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FIRST RIDE CANYON SPECTRAL 125

CANYON'S NEW MOUNTAIN BIKE

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…
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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: WHEEL-WAR SHOOTOUT— 29″ vs. 27.5″ vs. 26″

This story first appeared in our March 2012 issue, when only a few companies were offering bikes with 27.5-inch (650b) wheels. At that time, the dilemma for most riders was to choose between bikes with 26 and 29-inch wheels. Take a look back at what we said about the three wheel-size choices, back in the day when the 26-inchers still ruled the market

What's The Right Size For You?
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REVIEWED: MTB HOPPER PRO

Take your skills to new heights

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…
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Rapha Trail 3/4-Sleeve Jersey and Trail Shorts

High-end apparel worth the price of admission

Rapha may be a new apparel brand for mountain bikers, but it has been a mainstay for roadies since 2004. Wrecking crew members who crossed over to the road side of things and were familiar with the brand at its start thought it took a few…
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FIRST IMPRESSION: PNW ROVER HIP PACK

CARRY ALL BIKE RIDING ESSENTIALS

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…
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REVIEW: BONTRAGER FORAY SHOES

Perfect kicks for trail to gravel

Bontrager’s Foray shoes focus on performance while providing comfort for off-the-bike situations. The Mountain Bike Action crew spun the BOA dial on these hybrid SPD-compatible shoes to see how they would perform out on our local trails.…
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G-Form Pro-X3 Knee Guards

Soft to the touch and hard as a rock

G-Form revolutionized the way we think about protection products with its innovative materials that harden on impact. These soft-shell pads can comfortably be ridden in all day while matching the protection capabilities of old-school…
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MBA PRODUCT TEST: OUTBOUND LIGHTING

We put Outbound Lighting's Trail Evo and Hangover combo to the test

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…
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NEW TUBELESS TIRE BIKE VALVES: RESERVE FILLMORE

A RETHINK OF A BICYCLE PRESTA VALVE

NEW TUBELESS TIRE BIKE VALVES THE RESERVE WHEELS FILLMORE VALVE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1wqclp4u1U New rubber on your rig may elicit fantastic dreams of drifting corners, cutting berms, and hooking up at crucial moments, but…
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NEW BIKE HELMET: SCOTT ARGO PLUS

A TRAIL HELMET THAT IS JAM-PACKED WITH SAFETY

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…
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