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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New DH Parts from Interbike


Here's a look at some of the interesting downhill related parts on the Interbike show floor this year. The new Suntour Rux fork, Gravity and Enve's carbon DH bars, and more were among the standout parts.

Test Ride: XX1: SRAM’s Single-Ring Group


Simplicity, reliability and surprising versatility...SRAM's new single-ring XX1 group has more to offer than you might have guessed.

SRAM’s XX1 1×11 Group: New Details Emerge


By Vernon Felton By now, you probably know that SRAM is rolling out an 11-speed, single-ring group called XX1. If not, check out this story. Today, SRAM revealed a few more details about the new group, which they believe will appeal to both enduro and cross-country racing types. If you’re still grappling with the whole

First Impressions: Shimano Saint M820 Group


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

First Impressions: HT AE03 Pedals


Why have Aaron Gwin, Brian Lopes and Kyle Strait all begun riding HT's lightweight pedals? HT's AE03 pedal, shown here, makes its case.

SRAM Unveils 1×11 Group


SRAM just announced that they’ve created a dedicated 1x11 drivetrain system called XX1. Here's the latest on the single-ring drivetrain system that SRAM contends will boast the widest gear range to date.

Preview: Race Face Atlas


Race Face's second-generation Atlas crank sheds 100 grams and maintains it's over-the-top strength. Here's a quick bit of insight, from Race Face designer Chris Heynen, on one of the lightest and most versatile heavy-duty cranks on the market.

SRAM Trail House 2012 : Part I


No doubt about it, I love Santa Cruz, California. With its magical dirt, sweet smelling redwoods trees and laid-back, beachy lifestyle, Santa Cruz is my favorite little town in the world. Sign me up.

SRAM’s new X0 DH Crank and Derailleur


Source: SRAM Here are some details from SRAM on its new X0 downhill crank and derailleur: Truvativ X0 10-Speed DH Crank • The world’s first Carbon DH crank weighs just 750g, including Bottom Bracket (GXP83, 165mm, 36 ring) • Lightest single ring available is made of 7075 CNC alloy, 34, 36, or 38 teeth •

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

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

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