Components Reviews and News


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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e*thirteen TRS+ dropper post review


e*thirteen saw an opportunity for an affordable, reliable and serviceable post in the market. Read on and find out if they succeeded in their offering.

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2017 RockShox Super Deluxe Coil released


2016 was a big year for RockShox as they significantly improved the performance of their rear shocks. For 2017, their coil shocks get the same treatment, and then some.

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Specialized seeks patent for dropper that auto-adjusts seat angle


Specialized’s new patent may reveal why they opted for a 34.9 seat tube on the new Enduro.

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Wolf Tooth GCX 46-tooth cog launched


Lusting for SRAM’s new 12-speed drivetrain but don’t have the cash? Wolf Tooth’s new 46-tooth cog gets you almost there. They’ve also launched interesting new chainrings and chainguide options.

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Shimano announces new Deore groupset, wide-range SLX, and XT goes boost


Shimano just overhauled their budget groupset, plus added a number of great new options for value-oriented consumers.

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e*thirteen TRS+ dropper post first look


The machining wizards of e*thirteen are at it again as they’ve created a dropper post that is simple, reliable and affordable. Here’s our first impressions on the TRS+ dropper.

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Pivot Phoenix component line debuts


When manufacturers use branded parts on their builds, it usually means they’re trying to hit a price point. Pivot doesn’t play that game.

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Pro Koryak dropper post review


Shimano is well regarded in the cycling world for the durability and quality of their components, so we were extra excited for their first foray into the dropper market. See how the new post fared in the Mtbr review.

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Cane Creek introduces new headsets for 2017


Highlights of new Cane Creek 2017 product include lower weight and new steering damping technology.

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Pacenti PDent stem and bar review


Cockpits are changing for the better as top tubes are getting longer and stems getting shorter. But one of the limiting factors is the modern stem only fits physically at 30mm or longer. Pacenti has a dented handlebar design that threatens to break the mold of bike geometry.

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5 hot mountain bike components for 2017


The wheels of progress roll onward, upward, and then downhill, which is what keeps those smiles stuck on our faces after every ride. This year looks to be packed with cool new tech, and while we can’t guarantee the staying power of anything new in the cycling world, we think these five items will be just as cool in 12 months as they are now.

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Cane Creek DB Air [IL] has improved oil seal head, shaft bearing, and air piston


Love the DB Inline? Cane Creek’s newest shock brings several key improvements to maximize reliability. There’s also a new dropper post and climb switch lever.

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Mtbr’s top 10 most read articles in 2016


What are Mtbr readers most interested in? If we use the top 10 most read articles of 2016 as a barometer, it’s reviews, reviews, and more reviews. Plus a smattering of interviews and product roundups.

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