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Palmer’s Picks: Fix It Sticks

As a mechanic, I’m always on the lookout for rad tools. Last year I saw these Fix It Sticks on a Kickstarter campaign and had to give them a try. Since then, my pack has gotten a lot lighter.

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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).

JVC Adixxion Action Cam

01.11.2014

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.

Tested: Thule 917XTR T2 Rack

01.10.2014

I’ve subjected Thule's T2 rack to plenty of abuse—winter snows, spring rains, summer heat, lots of mud, no maintenance given, no kindness shown. The T2, however, keeps on keeping on.

Gear of the Year: Bike’s Editors Make Some Personal Picks

01.05.2014

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.

Preview: Sugoi RSX NeoShell Jacket

12.31.2013

Sugoi is making big claims about their latest top-shelf rain jacket, the RSX NeoShell, which features a serious dose of waterproofing and advanced venting capabilities. Here are some first impressions after a dozen or so rides in the wet.

Matter: Bag to the Future

12.12.2013

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.

News: Single-Ringin’ It Gets a Boost

11.29.2013

OneUp Components' new 42-tooth cog just might make ditching the front derailleur a feasible, and affordable, option for the masses. Here's the story.

Preview: Lezyne CNC Rod & BB/Cassette Tool

11.29.2013

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.

Tested: Race Face Charge Leg Guards

11.27.2013

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.

News: Drift Unveils New Ghost-S POV Camera

11.20.2013

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.

Tested: Shimano Winter Shoes

11.18.2013

If you are a mountain biking junkie, winter riding doesn’t have to mean losing your toes. Not with the Shimano MW81 at least.

Tested: Mavic Notch Helmet

11.17.2013

At 320 grams, the Mavic lid comes in right where you’d expect, based on the amount of coverage it offers.

Long-Term Test: Kind Shock LEV

11.05.2013

Regardless of where the post is in its travel, it is rock solid. there is zero squish, and I didn’t notice any fore-aft or side-to-side play, even after countless miles in the saddle.

Tested: Specialized EMT Pro MTB

10.27.2013

Specialized packed an impressive amount of tools into a lightweight (104 grams) and compact package. While we had one particular gripe with the tool, it's a smart package on the whole. Here's why.

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