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2014 Sea Otter Classic: That’s a Wrap Product Gallery

We take one more walk around the pits at Laguna Seca to highlight this year’s most promising gear.

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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.

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?

German Gearbox Makes An NAHBS Splash On Reeb Mountain Bike

03.16.2014

Reeb is one of the first American companies to incorporate the German-built Pinion gearbox on one of its bikes. The 18-speed gearbox is mounted to a specially modified Reebdonkadonk rigid fatbike frame. The Gates belt drive propels 29-inch wheels mounted with 3-inch-wide Surly Knard tires.

2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

03.15.2014

Highlights From The North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Tested: Spank Spike Pedals

03.13.2014

Pancake thin, but strong like bull--Spank has created a burly but lightweight flat pedal that has withstood the test of time.

Gallery: Tales from the 2014 Taipei International Cycle Show

03.12.2014

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.

New Zealand Trail House: SRAM X01 DH

03.04.2014

XX1, SRAM’s dedicated single ring 11-speed drivetrain debuted at Crankworx 2012 and it has proven to be a smart, rider-focused drivetrain solution that has captured the attention of a lot of mountain bikers, despite its high cost. Last summer SRAM announced X01, a slightly less expensive 1 x 11 group. It's expected that the technology will eventually trickle down to lower price points, allowing it to become attainable for even more riders, but we'll have to wait a bit longer for that. The February SRAM camp in Queenstown, New Zealand was all about downhill.

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.

Preview: The XX1 Hack

01.23.2014

Can you create an affordable alternative to SRAM's impressive XX1 single-ring drivetrain (an XX1 hack, if you will)? And would it actually offer XX1-level performance? We're about to find out.

Tested: Ten Months On SRAM XX1

11.28.2013

After nearly a year on the trails with the SRAM XX1 drivetrain, we give a thorough appraisal of its long-term performance.

Tested: Xpedo Spry Flat Pedals

11.02.2013

With their sticker price of just $70, Xpedo's new Spry flat pedals are one of the more affordable, lightweight flat pedals on the market. We've been bashing on these a bit and have some thoughts on both the pros and cons of the wallet-friendly pedal.

First Impressions: Blackspire Sub4 Pedals

10.21.2013

The Sub4 is built beefy; "Le brick sh@thouse" is the French term, if I’m not mistaken. It’s part and parcel of the North Shore-based company’s mission to build bullet-proof parts right there on Canadian soil. Here's our first impressions on Blackspire's all-mountain pedals.

First Impressions: SRAM X01

08.15.2013

Spoiler alert: it's pretty much the same as XX1, but you should read this anyway.

News: SRAM Debuts X01

08.01.2013

What sets X01 apart from its slightly pricier sibling? Why should you even care when you’ve probably spent years shifting a front derailleur and never thought, “Man, what I need right now is some way to just rid myself of that thing that makes climbing hills easy!” Fair questions. Here are some answers.

Tested: HT AE03 Pedals

07.31.2013

The first thing you notice about the EVO flat pedal is that it is freakishly thin. At a mere 11 millimeters at their thickest point, these things give you a hell of a lot more clearance than you average flat pedal—a huge plus if you live and ride amongst the roots and rocks or if you (like me) favor bikes with low bottom brackets.

Tested: Chromag Scarab Pedals

07.18.2013

These are definitely not another pair of catalogue pedals. Designed from the ground up by Chromag's head brain, Ian Ritz, the Scarab is a high-end option for the discerning flat pedal rider.

Tested: Straitline Silent Guide

06.24.2013

By Seb Kemp Photo by Anthony Smith Straitline Silent Guide Price: $168 straitlinecomponents.com I love this product for the same reason I hate It. You see, I put one on my bike 14 months ago and in that time it did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Not once did I have to care for it, pamper it, […]

News: SRAM 7-Speed Drivetrain

06.09.2013

There is no official word from SRAM at this point but we did track down Jon Cancellier, Blackbox's man on the ground, and squeezed some information out of him.

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