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Previewed: Santa Cruz Blur LT 2

02.22.2008

There are plenty of people willing to claim that the existing Blur LT is the best bike ever made. But none of them work at Santa Cruz. As soon as the current model was released in 2005, engineers went to work picking it apart, dissecting it, and concocting an even better machine. The agent of […]

Previewed: Cannondale Rize and Moto

02.20.2008

After nearly two years of planning, Cannondale last weekend called a global summit in Gran Canaria to announce the release of two new bikes—the 130-millimeter travel Rize and the 160-millimeter Moto. The two new platforms split duties of what Cannondale has identified as “all-mountain” and “big-mountain,” and the long-awaited additions round out the company’s full-suspension […]

Previewed: Riding SLO with WTB and Rocky Mountain

02.06.2008

For a photo gallery of images from this trip go HERE One’s Canadian, the other American, but Rocky Mountain Bicycles and WTB are two companies with a lot in common. For starters, each has been around for more than 25 years—an impressive run considering the sport of mountain biking isn’t much older than that. Both […]

Previewed: 2009 Fulcrum RedCarbon Wheels

02.01.2008

Fulcrum has just announced the details of their 2009 RedCarbon wheelset. This cross-country wheelset was designed with racing in mind as Fulcrum is aiming to build a lighter and faster wheelset than the RedMetal Zero models ridden by Julien Absalon, which he rode when he won the rainbow jersey at the 2007 World Championships. The […]

Previewed: Magura’s MX-Series Air Shocks

12.28.2007

Jude Monica, Magura’s resident road warrior and master of all things race pit, was sighted in our parking lot a few days back, his diesel Sportsmobile van idling almost imperceptibly while he brewed morning coffee. Monica is an ace wrench and all-around nice guy, and his tales from the road immediately got us desk jockeys […]

11-30-07 // Previewed: Twenty20′s New VholdR

11.30.2007

Watch the video that Anthony Godoy and the Bike mag crew made HERE. About a year ago, Jason Green and Marc Barros, owners of Twenty20 helmet cameras, paid a visit to the Bike magazine SoCal Romparoom. They were checking up on their video camera unit that we were testing for last year’s March issue, but […]

Previewed: Viva La Remedy!

11.20.2007

A photo gallery with images from this trip can be found HERE. After offering a quick sneak-peak of its new Remedy, a 6-inch All-Mountain bike, at Interbike’s Outdoor Demo back in September, Trek recently officially christened the new bike with a 3-day mass beating in the rugged terrain around Mexico’s Copper Canyon. Before we get […]

10-16-07 // Previewed: ’08 Sid Takes On 24 Hrs Of Moab

10.16.2007

Celebrating the 10th year of the Sid suspension fork, RockShox has completely redesigned their popular XC race fork for 2008. The folks at SRAM took advantage of last weekend’s Granny Gear 24 Hours Of Moab mountain bike race to officially release the new fork, which we also had a peak at last month during Interbike. […]

9-18-07 // Previewed: Crank Brothers 2008 Hardware

09.18.2007

The folks at Crank Brothers have been very, very busy over the last year. How busy? Try this: they’ve added wheels, headsets, integrated cranks, a new take on the quick-release skewer…and oh yeah, they’ve also taken over production and distribution of the Speedball adjustable seatpost from Maverick, and they’re looking to boost production of the […]

9-13-07 // Previewed: Yeti Cycle’s New 2008 Bikes

09.13.2007

Yeti Cycles took over the small resort mountain of Solvista in Granby, Colorado, last week to bring its dealers out for a few days of lift-accessed and XC riding and to bring them up to speed on where the company is going and what to expect for 2008. We squeezed in a Colorado trip at […]

9-5-07 // Previewed: Garmin Edge 605 And 705 GPS

09.06.2007

Garmin recently unveiled two new additions to its Edge family of handlebar-friendly GPS devices: the Edge 605 and the Edge 705. Both new units share the same slightly-bigger/greatly-improved platform: a 2.2-inch color LCD screen, a “click stick” thumb-operated joystick, and the same basic look and feel as their predecessors, the 205 and 305 models. The […]

8-30-07 // Previewed: Dakine’s New Builders Pack

08.30.2007

Check this out. Chico from Dakine just sent us some preview pics of a new backpack they’ll be releasing at Interbike. They’re calling it the Builders Pack. It’s designed specifically for mountain bike trail builders and is going to retail for $140. Dave Bisset, Dakine’s Senior Pack Designer, who is also an avid trail builder, […]

8-28-07 // Previewed: Scott Releases The Gambler

08.29.2007

After more than two years in the making, Scott last week unveiled its new do-all downhill/freeride bike: The Gambler. The heart of the new frame lies in its versatility: it can be set up in several variations, from shorter wheelbase freeride to long and slacked-out downhill. The end product is versatile enough, in fact, that […]

8-22-07 // Previewed: Formula’s The One

08.22.2007

Formula was on hand at the Scott Gambler launch last week in Chatel, France, to support its new downhill/freeride brake it has modestly dubbed, “THE ONE.” Select Scott Gambler models will come spec’d with the brake, and after two days of running the lifts on a new Gambler equipped with the brakes—in the greasiest of […]

8-7-07 // Previewed: Helmet Cam Integration

08.07.2007

With the advent of broader bandwidth, faster computers and cheaper cameras, a slew of companies have been engaged in sort of space race, all scrambling to be the first to come out with the ultimate in integrated point-of-view camera technology. Integrated is the key word here. The two heavyweights to emerge in the helmet camera […]

6-8-07 // Previewed: New SRAM Hardware

06.08.2007

SRAM dropped a few new choice pieces of hardware off with us recently. There aren’t any radical redesigns here just some small changes as well as a bit of model expansion. X.0 Rear Derailleur – The new X.0 receives two changes, the first being merely cosmetic. In celebration of their twentieth Anniversary (SRAM was founded […]

5-30-07 // Previewed: Smith Optics Interlock

05.30.2007

WHAT: Smith Interlock Glasses WHERE: smithinterlock.com HOW MUCH: $139 Never happy with the status quo, Smith Optics has a long history of reinventing the wheel when it comes to performance eyewear. The Smith Slider allowed lens interchangeability on a closed-frame pair of sunglasses back in 1995 and was the best selling interchangeable sunglasses of all […]

5-7-07 // Previewed: FSA Gravity Guide

05.07.2007

WHAT: Gravity Guide WHERE: FullSpeedAhead.com HOW MUCH: $119.99 Looking to extend their product breadth, FSA has been developing products for hardcore freeride and downhill riders under their Gravity brand. Although Shimano has been careful to avoid producing a chainguide system, and Sram’s attempts at designing one seem mostly aimed at OEM markets this new chainguide […]

5-1-07 // Previewed: 2008 Shimano XT

05.01.2007

Shimano XT components are some of the most ubiquitous mountain bike hardware on the planet. Derived some 25 years ago, nearly as old as the first production mountain bike—the Stumpjumper, XT drivetrain, brake, wheel, pedal and at one time seatpost and headset parts were the cream of the crop. More recently XT has taken a […]

3-16-07 // Previewed: IMBA releases Managing Mountain Biking

03.16.2007

WHAT: Managing Mountain Biking HOW MUCH: $35 (IMBA members get a 10% discount) WHERE: www.imba.com What makes one trail a success, while another is unpopular or the source of conflict? Why do some trails last for decades with minimal maintenance, while others require expensive repairs? Managing Mountain Biking gives solutions for these and dozens of […]

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