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Review – Kogel Ceramic Pulleys

Shave off some time

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…
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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 – 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 – 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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