Mtbr's 2016 Winter Biking GearReviews and Roundups

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Interview with Ross Shafer, the founder of Salsa Cycles

Ross Shafer was one of the earliest mountain bike pioneers and his trademark style make for one hell of an interview.

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Factory Tour: Coors Brewing facility

It may not be our favorite trail beer, but it is one of the most consistent. We try to find out why during our quick tour of their massive facility.

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10 things you need to know about fat bike maker Borealis

We spent a day at Borealis HQ in Colorado Springs, touring the facility, talking to the people behind the brand, and of course riding fat bikes. Here are 10 of our most interesting takeaways.

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First Look: 2016 Transition Patrol Carbon

Find out more about this hot new bike — and hear what Transition Bikes co-founder Kyle Menard has to say about the cost of carbon manufacturing and the challenges it poses for smaller brands in an exclusive Mtbr interview.

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Factory Tour: Yeti Cycles HQ

Take a quick tour with us of the Yeti Offices in Golden, Co to get a feel for how they live, play, and work.

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Does gearing affect suspension performance?

Can a small chainring negatively affect suspension performance? How about one of those big bail out cogs? To find the answers to those questions and more we turned to Pivot Cycles frontman Chris Cocalis. Read our interview.

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Tech: Are size specific pedals the next big thing?

Flat pedals have changed minimally in recent years but that may soon change. Two manufacturers are seeking to help improve performance with new size specific platforms. How did the concept originate? We called Spank and Crankbrothers to learn more.

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Video: Myles Rockwell’s 1998 and 2000 DH race bikes

From the beginning, downhill mountain bike racing has been an epicenter of technological development. In this pair of pro bike videos, we go back in time with Myles Rockwell, 2000 world downhill champion, and one of the most exciting racers of his time. Make sure you check out the brake rotors and “wood” derailleur.

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Video: Meet Joe Breeze maker of the first purpose built MTB

You can make a solid argument that Joe Breeze created the first purpose built mountain bike. In this great video from the Pro’s Closet Museum Series, Breeze talks about those early days and the progression of his first bicycles.

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An interview with the man building a bike park in Bali

Alex Springenschmitch is an Austrian living in Bali who has been super active in supporting and fueling the development of mountain biking on the island. With the Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge hosted in Bali the past 3 years, the popularity of mountain biking and the building of singletrack on the island has taken off.

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Video: The return of Fat Chance Cycles

After a long hiatus, famed pioneering mountain bike builder Chris Chance of Fat Chance Bicycles is getting back in the game. Find out why and see the new bike in this revealing video interview.

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Factory Tour: Hope Tech

Peter Szwed Szwedowski got a first-hand look at how Hope Tech products are created and he shares it with us in this story. The Hope Tech headquarters is a sprawling facility where they not only design the products but they manufacture them as well from start to finish.

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Trans-Sylvania Epic: Day in the Life of Cody Phillips

Get an inside look at how this enduro specialist approaches race day in the rugged backwoods of Pennsylvania.

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Factory Tour: Mountain Racing Products (aka MRP)

Come along for an inside look at the Grand Junction, Colorado-based maker of chain guides, chain guards and suspension forks.

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Santa Cruz Factory Tour: Where bikes are born

See where every Santa Cruz bicycle in the world must first pass through. And check out one of the best company kitchens we’ve ever seen.

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HQ Tour: Wheel and hub maker Kappius Components

Small Colorado company aims to compete with high-end wheel and hub offerings from the likes of ENVE, Zipp and DT Swiss.

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Five NiteRider myths, busted

Mtbr visited NiteRider and learned five things about this 25 year old San Diego company.

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BicycleBlueBook.com takes guess work out of buying and selling used bikes

Whether you need to sell a bike to make room for a new one, or are looking for a second-hand bargain, BicycleBlueBook.com brings automotive-style valuation structure to two wheels.

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Interview: 10 (important) questions with IMBA communications director Mark Eller

E-bikes, fatbikes, revenue sharing, and more — it’s all on the table in this wide ranging discussion with IMBA’s primary public relations person.

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Factory Tour: Cane Creek Cycling Components

Mtbr takes a tour of Cane Creek’s North Carolina factory where they make shocks, headsets and seatposts here in the good ol’ US of A. Come on along and check it out.

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Video: Building the world’s most beautiful pump tracks

Former Swiss DH champ Claudio Caluori and his firm Velosolutions build the world’s most beautiful pump tracks—check them out and see what else this enthusiastic bike evangelist is up to.

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Factory Tour: Inside Industry Nine

North Carolina’s Industry Nine Industry builds wheels that are as beautiful as they are functional.

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Five amazing mountain bike trail features you’ve never seen before

The Forest Trail Alliance creates amazing signature trailscapes, all to raise money to build even more trails. Check out five of their amazing trail features here.

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Road Trip: Sedona, Arizona and Over The Edge Sports Bike Shop

Over The Edge Sports helps riders get the most out of Sedona’s red rock mountain bike paradise.

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Art’s Cyclery: Retail Store and Web/Mail Order “Behind-the-Scenes”

Check out our up close and personal look at Art’s Cyclery – both their retail shop and the inner workings of their online/mail order bike business. Art’s is full of great products handled by friendly people in a beautiful area to ride.

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