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First Impressions: Santa Cruz Nomad

Santa Cruz set out to build a new Nomad from the ground up to bring it back to meet the demands of a new type of racing.

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News: Shimano Debuts New XTR

04.11.2014

The world's benchmark in mountain bike components receives some much needed updates.

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.

Preview: Michelin Wild Mud Advanced

04.03.2014

The new Michelin Wild Mud comes in a new, super soft rubber compound (MAGI-X) that should work wonders on wet roots and is supported by a burly, reinforced casing (there’s an additional ply running from one bead to the other) that should help fend off gashes in rocky conditions. This is a mud tire that can take some abuse and has some decent width to it. It's not your average wet-weather tread.

Preview: Ellsworth Epiphany C XC 27.5

03.27.2014

While I might quibble with the marketing language Ellsworth employs, the fact is their bike does pedal quite efficiently and that traction is good. If you live for climbs, the Epiphany C XC is your kind of bike. Fortunately, the Epiphany does more than climb--it's also a capable trailbike with razor-sharp handling.

Preview: Intense Tracer 275 Carbon

03.17.2014

Intense debuts its all-new Tracer 275 Carbon. Check it out here.

2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

03.15.2014

Highlights From The North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Preview: Cannondale Scalpel 29 3

03.06.2014

For the past dozen years, Cannondale's Scalpel has lived up to its name—a razor-sharp tool that’s all about finesse and accuracy. It was also expensive. This all-aluminum version brings down the price point on racing performance.

Preview: Kona Hei Hei Deluxe

02.27.2014

A lot of race bikes have a fairly narrow range in which they excel. To wit, if you aren’t pinning it on a relatively buff course, some of those bikes are about as fun as donating blood. This, of course, is understandable—they are race bikes, after all, and racing generally isn’t concerned with smelling the roses: it’s about gritting your teeth and putting the hammer down and tasting blood. Fair enough. Well, the Hei Hei can do the race thing just fine, but it’s also actually fun to ride as well.

First Impressions: GT Force Carbon Expert

02.06.2014

What exactly sets the new GT Force and Sensor apart from past GT models? Why did GT decide to change things up this year? We gave Todd Seplavy, GT’s director of product management, a call to get the answers and we pulled this new GT Force out of its box and took it for its maiden voyage.

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.

Preview: Lezyne CNC Rod & BB/Cassette Tool

11.29.2013

While no one ever intends to over-tighten their bottom bracket or cassette lock ring, these sorts of things happen to the best of us. Thus, I was excited to get my hands on Lezyne's CNC-Rod, which provides the more ham-fisted amongst us with a bit of extra leverage.

News: Drift Unveils New Ghost-S POV Camera

11.20.2013

Drift Innovation unveiled the Ghost-S today—their latest and “most powerful” action sports camera to date. What does “most powerful” actually mean? In this case, better battery life, improved low-light performance, higher quality video and a ton of new features. Here are the details.

First Ride: Schwalbe Rock Razor And Magic Mary

08.28.2013

This is not the complete review, just some early impressions from one ridiculous ride on some of Schwalbe's newest offerings – the loam destroying Magic Mary and the speed demon Rock Razor.

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.

News: Giant Goes Big with 27.5

07.26.2013

Want to know what’s happening with Giant in 2014? Here, I’ll summarize it for you—27.5—as in 27.5 (a.k.a. “650b”) wheeled bikes. Giant will roll out 28 different 650b bikes next year around the world--from hardtails to enduro bikes. Here's the story on the bold move.

Preview: Mission Workshop Acre-Series Trail Pack

07.23.2013

We recently had a chance to get up close and personal with Mission Workshop's upcoming Acre Series Trail Pack. Here's a quick rundown on both the pack and Mission Workshop's very cool testing protocol.

Previewed: Truvativ BlackBox Stevie Smith bars

07.15.2013

Steve Smith’s signature bar is high and out in front, giving him ultimate control. His signature 780-millimeter downhill bar features a 30-millimeter rise, which keeps his hands forward, his head up and his eyes focused.

News: Santa Cruz Debuts New Heckler

06.14.2013

Words by Vernon Felton/Seb Kemp Photos by Dan Barham Now with the same geometry as the acclaimed Bronson (see the chart a bit further on down the post), plus six inches of travel and 27.5-inch wheels to match, the new Heckler is, well, new. Some things, however, remain the same…. Still single pivot. Still durable […]

Exclusive: Ibis Launches Mojo HDR

06.10.2013

Today Ibis publicly unveiled the Mojo HDR—an updated version of their Mojo HD model. We've been riding the HDR, shod with 650b wheels, these past few weeks. Here are our thoughts on the new bike as well as the inside story from Ibis founder, Scot Nicol.

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