Components Reviews and News

First Look: RockShox Monarchs now available for Trek and Specialized bikes

Rockshox makes the Monarch and Monarch Plus shocks available for select Trek and Specialized bikes and we get to try it first-hand on our local trails with the Trek Fuel EX 29.

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Hot News: Santa Cruz launches more affordable carbon bikes, bars and grips

Santa Cruz launches lower-cost versions of carbon Bronson, 5010 and Tallboy. New colors, handlebars and grips also announced.

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Factory Tour: Cane Creek Cycling Components

Mtbr takes a tour of Can 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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Workbench: How to un-suck your chainsuck

Nothing sucks quite like chainsuck—it can halt your ride in an instant and cause costly damage to your frame and componentry. Find out how to prevent it.

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New Product: Shimano launches XTR Di2 electronic mountain bike group

Shimano announces XTR Di2 electronic shifting to complement new 11-speed group.

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First Look: Magura eLECT suspension

Magura’s eLECT electronic suspension continues to evolve a the automatic lock-out suspension system as a rear shock joins their front fork for a unified system.

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Gear Review: Cane Creek DBinline Air Shock

Cane Creek launches twin-tube damper performance and adjustability in a compact and lightweight single tube shock package.

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Riva Bike Festival: Product Highlights Part 2

More photo highlights from the Riva Bike Festival that’s held annually in Riva del Garda, Italy.

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Riva Bike Festival: Product Highlights

Mtbr got a chance to visit the Riva Bike Festival held annually in Riva del Garda, Italy. It is a chance for enthusiasts and pros to race, see new products and demo new bikes. Here are some photo highlights from the event.

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Revealed: Vecnum Moveloc dropper post with up to 200mm of travel

The Vecnum Moveloc enters the dropper post category with German engineering, smooth operation and up to 200mm of dropper post travel.

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First Ride: New SRAM X1 11-speed drivetrain

SRAM has unveiled a third, more affordable version of their wildly successful 1x mountain drivetrain, dubbed X1, featuring much of the same performance acumen of their higher-end 11-speed systems, but at much less cost.

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Gear Review: Ritchey Vector Evo Streem saddle and Trail seatpost

Ritchey’s lightweight Vector Evo monorail saddle and seatpost system suspends rider for exceptional comfort.

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Sea Otter Video: 2014 Enduro Bearings

Corey Caldwell shows us how a full ball bearing upgrade can make your mountain bike work smoother and more efficiently.

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Sea Otter Video: 2014 Project 321 Hubs and Anodized Cranks

Project 321 made a name for itself with adaptors so you can use Cannondale Lefty forks on other bikes. Now they’re back with their own US-made hubset, as well as a new hub for the Cannondale Lefty SuperMax fork.

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Sea Otter Video: Spank Oozy Trail 295 wheels & Oozy Trail pedals 2014

Spank Industries Global Brand Manager Mike Dutton details the new Oozy Trail 295 Bead Bite wheelset and Oozy Trail pedal at Sea Otter 2014.

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Sea Otter Video: Easton Cycling Haven 35 bars & stems 2014

Easton Cycling Product Manager Scott Junker stepped into Mtbr’s Sea Otter booth to give us a preview of the new Haven 35 line.

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Sea Otter Video: Magura eLECT front & rear auto ride system 2014

Magura introduced their eLECT automatic compression system for front forks last year and follows up now by extending this technology to rear shocks.

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Sea Otter Video: Rotor Bike Components Rex cranks and QX1 chainring 2014

Rotor’s entire mountain bike line has been redesigned for 2014 with new graphics and shapes, with the goal of lightening up the line and enhancing durability.

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Sea Otter Video: Kappius KR29 carbon rims 2014

Kappius Components launched their new KR29 rim at Sea Otter this year and Kappius President Brady Kappius stopped by the Mtbr booth to show us the goods.

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Sea Otter Video: WickWerks chainrings 2014

WickWerks Engineer Eldon Goates starts off our conversation by proclaiming WickWerks chainrings to be the “fastest shifting chainrings in the world.” He then talks us through the engineering in support of this claim.

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Sea Otter Video: New Shimano XTR 11-speed Group 2014

Shimano Europe Product Coordinator Bas Von Dooren takes a few minutes out of his day at Sea Otter to walk us through the features and benefits of the new Shimano XTR group set.

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Five cool, new bar and stem combos from Sea Otter

More manufacturers follow Easton’s lead on 35mm bar and stem combinations in our round up of cool, new cockpit set-ups seen at Sea Otter.

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Boothstorming Sea Otter: Shimano highlights new XTR 11-speed group

We take a peek inside Shimano’s booth at the Sea Otter Classic which is—not surprisingly—all XTR 11-speed, all the time.

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New Product: 2015 Shimano XTR 11-speed

Shimano officially announced the long-anticipated release of a new 11-speed XTR mountain bike component group today in both Race and Trail tuned versions.

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Hot News: Easton releases Haven 35 oversized handlebars and stems

Upsized 35mm diameter strengthens, stiffens trail- and enduro-focused line.

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