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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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First Ride: Marzocchi’s All-New Bomber Z1 Fork

The iconic fork returns

An icon returns. In 1997, the Marzocchi Bomber Z1 bursts onto the scene and bucked all contemporary trends. The flavors of that decade included rubber springs and feathery weights. The Z1 brought oil, coils and massive stanchions—it…
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