Components Reviews and News


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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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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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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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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