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News: The Inside Line on Portland’s River View MTB ban

04.02.2015 //

What does Charlie Sponsol have to say about Portland’s decision to ban mountain biking at River View Natural Area? The voice behind the Team Robot blog doesn’t mince words in this in-depth interview with the professional racer and trail advocate.

The Web Monkey Speaks: A “Bike-Friendly” city? Let’s redefine that

03.30.2015 //

If cities want to earn that hallowed “bike friendly” badge, they have to dig deep. They have to confront some stereotypes they might have about mountain bikers being knuckle-dragging troglodytes. They need to open up those trails. You can’t call yourself “bike friendly” while crapping on us mountain bikers.

Preview: Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon

03.26.2015 //

The Santa Cruz Tallboy is, in many ways, the bike that proved the merit of full-suspension 29ers. But does it stack up to the new breed of big-wheeled bikes?

Preview: Troy Lee Designs T-Bone Knee Pads

03.19.2015 //

The trend over the past half decade has been to make leg armor more pedaling-friendly, by ditching the hard-shell and using lighter, better-ventilated materials. The T-Bones follow suit. Here are our first impressions.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Everyone Loves an A-Hole

03.16.2015 //

People say things online that they’d never, ever say in real life. Safe in the comfort of their cubicle or basement, the trolls deliver e-beatdowns to anyone who disagrees with their opinions–and other people lap it up. Here’s why that’s true…

Review: Dakine Split Roller 100L

03.13.2015 //

I’ve lost track of all the cities I’ve towed the Dakine Split Roller through, but I can tell you this-when it comes to packing a godawful lot of gear and humping it from terminal to terminal without herniating a disc, it’s hard to beat Dakine’s old standby.

The Web Monkey Speaks: The Best Bike of 2015?

03.02.2015 //

As a writer, you sound like you know your stuff when you come out guns-a-blazin’ and declare a single winner in your “shoot out”. You can even make it seem more convincing by creating a little ranking system with stars or imitating the voice of God in your writing. There’s just one problem with that kind of review: it’s rubbish.

Preview: Specialized Camber Comp Carbon

02.27.2015 //

Specialized’s Camber is like the aggressive rider’s cross-country bike… or maybe it’s the cross-country rider’s trail bike. I still can’t say which, but I can say this: it hauls ass up climbs and hangs better on descents than it has a right to, given how little squish it’s packing.

Tested: Nuun Active Hydration

02.19.2015 //

I used to think electrolytes were just some foreign thing skinnier riders on even skinnier hardtails worried about. Like VO2 max, lactate thresholds and peak training—I really couldn’t be arsed with crap like that. Then I tried Nuun and, had to admit, I was wrong. This stuff works, is cheap and tastes surprisingly good.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Beer Is Not the Enemy

02.17.2015 //

We Americans have criminalized gluten, sworn off sugar, compressed bean curds into discs and called them “burgers”. And what happened to bacon? When did eating bacon become a crime? Let me suggest a solution, a means of balancing the scales: beer.

Preview: Cannondale Jekyll 3 27.5

02.12.2015 //

Two bikes in one? Cannondale’s Jekyll has offered that promise for awhile now. The 2015 version, however, gets 650b wheels, an updated geometry and revamped Fox DYAD shock.

Tested: Maxxis Minion DHF

02.05.2015 //

Forget leverage rates, shock tunes and all the high-modulus marketing BS, nothing—absolutely nothing—matters more than a good set of tires. Really. And when it comes to aggressive riding in wet conditions, it’s hard to do better than the Maxxis Minion DHF.

Sabotage and desperation on the North Shore

02.03.2015 //

It would be sensational to call trail sabotage a massive issue, but recent events do indicate a certain level of animosity aimed at mountain bikers. This feature is intended to lend some perspective on what could be interpreted as a series of canary in a coal mine-type events.

Review: 7mesh Revelation Jacket

01.29.2015 //

7mesh’s Revelation is a case study in rugged, minimalism. It’s a no-frills rain jacket that sheds water like a champ, holds up to abuse and breathes well. Just don’t expect a ton of bells and whistles.

Preview: Ibis Mojo HD3 Special Blend

01.22.2015 //

Ibis sells the Special Blend version of their latest, carbon all-mountain bike–the Mojo HD3–for less than plenty of comparable aluminum bikes. That, for the record, is crazy. Here’s the report from the trail.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Winter Tastes Like Humiliation

01.19.2015 //

Winter will not cut you a break, buy you a beer or be your buddy. Winter is cruel. She tastes like humiliation. But she might also be your best friend.

Preview: Five Ten Freerider Contact

01.15.2015 //

Five Ten’s all-mountain style shoe, the Freerider Vxi, gets several updates for 2015, including a new name: The Freerider Contact.

Preview: Trek Slash 8 27.5

01.08.2015 //

Trek’s Remedy might be better known, but the Slash is the real bruiser in Trek’s all-mountain/enduro line up. The Slash 8 27.5 might just be the best buy in the 2015 Slash family.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Mean Streets

01.05.2015 //

How safe are our streets? The good news–the risk of being plowed down by cars has declined over the years. The bad news? When you ride the street, you still have a target on your back and the legal system still isn’t doing enough to protect you.

Tested: Primal Wear Fusion Thermal Jacket | $120

01.01.2015 //

If you remember Primal Wear as the company with the obnoxious, print jerseys, you might be surprised to find just how subtle many of their newer pieces are. The Fusion is a nice..and sleek… bit of kit.

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