Components Reviews and News


Wolf Tooth GnarWolf chain guide first look

Wolf Tooth showed us their new chain guide called the GnarWolf. A lot of thought and engineering went into this device which is currently available in ISCG-05 mount for $64.95.

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Ritchey WCS Carbon Trail Flat +/-5mm bar review

Ritchey’s WCS Carbon Trail Flat bar offers light weight and a good width for XC and trail riders. Learn more in our full review.

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Gamut Trail SXR chain guide review

The modern 1x drivetrain has all but killed the market for chain guides, but if you like to go fast or go big, there’s still plenty of reason to run one. Especially when the newest models are lighter and better than ever.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: The balance between old and new

After nearly 30 years, Paul Price is keeping the American-made mountain bike components dream alive. The Angry Singlespeeder explains how he does it.

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SRAM Eagle 1×12 drivetrain first ride review

If you can stomach the small weight penalty and price hit, there’s no reason not to jump on this Eagle’s wide wings.

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Ergon previews new DH GD1 grips and SMD2 saddle

Ergon has a penchant for thinking differently when it comes to ordinary products. It’s earned the German company a legion of fans, but can they win over the DH crowd with their latest gravity-specific offerings?

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SRAM EX1 e-bike component group first look

Almost all e-bikes currently use the same drivetrains as normal bikes and they seem to work well enough. But spend some time with them and one will realize that it can be made to work better. Find out what we think of SRAM’s latest effort.

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Tech Tip: Why you should upgrade your brake rotors

Upgrading to nicer rotors is a relatively cheap way to get superior performance out of one of your bike’s most critical components.

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New Cane Creek C-Quent features fewer tuning options

The new C-Quent is Cane Creek’s first Double Barrel shock built for the rider who prefers fewer tuning options and a tool-free interface.

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Renthal goes 35mm with full line of bars and stems

While most new mountain bikes ship with 35mm bars and stems, most aftermarket components are only available in the older 31.8mm diameter. Luckily for fans of Renthal, the U.K. brand just released a full range of 35mm bits.

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MRP SXg chain guide review

The SXg chain guide from MRP promises all the benefits of a full chain guide without introducing any drag. Can it deliver?

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FOX Transfer dropper post first look

The FOX Transfer has all the right moves for a second generation product from a suspension engineering company. But they surprised us with a knockout punch of $264 price.

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PNW Components Rainier dropper post review

Quality, affordable dropper posts have remained elusive despite the rise in popularity of the category. PNW Components hopes to answer that call with the $270 Rainier.

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SRAM’s new GX DH drivetrain brings trickle down tech to gravity market

SRAM’s latest is a seven speed drivetrain that brings World Cup DH proven tech down to a price point anyone can afford.

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FOX Fork Air Volume Spacer review

Suspension tuning doesn’t have to be scary. Using FOX’s Air Volume Spacer system, you can custom tune your fork or shock in about 20 minutes.

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FOX Transfer dropper post sneak peak

Following the outgoing FOX DOSS dropper post that was a bit rough around the edges but extremely reliable, FOX is getting ready to introduce the their new dropper called the Transfer.

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AbsoluteBLACK 77designz oval guide launched

AbsoluteBLACK has introduced its first upper chain guide specifically designed to work in conjunction with oval chainrings, which are claimed to ensure complete chain control at every angle of the crank’s rotation.

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Spy shots of updated FOX Live Valve

It’s no secret that FOX is working on an electronic suspension system, but new spy shots reveal it’s getting much closer to production.

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TOGS adds carbon model to line-up

TOGS brings simple addition to the traditional perpendicular MTB handlebar setup that may well transfer to happier legs on your next climb.

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Shimano XT Di2

The long-awaited trickle down of Di2 to the XT level is now here. Configurability with a smartphone is now available too with Bluetooth connectivity.

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DVO teases new Garnet dropper post

Boutique suspension manufacturer DVO teases a new hybrid hydraulic and cable actuated Dropper post.

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New suspension products from the Sea Otter pits

Here’s all the new suspension stuff we discovered on our whirlwind tour of the Sea Otter Pits last week.

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New Race Face Next SL G4 Cranks get even lighter

Race Face just released the newest version of its Next SL cranks and you won’t believe how much lighter they are.

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Praxis Works introduces carbon wheels and cranks

Santa Cruz, California-based Praxis has gotten into the wheel game, launching the new C32 carbon wheelset for trail and all mountain use.

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Save the front derailleurs, 8 ways to repurpose old components

Now that SRAM has declared the front derailleur is dead, here are eight clever ways to keep them from being sent to the dump.

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