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News: Specialized introduces all-new Demo 8

The Specialized Demo 8 has been an eye-turner since the original with its distinctive twin seat stays and spider web shock enclosure. The bike has gone through several redesigns since then, but none as transformative as what you see here.

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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 […]

3-7-07 // Previewed: Oakley Radar

03.08.2007

WHAT: Radar WHERE: www.oakley.com HOW MUCH: $155-$245 First there were Oakley Eyeshades, then Blades, followed by Mumbos, M-Frames, Racing Jackets and Zeros—now there is Radar. Oakley has a long history of offering high-performance eyewear for cycling enthusiasts. The new Radar isn’t a radical departure form any of Oakley’s previous designs, but rather the next step […]

PREVIEWED: Straitline Flat Pedals

01.22.2007

WHAT: Straitline Flat Pedals WHERE: (250) 655-6603, www.straitlinecomponents.com HOW MUCH: $135 US Good flat pedals require a few key elements. They should be thin to keep your foot as close to the center of the spindle as possible for stability, they need to have good traction and they also require durable bearing assemblies. Finding an […]

PREVIEWED: The 2007 Santa Cruz Heckler

01.12.2007

A few weeks ago we were privy to the details of the new Bullit frame from Santa Cruz and now they have sent us the specs on their redesigned Heckler model. The new frame combines some of the beefy elements of the Bullit’s front triangle with a Supelight-esque rear triangle to build one simple, but […]

PREVIEWED: 29-Inch FireXCPro

01.09.2007

WHAT: 29-Inch FireXCPro HOW MUCH: $49.95 (Kevlar bead), $35 (steel bead) WHERE: www.interlocracing.com Interloc Racing Design (IRD) has completed an agreement with National Tire Co. of Japan (Panaracer) to co-produce the famous FireXCPro mountain bike tire in a new 29-inch version. The FireXCPro 2.1 was a very popular tire and this fact had not been […]

PREVIEWED: Ellsworth Tiruth

12.29.2006

This is a titanium version of the venerable racehorse Truth. Ellsworth has created a custom Ti front triangle, which gives Ti junkies that wonderful warm Ti feel while maintaining outstanding rigidity. The frame will be laser etched and polished. The weight difference will not be significant, compared to aluminum, rather this is a response to […]

PREVIEWED: 2007 Bell Variant Helmet

12.28.2006

WHAT: Bell Variant HOW MUCH: $100 CERTIFIED: CPSC COLORS: Matte Silver, Matte Black, Matte Blue/White, Matte Olive, Red/Titanium WEIGHT: 11.3oz/320g WHERE: bellsports.com The Variant from Bell Sports is a nice looking helmet designed for all-around mountain biking. It has two-dozen air vents for excellent circulation, a bonded microshell protecting its delicate foam frame and an […]

PREVIEWED: Princeton Tec Switchback 1 Light

12.21.2006

WHAT:Princeton Tec Switchback 1 HOW MUCH: $199 WHERE: princetontec.com, switchback321.com Gift giving season is in full swing. And though mountain bikers are generally a picky, cantankerous lot, there’s nothing better than receiving a nice, unexpected accessory. The guys at Princeton Tec, seem to know this and were nice enough to drop one of their new […]

Previewed: Trek Finds Freedom

06.04.2004

It is a cold, intolerant day on Vancouver’s North Shore. Rain pours in buckets. Fog sweeps down from the peaks of the Coast Range and, oddly, maybe stupidly, I’m about to go riding on a bike that’s as new as the trails of the Shore are gnarly. Trek, one of the biggest cycling manufacturers in […]

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