Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"

Tested: Specialized Zee Cage II with Tool

07.02.2015 //

It’s a water bottle cage. No, it’s a multi-tool. Actually, it’s both. Here’s the story on Specialized’s Zee Cage II with Tool.

Review: Kona Process 153

07.01.2015 //

Read Vernon’s final take on Kona’s all-mountain slayer.

Tested: Fox Demo Freeride Shorts

06.25.2015 //

Some people might assume that a product with the word “Freeride” attached to it is only going to be well suited to the gravity types, but Fox’s Demo Freeride shorts are ideal for anyone who hankers for all-day pedals in the backcountry.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Are You Going to Wear That?

06.22.2015 //

There’s a golden rule that applies to cycling apparel: Everything that riders think looks cool, will only look cool for approximately X minus 3 years, where X represents the date the graphic designer actually dreamed up the design. By the time that bitchin’ lime green jersey or pair of plaid knickers reaches your local bike shop’s shelves, it’s a ticking time bomb of lame.

Tested: Troy Lee Designs SE Gloves

06.18.2015 //

You put a glove on your hand and it…well, it covers your hand doesn’t it? I mean, when a glove walks into a job interview, it kind of knows what it’s signing up for. It’s a straightforward sort of gig…and yet some gloves still manage to suck mightily.

Long-Term Test: Xpedo Spry Pedals

06.11.2015 //

While eighty bucks ain’t chump change, it’s a relatively good deal for a durable set of flat pedals. But the question was this: were the Xpedo Spry pedals actually durable? Would they stand the test of time? A year and a half later, here’s the answer…

The Web Monkey Speaks: Screw Retro

06.08.2015 //

When it comes to mountain bikes, Vernon wants to keep the past where it belongs: in the past.

Preview: Easton Heist 30 Wheelset

06.04.2015 //

Wheels have gotten stupid expensive. While Easton’s Heist wheels aren’t going to qualify as “cheap” or “inexpensive” in anyone’s book, they sell for less coin than a lot of wheelsets these days. More to the point, they have a hell of a lot going for them.

Tested: Five Ten Freerider Contact

05.28.2015 //

The Freerider Contact is a flat-pedal shoe that seeks to offer what Five Ten is famous for (outstanding grip), but in a sleeker, lighter package. Here’s how it fared after a winter of abuse.

News: Kona Opens Shop Where It all Began

05.25.2015 //

Bellingham, Washington needs another bike shop like Las Vegas needs another drive-thru marriage chapel or all-you-can-eat buffet. This small, northern border town is already packed with places that’ll true a wheel or sell you some lube…. and yet Kona Bicycles is opening their own shop here. Why? What’s the story?

Tested: Bell Super 2R

05.21.2015 //

Bell’s Super 2R is supposed to be two helmets in one: unsnap a couple of buckles and it transforms from full-face helmet to cross-country lid. Sounds impressive. How does it actually pan out on the trail?

Preview: Giant Trance Advanced 27.5 2

05.14.2015 //

There are carbon frames that cost nearly as much as this bike–Giant’s least expensive carbon Trance model. So what’s the catch? Are the parts crap? Here are some first thoughts after a few months aboard the Trance Advanced 27.5 2.

The Web Monkey Speaks: The Bigotry of Wilderness

05.11.2015 //

Vernon voices his opinion on the long-standing mountain bike ban in wilderness areas.

The Story Behind The Evil Following | Blueprint

05.07.2015 //

It’s not the bike anyone expected from Evil. The Following turns convention on its head in many ways. But will riders place their trust in Evil again? Should they? This is the story of both a brand and a bike that are battling their way back into the fold.

Alpinestars Paragon Knee Guard Review

04.30.2015 //

Knee pads seem to come in two flavors these days: stormtrooper hardshell and minimalist knee condom. Alpinestars Paragon fit comfortably within the latter niche. The Paragon, however, offers more protection than you might guess.

The Web Monkey Speaks: A Civil Conversation

04.27.2015 //

If you’re going to write stories and put you name atop the article, you better grow a thick skin. There’s no pleasing everyone. If that’s your aim, you might as well get a gig at Hallmark writing those crappy greeting cards with roses and kittens on the covers. That said, I draw the line at being called a “whore.”

Preview: Niner RIP 9 Carbon 2-Star SLX

04.23.2015 //

For 2015, Niner introducted a half carbon/half aluminum version of the Rip 9, which means you can get into a carbon Rip 9 beginning at $2,200 for the frame and $3,300 for the “1 Star” model. Here are some impressions on the slightly (and smartly) up-spec’d “2 Star” version of Niner’s all-purpose machine.

What Does it all Mean? 27.5+ and 29+ Bikes

04.21.2015 //

What the heck are plus-size bikes anyway? What are these bikes supposed to do well? What are their limitations? Why are we suddenly popping up? We dive deep into the answers with this story.

The Web Monkey Speaks: P-Funk, Fish Sauce and Disc Brakes

04.13.2015 //

What do fermented fish paste, the funky strains of George Clinton and disc brakes on road bikes have in common? Everything.

KMC Missing Link 10R Review

04.09.2015 //

Pull KMC’s Missing Link out of your pack and within two minutes you’re back on the trail, merrily turning circles, happy instead of hobbling, stumbling and hyperventilating. Cheap? Yes. Priceless? Without a doubt.

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