Components Reviews and News


Spank Industries Announces 2013 Pro Team Roster

Component maker Spank Industries will have a strong presence at the Sea Otter Classic this week with a strong team featuring such riders as Darren Berrecloth, Mick and Tracey Hannah, Logan Binggeli, Holly Feniak and more!

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2014 Fox Talas CTD 26er and 27.5 Fork and Float X CTD Shock

Fox has released the new Talas fork and Float X rear shock. So we asked the great Mark Jordan of Fox some questions about their new products. Mtbr: Will this Talas be as plush as the Float? It seemed to give up a little bit in small bump sensitivity in the past. Mark Jordan: The […]

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Review: Cane Creek DBAir

The Best All Mountain Rear Shock? Let’s get to the point, I liked this rear shock a lot, as it has many great attributes and characteristics, including a massive amount of tuning capabilities and great compliance.

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MRP G3 Brings Chainguide Performance and Ease of Maintenance to New Heights

Aside from a crash, a mechanical failure, or an encounter with Sasquatch, the last thing you want when barreling at mach speed through a rock garden is to have your chain bounce off.

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SRAM Announces New X9 and X5 Fat Bike Cranks

Engineered for the Wide Wheel – Today SRAM announced two new X9 and X5 level cranks for fat bikes. If you are a sharp visitor of the Mtbr Fat Bike Discussion forum, this might not come as too much of a surprise.

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2013 Crankbrothers Mallet DH/Race

Weight: 479g per pair MSRP: $140 Today, Crankbrothers is introducing the new Mallet DH/Race pedal. We’ve ridden with it a few times and we’ve already taken it apart. But to truly understand where the Mallet DH/Race is going, one has to understand where it came from. First came the Eggbeater and although it was ideal […]

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Deity Announces New Cam Zink CZ38 Special Handlebar

Have you ever wanted to take your handlebars out to the desert and blast them with a shotgun? Me neither. But apparently, Cam Zink has. And does in this video. Fresh off the press from Eric Davies (Deity Owner and Product Designer) is the announcement of their new CZ38 Special handlebars. The bar features a […]

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Sneak Peek: X-Fusion Hilo SL Dropper Post

Mtbr went on a field trip this week and we broke in to the X-Fusion headquarters to see some new product. We stealthily snuck in through the back door to get the scoop before the Sea Otter wave of product introductions begin. Here’s the new Mtbr contributing editor Don Palermini taking the lead. Unfortunately, our […]

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Review: SRAM X0 2×10 with Grip Shift

Introduction by Francis Cebedo: SRAM revolutionized drivetrains with their introduction of the modern 2×10 system a couple years ago. They wanted to give you more functionality with less complexity. They then went back to the archives to resurrect Grip Shift by perfecting its accuracy and shifting action. Have they succeeded in both endeavors? Read on […]

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WickWerks To Hold “Ride the Rings of Champions” Sweepstakes

Mtbr just received some WickWerks rings here in the office for testing. We received a set of 2×10 rings with 38 teeth and 24 teeth. The pair weighs 90 grams on our shop scale and the finish is very nice and we can’t wait to get them on our test rig. New photos added below. […]

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Review: Look S-Track Mountain Bike Pedals

The S-Track replaces the Look Quartz pedal as Look has switched to a whole new design direction with this new off-road pedal. Look wanted something with more reliability, consistency, bigger contact patch and versatility for All Mountain use. A first look at this pedal shows there is much more refinement compared to the Quartz. The […]

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Dropper Seatpost Round-Up

We have a few dropper posts in the garage so we did a little comparison on them. Dropper posts have been around for about 20 years with the original Hite Rite product sold many decades ago. The concept is make a seatpost that fully extends during climbs for proper leg extension and allow it to […]

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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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