Components Reviews and News


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 late with a 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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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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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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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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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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