Components Reviews and News

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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Interbike 2013: Syntace, Liteville, SQLab and 66sick

Radsport USA brought along the German contingency to Interbike, and besides showing the upgraded Liteville 601 bike, wider Syntace Vector bars, SQlab 611 active MTB and trick carbon fiber Super6 and 66sick saddles, they were occasionally seen wearing lederhosen and drinking beer.

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Interbike 2013: Ergon Saddles, Grips and More

For 2014, Ergon has the new SME3 Enduro saddle, SRX3 Cyclocross saddle, GE1 Enduro grips, BP100 back protector, and the revamped BA3 pack.

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Review: Spank Spike Flat Pedals

The pedals are as good now as the day we installed them. In fact, they’re working a little better now since they spin more freely as the bearings and bushings have broken in. They’re not the most free-spinning flats out there but they are well suited for trail and all-mountain riding.

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Review: WickWerks Performance Chainrings

WickWerks is an Ogden, Utah based company that just makes one thing: chainrings. They use what they call BRIDGE technology to lift the chain from the rings. Find out how they perform in the real world.

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Review: Shimano SLX Group

The new SLX group is quite the bargain at $928, and the powerful brakes, durability, great gearing options and good shifting, make for an excellent package.

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Introducing the Cane Creek DBair CS

The DB Air is a great all mountain rear shock. But climbing with it was often too squishy with no pedaling platform. Well, Cane Creek has addressed that now with the CS (Climb Switch) lever.

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Review: 9point8 Pulse Stepper Seatpost

9point8′s Pulse seatpost is a new entry into the market of on-the-fly adjustable seatposts. Mechanically actuated, manufactured in North America; its key differentiator is that it has a lever that looks like a mini brake lever and steps up and down in .5mm increments.

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Answer Gentleman’s Collection and ProTAPER SL Handlebars

Answer has some flashy new handlebars out this year in a limited run of stylish patterns. And the ever popular Carbon Pro Tapers get updated with a lighter SL series that features a new manufacturing process (coming soon).

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Review: KS LEV Dropper Seatpost, 150 mm and Carbon Models

Update: June 18 We’ve been using the KS Lev for the past few months on several bikes and we’ve had no problems to report. The post has been reliable and the action has been stiction free both activating the lever and on dropping the post itself. One thing we’ve realized is that the more seamless

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Bike PressCamp 2013 Live Blog

Stay up to date on new gear, revamped apparel, and cutting edge technology from this three-day mini-trade show in Deer Valley, Utah. We’ll have the full 411 from all 26 brands in attendance, including Niner, Cannondale, GT, Orbea, Rotor, Capo, Clif, CamelBak and Turner.

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Bionicon C.Guide Chain Guide Long Term Review

We’ve been using Bionicon’s 19-gram, $50 C.Guide chain guide for over a year now, in all kinds of conditions and on all kinds of trails. Read the full review to find out how it’s performed.

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Video: Enduro Bearings XD-15 Bottom Bracket with Ceramic Bearings

Enduro bearing showed us their new bottom bracket with pride. The XD-15 is light and reliable as it has low rolling resistance with ceramic bearings and stainless steel races.

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Loaded Precision X-Lite Ultra Wheels, AmXc Ti Stem and AmXc Lock-On Grips

Loaded Precision shows us the X-Lite Ultra XC wheelset that weighs under 1500g, the AmXc trail/enduro stem and the AmXc lock-on grips with its unique rubber compound that’s hydrophobic and oleophobic resistant.

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Kappius Looking To Kickstart Hub Production

Innovative hub maker Kappius Components has launched an updated version of its unique road and mountain hubs. Now they’re seeking financial backing to begin manufacturing. Find out how you can help.

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Answer Products ProTaper SL bars and seatpost, Gentleman’s bars – Sea Otter 2013

Answer is coming out with new full carbon Protaper SL 720mm handlebars (0, .5 and 1″ rise) and SL seatpost. They also had the new Gentleman’s Collection of handlebars with wild scratch resistant graphics.

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Shimano – New XTR, Carbon 29er Wheels and more!

Shimano announces all new XTR carbon tubular 29er wheels! Also, some highlights from the new XTR group including improvements to the new disc brakes, hubs, bottom bracket and chains.

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Spank Industries Announces 2013 Pro Team Roster

Component maker Spank Industries will have a strong presence at the Sea Otter Classic this week with a strong team featuring such riders as Darren Berrecloth, Mick and Tracey Hannah, Logan Binggeli, Holly Feniak and more!

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2014 Fox Talas CTD 26er and 27.5 Fork and Float X CTD Shock

Fox has released the new Talas fork and Float X rear shock. So we asked the great Mark Jordan of Fox some questions about their new products. Mtbr: Will this Talas be as plush as the Float? It seemed to give up a little bit in small bump sensitivity in the past. Mark Jordan: The

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Review: Cane Creek DBAir

The Best All Mountain Rear Shock? Let’s get to the point, I liked this rear shock a lot, as it has many great attributes and characteristics, including a massive amount of tuning capabilities and great compliance.

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MRP G3 Brings Chainguide Performance and Ease of Maintenance to New Heights

Aside from a crash, a mechanical failure, or an encounter with Sasquatch, the last thing you want when barreling at mach speed through a rock garden is to have your chain bounce off.

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SRAM Announces New X9 and X5 Fat Bike Cranks

Engineered for the Wide Wheel – Today SRAM announced two new X9 and X5 level cranks for fat bikes. If you are a sharp visitor of the Mtbr Fat Bike Discussion forum, this might not come as too much of a surprise.

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2013 Crankbrothers Mallet DH/Race

Weight: 479g per pair MSRP: $140 Today, Crankbrothers is introducing the new Mallet DH/Race pedal. We’ve ridden with it a few times and we’ve already taken it apart. But to truly understand where the Mallet DH/Race is going, one has to understand where it came from. First came the Eggbeater and although it was ideal

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Deity Announces New Cam Zink CZ38 Special Handlebar

Have you ever wanted to take your handlebars out to the desert and blast them with a shotgun? Me neither. But apparently, Cam Zink has. And does in this video. Fresh off the press from Eric Davies (Deity Owner and Product Designer) is the announcement of their new CZ38 Special handlebars. The bar features a

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Sneak Peek: X-Fusion Hilo SL Dropper Post

Mtbr went on a field trip this week and we broke in to the X-Fusion headquarters to see some new product. We stealthily snuck in through the back door to get the scoop before the Sea Otter wave of product introductions begin. Here’s the new Mtbr contributing editor Don Palermini taking the lead. Unfortunately, our

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