Components Reviews and News


Ergon previews new DH GD1 grips and SMD2 saddle

Ergon has a penchant for thinking differently when it comes to ordinary products. It’s earned the German company a legion of fans, but can they win over the DH crowd with their latest gravity-specific offerings?

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SRAM EX1 e-bike component group first look

Almost all e-bikes currently use the same drivetrains as normal bikes and they seem to work well enough. But spend some time with them and one will realize that it can be made to work better. Find out what we think of SRAM’s latest effort.

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Tech Tip: Why you should upgrade your brake rotors

Upgrading to nicer rotors is a relatively cheap way to get superior performance out of one of your bike’s most critical components.

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New Cane Creek C-Quent features fewer tuning options

The new C-Quent is Cane Creek’s first Double Barrel shock built for the rider who prefers fewer tuning options and a tool-free interface.

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Renthal goes 35mm with full line of bars and stems

While most new mountain bikes ship with 35mm bars and stems, most aftermarket components are only available in the older 31.8mm diameter. Luckily for fans of Renthal, the U.K. brand just released a full range of 35mm bits.

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MRP SXg chain guide review

The SXg chain guide from MRP promises all the benefits of a full chain guide without introducing any drag. Can it deliver?

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FOX Transfer dropper post first look

The FOX Transfer has all the right moves for a second generation product from a suspension engineering company. But they surprised us with a knockout punch of $264 price.

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SRAM’s new GX DH drivetrain brings trickle down tech to gravity market

SRAM’s latest is a seven speed drivetrain that brings World Cup DH proven tech down to a price point anyone can afford.

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FOX Fork Air Volume Spacer review

Suspension tuning doesn’t have to be scary. Using FOX’s Air Volume Spacer system, you can custom tune your fork or shock in about 20 minutes.

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PNW Components Rainier dropper post review

Quality, affordable dropper posts have remained elusive despite the rise in popularity of the category. PNW Components hopes to answer that call with the $270 Rainier.

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FOX Transfer dropper post sneak peak

Following the outgoing FOX DOSS dropper post that was a bit rough around the edges but extremely reliable, FOX is getting ready to introduce the their new dropper called the Transfer.

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AbsoluteBLACK 77designz oval guide launched

AbsoluteBLACK has introduced its first upper chain guide specifically designed to work in conjunction with oval chainrings, which are claimed to ensure complete chain control at every angle of the crank’s rotation.

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Spy shots of updated FOX Live Valve

It’s no secret that FOX is working on an electronic suspension system, but new spy shots reveal it’s getting much closer to production.

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TOGS adds carbon model to line-up

TOGS brings simple addition to the traditional perpendicular MTB handlebar setup that may well transfer to happier legs on your next climb.

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Shimano XT Di2

The long-awaited trickle down of Di2 to the XT level is now here. Configurability with a smartphone is now available too with Bluetooth connectivity.

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DVO teases new Garnet dropper post

Boutique suspension manufacturer DVO teases a new hybrid hydraulic and cable actuated Dropper post.

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New suspension products from the Sea Otter pits

Here’s all the new suspension stuff we discovered on our whirlwind tour of the Sea Otter Pits last week.

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New Race Face Next SL G4 Cranks get even lighter

Race Face just released the newest version of its Next SL cranks and you won’t believe how much lighter they are.

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Praxis Works introduces carbon wheels and cranks

Santa Cruz, California-based Praxis has gotten into the wheel game, launching the new C32 carbon wheelset for trail and all mountain use.

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Save the front derailleurs, 8 ways to repurpose old components

Now that SRAM has declared the front derailleur is dead, here are eight clever ways to keep them from being sent to the dump.

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Bontrager Drop Line stem, bars, pedals and dropper post

Bontrager’s new Drop Line dropper post is easily serviceable, claimed to perform well in extreme temperatures (for all your fat biking needs), and is infinitely adjustable.

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FOX Float X2 review

A FOX Float X2 has been suspending and damping the rear of our Specialized Enduro for the past few months – check the full review to see how it went.

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OneUp expands chain guide range with two new offerings

Building on the success of its existing drivetrain specific product line, OneUp has launched two new chain guides.

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New RockShox Deluxe and Super Deluxe Shocks

Last week RockShox and several other prominent brands announced their commitment to new metric sizing. Head past the break to get a first glimpse at what that means for the future.

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DT Swiss fork and shock revisions coming soon

Next generation fork will allow air volume adjustment, while new shock’s rebound and compression circuits will be separated from each other.

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