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Tested: Lake MX230 Shoes

01.31.2008 //

WHAT: Lake MX230 WHERE: 800-804-7777; lakecycling.com HOW MUCH: $160 My three-year-old, beaten-down shoes had finally taken on the shape of my feet perfectly. Unfortunately, they also had taken on a certain funk and shed every last remnant of tread. I dreaded the process of breaking in a new pair of shoes, but after just a […]

Tested: Hope Moto V2 Disc Brakes

01.31.2008 //

WHAT: Hope Moto V2 disc brakes WHERE: 936-582-2411; hopetechusa.com HOW MUCH: $325/Wheel Brakes are undoubtedly the most visceral point of interaction on the bicycle. Right there, in the finger, their performance and reliability is a crucial element of a good ride. More often than not, unfortunately, we notice our brakes. They’re pumping up, squealing, jacking, […]

Tested: Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro

01.29.2008 //

WHAT: Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro HOW MUCH: $135 WHERE: Schwalbe.com Schwalbe stepped up its line of winter offroad tires for ’08 and introduced the Ice Spiker Pro, the James Bond model of Schwalbe’s studded tires. With 361 wolfram carbide studs and a snow-chewing tread pattern, this tire is meant to go where others won’t—and with […]

Tested: SixSixOne 2007 Pro Pressure Suit

01.08.2008 //

WHAT: SixSixOne 2007 Pro Pressure Suit; WHERE: 888.520.4888, www.sixsixone.com; HOW MUCH?: $229.95 It’s no secret all the young punks in the bike park don’t wear upper body armor. And sure, they may be dumb for doing so, but one thing remains certain: when the sun’s cooking and your’e riding hard, a T-shirt sans sweaty, bulky, […]

Tested: Craft Thermal Jacket

01.05.2008 //

WHAT: Craft Thermal Jacket; WHERE: 877-662-7238; craft-usa.com:HOW MUCH: $170 Mountain biking is rife with technology that makes the sport more enjoyable today than it was 20 years ago. While SPD pedals, suspension and disc brakes seem to hog all the glory, there are a boatload of less distinguished advances that, when you think about it, […]

Previewed: Magura’s MX-Series Air Shocks

12.28.2007 //

Jude Monica, Magura’s resident road warrior and master of all things race pit, was sighted in our parking lot a few days back, his diesel Sportsmobile van idling almost imperceptibly while he brewed morning coffee. Monica is an ace wrench and all-around nice guy, and his tales from the road immediately got us desk jockeys […]

TESTED: Princeton Tec Switchback 3

12.14.2007 //

For an on-trail comparison between this light and seven other LED models click HERE. Princeton Tec Switchback 3 Price: $389 Contact: 609-298-9331 More Information: switchback321.com Includes: Helmet and handlebar mounts, extension cord, wall charger, car charger, Euro adapter, sturdy storage box (basically everything) Now in its 30th year of making lights for all kinds of […]

TESTED: Light and Motion Stella

12.14.2007 //

For an on-trail comparison between this light and seven other LED models click HERE. Light & Motion Stella 180L Price: $300 Contact: 831-645-1538 More Information: bikelights.com Includes: Helmet mount, handlebar mount, wall charge, Li-Ion battery, extra breakaway chips. If a light can be sexy, then Stella’s got it going on. The light blue anodized heat […]

TESTED: Princeton Tec Switchback 1

12.14.2007 //

For an on-trail comparison between this light and seven other LED models click HERE. Princeton Tec Switchback 1 Price: $199 Contact: 609-298-9331 More Information: princetontec.com or switchback321.com Includes:Bar and helmet mounts, rapid smart charger with international outlet adaptors and a 12V car plug. The Switchback 1 isn’t the brightest in our test; in fact it’s […]

TESTED: Topeak Whitelite HP 5W

12.13.2007 //

For an on-trail comparison between this light and seven other LED models click HERE. Topeak WhiteLite HP 5W Price: $350 Contact: 800-213-4561 More Information: Topeak.com Includes: Top-cap mount, handlebar mount, wall charger, extra handlebar/batter mount, Li-Ion battery Right off the bat, this light sticks out from the bunch for its unorthodox but surprisingly effective mounting […]

TESTED: Niterider MiNewt X.2

12.13.2007 //

For an on-trail comparison between this light and seven other LED models click HERE. Niterider MiNewt X.2 Price: $190 Contact: 800-466-8366 More Information: niterider.com Includes: handlebar mount, wall charger, Li-Ion battery Fittingly named, the X.2 is twice as bright as the MiNewt that Niterider introduced just last year. The system abides well by the KISS […]

TESTED: Lupine Wilma 6

12.12.2007 //

For an on-trail comparison between this light and seven other LED models click HERE. Price: $669 Contact: 717-283-0041 More information: gretnabikes.com; Lupine.de Includes: Li-Ion battery, wall charger, helmet mount, handlebar mount, padded carrying case Lupine is just asking for trouble. The company claims its latest LED light system, the Wilma, produces a whopping 830 lumens, […]

TESTED: Nite Rider Trinewt LED Light

12.11.2007 //

For an on-trail comparison between this light and seven other LED models click HERE. Niterider TriNewt Wireless Price: $500 Contact: 800-466-8366 More Information: www.niterider.com Includes: Helmet mount, handlebar mount, carrying case, wireless remote, wall charger, extension cable, Li-Ion battery When a company like Niterider throws out the “brightest light ever” label, you’d better believe it—the […]

TESTED: Knog Gator 605 LED Light

12.10.2007 //

For an on-trail comparison between this light and seven other LED models click HERE. Knog Gator 605 Price: $400 Contact: 419.433.9057 More Information: knog.com.au Includes: Handlebar Mount, wall charger, wired handlebar switch, Li-Ion battery Knog, the offbeat accessory company from down under, makes its first foray into trail-quality LED lights this year with its Gator […]

12-14-07 // Tested: 8 New LED Trail Lights

12.10.2007 //

Thanks to advances in bulb, reflector, lens and battery technology, ripping your favorite trails in the dead of night has never been better. More than anything, LED technology has been lighting the way, so we tested eight new LED trail lights to see what all the fuss is about. Look below for an on-trail apples-to-apples […]

11-30-07 // Previewed: Twenty20′s New VholdR

11.30.2007 //

Watch the video that Anthony Godoy and the Bike mag crew made HERE. About a year ago, Jason Green and Marc Barros, owners of Twenty20 helmet cameras, paid a visit to the Bike magazine SoCal Romparoom. They were checking up on their video camera unit that we were testing for last year’s March issue, but […]

Previewed: Viva La Remedy!

11.20.2007 //

A photo gallery with images from this trip can be found HERE. After offering a quick sneak-peak of its new Remedy, a 6-inch All-Mountain bike, at Interbike’s Outdoor Demo back in September, Trek recently officially christened the new bike with a 3-day mass beating in the rugged terrain around Mexico’s Copper Canyon. Before we get […]

10-16-07 // Previewed: ’08 Sid Takes On 24 Hrs Of Moab

10.16.2007 //

Celebrating the 10th year of the Sid suspension fork, RockShox has completely redesigned their popular XC race fork for 2008. The folks at SRAM took advantage of last weekend’s Granny Gear 24 Hours Of Moab mountain bike race to officially release the new fork, which we also had a peak at last month during Interbike. […]

9-18-07 // Previewed: Crank Brothers 2008 Hardware

09.18.2007 //

The folks at Crank Brothers have been very, very busy over the last year. How busy? Try this: they’ve added wheels, headsets, integrated cranks, a new take on the quick-release skewer…and oh yeah, they’ve also taken over production and distribution of the Speedball adjustable seatpost from Maverick, and they’re looking to boost production of the […]

9-13-07 // Previewed: Yeti Cycle’s New 2008 Bikes

09.13.2007 //

Yeti Cycles took over the small resort mountain of Solvista in Granby, Colorado, last week to bring its dealers out for a few days of lift-accessed and XC riding and to bring them up to speed on where the company is going and what to expect for 2008. We squeezed in a Colorado trip at […]

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