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New Shock Tuning Options for Cane Creek Double Barrel Users

Feeling like you’re not getting the most from your rear suspension? As an additional tuning tool, the spring rate of the DBAIR can be adjusted through the use of air volume reduction spacers (included with the DBAIR).   For bikes that have a more progressive leverage ratio, Cane Creek now offers new XV (Extra Volume) […]

Product Test: Spank Spike Race Stem and 777 Evo Handlebar

Good vibrations: Spank knows that simply building the widest bar isn’t the way to build the best bar. The Spike 777 EVO’s wide profile and shape feel perfect right from the start. It also feels better at damping vibration than other aluminum bars we’ve tested.  Spank first launched about a decade ago as the brain-child of […]

Bike Test: Transition TR250

While we love to watch World Cup downhill racers smash down gnarly terrain on the edge of losing it, most riders’ experience at the local bike park is a far cry from that scenario. If you are like us, you gravitate toward the trails that have the most fun features: jumps, technical but not necessarily […]

Product Test: Specialized Dissident DH Helmet

Specialized makes some of our favorite trail helmets, yet at the same time, they didn’t seem to have a large presence in the full-face, gravity helmet world. The big “S” is looking to change that with the Dissident helmet. Tech features: The Dissident helmet is constructed of a carbon fiber shell. It features Specialized’s “4th […]

Product Test: Avid X0 Trail Brakes

The line between trailbikes and all-mountain bikes is getting blurrier every year. New pedaling platform technologies and approaches to geometry have pushed the length of travel acceptable for a “trailbike.” These do-it-all bikes are becom-ing the norm, and riders expect components that can handle the rigors of aggressive trail riding without the weight penalty. Avid […]

Bike Test: Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon 29

If you are steadying yourself because you already saw the $9900 price tag, take a deep breath. Specialized offers the Stumpjumper FSR 29 and 26-inch-wheeled versions at various price points. Specialized didn’t build the S-Works to hit a predetermined budget; instead, they built this bike to see how far they could push the boundaries of […]

Bike Test: Intense Carbine 275

Yep, that’s better: While the larger wheels would kill the handling of a normal bike, the Carbine is ripe for the change. We were skeptical when we heard about it, but were impressed with the changes the new hoops make.  Intense takes a lot of pride in being an American company. Their production has always been […]

Mountain Bike Action Tech: Unlocking the Secrets of Platform Suspension

Different lines: Every rear-suspension design (and the execution of the design) has a different take on how to give the rider a firm suspension for pedaling while still softening up enough for taking the hits. Knowing how to ride each one can unlock their hidden performance and make you a better rider.   Longer-travel trailbikes have […]

Kore Joins the XX1 Crowd With An All-New Wheelset

We haven’t put enough miles on SRAM’s new XX1 group to determine it’s the ultimate mountain bike setup, but we have ridden it enough to say that it’s going to change the game a little bit. Kore mountain bike components is joining the small group of component manufacturers who make an XX1 compatible freehub with […]

Product Test: Alpinestars Gravity Gear

Alpinestars seems to deal in all things fast—from F1, NASCAR and Rally to Supercross, GP racing and everything in between. So, it’s only logical that this knowledge would trickle down to the realm of downhill mountain bike racing. We kitted up and hit the lifts. Tech features: As the name implies, the Gravity 3/4 jersey […]

Bike Test: Felt Edict Nine LTD 29er

The year 2013 is an important year for Felt Bicycles. With the introduction of several brand-new and redesigned models, the Southern California-based company is making yet another big push. Back in 2009, Felt Bicycles was one of the first companies to introduce a carbon fiber 29er. This year, they are again pushing the boundaries in […]

Product Test: DZR Dice Shoes

DZR was born out of a passion for cycling—be it on singletrack in the backcountry or through the streets of San Francisco. These guys are all about putting two wheels on the ground and pedaling them. While most of their shoes are designed for the pavement, the Dice shoes are their high-performance mountain bike model. […]

Bike Test: Foes Shaver 29

Brent Foes didn’t set out to be a bike manufacturer. Nearly 20 years ago, after a number of years as a professional motocross racer and then designing and building off-road race trucks, he looked at the state of mountain bike designs and thought that he could do better. Drawing from his design and engineering experience, […]

Product Test: Living with the Quarq Power Meter

Racers are always looking for an edge—the lightest equipment, the shortest lines around the track, the perfect pre-race routine and, most important, the proper workouts. But, how do you gauge your progress? For many riders, it’s the results on race day. However, if you are a serious racer who doesn’t like to leave much unknown […]

Product Test: Mavic Crossmax SX Wheelset

Mavic is one of the oldest bicycle component companies still operating. They arguably have more experience building bike wheels than anyone else in the world. The company was founded in 1889 as a nickel-plating business specializing in spare bicycle parts. Today, they make the wheels for a laundry list of the best athletes, spanning every […]

Product Test: Lazer Oasiz Helmet with GoPro Mount

Eye in the sky: The Lazer GoPro mount positions the camera where its weight is least noticeable and the vantage point gives it a good filming angle. Lazer Helmets, Mr. Brian Lopes’ lid provider of choice, has added a feature to their Oasiz trail rider’s helmet. In addition to all the Oasiz’ key features, Lazer […]

Product Test: Niner RDO

Niner is best known for championing the 29-inch wheel for mountain biking (that’s the only wheel size they offer). Since many of their bikes use carbon fiber frames, they have become experts on that material and recently released the $199 RDO carbon fiber seatpost, which lets the 26er crowd in on some Niner ingenuity. Tech […]

Trail Testing: Trek Stache Eight

“Welcome to the future. Stache breaks new trail bike ground, blending 29er hardtail simplicity and fun with trail-tuned suspension, geometry, and spec. Trail, meet your new master.” – Trek Bicycles The Stache is the latest addition to Trek’s Gary Fisher Collection and in a sense embodies the collection better than any other bike in the […]

MBA Tech: Making Sense Of Rear-Wheel Spacing

There’s a pretty good chance your next bike is going to come with a thru-axle. Gone are the days when this axle type was reserved for big-hit bikes. New technology and materials have made the designs easier to use and lighter weight, to the point where even the most weight-conscious cross-country racers prefer the solid […]

Product Test: Camelback M.U.L.E. vs M.U.L.E. N.V.

M.U.L.E. NV’s N.V.I.S. (left) and the M.U.L.E. The $100 CamelBak M.U.L.E. has been the longtime target of every company offering hydration packs to mountain bikers. That’s because since its introduction, the M.U.L.E. has been the most popular hydration pack. Well, with all that competition shooting at their M.U.L.E., CamelBak decided to take a shot at […]

Product Test: Kali Chakra Plus Helmet

We asked a number of bike-shop helmet specialists what their best-selling helmet was, and the most common answer was the $49.95 Kali Chakra Plus. That was reason enough for us to get our heads into one to see what everyone was so excited about. Tech features: The Kali Chakra Plus uses a polycarbonate shell that […]

Bike Test: Cannondale Trigger 1

Many choices: Riders need to fine-tune the shock to get everything out of the Trigger. Cannondale’s System Integration extends to the stem. The long stays would be noodles if Cannondale hadn’t connected everything with massive 15-millimeter axles as the pivots. Cannondale felt something was missing. Their aggressive trailbike/gravity category, referred to as “Over-Mountain” by Cannondale, […]

Holiday Gift Idea: Multi Tools For Trailside Repairs

If your riding buddy is MacGyver and can fix a bike with rocks, sticks and a gum wrapper, you may not need one of these kits. But for most of us, these tools can be lifesavers. Besides the basic hex wrenches and screwdrivers, these kits feature tools to fix drivetrains, brakes, wheels, and just about […]

Product Test: 2013 Fox 32 Float Fork and Float Shock

Floating on rocks: The fork performance will have you choosing lines where lesser forks fear to tread. The fork and shock are sophisticated and highly adjustable suspension components that offer lots of tuning options. Use them. Fox is not a company known for resting on their laurels, and their 2013 shock and fork line is […]

Trail Testing: Haro FLC 29 Pro

The FLC 29 Pro is a brand new model for 2013. Haro has designed it to be a “high-performance, value-packed, no-compromises trail machine.” The FLC’s carbon frame features a tapered headtube and internal routing for the derailleur cables. The RockShox SID fork features their PushLoc remote lever to switch between open and locked out damping […]