Showcase: No Holds Barred

Looking for a handlebar upgrade? Here are six cockpit setups from Deity, Easton, Raceface, Renthal, Answer and FSA.

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Hayes Components Introduces New Offerings for 2012 Season


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.

Long Live the King


Way back in 1990, Greg Herbold won the inaugural UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships on his Grip Shift-equipped Miyata mountain bike.

Preview: Niner Flat Top RDO Handlebar


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

Syncros Through the Years


Syncros is one of the most iconic component manufactures in mountain biking. It has also changed hands more times than a hot potato. Scott Sports is the most recent set of hands to hold the Syncros name (Scott Sports purchased Syncros earlier this year).

Fresh: Answer DH Stem


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.

Fresh: Giant Contact Switch


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

Fresh: Renthal Fatbars


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).

Fresh: Answer Products Rove FR Pedals


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.

Fresh: Truvativ Noir T40 Riser Bar


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.

Fresh: Chromag Moon Saddle


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.

Fresh: Syncros FRIC Stem


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.

Race Face Is Back On The Map


After recently closing its doors this past March, Race Face has been brought back by a couple of its own employees. Securing enough money from outside investors to buy back the company from bank, the company has re-enterd the industry with nary a hiccup. Here’s a look at some of their lineup for the coming

First Impressions: 2012 Shimano Deore XT


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

Acros A-GE: Fully-Hydraulic Shifters and Derailleurs


Words: Ryan LaBar Photos: Anthony Smith and Ryan LaBar Video: Ryan LaBar Acros showed up to this year’s Sea Otter with quite the shocker–a fully hydraulic shifter and derailleur system dubbed A-GE. The A-GE kit comes in about 175-grams lighter than Shimano’s XTR system. It’s not cheap though–the full kit will run you somewhere about

The Closest Thing to Perfection


WHAT: Seven Custom Ti Stem HOW MUCH: $350 WHERE: www.sevencycles.com While most of us can’t afford to shell-out more than $2,000 for one of Seven’s meticulously crafted frames, we can reach for a more attainable goal—the company’s new Custom Ti Stem. I know, 350 bucks is a boatload of money, but it’s the closest thing

Toby’s Svelte Bar


WHAT: THE Flight bar-stem WHERE: www.the-industries.com HOW MUCH: $400 When you think of bike parts with sex appeal, certain bits come to mind: ultra-light XC wheelsets, carbon cranksets, disc brakes. Chances are, its not images of gleaming stems and handlebars that dance in your head like proverbial sugarplums. But take one look at THE’s Flight

Big Earl Goes for Burl


WHAT: Bontrager Big Earl Bar & Stem WHERE: www.bontrager.com HOW MUCH: $60 (stem); $80 (bar) Oversized exudes that feeling of confidence and strength the way only oversized can. Like Paola Pezzo’s quads, Pamela Anderson’s boobs, a Dodge Power Wagon’s hemi engine…oversized is good, especially when rocking the oversized airs and gnarl of the world. Bontrager’s

Big, Wide and Ever-so-Carbon-ey


WHAT: Bontrager Race XXX Lite OS Carbon Riser WHERE: www.bontrager.com HOW MUCH: $130 The latest craze in handlebars is sort of a two-headed fashion beast: oversize mid-sections and carbon fiber construction. Bontrager has conveniently wrapped up both trends in a single handlebar. The Race XXX Lite OS Carbon Riser is Bontrager’s top of the line,

A Post for the Do-Anything Bike


WHAT: Race Face Atlas seatpost WHERE: raceface.com HOW MUCH: $54 Atlas is Race Face’s upper-end “All Mountain” component group. All Mountain, for those of you who (understandably) refuse to pay much attention to the latest marketing lingo, is shorthand for “Lighter than full-on freeride gear, but a little burlier than the garden variety, cross-country racer

Tested: Cane Creek Double Xc


WHAT: Cane Creek Double Xc (conversion) headset WHERE: canecreek.com HOW MUCH: $95 First off, this is a bit of a specialty item. Cane Creek’s Double Xc headset enables riders with 1.5-inch headtubes to run suspension forks with the more conventional 1-1/8 inch steerer tubes. Folks, in turn, who have 1.5-inch headtubes are either people who

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