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NEW BIKE HELMET: GIRO MERIT

MOUNTAIN BIKE HELMET: GIRO MERIT All-new today, Giro has announced their latest mountain bike helmet called – Merit Spherical. This is a high-performance trail riding helmet built for a rider that is taking on fast, flowy trail riding and hard pedaling. Merit Spherical is built around Giro’s socket Spherical Technology™ powered by Mips® and features […]

FIRST RIDE CANYON SPECTRAL 125

CANYON SPECTRAL 125 Welcome the all-new Spectral 125 to the Canyon family. Canyon has intended for this to be its Swiss army bike and a quiver killer. We saw Spectral’s all-new platform launch last year with multiple options from carbon to alloy with various component specs available for riders to receive a value-driven trail weapon. […]

FIRST LOOK: NEW RESERVE WHEELSETS

NEW CARBON MOUNTAIN BIKE WHEELS It is astonishing but amazing what trail mountain bikes are designed to tackle. There can be pretty robust and need to be able to handle a mix of anything that can be thrown at them. From cruising mellow singletrack to crushing boulder-strewn steeps, they deliver a do-everything performance that inspires […]

TEN GREAT CHAIN LUBES FOR YOUR BIKE

CHAIN LUBE BUYER’S GUIDE The best way to get the most out of your chain is to keep it clean and lubricated. Here are ten choices that cover every riding condition and budget: Muc-Off Ludicrous AF Muc-Off has expanded its extraordinarily wide range of chain lubes with what it calls the one for speed freaks. […]

FIRST LOOK: RAPHA KNEE PADS WITH ACTIVE POLYMER TECHNOLOGY

(press release) Rapha enters the protection space with a super lightweight, highly pedal-friendly, trail-oriented knee pad with Level 2, Type B protection  – the highest certified level of protection found in any pair of lightweight knee pads on the market. Rapha’s new pads fit knees like a glove as a result of their industry-leading experience […]

REVIEWED: MTB HOPPER PRO

The idea for the MTB Hopper sprouted only a few years ago. This team out of Vilnius, Lithuania, is composed of individuals with countless years of experience in various disciplines of cycling. After creating a plethora of prototypes that underwent some intense testing, the MTB Hopper portable bike ramp was released. Top pro athletes, including […]

MBA LONG TERM REVIEW: MYNESWEEPERS TIRE INSERT

While up for a visit at one of our favorite bike parks, Brian Parker—owner, rider and guru behind Mynesweepers—got our crew set up with his tire inserts for some testing. The idea came to Parker just a few years back when he kept breaking sets of carbon fiber rims. Parker was determined to develop a […]

FIRST LOOK: STAN’S NEW M-PULSE HUBS

(Press Release) In a world filled with chaos, division, and uncertainty, Stan’s would like you to know we’ve made a really nice set of hubs. Seriously, we went all in on this. Designed and refined over the past two years, the new M-pulse hubs combine quality materials and construction with a smarter engagement system. These […]

MBA LONG TERM REVIEW: SR SUNTOUR DUROLUX FORK AND TRIAIR 3CR SHOCK

Suspension setups vary from brand to brand. At the end of the day, performance geared towards a rider’s particular style is always the main objective, and preferences can be very subjective. If the latest climate for cycling components has taught us anything, it is to be open to other brands and what is being produced […]

FIRST LOOK: UPDATED FOR 2022, EKS BRAND LUCID GOGGLE

(press release) EKS BRAND Updates the Lucid Goggle for 2022 featuring Xtreme Definition Optics & Enhancements. The Lucid goggle is available in 16 new colorways which includes 8 Lucid Stripes colors, 3 Lucid TPR Metal colors, 3 Lucid TPR Matte colors and 2 Lucid Racer Pack goggles. The recently launched LUCID goggle is a massive […]

FIRST IMPRESSION: PNW ROVER HIP PACK

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 quality materials,  lots of pockets, and all this coming in at a great value. The new Rover Hip Pack pack […]

IBIS FACTORY TOUR

It’s no mystery why the majority of carbon bike frames are constructed in Asia. While designs may be developed in-house, a majority of the big-name bicycle brands manufacture their frames and components overseas for good reasons—number one being that Asia is the main supplier of carbon fiber. Second, the cost of labor keeps prices (and […]

MBA PRODUCT TEST: OUTBOUND LIGHTING

Outbound Lighting started in 2017 with a small but passionate Chicago, Illinois-based team focused on bringing the next generation of bike lighting systems to riders. Its founder, Matthew Conte, has a diverse background that spreads into the rally car world, fighter jets and even designing roller coasters. Co-owner Tom “Danger” Place is a former R&D […]

NEW TUBELESS TIRE BIKE VALVES: RESERVE FILLMORE

NEW TUBELESS TIRE BIKE VALVES THE RESERVE WHEELS FILLMORE VALVE New rubber on your rig may elicit fantastic dreams of drifting corners, cutting berms, and hooking up at crucial moments, but the sheer thought of getting those new tubeless tires mounted, inflated, and seated can cloud those dreams with dread. The reality is that as […]

FIRST LOOK: 2022 BONTRAGER FLATLINE 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 bike. The shoe’s new design enhances its durability, breathability, and toe protection with new strong, synthetic perforated upper […]

FIRST LOOK: SHIMANO ULTREAD AND MOUNTAIN BIKE FOOTWEAR

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. Its new XC9, XC7, and XC5 lineup benefit from this new technology and so does its […]

NEW BIKE HELMET: SCOTT ARGO PLUS

Argo Plus is designed to be a lightweight trail helmet that has modern features that help a rider climb and descend with confidence. This latest update in a mountain bike helmet from Scott has extended coverage and an integrated MIPS® Brain Protection System for rotational impacts. Its newly optimized ventilation is also said to keep you cool even especially on those steep climbs! Notably, there is also a “sunglasses garage” at the back of the helmet that will store your sunglasses securely and comfortably. We will also note that this lightweight, feature-packed helmet has some style!

FIRST LOOK: WTB TCS TUBELESS TIRE SEALANT

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 provided by ammonia based systems. We are in the process of testing the new sealant so stay tuned […]

FIRST LOOK: SPECIALIZED STUMPJUMPER ALLOY EVO

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 carbon version great – this one is just as adjustable and capable. The build kits do […]

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: LAST DAY HIGHLIGHTS

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: LAST DAY HIGHLIGHTS 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 in North America. Kicking off the 3rd and 4th day of the 2021 Sea Otter Classic, our wrecking crew stopped for […]