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.
The two-piece design of the Mallet body comprises a composite half that helps lower the overall weight of the pedal and an aluminum outer half which is more durable against strikes, abrasion and wear and tear. The forged chromoly axle is designed to be stronger than previous models with an improved sealing to keep out unwanted mess and prolong the life of the pedal between service intervals (I couldn’t find and strip down an older version to compare them directly).
Since the point-of-view camera took off in popularity, I wondered when and how the big electronic brands would enter the market. With Sony and JVC both recently joining the market with competitively spec’d and priced cameras it’s clear, at least on paper, that the long-monopolized market has some competition. I tested the JVC Adixxion Action Cam to see if it could hold a candle to the tried-and-true POV brands like GoPro.
A lot of gear moves through the warehouse at Bike HQ. The opportunity to test the latest helmets, apparel, bikes and various other bits related to pedaling on dirt is a part of the job that keeps us editors going when the deadlines, late production nights and the ever increasing pressure to create more content bogs us down. Inevitably, one or two pieces of gear rises to the top and wears more than the rest over the course of the year. These were a few of our personal favorites in 2013.
A pilfered IV-bag, a clothespin and a tube sock; these were the raw ingredients for the first hydration pack--a product every mountain biker has since used at one time or another. This is the story of how one man's attempt to fend off heat exhaustion in a west Texas century led to a device which has saved everyone's bacon at one time or another.
While no one ever intends to over-tighten their bottom bracket or cassette lock ring, these sorts of things happen to the best of us. Thus, I was excited to get my hands on Lezyne's CNC-Rod, which provides the more ham-fisted amongst us with a bit of extra leverage.
I used to think body armor was for park rats and professional freeriders. I wouldn’t be caught in the stuff anywhere outside of a lift-accessed resort. Sporting pads on a trail ride? It was, to my way of thinking, a bit like slapping a “Tap Out” mixed martial arts bumper sticker on your pick up or, getting “No Fear” tattooed on your neck or riding a unicycle in public—all just desperate cries for attention.
Drift Innovation unveiled the Ghost-S today—their latest and “most powerful” action sports camera to date. What does “most powerful” actually mean? In this case, better battery life, improved low-light performance, higher quality video and a ton of new features. Here are the details.
I’ve grown accustomed to wobbling down the trail like a mobile Quasimodo and have never really sought out a more compact hydration pack. Until recently, that is. This year’s Bible of Bike Tests Trail/All Mountain test loop starts and ends out of our front door.Running my great haversack of a hydration pack is a bit of overkill. This CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV was the perfect option.
The world may have gravitated towards lighter, sleeker, sexier shoes (and Five Ten, itself, will soon offer that flavor of Impact), but I’m stuck on these clunky, sticky moon boots. They’ll rot off of my feet before I give them up. Here's why...