Gear Reviews and News

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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Lezyne World Headquarters Tour

Lezyne revamps San Luis Obispo facility and ramps up from strong industry response and sales of their line of LED bike lights.

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Review: Boombotix Boombot REX Bluetooth Speaker

Bluetooth speakers are all the rage these days, as you they allow you to take your music everywhere. The Boombot REX does that and is a speakerphone as well, all in a rugged package.

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Review: MIO Alpha Heart Rate Monitor

If you dislike using chest strap monitors the Alpha is a real winner, and toss in its ease of use, the ability to pair up with iPhone fitness apps via Bluetooth Smart 4.0, and its extremely accurate readings, all which combine to make the MIO Alpha a feature laden and functional heart-rate monitor.

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Just In: JetBlack Z1 Fluid Trainer

Right in time for the indoor season, Jet Black is here with a few trainer options. This JB Z1 is compact, stable and quiet.

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Euro Style MarshGuard Mud Fender Available in US

This slick looking mud fender is called the MarshGuard and is now available in the US from ArtsCyclery.com.

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Review: Yakima HoldUp Bike Rack

The Yakima HoldUp Rack is a compact and stable rack for $439 and it is one of the best ways to transport two bikes outside a vehicle.

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Interbike 2013: Kuat NV and Trio Racks

For 2014 Kuat has released the Trio roof rack, added a new Black color to their lineup, and expanded their options to tie down Fat Bike’s.

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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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