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.
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.
Niner’s RDO Flat Top Carbon Bar is the latest addition to Niner’s RDO carbon component lineup. At 710-millimeters, the bar hits the scales at 156 grams—not too shabby—for a weight savings of 30 grams over the original carbon Flat Top. And, Niner actually promises that the claimed weight and actual weights are right on par […]
Answer DH Stem $70 / answerproducts.com Answer Products’ lightweight (150-gram) direct-mount DH stem is crafted from 7075-series aluminum and features a wide faceplate for maximum stiffness and even clamping force. What’s more, the innovative stem possesses three offset positions (45, 50 and 55 millimeters), enabling you to fine-tune your cockpit.
Giant Contact Switch $250 / giant-bicycles.com Giant’s Contact Switch post offers infinite travel adjustment and 4 inches of total drop. The post is available in the increasingly common 30.9 seatpost diameter and sells for about a hundred bucks less than the competition. Despite the checking account-friendly price tag, the Contact Switch packs the goods, which […]
Renthal Fatbars $90 / renthalcycling.com Renthal has gained quite the reputation in the moto world for making durable, high-quality parts designed, developed and manufactured at its facilities in Stockport, England. The company’s Fatbars come in at 780-millimeters wide (with cut lines down to 680-millimeters) and three different rises. The 38-millimeter rise versions, shown here, weigh in at a respectable 365 grams (claimed).
Answer Products Rove FR Pedals $80 / answerproducts.com The Rove FR is Answer Products’, er, answer to the growing rider demand for flat pedals that don’t weigh a ton or smack into every possible root and rock on the planet. The aluminum platform is just 16-millimeters thick, nicely concave and loaded with 10 hex pins per side. Weight? An impressive 467 grams.
Truvativ Noir T40 Riser Bar $172 / truvativ.com Truvativ’s lightest riser bar to date now comes in a 700-millimeter width and weighs a scant 190 grams. The T40 is made from unidirectional carbon fiber and sports a “traction finish” in the stem-clamp area to help minimize slippage. The bar sports a nine-degree back-sweep and five-degree up-sweep and is available in both 15- and 30-millimeter-rise versions.
Chromag Moon Saddle $130 / chromagbikes.com The company originally known for burly-as-hell hardtails continues to broaden its product line, as evidenced by the lightweight (240-gram) and low-profile Moon saddle. The Moon features a seamless leather top, light foam padding, titanium rails and a drop nose to aid those fore-and-aft weight shifts.
Most freeride-worthy stems are as light as elephants and as svelte as bricks. And then there’s the new FRIC: a mere 123 grams of industrial-design sexiness. Though the sleek FRIC is weight-weenie light, Syncros claims its new stem is also big-hit tough, thanks to its forged construction and innovative clamp design.