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NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems unveils the 2015 bicycle light line showcasing new products, slight boosts in lumen outputs and decreases in pricing of popular lights.

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Tested: Race Face Flank Leg guards

07.03.2014

The Race Face Flank Leg guards offers solid protection and far greater comfort than you’d expect in a full-coverage pad.

Tested: Mavic Crossmax Hydropack 8.5

06.27.2014

The Crossmax Hydropack 8.5 is the smaller counterpart to the Hydropack 15 and is designed to carry 100 ounces (3 liters) of water and most anything you would need for medium and long rides.

Tested: Thule Crossover 38L Carry-On

06.11.2014

It’s a roller bag. No, it’s a backpack. Wait, it’s both. Kind of sounds like one of those infomercials promising a can opener that can double as a rocket launcher—too good to be true. But in this case, Thule is on target with their claim: the Thule Crossover 38L Carry-On doubles capably as both a mini-rolling bag and a backpack. In short, this is one versatile bit of luggage.

Preview: Mavic introduces updated mountain bike apparel line

05.23.2014

Mavic's 2014 clothing line has been trail-tested by the world's best enduro racers and is designed to withstand the rigors of high-alpine, technical riding.

Tested: Showers Pass Refuge Jacket

05.08.2014

If this review sounds like an unmitigated love letter to Showers Pass…well, I guess it does. The Refuge, however, merits that kind of sloppy-kiss praise; it’s simply an outstanding piece of kit. Here's why.

TESTED: Dakine Caliber Jacket

04.25.2014

Dakine has stepped up its game in the rain jacket department with the Caliber. It fills the void in the lineup for a technical feature-laden waterproof shell. While previous Dakine rain jackets have been solid, they were still not my first choice for big high-country adventure rides where the likelihood of getting pummeled by weather for days was a given; those duties were typically handled by the likes of Patagonia, Arcteryx or Helly Hansen. With the Caliber, however, Dakine has a legit alternative.

Task Master: The Osprey Raptor Keeps Organization In Order

04.18.2014

I went through a phase where I avoided packs altogether, stuffing my pockets with spares or going unprepared because packs were uncomfortable and shifted around while riding. Then I got a Raptor 10.

Tested: ACRE Meridian Jacket

04.17.2014

Is the Meridian the right jacket for you? The top-tier price tag will keep some people from even considering it, but the ACRE has few equals in the “waterproof yet breathable” arena.

First Ride: Giro Apparel

04.15.2014

After spending a half-dozen rides in the newly released women’s New Road apparel, I’m starting to think the marketing minds behind Giro should have called it New Mountain–or perhaps a more neutral New Ride–because the pieces seems to be just as comfortable on singletrack as on asphalt, if not more so.

2014 Sea Otter Classic: That’s a Wrap Product Gallery

04.14.2014

We take one more walk around the pits at Laguna Seca to highlight this year's most promising gear.

Box Components Launches MTB Parts

04.13.2014

Emerging mountain-bike component brand Box marked its entry into the sport with a display of its new bars, brakes and rear derailleur this week at the Sea Otter Classic.

Sea Otter Classic: Product Gallery

04.11.2014

With its hundreds of booths spread around the Laguna Seca Raceway outside Monterey, California, the Sea Otter Classic is a constant blur of bike bling, and the unofficial start to the North American race season.

Tested: Sugoi RSX NeoShell Jacket

04.10.2014

The RSX NeoShell is Sugoi’s latest top-shelf rain jacket for mountain biker and the company is making big claims about this piece of gear. Big claims along the lines of “100 percent waterproof.” Is it worth the $300 price tag? Here's the verdict.

Reviewed: Specialized Lodown Glove

04.04.2014

The Lodown glove is all about getting intimate with your handlebar. In fact, Specialized’s marketing reads more like a condom wrapper with slogans like ‘second skin fit’ and ‘slip on design.’ There’s no doubt about it: This is a minimalistic glove, and I like it.

Tested: Dakine Syncline Short

03.26.2014

Shredding threads with Bike Mag crash tester, Simon Stewart

2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

03.15.2014

Highlights From The North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Race Face Ambush Knee Guards and Indy Elbow Guards

03.11.2014

A good knee or elbow guard review really could be as simple as, “they work, they’re comfortable and they haven’t fallen apart – done.” In that respect, my first impression is that Race Face nailed it with the Ambush knee and Indy Elbow guards.

Tested: Lezyne V11 Multi Tool

03.06.2014

During a two-hour period of the BC Bike Race last year, I repaired seven chains, making two bikes single-speeds, fixed a broken shifter and a shoe, and evacuated a pneumothorax. I was working for the race as an Ambassador/Bike Patrol so needless to say I put a lot of emphasis on the tools I carried with me. In fact I have always put a lot of emphasis on the tools I carry. For example, I’ve always carried a full size shop quality chain tool, however, the Lezyne V10 has me possibly rethinking that decision.

Tested: ACRE Hauser Hydration Pack

02.17.2014

We put Mission Workshop's Hauser hydration pack to the test.

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