Author Archives: "Ryan Palmer"

News: Smith Introduces Its First Ever Cycling Helmet

08.15.2013 //

Smith borrows technology from its snow helmets to offer the radically different Forefront all-mountain bike helmet.

First Impressions: SRAM X01

08.15.2013 //

Spoiler alert: it’s pretty much the same as XX1, but you should read this anyway.

First Impressions: 2014 Specialized Trail Bikes

07.15.2013 //

Our gear editor went to France to try out the new (2014) Specialized trail bike models and came back blown away by a bike that had never turned his head before–the Camber. What’s so great about that bike? Read on–we have his report on both the new Camber and Stumpjumper lines.

News: Cane Creek Announces Climb Switch

07.10.2013 //

Cane Creek updates Double Barrel shocks with climbing prowess, dubbed Climb Switch.

Sneak Peek: 2014 Kona Process

07.06.2013 //

2014 Kona Process splits to three models: the Process 111, Process 134 and Process 153.

News: Turner Flux is Reborn With Perfect Wheel Size

06.26.2013 //

We give Turner’s new Flux a perfunctory pedal on Park City’s Wasatch Crest Trail.

First Impressions: 2014 Mavic Crossmax Enduro Wheels, Tires and Shoes.

06.25.2013 //

The Crossmax Enduro wheel-tire system is a race-specific setup designed for the increasingly popular enduro racing format. It also is a wheelset that plain makes sense for a lot of riders with no racing aspirations whatsoever. We went to France and rode the piss out of `em. Here’s what we found.

First Impressions: 2014 GT Sensor and Force

06.18.2013 //

GT recently unveiled not one, but two, new bikes: the Sensor and Force. Having undergone a new, ground-up redesign, both models see changes, with new geometries, Goldilocks wheels and a new linkage called AOS, or Angle Optimized Suspension.

First Impressions: Trek’s New Fuel EX and Remedy 29ers

06.06.2013 //

It’s taken a while, but Trek has finally updated its popular Fuel EX and Remedy models with wagon wheels. Many of you must be wondering, with 650b all the rage these days, why not go with that wheel size? It’s simple, really: they don’t offer much advantage over 26″ wheels.

First Impressions: 2014 Fox TALAS & Float X

06.03.2013 //

To run their new pogo sticks through the ringer, Fox invited a few of us media clowns up to Hood River, Oregon and pitted us against each other in our own, very handicapped “media” class at the first round of the Oregon Enduro series. Here are our gear editor’s impressions of the new 34 TALAS CTD forks and Float X shocks after a weekend of muddy enduro racing.

News: Kona Unveils Carbon Operator

04.25.2013 //

Kona finally goes carbon with an all new Operator. Peep it here.

Sea Otter News: Yeti Launches Carbon SB95 and ARC Models

04.19.2013 //

Check out bike mag’s first ride impressions of Yeti’s new SB95C carbon five-inch travel 29er, and see the latest ARC hard tail.

News: A Giant 650b Sneak Peak

04.13.2013 //

While Giant remained tight lipped about giving any model names or geometries, it looks like these carbon, 650b Maestro suspension bikes will offer somewhere around 110 millimeters and 150 millimeters of travel.

News: Five More Cool Things from FrostBike

03.26.2013 //

In honor of the spring thaw, we’re dripping out five more cool products that struck our fancy from this year’s FrostBike show in Minneapolis. Enjoy.

News: 10 Cool Things from Frostbike

02.26.2013 //

Every year, QBP rolls out the red carpet and invites retailers and industry folks to brave the icy climes of Minneapolis and get the low-down on a wide range of new products. This year there was snow, there were fat bikes, there was beer. There were also these ten cool things.

Exclusive: The Making of a Spoke

02.26.2013 //

We stopped by Wheelsmith’s Mequon, Wisconsin plant and were lucky enough to see some pretty impressive machines in action. Here’s how spokes are made, from raw wire to finished product.

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