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FIRST IMPRESSION: PNW ROVER HIP PACK

CARRY ALL BIKE RIDING ESSENTIALS

First Ride Impression & Features Today, PNW Components launched their new Rover Hip Pack further extending this brand's recent expansion into apparel and soft good options for cyclists. The new pack is pretty straightforward with…
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FIRST LOOK: CANNONDALE SCALPEL HT

Cannondale’s next generation XC race hardtail

The legacy of progressive Cannondale XC race hardtails continues with the all new Scalpel HT. Cannondale says it took learnings from its previous F-Si race hardtails, capable trail bikes, and Scalpel to create this new design. The…
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Scotty’s Scotland Showcase | All-New Series

Scotty Laughland launches an all-new sustainable mountain bike series aimed at showcasing exactly what makes Scotland a true mecca for both local and visiting riders. Episode 1 is out NOW!

Scotty's Scotland Showcase is a 6-part series that will focus on - you guessed it - 6 different regions throughout Scotland that boast some of the best mountain biking trails in the UK.
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FIRST LOOK: 2022 BONTRAGER FLATLINE MOUNTAIN BIKE SHOE

Bontrager revamps its flat pedal mountain bike shoe

(Press Release) Bontrager launched an upgrade to its footwear lineup today, releasing a new version of its popular Flatline Mountain Bike Shoe designed to give flat-pedal riders more confidence to handle harsh terrain on and off the…
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FIRST LOOK: SHIMANO ULTREAD AND MOUNTAIN BIKE FOOTWEAR

Shimano releases ULTREAD sole technology and updates its XC, all-mountain, and gravity shoes.

Shimano has released its new footwear technology and updated models for 2022. All of these next generation shoes feature its new ULTREAD sole technology that is deigned to increase grip and durability while reducing weight at the same time.…
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FIRST RIDE IMPRESSIONS: 2022 GIANT TRANCE X

An all new 27.5” wheel aggressive trail bike that’s all about fun

Giant is adding an all new Trance X to its line in 2022 with a dedicated 27.5" wheel design that's made for fun. We will admit that seeing this bike for the first time felt a little like being transported back to around 2013 (give or…
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FIRST LOOK: WTB TCS TUBELESS TIRE SEALANT

A new tire sealant completes WTB's TCS tubeless mountain bike wheel and tire system

WTB has introduced an all new tubeless tire sealant to compliment and complete its TCS tubeless system and recently updated tires. It's formula relies on an a tackifying process to seal punctures rather than the evaporative effect…
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DANNY MACASKILL’S NEW “DROP AND ROLL” VIDEO

Back to Scotland

(Danny MacAskill has his trials skills mastered.) Back in the Summer of 2021, with news of their first Drop and Roll shows in two years on the horizon, Danny MacAskill and Duncan Shaw decided to dust off the tour bus, load up the trials…
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FIRST LOOK: SPECIALIZED STUMPJUMPER ALLOY EVO

An aluminum version of the Carbon Stumpy EVO is here

Specialized is taking all of the performance, adjustability and features of its carbon Stumpjumper EVO and offering it in a more affordable M5 aluminum package for 2022. Specialized didn't hold back on any of the features that makes the…
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SEA OTTER CLASSIC: LAST DAY HIGHLIGHTS

THE LAST DAYS OF 2021 SEA OTTER CLASSIC

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: LAST DAY HIGHLIGHTS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rY8Is-xe7c Take a lap around the 2021 Sea Otter Classic with mountain bike action to check out some of the latest and greatest 2021 new gear and bikes landing…
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SEA OTTER CLASSIC: DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS

A LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN OF THE 2021 SEA OTTER CLASSIC

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS https://youtu.be/9f0msSUYm08 Day two of the Sea Otter Classic Sea Otter kicked off with awesome weather and fellow riders full of stoke. Just like the first day, there was plenty to see! We saw a…
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First-Ride Impressions: Digit Bikes Datum

The Kickstarter mountain bike that surprised us

We get crowdsourced product pitches fairly often, but most seem too far-fetched or half-baked to recommend. Our answer is typically come back to us when you actually have something to sell. We do make exceptions for…
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First Look: 2021 Transition Scout and Sentinel Alloy

Budget friendly aluminum Sentinel and Scout models are back with new shred ready builds

(Transition Press Release) After a short hiatus, the Sentinel and Scout are available with an alloy frame option and new spec. The all-new alloy frame matches the clean look and frame design of the carbon versions, with the same geo and…
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First Look: Devinci Spartan HP

A high pivot enduro warrior

Devinci’s new high pivot enduro bike has been hiding in plain sight under the Devinci Global Racing Team in this season’s EWS races. Today, Devinci pulls the cover off the new 160mm travel Spartan HP and makes the bike…
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First Look: Mosaic Cycles GT-X Adventure Bikes

These category blurring handmade bikes are ready for any adventure

As riders push the boundaries of gravel riding bikes are being made for them that defy category definition.  Many can be considered a hardtail mountain bike depending on the build. Mosaic's new GTX series is one of those bikes that…
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First Look: Canyon Lux Trail

Canyon adds versatility and capability to its cross country line

Canyon expands is Lux cross country line for 2022 with the addition of the Lux Trail models. The new Trail version is based on the speedy version raced by Mathieu van der Poel and the bike that was part of our cross country race bike…
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Product Launch and Review: WTB CZR I30 Wheels

Carbon wheels done right for all riders

WTB CZR WHEELS (press release) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLCr0mYoANU&feature=youtu.be You may recall the set of WTB CZR i30's that we had built up custom to Chris King hubs. (see review here) Now, WTB is offering their carbon…
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FIRST LOOK: Otso Voytek

Blurring the line between fat bike and hardtail

It’s a bike that isn’t constrained to a season or weather many Otso Voytek owners have a fat wheelset for winter riding and a mountain bike wheelset to swap in for warmer months.
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FIRST LOOK: GT Force Carbon

GT's Force gets revamped with a new high pivot suspension design.

GT’s new Force is yet another on a growing list of mountain bikes to adopt a high pivot suspension design. Dubbed High Pivot LTS Suspension, it is effectively a 160mm travel four bar horst link style design with a high pivot…
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FIRST RIDE IMPRESSIONS: Pivot Cycles Firebird

An all new 165mm travel enduro speed machine

Pivot’s EWS race winning Firebird sees a full redesign with the goal of delivering a faster bike for enduro racing and riding. Like the Switchblade, Mach 4SL and Trail 429, the 29” wheel Firebird sees a vertical shock orientation and…
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First Look: Thor 2022 FALL BIKE COLLECTION

When motocross apparel brand, Thor signed downhill racer Aaron Gwin, it seemed likely that it would make a move into the mountain bike scene.  Today, Thor has made it official with the launching of it's fall 2022 line. The moto inspired…
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