Components Reviews and News


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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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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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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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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Interbike: VP Components new Aim and Harrier Altitude pedals and VX series updates

Two new flat pedals, updates to the VX series of clipless MTB pedals and kid size platform pedals all new for 2015.

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Interbike: Riding the Shimano XTR with Di2 and FOX iCTD

What’s the best thing I saw at the show? XTR Di2 is an easy answer. Is it available today to purchase today and is it practical and affordable? No. But it is a clear demonstration of what is possible today and it opens up a world of possibilities.

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Interbike: Thomson prototype singlespeed cranks and Thomson 27.5 Elite ti hardtail

New drivetrain coming, dropper post updates, Thomson branded Ti bikes and more.

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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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