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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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 […]

Kona’s New Entourage and Operator


Behold the Kona Entrourage–baby brother to the Operator (see bottom of page). No need to take the cranks or chain guide off to tighten up the main pivot. It can be easily tightened from the non-drive side of the bike. The Entourage has short-for-its-class 16.3-inch chainstays. The back end of the Entrouage sports a 150-millimeter […]

Preview: Race Face’s 2011 Turbine Stem, Cranks, Bars


Source: Race Face Race Face recently launched its 2011 Turbine line of components. Cranks: It appears that Race Face had Shimano’s XT cranks directly in its sights whilst designing the Turbine cranks. Race Face claims that its Turbines have stronger pedal threads and a better warranty than XTs. The cranks are available in a near […]

Preview: Fox’s Stealth Bomber Glove


Fox’s new Stealth Bomber gloves look like they should be gripping the bars of a jet-black Ducati, but look as if they offer some serious breathability for a leather glove. They are made of 70% leather and have a nice soft snot wipe on the thumb. The outer palms have a rubbery slide guard to […]

Morewood’s Split Pivot and Eccentric-Pivot Bikes


Words: Ryan LaBar Photos: Joseph Espiritu Over the past weekend at the second race in Fontana’s Winter Series Bike got a peak at some new stuff coming out of Morewood’s South African HQ. The Izimu has a neat feature packed into its single pivot suspension. The pivot is actually eccentric, allowing riders to adjust the […]

Anorexic Squirrel Sportswear


Words: Ryan LaBar Photos: Anthony Smith Anorexic Squirrel Sportswear, a new mountain bike and obscure sports apparel company, has released its first products into the world. Shown here is Bike mag’s own Squirrel sporting Anorexic Squirrel’s performance “sick’n’soft” cotton Sea Sick Blue Classick Tee. The shirt will all but ensure better berm wailing and higher […]

Teva Steps into Mountain Biking


Source: Teva Shoes Teva footwear is investing heavily in the mountain bike world to promote its new MTB specific shoes–the Links and the Pinner. Teva has announced that it will be sponsoring the Kokanee Crankworx mountain bike festival this year. The company will be the presenting sponsor of the Best Trick Contest, a peer-judged, best […]

Previewed: Trek Develops Carbon Remedy; Fine Tunes Trail and Race bikes


/// Carbon is the Remedy /// Trek’s lightweight all-mountain bike, the Remedy, is about to get a whole lot lighter. The company, famous for its OCLV carbon mountain and road bikes, is bringing that carbon expertise to the 150-millimeter-travel Remedy. The company, last weekend in Altaussee, Austria, unveiled two carbon Remedy models, the 9.9 and […]

Preview: Fulcrum Goes Deep With New Wheel Lineup


“Where’s Gilberto? Has anyone seen Simoni,” asks one of the marketing representatives of Fulcrum wheels to the crowd of 30 or 40 riders gathered around the Canazei Bike Park tram station, near Val Gardena Italy. He is referring to legendary road racer Gilberto Simoni, who is somewhere on the mountain, dressed in full knee and […]

Previewed: Marin’s 2010 Mountain Bikes


After an almost a year-long delay, Marin bikes launched its new 4-inch bike, the Alchemist. “We wanted to be sure we got things right the first time,” said Marin’s marketing manager Mark Vanek. “We needed the bike to pass European testing standards, which are tougher than the U.S. standards.” The Alchemist is Marin’s stab at […]

Preview: 2010 Troy Lee D2 Carbon Shaun Palmer Replica


In an early release of its 2010 product line, Troy Lee recently unveiled the D2 Carbon Palmer, the latest installment in an arsenal of replica of helmets to pay tribute to some of the greatest legends in racing. Palmer helped Troy Lee develop the D2 helmet for downhill mountain biking almost a decade ago, when […]

Previewed: Garmin Oregon 550 series


Garmin today unveiled two brand-new GPS devices—the Oregon 550 and the 550t—both of which incorporate a feature never before seen: a 3.2 megapixel digital camera. The 850-megabyte capacity camera makes storing and uploading GPS-coordinate-enabled images easier than ever. For mountain bikers, the lightweight (6.8-ounce) Oregon unit works with Garmin’s existing heart-rate monitors and speed/cadence sensors, […]

Previewed: The new Contour HD Helmet Camera


There’s been another volley in the compact point-of-view camera wars—this latest round coming from VholdR (formerly known as Twenty20), which is staking claim as the first company to offer HD capability in a helmet camera. The new design uses the same basics chassis as Vholdr’s previous design but adds high-definition capability and a wide-angle lens […]

Preview: Santa Cruz Blur LTC


Santa Cruz has announced it is adding a second carbon fiber bike to its collection—the Blur LTC. The new bike keeps its 140 millimeters of travel, but still manages to lose a full “LB” to bring it down to a fighting weight of 5.6 pounds with a RockShox Monarch shock. Even with the weight loss, […]

Previewed: Garmin Forerunner 310XT


Garmin today revealed its latest multi-sport-specific GPS device, the 310XT. Available starting in June, the new device will be sold packaged with a new waterproof, soft-strap heart rate monitor, which will be more comfortable than previous models, or on its own as a standalone unit, for a price of $349. The 310XT is the next […]

Previewed: Santa Cruz’s New Jackal Jump Frame


Santa Cruz bike has lifted the veil on their new Jackal jump bike. It’s freshly redesigned after two seasons of input by Syndicate riders Jamie Goldman and Kirt Voreis, the all-new Jackal is built to do one thing – Jump. Gone is the gas tank of a formed top tube and one-piece seat stays. Even […]

Online Exclusive: Giant’s New Glory


Last weekend Giant Bicycles introduced its 2009 factory riders at Woodward West in Tehachapi, California. Over the course of two days an assembled group of bike media folks met and mingled with the team riders and took turns trying to hurt ourselves on Woodward West’s giant foam pit. Giant put the weekend event together to […]

Previewed: RASE Black Mamba Rapid Adjust Seatpost


Most of the adjustable seatposts on the market today are limited to only a few inches of travel, but the RASE Black Mamba boasts an impressive 9 inches of indexed adjustability. While many companies use an air system to actuate their adjustability, the RASE is all mechanical—using a pin-and-hole system to lock the post at […]

Tech: Installing Truvativ’s HammerSchmidt


You’re totally pumped on the new Truvativ HammerSchmidt. You rush out to your bike shop the day it arrives and run home with a box-o-HammerSchmidt under your arm like it’s Christmas morning. Now all you have to do is put it on your bike and go shred, right? Well, sort of. SRAM’s Eric Schutt stopped […]

Previewed: Fifteen.G Cranks and Bottom Bracket


After more than two years in development the new Fifteen.G cranks are going into production and will be available for sale early in the spring. Fifteen.G is the mountain bike brand of a product design collective known as The Hive. The cranks come in the triple-ring setup, shown here, or a single-ring configuration with a […]

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