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Tested: Shimano Deore Brakes

Shimano’s latest generation of Deore brakes lack outright sex appeal, but more than make up for it in reliability, power and consistency. Oh, and you can probably buy a set without having to sell a pint of your blood; that’s always a plus.

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New Product: Magura Brakes

05.13.2014

The latest evolution Magura’s MT brake line consists of six new models, including its first-ever four-piston caliper for the MT5 and MT7 models.

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.

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.

Reviewed: Groupsets

04.02.2014

No matter how excited we get about the next best widget, in the end it doesn’t really matter what we are riding, just that we are. A massive amount of work goes into creating this gear guide, but do we actually need any of this stuff? No. I’m looking at all the white space on the page below my blinking cursor, wondering what to write, because none of it matters. In fact, you should stop reading this immediately and…run to your shop and demand they put this group on your bike right away.

First Impressions: SRAM Guide Brake

03.25.2014

So when it came time for SRAM to develop a new braking system, senior mountain bike brake engineer, Braden Snead put the brakes on Taperbore and started from scratch. The result is this brake right here, the Guide. He knew he wanted a more robust brake, so he designed the Guide around a timing port mechanism, a system common to many other mountain bike and motorcycle brakes. If air enters a timing port-type system, the bubbles are directed through the port into the reservoir, effectively self-bleeding the brake.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests: “The Slate Reels”

03.20.2014

2014 Bible of Bike Tests: "The Slate Reels". Who thought marking timecodes could be so funny?

2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

03.15.2014

Highlights From The North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Santa Cruz V10

03.04.2014

Our crew was completely divided on Santa Cruz's flagship DH machine. With back to back World Championship pedigree, and an equally impressive price tag, the biggest debate was on value. Be sure to pay attention when the testers mention fit, as this bike runs on the small side.

Bike Magazine Launches New Bible of Bike Tests Mini Site

01.29.2014

Looking for reviews of the most promising mountain bikes for the 2014 season? Bike magazine's annual Bible of Bike Tests is here at your fingertips, complete with videos of all our 'Roundtable Reels' discussions of 34 of this year's best bikes.

Exclusive: The Brake that Changed Everything

10.09.2013

The Hayes Mag brought better braking to the masses….and changed the world of mountain bikes

Gallery: Eurobike Tradeshow

09.03.2013

The fall tradeshow season kicked off with the Eurobike show, held last week in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Fourteen massive halls housed booth after booth of shiny, new bikes and eye -candy components produced by the smallest and largest companies in the industry, and nearly every brand in between.

The Detail’s in the Dirt: Brakes

06.17.2013

Marc Beaumont, Magnus Hedvall and Mark Maurissen give us the low down on the what, where, when and how of modern day disc brakes.

Friday Five: Setup

05.10.2013

This weekend, before setting out on your ride, spend five minutes going over your bike, checking the dials, presets, and science tubes that adore your all terrain vehicle. It might save your cherished and long awaited ride.

Hayes Components Introduces New Offerings for 2012 Season

05.02.2012

Hayes has made some key adjustments to its product line for the 2012 season, introducing new technology designed to make brake tuning idiot-proof and stiffening up one of its best-selling forks.

Avid X0 Trail Brakes

03.22.2012

Other big news offered up recently at SRAM’s Trail House in Santa Cruz, California, was the announcement of Avid’s redesigned logo—and its new X0 Trail brake.

Fresh: Formula R.O.

11.12.2011

Formula claims its clever new R.O. brakes offer the power of a four-piston caliper in a stiffer, more compact two-piston package. The secret lies behind the O in the R.O.’s name—a special oval-shaped caliper piston. Formula says these brakes are 15 percent more powerful than their venerable The One model, and they reportedly tip the scales at just 337 grams.

First Impressions: 2012 Shimano Deore XT

06.23.2011

By: Kevin Rouse Last week the folks at Shimano took the time to herd a group of journalists around Lake Tahoe and let us get our hands on the 2012 Deore XT M780 groupset for the first time. While first impressions aren’t everything, we can definitely say we were quite pleased. In fact, nearly all […]

Test of Time

01.12.2011

Shimano’s original Saint offering was amazing at the time, and remains so all these years later. We felt it necessary to give the old boys some props, so here’s a piece paying homage to one of the best bike parts ever. Check out the full article and discuss it at Ridemonkey.com.

Tested: Hayes Stroker Trail

07.24.2008

Hayes Stroker Trail // $180 per wheel 888-686-3472; hayesbicycle.com Almost as soon as it celebrated the tenth anniversary of the venerable Hayes Mag disc brake, the company went and shut down production. In fact, following on the lackluster El Camino platform, Hayes shut down all production and started fresh with three models of the new […]

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