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2016 Trek Fuel EX 29 – Roundtable Reel

06.30.2015 //

Trek has updated its bread-and-butter trail bike for 2016, and we spent some time testing it on our local SoCal trails. Find out if the updates were worth the wait.

Pivot Announces Mach 429 Trail

06.23.2015 //

Pivot’s new Mach 429 Trail was inspired by the capability–and limitations–of the Arizona company’s cross country race bike, the Mach 429SL. The 429SL is still very much a race bike, but there’s no doubt that it begins to cross the aisle from leg-shavers to seat-droppers. It was this fun factor that the 492 Trail was born from.

Palmer’s Picks: Specialized Ambush Helmet

06.17.2015 //

It took some time, but Specialized has finally put its hat in the extended coverage ring, literally. I wondered how the Ambush would stack up against lids from brands like Poc, Troy Lee Designs, Bell and Giro–you know, companies who’s primary business is helmets.

Tested: 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 29

05.15.2015 //

Specialized announced its 2016 Stumpjumper today, and it has a huge hole in it.

Bontrager SE4 Team Issue | Beatdown

05.06.2015 //

Bontrager’s SE4 Team Issue tire isn’t the cheapest around, but good rubber is worth every penny.

First Impressions: Shimano XT M8000

05.04.2015 //

Shimano’s  XT M8000 group won’t be hitting shelves until later this summer, but there were several bikes equipped with the parts at the Riva Bike Festival in Italy over the weekend for select journalists to sample.

Spot Prototype, Yeti, Giro, and more: Sea Otter 2015 gallery

04.20.2015 //

Now in its 25th year, the Sea Otter Classic is alive and well with hundreds of brands showing off their new and upcoming goods. Here are a few of the things you might have seen roaming around the crowded aisles last weekend.

2016 Jamis Dragonslayer 27.5+

04.18.2015 //

What better way to get back to our mountain biking roots than with a steel hardtail? With trail geometry and the added grip and confidence that plus-size tires bring to the table, we imagine the Dragonslayer will be a full-on grin machine.

First Impressions: Lezyne Mini GPS

04.16.2015 //

The Lezyne Mini GPS is the smallest stand alone GPS unit we’ve seen, but the California-based brand has big goals. Lezyne recently announced the release of three new computers in an effort to grab a piece of the global positioning pie.

Fox 34 FLOAT and DPS Shock | New for 2016

03.31.2015 //

BIKE gear editor Ryan Palmer puts the new 2016 Fox 34 FLOAT and DPS Shock to the test on the world-class trails of Rotorua, New Zealand.

Preview: SRAM Guide Ultimate

03.31.2015 //

The newly announced Guide Ultimate is the new flagship brake from SRAM. The idea behind the project was to throw everything the brake engineers had at this thing to make the best possible brake they could, without regard for cost.

Dream Builds | Trek Fuel EX 29

03.22.2015 //

Gear Editor Ryan Palmer shows off his dream build: a decked-out Trek Fuel EX 29.

Palmer’s Picks: Alpinestars Outrider Shorts

02.04.2015 //

As a product tester, I’m always sweating the details, but I missed a big one on the Outriders. I figured, shorts are shorts, right? There’s the fit and the features, and thats about it. Nope. These aren’t your typical baggies.

Palmer’s Picks: Birzman Studio Tool Box

01.08.2015 //

The problem with most tool kits is that they don’t keep up with the changing times. So when I opened up the Birzman Studio Tool Box and found zero cone wrenches, I was delighted.

12 Days of Christmas: Bell Super 2R

12.18.2014 //

The Super 2R is truly a full-coverage all-mountain helmet. By cleverly attaching a chin bar using three svelte buckles, you can turn a half lid into a full-face in a matter of seconds, without even removing the helmet. The idea is to pop the chin bar on for extended descents.

Palmer’s Picks: Ibex Shak Gloves

12.17.2014 //

There are a few good cycling-specific winter gloves out there from brands like Showers Pass, Gore, Endura, and Specialized, but the Ibex Shak–a glove not necessarily designed with cycling in mind–has become my favorite cold weather mitt.

Palmer’s Picks: SRAM Guide RSC

12.11.2014 //

After nine months on at least 15 sets of Guide brakes, our staff hasn’t seen one single failure. We haven’t even needed to bleed one yet. I’d say SRAM has gone and made the best brake they ever have–and then some.

Palmer’s Picks: Shimano SH-M200 Shoes

11.26.2014 //

When you’re busy making shoes as awesome as the SH-M200, you don’t concern yourself with naming them, you use the patented Shimano automatic name-code generator to do it for you.

Bike Test: Spot Brand Cream

11.24.2014 //

The Cream isn’t for the masses: It’s a three-year product of passion made with little regard for cost. Each tube was selected, shaped and tapered to provide the desired ride feel, vertical compliance and lateral stiffness.

Palmer’s Picks: Fix It Sticks

11.19.2014 //

As a mechanic, I’m always on the lookout for rad tools. Last year I saw these Fix It Sticks on a Kickstarter campaign and had to give them a try. Since then, my pack has gotten a lot lighter.

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