First Look: Giro, Mondraker, and Rocky Mountain - Eurobike 2015

Aug 27, 2015
by Mike Levy  
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Giro Privateer R Shoes


Light and sporty clipless shoes are great... until you have to walk up or down some sort of rock chute or hard-packed ground, at which point you can often end up looking like you've done a few shots and are just learning how to walk. I actually remember having to take my shoes off in order to scramble up an off-trail rock roll in Sedona, Arizona, which felt pretty embarrassing at the time. The issue is that the soles of most cross-country worthy shoes are made with rubber that's about as soft as the rock you're trying to stay upright on, which makes the whole thing a harrowing experience. You'd think it'd be easy to just glue on a softer, tackier sole, but the issue has also been that the softer rubber would eventually delaminate and you'd end up with it flopping around.
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The co-molded rubber and outsole allow Giro to use a softer rubber that provides more traction.

Giro says that they've found a solution by co-molding a softer rubber with the nylon outsole, a process that is said to make a more reliable product than had they used glue to keep it in place. Besides the anti-fall on your ass outsole, the Privateer R ticks off the boxes required by any good cross-country or trail shoe: a reinforced toe box for reliability and to keep your piggies safe, a breathable microfiber upper, and a replaceable buckle with two Velcro lower straps are all present. You can pick between the black / orange motif shown here or a more old school looking black and gum combo, and Giro also offers an HV model in the latter colour for riders with wider feet who need a bit more room.



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Giro Truant Short


Giro's Truant lineup is the company's first serious effort into proper mountain bike apparel, and they'll be offering jerseys and shorts for both men and women when the range becomes available soon. The subdued but well thought out men's Truant short has a casual look to it, but it also sports a number of cycling-specific features. The 14" long inseam is over-knee when you're standing upright, but also not so long as to be annoying when you're spinning the pedals for hours on end, and the leg openings have been made roomy enough to fit over a set of knee pads as well. Built-in waist adjusters make it easy to tweak the fit, but there's also some belt loops if you want to go that route, while a stretchy panel at the back of the short lets you bend over without them getting pulled down. There's a set of regular pockets so you have somewhere to put your hands when you're standing around, as well as a single zippered side pocket that's high enough up on the leg to keep whatever you put in it from flopping around when you're on the bike. Sizing runs from 30 - 34, and 36, 38 and 40.




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Mondraker's Factor Kids Bike


It's a good time to be a grom. I was watching Tread and Retread on my parent's VCR and then going out on a 45lb steel department store bike when I was still in elementary school, but kids these days have it a hell of a lot better. Now they grow up watching Semenuk send it in Revel in the Chaos on iTunes, then if they're lucky they get to go for a ride on a bike like Mondraker's pint-sized Factor. This isn't some half-assed kid's bike, though, but rather a shrunk down version of the company's adult bikes, right down to the shape of the frame and the dual link Zero Suspension system. It uses an air shock to make it easy to adjust the spring rate correctly, both now and as they grow (a much better alternative to just not feeding your kid so they don't grow and you don't have to buy a new spring), as well as a single chain ring drivetrain so they don't have to muck about with a front derailleur - in a few year's time there will be an entire generation of riders who have never had to learn how to use two shifters. The Factor comes from Mondraker with 24" wheels, but it has been designed to accept 26" wheels as well, letting your little guy or girl get the most out of the bike before you have to pony up for a new one.




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Rocky Mountain Maiden DH Bike

Yes, I know we've already shown you Rocky's new Maiden downhill bike, but I couldn't just walk by this all-black beast without snapping a few photos. The 200mm travel frame is all carbon fiber, even the chain stays and the rocker link, and a smart adjustment system (including a spacer that mounts to the bottom of the head tube) lets the rider run either 27.5" or 26" wheels. The bike employs Rocky's Smoothlink suspension system, a design that has the rear pivot located in front of and just barely above the rear axle. They say that it has been configured specifically for the demands of downhill riding, with a progressive stroke that's intended to split the difference between a linear design and one that ramps up quickly. The rear wheel has a nearly vertical axle path, with only 26mm of chain growth as the bike goes through its travel.

Except for the "entry level" Maiden Park, all of the bikes sport BOS suspension, a spec choice that stands out in the sea of RockShox and FOX equipped downhill bikes. According to Rocky, the decision to go with the French brand rather than one of the bigger players was partially due to the feedback from Vancouver area racers and shops who had been impressed with construction quality and on-trail feel of the company's products.


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Rocky's Smoothlink suspension positions the rear pivot in front of and just barely above the rear axle.
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Gills? Speed fins?



126 Comments

  • 262 47
 if I over-indulged my kid with very expensive bikes I can guarantee you he'll probably end up being a cunt, fact of the matter is I dont want children and I want to over-indulge MYSELF with very expensive bikes so i can be that cunt!
  • 39 28
 bit harsh
  • 97 23
 you may grow up one day ,and learn to share good times with your kids .......probably not
  • 97 11
 jeez fellas lighten up...twas a joke...your letting the uk down
  • 4 1
 was there a price for the grom bike?
  • 19 30
flag k-too (Aug 27, 2015 at 5:52) (Below Threshold)
 Mate, was that really necessary...?
  • 11 21
flag gonzoracing (Aug 27, 2015 at 6:31) (Below Threshold)
 nup Theeeeeo. tool
  • 56 23
 My 12 yr old races a Demo and he's no cunt, mind he thinks you are.
  • 18 22
flag unrooted (Aug 27, 2015 at 7:01) (Below Threshold)
 1,000% agreed Theoooo!!!!!!
  • 17 23
flag pancakeflatted (Aug 27, 2015 at 7:16) (Below Threshold)
 Don't worry man Theeeeo...the world doesn't want your crap kid anyway! Too many people already...
  • 53 18
 They say the average family with 2.5 children will spend over $750,000 before their children leave the nest.. Why would i want to do that.. Thats like a new car, seadoo, dh bike and a trip to bora bora every year with out the dirty diapers or bitching and complaining cuz you changed the channel from dora the explorer. ... ya neg prop me cuz i dont like kids.. whipty f*ckn doooo.. i hate it when parents are like ..."so when are you guys gonna have some?" NEVER. then they continue to say "oh you dont mean that. Im sorry what part of never didn't ya get. Now this is just me. If you want to start a family and have kids that fine with me. But dont judge me and tell me ill change my mind because i dont and wont....
  • 15 0
 geez
  • 48 1
 Keep kids on BMX bikes so they can actually learn good bike handling fundamentals, and when they are old enough to start working, whether its mowing lawns, babysitting, etc then help them buy their first mountain bike. Having a goal to work towards teaches saving, delayed gratification, and hard work.
  • 16 1
 Hamncheez I think you articulated yourself a bit better than Theeeeo, and I totally agree. I rode a bmx bike on trails until I was about 12 when I saved up enough to buy a wal-mart mtb. Then I rode that until I was 17 and could afford my first full sus! Now I ride a sexy Evil Uprising (purchased myself). I definitely learned saving and how you can achieve any goal with a bit of hard work. Absolutely values I aim to instill in my kid.
  • 3 4
 boy i hope you're kidding
  • 7 1
 Just because a child has a decent bike doesn't make them spoilt or ungrateful, my boys work hard for everything they have and save all their money for upgrades and spares.
  • 8 1
 Wow, some really strong feelings here. The great thing about kids is if you get to choose whether to have them or not. You shouldn't be pressured either way as it is a personal decision. I love my son and having him is one of the best things in my life, but that doesn't mean it would be the correct choice for someone else.
  • 8 0
 @carym hear hear my youngest two sons are my best mates and we have a whale of a time, DH racing with my 12yr old this weekend and National Junior TT Champs over the next two weekends with my 13yr old.
Bring it on in between we all go the local trails for a shred, (well they shred I struggle)
I know the feeling of never wanting kids and if thats your choice get the snip glad I didn't and I'm not left short myself, work hard buy what you want.
  • 3 1
 Im no parent but I can tell you from experience that having to work for your first real MTB is so much more satisfying then getting handed one. I rode a entry level HT 29er for 3 and a half years while I saved and researched for my first real bike. Doing that allowed me to learn how to really pick your lines and the ins and outs of having to fix drive train problems and such trailside. AND gave me plenty of time to find research the perfect bike for me. Riding my good ole Specialized Hardrock for that time has for sure allowed me to be a faster rider on board my Enduro. Thats why as well off as I may become my children will be riding entry level bikes until they have learned and worked hard enough for their first competitive bike.
  • 9 1
 My kids are pretty young, so we're not into the full susp. bikes yet but when I went to buy my 6-yr-old a new bike I couldn't bring myself to buy a piece of garbage. A Kona Shred 20 may seem like a hell of a lot of $ for a kids bike but it's 1/10 of the price of lots of bikes, I'll get 3 kids worth of use and unlike walmart crap it will have some resale value when I'm done.

Plus when I'm old and broke and need someone to look after me, he'll owe me!
  • 3 1
 Definitely pays off to get your kid something dialed or atleast help them get there. My first MTB was a $300 Giant Rainier that I hucked off everything in sight until the frame snapped in half jumping off a curb. Next bike was a Kona Stinky I saved for months to get, having ridden an entry level bike for so long made me really appreciated it. Can't say it would have been the same if my parents had started me out on the Stinky.
  • 5 6
 I can't even imagine having a kid, what's the likelihood they'll turn out to be an as$hole??? even 10% chance is too high. . .but we do need more people on the planet cause I love standing in line for everything. . . .
  • 8 2
 Life pro tip: If you want your wife or kid to ride with you, get them a decent bike and gear. They will enjoy riding more, so they will ride more and they will understand why you want to ride more and then you will get to ride more.

It doesn't have to be the most blingin bike on the ride, but it should have decent geo, pedal and shift well.
  • 3 1
 @dadawg tell them the truth is you have tried but after 2 miscarriages you have found it to be too emotionally draining and it has been tough to go through. I guarantee they will never bring it up again.
  • 4 1
 jesus christ. Also, lol.
  • 2 2
 @Theeeeo
well firstly I hope you haven't got kids and 2ndly I guess you have a problem
  • 6 0
 My 15 and 17 year old daughters have bikes built with my hand-me-downs. I don't think they realize they are riding bikes valued at $2500. They got those bikes when they were around 10 years old. I'm not even close to being rich, it's what I collected or replaced over the years. You know, a part sitting in a box in the corner of the garage kinda stuff, but that's what they grew up around, so it's a used part to them. It's just a bike to them. It is cool to ride with your kids.. I'm glad I haven't had to buy them a 29er, 27.5, fat bike, 27.5+, 29er+ or boost bike every 6 months just to keep up with the jones's.. Hell, I can't even afford one of those for myself. Haha..
  • 10 0
 Could easily be coincidence but it really does seem like there are an incredible amount of ultra-douches in the MTB community between the ages of 15 and 25 who have never had a job and have everything handed to them. Like when I was 16/17 and used to go to highland a lot with my shitty old iron horse kids would ask me why I don't buy a new bike and I'm like "Uhh because I can't afford it?"..... I did end up saving up $4000 for a brand new Slayer that I purchased in 2012 but it sucks that I had to spend nearly 3 years working after school (destroying my grades/personal life) for $8/hour just to purchase something that all these stuck-up narrow-minded twerps get via zero effort.
  • 4 3
 @shredjekyll You seem bitter :-(
  • 1 1
 I'm just guessing but I would bet you won't ever have to worry about having kids. You have children by first having sex with a woman. Needed to be said. Is that a picture of your hand holding a shaft in your photos? This is way too easy. Sweet look at all the props you got said the guy who didn't want kids when he was 18 either.
  • 5 1
 wow...this thread has gone beyond cringe...go ride some bikes lads!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Your 19 Smile
  • 2 0
 I think EVERY 19 year old would agree ... wait until your older, look back on this post, and then see if you still hold the same thoughts.
  • 1 0
 @dadawg jesus, we all started somewhere...
  • 1 0
 @shoutouthoods

I think it's no better or worse a cross-section of the population than in any other activity . There are ultra-douchebags everywhere ya look...
  • 59 17
 Looks like a session?
  • 13 4
 I feel dirty for saying this but yes "it looks like a session". now ill say my hail marys
  • 28 12
 4 fckin years of developpement .... for this.
  • 11 5
 definietly looks like a session . . .
  • 10 4
 suspiciously looks similar to a session
  • 30 6
 Its not full floater - its not single pivot - it has a split ST... nothing like a session... bell endz
  • 30 2
 In terms of silhouette it is a lot like a session, the way it works might be different but the meme is "looks like a session" not "functions like a session".

Either way I wan't one, it's gorgeous.
  • 19 2
 it doesnt matter if it looks like a session. i still want one
  • 6 7
 NEW LAW! now you are required to say that it looks like a session when ever you see one
  • 4 1
 It looks like Aurum to me, both being a badass Horst link DH rigs in black, koz Demo's more of a Rad.
  • 10 7
 @RedBurn
developement canadian style.... which includes getting stoned every single day.
That might be a reason for some delays.
  • 6 2
 @yoshiro technically the Maiden does not have a Horst link since their pivot is not below the axle. Horst links are below and in front of the axle.
  • 8 0
 "Gills? Speed fins?" Say what yo want but that looks sick and can easily shave 0.0002 seconds off of A-Line.
  • 2 3
 Tbe "It looks like a session" comment is warranted on this one, because really, it LOOKS like a session
  • 7 6
 Sessions like a look.
  • 1 0
 Back then,every bikes also looks like an Intense M1.
  • 1 2
 reminds me of my old bighit
  • 4 1
 A Gopro Hero 4 Session, right?
  • 5 4
 And the Session look like a Kona, or a Giant AC. The four bar linkage has been produced longer before the Session. If you can't understand that making a new bike takes time (4 years is not that much actually) and you just look the outside to judge, I feel sorry for you. If you check the linkage of actual bike, you'll see they pretty much all exited before. But anchor point, axle have been moved, changed and if on the outside it might look the same, it's fully different. Check a fashion magazine from the 80's, Man ! They had shoes, pants, shirts like nowadays, so what, do you think you're the same ?
  • 1 1
 What percentage of pinkbikers have been riding for 4 or more years??? @nicolai7
  • 1 1
 I would say it looks more like Sunday, but what do I know
  • 3 0
 @unrooted I'd say a lot, since I've been riding for 30 years (and 35 if you include BMX) and all of my friends from those days are on Pinkbike pretty much constantly.
  • 1 0
 Mongoose Boot'R in carbon
  • 3 1
 @paulwatt: It looks like as of May 23, 2014: the average Pinkbiker have been mountain biking for 7.45 years

(Less than 1 year: 6%, 1 year 6%, 2-3 years: 23%, 4-6 years: 22%, 7-10 years: 13%, More than 10 years: 31%

according to this poll: www.pinkbike.com/poll/746-how-many-years-have-you-been-actively-riding-mountain-bikes.html
  • 2 0
 Looks like a Northshore 9000
  • 1 0
 Forget the carbon, is it available in an Iron version?
  • 6 2
 IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A SESSION!!!! IT LOOKS LIKE A FUCKIN' SLAYER! Same company, same design......SLAYER idiots!
  • 7 3
 If I could smack the fuck out of each person for saying it looks like a session, just maybe this nonsense would end. You fucks are so annoying with that shit it makes me want to beat you. This bike looks like its out of your price range if you're making immature jokes like this
  • 6 0
 @somismtb I apologize my joke offended you so much to make you go out of your way to reply like this. And yes, the bike will most likely be way out of my price range, but I am happy with the bike I have so instead of posting such a negative reply I'll be going for a bike ride
  • 1 1
 That was my intention. Glad it worked out for the both of us
  • 1 1
 3.8 years were spent designing the gills though
  • 1 4
 Looks like a Session? Nah, more like an Ellesworth.
  • 1 0
 I was waiting for someone to comment that that Mondraker looks like one...alas
  • 1 0
 Looks like a...http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/1852607/.
This should be the only way that comment is acceptable.
  • 32 5
 26" ain't dead!
  • 10 0
 I don't even have kids and I'm excited to see more kids full suspension bikes on the market that aren't from Target or Walmart.
  • 5 0
 I'm down for anything where the subtext is 'f*ck Target and Walmart'.
  • 8 1
 So How can you have vertical Axle path when there is minimal chain growth? Wouldn't small chain growth mean the axle path arches around the bottom bracket?
if someone cares to enlighten me.thx
  • 4 1
 Yup. Amazing how few people question obviously false marketing claims. A truly vertical axle path would have horrendous chain growth issues.
  • 7 0
 Oh no... expect pages of nonsense from protour in reply to this...
  • 1 0
 Perhaps it's just that it has "less" chain growth when compared to your average vertical axle path design and marketing figured they'd spin it make it sound like it has none by wording it "vertical axle path with *minimal* chain growth".
  • 4 0
 It doesn't say completely vertical axle path and zero chain growth. It says nearly vertical axle path and 26mm of chain growth.
  • 9 0
 @denomerdano @TucsonDon @brycepiwek @ricechrispy No one at Rocky Mountain has ever claimed that the Maiden has a vertical axle path—we're not sure where this is coming from.

We definitely have a less forward axle trajectory than other bikes on the market, but "near vertical" is a stretch. Our marketing materials state that "chainstay growth is minimal (26mm with 27.5” wheels or 21mm with 26” wheels), and we pushed that growth deeper into the travel to further improve small bump performance while achieving the axle trajectory we were looking for."

More info at www.bikes.com/maiden
  • 1 0
 I think it was from this line in the article above: "The rear wheel has a nearly vertical axle path, with only 26mm of chain growth as the bike goes through its travel."

Use Ctrl-F to search the article for "vertical", it's the first result.
  • 5 1
 Do we know yet how much for that Maiden with bos kit?

If it's sensible and below a carbon demo, it might be a contender.
But going on the recent skyhigh RM prices for a fairly bland brand, I doubt it.
  • 2 0
 These shoe companies just cant seem to get it right. A shoe like the 5:10 Kestrel just about nailed it, but it is stiffer than any cross country shoe i have ever worn. Why they keep using the narrow ass out- sole (crosscountry) design and just soften compound??? An out-sole with a design like 5:10 but the flex between a med.-stiff crosscountry shoe and a down-hill flat pedal design shoe with clipless is what they should be offering.

And one more thing, these companies need to design more riding apparel without the logo feces printed all over making everyone look like they should be racing world cup races. And concentrate more on material,function,fit and durability with padded shorts that don't feel like a diaper all to last for several seasons.
  • 4 0
 That Rocky Mountain look all Northshore and a pure work horse. i love it! Smile
  • 8 3
 So....26" are now for kids? WTF
  • 10 2
 they are the future.................the wheels I mean
  • 7 0
 Don't be sad that your bike has WITTY BITTY BABY WHEELS FOR BABIES. Razz (I'm one to talk, I own a 24" & 2 26")
  • 1 1
 no, the idea is that they ride the bike on 24" untill they get bigger then use 26" wheels. however, you have to run CS big enough to accomodate 26" wheels which makes the bikes kinda crap for wee people. The transition ripcord has 381mm stays while others have 420mm stays which is only 5mm shorter than the 650b transition scout. The other issue with putting 26" wheels on a 24" bike is the BB will rise by 2 inches
  • 3 0
 Wow, I would love to get myself a kid's bike as my next bike. Looks nice, low and very agile. I like the colorway as well, just nice.
  • 2 0
 My dad helped me towards my first bike which was a Scott aspect 50 which got stolen then I bought my self a Scott spark 60 which also got stolen and now working with my dad bought myself a yeti sb66c
  • 1 0
 I got my son a Bmx. He rode it till he was 14. I scored a used full bike for him. He loves it and is ripping.
If he wants a new one he can buy it himself. I will always help/support my kids when it comes to sports.
Advise I got when my kids were small that I try and do" keep them too busy to get into trouble"
  • 1 0
 spec for the factor 24 rrp is £1899 in the UK which is fecking expensive

Factor 24 inch Stealth 2.0 Zero Suspension System 90mm
Forks RockShox 30 Gold TK Solo Air tapered 80mm
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch RT 152x31mm
Headset FSA Nº57 ACB Bearings integrated tapered 1-1/8 inch->1/5 inch
Handlebars Onoff Notion 1.0 31.8mm 680mm
Stem Onoff Stoic FG 30mm
Shifters 10 Speed Sram Trigger X5 1x10s
Rear Mech Sram GX Long cage 10s
Chainset Sram GX 1000 30T Guard
Bottom Bracket Sram GXP 73mm
Chain Sram PC-1031 10s
Cassette Sram PG-1020 11-36T 10s
Front Brake Shimano M-506 160mm
Rear Brake Shimano M-506 160mm
Rims MDK-XP1 24 inch wheelset
Front Hub MDK-XP1 Disc Qr
Rear Hub MDK-XP1 Disc Qr
Tyres Maxxis Snyper wire 24x2.0 FrontMaxxis Snyper wire 24x2.0 Rear
Seatpost Onoff Notion 0-R 31.6mm 350mm
  • 4 0
 Why does every Mondraker look like it's top tube is going to snap???
  • 2 0
 Two words: Forward Geometry.
  • 3 0
 Yawn - was hoping to see something else new from Rocky in addition to their Session.
  • 2 0
 I hope my 3yr old girl gets into bikes, she will deffinetly get a mini shredder
  • 3 0
 The entire RMdh is carbon? Everything? Matt76 is gonna have a seizure..
  • 2 0
 Carbon dh bike seizure kills matt76, the first rider to die due to a carbon bike. Poor guy was just trying to fight fate.
  • 3 0
 A pair of grey shorts. Great...
  • 2 0
 Oh no, I've caught the Pinkbike uber-cynical disease. Been here too long...
  • 3 0
 and you are talking to yourself
  • 3 0
 would take that over a session.
  • 1 1
 Hey smuggly, don't be dip shit.. I'm 56, been riding since the dawn of time, and mountain biking when Amp came out with that bike. Plus I know it was a Horse link before it was FSR. So stop being the terd in the punch bowl..
  • 1 2
 "The Factor comes from Mondraker with 24" wheels, but it has been designed to accept 26" wheels as well"

so it has huge CS for a kids bike then. Transition got it right with the Ripcord.

cranks on these kids bikes are far too big as well.
  • 8 6
 "Gills? Speed fins?" how about (dirt) protection for the shock?
  • 1 4
 from here useless stupily costly to realize well I ll see that in person tomorrow but from here it looks ridiculous
  • 28 0
 @bad1080 - Thanks for clearing that up for me.
  • 3 1
 I love that Mondy kids' bike. I bet it's about €6000 though
  • 2 0
 A Aurum and a Session had a baby and it was called a Maiden.
  • 1 1
 Someone should sue rocky mountain like they sued transition bikes for patent infringement. Lawsuits are an american thing rocky mountain...take off!
  • 1 0
 Mantis Pro Floater had Horst link way before Turners great bikes .

Didn't it ?
  • 1 0
 That thing looks like a Trek Session from a chop shop!
  • 1 0
 Anyone have a spare $10,500 I can borrow?!
  • 1 0
 Kids just outgrow their bikes way too quick tho..
  • 1 0
 Would be great to see the new Rocky Altitude Rally 790!
  • 1 0
 The maiden looks like batmans bike! Love it.
  • 1 0
 Dont look for a maiden! it dont existe anymore!, hahaha
  • 2 3
 Yes a full sus with 24" wheels, not just for kids, HOPE they make a longer front end so adults/ big kids can fit it too?
  • 1 2
 FSR knock off
  • 17 1
 FSR is the marketing name for a horst link first used by AMP and then Turner. But you didn't know that becuase you were born after a marketing department renamed it FSR.
  • 4 0
 Ahhh @smuggly slinging that history.
  • 3 0
 Yeah, I'm old and grumpy Smile I presume Turner went to a Faux Bar in 2000? ish, due to specilised aquiring the patent. Still one of the best suspension designs after all these years.
  • 2 0
 Turner went faux bar for 1 year while they were developing DW link. They paid for fsr before their 5 spot got a flat upper link which had them fall into the Ellsworth patent.
  • 2 0
 In 2007.
  • 2 0
 Don't forget Ellsworth's are "100% efficient!" according to Tony.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, I ride a 2006 Turner 6 Pack with 5 Spot link. Last FSR Turner year and so darn good. My DW Link DHR, greatest thing ever. But @Krispy-at-Go-Ride knows that. Long time no see Krispy!
  • 1 0
 And few could tell the difference on the Turner between faux bar and its predecessor Horst link !! Great marketing by DT!
  • 2 5
 Looks like a Sunday?

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