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Dirt 100 2011: Giro Xen

2012 is going to be a sad year because by the sounds of it 2011 will be the last time that you’ll be able to...

Dirt 100 2011: Giro Xen
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Dirt 100 2011: TSG Superlight

TSG’s Superlight is another product that after being the first of its kind has managed to remain the best. It took the traditionally weighty piss...

Dirt 100 2011: TSG Superlight
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Dirt 100 2011: Troy Lee Designs D3

Last year we said we thought the styling of the D3 might be a bit of a grower, and grown it has done…favourably. The reason...

Dirt 100 2011: Troy Lee Designs D3
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Dirt 100 2011: Fox Rampage

Contrary to what some might say, we do often have reality checks and we realise that not everyone has five hundred quid to blow on...

Dirt 100 2011: Fox Rampage
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Dirt 100 2011: Shimano DX SPD Pedals

Shimano’s new XTR platform SPD pedals have come closer to knocking these DX’s off the top spot than any other offering, but these still retain...

Dirt 100 2011: Shimano DX SPD Pedals
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Dirt 100 2011: Truativ Holzfeller Pedals

Deciding on which flat pedals to include in this list was probably the hardest of all as there’s so many that we like. Close runners...

Dirt 100 2011: Truativ Holzfeller Pedals
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Dirt 100 2011: Straitline Silent Guide

We love it when companies keep things simple, and that’s exactly what Straitline have done with this chain device. We thought Gamut had made the...

Dirt 100 2011: Straitline Silent Guide
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Dirt 100 2011: MRP 1.X Chain Device

As we must have said a million times now, the introduction of the 10 speed 11–36 ratio cassette has meant that for the vast majority...

Dirt 100 2011: MRP 1.X Chain Device
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Dirt 100 2011: Renthal SR4 Chainring

We didn’t think anything could beat our long term favourite e*thirteen chainrings, but then along came Renthal with all their years of experience at making...

Dirt 100 2011: Renthal SR4 Chainring
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Dirt 100 2011: E*Thirteen LG1+Chain Device

We’re not surprised that e*thirteen haven’t changed the LG1+ for 2011 because it’s difficult to think of a single way in which they could improve...

Dirt 100 2011: E*Thirteen LG1+Chain Device
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Dirt 100 2011: FSA Gravity Light Cranks

These might have suffered from a slight price rise, but it’s not enough to stop them from still being our first choice when it comes...

Dirt 100 2011: FSA Gravity Light Cranks
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Dirt 100 2011: Profile No Boss Race Cranks

If you thought that the legendary Profile cranks couldn’t get any better then think again. Admittedly it must be the first major change to the...

Dirt 100 2011: Profile No Boss Race Cranks
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Dirt 100 2011: Shimano SLX

If you’re putting together a new custom build and you’re having to make compromises elsewhere because of some flash drivetrain that you’ve set your heart...

Dirt 100 2011: Shimano SLX
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Dirt 100 2011: Sram X7

Just like Shimano’s SLX has pinched technology from XTR, SRAM’s X7 has taken a load from XX and the result is an equally good–value groupset....

Dirt 100 2011: Sram X7
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Dirt 100 2011: Shimano XTR

We might have said that most riders wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between XTR and SLX if blindfolded, but that still doesn’t stop...

Dirt 100 2011: Shimano XTR
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Dirt 100 2011: Sram X0

You might be wondering why our ‘money no object’ pick from SRAM isn’t their top of the range XX groupset, but to be honest we...

Dirt 100 2011: Sram X0
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Dirt 100 2011: ODI Troy Lee Designs Signature Grips

You probably think that grips are a pretty simple item, and so did we, but when we first got to try these Troy Lee Lock–On...

Dirt 100 2011: ODI Troy Lee Designs Signature Grips
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Dirt 100 2011: Renthal Grips

It might surprise some of you to see a pair of standard rather than Lock–On grips in this list, but these ones are so special...

Dirt 100 2011: Renthal Grips
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Dirt 100 2011: Formula R1 Brakes

You could easily run Formula’s The One brakes on a trail bike because they’re still lighter than most brakes, but for more sensible levels of...

Dirt 100 2011: Formula R1 Brakes
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Dirt 100 2011: Formula The One Brakes

These brakes might well have a hefty price tag, but we feel that the quality of engineering and performance easily justifies it. They are without...

Dirt 100 2011: Formula The One Brakes
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Dirt 100 2011: Shimano XTR Trail Brakes

The new XTR groupset is impressive as a whole, but it’s undoubtedly these brakes that stand out as the highlight. The power that they produce...

Dirt 100 2011: Shimano XTR Trail Brakes
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Dirt 100 2011: Shimano Deore Brakes

Shimano are almost doing themselves a disservice with these Deore brakes because performance wise they’re not a million miles off their top offerings, but price...

Dirt 100 2011: Shimano Deore Brakes
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Dirt 100 2011: Fizik Gobi XM Seat

It might be down to the ‘Wingflex’ sides that seem to mould to any shaped arse, but whatever the case the Gobi is the only...

Dirt 100 2011: Fizik Gobi XM Seat
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Dirt 100 2011: Chromag Seat QR

It may seem a bit odd to have something quite so simple as a seat quick release seat clamp in the Dirt 100, but for...

Dirt 100 2011: Chromag Seat QR
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