Components Reviews and News


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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New Thomson rigid seat posts, plus dropper updates


While Thomson is best associated with intricately machined alloy stems and seatposts, its new range of rigid posts use carbon and 3D forging.

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Understanding rear derailleur cage length


Rear derailleurs come in short, medium, and long cage versions. But what is the difference and how do you know which one you need? Check out this video to find out.

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Clever new components from Wolf Tooth


Wolf Tooth is king of producing clever aftermarket hop up kits or new product categories. At Interbike, they were showing of a host of rad new items.

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Fox Transfer dropper post review


Fox applied its experience from the Fox DOSS to develop a better product. But how does the new Transfer measure up in this Mtbr long term review.

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​Box Components unique drivetrain coming soon


Shimano and SRAM are the dominant players in the drivetrain market, but this December Box Components is bringing the heat with a unique new system of its own.

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BikeYoke Dehy Reverb mechanical cable conversion


The RockShox Reverb is a dominant player in the dropper post market. But maintenance and installation can be challenging with an internal hydraulic cable. BikeYoke aims to simplify that with the Dehy.

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10 great upgrades for your bike — and more


It’s easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest. But it’s very possible your best option is not buying all new gear. Instead give one of these upgrades a try.

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How to install a KS LEV Integra dropper post


As you’ve probably guessed, installing an internally routed post is a bit more involved than dealing with an external version. But as internally-routed frames become the standard, this is a process we all need to know.

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