I do have to say though the whole Kousuke being a bike expert did come out of the left field. We see Kousuke wanting some Phantoms to eat and then Shunpei comes up with a bike. Kousuke is jealous of the bike and he talks about how he used to ride one in his past. I guess the only background knowledge we could have had was that he was a student before. For an American student like me, people usually took the bus or got a ride from someone to school. There were a few bike riders though, then there is Japan. I remember all the anime I watched back then and whenever there was a school anime there were bikes nearly everywhere at times, heck they were plot points at times. So with that knowledge I guess I could just put it as a neutral complaint, but for those who don't know much about Japan this really comes out of nowhere. Heck the series could have shown Kousuke doing dangerous stunts on his bike in his past which fits with the arc he had with his mother.
The second fight is mostly Kousuke struggling as Yuzuru is falling into despair, but there is something more important. Haruto leaves the station after making a face those looks identical to Fukei so that it can be looked up on. He finds himself in a battle against Medusa as she doesn't want him to get in the way. Shockingly Medusa gets the upper hand again showing she is still able to be challenge for the riders as she drains Wizard's magic before he could use the Drago Timer. I would have liked to see Sora fight along with her and even if they were two fights going on they were just struggle fights and they had their fair amount of cut away moments so they never felt too special.
Overall this episode would get a B for me. Things may seem half and half at times, but the overall episode still has a good feeling to it. Some scenes are shot very well and even though the action wasn't the best, the bike fight was a little different and I give credit for how they did it. Also the story for Yuzuru is nice as it's a redemption story in many ways, but it's also about giving some happiness before they leave. Then the Phantoms was a good amount of fun as well since he was a pretty clever creature. So yea a "B" fits this episode well I think.
Next Time: It seems Mayu is staying with the crew (I'm already a little happy).