First Impressions: Shimano XT M8000

Shimano’s  XT M8000 group won’t be hitting shelves until later this summer, but there were several bikes equipped with the parts at the Riva Bike Festival in Italy over the weekend for select journalists to sample.

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German Gearbox Makes An NAHBS Splash On Reeb Mountain Bike


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


Highlights From The North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Tested: Spank Spike Pedals


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

News: SRAM Debuts X01


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


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


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


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


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.

Tested: Twenty6 Predator Flat Pedals


There’s plenty of real estate to play around on here and the clearance is excellent—shorn pins notwithstanding. The traction pins are well distributed and the body is nicely concave. Weight—with aluminum pins and titanium spindles—is an impressive 340 grams.

News: SRAM Gets All Fat


at bikes—they’re either the coolest thing on earth or the dumbest trend to ever waddle its way through the back door of the party. The folks at SRAM, however, are clearly erring on the “Yay!" side of the debate, as evidenced by the recent announcement that the company is now offering two new fat-friendly cranksets.

Video: XX1 Chapter 3–Cross Country


SRAM has always maintained that XX1 is not intended to be a weight-weenie's solution to changing gears. That said, it also happens to be 200 grams lighter than the company's anorexic XX group, so yeah, it's going to appeal to cross-country types. But there's still more to this story...

Video: XX1 Chapter 2–Enduro


By Vernon Felton When SRAM debuted their XX1 single-ring drivetrain, they made it clear from day one that XX1 wasn’t being targeted at any single group of riders. Sure, it made immediate sense to XC racers, but the allure of a less complicated drivetrain (and, potentially, one that results in fewer or no dropped chains)

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