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

Riding Shimano's XTR group in Crested Butte, Colorado

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…
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Review – Bontrager Rhythm Trail Shoes

Whether you’re riding clipped in or with flats, a good pair of shoes is important. Bontrager has been producing a broad range of soft goods for several years and has a good reputation for high quality and design. While cross-country racers…
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Review – Fox 34 Step-Cast Factory Fork

In early 2016 Fox released the 32 Step-Cast fork with 100mm of travel and a slimmed down chassis. This fork was the lightest we had tested in its class and has since proven to be a go-to for our XC testers. Since the release of the 32…
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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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