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Peace of mind: 2014 helmet reviews

Helmet reviews from 2014′s best models including Scott, Fly, Specialized, Smith, etc.

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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.

Review: Specialized Air Tool UHP

02.06.2014

I got this imbued sense of quality the first time I picked up the Specialized UHP Air Tool. Constructed from cast aluminum, it has a solid feel, a big 350 PSI gauge and a burly oil-resistant hose attached to a beautiful two-stage valve. This clever new valve allows you to evacuate the air from the hose—but not the shock—before removing the pump. The air bleed works especially well at making finite pressure adjustments.

Reviewed: RaceFace Mud Crutch

02.04.2014

Last week a few people questioned why I reviewed an $18 solution to many of your bike woes. Apparently $18 is just way too much to spend on having peace of mind. So, just to give those same people something to whine about, I thought I’d find another $18 product to evaluate.

Tested: Chromag Lynx Saddle

01.30.2014

The Chromag Lynx has taken several seasons of abuse, but the durable leather saddle just keeps on keeping on. Surprisingly, I have yet to bend the ti rails. On the whole, the Chromag Lynx is one tough, yet lightweight, saddle.

Tested: Whispbar Rack System with WB200 Fork Mount

01.30.2014

Whispbar Rack System with WB200 Fork Mount. A stylish and aerodynamic approach to roof racks.

Review: Sugru

01.28.2014

Nothing is perfect. Even your fancy new bike might not be perfect, no matter the price you paid for it. There’s always going to be something that was overlooked or isn’t ideal for your exact requirements. Which is why Sugru might just be the rescue medicine you need.

News: Sugoi Acquires Sombrio

01.21.2014

Sugoi Performance Apparel announced on Monday the acquisition of mountain-bike and lifestyle apparel brand Sombrio. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Reviewed: Bell Transfer-9

01.17.2014

The Transfer-9 is a trickle down of the Full-9, which benefits from technology afforded by its older motocross brother, the Moto-9, but was designed exclusively for downhill and BMX, and is compliant all bicycle helmet safety standards. Actually, ‘trickle down’ isn’t entirely telling the whole story. This helmet is very feature-packed at just half the cost of Bell’s own Full-9 or other high-end full-face helmets.

Tested: Cratoni Rocket Helmet

01.16.2014

The Rocket is Cratoni's high-end, XC-style lid, weighing in at just 270 grams and features extensive venting. How does it stack up to the competition? Here's the review.

Tested: Crankbrothers Mallet 3

01.14.2014

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).

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