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Preview: Breadwinner Cycles’ Bad Otis

Do we feel bad about pummeling the bike voted “Best Mountain Bike” at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show? Hell no. Not when the winner, Breadwinner Cycle’s Bad Otis, is 25 pounds of brawling fun. And, yes, that’s a six-inch travel Pike up front.

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Kona Bikes House of the Big Wheel Launch – Part 1

02.17.2012

Kona brought mountain bike journalists from around the world to Tucson, Arizona, to show off its line of 29er bikes and have us participate in the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo event.

Preview: Niner Flat Top RDO Handlebar

02.09.2012

Niner’s RDO Flat Top Carbon Bar is the latest addition to Niner’s RDO carbon component lineup. At 710-millimeters, the bar hits the scales at 156 grams—not too shabby—for a weight savings of 30 grams over the original carbon Flat Top. And, Niner actually promises that the claimed weight and actual weights are right on par […]

Syncros Through the Years

01.11.2012

Syncros is one of the most iconic component manufactures in mountain biking. It has also changed hands more times than a hot potato. Scott Sports is the most recent set of hands to hold the Syncros name (Scott Sports purchased Syncros earlier this year).

Fresh: Hydrapak Big Sur

01.06.2012

Hydrapak’s Big Sur is big enough to house the essentials (along with its 100-ounce, insulated bladder), yet not so large that it feels like you’ve strapped a Samsonite to your back. The pack is loaded with smart features, such as a fleece-lined pouch for sunglasses, internal pocket organizers that keep your tire levers from copulating with your leftover pizza, a dedicated helmet compartment and a reversible bladder for easy cleaning.

Fresh: Princeton Tec Push

01.04.2012

At 100 lumens, Princeton Tec’s Push light ain’t exactly vampire-incinerating, portable-supernova bright. It is, however, a decent commuter light. Plus, the Push runs on AAA batteries and stows neatly in your hydration pack, so it’s also a good back-up light for those moments when your ultra-bright and expensive lighting system fizzles out.

Fresh: Fox Unabomber

12.25.2011

Though the name ‘Unabomber’ might conjure up images of mail bombings and a grizzled Ted Kaczynski emerging from his secluded Montana cabin, these smartly designed gloves were created with a sole purpose: To provide maximum protection, comfort and breathability while bombing descents with relentless abandon. The substantial yet flexible knuckle protectors are an essential feature, while the soft thumb material keeps your nose from getting rubbed raw while prepping snot-rocket shots.

Fresh: iXS Phobos

12.24.2011

Aptly named after the mythological Greek god of fear, the Phobos is a full-face helmet designed to help gravity riders turn their fear of fast, steep and rocky courses into trail-shredding tunnel vision. Featuring a tough polycarbonate shell and an adjustable visor, the Phobos has ample head and chin ventilation and removable padding that can be washed. And, at $85, it’s head protection that won’t break the bank.

Fresh: MorningStar Tools R2.O.C-Tech

12.22.2011

Professional wheelbuilders can debate the pros and cons of different lacing patterns until the end of time, but every one of them will agree that there's nothing like a perfectly true and round wheel. Morningstar Tools' R2.O.C-TECH attaches directly to Park Tool's TS-2 stand, replacing the rigid calipers with needle gauges to simultaneously show exactly how out-of-true and round a wheel is.

Fresh: Answer DH Stem

12.21.2011

Answer DH Stem $70 / answerproducts.com Answer Products’ lightweight (150-gram) direct-mount DH stem is crafted from 7075-series aluminum and features a wide faceplate for maximum stiffness and even clamping force. What’s more, the innovative stem possesses three offset positions (45, 50 and 55 millimeters), enabling you to fine-tune your cockpit.

Bible Teaser: SRAM Rise 60 Wheels

12.16.2011

SRAM recently launched a preview video for its Rise Wheels. To find out what we thought of the wheels, check out our full review of the Rise 60 wheels in the upcoming Bible of Bike Tests issue. The Bible of Bike Tests will go on sale everywhere January 17th.

Fresh: SOG CrossCut Tool

12.16.2011

SOG CrossCut Tool $21 / sogknives.com Though the CrossCut looks absolutely dainty, the spring-loaded scissors on SOG’s mini-tool easily shear through heavy gauge materials. Props here go to the cleverly designed compound leverage gears and top-to-bottom, stainless-steel construction. The CrossCut packs an additional 10 tools, including a knife, small and medium flat-blade screwdrivers, tweezers, nail […]

Fresh: Fox Striker Helmet

12.15.2011

Fox Striker Helmet $120 / foxhead.com Fox’s new brain bucket, the Striker, covers plenty of cranial real estate, without adding excess grams or making your noggin feel like it’s been trapped in a sauna. Twenty-two cleverly designed vents provide maximum airflow and the Detox 2 retention system keeps the swank lid perfectly in place, even […]

Fresh: Giant Contact Switch

12.08.2011

Giant Contact Switch $250 / giant-bicycles.com Giant’s Contact Switch post offers infinite travel adjustment and 4 inches of total drop. The post is available in the increasingly common 30.9 seatpost diameter and sells for about a hundred bucks less than the competition. Despite the checking account-friendly price tag, the Contact Switch packs the goods, which […]

Fresh: Feedback Sports Digital Chain Gauge

12.06.2011

Feedback Sports Digital Chain Gauge $80 / feedbacksports.com What’s the best way to destroy your Gucci-expensive crankset and cassette? Keep running your worn-out chain. Is it time to change your chain? Feedback Sports’ new gauge makes answering that question dead simple: If the digital display reads 0.8 millimeters or more, it’s time to rip that sucker off your bike and transform it into a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift.

Fresh: Swobo Short Sleeve 753 Jersey

12.04.2011

Swobo Short Sleeve 753 Jersey $100 / swobo.com Swobo mated Merino wool to synthetic threads to create a jersey that marries the best attributes of both materials. The end result, according to Swobo? Fantastic moisture wicking, temperature control, funk-management and comfort.

Fresh: Ryders Shore Goggles

12.02.2011

Ryders Shore Goggles $50 / ryderseyewear.com Ryders Eyewear turned to the likes of Jay Hoots and Shaums March when they designed the Shore. The collaboration paid off with a goggle that boasts mountain biking-specific air intakes, a shatterproof double lens that’s less prone to fogging and a flexible, slim-profile frame that better fits full-face mountain-bike […]

Fresh: Big Agnes Sleeping Giant

12.01.2011

Big Agnes Sleeping Giant $80 / bigagnes.com Whether you’re camping in the mountains or just crashing on your buddy’s floor, Big Agnes’ Sleeping Giant adds that extra layer of comfort and warmth to your air mattress. The Sleeping Giant’s “memory foam” molds to the curves of your body, bringing a bit of luxury to otherwise Spartan sleeping arrangements. Close your eyes long enough and the silky-smooth exterior might make you think you’re in a five-star hotel.

Fresh: Renthal Fatbars

11.27.2011

Renthal Fatbars $90 / renthalcycling.com Renthal has gained quite the reputation in the moto world for making durable, high-quality parts designed, developed and manufactured at its facilities in Stockport, England. The company’s Fatbars come in at 780-millimeters wide (with cut lines down to 680-millimeters) and three different rises. The 38-millimeter rise versions, shown here, weigh in at a respectable 365 grams (claimed).

Fresh: Chrome Kursk Pro

11.25.2011

Chrome Kursk Pro $95 / chromebags.com If a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors became sentient beings with access to a time machine, they’d go to the future, get all hopped up on technology and return to the present day as a pair of Chrome Kursk Pros. Burly Cordura uppers lend these stylish shoes amazing durability. Beefed-up soles contribute to pedaling efficiency and eliminate pedal hot spots. But the most important aspect of these shoes is the fact that they’re Chrome’s first SPD-compatible kicks.

Fresh: Tioga Psycho Genius

11.24.2011

Tioga Psycho Genius $35–$60 / tiogausa.com Riffing off their storied Psycho series tires, the new Tioga Psycho Genius is designed to excel in medium to hard-packed conditions. The dual-compound tire is available in 1.95-, 2.1- and 2.3-inch versions, and in both steel and folding-bead models. If you’re all about the tubeless systems, you’ll be happy to know Tioga will offer a 2.2-inch UST version. For 29-inch lovers, a 2.2-inch tire is also in the works.

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