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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.

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Down The Pipe Helmet Cameras

01.22.2011

Contour and GoPro cameras have been leading the charge in small POV camera technology. Here’s a look at what’s to come from these two companies in the near future. Contour HD The big news for Contour is that, in addition to GPS tracking, the Contour GPS camera will sync video wirelessly via bluetooth to smart […]

Anorexic Squirrel Sportswear

01.21.2011

Words: Ryan LaBar Photos: Anthony Smith Anorexic Squirrel Sportswear, a new mountain bike and obscure sports apparel company, has released its first products into the world. Shown here is Bike mag’s own Squirrel sporting Anorexic Squirrel’s performance “sick’n'soft” cotton Sea Sick Blue Classick Tee. The shirt will all but ensure better berm wailing and higher […]

Reviewed: Troy Lee Designs Leatt Sport

01.15.2011

Fraser Britton has spent countless hours on his DH bike, risking life and limb to test the Leatt Sport. This popular piece of protection proved too interesting to ignore, so we had to hear Britton’s thoughts. Check out his full review on ridemonkey.com.

E*thirteen Unleashes Two New Guides

11.05.2009

The economy still faces a bumpy road toward recovery, but that’s no reason for your chain to keep dropping. At least, that’s the logic behind E*thirteen’s latest, and affordable, SS+ chainguide. The company recently unveiled the guide, as well as another XC-oriented product called the XCX. The SS+ is based on the company’s popular SRS+, […]

Reviewed: Thule 400 XT and Yakima Q-tower complete rack systems

07.21.2009

What: Thule complete roof rack system How much: $786 (as shown, including 400 XT towers, Thule Eschelon fork-mount tray, Thule Sidearm upright mount, faring, crossbars and lock core 8-pack) More info: 800-238-2388; thuleracks.com Installation video: HERE Thule, which hails from Sweden by way of Connecticut (home of its U.S. headquarters and most of its bike-rack […]

Gear: Shimano Unveils a Promising new Deore Kit

04.06.2009

Words: Chris LesserShimano recently unveiled a slew of new components to the global cycling press, and the revamped Ultegra 6700 road group, with all its sexy forged parts (and even more appealing price point) hogging all the attention. But below the fold, Shimano also announced the latest iteration of its humble Deore group—the most affordable […]

Preview: Get Loud with Sunline’s limited-edition Colors

03.19.2009

Not even in the 1990s anodization-crazed heyday of the sport have we seen colors quite this gloriously loud. Sunline is offering a limited production run of bars and grips to make your bike stand out in a crowd. The company is offering brightly colored versions of its 745-millimeter-wide, 19-millimeter-rise V-One bar and lock-on grips, one […]

Reviewed: The AirCaddy has Landed

02.18.2009

How Much: $100 More info: www.aircaddy.com The industry-standard cardboard bike box is inherently deficient and structurally incapable of protecting a bike in shipping. And, legally speaking, every time you ship your precious bike through major carriers like FedEx or UPS, you’re taking your bike’s life in your hands. That’s the premise behind AirCaddy, the brainchild […]

Reviewed: Blackburn Designs Flea Lights

02.09.2009

Reviewed: Blackburn Designs Flea commuter lights How Much: $55 (Combo Package) More Info: Blackburndesigns.com The Flea front and rear commuter lights obviously get their name from their relatively small, flat appearance. But what isn’t immediately apparent is how bright these little buggers are—a claimed 40* lumens apiece. In terms of utility, Blackburn hits the nail […]

Review: Ergon GR2 Leichtbau Carbon Grips

02.06.2009

When I started mountain biking 11 years ago bar ends were on just about any serious rider’s bike. I ran them on my first three bikes, and then I watched them disappear as riser bars gained popularity. It soon became an unspoken law that no mountain biker shall run bar ends on riser bars, and […]

7-24-08 // Tested: Garmin Edge 705

07.24.2008

Garmin Edge 705 // $500 800-800-1020; garmin.com The first thing you notice about the new Edge series from Garmin is its blazing 176-by-220-pixel color screen—goodbye dot matrix, hello full-color mapping goodness. To really harness its potential, you need to buy a $100 Micro SD card pre-loaded with either a nationwide street or regional topographical map […]

7-24-08 // Tested: Ergon BD-2

07.24.2008

Ergon BD-2 /// $165 323-656-2788; ergon-bike.com Put some ergonomically obsessed German engineers to the task of designing a mountain bike pack and this is what you get. The BD-2 is the middle child of Ergon’s three-bag family, all of which use a ball-and-socket swivel a rigid plastic frame and a waist harness for support. In […]

Tested: Casio G’zOne Type S

06.24.2008

WHAT: Casio G’zOne Type S HOW MUCH: $150 w/ 2-year contract (MSRP $270) WHERE: CASIOGZONE.COM It’s been nearly a year since I dropped my Motorola Razr off a chairlift in Canada. I remember it well: I was rooting through my backpack for something, Whistler’s late-summer Crankworx festival was booming at the base of the mountain, […]

Reviewed: The Collective’s 3rd Film, Seasons

05.14.2008

Without much debate, it is safe to say that that the movies The Collective and Roam are two of the most popular and influential mountain bike films of all time. These films tapped into the psyche of our diverse culture and resonate with both old school soul riders and the new gondola-riding generation. These films […]

Reviewed: Crumpler Famous Wine Bar

03.21.2008

WHAT: Crumpler Famous Wine Bar WHERE: www.crumplerbags.com HOW MUCH: $150 You don’t have to be a wine snob to enjoy the Famous Wine Bar bag from Crumpler. The FWB can carry a lot of stuff – two twelve packs alone easily slide into the 1,647 cubic inches of storage space in the main compartment. And […]

Tested: Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro

01.29.2008

WHAT: Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro HOW MUCH: $135 WHERE: Schwalbe.com Schwalbe stepped up its line of winter offroad tires for ’08 and introduced the Ice Spiker Pro, the James Bond model of Schwalbe’s studded tires. With 361 wolfram carbide studs and a snow-chewing tread pattern, this tire is meant to go where others won’t—and with […]

TESTED: Princeton Tec Switchback 3

12.14.2007

For an on-trail comparison between this light and seven other LED models click HERE. Princeton Tec Switchback 3 Price: $389 Contact: 609-298-9331 More Information: switchback321.com Includes: Helmet and handlebar mounts, extension cord, wall charger, car charger, Euro adapter, sturdy storage box (basically everything) Now in its 30th year of making lights for all kinds of […]

TESTED: Light and Motion Stella

12.14.2007

For an on-trail comparison between this light and seven other LED models click HERE. Light & Motion Stella 180L Price: $300 Contact: 831-645-1538 More Information: bikelights.com Includes: Helmet mount, handlebar mount, wall charge, Li-Ion battery, extra breakaway chips. If a light can be sexy, then Stella’s got it going on. The light blue anodized heat […]

TESTED: Princeton Tec Switchback 1

12.14.2007

For an on-trail comparison between this light and seven other LED models click HERE. Princeton Tec Switchback 1 Price: $199 Contact: 609-298-9331 More Information: princetontec.com or switchback321.com Includes:Bar and helmet mounts, rapid smart charger with international outlet adaptors and a 12V car plug. The Switchback 1 isn’t the brightest in our test; in fact it’s […]

TESTED: Topeak Whitelite HP 5W

12.13.2007

For an on-trail comparison between this light and seven other LED models click HERE. Topeak WhiteLite HP 5W Price: $350 Contact: 800-213-4561 More Information: Topeak.com Includes: Top-cap mount, handlebar mount, wall charger, extra handlebar/batter mount, Li-Ion battery Right off the bat, this light sticks out from the bunch for its unorthodox but surprisingly effective mounting […]

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