Components Reviews and News


Rotor Interbike 2014

Rotor shows us the Rex cranksets and QX1 rings for mountain biking, as well as the new 2015 1x cyclocross Spider QCX1.

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X-Fusion Interbike 2014

X-Fusion introduces the Streat, a new 32-stanchion XC/trail fork, and the Stage, their new enduro-specific shock.

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Interbike: Road Not Taken Flex Fit 108 flat pedal with float

South Korean company makes pedal with a moving platform as well as lightweight cranks and “blazed with foil” titanium frames.

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First Look: Rotor Rex 1.1 crank and 1x chainring

Rotor now offers their oval rings and lightweight cranks in the 1x Narrow/Wide configuration.

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Eurobike: PRO Tharis XC handlebar, stem and seatpost accomodate Shimano Di2

PRO’s new Tharsis XC cockpit cleverly made to integrate Shimano Di2 wiring.

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Eurobike: 2015 KS LEV Ci adjustable seatpost

KindShock is back with a new, lightweight carbon cross-country dropper post called the KS LEV Ci.

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First Look: 2015 Race Face Turbine components – Part 2

Part 2 of our First Look at Race Face’s affordable 2015 Turbine parts group introduces a sweet new wheelset, stout 35mm bars and stem, and more. Check it all out here.

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First Look: 2015 Race Face Turbine components – Part 1

Race Face moves high-end features to their more affordable Turbine parts set. Check out their new drivetrain components in part 1 of our First Look at Turbine.

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Review: Spank Oozy Trail Pedals

Spank follows up their Spike pedal with the Oozy Trail pedal that is lighter. Read on and find out if it works just as well as its big brother.

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On test: Praxis Works 1X Wide/Narrow and Cold Forged 2x chainrings

Praxis Works launches narrow-wide chainrings and new cold-forged 2X MTB ring sets. See what they look like before we mount and abuse them.

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Ritchey goes back to the future with WCS Carbon Bullmoose handlebar/stem combo

Ritchey Design brings back the classic Bullmoose one-piece handlebar/stem combo–this time in carbon.

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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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