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Cane Creek eeWings titanium cranksets launched


Cane Creek has announced that their eeWings Mountain cranks will now be available equipped with an optional power meter from Stages Cycling with Stages-equipped eeWings All-Road cranks available later this fall.

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Goodyear Bicycle Tire Sealant Unveiled


The new Goodyear Bicycle Tire Sealant will be available in late September in 150ml bottles and sold to shops in boxes of 12. Price per bottle is $10.

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Vittoria Air-Liner review


Billed as the ultimate accessory for mountain bike tires, the Vittoria Air-Liner tire insert is designed to help maximize grip, enhance trail feel, and eliminate tire punctures.

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  • Duane says:

    the cost must come down to the low volume of sells they expect and or just taking advantage of the idea people will spend way to much $ for the idea of it being far superior.

  • Jon Gotow says:

    If you’ve tried CushCore, how does installation compare? I’ve heard that the CushCore inserts make it really tough to get the second bead of the tire inserted – is it easier with Air-Liners?

    • Mark says:

      Cush Core was a ball buster for me so bad that I sold them. Had to cut one tire off to get them out. I watched the Cush Core guys install them for me they make it look kind of easy . But do you carry a garbage can with you when you flat on the trails so you can set the tire on it to break the bead . That was my fear if I ever had a flat out on the trail I was going to be walking back. Maybe it was just my rims and others don’t have this problem but I don’t miss them at all

    • Stephen says:

      I’ve had zero issues with tire installation/removal with CushCore installed. Takes a minute extra at most for me to swap tires.
      You just have to make sure to drop the opposite side of tire bead into the drop center of the wheel, which gives room to get last bit of tire bead over the wall of the rim.
      Have had zero flats in the last 80 miles of riding with CushCore.

  • Bob Ballsly says:

    I only carry a plug with CushCore. Anything larger than what a plug can fix and a tube isn’t going to help. You are best to just ride out on the CushCore. No need to carry a trashcan with you…

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Bontrager Flatline review


The Bontrager Flatline Mountain Bike Shoes offer great pedaling efficiency, low-key looks, and good value for flat pedal mountain bikers.

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  • Nikolai says:

    That is great option to have. I used to have a pair of Bontrager Mt. Bike shoes about 8 years ago but they were like boat anchor heavy but withstood anything thrown to them like a tank. Looking forward on getting a pair of these new ones.

  • Andy Shanley says:

    So trek targeted 5.10 Freeriders and came up short. Bontragers have less grip than Freeriders and cost more? Oh, but they beat them by 140 grams /golfclap. No thanks trek… I’ll continue to roll with the “Gold Standard” of flat shoes.

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Sleek Saris MTR hitch rack coming soon


The Saris MTR hitch rack is coming soon and aims to address the bulk of the bugaboos of all previous bike hitch racks.

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  • Tom says:

    You had me at “it will come….completely assembled”!

    Looks cool. Need a hitch rack comparison against all the Big Boys.

  • JRDO says:

    1upUSA is the best rack. Why don’t you review it?

  • John says:

    A “true game changer?” Hardly. Looks a lot like the 1UpUSA rack, but heavier and more complicated. It’s biggest issue is one that affects all similar racks. If this is mostly painted steel, it will end up like all our previous similar racks, rusted out and trashed within a couple of years unless you regularly remove and store them. We have two 1UpUSA racks we leave on our cars constantly that continue to work and look great. Anodized aluminum and stainless steel hardware is the way to go! No corrosion at all and one is over ten years old. For what this will cost, just get a 1UpUSA. We are not associated with 1UpUSA in any way. We’re simply satisfied long time customers whose buddies have all bought 1UpUSA once they’ve tried ours.

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EVOC Explorer Pro 30L review


If you ride deep into the backcountry and like being well-equipped to handle the unexpected, the EVOC Explorer Pro 30L is worth serious consideration.

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Dainese Enduro Knee Guard sneak peek


Dainese Enduro Knee Guards to feature hybrid construction that mixes mobility and breathability with durability and impact resistance.

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EVOC Neo 16l backpack launched


In celebration of their 10-year anniversary, EVOC has launched an improvement to their popular protection packs with the addition of a new protection system used on a new pack – the EVOC Neo 16l.

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Timber bike bell review


The Timber bike bell is a mountain bike-tailored handlebar-mounted bell that alerts wildlife, hikers, and other mountain bikers to your presence on the trail.

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  • kdiff says:

    “Also a heads up that the bell can strike and mar some frames in event of a crash or handlebar whip. I found this potential on only one of half a dozen mountain bikes I mounted the bell on — a six-year-old XC bike.”

    I have a 2018 Nomad with spacers under the stem & a 20mm rise handlebar and this bell has chipped off all the paint in a few spots on my handlebar. Not from crashes but literally sitting on the trail side and my front wheel twist because of an incline. The force has never been hard but the corners of the bell are sharp. (Kind of sucks because those are the only marks on my frame and it took it down to the carbon.) I trimmed off the bottom to just below wear the bell hits when fully lowered. It’s not as loud now but doesn’t hit my frame.

  • Preston says:

    I’ve had one of these for the last 2 season’s and its a god send especially in hiking country. I’ve always thought they should be common but I”m bummed I will no longer be cutting edge. They are also immensely useful for overtaking slower riders going the same direction. I also wonder though if both riders have the same bell if either one will hear the other.

  • gregnash says:

    I have been rocking one of these for a few years now and have gotten comments in multiple states, from multiple other trail users on how loud these bells are. Yeah not the cheapest option but definitely worth the money. Has saved my butt more than a few times from running into people in blind corners and recently used in a local race as my alert on taking over other riders on the downhill.

    Only gripe that I have, and this is only for the older model shown, is that they do not always stay strongly affixed to the bars. I had to create small inserts to keep mine on tight after the rubber band stretched. Newest model is a clamp lock similar to brake and shifters, that has inserts to adjust for bar size.

    • b rock says:

      If you have one, and it isn’t tight on your handlebars, be sure to wrap the O-ring from the plastic above the front of the bell to the top hook, instead of trying to use both hooks. This solved the problem for me of the bell slipping around the bars when I change the mute setting, and it allowed me to use the “mostly muted” setting for downhills, where it rings enough when I hit bumps at speed.

      While you can purchase the bolt on model, be aware that the rubber o-ring can be more forgiving in a crash if you have it set up so that it will not impact your frame (some people have reported easy breakage in crashes with the bolt on model, and I wouldn’t want the bolt on one to hit me in a crash… as opposed to the rubber o-ring that might give a bit)

  • Bike D00d says:

    I’ve been using these for a couple seasons now, and they do help a lot. A bigger problem though is hikers and runners who take it upon themselves to endanger everyone by wearing headphones or earbuds while blasting music, so they don’t hear you anyway. Thus far there is in no known solution to these bozos except for a handlebar-mounted slingshot.

  • ndp says:

    I bought one of these a couple of years ago and used it for a few weeks. I abandoned it because I found, contrary to the review and other commenters experience, that it was not loud at all. After (unintentionally) sneaking up on numerous hikers while the bell was activated I abandoned it in favor of my old and trusty Incredibell. Now that is a properly loud bell, easy to mount above the bar (index finger trigger) or below the bar (thumb trigger) and it always seems to be heard by hikers well before I arrive in their personal space. Luckily all these bells are pretty cheap (unlike, for example, the Knogg Oi which, while stylish, is pretty much useless as a signaling device) so audition a few and keep the one that works for you.

  • streighty says:

    I have been using one f these for over two years. It always starts the trail interactions with other users on a positive note. I have been thanked by so many other trail users over the years. Way better than a bell you have to manually ring as they are of no help with corners. I also find it useful when coming up on slower riders going the same direction, It gives them plenty of warning and allows them to pick a safe spot to move over and avoids the awkward conversation. They also make a bolt on version, but I haven’t used that one. I’ve never had an issue with mine staying tight and have properly positioned to avoid it hitting my top tube in a crash. My only complaint is I wish there were bigger differentials in the 5 settings. It really feels like 3 settings, off, barely on (decent bumps will cause it to ring and not much else) and all on. I also like the sound. It is more of a wind chime sound than bell. 5 STARS!!

  • JC says:

    Seems to me like more and more riders are opting for blasting their Bluetooth speakers on the trails instead of a Timber bell or other less intrusive method.

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How to pick the right mountain bike tire


Talk all you want about the benefits of upgrading wheels, brakes, or even your entire drivetrain. But pound for pound (or gram for gram), there’s no better upgrade than tires.

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CushCore 27.5+ insert launched


CushCore has a new addition to its range of tire inserts, this week launching the CushCore 27.5+ insert. It’s 50% wider than the standard 27.5 insert, yet at a weight close to the current 29er product.

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OneUp Components EDC Plug and Pliers Kit fixes flats fast


Flat tires are a bummer. But you can soften the blow by carrying a plug kit such as the OneUp Components Plug and Pliers Kit.

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PRO Koryak dropper post lineup expanded


Broadening the range of Koryak mountain bike dropper posts, PRO has launched four new models ranging from 70mm to 170mm in travel and covering seat post diameters between 31.6mm and 27.2mm.

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Thule Rail and UpTake hydration packs coming in 2019


The new Thule Rail is designed for aggressive trail riding and enduro racing, while the Thule UpTake is more of an all-around pack that could also be used for hiking and skiing.

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Race Face Cinch Oval chainrings debut


New Race Face chainrings have the the ability to flip-flop to provide proper chainline offset for both Boost and Super Boost bikes.

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Boa-MIPS partnership aims to advance helmet protection


Boa and MIPS have announced a collaboration dubbed MIPS B-series Boa that aims to improve cycling helmet safety. The integrated helmet system is designed to work together to create a solution that provides superior fit and added protection to athletes in bike and snow. The MIPS B-series Boa allows for the Boa Fit System to […]

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Shimano XTR first ride review


Though we’ll need to log far more ride time before we can make any assertions about durability, Shimano’s new XTR group appears to be a home run in both form and function.

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  • Andy says:

    Find me a brake that will descend 403 and not fade. A single top to bottom run there will cook whatever braking system you are using. Back in ancient times we would have to stop to let the rims cool so we didn’t blow the tires.

  • a says:

    XTR shifter and derailleur with Eagle cassette – I wonder how that would work.

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Leatt DBX 3.5 Neck Brace now available


The inventors of the Leatt-Brace announced the new Leatt DBX 3.5 Neck Brace at the end of last year. Now all models, including the junior version, are available worldwide.

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Wolf Tooth’s Roll-Top and Pump Bags carry all your things


Wolf Tooth’s new B-RAD Roll-Top and Pump Bags provide secure, weather- and dirt-resistant on-bike storage to ensure that you’re never caught without the essentials.

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New Hip Pack from ENVE and Friends


ENVE has released a versatile hip pack with plenty of room for day-ride essentials, including a spare tube and belt-integrated multi-tool.

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  • Chris says:

    Why are many of these hipster packs up in the $150-$200 range when the best 15L packs with a lot more zippers and material cost $130?

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Snēk Cycling’s Lifeboat Tire Lever — and more


Snēk Cycling’s Lifeboat Tire Lever can help you change a tire, remove a valve core, and perhaps most important of all, open a post-ride adult beverage.

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RMU Tailgate Locker has built-in beer cooler


This very handy tailgate pad from Rocky Mountain Underground serves its original intended purpose of protecting your bikes and truck — but also includes a place to keep your beer cold!

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Dynaplug Air review


Dynaplug’s Air tool takes plug kits to the next level with integrated inflation.

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  • Fleas says:

    If you already have the dynaplug in your tire, is the brass pointy thing still in there too? If you were unlucky enough to flat your tire a 2nd time, the brass pointy thing would do some damage, right?

  • Brian says:

    User of the regular dynaplugs. They are great and come in convenient, if pricy, packages. Bigger holes/sidewall tears will need multiple or there “mega” plug. A single plug has been effective 50% of the time. I have not had to put a tube in in 2 years because of these.

    I use bullet shaped plugs
    Has not been an issue with repeat flat.
    I do not change my tire if they work and have put several hundred miles on them

    **If you need to put in a tube you need to take out a spike, friend forgot and punctured tube from spike.

    Yes there are cheaper options that may work as well, but I am happy to pay for such a well designed life saver. The metal case keeps it all together well.

  • Frank says:

    Note that there is the less expensive Racer model and more complete Micro model, just BYOCO2.

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Tepui Baja Series Kukenam 3 tent review


After a year of use we’re ready to share our experience living with a roof top tent, a pop-up tent mounted on top of a vehicle.

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Wolf Tooth ReMote BellTower unveiled


ReMote BellTower allows Spurcycle Bells to be mounted directly to special Wolf Tooth ReMote handlebar clamps.

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