Gear Reviews and News


Gear Review: Thule RoundTrip Pro bicycle travel bag

With an integrated workstand and a foldable architecture that allows it to pack down for storage, Thule’s new RoundTrip Pro may be the most convenient travel bike bag on the market.

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First Look: Orange Seal tire sealant system

Orange Seal’s great packaging helps make tubeless tire set-up clean and easy, but how does it perform? Find out in our First Look.

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Five easy maintenance tips for the non-mechanic

Pro endurance racer Sonya Looney takes us inside her toolbox and gives us five easy tips to help keep our mountain bikes rolling smoothly.

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Riva Bike Festival: Product Highlights

Mtbr got a chance to visit the Riva Bike Festival held annually in Riva del Garda, Italy. It is a chance for enthusiasts and pros to race, see new products and demo new bikes. Here are some photo highlights from the event.

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Sea Otter Video: 2014 Orange Seal tubeless sealant

Steven Sweet makes the case for Orange Seal’s innovative tubeless sealant system for mountain, road and fatbike tires.

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Sea Otter Video: 2014 Abus Multiloop 210 and Bordo 6000 Locks

Abus rep Collin Myers shows us the versatile Multiloop 210 cable lock and the Bordo 6000, a compact folding bike lock.

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Sea Otter Video: Wahoo Fitness TICKR heart rate monitor 2014

The TICKR Bluetooth and Ant+ compatible heart rate monitor strap is designed to work with smart phones and GPS watches.

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Four big ideas from little companies at Sea Otter

A cool computer/POV camera mount, an electrolyte-injecting hydration pack, and coconut water without the water are a few of the big ideas from small companies we saw at Sea Otter.

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Sea Otter Video: Evoc Sports bike packs 2014

Evoc Sports Marketing Coordinator Jessica Negele stopped by the Mtbr Sea Otter booth to introduce us to three of the companies’ newest packs including the FR Trail Unlimited and FR Enduro Blackline.

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Sea Otter Video: Feedback Sports Bicycle Maintenance App 2014

If you’re anything like us, you’ve got multiple bikes in your garage with continually rotating maintenance needs. Feedback Sports President Doug Hudson talks us through all the free app can do.

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Review: Wahoo KICKR Power Trainer

The Wahoo KICKR trainer grabs the boring old bike trainer and thrusts it into the tech world with social, virtual and viral features. At its core though, it feels like riding a bicycle.

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Tech Review: New Strava update boosts photos, mapping features and more

‏Update of Strava’s mobile app adds photo sharing and social features to free version, while compelling features and cycling support efforts make Premium subscription more appealing.

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Paul Component’s stem cap Camera Mount puts GoPro front-and-center

Fresh Product – Paul Component’s stem cap Camera Mount puts GoPro front-and-center.

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Review: Lifeproof frē smartphone case and bike mount

The Lifeproof frē is a slim case that is rugged and abuse proof, and can provide some serious protection from drops, dirt, water and snow, while still offering full access to the buttons, touchscreen, camera and phone.

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Review: Kreitler Rollers

Long days inside? Maybe give rollers a try to spruce up your winter indoor training. Kreitler allows you to create a set of rollers from the ground up so you can have the indoor riding and possibly travel portability to best fit your riding ability and lifestyle.

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Review: Element Case Rogue and Sector deliver high end iPhone cases to the bike market

The phone is quickly becoming a great tool for cycling. The Element Case Rogue strives to solve all your phone protection and mounting needs.

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Review: Bushnell PowerSync SolarWrap Mini

The $90 SolarWrap Mini allows in the field and off the grid charging of portable devices (smartphone) via its integrated battery pack, along with the added benefit of a solar panel to replenish the battery storage.

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Review: BenchtopPRO Parts Washing System

The BenchtopPRO parts washing system is an excellent portable home or shop tool that uses bioremediation technology, combining a non-hazardous, non-toxic and non-flammable degreaser and microbial additive to clean dirty bike parts.

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Spotted: New RockyMounts Aerodynamic Upright Bike Rack

Good looks, better gas mileage, and ease of use (especially for bikes with thru-axles) were the driving factors behind the design and engineering of the soon-to-be-released Rocky Mounts Brass Knuckles.

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RoofScope Helps You Keep an Eye on Precious Roof-Mounted Cargo

Ever driven your roof-rack mounted bike into a low overhang? Ouch. RoofScope might just be the ounce-of-prevention you need to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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ORP’s Bike Light With Integrated Smart Horn

ORP’s LED bike light with integrated (and loud) horn helps cyclists to be safe when riding in traffic, but use wisely.

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Pint-Sized Pocket Drone Captures Your MTB Radness with GPS-Tracking Video Copter

‏Cool new RC copter uses your phone’s GPS autopilot to automatically follow you and record your ride.

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Toolmaker Paul Morningstar Found Dead in Booby-Trapped California Home

‏Morningstar, whose tools like the Freehub Buddy–a tool for injecting grease in freehub bodies–and the Rim ‘Rench–a tool for straightening bent rim beads, enjoy a cult-like following of professional and home mechanics alike.

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Review: K-Edge Stem Mounts for Garmin Computers

The new K-Edge stem mounts are durable and tough and well-made, and the design offers excellent protection for your valuable Garmin Edge GPS bike computers. The mounts attach onto the bike’s steerer, and they come in two versions; a fixed and an adjustable model.

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First Look: Wolf Tooth Components DropStop Chainrings, Rotor Truing Bottle Opener

Check out our new batch of drop-resistant 1x chainrings, mounting bolts and a clever bottle opener/rotor truing tool from Minneapolis-based Wolf Tooth Components.

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