Reviewed: Race Face SixC Cinch Cranks

Today Race Face announces the release of a completely redesigned SixC crank, using similar construction techniques as the Next SL, but with a bit more material for more aggressive all-mountain and downhill race applications.

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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 […]

Ridemonkey.com e13 LG 1+ Review


e13 has been making chainguides since the beginning, and the LG1 is their latest DH offering. This review takes a look at the white 32-36 tooth guide mounted on a Giant Faith. Head over to Ridemonkey.com to check out the full review.



Words By Lydia Tanner For the first time, SRAM is offering a complete collection of parts. Operating under the X7 moniker, the setup was created for mid level XC, DH, and freeriders- or anyone who doesn’t have a professional paycheck at their disposal. First and foremost, SRAM X7 features a 2×10 drivetrain, which echoes SRAM’s […]

Tested: Momentum Bicycle FlyPaper Pedals


Over the past few years there has been a trend in the mountain bike industry to make platform pedals as thin as possible, and as light as possible. Momentum Bicycle has taken that concept to the next level with their FlyPaper pedals. Weighing in at just 351 grams and measuring just 3.7 millimeters thick, these […]

Tested: TruVativ Noir Team 3.3 Crankset


TRUVATIV NOIR 3.3 TEAM CRANKS $386 312-664-8800; SRAM.COM The life of a crankset isn’t an easy one. Nearly all the forces applied to the bike by the rider must travel through cranks, which also get bashed, quite unapologetically, into rocks, roots, or worse. It’s noteworthy then when a major manufacturer designs a crankset out of […]

TESTED: White Industries Eno Components


WHAT: White Industries ENO Singlespeed Components HOW MUCH: See individual reviews for prices WHERE: www.whiteind.com After a mid-nineties frenzy of pumping out high-zoot parts, the CNC machines at White Industries ran silent for a while. Then, a couple years ago, sensing a whole subculture with a unique set of needs just waiting for some shiny […]

TESTED: Shimano Hone Crankset


WHAT: Shimano Hone Crankset HOW MUCH: $190 WHERE: www.shimano.com BREAD: For the last seven months I’ve had the pleasure of stepping on one of Shimano’s latest introductions to the burgeoning all-mountain sector: the Hone two ring crankset, complete with bashguard. The Hone retails for $190 and employs two rings (one 22 tooth and one 32) […]

TESTED: SRAM X-9 Shifters and Derailleur


WHAT: SRAM X-9 Drivetrain HOW MUCH: $235 (shifters, front and rear derailleurs) WHERE: www.sram.com It might seem odd—what with a new, carbon-fiber festooned, already- previewed suite of shiny SRAM shift pieces on the horizon—for us to review SRAM’s X-9 shifters and derailleurs. Old news, some might say, never sells. However, since these are long-term tests, […]

TESTED: Shimano LX Group


WHAT: Shimano LX Group HOW MUCH: $518 to $684 (not including wheels); WHERE: www.shimano.com It’s sad when today’s budget performance eclipses yesterday’s top-of-the-line technology, unless, of course, you’re the proud owner of some affordable new equipment. Shimano created a similar situation with its new LX group, which outshines the XTR of just a few years […]

Tested: Crank Brothers Candy SL


WHAT: Crank Brothers Candy SL WHERE: www.crankbrothers.com HOW MUCH: $140 Eight years ago, riders had few choices when it came to clipless pedals. Shimano’s SPDs were built like brick shithouses and were stone reliable in dry conditions, but they absolutely sucked when things got wet and muddy. Speedplay Frogs were good in mud and easy […]

TESTED: Crank Brothers Mallet C


WHAT: Crank Brothers Mallet C Pedal WHERE: www.crankbrothers.com HOW MUCH: $100 The Mallet C is CrankBrothers All Mountain pedal. I suppose that sounds lame since Shimano was making large bodied clipless pedals since 1997 (back before anyone even coined the “All Mountain” phrase), but in a way, I think you can actually justify calling these […]

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, […]

Tested: Race Face Deus crank


WHAT: Race Face Deus crankset WHERE: raceface.com HOW MUCH: $349 It’s shiny, it’s light, and after a summer, fall, and little bit of winter hammering, it spins like it’s brand new. Race Face’s Deus Crank, a trimmed down version of its original Turbine LP, at 815grams (which includes triple rings and BB) is the lightest […]

Tested: Crank Bros Twin Ti Egg Beater Pedals


Crank Bros. Twin Ti Egg Beater PedalsCost: $300Phone: 949-464-9916Web site:

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