Components Reviews and News


Pacenti DL31 Rim And Hadley Hub Wheelset

Introduction by Francis Cebedo We did a review on Pacenti TL28 wheel built up with a Chris King hubset HERE. Here is follow-on review to a rim that is wider since these days, wider IS better. It allows the tire to have a wider, more secure and stable contact patch. Pacenti knows a little bit […]

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Industry Nine Introduces The Torch Series Wheels, Rims And Hubs

Industry Nine releases all new 2013 Torch series Mountain wheels and hubs Evolution leads to perfection – Hand made in Asheville, NC It seems like many bicycle companies have been coming out with tons of new wheelsets, and the likes of SRAM, Reynolds, Specialized, Syntace, and multiple others have been expanding the market with a […]

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Fox CTD & iCD Product Introduction Videos

Suspension technology can be daunting these days. We have adjustable front, rear and now seatposts. We caught up with Fox’s Mark Jordan and he said Fox’s best asset is how easy it is to understand and to use.  They system is smart and well-designed so using it is simple and natural. Mark explains: “The best […]

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Answer Carbon 720 Enduro 20/20 Handlebar Review

In the world of 29ers and single speed, the alternative or alt bars are more common place, and these type of bars tend to have large back sweeps and rise/drop for hand comfort. The Answer Enduro 20/20 handlebars are an excellent set of alt carbon bars, that are light, strong, with a wonderful resiliency and […]

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Innos Handlebars with Built-In LED Lights

Innos LED is a Danish lighting company that is venturing into the world of bike lights. They make a very unique handlebar that has LED lights built-in to the bar! No more pulling up to your local trail head after work and then realizing you forgot your lights. The lights are weatherproof and the design […]

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SRAM XX1 Explained

SRAM revolutionized mountain bike drivetrains with the 2×10 system and now, XX1 continues their reputation for innovation and simplicity with what works. XX1 can be used for enduro/all-mtn trail riding as well as for XC riding. The rear cassette has an amazing 10-42 tooth spread! In a nutshell, the benefits of a 1×11 speed drivetrain […]

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Syntace 2013

Syntace, the maker of high end German components have been busy this year, with new stems, handlebars and wheelsets. Their partnership with Liteville keeps growing, and they’re revamping both of bike companies two models. Syntace has a couple of interesting new products for 2013 that are oriented towards the 29er crowd. The FlatForce stem has […]

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Thomson Elite Dropper Seatpost

David Parrett is the main man at Thomson. Here, he shows us the details of their all new Elite Dropper seatpost. The adjustable seatpost market is very hot and there are several big names invested in it. Thomson has taken its time but they have built an attractive  dropper post in typical Thomson style. We […]

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Spank Spike 777, OOZY Handlebar and Spike Race Stem

Wide bars are cool. These are 777 mm or 30.5 inches so they are plenty wide but they can be cut down to size. Wise folks will advice the uninformed to buy very wide bars such as these, ride them, move the grips in, ride them and decide on the best length for them.

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New Stuff from Chris King

2012 has been a fantastic year here at Chris King. The Portland summer has been mild and sunny with heaps of good riding both on and off road. All of these things have been good for our collective state of mind, and we find ourselves energized, relishing these long awaited summer days and nights. We […]

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QBP SaddleDrive – Park Tool, Pedro’s, Lazer, SixSixOne, Wahoo Fitness and more!

QBP is the largest bicycle parts distributor in the US and they hold a special event every year for their top dealers and select media. The event is held in QBPs backyard (QBP West is based out of Ogden, UT. Their main world HQ is in Bloomington, MN) at the Snowbasin lodge and resort. It […]

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SRAM 10-speed Grip Shift Review

The new 10-speed Grip Shift was introduced at Sea Otter this year, after extensive block box testing and some race appearances, including Jaroslav Kulhavy’s 2011 XC World Championship win. The new system was reengineered from the inside out, with some excellent technology, such as their speed metal shift indexing, roller thunder ball bearings and jaws […]

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Jagwire Hydraulic Hose Cutter, Needle Driver and Brake Bleed Kits

James from Jagwire shows us a couple of new tools and brake maintenance kits. Jagwire isn’t just colorful cables any more! Highlighted here are the Jagwire Hydraulic Hose Cutters, Needle Driver and two brake bleed kits. Hydraulic Hose Cutters Cutting hydraulic hose with a straight, clean cut is an important part of properly installing any […]

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Bryson Martin Launches DVO Suspension

Recently, there have been a lot of questions about the direction of Marzocchi Suspension, one of the original mountain bike suspension manufacturers and arguably the originator of the freeride movement. Bryson Martin Sr., John Pelino and Tom Rogers, the main guys at Marzocchi USA, left the company earlier this year and there has been a […]

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Review: DSP Bighorn Adjustable Seatpost

Introduction by Francis Cebedo Mtbr feels that every mountain biker should try a dropping seatpost. No other component on your bike can improve your handling and descending abilities as much as dropping seatpost will. But there are a few concerns. And the most common ones are weight, cost and durability. We got the DSP Racing […]

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Launch Components Launchpad Pedal

Launch Components a new British bike company based in Glasgow and run by two engineers passionate about bringing unique and bold design to the Mountain bike market. Launch Components aims to create high quality products that stand out from the crowd and consistently deliver the high performance required for extreme use. Launch components began its […]

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SRAM’s new 1×11 Drivetrain in Detailed Photos and Video!

SRAM (innovators of the 2×10 drivetrain) are back at it again. This time, they are making things even simpler with a 1×11 setup called “XX1″. It is a single chainring in front, paired with an 11 speed cassette in the rear. The rear cassette features an ultra-small 10 tooth cog and an ultra high 42 […]

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Fox 34 Float 29 Front Fork & Float RP23 Rear Shock Review

Officially this is the Fox Racing Shox 34 Float 29 and the Float RP23 rear shock. I’ve run this suspension on a Transition Bandit 29er (previewed for MTBR here) and now had over 50 rides on the bike. I’ve run Kashima coated forks for over 100 rides on my personal bikes and therefore feel comfortable […]

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Rock Shox Reverb and Reverb Stealth Updates – Form Follows Function

Updates Increase Versatility of RockShox Reverb Adjustable Height Seatpost: New 34.9MM – Diameter Reverb and 150mm-travel Reverb Stealth The industry leading RockShox Reverb has set the bar for adjustable height seat posts, becoming the poster child for all dropper posts on the market. REVERB: NEW 34.9MM-DIAMETER MODEL With its best in class hydraulically actuated remote […]

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DT Swiss 2013 Product Overview

X 313 Carbon Cross All new rear-shock for Marathon racing and Trail riding! 3-modes, remote operated for Tarmac riding and sprinting – fully locked out Trail riding and climbing – drive mode Descending or rough terrain – open mode All shocks feature the ABS-Air Spring System, externally adjustable rebound. X 313 Cross All new rear-shock […]

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Kappius Hubs – 240 Points of Engagement

Video Just Added! I first saw Kappius Components tricked out and drilled carbon hubs at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) two months ago in Sacramento. I saw the hubs on a Kent Eriksen creation and they definitely caught my attention. It is easy to pass off these drilled hubs as pet project by […]

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All New SRAM XX1 Family Sneak Preview

Some interesting news this morning from SRAM, a Sneak Peek at their new 1×11 drivetrain that features their new Type 2 derailleur and will be compatible with either trigger shifters or Grip Shift. No specifics about the actual number of teeth on the cassette, but they call it the “widest range available”. 1×11….less is more? […]

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Bontrager Tires, Saddles, Shoes and Helmets

Bontrager had a very strong presence at the Sea Otter Classic this year and they are definitely making concerted efforts to get the word out about their new tires, saddles, shoes, helmets and other parts and gear. In fact, Bontrager is currently running a contest on Mtbr right now, so check out the Bontrager Swag […]

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MRP Bling Ring Direct Mount Chainring and MICRO G2 SL Chain Guide

MRP had their new Bling Ring direct mount chainrings and updated MICRO G2 SL Chain Guide on display at the Sea Otter Classic. The Bling Ring mounts to SRAM X0, X9 and Truvativ AKA Cranks (replaces the spider and mounts directly to the crank arm via a splined, three-bolt interface). You are no longer limited […]

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Rotor 3D+ Mtb Cranks and Q-Rings Review

Rotor is a company from Spain that manufacturers very high end components. They’ve been making waves with with their 3D+ crank system and Q-Rings and they sent us a set of of their 2×10 crank to try out. I’ve been using the 2×10 crank for about a month and it has been a revelation.  First […]

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