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Product Test: Continental Race King Tire

Continental has been making bicycle tires for over a century. The German company was founded in Hanover, Germany, as a soft-rubber manufacturer for bicycles and carriages. The Race King is heralded as the first in Conti's lineup to…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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