it.
the plastic spacers do not work, so when you have the screw tightened all the way it will slide off the plastic spacers, it did slide of when i was doing some trail riding with my bike,it came off. if you buy this bell you have to mount it in the middle/wide part of the handle bar, witch is very uncomfortable way to use it, or sue some rubber spacers instead, i had some laying around. so i did that and it seems to be secure.
cant adjust the angle, but the bells you can do that with are usually very bad
the sleeves are long and go past he wrist so your gloves go over them, witch is perfect for me as a rider.The wrist area of the sleeve can fit 2 of my hands but still leave room, when fully stretched.
it stretches in all directions so when you get bigger muscles it will still fit,as you can wearing padding underneath is not a issue, or if you are muscular it won’t be a issue either,but I wear the pads over the base layer,so you don’t have to take off the base layer to take off the pads,
no seams in the armpit, so its very confortable.
Strong propper seams( with cheaper underwear from other brands i had issue with hte thred breaking the first time i got it on, but not with these.
none so far.
Recommended well made base layer that will fit many shapes of bodies and is very comfortable,wit seams in the right places.
I used these tyres more than 5 months. I have done some mountain-biking with these tyres,but since I now use a full suspension-bike i have not recently done any MTB with this tyres. But I have done a lot of commuting.
Excellent cornering grip. the side knobs provide good grip when turning,the closer pattern middle knobs gives you the fast rolling.
fast rolling well gripping tyre for asphalt and hard-pact trails.
very easy to put on off the rim,no tyre lever needed.
does pretty well on wet asphalt too,not like the LT 3 that gave no grip on asphalt
I am between 70 and 80 kg and I need to run minimum 40 psi or I will puncture on riding stairs or of side walks.
punctures easily on glass,this is cause by how thin the tyre is, it’s a about 3 mm I think.
bit too loose when putting them on the rim.
1 rear tyre got a puncture lost all air,other rear tyre on a other bike exploded in the bike shop, with a loud bang, the hole was pretty big like some one stabbed the tyre with a knife.and this was with just normal commute riding to stores,but i got them replaced i the store, and the 6300 bike now got these tyres both on rear and front and they are holding up well as long as i run 40 psi on the rear.2 tyres failed with normal commute use,fut that was probably faulty tyres,
I have used the Bontrager xr1 team issue for a long time, without any issues.
Good tyre,not too expensive.
Good lightweight tyre,fast rolling excellent tyre not matter if you use it for commuting or riding on trails
i do not recommend these: read why below:i have been riding wit these on every ride no matter if just to commute or to ride on the trails. now as i have used them a lot i can say that they are not up to my standards.
Design and materials used:
Bliss use the similar mesh design and materials to Raceface,Fox’ Launch Pro,661’s Rage Hard Shell pads,but with just one elastic strap,of course Race Face and 611’s will stay in palce better. If they use the exact same materials they will wear out fast, specially if u grap them by the mesh where the wear elastic materials are and the side pads, which is not what I have done on my bliss ARG’s but they are just too weak they will break and get big holes no matter what you do or not do, so if you crash or take them on and off a lot they will wear off.,this is unacceptable to make such bad products.
protective gear must be durable and withstand much abuse,and be comfortable, if its not don’t buy it unless its the only thing you can get at the time.
Kevlar® at elbow area,which is very durable material.
more comfortable than plastic pads not as bulky and weird looking when you have a jersey on top of them.
mine are bit too big,i should have gone with size small.
Hook and loop fastener wear out fast more strap loops needed.
the elastic rubber mattress alike mesh is not durable. Just after few weeks or riding and the mesh on my left pad ripped.it is made of weak of weak material,the mesh stretched until the point it got big holes in it.the elastic band is rubbing holes
more comfortable than plastic pads not as bulky and weird looking when you have a jersey on top of them.
they don’t feel warm all around, like the elbow pads.
Hook and loop fastener wear out fast
more strap loops needed.
silly logo on the bottom that wears out and looks ugly
they are uncomfortable on the back side of your knees
too little side protection, so the handlebar can hit your knee on the side
they don’t stay in place,they slide down, look at pic below: this is how they will be afther u have doen soem hard riding. they should be about 2 or 3 cm upward, they wear otu pretty fast,so the elastic on the sides wears out and dries out, it looks to be rubber.
the result of wearing bliss arg pads,it hurts afther a while.
the front of the pad gets very hot in the sun,almost feels like a heating oven
perfect fitting chamois, not too long not too short.
Velcro adjustment staps
Pockets are in awkward place.
the padding/chamois is not damping as Poc’s chamois i presently purchased,it should bit bit bigger both i the front and the rear.
the shorts are too short to be used in the fall/autumn,winter
Hard to open and close side venting zipper.The side venting is in a awkward angle, so the zipper is hard top close and open. The zipper handle is sliding out of my fingers when I try to close or open the vent.
too short venting zipper,should be longer and on the side instead for perfect venting,so you will get bit too hot in the warm summer days. I now use Poc trail vent shorts and they are perfect when it comes to side venting.
chamois short does not fit well ,private parts don’t stay in place, the elastic band should be bit tighter, should not be as big in the rear, the chamois shorts should be cut and stitched differently,when I wear these shorts they are do not fit as i the pictures,I need to have the elastic bad all the way to the waist.
Too short hood and loop straps:but large is is so bit that to make it tight i need to go over the limit on the straps.
the insides of the pockets can get stuck in the zipper if you are not careful.
the the zippers can get stuck on the inside of the pockets if you are not careful.
I have 2 pairs of these shorts one in large and one in medium, on both the stitching in the middle in the crotch area ripped.
27.05.2016 I tried on the the medium shorts,I have not sopped crowing 100% yet, so they no longer fit my hips are a lot wider
I am using POC shorts in size 32,the Craft shorts in large fits, but don’t need the adjustment any more,I am now 36inches in the hips.
the size large Craft shorts are 2cm narrower than the Poc trail vent in size 32.
I can’t recommend these shorts, because the chamois underwear that is included is too small and thin, I prefer Poc’s chamois.
you are better of getting more expensive shorts,i recommend Poc trail vent shorts,instead because got 2 pairs and i am satisfied with them.