Components Reviews and News


First Look: X-Fusion Hilo SL Strate seatpost

X-Fusion has added an internally-routed version of the popular Hilo adjustable seatpost to their product line…we take a First Look here.

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Just In: Wolf Tooth Components GC 42T

The Wolf Tooth GC 42T cassette adapter is a well-made product. Their subtle ramping design makes for more precise and smoother shifting, and makes any 1×10 and 2×10 have a much wider range of gearing, allowing to compete against SRAM mighty 1×11 system for a fraction of the price.

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Just In: Ergon GE1 Grips

The new GE1 grip follows along the design’s concepts of their existing GA1 series of grips. The grip was developed for gravity specific mountain biking, and it utilizes two rubber compounds for damping purposes and a textured section which works opposite the direction of hand rotation to help for a more secure hold.

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Box Components – new single lever shifters

Toby Henderson’s company Box Components has a new single lever shifter with push-push action that seeks to simplify mountain bike shifting.

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Reviewed: SRAM X01 1×11 – Evolution or Revolution?

The XX1 group brought 1×11 gearing technology to the masses last year, and it has proven itself for both racers and consumers. It offers snappy quick shifting, lighter weight and good chain retention capabilities.

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First Look: Wolf Tooth Components DropStop Chainrings, Rotor Truing Bottle Opener

Check out our new batch of drop-resistant 1x chainrings, mounting bolts and a clever bottle opener/rotor truing tool from Minneapolis-based Wolf Tooth Components.

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Just In: OneUp Components 42 Cog for 1×10 Drivetrains

The OneUp 42-tooth cog offers a solution to 1×10 users that need a lighter gear than what the 11×36 cog offers. But does it work with its big jumps in between cogs or is it too much of a compromise?

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Review: Spank Oozy Trail Stem and LTD Handlebar

Spank’s Oozy line delivers a bar/stem combination that is light, strong and easy on the wallet. They put in some careful thought that makes it ideal for the bigger wheelsizes and the higher demands of all mountain riding.

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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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