About the author: Nick Legan

Nick Legan is happiest with some grease under his nails and a long dirt climb ahead. As a former WorldTour team mechanic, Legan plied his trade at all the Grand Tours, Spring Classics, World Championships and even the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In recent years, gravel and ultra-distance racing has a firm grip on Legan’s attention, but his love of mountain biking and long road rides hasn’t diminished. Originally a Hoosier, Legan settled in Boulder, Colorado, 14 years ago after finishing his time at Indiana University studying French and journalism. He served as the technical editor at VeloNews for two years and now contributes to Adventure Cyclist, Mtbr and RoadBikeReview.




Northwave Extreme XC MTB shoe review

This stylish, lightweight cross-country mountain bike shoe offers excellent power transfer and reasonable walking stability. Learn more in the Mtbr review.

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Specialized S-Works 6 XC shoe review


We spent some time thinking about how to describe the Specialized S-Works 6 XC mountain bike shoes, and really, it’s pretty easy: They’re the lightest, most connected XC race shoes we’ve ever worn.

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Specialized Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie review


Hardtails aren’t dead. Not by a long shot. Specialized’s new Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie proves that thanks to its fun geometry, excellent parts spec, and agreeable price point.

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WTB Ranger 27.5×3.0” TCS Light/Fast tire review


One of the best all-round, XC/trail, plus size mountain bike tires we’ve tried with options for more aggressive riding.

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AbsoluteBLACK Oval Traction Chainring review


While claims about the advantages of non-round chainrings are hard to substantiate, they do help some riders decrease strain on knees, improve traction, and apply power more smoothly.

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Ritchey WCS Carbon Trail Flat +/-5mm bar review


Ritchey’s WCS Carbon Trail Flat bar offers light weight and a good width for XC and trail riders. Learn more in our full review.

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Speedplay Syzr mountain bike pedals review


Great pedal for riders with specific fit requirements who are seeking smooth float and walkability.

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iSSi Trail and Trail Triple clipless pedals review


If you’re dying to color coordinate your pedals or if you would benefit from having longer than standard pedal axles, iSSi pedals will fit the bill.

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Pearl Izumi MTB WxB vs. Gore Power Trail rain shorts shootout


For the year-round cyclist sometimes it’s the small things that make life more enjoyable. Here’s an inside look at the cycling accessory you didn’t know you needed, but shouldn’t live without.

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10 amazing places to ride fat bikes in winter


While the bike industry was quick to jump on the fat bike trend, it has taken the resort world a little longer to catch up. Many have figured it out, though, offering miles of fat bike smiles. Here are some of the best big wheeled wintertime locales in North America.

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6 quick spinning fat bike wheels


For any wheeled vehicle, lowering rotational weight is one of the best ways to spend upgrade dollars. Just like on road and traditional mountain bikes, fat bikes benefit from lighter wheels.

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10 top notch fat bike tires


Tire choice is critical. Intended use, durability, and weight all factor in to what kind of rubber you want on the road (or snowy trail). Indeed, when it comes to fat bikes, tires are arguably the most important component decision you’ll make.

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