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8-7-07 // Previewed: Helmet Cam Integration

08.07.2007 //

With the advent of broader bandwidth, faster computers and cheaper cameras, a slew of companies have been engaged in sort of space race, all scrambling to be the first to come out with the ultimate in integrated point-of-view camera technology. Integrated is the key word here. The two heavyweights to emerge in the helmet camera […]

6-8-07 // Previewed: New SRAM Hardware

06.08.2007 //

SRAM dropped a few new choice pieces of hardware off with us recently. There aren’t any radical redesigns here just some small changes as well as a bit of model expansion. X.0 Rear Derailleur – The new X.0 receives two changes, the first being merely cosmetic. In celebration of their twentieth Anniversary (SRAM was founded […]

5-30-07 // Previewed: Smith Optics Interlock

05.30.2007 //

WHAT: Smith Interlock Glasses WHERE: smithinterlock.com HOW MUCH: $139 Never happy with the status quo, Smith Optics has a long history of reinventing the wheel when it comes to performance eyewear. The Smith Slider allowed lens interchangeability on a closed-frame pair of sunglasses back in 1995 and was the best selling interchangeable sunglasses of all […]

5-7-07 // Previewed: FSA Gravity Guide

05.07.2007 //

WHAT: Gravity Guide WHERE: FullSpeedAhead.com HOW MUCH: $119.99 Looking to extend their product breadth, FSA has been developing products for hardcore freeride and downhill riders under their Gravity brand. Although Shimano has been careful to avoid producing a chainguide system, and Sram’s attempts at designing one seem mostly aimed at OEM markets this new chainguide […]

5-1-07 // Previewed: 2008 Shimano XT

05.01.2007 //

Shimano XT components are some of the most ubiquitous mountain bike hardware on the planet. Derived some 25 years ago, nearly as old as the first production mountain bike—the Stumpjumper, XT drivetrain, brake, wheel, pedal and at one time seatpost and headset parts were the cream of the crop. More recently XT has taken a […]

Tested: Mace Cryogen Gloves

03.30.2007 //

WHAT: Mace Cryogen Gloves HOW MUCH: $40 WHERE: macegear.com Riding in the cold can be a big challenge, but a few choice pieces of equipment can make things easier. Warm winter shoes, a windproof jersey, windproof tights, some means of keeping your ears warm and a good set of gloves top my list of must-have […]

3-16-07 // Previewed: IMBA releases Managing Mountain Biking

03.16.2007 //

WHAT: Managing Mountain Biking HOW MUCH: $35 (IMBA members get a 10% discount) WHERE: www.imba.com What makes one trail a success, while another is unpopular or the source of conflict? Why do some trails last for decades with minimal maintenance, while others require expensive repairs? Managing Mountain Biking gives solutions for these and dozens of […]

3-7-07 // Previewed: Oakley Radar

03.08.2007 //

WHAT: Radar WHERE: www.oakley.com HOW MUCH: $155-$245 First there were Oakley Eyeshades, then Blades, followed by Mumbos, M-Frames, Racing Jackets and Zeros—now there is Radar. Oakley has a long history of offering high-performance eyewear for cycling enthusiasts. The new Radar isn’t a radical departure form any of Oakley’s previous designs, but rather the next step […]

PREVIEWED: Straitline Flat Pedals

01.22.2007 //

WHAT: Straitline Flat Pedals WHERE: (250) 655-6603, www.straitlinecomponents.com HOW MUCH: $135 US Good flat pedals require a few key elements. They should be thin to keep your foot as close to the center of the spindle as possible for stability, they need to have good traction and they also require durable bearing assemblies. Finding an […]

PREVIEWED: The 2007 Santa Cruz Heckler

01.12.2007 //

A few weeks ago we were privy to the details of the new Bullit frame from Santa Cruz and now they have sent us the specs on their redesigned Heckler model. The new frame combines some of the beefy elements of the Bullit’s front triangle with a Supelight-esque rear triangle to build one simple, but […]

PREVIEWED: 29-Inch FireXCPro

01.09.2007 //

WHAT: 29-Inch FireXCPro HOW MUCH: $49.95 (Kevlar bead), $35 (steel bead) WHERE: www.interlocracing.com Interloc Racing Design (IRD) has completed an agreement with National Tire Co. of Japan (Panaracer) to co-produce the famous FireXCPro mountain bike tire in a new 29-inch version. The FireXCPro 2.1 was a very popular tire and this fact had not been […]

PREVIEWED: Ellsworth Tiruth

12.29.2006 //

This is a titanium version of the venerable racehorse Truth. Ellsworth has created a custom Ti front triangle, which gives Ti junkies that wonderful warm Ti feel while maintaining outstanding rigidity. The frame will be laser etched and polished. The weight difference will not be significant, compared to aluminum, rather this is a response to […]

PREVIEWED: 2007 Bell Variant Helmet

12.28.2006 //

WHAT: Bell Variant HOW MUCH: $100 CERTIFIED: CPSC COLORS: Matte Silver, Matte Black, Matte Blue/White, Matte Olive, Red/Titanium WEIGHT: 11.3oz/320g WHERE: bellsports.com The Variant from Bell Sports is a nice looking helmet designed for all-around mountain biking. It has two-dozen air vents for excellent circulation, a bonded microshell protecting its delicate foam frame and an […]

PREVIEWED: Princeton Tec Switchback 1 Light

12.21.2006 //

WHAT:Princeton Tec Switchback 1 HOW MUCH: $199 WHERE: princetontec.com, switchback321.com Gift giving season is in full swing. And though mountain bikers are generally a picky, cantankerous lot, there’s nothing better than receiving a nice, unexpected accessory. The guys at Princeton Tec, seem to know this and were nice enough to drop one of their new […]

TESTED: Louis Garneau Wind Dry F2 Jacket

04.27.2006 //

WHAT: Louis Garneau WindDry F2 Jacket WHERE: www.louisgarneau.com HOW MUCH: $199.99 It’s been a long, cold and wet winter. In fact, this spring has been one long, cold and wet winter. 55 inches of rain to date and summer isn’t exactly promising balmy weather, blue skies and the like. Thus, I’m still rocking this neon […]

TESTED: White Industries Eno Components

03.29.2006 //

WHAT: White Industries ENO Singlespeed Components HOW MUCH: See individual reviews for prices WHERE: www.whiteind.com After a mid-nineties frenzy of pumping out high-zoot parts, the CNC machines at White Industries ran silent for a while. Then, a couple years ago, sensing a whole subculture with a unique set of needs just waiting for some shiny […]

The Closest Thing to Perfection

03.28.2006 //

WHAT: Seven Custom Ti Stem HOW MUCH: $350 WHERE: www.sevencycles.com While most of us can’t afford to shell-out more than $2,000 for one of Seven’s meticulously crafted frames, we can reach for a more attainable goal—the company’s new Custom Ti Stem. I know, 350 bucks is a boatload of money, but it’s the closest thing […]

Custom, carbon…Handlebars?

03.20.2006 //

WHAT: Calfee BarStem HOW MUCH:

TESTED: Shimano Hone Crankset

03.15.2006 //

WHAT: Shimano Hone Crankset HOW MUCH: $190 WHERE: www.shimano.com BREAD: For the last seven months I’ve had the pleasure of stepping on one of Shimano’s latest introductions to the burgeoning all-mountain sector: the Hone two ring crankset, complete with bashguard. The Hone retails for $190 and employs two rings (one 22 tooth and one 32) […]

Carbide-Studded Joy

03.05.2006 //

WHAT: Nokian Hakka WXC 300 Studded Tires HOW MUCH: $89.95 WHERE: www.bikeman.com As a rule, you crash your bike just once on the ice and never ever look at the tire-ground bond the same way again. Besides the obvious reasons – tires coming out from under you with no warning – there is a litany […]

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