Components Reviews and News


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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SQlab Interbike 2016

Ergonomic accessories giant SQlab rolls out two new saddle designs, plus an innovative new bar-end alternative.

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Lizard Skins Interbike 2016

Lizard Skins has long been known for their great protective coverings for your bike. Now they are bringing that expertise to your body with a new line of gloves.

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Ergon Interbike 2016

From new grips and insoles to a feature-rich hydration pack, Ergon boasts a wide range of new products for just about every riding style.

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Magura Interbike 2016

Magura unveils its new Raceline MT8 brakes, the RMT Trail brakes, plus a pair of new high tech offerings that are so new the company can’t say too much just yet.

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TOGS Interbike 2016

The innovative TOGS thumb over grip system provides a fully customizable hand position to enhance comfort and climbing leverage.

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New and cool from 9Point8, Rohloff, and Maxima

9Point8 has a new 27.2 post out, Rohloff has made their hubs more adventure friendly, and Maxima is selling suspension fluid for bikes.

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Syncros Interbike 2016

Syncros has unveiled a host of sleek new components for both on and off-bike applications. Highlights include seatposts, wheels, stems, handlebars, grips, tools, head unit mounts, saddles, and even a trick utility bottle cage.

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