Components Reviews and News


Praxis Lyft carbon cranks combine weight and stiffness


Praxis honed in their carbon technology to match up with their forged chainring expertise. What they’ve come up with is a 30mm BB spindle that comes in at 454 grams with a 30t ring.

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Video: Box One drivetrain in action


It’s good to have options. And in a drivetrain world increasingly dominated by Shimano and SRAM, it’s good to have another player in the mix. But can a small company compete and offer something unique in this category?

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Hot new bars, grips, stems, and saddles


Check out this round-up of all the latest and greatest from Answer, ESI, Troy Lee, Pivot, and more.

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Five new (and cool) dropper posts


In the hunt for a new dropper post? Here are five new options from some of the best in the business.

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Answer Protaper Alloy handlebars go to 810mm


Sure other companies make a bar wider than 800mm, but do they make an 810mm bar with a 3” rise at 31.8 clamp diameter?

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Video: Pivot Phoenix bar, stem, grips


Pivot showed off their new cockpit components designed with a purpose starting with a 35mm handlebar. The bar itself is not stiffer by design but it is lighter than the previous generation.

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Project 321 rear hub with variable sound


Project 321 recently launched a very ingenious rear freehub design using magnets instead of traditional pawls. The drive system uses six magnetic pawls with 216 points of engagement for an incredibly quick 1.66 degree hub engagement.

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Spank Industries all in on shot peening


Spank has abandoned their previous polished component aesthetic and adopted shot peening, which they determined to be significantly stronger.

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9Point8 Short Stroke dropper aimed at XC crowd


9Point8 is primed to launch a 75mm Short Stroke dropper post that will weigh just 390 grams.

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ODI Grips offering a slew of bright colors


Nearly 40 years young, ODI is one of the biggest grip manufacturers in the world, offering fun collaborations with iconic brands and riders in an array of colors.

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Formula CTS makes fine tuning your fork a snap


Tuning your fork has never been so straightforward. With the Compression Tuning System you can fine tune your suspension quickly with accuracy.

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ESI Grips launches limited edition colors


ESI Grips is utilizing social media to find out what their customer base wants and are offering rotating “limited” custom grip color offerings.

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CushCore not content to just prevent flats


Foam tire insert maker CushCore not content just to prevent flats like other inserts. Its goals are better handling and rim protection, as well as improved trail feedback.

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New Mallet DH pedals and 160mm Highline post from Crankbrothers


To celebrate turning twenty, Crankbrothers launched a new 160mm version of their dropper and a redesigned Mallet DH pedal.

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Race Face Next R line of carbon components


No other component company has seen as much corporate drama as Race Face has in recent years. So we were very curious to see how it would all turn out for the revered brand. Today, we find out with this big product statement for Race Face.

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9point8 Fall Line R dropper post


Known for the burliest dropper posts around, 9point8 is proud to introduce their Fall Line R dropper. At 386g (post only), 75mm stroke, and 400mm overall length, it’s the lightest dropper post you can buy.

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Bontrager Line Pro handlebar and stem review


Last year’s introduction of Line Pro bike components is a big step forward for the Bontrager brand, an excellent line of products worthy of Keith Bontrager’s reputation for quality. Does this continue the momentum?

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Inside look at Fox’s “budget” Fit Grip Damper


Fox’s new “budget” oriented FIT GRIP forks offer impressive performance for the money. To learn more about how they work, check out this video by suspension tuner Vorsprung.

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Are narrow handlebars the next big thing?


Remember when ultra wide bars were all the rage? Things are changing. If the pros are indication, it might be time to dig your old bars out of the spare parts bin.

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9Point8 and Wolf Tooth collaborate on Digit dropper lever


The new 9Point8 Digit uses the same bones as the Wolf Tooth ReMote, but has a modified leverage ratio and lever shape.

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First Ride Review: Fox Float X2 for 2017 Specialized Enduro


Fox has updated its Float X2 shock to fit 2017 Specialized Enduro frames. Our tester would be bouncing with joy, if it wasn’t so well damped.

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New RockShox Reverb 1x remote released


The Reverb is among the most popular dropper posts on the market, but its lever is a bit dated, designed before the dominance of 1x drivetrains. Now they’ve introduced a trigger style lever optimized for 1x drivetrains and cockpits with no front shifter.

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Industry Nine MatchStix thru axle tool for fat bikes


Industry Nine’s clever thru axle multi-tool is now available for the RockShox Bluto fat bike suspension fork.

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Paul Components Boxcar stem review


A stem is a stem. Except this one just happens to be made in American — and it comes in anodized purple.

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Box One PushPush shifter and One rear derailleur review


Box recently entered the competitive MTB drivetrain market with their PushPush shifter, One Derailleur, and 11-46 wide range cassettes. Art’s Cyclery tested the shifter and derailleur.

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