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First Impressions: SRAM Guide Brake

03.25.2014 //

So when it came time for SRAM to develop a new braking system, senior mountain bike brake engineer, Braden Snead put the brakes on Taperbore and started from scratch. The result is this brake right here, the Guide. He knew he wanted a more robust brake, so he designed the Guide around a timing port mechanism, a system common to many other mountain bike and motorcycle brakes. If air enters a timing port-type system, the bubbles are directed through the port into the reservoir, effectively self-bleeding the brake.

Reviewed: Dropper Posts

03.18.2014 //

Gear editor Ryan Palmer reviewed six of this year’s most sought-after dropper posts as part of our annual Bible of Bike Tests gear guide, putting the posts through their paces on Sedona’s steep descents and punchy climbs. You might be surprised to read what he singled out as one of his top picks.

Gallery: Frostbike Product Highlights

02.24.2014 //

Every year, the United State’s largest bike parts distributor, QBP hosts its own little trade show at its Bloomington, Minnesota, headquarters. Fittingly it’s called Frostbike. We ventured out in the cold to check out some upcoming products from some leading brands.

News: Joe Breeze Kicked My Ass

02.06.2014 //

The ten time winner of the oldest mountain bike race still has it

Tested: Whispbar Rack System with WB200 Fork Mount

01.30.2014 //

Whispbar Rack System with WB200 Fork Mount. A stylish and aerodynamic approach to roof racks.

Dream Builds: Stumpjumper EVO – The Extended Version

01.16.2014 //

Gear editor Ryan Palmer’s personalized Specialized Stumpjumper EVO

First Ride: Fox RAD 34

01.04.2014 //

Fox Racing Shox paid Bike magazine a visit recently and let us ride the forthcoming RAD 34 fork. It’s still in the prototype stage, but the RAD 34 is a glimpse of what’s to come next year. If our first ride is a good indicator, this fork will be a welcome addition to the Fox family.

First Impressions: 2014 Crankbrothers Iodine Wheels

11.19.2013 //

Crankbrothers makes some much needed tweaks to their wheel offerings for 2014, with redesigned Cobalt, Iodine and Opium lines.

First Look: A Glimpse of Chromag Bikes’ 2014 Line

09.26.2013 //

Words by Brice Minnigh Photos by Ryan Palmer We recently swung by the headquarters of Chromag Bikes, the boutique components company based on the leafy outskirts of Whistler, British Columbia, to check out the much-vaunted new sound system in their office. We applauded the audio and the choice of tunes, but we found that their […]

Video: First Impressions, 2014 Devinci Troy XP

09.18.2013 //

Stevie Smith can ride it to victory at Crankworx Air DH, but how does the Troy stand up to us mortals?

Gallery: Interbike Junk, Outdoor Demo Day One

09.17.2013 //

A few things we saw while roaming the Nevada desert

News: Trek Releases Ticket S, Semenuk’s Winning Slopestyle Frame

08.19.2013 //

After a decade of development Trek’s slopestyle bike finally makes it into production, sort of.

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.

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