Components Reviews and News


Magura Interbike 2016

Magura unveils its new Raceline MT8 brakes, the RMT Trail brakes, plus a pair of new high tech offerings that are so new the company can’t say too much just yet.

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TOGS Interbike 2016

The innovative TOGS thumb over grip system provides a fully customizable hand position to enhance comfort and climbing leverage.

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New and cool from 9Point8, Rohloff, and Maxima

9Point8 has a new 27.2 post out, Rohloff has made their hubs more adventure friendly, and Maxima is selling suspension fluid for bikes.

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Syncros Interbike 2016

Syncros has unveiled a host of sleek new components for both on and off-bike applications. Highlights include seatposts, wheels, stems, handlebars, grips, tools, head unit mounts, saddles, and even a trick utility bottle cage.

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Push Industries Interbike 2016

The Push Industries ELEVENSIX shock sees some exciting new design improvements, and the Colorado company invests even more into its line of shock maintenance tools and tuning solutions.

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New products from Phil Wood and Hope

We check out the latest from Phil Wood and Hope.

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What is Shimano Di2?

Shimano’s Di2 (digital integrated intelligence) is a shifting option that instead of using mechanical cables, is an electronic gear-shifting system that enables riders to execute shifts with electronic switches vs. mechanical shift levers.

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Seven exciting dropper posts from Eurobike 2016

The trend in dropper posts appears headed in two directions — high tech or simple tech. Read on to find out which manufactures are choosing which route and why.

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Tech: 1x or 2x drivetrains

With the advent of 1×12, Di2, and gigantic rear cassettes, riders have more drivetrain options than ever before. So what do racers on the EWS circuit prefer?

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Shimano Koryak dropper post

We’ve always dreamed of a world where Shimano made dropper posts, giving the world more options in this growing category. Finally, that day is here. But how is it?

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New Truvativ Descendant Colab handlebars

Truvativ just launched a series of athlete signature bars with some of their premier athletes for a variety of disciplines.

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Video: Disc brake valiantly fights lathe to the death

What happens when you try to stop an industrial lathe with an MTB brake? The outcome is pretty obvious, but the end result is still fun to watch!

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New absoluteBLACK 30T 104bcd oval chainring

AbsoluteBLACK has launched a 30T version of its 104bcd ovalized chainring. Heretofore, 32T was the smallest they offered because if made any smaller the normal bolts used in the crank tab mounting holes would be positioned on the chainring teeth.

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Cane Creek debuts new lightweight DBcoil [IL] shock

The new DBcoil[IL] has the same function of an external reservoir coil shock, but in a lighter and sleeker package.

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PNW Components Bachelor 150 dropper post first look

Following up on its popular Rainier dropper post introduced last year, PNW Components has just released its Bachelor 150. Click through to read our first impressions.

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OneUp Headquarters Tour

OneUp is a small startup based in a lesser known riding area just outside of Whistler. Click through to take a short tour of their offices.

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AbsoluteBLACK Oval Traction Chainring review

While claims about the advantages of non-round chainrings are hard to substantiate, they do help some riders decrease strain on knees, improve traction, and apply power more smoothly.

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Where to spend your money on Shimano 1x drivetrains

So you want to install a 1x Shimano groupset, but are on a budget. The key is knowing the best places to save and spend some extra money. Click through to find out more.

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Wolf Tooth GnarWolf chain guide first look

Wolf Tooth showed us their new chain guide called the GnarWolf. A lot of thought and engineering went into this device which is currently available in ISCG-05 mount for $64.95.

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Ritchey WCS Carbon Trail Flat +/-5mm bar review

Ritchey’s WCS Carbon Trail Flat bar offers light weight and a good width for XC and trail riders. Learn more in our full review.

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Gamut Trail SXR chain guide review

The modern 1x drivetrain has all but killed the market for chain guides, but if you like to go fast or go big, there’s still plenty of reason to run one. Especially when the newest models are lighter and better than ever.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: The balance between old and new

After nearly 30 years, Paul Price is keeping the American-made mountain bike components dream alive. The Angry Singlespeeder explains how he does it.

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SRAM Eagle 1×12 drivetrain first ride review

If you can stomach the small weight penalty and price hit, there’s no reason not to jump on this Eagle’s wide wings.

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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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