Components Reviews and News


Just In: 2016 FOX Float DPS EVOL shock

For 2016, FOX revamped its Float rear shock with two damping pistons called DPS for better performance. They also added an extra negative spring can called EVOL to make the suspension curve flatter.

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Lindarets ReMount improves dropper post lever position

Novel device allows riders to keep hands on bars when moving saddle up and down. But it doesn’t work well with all lever designs.

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Round-up: Best new flat pedals

Some of the best tech and innovation is actually going in to these new flat pedals. Low weight, low profile, platform size and grip are the key elements.

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Sea Otter: SQlab’s Signature Series Hans Rey saddles and grips

The SQlab 611 Active Ti saddle and 711 MX grip provide the basis for these special edition saddles and grips that provide comfort and control.

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Sea Otter: Xpedo’s new GFX clipless DH and CXR cross-specific pedals

Check out these highlights and new products from Xpedo including the all new GFX and CXR pedals.

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Sea Otter: Shimano Deore XT M8000 11-Speed

Shimano trickles down 11-speed to XT but adds the 42-tooth rear cog that riders have been clamoring for. 1×11 and 2×11 will be offered a price similar to last year’s XT Group.

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Sea Otter: Crankbrothers launching custom color program

For an extra $25, consumers will soon be able to design personalized Crankbrothers Eggbeater and Candy pedals.

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Sea Otter: MRP shows new AMG chainguide, Wave chainring

Colorado company doing everything in its power to assure your chain stays where it’s supposed to be, even when the trail is at its rowdiest.

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Sea Otter: Pacenti PDent makes sub-30mm stems possible

Simple solution to longstanding barrier could allow for stems as short as 12mm, which in turn could alter bike frame design.

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Sea Otter: ENVE shows new HDH downhill bar

High end composite component and wheel maker lifts lid on new downhill bar: 810mm wide HDH designed to mix precision steering and ride-tuned damping.

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Sea Otter: Rotor launches axle-based INpower power meter

The company best known for its ovalized chainrings is making a continued push into the power meter market with INpower, an axle-based power measuring device for road and mountain bikes that runs on an easy-to-swap standard AA battery.

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Video: SRAM GX ‘Far and Wide’

Austin, Texas is a city of diverse cultures and choices. With rugged trails around the city, riders can ride right out of their door to enjoy the outdoors. Follow these three riders, how they got started riding and why they continue to enjoy the sport.

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Tech: Deep dive on 1×10 narrow/wide conversion gearing

The growing popularity of extended cogs is a result of 11-speed 1x drivetrains by SRAM and Shimano. There are mechanical and weight advantages to ditching the front derailleur in favor of a wider range cassette that can do the job of a double or triple chainring system.

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Just In: Project 321 Lefty Supermax kits and wheelsets

Project 321 allows you to put a Lefty fork on almost any bike. With their machining wizardry, they’re able to provide bling parts that perform.

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Long Term Test: Shimano Di2 XTR

We’ve put a lot of rides in on our Di2 XTR test bike and it is rather strange how ‘normal’ it feels. While very complex and configurable, on the trail it can feel very simple and natural. It really doesn’t call attention to itself and just becomes part of the ride.

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First Look: SRAM GX Drivetrain

SRAM knocks one out of the park by expanding the sweet spot of 1×11 drivetrains with this more affordable option. The gearing range flexibilities are increased too with 2×11 and 2×10 options.

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Sneak Peek: Praxis Works wide range 11-40 10-speed MTB cassette

There is a market for 1×10 drivetrain systems but riders often run out of low gears. So they slap on aftermarket 42 tooth cogs, but there is some compromise in shifting. Praxis aims to solve that with their 11-40 10-speed cog.

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PUSH Industries launches fully customizable rear shock

Rear shock geared to get the most out of today’s 140-165mm travel mountain bikes, and will be hand assembled and built to customer specification based on rider weight, riding style, and frame application.

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Review: TOGS Thumb Over Grip System

TOGS can be a valuable asset, allowing a rider to switch hand position on longer rides when numbness and hand fatigue might otherwise be an issue.

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News: Fyxation enters the fat bike market with the Blackhawk carbon bike

4-lb carbon frame with the ability to run 29+ or 26×5.0 tires is Fyxation’s entry in this growing field. Find out what this Milwaukee-based company is bringing to the fat bike market.

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News: Shimano launches anniversary pedal/shoe combo

To commemorate extended track record of success Shimano is releasing a limited-edition shoe and pedal combination.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Flat pedals

Flat pedals have come along way with thinner, lighter and grippier options. If you’re an old ‘flats’ guy looking to upgrade or you’re a clipless veteran curious to join the other side, check what our gift guide has to offer.

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News: SRAM releases X-SYNC direct mount front chainrings

1×11 just got better with the release of smaller, direct-mount chainrings. Now there is a solution for getting low gearing on a 1×11 drivetrain with chainrings that can go as low as 28t or even 26t.

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Long Term Review: Cane Creek DBInline

Big things come in small packages. The DBInline is a full twin-tube shock just like the DBAir, it’s just packaged more economically to fit a wider range of 120mm-160mm travel bikes.

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Gear Review: Gates Carbon Belt Drive System

Gates Carbon Drive belt system a light, quiet option for single speeders.

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