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Review – Bolle Trackdown MIPS Helmet

Bolle, a company predominately known for its line of eyewear for snow and cycling sports, has been making a push into the helmet market. A few years back Bolle launched a helmet called the One. The One helmet featured removable parts that…
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Review – Dakine Hot Laps 5L Waist Pack

It doesn’t get more enduro than this

The fanny pack has become a must-have accessory for enduro racers, but unlike packs of the past, the new generation of hip packs has many real-world benefits for mountain bikers. The first, of course, is keeping weight down low and…
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Review – Gaerne G.Sincro + Shoes

New sole, same Italian soul

Italians are known for a lot of things, and high-quality shoes is one of them. From companies like Gaerne to Sidi, riders have turned to Italian brands when they want shoes that they know will last for several seasons of riding. The…
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Review – ENVE M525 Wheels

New rim design, all-American quality

In case you have never heard of ENVE Composites, it is a carbon fiber manufacturer based out of Ogden, Utah. Over the years ENVE has built a strong reputation with it high-end, handmade hoops. New for this year is the M525 for dedicated…
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Review – ODI F-1 Series Vapor Grips

Squishy for the long rides

There are some riders who won’t ride with anything other than silicone grips. While ODI is known for its lineup of lock-on grips, the F-1 Series is its newest line of lighter weight grips for gram counters. We have several test riders who…
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Review – POC Tectal Race Spin Helmet

POC Sports is a Swedish company that was founded in 2005 to create safer equipment for gravity sports athletes and cyclists. The company began designing products for the ski market and later ventured into the cycling industry, bringing…
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Review – Maxxis Rekon 29×2.25 3C/EXO Tires

Cross-country to trail, these tires will do it all

Maxxis is one of the largest tire companies on the planet, offering treads for everything from cross-country to downhill. Some of the fastest riders in the world, such as Nino Schurter and Greg Minnaar, have had their fair share of wins…
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Review – CamelBak Chase Vest

Lightweight and minimal

CamelBak has been an industry leader when it comes to hydration. From its extensive lineup of hydration packs to its water bottles, CamelBak has the answer when you’re thirsty. In a way, CamelBak has even had an impact on frame designs over…
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Review – Oneup Composite Pedals

Twice as good for half the price

OneUp Components was founded by Chris, Jon and Sam—three former Race Face engineers who quit their stable jobs to chase a dream. That dream was to design products for passionate mountain bikers such as themselves. In fact, these guys told…
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Review – Cane Creek Helm Air 27.5 Boost Fork

North Carolina is known for its excellent manufacturing companies and technical products. Indeed, it’s home to manufacturers like Industry Nine, with its multicolored-spoke wheels, and Cane Creek, the supplier of both top-quality…
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Review – Henty Enduro Pack

Jeremy Grey and his childhood friend Jon Gourlay founded Henty in 2012 after struggling to find a solution for transporting business clothing to and from the office. The Tasmania-based company later added to its range of commuter and…
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Review – Kona Wah Wah Flat Pedals

Flat pedals have made a strong come- back over the last year, with more and more riders ditching their clips for a more challenging and fun way to ride. Flat pedals, however, are not all made the same; there are good ones and…
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Review – Ridefast Racing Hotwire Wheels

Carbon fiber wheels have been a hot-ticket upgrade over the last few years, with various brands vying for space in the market. RideFast Racing has emerged as a smaller company with a slightly different approach. This Southern…
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Review – 9Point8 Dropper Post

Dropper posts have quickly become a must-have component for almost every cyclist. Riders and racers in categories ranging from enduro to cross-country have welcomed dropper posts with open arms, and for good reason—they’re awesome.…
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Review – LOOK X-Track Carbon Race Pedals

There are a lot of things that the French do well, and in cycling, one of them is pedals. Look is one of the oldest cycling brands around and has been doing pedals for a few generations. Over the years Look has seen success on the…
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Review – FASST Company FLEXX Handlebars

Fasst Company is best known for its innovative off-road motorcycle and ATV handlebars. Flexx handlebars, as the company calls them, are designed with elastomer dampers to help the bars do exactly what the name implies—flex. While flex…
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What Are Wide Trail Tires?

The bicycle industry has reinvented the wheel multiple times over the past couple years, looking to find the perfect tire and rim size for everyday trail riders. Plus-sized tires (2.8- to 3.25-inch wide tires) quickly grew in popularity…
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Review – HED Raptor 27.5 Wheels

HED is an American company based in Roseville, Minnesota. It prides itself on its U.S.-operated manufacturing, which yields what it claims are some of the most reliable and well-rounded cycling products. The company was founded in the…
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First Ride: Shimano’s All-New 12-Speed XTR

Riding Shimano's XTR group in Crested Butte, Colorado

First Ride: Shimano's All-New XTR Group-set  Shimano announced their all-new XTR M9100-series group in late May, but, it wasn’t until a month after the release that Shimano invited the media to Crested Butte, Colorado, arguably the…
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Review – Bontrager Rhythm Trail Shoes

Whether you’re riding clipped in or with flats, a good pair of shoes is important. Bontrager has been producing a broad range of soft goods for several years and has a good reputation for high quality and design. While cross-country racers…
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