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Fox Proframe full face helmet review

If your terrain is DH certified, your helmet should be, too. Enter the new Fox Proframe, which offers top-level safety and maximum ventilation for enduro and all mountain riders.

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Box One PushPush shifter and One rear derailleur review


Box recently entered the competitive MTB drivetrain market with their PushPush shifter, One Derailleur, and 11-46 wide range cassettes. Art’s Cyclery tested the shifter and derailleur.

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3 Top Trail Ready Helmets


The Bell Super 3R blurs the line between trail and downhill helmets, and because of its success, the removable chinbar helmet segment has grown to include offerings from many major helmet manufacturers. Here are three of the best options.

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5 trail taming mountain bike mud tires


While you should never ride multi-use or sensitive trails when they are wet, you might as well get ready for a wet, lift-accessed spring with a good mud tire set-up. Here are five great options.

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Art’s Cyclery Staff Pick: Kali Maya MTB Helmet


In the crowded category of “trail” or “enduro” helmets, the Kali Maya stands out. While most of the helmets in this category look as big as a small planet, the Maya has a low profile, scoring big style points and also, as Kali claims, a hefty safety bonus.

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5 hot mountain bike components for 2017


The wheels of progress roll onward, upward, and then downhill, which is what keeps those smiles stuck on our faces after every ride. This year looks to be packed with cool new tech, and while we can’t guarantee the staying power of anything new in the cycling world, we think these five items will be just as cool in 12 months as they are now.

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How to choose a mountain bike pump


Ideally, every mountain biker should have at least two pumps: a floor pump for home use and a hand pump to take on rides. Here is what you need to know about each one.

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How To: Basics of bicycle pumps


Tires are perhaps the most important component on your bike, and keeping them properly inflated is a must. Ideally, you want a floor pump to do this before each ride, and a hand pump to repair flat tires out on the trail or road. Click through to find out what else you need to know.

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How To: Fix a flat tire


Even with the widespread adoption of tubeless tires, flats are still a fact of cycling life. For those new to the game, changing a flat can be a frustrating affair, but it’s actually very simple. Watch this video to learn more.

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What to Look for in Mountain Bike Grips


So it’s time for a new set of grips, but what separates one from the next? Check out this video to find out what to look for when making your buying decision.

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How To: Bedding In New Disc Brake Pads


You just bought new brake pads, but your braking performance is worse than before. So what the heck is wrong? Check out this video to find out.

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What You Really Want to Buy Part III: Brakes


What is the most critical piece of gear on your bike? And by that we mean, which component, if it sucks, will have the biggest negative impact on your ride? Exactly…

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What You Really Want to Buy Part II: Dropper Posts


If you haven’t already, you need to put a dropper post on your bike. Being able to instantly get your saddle into descending or pedaling position will change the way you ride. Dropper posts make you faster, while boosting the fun factor of your rides by allowing you to put your saddle in the perfect position all the time without stopping.

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What You Really Want to Buy Part 1: Wheels


Nothing wakes up your bike like a quality wheelset. A good wheel upgrade will include a combination of increased stiffness, decreased weight, and improved freehub engagement, in ratios dependent on your particular needs.

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e*thirteen TRS tire review


Buy these tires immediately — they changed this tester’s life and he says they will change yours, too. Here’s why.

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How to: Proper bolt tightening patterns


When installing a new chainring (or other critical component) there’s a specific pattern you should use when tightening the bolts. Simply reefing them down one-by-one just wont do.

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Carbon versus aluminum handlebars


So you are looking to upgrade to a wider handlebar, but are not sure if you should go with carbon or aluminum and are wondering what are the benefits and drawbacks of each?

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Chromag Fubar OSX 35 800mm alloy handlebar review


The Fubar OSX 35′s are responsive without being jarring, competitive in weight and price with other top brand’s alloy bars, and offer plenty of length for customization.

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How To: Replace a Broken Spoke


So you broke a spoke and you don’t know what to do? Check out this video from Art’s Cyclery to learn how to get back on the road or trail.

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Carbon frames versus aluminum: Which is better?


Should you be wary of when buying a carbon frame? And do they last as long and are they as strong as aluminum frames? These are questions we hear all the time. Get the answers here.

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Understanding rear derailleur cage length


Rear derailleurs come in short, medium, and long cage versions. But what is the difference and how do you know which one you need? Check out this video to find out.

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How to install a KS LEV Integra dropper post


As you’ve probably guessed, installing an internally routed post is a bit more involved than dealing with an external version. But as internally-routed frames become the standard, this is a process we all need to know.

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15 Must-Have Tools for the Home Mechanic


Whether you’re a racer and need a basic traveling setup, or an aspiring home mechanic, these tools will help keep you rolling.

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Continental Der Baron Projekt 29er tire review


Though the Der Baron wasn’t our favorite for dry, skatey, rocky terrain, this tire would almost surely shine in wet and/or loamy terrain. Plus, its casing is super durable, resisting tears and punctures in even the sharpest rocks.

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Where to spend your money on Shimano 1x drivetrains


So you want to install a 1x Shimano groupset, but are on a budget. The key is knowing the best places to save and spend some extra money. Click through to find out more.

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How To: Find the right tire pressure


Correct tire inflation creates maximum ground contact while limiting tire deflection. But what’s the right amount of air for you?

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How To: Choose the right pair of mountain bike shorts


A good pair of cycling shorts is essential for getting the most out of your rides. Features to consider when selecting shorts include fit, storage, durability, and whether or not they have a liner. Check out this video to learn more.

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Tech Tip: Why you should upgrade your brake rotors


Upgrading to nicer rotors is a relatively cheap way to get superior performance out of one of your bike’s most critical components.

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Vittoria Morsa G+ 29er tire review


Vittoria’s tire technology has progressed dramatically, led by the introduction of their Graphene rubber compound. This rubber, denoted by the G+ nomenclature, has already received much acclaim. But how would it work in the Morsa G+ 29er tire?

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Smith Squad MTB goggles review


Good styling, incredible coverage, large field of view, and anti-fogging paired with a killer price point make for great pair of goggles. Find out if the Smith Squad MTB measure up.

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How to choose mountain bike tires


When it comes to mountain bike tires, there are several factors to understand which will enable you to make an informed buying decision. These include construction, tread design, and compound.

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Basic mountain bike suspension setup explained


Properly setting up mountain bike suspension can seem like a magic trick to many people, but by following a few simple guidelines you will be pointed down the right track in no time.

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How to pump the trail — and go faster on your bike


Knowing how to pump rollers is a skill that opens up numerous possibilities on just about any trail. By strategically weighting and unweighting your wheels, you can pump over rollers and through low spots in the trail to help you maintain speed without pedaling.

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CO2 vs. Hand Pump: What’s the best way to fix a flat


It doesn’t matter if you’re a dedicated roadie, mountain biker, ‘cross racer, or all-around, pure bred race machine, this debate seems to be relatively universal: should you use CO2 or a hand pump?

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Art’s Cyclery 2015 Mountain Bike Gear of the Year


Here’s a look at some of the mountain bike products that made riding more enjoyable these past 12 months.

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Four skills every mountain biker should learn


The first step to increasing speed is improving your on-bike skills. Whether it’s climbing or descending, refining your balance, precision and control will make you faster and more efficient mountain biker. Watch this video to find out more.

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SRAM 1×11 Components: Where to spend your money


With an assist from our friends at Art’s Cyclery, here’s a part by part breakdown of where you’ll find the best bang for your buck when outfitting your mountain bike with SRAM 1×11 drivetrain components.

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How To: The basics of jumping your mountain bike


Jumping is a skill that requires finesse. It’s all about subtle, controlled movements, and this takes time to develop. But it’s worth it. You’ll be safer on the trail and have a lot more fun.

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Shimano Components: Where to Spend Your Money


With an assist from our friends at Art’s Cyclery, here’s a part by part breakdown of where you’ll find the best bang for your buck when outfitting your mountain bike with Shimano 10-speed drivetrain components.

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Tech Talk: Boost 148 explained


By now you have heard about the new Boost 148 and 110 hub standards. But what exactly are they and what do they mean to you?

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How To: Top 5 tips for setting up your mountain bike


Bike setup depends heavily on personal preference, but these basic tips will provide a starting point to find out what works best for you.

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How To: Stop creaks, squeaks, slaps and knocks on your mountain bike


After spending thousands of dollars on a mountain bike, the last thing you want is to hear are creaks, squeaks, slaps, and knocks while you’re riding down the trail. In some cases, the fix can be as easy as tightening a bolt or lubing your chain. Other noise issues may require you to be a bit more crafty and creative.

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How To: Buy your first mountain bike


Ready for a little dirt filled fun? Then you need to understand the various bike types and which components matter most. Here’s a primer to get you started on the path to making an informed mountain bike buying decision.

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How To: Select tire compounds, casings and beads


Tires are your contact point with the ground and make a significant difference in your bike’s handling performance. But it can be hard to choose a tire if you don’t understand construction methods, rubber compounds, and rating systems.

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Tech Talk: The importance of stack and reach


Understand what they refer to, and see why they can be the best way to tinker with geometry on your current bike.

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Tech Talk: How frame geometry affects a bike’s handling


Bicycle geometry affects more than just fit. It drastically changes what kind of terrain a bike will excel on and how is handles that terrain. Here’s a primer to help you better understand these differences.

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Tech Talk: Front and rear MTB tire combinations


Tires are a critical ingredient in your bike’s performance recipe, ranking just below suspension design and components in terms of impact. So how do you pick the best tires for your bike and needs?

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Tech: Why wider rims will improve your ride


Find out why wider rims offer a softer ride, more cornering traction, better climbing, less burping, weight savings and a potential to run a wider array of tire profiles.

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Tech: Deep dive on 1×10 narrow/wide conversion gearing


The growing popularity of extended cogs is a result of 11-speed 1x drivetrains by SRAM and Shimano. There are mechanical and weight advantages to ditching the front derailleur in favor of a wider range cassette that can do the job of a double or triple chainring system.

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