2009 Trek Fuel Carbon EX Bike Preview


The 2008 Trek Fuel line of bikes was wildly successful. 2009 brings about the evolution and the optimization of the species. The two most compelling changes to the 2009 Trek Fuel carbon frame are: 212 grams lighter than 2008. New frame weight is 2238 grams or 4.92 lbs Frame is now 28% stiffer in an […]

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Whistler Bike Park Review – Family Destination


Introduction: I am an XC rider. I’ll do small jumps and logs but mostly I like to stay on the ground. But I also enjoy the variety of cycling. I’ll ride an all-mountain bike, singlespeed, 29er, cross bike, road bike and I’ll always have a big grin on my face. I haven’t really delved too […]

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Roadbikereview Steps Up With Detailed and Timely TDF Coverage


Our sister site, Roadbikereview is now offering daily coverage of the 2008 Tour De France. The coverage features stage maps and profiles, photos and results. “Our goal is to put up results seconds after they are made available”, Site Manager Thien Dinh said. The coverage is available here: http://reviews.roadbikereview.com/blog/category/tour-de-france/ In addition, a very active Tour […]

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Look Quartz Pedal Pro Review


Review Update: June 17. I’ve been using the pedals for two months now. The news is good. The pedals have performed very, very well. Click-in is easy and positive. It is accompanied by a distinct snap that echoes throughout the pedal body. The feel is a little bit different from the Eggbeater pedals I was […]

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2008 MBO – Mountain Bike Oregon


2008 Update. The dates are: July 18-20, August 15-17 and there are still open spots. Update: June 17 New ride added – ADVANCED RIDERS ONLY! You asked for an advanced ride, with climbing and no shuttle, well your wish has come true We are adding a Lower Bunchgrass and all of Heckletooth ride This is […]

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Salsa Cycles Riding Tee Jerseys


These are T-shirt style jerseys that are comfortable on or off the bike. Though not a new concept, we were excited to try these new jerseys because they looked cool! Plus the material seemed really soft and light.

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The first Mtbr Trail Work day is a big hit.


April 27 -2008 – Mtbr.com teamed up with Trailworkers.com to work on Soquel Demonstration Forest in Santa Cruz, CA. Where normal volunteer crews have 8-10 people, Mtbr was able to help recruit a group of 30 people to work and enjoy the day together. It is rumored that food, beer, and swag were used to […]

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NiteFLUX Photon 4 Commuter and Enduro Review


Mtbr Lights Shootout Main Page | Mtbr Lights Reviews | Mtbr Lights Forum NiteFLUX Photon 4 Commuter and Enduro Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar Photon Max $375.99 800 2hrs 40min Lithium Ion 151g 419g 517g 1.40 2.00 Photon 4 – […]

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Continental Mountain King 2.4 29er Tire Review


Mountain King 2.4 29er By: Ty Brookhart The Continental Mountain King 29 tire comes in both 2.2″ and 2.4″ widths with 29″ diameter. The casing is made from 3 ply 180tpi cloth, and it has a foldable Kevlar bead. The tread and sidewalls are Black. Maximum inflation pressure is 65psi. 735g (2.2)/ 860g (2.4). Continental’s […]

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NiteFLUX Photon Max


Mtbr Lights Shootout Main Page | Mtbr Lights Reviews | Mtbr Lights Forum NiteFLUX Photon Max NiteFLUX Photon 4 Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar Photon Max $400.00 800 2hrs 40min Lithium Ion 151g 419g 517g 1.40 2.00 Photon 4 – […]

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Jim Taylor of Jet Lites is killed in a skiing accident


We are in shock. On Monday, Feb. 25, Jim Taylor struck a tree in while skiing in Squaw Valley. He was airlifted out but was pronounced dead at Renown Medical Center in Reno. Jim Taylor is a good friend of mine. He has been a supporter/advertiser of mtbr for the last 10 years. We’ve ridden […]

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Lupine Wilma 6


Mtbr Lights Shootout Main Page | Mtbr Lights Reviews | Mtbr Lights Forum Lupine Wilma 6 $695.00 Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar Lupine Wilma 6 $695 830 4hrs Lithium Ion 140g 320g 460g 1.80 1.19 Light Meter charts and comparison […]

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Lupine Betty 12


Mtbr Lights Shootout Main Page | Mtbr Lights Reviews | Mtbr Lights Forum Lupine Betty 12 $1,185.00 Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar Lupine Betty 12 $1,185 1400 6hrs Lithium Ion 156g 668g 825g 1.69 1.18 Light Meter charts and comparison […]

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Alpine 320K Kids Bike


MSRP: $400. Direct Price: $329 Our bike tester, Miguel is seven years old and had a pretty decent bike. It was a 7-speed Schwinn Mesa with a front shock and an aluminum frame. But when we started tackling some hills, 7-speed just wasn’t enough. So I looked into getting a front derailleur and converting the […]

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29er Shootout Sponsors


So what’s next? Well this review will continue to evolve. We’ll continue to add reviews as our reviewers get to try the bikes for extended periods. Also, we’ll add more bikes as they become available. The Turner Sultan was not available during at press time so we’ll add it in as it arrives. Also expect […]

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RST M-29, First Air and Titan Air forks


This a review of RST M-29. The other forks in the photo are the First Air and Titan Air. They al share the same build and technology. TheM-29 is built the 29er wheel. The First Air has 100 mm of travel and the Titan Air has 130. Weight is 4.43 lbs. Note the grease ports. […]

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Knog 605


Mtbr Lights Shootout Main Page | Mtbr Lights Reviews | Mtbr Lights Forum Knog 605 $399.00 Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar Knog 605 $399 300 2hrs Lithium Ion 98g 384g 482g 0.62 0.75 Light Meter charts and comparison table available […]

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Ayup 'Regular' Kit


Mtbr Lights Shootout Main Page | Mtbr Lights Reviews | Mtbr Lights Forum Ayup bar (regular kit) $ 380.00 Ayup helmet Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar Ayup bar (regular kit) $190 280 5hrs Lithium Ion 68g 94g 152g 1.84 1.47 […]

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Dinotte 200L, 200L Dual & 600-LI-4C


Mtbr Lights Shootout Main Page | Mtbr Lights Reviews | Mtbr Lights Forum Dinotte 200L $ 249.00 Dinotte 200L Dual $ 349.00 Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar Dinotte 200L $249 200 8hrs Lithium Ion 64g 237g 303g 0.66 0.80 Dinotte […]

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Light On Expedition


Mtbr Lights Shootout Main Page | Mtbr Lights Reviews | Mtbr Lights Forum Light On Expedition 1000 helmet and bar lights – $800 Helmet or bar light separately – $409 Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar Light On Expedition 1000 $409 […]

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Light and Motion Vega, Stella 180L & 180N


Mtbr Lights Shootout Main Page | Mtbr Lights Reviews | Mtbr Lights Forum Light and Motion Stella 180L $300.00 Light and Motion Stella 180N $200.00 Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar Light and Motion Vega $175 75 2hrs NiMh 221g n/a […]

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BR Lights Jeni H & C2.1H


Mtbr Lights Shootout Main Page | Mtbr Lights Reviews | Mtbr Lights Forum This review covers the Jeni H and the BR Lights C2.1 H (see below for full review on both lights) Jeni H $ 299.00 Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens […]

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Jet Lites Shadow 2600 HID


Mtbr Lights Shootout Main Page | Mtbr Lights Reviews | Mtbr Lights Forum Jet Lites Shadow Lithium $ 500.00 Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar Jet Lites Shadow Lithium $500 675 2:40 Lithium Ion 150g 719g 869g 0.78 1.35 Light Meter […]

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Exposure Enduro Maxx, Race Maxx & Joystick Maxx


Mtbr Lights Shootout Main Page | Mtbr Lights Reviews | Mtbr Lights Forum Exposure Maxx Series Video Review Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar Exposure Enduro Maxx $349 720 4hrs Lithium Ion 236g n/a 257g 2.80 1.60 Exposure Race Maxx $279 […]

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Niterider Minewt.X2, Minewt.X2 Dual & Niterider Trinewt, Niterider Trinewt Wireless


Mtbr Lights Shootout Main Page | Mtbr Lights Reviews | Mtbr Lights Forum NiteRider MiNewt.X2 $190.00 Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar NiteRider MiNewt.X2 $190 150 3.50hrs Lithium Ion 82g 150g 232g .65 .79 NiteRider MiNewt.X2 Dual $225 300 1:50hrs Lithium […]

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Cateye Tripleshot


Mtbr Lights Shootout Main Page | Mtbr Lights Reviews | Mtbr Lights Forum Cateye Tripleshot $330.00 Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar Cateye Tripleshot $330 130 3.75hrs NiMh 212g 478g 714g 0.18 0.39 Light Meter charts and comparison table available here. […]

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Look 986 Mountain Bike Review


Introduction: At the 2007 Sea Otter, we got a peek at Look’s first mountain bike in many years. It features a monocoque front end and chain stays/bottom bracket assembly. The seat stays are bonded to an integrated seatpost, very similar to the top of the line Look 595 road frame. The seat and chain stays […]

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Mtbr goes big on the Los Gatos Turkey ride.


The Los Gatos Turkey ride is annual tradition that has been going on for over 10 years. On Thanksgiving morning, cyclists go up the mountain through Kennedy trail from downtown Los Gatos. The mountain is steep at 2200 feet but the spirit and camaraderie is awesome. This year, mtbr and friends went big with several […]

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Ergon Grips and Ergon BD1 Backpack


Ergon green. That color stands for unique design and functional mountain bike products. They look a little different and the promise is that they work better for your body. Let’s put three of their products to the test. The first product is the the Ergon GR2 grip. Now, I sought out this product out of […]

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White Syncros components


.!. The key to giving the Nomad its look is the use of Syncros parts. Syncros is a brand I remember from a decade ago on my first dream bike! They went through ups and downs and the company has been purchased by Ritchey. And Ritchey has been pouring R&D into a new product line. […]

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White Santa Cruz Nomad


.!. At the 2006 Interbike, I saw an all white bike. Mountain Cycle, I believe. That got me going on a white Santa Cruz Nomad as the new testbed for mtbr.com. The Nomad is beautiful and verstatile bike. It’s shape was definitely carved by and artist. And its trail abilities seems very, very broad. I’ve […]

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Rocky Mountain Element 50 Review


.!. Had the opportunity to ride this bike for a few hundred miles and was pretty impressed. The components were:   Frame: Rocky Mountain FORM™ 7005 Taperwall Aluminum + Carbon seatstay Frame Weight: n/a Fork: FOX 32 100 RL Front Travel: 100 MM Rear Shock: FOX FLOAT RP23 CUSTOM VALVED Rear Travel: 100 MM Head […]

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