Components Reviews and News


Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Rear Shock


This year’s battle for best mountain bike suspension shock was an epic showdown between air and coil. See which bump tamer took the top spot.

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What You Really Want to Buy Part II: Dropper Posts


If you haven’t already, you need to put a dropper post on your bike. Being able to instantly get your saddle into descending or pedaling position will change the way you ride. Dropper posts make you faster, while boosting the fun factor of your rides by allowing you to put your saddle in the perfect position all the time without stopping.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Dropper Post


The dropper post went from nice to have to an essential piece of equipment in a few short years. Now, we have a crop of reliable posts that will help maximize the mountain bike experience. Here are three of the best from 2016.

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MRP releases Ramp Control Cartridges for Fox 34 forks


With the success of the Ramp Control Cartridge for RockShox, MRP has followed through with Fox compatible cartridges and now has the them available for 2016 or newer Fox 34 forks that have the FIT4 and GRIP dampers.

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e*thirteen 9-46t TRSr 1×11 cassette first look


e*Thirteen trumps SRAM Eagle’s range and weight with its new XD-compatible 11-speed cassette.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: When money is no object


Let’s forget about “need” for a moment and move on to “want.” After all, that’s completely in line with the spirit of Christmas (at least the whole Black Friday part). Here are a few choice items that would make anyone feel like they got your first bike all over again.

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Shimano XT Di2 takes on BC Bike Race


The BC Bike Race is a grueling 7-day test of athlete endurance and bike durability. Rocky, rooty trails in the rain proved to be a great testing ground for Shimano’s new Di2 mountain platform.

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Vorsprung promises improved suspension with Luftkappe


Think the RockShox Pike or Lyrik can’t get any better? Vorsprung says, think again.

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Video: Springs versus dampers


The basic difference between a spring and damper is enough to understand, but delving deeper will help you better tune your bike.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Hot MTB components


An awesome frame is a good thing, but it’s the components that dial it in for your riding terrain and style. Here are some of our favorite components from a sea of contenders.

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Set N’ Forget Paul Component thru axles


OEM thru axles are ok, but they’re often finicky and plastic. Paul Components thought they could do better.

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Video: How air spring volume spacers work


Air volume spacers can have a magical effect on suspension performance, but how do they actually work?

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Top seven suspension mistakes


Setting up your suspension costs nothing, but can drastically improve your riding experience.

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Video: How damper oil flow is controlled


The internal workings of your suspension may seem complicated, but once you break it down, it’s actually pretty simple.

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Video: How Fox Float air springs work


Are you curious about the internals of your fork? Let suspension tuning gurus Vorsprung demystify the magic behind air springs.

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Matchmaker: Rotor shows SRAM Eagle compatible Q-Ring


To make a statement about its Q-Ring compatibility with components from other brands, Rotor Bike Components has rolled out the first video in a series on compatibility with its QX1 chainrings for mountain bikes.

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Fox begins repair service for recalled Fox Float X2 shock


Last month, Fox announced a voluntary recall for the Float X2 air shock. This week, they received CPSC approval to start processing repairs. Click through to learn more.

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Carbon versus aluminum handlebars


So you are looking to upgrade to a wider handlebar, but are not sure if you should go with carbon or aluminum and are wondering what are the benefits and drawbacks of each?

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SRAM EX1 e-bike drivetrain review


SRAM realized there was a need for a drivetrain and braking system made specifically for the higher demands of e-bikes. Check our verdict on their efforts here.

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Chromag Fubar OSX 35 800mm alloy handlebar review


The Fubar OSX 35′s are responsive without being jarring, competitive in weight and price with other top brand’s alloy bars, and offer plenty of length for customization.

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Crankbrothers Highline dropper post review


If you’re in the market for a new dropper and can live with 125mm of travel, this post is certainly worth considering. And if something does go wrong, there’s a 3-year warranty backing you up.

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When should you replace your carbon handlebar?


Carbon parts aren’t cheap. So if you scratch your bars in a crash, do you have to replace them right away?

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How To: Replace a Broken Spoke


So you broke a spoke and you don’t know what to do? Check out this video from Art’s Cyclery to learn how to get back on the road or trail.

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SRAM Eagle 1×12 drivetrain review


Many doubted the vision of 1×11 and the same is true for 1×12 SRAM Eagle. But spend some time with this drivetrain and it will disappear beneath you as you ride fast and climb high.

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See what’s slowing Aaron Gwin down


Aaron Gwin’s No. 1 focus is never slowing down. The reigning U.S. national and World Cup overall downhill champion earns his keep staying off the brakes. But when it comes time to scrub speed, the YT Bikes rider has a new weapon.

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