Components Reviews and News


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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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 Cane 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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