Components Reviews and News

Sea Otter Video: Easton Cycling Haven 35 bars & stems 2014

Easton Cycling Product Manager Scott Junker stepped into Mtbr’s Sea Otter booth to give us a preview of the new Haven 35 line.

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Sea Otter Video: Magura eLECT front & rear auto ride system 2014

Magura introduced their eLECT automatic compression system for front forks last year and follows up now by extending this technology to rear shocks.

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Sea Otter Video: Rotor Bike Components Rex cranks and QX1 chainring 2014

Rotor’s entire mountain bike line has been redesigned for 2014 with new graphics and shapes, with the goal of lightening up the line and enhancing durability.

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Sea Otter Video: Kappius KR29 carbon rims 2014

Kappius Components launched their new KR29 rim at Sea Otter this year and Kappius President Brady Kappius stopped by the Mtbr booth to show us the goods.

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Sea Otter Video: WickWerks chainrings 2014

WickWerks Engineer Eldon Goates starts off our conversation by proclaiming WickWerks chainrings to be the “fastest shifting chainrings in the world.” He then talks us through the engineering in support of this claim.

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Sea Otter Video: New Shimano XTR 11-speed Group 2014

Shimano Europe Product Coordinator Bas Von Dooren takes a few minutes out of his day at Sea Otter to walk us through the features and benefits of the new Shimano XTR group set.

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Five cool, new bar and stem combos from Sea Otter

More manufacturers follow Easton’s lead on 35mm bar and stem combinations in our round up of cool, new cockpit set-ups seen at Sea Otter.

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Boothstorming Sea Otter: Shimano highlights new XTR 11-speed group

We take a peek inside Shimano’s booth at the Sea Otter Classic which is—not surprisingly—all XTR 11-speed, all the time.

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Hot News: Shimano releases new 11-speed XTR group with 1x, 2x and 3x configurations

Shimano officially announced the long-anticipated release of a new 11-speed XTR mountain bike component group today in both Race and Trail tuned versions.

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Hot News: Easton releases Haven 35 oversized handlebars and stems

Upsized 35mm diameter strengthens, stiffens trail- and enduro-focused line.

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Hot News: RockShox’s Monarch shocks get lighter touch with new DebonAir

RockShox looks to add the same kind of responsiveness to their Monarch rear shock platform that’s garnered so much praise for their Pike fork with the announcement of the enhanced DebonAir air can.

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Review: Cane Creek DBAir CS rear shock

The DBAir CS is a more polished and greatly improved shock than its predecessor, and the CS mode offers increased pedaling efficiency and riding comfort on difficult climbing terrain.

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First Look: SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain

SRAM engineers have created an X01 drivetrain that is optimized to take on the demands of downhill racing.

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Just In: YEP Components Uptimizer Dropper Seatpost

The Yep Components Uptimizer dropper seatpost’s smoothness and fluidity of the movement are excellent, the mechanical connection is reliable and quick, and the trick joystick remote with its 360 degree of actuation is superb, allowing either pushing or pulling lever action.

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Enduro Compare-O: The Mtbr test crew picks their favorite Dream Bike Spec components

Our test crew picks their ultimate, no-holds-barred component mix from the Enduro Compare-O in our Dream Spec feature.

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First Look: Ritchey WCS Carbon Trail Rizer handlebar and WCS Trail stem

Check out the Ritchey WCS Carbon Trail Rizer handlebar and WCS Trail stem we picked up at Ritchey world headquarters this week to test on one of our trail bikes.

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First Look: X-Fusion Hilo SL Strate seatpost

X-Fusion has added an internally-routed version of the popular Hilo adjustable seatpost to their product line…we take a First Look here.

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Just In: Wolf Tooth Components GC 42T

The Wolf Tooth GC 42T cassette adapter is a well-made product. Their subtle ramping design makes for more precise and smoother shifting, and makes any 1×10 and 2×10 have a much wider range of gearing, allowing to compete against SRAM mighty 1×11 system for a fraction of the price.

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Just In: Ergon GE1 Grips

The new GE1 grip follows along the design’s concepts of their existing GA1 series of grips. The grip was developed for gravity specific mountain biking, and it utilizes two rubber compounds for damping purposes and a textured section which works opposite the direction of hand rotation to help for a more secure hold.

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Box Components – new single lever shifters

Toby Henderson’s company Box Components has a new single lever shifter with push-push action that seeks to simplify mountain bike shifting.

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Reviewed: SRAM X01 1×11 – Evolution or Revolution?

The XX1 group brought 1×11 gearing technology to the masses last year, and it has proven itself for both racers and consumers. It offers snappy quick shifting, lighter weight and good chain retention capabilities.

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First Look: Wolf Tooth Components DropStop Chainrings, Rotor Truing Bottle Opener

Check out our new batch of drop-resistant 1x chainrings, mounting bolts and a clever bottle opener/rotor truing tool from Minneapolis-based Wolf Tooth Components.

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Just In: OneUp Components 42 Cog for 1×10 Drivetrains

The OneUp 42-tooth cog offers a solution to 1×10 users that need a lighter gear than what the 11×36 cog offers. But does it work with its big jumps in between cogs or is it too much of a compromise?

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Review: Spank Oozy Trail Stem and LTD Handlebar

Spank’s Oozy line delivers a bar/stem combination that is light, strong and easy on the wallet. They put in some careful thought that makes it ideal for the bigger wheelsizes and the higher demands of all mountain riding.

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Azonic Drop-In Dropper Post, Flat Iron Pedal, Stems, Wheels and more

Check out some new products from Azonic including the all new Drop-In adjustable seatpost, the Flat Iron pedal, the Club and Pleasure Dome stems, Outcast wheels and O’Neal Maniac shorts.

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