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Review – MAXXIS Aspen 29X2.25 EXO/TR Tires

Tires are a very personal part of every rider’s bike, and riders have their own opinions about what works well on their local trails. Fortunately, Maxxis has a very broad range of treads for everything from downhill to cross-country…
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First Ride: Pivot Trail 429

Introducing the all-new Trail 429

Pivot Trail 429 The Pivot Mach 429 Trail adds an aggressive twist to Pivot's full-suspension cross-country race bike the Mach 429 SL. These two bikes are vastly different in design and intended use but are quite similar in name. This…
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Review – RACE FACE CINCH Power Meter

Power meters have become a necessity in road racing and cycling for serious riders who want to get the most out of their training. There has been some demand for power meters in the mountain bike market, but companies have struggled to…
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First Ride: Pivot Switchblade Aluminum

A new more affordable version

 The Pivot Switchblade was first introduced in 2016 and quickly got attention due to its Super Boost Plus 157 rear end. The new  Super Boost Plus hub spacing allowed Pivot to give the Switchblade tire clearance for either 27.5+ or 29"…
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Review – LEATT DBX 3.0 Enduro V2 Helmet

Leatt is a company that prioritizes safety while striving to make the best products for mountain bikers. Leatt built its reputation by designing neck braces and later a full line of helmets, riding kits and protective gear. Leatt’s latest…
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SOC18 – New Continental Mountain King Tires

There are several new tires here at Sea Otter, including Continental's revised Mountain King. The Mountain King has been one of their main trail tires for several years with a German design and construction. Continental…
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First Ride Video: 2018 Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt

The 2018 Thunderbolt was constructed from Rocky Mountains Smoothwall Carbon which eliminates excess resin and fibers by using a rigid internal mold opposed to a traditional air bladder. This sophisticated design allows Rocky to deliver an…
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First Ride: Marzocchi’s All-New Bomber Z1 Fork

The iconic fork returns

An icon returns. In 1997, the Marzocchi Bomber Z1 bursts onto the scene and bucked all contemporary trends. The flavors of that decade included rubber springs and feathery weights. The Z1 brought oil, coils and massive stanchions—it…
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First Ride: Fasst Company Flexx MTB Handlebars

First Ride: Fasst Company Flexx MTB Handlebars Moto to bicycle Fasst Company is a brand best known for their innovative off-road motorcycle and ATV handlebars. Flexx handlebars, as the company calls them, are designed with…
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Tested – Kenda Hellkat Pro 27.5×2.4 Tires

Unleash the beast Kenda makes a lot of tires, covering automobiles to bicycles, with countless hours in research and design. Tires like the Nevegal and Small Block Eights developed cult followings among riders and are still seen on…
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Review – Garmin Edge 1030 GPS Computer

No reason to get lost anymore GPS units have become quite popular over the years, especially for backcountry riding and bikepacking. Garmin has been at the forefront of GPS technology and offers several different options for riders,…
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