I almost never think about grips. Let’s face it, if they don’t slip and they offer decent traction for your mitts, you’re pretty much golden. The bar is kinda low in this product category. But then I started using Chromag’s Squarewave grips and, I have to admit, they made me realize that most of my other grips aren’t cutting the mustard.
From SRAM X1 comes the integrated drivetrain engineered in Germany for every rider and every trail. The simple, smart and synchronized design delivers confidence in the face of any terrain—from cross-country racing to all-mountain adventure.
We take one more walk around the pits at Laguna Seca to highlight this year's most promising gear.
Easton Cycling, the industry leader in materials development and engineering, has released the Haven 35 range of handlebars and stems, setting a new standard for trail riding. The 750mm wide Haven 35 handlebar is available immediately in both carbon and aluminum versions in 20mm low- and 40mm high-rise versions, while the Haven 35 stem comes in lengths from 90mm to an ultra-short 40mm. Pricing is MSRP $160 for the carbon bar, MSRP $90 for aluminum, and MSRP $100 for the stem.
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.
Gear editor Ryan Palmer reviewed six of this year’s most sought-after dropper posts as part of our annual Bible of Bike Tests gear guide, putting the posts through their paces on Sedona’s steep descents and punchy climbs. You might be surprised to read what he singled out as one of his top picks.
The Taipei International Cycle Show is about more than handshakes and the ritual exchange of business cards. It's also about zombie metal and breastfeeding.
Handlebars are extremely personal--everyone has a different take on the perfect width, amount of rise and backsweep, so what I like might not be what you need or want. What Truvativ's Athlete Series has going for it, is that it offers you some more choices to find the bar that offers the best fit and feel for you.
Tom Ritchey is well-known as one of the founding fathers of mountain biking. Along with Gary Fisher, Ritchey was responsible for many of the first commercially-produced mountain bikes to ever see trail time. Since then he founded Ritchey Bicycle Components, a brand long known for its race-oriented offerings. Tom Ritchey and Gary Fisher catch up […]
By Ryan LaBar There are few places that’ll beat down and test bike parts faster and harder than the Whistler Bike Park. I spent three days riding Shimano’s new Saint M820 group in the park, with conditions ranging from dry and dusty to sopping wet. Shimano deviated from its normal three-year release cycle with the […]
By Ryan LaBar I bought my first pair of Time ATAC pedals about 9 yeas ago, and put them through 4 years of hard riding before finally retiring them (one had a cracked body). Since then, I’ve a spent a good deal of time on just about every other brand’s clipless pedal offerings. So, I […]
By: Ryan LaBar Shimano M530 Pedal $65 bike.shimano.com I was about half way to the airport and already running a little bit late when I realized that I had forgotten my pedals. I even left them next to my helmet and clip-less shoes, both of which I remembered, the night before so I would not […]
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.