Components Reviews and News


e*thirteen 9-46t TRSr 1×11 cassette first look

e*Thirteen trumps SRAM Eagle’s range and weight with its new XD-compatible 11-speed cassette.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: When money is no object

Let’s forget about “need” for a moment and move on to “want.” After all, that’s completely in line with the spirit of Christmas (at least the whole Black Friday part). Here are a few choice items that would make anyone feel like they got your first bike all over again.

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Shimano XT Di2 takes on BC Bike Race

The BC Bike Race is a grueling 7-day test of athlete endurance and bike durability. Rocky, rooty trails in the rain proved to be a great testing ground for Shimano’s new Di2 mountain platform.

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Vorsprung promises improved suspension with Luftkappe

Think the RockShox Pike or Lyrik can’t get any better? Vorsprung says, think again.

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Video: Springs versus dampers

The basic difference between a spring and damper is enough to understand, but delving deeper will help you better tune your bike.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Hot MTB components

An awesome frame is a good thing, but it’s the components that dial it in for your riding terrain and style. Here are some of our favorite components from a sea of contenders.

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Set N’ Forget Paul Component thru axles

OEM thru axles are ok, but they’re often finicky and plastic. Paul Components thought they could do better.

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Video: How air spring volume spacers work

Air volume spacers can have a magical effect on suspension performance, but how do they actually work?

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Top seven suspension mistakes

Setting up your suspension costs nothing, but can drastically improve your riding experience.

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Video: How damper oil flow is controlled

The internal workings of your suspension may seem complicated, but once you break it down, it’s actually pretty simple.

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Video: How Fox Float air springs work

Are you curious about the internals of your fork? Let suspension tuning gurus Vorsprung demystify the magic behind air springs.

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Matchmaker: Rotor shows SRAM Eagle compatible Q-Ring

To make a statement about its Q-Ring compatibility with components from other brands, Rotor Bike Components has rolled out the first video in a series on compatibility with its QX1 chainrings for mountain bikes.

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Fox begins repair service for recalled Fox Float X2 shock

Last month, Fox announced a voluntary recall for the Float X2 air shock. This week, they received CPSC approval to start processing repairs. Click through to learn more.

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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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SRAM EX1 e-bike drivetrain review

SRAM realized there was a need for a drivetrain and braking system made specifically for the higher demands of e-bikes. Check our verdict on their efforts here.

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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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Crankbrothers Highline dropper post review

If you’re in the market for a new dropper and can live with 125mm of travel, this post is certainly worth considering. And if something does go wrong, there’s a 3-year warranty backing you up.

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When should you replace your carbon handlebar?

Carbon parts aren’t cheap. So if you scratch your bars in a crash, do you have to replace them right away?

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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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SRAM Eagle 1×12 drivetrain review

Many doubted the vision of 1×11 and the same is true for 1×12 SRAM Eagle. But spend some time with this drivetrain and it will disappear beneath you as you ride fast and climb high.

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See what’s slowing Aaron Gwin down

Aaron Gwin’s No. 1 focus is never slowing down. The reigning U.S. national and World Cup overall downhill champion earns his keep staying off the brakes. But when it comes time to scrub speed, the YT Bikes rider has a new weapon.

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New Thomson rigid seat posts, plus dropper updates

While Thomson is best associated with intricately machined alloy stems and seatposts, its new range of rigid posts use carbon and 3D forging.

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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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Clever new components from Wolf Tooth

Wolf Tooth is king of producing clever aftermarket hop up kits or new product categories. At Interbike, they were showing of a host of rad new items.

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Fox Transfer dropper post review

Fox applied its experience from the Fox DOSS to develop a better product. But how does the new Transfer measure up in this Mtbr long term review.

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