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Reviewed: Bell Transfer-9

01.17.2014

The Transfer-9 is a trickle down of the Full-9, which benefits from technology afforded by its older motocross brother, the Moto-9, but was designed exclusively for downhill and BMX, and is compliant all bicycle helmet safety standards. Actually, ‘trickle down’ isn’t entirely telling the whole story. This helmet is very feature-packed at just half the cost of Bell’s own Full-9 or other high-end full-face helmets.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Yeti ARC Carbon Race

01.17.2014

The carbon-fiber version of a classic Yeti model embodies the brand's racing spirit, and ignited our testers' inner competitive fires.

Video: RockShox Tech Pills-Bottomless Tokens

01.16.2014

If you’ve been watching our 2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels, you’ll know that we’re fans of the RockShox Pike. One of its features incorporates these easy-to-install volume spacers that can be used to change the spring rate. SRAM calls them Bottomless Tokens. In this video, SRAM race technician, Sean Cruickshanks explains what they do and how to install them.

Tested: Cratoni Rocket Helmet

01.16.2014

The Rocket is Cratoni's high-end, XC-style lid, weighing in at just 270 grams and features extensive venting. How does it stack up to the competition? Here's the review.

Dream Builds: Stumpjumper EVO – The Extended Version

01.16.2014

Gear editor Ryan Palmer's personalized Specialized Stumpjumper EVO

Video: The Ten Essentials

01.15.2014

A high-alpine, all-mountain stage race such as the Trans-Provence could be considered the ultimate test of fitness, endurance and technical skills. "The Ten Essentials" doles out some light-hearted advice on how to survive a weeklong suffer-fest like the Trans-Provence with appearances from North American enduro riders Ben Cruz, Mark Weir and Adam Craig.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Devinci Wilson Carbon RC

01.15.2014

Devinci’s downhill beast feels comfortable from the first pedal stroke. The short 430-millimeter chainstays paired with the low standover instilled confidence to throw this bike around on rugged terrain. For a downhill bike, the Wilson pedals efficiently, and cranking out of corners was simple and enjoyable in comparison to some of the other DH bikes we tested.

Video: Winter Break, featuring Chromag Bikes’ Jarrett Moore

01.15.2014

Rupert Walker films Chromag Bikes' Jarrett Moore slashing loam, hucking rocks and steezin' tables in Victoria, British Columbia, for this two-minute cinematic gem.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Giant Trance Advanced SX 27.5

01.14.2014

Few bike companies have forged more boldly into the 27.5-inch-wheel market than Giant Bicycles, and the company's new Trance Advanced SX 27.5 certainly ignited the passion of our 2014 Bible of Bike Tests crew. Check out our latest 'Roundtable Reels' video to find out what stoked the flames of this fireside debate.

Tested: Crankbrothers Mallet 3

01.14.2014

The two-piece design of the Mallet body comprises a composite half that helps lower the overall weight of the pedal and an aluminum outer half which is more durable against strikes, abrasion and wear and tear. The forged chromoly axle is designed to be stronger than previous models with an improved sealing to keep out unwanted mess and prolong the life of the pedal between service intervals (I couldn’t find and strip down an older version to compare them directly).

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Santa Cruz Bronson C

01.13.2014

Of all 34 bikes in the 2014 Bible of Bike Tests, the Santa Cruz Bronson C was definitely one of the most talked-about. Each of our testers was fired up to see how the new 650b bike would compare with the company's tried-and-true Blur LT. Watch this video to find out what we discovered. Be sure to make it to minute marker 6.21 to hear what our gear editor really thinks about press-fit bottom brackets. You'll be glad you did.

The Web Monkey Speaks: The Other Guy

01.13.2014

There’s this guy that I hate. He’s a complete tool. I guess my dislike for him is sort of ironic because we have a lot in common. We’re from the same town. We ride the same trails. We wear the same general-issue, bike-dork uniform, except his fits better. Bastard.

JVC Adixxion Action Cam

01.11.2014

Since the point-of-view camera took off in popularity, I wondered when and how the big electronic brands would enter the market. With Sony and JVC both recently joining the market with competitively spec’d and priced cameras it’s clear, at least on paper, that the long-monopolized market has some competition. I tested the JVC Adixxion Action Cam to see if it could hold a candle to the tried-and-true POV brands like GoPro.

Friday Five: The Turkish Getup with Marx Conditioning

01.10.2014

This might seem like an awfully odd exercise, but if you are serious about becoming stronger and not just bulking up your pecs for shirtless paddock prancing then the Turkish Getup (TGU) should be in your regular routine.

Video: Logan Peat and Josh Bryceland Daytrip to Rip

01.10.2014

Logan Peat and Josh Bryceland rip around Santa Cruz with two classics: the Jackal and a 1949 GM 4101 Union Pacific Streamliner. This will get you stoked to ride this weekend.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Intense 951 EVO

01.10.2014

In its former life, the Intense 951 was playful, lively and nimble, leaving full-on racing duties to the M9. Not anymore. The 951 EVO has been reincarnated into a focused racer-type, drinking protein shakes and sharing gym time with the Athertons. The trouble is, it lost its sense of humor.

Tested: Thule 917XTR T2 Rack

01.10.2014

I’ve subjected Thule's T2 rack to plenty of abuse—winter snows, spring rains, summer heat, lots of mud, no maintenance given, no kindness shown. The T2, however, keeps on keeping on.

Exclusive: Dream Bikes – The Extended Version

01.09.2014

Given a carte blanche opportunity to build my one and only, I opted for a bike that was hopefully an evolution of my own riding philosophy. I chose the Ibis Ripley, hoping it would strike a balance between 100-millimeter-travel, XC-oriented bikes and more burly, but less XC-friendly 140-millimeter-plus bikes I had been alternating back and forth between for the past few years.

Reviewed: Kitsbow Soft Shell A/M Shorts

01.08.2014

After twelve months wearing Kitsbow’s shorts and jacket I feel that the jacket and shorts are some of the best items of cycle specific clothing I have ever worn. It isn’t just nicer than most, it is considerably better than anything that is available. The fabrics are superior, the cut is without comparison, and the attention to detail is phenomenal. It all feels like it was custom tailored, they are just that good.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Turner Czar

01.08.2014

Why did the 29-inch-wheeled Turner Czar, the company's first foray into carbon, blur the lines between a trail bike and an XC race whip? And why did it make our testers feel like Superman?

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