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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 […]

Review – Maxxis Rekon 29×2.25 3C/EXO Tires

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 aboard Maxxis treads. This year, Maxxis released a new signature tire from Minnaar called […]

Review – Oneup Composite Pedals

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 us that they only make products that they would be willing to pay full retail […]

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 headsets and the Double Barrel shock, which has been a favorite of gravity bikers for many years. Speaking of that shock, it was […]

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 travel bags with the Enduro backpack, which launched in September of 2017. The Enduro back- pack draws […]

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 bad ones. Kona recently introduced a new generation of Wah Wah […]

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 California-based company is hoping to make carbon wheels more affordable and durable enough to last several seasons. We […]

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. We’ve even seen World Cup cross-country stars bolting on the added weight of droppers to their lean and mean race machines […]

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 pavement and dirt, and has earned a reputation for […]

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 generally isn’t a positive attribute for mountain bikes, especially in a world where stiffer is always advertised as […]

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 due to the benefits of high air volume and increased traction and stability. On the other hand, […]

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 mid-’80s by Steve and Anne Hed. After Steve’s tragic passing, Anne took over and continues to run the […]

First Ride: Shimano’s All-New 12-Speed XTR

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 birthplace of mountain biking along with Marin County, to see and ride their new race inspired components. While a […]