Used to failure updated Review: 100% Racecraft MX Goggles

I have been using 2 pairs of these goggles for since winter 2016 to April 2018.

Some words about the brand:

100% is a well-known brand in the motocross community & the past years more and more knowledge in the Mountain bike community.These goggles are made FullFace helmets like used in downhill and motocross.

 

If you use the tear-offs, in rain or humid weather, there will be fog between the lens and the tear-off. So in rain or humid conditions, I don’t use the tear-offs because of this.

After riding in 1 Celsius

 

Pros:

  • Comfortable.
  • does not obstruct the view, you might barely notice them, or not at all.
  • I think it’s easy to change lenses, but not too easy like with Adidas Pinner googles.
  • It to change lenses in a hurry while out riding because they are so secured so well, but for me, this is this is not a con, you do not wave to worry about the lenses falling off.
  • the triple layer foam & the vents make sure you don’t overheat and/or get soaked of sweat. The difference between the Adidas Pinner and 100% Racecraft is huge, soaked versus dry or almost dry to slightly moist foam in 25 Celsius, and soaked vs slight moist in not so hot days. But the sweat travels through to the Grey layer and if it’s much it can drip some.
    triple layer foam is a must for me.

    100% Racecraft goggle vs Adidas Pinner goggle
  • even after 4 weeks of summer riding the foam did not stink, this was done to test it, But I have been cleaning them at a regular basis, and swapping to fresh pair when the washed goggle was drying.
  • The foam is well glued, and the durability of the foam is much better than the Adidas Pinner google has, none of the foam peeled off.
  • good FOV/field of view
  • the lens will stay on even if you are rough with the goggles.
  • The rubberised strap works well, I use a 2015 Mavic notch & Fox Rampage Pro Carbon helmet, and it never slipped off.
  • The tear-off system actually work, unlike on the  Adidas Pinner goggles.,the plugs are the correct size, and the tear-fit tight so they won’t fall off. But I don’t use Tear-offs.
  • Nose guard, which is a must for me, I hit branches sometimes, which can be painful.
  • good ventilation

    RC 1.2
  • the nose guard sits snugly and won’t just fall off I had to replace it
  • Comes with 2 lenses
  • comfy fit
  • several colour choices.
  • the lens stays in place well.
  • the perfect shape on the top which will not leave a big gap between the goggle and the helmet which some goggles do, Adidas Pinner for example.

Cons:

  • no replacement foam.
  • you can lose the nose guard without even noticing it, which I did with one of the goggles, mine probably snapped out when I took them off or a branch hit them, who knows.
  • the extra lens got an anti-scratch sticker on it which needs to be removed, but one of the lenses that came with one of the 2 goggles I got left glue residue, so you should clean it off.

After a long time of use they showed signs of wear:

  • The summer of 2017 the foam got a little bit torn, which is not surprising after so much use I put them trough.
  • then some of the white parts have been discoloured, with a red tint, the same goes for the foam, why this happens I don’t know, it might be a reaction to sunlight or temperature, or something else, I am not sure.
  • and the strap has been stretched by few cms.

used to failure:

April 2018 the plastic part on one of the two goggles on the strap failed, this resulted in the stram loosening up, The difference in wear was probably due to me using one goggle more than the other, but both goggles had on the sticky strips, they had cracked, and did not grip as well as when the goggles were new.

The strap arms were starting to separate from the goggle frame, which could be fixed with glue, but for me it’s easier to just buy new goggle instead of doing a DIY repair job, I am surer someone could do it.

 

The nose guard I replaced also showed signs of wear, the paint was peeling off.

Verdict: Recommended

This is a decent google, but It would be nice it had replaceable foam, but if you have the skills you can repair them with aftermarket foam, if needed, if the foam separates from the goggle, you can glue it together if you got the right glue.

 

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So far it is the best goggle I have seen to a decent price.

The goggle offers excellent ventilation and comfort at a excellent price.

it cost about the online same as I paid for one Adidas Pinner in the local bikes store

Product page: http://www.ride100percent.com/mountainbike/goggles/

You can buy them here:

http://www.ridestore.no/100-racecraft-goggle-mx-airstr-s-w-mr-silver?q=100%25%20%22Racecraft%22%20Goggles%20MX&p=16&gclid=CjwKEAjw-r27BRCzsNyzrMrM-j0SJACp2TiBIXc9tSoPPVdzX-4JUsDzY7aYRhmcczPYGx0H3nqZXxoCDc_w_wcB

http://www.freestylextreme.com/user/searchresults.aspx?q=100%25%20racecraft

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=13&search=100%25+Racecraft+

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/no/en/100-racecraft-goggles/rp-prod77022

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=100%25+RACECRAFT+Goggles

everything from 100% on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/100/b/ref=bl_dp_s_web_15592588011?ie=UTF8&node=15592588011&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=100%25

8 moths review: Race Face Sixc 35 800mm 20mm handlebars

I won’t go too deep with technical stuff and specs, which have already been mentioned in other reviews, here are my experiences with these bars so far.

The bar dampen vibrations well, the bar feels great, it was a huge improvement from 720 Bontrager race lite bar and stem.

Enough flex but not too flexible:

Some flex can be felt if you get some weight on the bar, for example with some front wheel trails moves, but nothing too crazy, but on the trial when shredding hard, there is no awkward feeling, these handlebars feel great, the defenitly dampend vibrations, but they won’t eliminate vibrations completely, that’s impossible, with narrow studded tyres, rough winter conditions can cause a lot of vibrations which will be felt even with silicone grips, I have not tried wider studded tyres yet, But I am quite sure it would improve degrease vibrations, but for summer riding, these bars have been greatm they dampened vibrations well, combined with silicone grips, they were a good combo, but harder you ride mroe dampenign you woudl want, So that’s why I have ordered Rev grips.

Survived several crashes:

The handlebars survived several crashes, I have jumped off these two skatepark ramps, and landed on the handlebar, no damage was done, I rode hard for several months later and no cracks.

I have also crashed while climbing a bike path, due to my joint slippage issues I accidentally did a brutal turn to the left and lost control of the bike, and the bike slammed hard down on the asphalt, there was no damage to the bars, but I bruised my shoulder.

I have noticed some white spots on the end of the bar, it’s probably just clear coat damage, it only happened on one of the two bars I got.

I have been riding through summer & winter, and the bars performed well, some say to avoid carbon in the cold, I have been riding in at least down to -10C, without any issues so far.

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These bars are a great choice if you like colour matching bars for a custom build or improve the look of your current bike, but the white/silver look will fit any bike.

Race Face Atlas zero rise 50mm_0031
Exposure Lights Six Pack MK9
Renthal Apex 35 bolts wear_0744
E Thirteen dropepr post remote 17J V10SS

Some other reviews:

No need for me to mention everything every other review mentioned So you can read these reviews too.

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/race-face-sixc-35-bar-atlas-stem-review-2015.html

Product Page: https://www.raceface.com/products/details/sixc-35-20mm-rise-bars

Flickr Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskZz3qZS

Kids/small person MTB bikes November 2016

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.

Some facts:

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..

this is a good example of what I mean: Hyper Cam Zink Edition is a good example:http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Hyper-Cam-Zink-Edition-Now-Available-at-Walmart.html

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.

http://images.biltema.com/PAXToImageService.svc/article/xlarge/271353
this is junk 14 KG for a kids bike is  stupid.

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:

The List:

Here are some real mountain bikes for kids. all from XC to freeride,downhill

https://ep1.pinkbike.org/p4pb14523231/p4pb14523231.jpg

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/nicolai-mojo-to-produce-geometron-kids-bikes-2017.html

modern geometry, long reach,long chain stays, long wheelbase, stable.

Lil Shredder Prodigy
http://lilshredder.com/

freeride,downhill,trail

Lil Shredder Phenom
24″ WheelsRace face narrow wide ring make sure the chain stays on.(unless you pedal at extreme speed or ride down 40-50 degrees steep strairs) so A chain guide would be nice.
As you can see, Shimano ZEE RD, which can take a beating,short cage is excellent, specially for kid’s bike so now they get clearance too. http://lilshredder.com/lil-shredder-phenom

http://kaniabikes.eu/

Full suspension 26er trail bikes:

 

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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

https://i0.wp.com/p.vitalmtb.com/photos/captions/2311/max_Reaper_26_Profile_short.jpg
this model got 11 speed 11 speed Sram drive trail and high end fork.
https://i1.wp.com/www.konaworld.com/images/bike/med/stinky_24.jpg
This kona has a budget is a budget built, but no clutch on the rear derailleur not good,I think the extra you would pay for a clutch is worth it.

 

https://i2.wp.com/www.transitionbikes.com/images/Bike2016_Main_Ripcord.jpg
Transition Ripcord
http://trek.scene7.com/is/image/TrekBicycleProducts/1530000_2016_A_1_Fuel_EX_Jr?wid=3000&hei=2454&fmt=jpg&qlt=50,1&op_usm=0,0,0,0&iccEmbed=0&cache=on,on&bgc=247,247,247

2016 Trek Fuel EX Jr

 

$1,889.99

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.

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/mountain-bikes/trail-mountain-bikes/fuel-ex-jr/fuel-ex-jr/p/1530000-2016
MONDRAKER Factor 24 http://www.mondraker.com/16/eng/bikes/factor-24/500 
https://www.propain-bikes.com/cms_client/cms_image.aspx?path=/upload/PROPAIN_Bicycles_GmbH/Dateien_fuer_Homepage/Bilder_Bikes/Titelbilder/Propain_Yuma_Titel.jpg&size=100&Unit=0&quality=100
Propain Yuma this bike got some decent components
Propain Frechdax   Its a shame they put Acera RD, would be nice with Shimano Zee instead,but if the kid crash a lot and ruin RD’s this is not a issue.

Orange/Blue

 

https://i1.wp.com/spawncycles.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3/thumbnail/956x525/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/9/3/93232-web_1.pnghttp://spawncycles.com/bikes/spawn-cycles-rokkusuta-24-us
Shimano Zee gives ground clearance.

http://spawncycles.com/bikes/spawn-cycles-rokkusuta-20-us

This bike got no clutch Rd.

Hardtails

Trailcraft Titanium Pineridge 24

http://www.islabikes.co.uk/

16 inch and below:

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The saddle is in child’s size,



Cnoc 16 Pro Series Age 4+ / £799.99

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Beinn 20 Pro Series
Age 5+ / £999.99
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Creig 26 Pro Series Age 9+ / £1499.99
https://i1.wp.com/kaniabikes.eu/img/PRODUKTE%202016/PYRO_B15_18.jpg
KANIA PYRO X.13 / B.15 / B.18

Dirt jump bikes:

Kotori – 24″

this is a dirt jump bike with decent specs, but it got no front brake so it’s not street legal,at least not in Norway.Fyoutub

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https://www.pinkbike.com/news/canyon-launches-range-of-childrens-bikes-2017.html

https://www.norco.com/bikes/youth/mountain/fluid-fs-aluminum/fluid-22-fs/


https://www.norco.com/bikes/youth/

Prevelo bikes:

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.

https://prevelobikes.com/

https://prevelobikes.com/products/zulu-three

ZuluFour


https://prevelobikes.com/products/zulu-fou

Flaws I see with this bike are, saddle doesn to seem to be good, there is no replaceable hanger.
https://www.clearybikes.com/collections/geared-bikes/products/cleary-scout-26

https://www.clearybikes.com/