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First Ride Santa Cruz Bronson – Mountain Bike Action Magazine

Born in 2013, the Santa Cruz Bronson shook up the mountain bike market with its in-between wheel size, known as 650B. Promising the best qualities of the two the most popular wheel sizes of that time, 27.5″ wheels became the the obvious choice for that versatile trail machine. With a nod of the hat to […]

Kenda Shows New Tires and Widths – Interbike 2018

Kenda had a couple new cross-country tires on display at Interbike 2018 along with some new purpose designed compounds. New for this year Kenda will be offering 2.2, 2.4, and 2.6 widths on 27.5 and 29-inch diameters. For 2019 Kenda moved to simplify their choices of tires casings with three different; AGC, AEC, and ATC.   […]

Review – Kogel Ceramic Pulleys

Racers will go to just about any length to save time and make their race machines more efficient. While you can nitpick weight, bearing upgrades are often overlooked because they are incredibly expensive and high maintenance. Kogel is a small company based out of El Paso, Texas, but the company’s founder and owner, Ard Kessels, […]

Eagle 12-Speed Ceramic Pulley System – Interbike 2018

There have been several companies offering ceramic pulley upgrades for Eagle drivetrains, but none look quite as good as the new kit from Enduro Bearings. Unlike other pulley systems, Enduro Bearings offers two pulleys and an idler. The pulleys use ceramic bearings and aluminum centers that are 30% larger than the stock bearings that come stock […]

Praxis Works Cadet Power Cranks – Interbike 2018

Interbike 2018 is well underway here in Reno and Praxis Works had their full line up of cranks on display including the Cadet Power. The Cadet is an alloy crank with Praxis’ 3-bolt direct mount system and oversized spindle. Praxis offers a few of their cranks with a power meter option, but the Cadet is […]

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 transformed it from an aero road bike lid into a cross-country mountain bike […]

Review – Dakine Hot Laps 5L Waist Pack

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 avoiding heavy shoulder straps. Hydration bladders have been retrofitted into these packs, allowing riders to carry […]

Review – Gaerne G.Sincro + Shoes

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 G.Sincro has been at the top of Gaerne’s lineup of shoes for several years, […]

Review – ENVE M525 Wheels

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 cross-country riders and racers looking for something lightweight and well-made. These carbon […]

Review – ODI F-1 Series Vapor Grips

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 swear by silicone grips and were anxious to try out the new […]

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 technologies such as MIPS to the table. That’s right, for those of you who may not have […]