Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"

The Web Monkey Speaks: Bicycle on the Brain

12.01.2014 //

The odds are good that you can recall the bikes your best friends rode back in grade school. You probably remember every mountain bike you’ve owned, which parts were on it, what you upgraded and why…. Which, when you imagine all the other things in life you’ve surely forgotten, is kind of crazy.

Tested: Giant Trance Advanced SX–the Dream Build

11.27.2014 //

The best bikes and components of 2014? Each of Bike’s editors gave their spin on the “dream build”. Here’s Vernon Felton’s choice: a hopped-up version of Giant’s Trance Advanced SX. Here’s the review.

The Web Monkey Speaks: The Cold Truth

11.24.2014 //

Riding a bike can’t all be cruising buff singletrack under bluebird skies full of cotton-candy clouds. That’s great and all, but it’s only a part of the cycling experience. Taste the whole thing. Grapple with Mother Nature. Take a few lumps. Grow some snot-cicles and give as good as you get.

Tested: Specialized Deflect Gloves

11.20.2014 //

It’s hard to get excited about a glove, but a pair of good winter gloves like the Specialized Deflect can make the difference between riding and merely dreaming of riding.

First Ride: Ibis Mojo HD3

11.17.2014 //

The new Ibis Mojo HD3 represents a ground-up redesign of Ibis’ famed all-mountain bike. We’ve been lucky enough to ride the thing. Here’s the story.

Preview: Cane Creek DB InLine

11.13.2014 //

This itty-bitty Cane Creek has all the same features as their full-grown Double Barrel models. Have you seen the schematics for this shock? They look like a freaking M.C. Escher wet dream. There are an ungodly number of damping pathways squeezed into something the size of a walnut. Crazier still, it works.

The Web Monkey Speaks: I, Robot…or Not

11.10.2014 //

Should you believe the subjective, field tests you read in magazines and on websites? Wouldn’t it be better if products were tested in a controlled, laboratory setting? Blind belief in lab results is ridiculous. Here’s why.

Long-Term Test: CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV

11.06.2014 //

I’ve been humping the CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV hydration pack around in the rain and mud for a year. It’s seen the inside of my washing machine more than a few times and wound up being my go-to pack this past season. Here’s how it fared.

The Web Monkey Speaks: The Good Stuff

11.03.2014 //

In our meticulously-preserved Botox’d, chin-tucked, Hair Club for Men-ified world, you can be fooled into thinking getting older ain’t going to happen to you. You’re just a young buck stuck in amber. Timeless. Forever fit and full of piss and vinegar. Yeah, good luck with that…

Preview: RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir

10.30.2014 //

RockShox’s answer to the question of how to achieve the perfect balance between small bump compliance and big-hit performance? They call it DebonAir. Here are some first ride impressions of the DebonAir-equipped Monarch Plus RC3 shock.

The Web Monkey Speaks: So, You Want An Affordable Bike?

10.27.2014 //

Last week we listed 10 of the Best Deals when it came to 2015 mountain bikes. Were those too rich for your blood? Okay, try these on for size.

Tested: Schwalbe Super Gravity Hans Dampf

10.23.2014 //

With the Hans Dampf Super Gravity, Schwalbe has mated a downhill casing to an all-mountain tread. You get super stout sidewalls that fend off gashes and punctures, and also enable you to run exceptionally low tire pressures. In short, gobs of traction, minimal squirm and bomber durability.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Ten of 2015’s Best Deals

10.19.2014 //

Mountain bikes don’t come cheap these days–that’s a sad truth. Here, however, are ten models that truly kick arse right out of the box and offer as much bang for your buck as some models that cost twice as much.

Tested: Specialized Mechanic’s Wrench Set

10.16.2014 //

I don’t like futzing with big, clumsy multi-tools. I’d rather have the right tool for the job. These are the right tools. They fit in my hydration pack. If I was sweating the extra weight, I’d go vegan or something.

The Web Monkey Speaks: The Urine Jug of Friendship

10.13.2014 //

You may never want to ever take a trip to Dudelandia. I understand, it smells and those jugs of urine are a serious tripping hazard—but there’s a lot to be said for finding a way to immerse yourself, even for just a day or two each year, in the thing you love with the people in your life that matter. Your time with friends is limited. Make the most of it.

Preview: Race Face Atlas Pedal

10.08.2014 //

Race Face’s Atlas pedals are wide, light, grippy and, by all appearances, pretty damn robust. Here are some first impressions of a very promising pedal.

The Web Monkey Speaks: P.S. I Hate You

10.06.2014 //

The world is full of inconsiderate, mouthing-breathing knuckle-draggers. And, yet, at the risk of sounding Pollyannaish, the world of cycling is marvelously jerk-free. Why is that, exactly?

Review: MRP AMg chainguide

10.02.2014 //

MRP’s AMg chain guide offers a twofer to anyone opting to go the 1X route: the upper guide keeps your chain from going AWOL on rocky descents and the integrated taco–style skid takes the brunt of your mis-timed encounters with things large and immovable.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Unwarranted trail maintenance

09.29.2014 //

When some wannabe Boy Scout decides to help the rest of us by making every trail mundane, he robs us of choice and degrades the mountain biking experience for everyone. Don’t dumb down our trails.

One-By on a budget, part 1

09.24.2014 //

Single-ring drivetrains offer some great benefits, but they can also cost a bundle. Here’s what I propose: a series of reviews centered on budget single-ring drivetrains. How much performance can you wring out of as inexpensive a set up as possible?

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