Gear Reviews and News

Chrome Industries Wows Interbike with Experiential Trade Show Booth

UPDATE: We have added new photos and a video with Chrome Industries President Steve McCallion explaining three initiatives from Chrome including forged rubber, knurled welding and Chrome Motor for moto riders.

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Feedback Sports Velo Hinge rack, Pro Truing Stand and Fatt Rakk

Feedback Sports has several new products for 2014 including the Velo Hinge pivoting wall hook rack, Pro Truing Stand for all axles and tire sizes and the Fatt Rakk fat bike display stand.

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Review: QAK Thump Blu Headphones

The QAK Thump Blu provides wireless Bluetooth connection to any capable device, has a quick charging battery with a long life, and it offers good fidelity and excellent comfort.

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Eurobike 2013: Hovding Airbag Bike Helmet

The Hovding Airbag bike helmet seems so alien but it has serious effort and engineering behind it.

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Spurcycle’s Ringer Lets You Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

San Francisco-based Spurcycle has taken to crowd-funding site Kickstarter to raise money to produce the Ringer–an entirely US-made minimalist bike bell for the serious cyclist.

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Stages Power Meter – Accurate and Affordable for Mountain Bikers

Accurate power meters are invaluable for getting faster but $3000 is a lot to spend on the current options. Stages Cycling is here with an $800 meter and if it works, then it will be revolutionary.

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16 Cool, Mostly Bike-Related Things From the Outdoor Retailer Show

“Summer OR” brings nearly 30,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors to Salt Lake City each August. While we generally get the skinny on new bike stuff at the cycling trade shows, Mtbr went in search of gear that crosses-over.

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Review: Evoc Bike Travel Bag

Most airlines strictly enforce the 50lb weight limit when it comes to traveling with a bike. Enter the Evoc Bike Travel Bag, my dream case! Lightweight for packing other things along with the bike without being over weight.

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Review: 21 lb. Saris Freedom Hitch Tray Rack

At 21 lbs and $239, this tray style hitch rack offers a compelling solution that was previously the domain of much more expensive and heavier racks.

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Just In: Specialized SWAT – Storage, Water, Air and Tools

Eric Schuda, engineer at Specialized went to observe the Leadville 100 Race and was horrified. He saw the finest mountain bikes rigged with duct tape and zip ties.

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Review: Tate Labs Bar Fly 2.0

Bar Fly 2.0 mount for Garmin Edge computers, with one bolt clamp, two-position interface, user-friendly Derlin plastic construction and lifetime guarantee!

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Review: Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag

The Mountain Feedbag is a must-have for the all-day adventure racer who must fuel while on the go.

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Sneak Peek: New Bar Fly MTB Mount

Sneak peek of Bar Fly MTB mount, with positioning behind the stem faceplate to protect the computer

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Wahoo Fitness RFLKT Computer, Blue HR, Blue SC and KICKR Power Trainer

The new offerings from Wahoo Fitness that includes the Blue HR bluetooh 4.0 heartrate strap, the Blue SC bluetooth 4.0 speed and cadence sensor, and the RFLKT iPhone powered bike computer for your handlebars.

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Review: Rokform Rokbed V3 Bike Mount Kit

The Rokform Rokbed V3 Bike Mount Kit is an all-encompassing iPhone mounting system for bicycles, and the system includes a heavy-duty mount that attaches to the headset and a protective case for the iPhone 4/4S.

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Video: Evoc FR Trail Pack for All Mountain and Enduro Events

Evoc is a popular backpack company very much in tune with the All Mountain and Enduro crowd. This pack is not only a hydration pack but is optimized to carry full downhill gear comfortably with its neoprene enhanced hip strap.

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Review: Seasucker Mini-Bomber Suction Cup Bike Rack

You need to transport bikes on occasion but you have multiple vehicles or you are not ready to commit to a permanent rack. Or you have a type of car where a hitch rack is not an option and a roof rack is not available.

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Brian Mullin’s Walkabout – Sea Otter 2013

This is a short synopsis of my wanderings during the Sea otter 2013 festival, and captures some products that I found interesting…

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Video: Feedback Sports Sprint Work Stand

360-degrees of rotation, easy to use, folds up small, works with mountain and road bikes. That’s the $230 Feedback Sports Sprint work stand in a nutshell. Check out this video to learn more.

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Yakima HoldUp and HoldUp +2 Hitch Bike Racks

The new Yakima HoldUp and HoldUp +2 (to carry 4 bikes total) that’s new and improved for 2013. The HoldUp is easy to install, loads in seconds and features a wheel tray strap, integrated SKS cable lock system, a knob to tilt the rack down for rear vehicle access and the integrated bottle opener.

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Magura, Uvex, Vredestein 2014 Product Highlights

Brent Winebarger shows us the Magura 29er 120mm travel fork, new Vredestein Black Panther 27.5/650b and 29er tires, and Uvex SGL 104 sunglasses and the Ultrasonic CC helmet.

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New from Serfas: Gladiator Sunglasses and FMP-900/FMP-969 Floor Pumps

Serfas is expanding their product line-up big time for 2013. They have several new models of cycling specific eyewear with some great features at a great price. They also have some killer looking new floor pumps.

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Announced: Boombotix Boombot REX Bike Speakers

Mtbr got a look at Boombotix’s new Boombot REX portable bike speakers. This little package packs a punch by reaching volume levels of 90 dB@2ft, making it the loudest portable speaker in its size on the market.

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Seeking the Creative at Sea Otter

There’s a lot of cool stuff at Sea Otter this year, but there are only two products that truly stand out as completely unique and original.

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New Gadget: BikeSpike Bike Theft Protector

Startup company develops new lo-jack for your bicycle. The BikeSpike provides tracking beacon features if your ride is stolen and delivers that data straight to your smart phone. Is this project worth funding?

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