About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.




Black Diamond to Acquire POC


Black Diamond to Acquire Rapidly Growing Developer of Protective Gear for Action Sports, POC Sweden AB Management to Discuss Acquisition at Annual Stockholders Meeting Available via Teleconference and Webcast on June 8 at 8:30 A.M. ET Black Diamond, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDE) (the “Company” or “Black Diamond”) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement […]

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2012 Magura – MT Brakes and TS Forks


Once again, Magura USA (aka) hosted a superb press camp in spectacular Sedona Arizona in late-May this year. The invited editors and writers got to test out the Magura Direct products that they distribute, which includes Magura (brakes and forks), uvex (helmets and sunglasses) and Vaude (packs and apparel), and they also were joined by […]

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GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac and Remote Available Now


GoPro® Celebrates Launch of Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote with Short Film: “New York City” World Renowned Skateboarder, Ryan Sheckler, Captures Personal “Streets of New York” Experience with 50 Wi-Fi Enabled GoPro Cameras Half Moon Bay, CA (June 4, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — GoPro, maker of the world’s most versatile cameras and producer of some of […]

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Club Ride Adds to Growing Team & Joins Bikes Belong


Club Ride Joins Bikes Belong Ketchum, ID – Club Ride Apparel has partnered with Bikes Belong. The Sun Valley based cycling apparel company further built upon its commitment to cycling advocacy earlier this month by joining one of the country’s most prominent cycling special interest groups. “Cyclists are still in the minority,” said CEO Scott […]

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Shimano 2013 Saint and Zee


New video just added! Saint M820 first impressions from Santa Cruz’s Syndicate, Trek’s World Racing and Team Yeti. Find out what the top racers and their mechanics think about Shimano’s new Saint! Shimano gave a media only shindig for their Saint and ZEE gravity oriented group, before opening the tent door to the general public. […]

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Joy Factory StormCrusier iPhone Case and Bike Mount Review


The StormCruiser is a all-encompassing iPhone mounting system for bicycles (or anything with bars), and the kit includes a heavy-duty handlebar mount and a protective case for the iPhone 4/4S for a reasonable $50. The rugged case is water and dust proof, and provides protection for your precious and expensive commodity, and the mount fits […]

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Review: OGIO 9.0 Endurance Bag


OGIO is an innovative designer of bags with unique styling that is infused with intelligent designs. Their bags cover the gamut of activities, including sports, work, school, travel and leisure, making for products that can carry items specific to those life styles. Their recently introduced Endurance Collection includes the top of the line and full […]

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Optrix Unveils Wide-Angle iPhone Action Sports Case


Optrix Wide-Angle iPhone Action Sports Case Available for Pre-Order at Kickstarter Rugged weatherproof case and mount transforms the iPhone 4, 4S and iPod Touch into a panoramic extreme sports camera Marin, CA – May 17, 2011 – Optrix, designer of action sports video cases, announces the pre-order availability of the Optrix Wide-Angle at Kickstarter, the […]

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Introducing Osmo Nutrition


Introducing Osmo Nutrition Cutting edge nutrition company launches hydration and recovery product-system based on proven, peer-reviewed science Fairfax, CA (May 11, 2012)–Conventional wisdom in the endurance sports drink world holds that it’s optimal to have both electrolytes and carbohydrates in the same formula, to essentially turn a fluid into a fuel. Launched today and founded […]

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POC Speed Zone at Eastern and Mountain States Cup Races


I Can’t Drive 55! POC Speed Zone Awards Fastest DH Riders at Mountain States and Eastern States Cup Do you like to ride fast? With the first Eastern States and Mountain States Cup races right around the corner, POC is psyched to announce the POC Speed Zone Award. We have become an obsessive competitive biking […]

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Annex Products Quad Lock iPhone Universal Mounting System


Annex Products latest creation Quad Lock Has Arrived Attach your iPhone anywhere using one simple multi-purpose mounting system Melbourne, Australia – May 14, 2012 – Annex Products, the leading manufacturer of the Opena case, announces availability of the Patent Pending Quad Lock, the ultimate multipurpose mounting system for your iPhone and other devices. The Quad […]

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Shimano’s New Direct-Mount Rear Derailleur Option


Quite a few bikes at Sea Otter had Shimano’s new optional D.R.D. (Direct Mount Rear Derailer), and although the system makes a lot of sense, it is confusing to understand (myself included). Basically, the derailer pivot mounts directly to the hanger, without any B-Link present, and the hanger, which is supplied by the frame manufacturer, […]

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SRAM MTB 2013


SRAM has been busy lately, and at Sea Otter they were showing off new and improved components. The new products included the 650B Rise wheel, Avid X0 Trail brake, Grip Shift, Type 2 Rear Derailer and Reverb Stealth, while the RockShox forks and Monarch RT3 shock got some hefty tweaks. Grip Shift One of SRAM’s […]

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Magura 2013


As reported in mid-March, Magura has a new line of forks for 2013, with a plethora of sizes and travel options. The TS (Team Suspension) series will include a 29er with travel options of 80,100 and 120mm, a 650B with 120 and 150mm, and 26er with 80,100,120 and 150mm. There is a slew of versions […]

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Contour’s New Mount Kits


CONTOUR’S NEW MOUNT KITS OFFER VARIETY OF MOUNTING OPTIONS FOR CAPTURING LIFE’S EPIC MOMENTS Innovative Mount Kits and New ROAM Watersports Kit Makes it Easy to Capture Rich Video – From Anywhere SEATTLE, WASH. – May 1, 2012 – Contour, Inc. (www.contour.com), the company that makes it easy to capture and share epic moments with […]

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FOX Shocks 2013


FOX is revamping their forks and shocks again this year, and they are introducing the new CTD damper. The CTD stands for Climb, Trail and Descend modes, and will be available on all 32 and 34 forks, with 100 to 160mm of travel, and the FLOAT rear shocks. The CTD will work in synergy with […]

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Industry Nine 650B


Industry Nine had some 650B wheels on display, using the Stan’s Flow rims. I spoke with them about 650B, and they said it was quite easy for them to produce, as their proprietary aluminum straight pull spokes are just cut to different lengths, so it’s a simple manufacturing process to alter them for any wheels […]

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Hayes Bicycle Group – Hayes, Manitou and Answer


Hayes Hayes released the MAG disc brake back in 1997, and they haven’t sat on the laurels, and their new Crosshair Alignment Technology is an excellent adjustment feature for brakes. The Crosshairs allows adjustment for aligning the calipers to the rotors, in a simple and easy manner, using screws that are integrated on the caliper […]

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KS LEV Adjustable Seatpost


Kind Shock had their new KS LEV remote cable actuated adjustable seatpost on display, and it will be available in the next couple of weeks, in lengths of 100, 125 or 150 mm, and diameters of 27.2, 30.9 and 31.6 mm for $395. They were selling a few of them at Sea Otter to a […]

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Schwalbe Nobby Nic 650B Tires


Schwalbe is jumping on the 650B bandwagon with a couple of new tire entries for 2013, prominently the aggressive XC Nobby Nic. This definitely seems to be the year of 650B, although it’s being slowly morphed into being called the more appropriate and understandable 27.5. Most of the fork and tire manufacturers are rolling out […]

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ENVE Composites DH and 27.5 (650B) Rims


ENVE Composites had their new downhill wheels on display, and they were definitely light for a something that will be punished by downhill and freeride racers and riders. The Twenty6 DH rims are only available in the 26inch size, and are 30mm wide (21mm internal), and weigh in at 475 grams, and will retail for […]

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FOX D.O.S.S. Adjustable Seatpost – Sea Otter 2012


The trick FOX D.O.S.S. or Drop Off Steep Sh*t adjustable seatpost was on display at Sea Otter, and it will be in production in May with a retail price of $439, in comes in 30.9mm and 31.6mm sizes. The DOSS comes in either a 4 or 5-inch model, and has three positions, in what they […]

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Shimano 2013 Gravity Components – Sea Otter 2012


Shimano has been busy lately, and the bleeding edge technology that came out on their XTR wonder child, has been slowly morphing itself into their other groups. The XT group was the initial candidate, then SLX recently got it for 2013, and now the downhill and freeride oriented Saint receives some tidbits of that engineering […]

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Ladies Lounge event with Rebecca Rusch at Sea Otter Classic


Hydrapak: When you first attended Sea Otter what was your impression? Rebecca Rusch: Mass chaos, it’s the only event/place I’ve ever been where you have ALL types of cyclists present. Roadies, DH, XC, recreational and pro, kids, adults– pretty much the whole US cycling community coming together for one crazy, exciting weekend. Also being the […]

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Jett Combat Ice Glove Review


This top insulated glove is an excellent cross seasonal product, and is in their prime in cooler, windier, and more inclement weather conditions, and as a backup for high country adventures. They’re extremely durable, and are breathable, water resistant, and featured loaded, which all combine for a great all-season and all-weather glove. Prepare for Combat! […]

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SKS Aircon 6.0 and Airbase Pro Floor Pump


SKS is a German company that is best known for their bike fenders and mudguards in the US, but their product suite also includes pumps, saddle bags, multitools, and chainguards and water bottle cages. They have been manufacturing bike pumps for 80 years, and originated the mini pump, and last year sold 7.8 million pumps […]

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Ashima AiNeon


The technical virtuoso at Ashima, Wayne Moore, had a couple of interesting multi layer rotors on display in his booth at Interbike 2011, including the Matrix and Spider Rider. He is always poking around with new brake designs and lightweight brake rotors, and I was surprised at the simple design of the AiNeon rotor. The […]

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Küat Bottle Lock Review


The kuat Bottle Lock is a super convenient system, and the 5-foot cable, and ease of usage, made for a very handy bike lock. The simple and innovative design works well, and I didn’t have any issues with durability, although the hard plastic might crack if dropped a great distance?

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Incase Range Collection


Explore Anywhere with the Incase Range Collection Featuring enhanced weather resistance and reflective details, the Range Collection is built for everyday excursions in the city, on the trail and anywhere in between New this season, the Range Collection represents the latest iteration of innovative, functional bag designs from Incase. Inspired by the spontaneity and freedom […]

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GU Energy Partners With Rebecca Rusch


GU Energy Partners With Rebecca Rusch March 15, 2012, Berkeley, CA – GU Energy is proud to announce that effective today, it is the exclusive nutrition sponsor of the world’s greatest female endurance cyclist, Rebecca Rusch. Known as “The Queen of Pain,” Rusch, 43, has showcased her world-class fitness in an astonishing range of sports, […]

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Schwalbe Hans Dampf Review


The all condition’s mountain-bike tire, are tubeless ready with a non-directional tread pattern, and uses their tough SnakeSkin sidewalls, and was designed for dry and loose or wet and rooty and rocky terrain. The tires use their Triple Star rubber compound design, specifically the TrailStar version (High Performance Trail Ride Compound). I have been thrashing […]

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Shimano 2013 SLX


Shimano has always pushed their technology down its food chain, and last year the Deore XT got the trickled down engineering from its XTR brethren, and this year the SLX group gets the same sort of treatment. The SLX 2013 gets a plethora of trickery, including the Ice Tech brake pads and rotors, the Shadow […]

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Prestacycle Prestaratchet Review


This seems to be my week to write about tools, and this minuscule ratchet is one mighty dragon slayer. It accepts the ubiquitous 1/4 inch bits, and makes inserting and extracting fasteners on a bike a quick and effortless process. It has become an indispensable tool in my armada, and I feel lost without it […]

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CDI Preset Torque Limiting T-Handle Review


During some winter downtime between snowstorms, I started to do some bike builds and upgrades, and I was doing lot’s of part swapping, re-installs and tweaks. A great deal of this work involved using my home shop tools, and I was really enjoying using the CDI Preset Torque Limiting T-Handle. This clever little tool uses […]

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Review: GoPro HD HERO2


The new GoPro HD HERO2 has quite a few excellent features on top of its already outstanding functionality, the most prominent being the 11 megapixel sensor, which is accompanied by a sharper glass lens, both of which result in photos and videos with increased clarity and sharpness, and more vibrant and realistic colors. The UI […]

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VelEau LapelEau Review


The LapelEau is a magnetic tether reel system, which holds the tube of a hydration pack in place, but it allows to be freely pulled or retracted as desired, and retails for $12.00. The US made reels come from the originators of the classic badge reel, which have been used for many years to secure […]

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Club Ride Go Long and Days 2 Short Review


The Go Long is an excellent long sleeved jersey, with a generous cut, which is full featured, comfortable and offers exceptional sun protection, while the Days 2 Short are a nice set of shorts, which are simple, durable and have an effective waist adjustment system. All of their products use technical performance materials, that have […]

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LifeProof iPhone Case and Bike & Bar Mount Review


LifeProof recently released a bike and bar mount for their iPhone LifeProof case, which is a waterproof, snowproof, dustproof and shockproof case. The new mount fits a wide range of bike and motorsport bars, so you can take your iPhone on and off road, and into adverse conditions and environments. The synchronicity of the case […]

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Syntace P6 Carbon HiFlex seatpost, Vector Carbon handlebar and Megaforce 2 stem Review


Syntace had a few new tidbits they announced at the 2011 Interbike and Eurobike shows, and I’ve been testing them over the last couple of months. The two new trick components are the Syntace P6 Carbon HiFlex seatpost and Megaforce 2 stem. The carbon post has an interesting layup which provides some fore-and-aft flex, but […]

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Contour and Recon Instruments Partner with Camera and Goggle Connectivity


Contour Announces Partnership with Recon Instruments, Launching First Camera and Goggle Connectivity App at SIA Partnership Connects Contour Cameras to MOD Live Technology for Use as a Viewfinder Denver, CO, (SIA) – January 26, 2012 – Contour, (www.contour.com) a leader in making it easy to capture and share epic moments with hands-free video, and Recon […]

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OGIO’s Endurance Collection


OGIO Unveils New Endurance Collection New Bags are Designed for Athletes Requiring the Highest Performance Gear Salt Lake City (Jan 18, 2012) – A trailblazer and award-winning designer of bags and apparel for sport and adrenaline-driven lifestyles, OGIO is continuing to expand the brand’s horizons by journeying into the world of endurance sports. OGIO’s Endurance […]

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G-Form Knee, Elbow and Shin Pad Review


The G-Form company makes protection gear for consumer electronics and extreme athletic endeavors, that makes use of PORON XRD, which is a density changing and impact rate-dependent material. The basis of their product is RPT, which is Reactive Protection Technology, and is a combination of the PORON XRD material and their proprietary G-Form technology. What […]

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Contour and Cerevo Partner for Live Broadcasting to POV Cameras


World’s Smallest, Most Affordable, Live-Broadcast POV Solution Launches at CES Hands-Free Leaders Contour and Cerevo USA Partner to Bring Live Video Broadcasting to POV Cameras LAS VEGAS, NV, (Consumer Electronics Show) – Jan 10, 2012 – Contour, (www.contour.com) a market leader in hands-free capture and the sharing of action video, and Japanese-based Cerevo (shell.cerevo.com) today […]

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SKS GRAND D.A.D and GRAND M.O.M Fender Review


These mountain-bike fenders from the German SKS company, are part of their oversized line, and are meant for big fat meaty tires in mud and rain. The fenders are easy and quick to install and remove, have ultra wide coverage, and are made from a high quality dual compound plastic. I have used them throughout […]

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CamelBak Charge 450 Review


The pack is an excellent lightweight entity, that makes use of light materials and a minimalist design, for a pack that seamlessly conforms to your back, for superb comfort and conformability. It’s meant for everyday adventures, with enough capacity, features and pockets for long forays into the backcountry. The feathery light pack all but disappears […]

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SCOTT Dreambike for Wheels4Life


SCOTT Dreambike and Wheels4Life Founded by mountain biking legend Hans Rey, Wheels4Life is a non-profit charity that provides free bicycles for people in need of transportation in Third World countries. SCOTT has partnered with Crankbrothers to help raise money and awareness for Wheels4Life by auctioning a SCOTT Genius LT 30 Dreambike.

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Flyin Brian Lopes Signs with Magura


Olney, Il 12/15/2011: Multi Talented athlete Brian Lopes has partnered with Magura to meet his braking needs for 2012 and beyond. After hearing about the new MT Series brakes from Magura, Lopes contacted Magura last summer because he was looking for a disc brake that would meet his strong expectations and high standards and also […]

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Royal Racing Mercury Gloves Review


The Royal Racing Mercury gloves are an excellent cross seasonal product, and are in their prime in cooler, windier, and more inclement weather conditions. They’re durable, comfortable, well-made and are featured loaded, which all combine for a good all-around, all-season and all-weather glove.

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Rudy Project Karboneye Review


The Rudy Project KarbonEye is an incredible pair of sunglasses, and the frameless design has superb peripheral visibility and a panoramic field of view, and lenses offers excellent optical clarity. The KarbonEye is comfortable, durable and lightweight, and the lenses are made with tough and trick ImpactX material.

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Vaude North Shore 20 Review


The pack is an excellent adventure pack, meant for the epic forays into the backcountry, when carrying large amounts of gear is a necessity, and its large capacity, useful pockets and outer attachments straps assist in that endeavor. It’s tough and burly, yet simple and elegant, and includes many features that are useful and functional. […]

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