Gear Reviews and News


Review: Abus Bordo 6000 Folding Lock

The Bordo 6000 looks nothing like the traditional U-locks, cable locks and chains we’re used to. It actually resembles a folding carpenter’s ruler, and functions in a similar manner.

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Fix It Sticks Announces Bike Multitool

I have been seeing a lot more small bike companies and individuals using the crowd funding site Kickstarter to raise capital to fund their creative projects, and the Fix It Sticks multitool is an excellent example. The new Fix It Sticks looks to be a very useful multitool, that will be handy out on the […]

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Review: Upright Designs Totem Pole Bike Rack

Six bikes in less space that it takes to transport four? Yes, the key is the bikes are resting on each other with the front tires. The tires by nature offer natural cushion from any damage. The handlebars are at opposite sides and away from each other in an alternating pattern.

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Garmin Announces the Edge 810 and 510

Garmin has been pretty secret about their just announced Edge series, and the rumor mill has been rampant with guesses about what features they would contain, and whether it would just be called the Edge 900. Garmin unveiled two new GPS bike computers today, the Edge 810 and 510, which are their first dedicated bicycling […]

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1up USA Bike Rack Review

1Up USA is famous for their bike trainers so we were excited at the opportunity to try their bike racks. At first glance, it looks like a science project as the whole unit looks CNC’d and the bike retention mechanism looks unlike any we’ve seen before. But as we used it extensively, we learned about […]

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Chrome Lieutenant Rolltop Messenger Bag Review

The Lieutenant rolltop messenger bag from Chrome is versatile, stylish and is waterproof inside and out. The fact that it is a rolltop means it can handle a variety of different sized cargo that is easy to get to. It has dual waterproof compartments that keep the wet and dry cargo separate. It will keep […]

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FOX High Pressure Digital Shock Pump

Introduction by Francis Cebedo Brian and I both have this pump and have been spending quality time with it. In this day and age, suspension setup is everything. Bikes are supposed to be ridden with the right amount of sag for a given rider. And this can be the difference between an all-mountain bike riding […]

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K-EDGE Computer Mount for Garmin Edge

K-EDGE started their endeavors with Kristin Armstrong’s Chain Catcher at the 2008 Olympics (Gold individual time trial in 2008 and 2012), and they have since added more catchers and camera mounts. Their latest product is an aluminum bike computer mount for Garmin’s Edge series, and the anodized jewelry is an impressive piece of CNC weaponry. […]

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HeadsUp Systems Wireless Gear Alert System

Have you ever driven your car into the garage with your bike still on the roof, or at least gotten close enough to give you heart palpitations? Enter stage left the HeadsUp Systems wireless gear alert system. The HeadsUp display system is pretty interesting, and it’s basically an early-warning system that tells you if you […]

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Seasucker Hornet Bike Rack First Impressions

We got a chance to try the Seasucker Hornet portable bike rack and made a little show and tell video. This is our first experience with this emerging category of vacuum pump bike racks.

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Where The Trail Ends DVD, Blu Ray and Limited Edition Journal

At this year’s Interbike trade show, the video release of “Where The Trail Ends” was by far, one of the social highlights. It is an amazing journey across the globe of the best freeriders in the world going HUGE! If you haven’t seen it, check out the official trailer here: Riding locations include Argentina, British […]

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LifeProof nuud iPad case and iPhone GoPro Mount

LifeProof makes protective cases for Apple smartphones and tablets, and their products are well made, rugged and take the abuse of the outdoor world. MTBR.com tested their iPhone case, and bike mount and found them to be a great system, especially the excellent case, which I still use. LifeProof nüüd LifeProof introduced their new nüüd […]

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ReadyCase iPhone Case

The ReadyCase is a multifunctional and multi-tool iPhone case, which had been originally funded through Indiegogo. If you’re not familiar with Indiegogo, they’re a funding platform or crowd funding site, which is a donation based fundraising for businesses or creative projects. Kickstarter is a more well known website, and it features the same sort of system […]

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Axiom Annihilateair Floor Pump and Terminate Air Mini Pump and more

Dustan from Axiom Performance Gear shows us some highlights of the new floor pumps and mini pumps for 2013.

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Strava Cycling App for iPhone – New Social Features Added

Strava is an Mtbr favorite around the office. Whether it be by iPhone or by Garmin, Strava really is THE killer app for cyclists. We have gone more in-depth about what Strava is and what it does in earlier write-ups and we have even covered the controversy and lawsuits involving Strava, but in-short, Strava is […]

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Serfas Introducing Five New Eyewear Models for 2013

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA—Generating some huge buzz for its eyewear at this year’s Kona Ironman World Championship, Serfas is introducing five new models for 2013 including Dakota. With a ton of cycling specific features such as Serfas’ H.O.T. (Helmet Optimized Temples), which reduce helmet strap interference, and Serfas’ Decentered Lens Technology, where the optical center […]

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Chrome Bags and Shoes 2013 Collection

Chrome has a long history of making stylish and functional bike bags. They have really broadened their offerings in recent years by making shoes and apparel. I have personally been using Chrome bags for years and they remain one of my favorite ways to pack my daily necessities on and off the bike. In this […]

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Park Tool’s New Power Lift Shop Repair Stand and More

When I last talked to Calvin from Park Tool (at the recent QBP SaddleDrive event) he gave me a hint as to what new products they would be showing at Interbike. He said the new product would be, “Made for you if you have a bad back or a really heavy bike.” My guess at […]

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Kinetic Trainers with InRide iPhone App

Admittedly, indoor trainers are not as cool as riding an all-mountain bike in a redwood forest singletrack. But with the impending arrival of winter, I dropped in to see the green machines at Kinetic. David Simpson immediately grabbed my attention with some cool stuff: Kinetic InRide iPhone app talks to the trainer and knows your […]

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Cateye Nano Shot Plus Light and Stealth 50 GPS Computer

Cateye surprised us last year in the Bike LIghts Shootout. They sent a tiny 250 lumen light called the Nano Shot  and it blew us away with its form factor, quality, brightness and price.  It kind of reminded us that Cateye is a Japanese company that makes quality stuff. The feel of their products is […]

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Pastajet’s Interbike Walkabout Pt 1

I am doing a couple of short Walkabout entries from the Interbike show, that are from my occasional meetings and sometimes random wanderings. Part 1 includes: Garmin Edge mount, American Classic 650B wheels, Polar bottle, Formula 650B fork and new Clif Bar treats. Garmin Garmin didn’t have any new computers at the show, and the […]

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Tactical Communications for Riders

Okay, we all ride with directionally challenged friends that we know will make every wrong turn that it is possible to make.   Sometimes it can be a real pain trying to figure out where that rider is.  We also know that cell phone coverage is spotty at best in the back country.  UClear Digital has […]

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Krieg, Saddle Bags for Everyone

As I  was wandering around Interbike I came across a couple of guys with a cool low tech booth.  They were discussing how to make their booth more fun and attract more attention.  The booth was clever and used recycled shipping boxes from other exhibitors as a floor covering that matched the cool cardboard boxes […]

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No-Drip Chain Luber

We saw the No-Drip Chain Lube by Left Field Design at Interbike. It’s a lube container that makes the regular task of lubing the chain easier, neater and with less waste. Check the video and see our first experience with it.

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kuat racks 2013

The rack company kuat had some interesting new products in their lineup for this coming tear, including the Rufee roof rack, the Link water bottle lock system, an expanded Dirtbag fork mount series, and a skinnier Vagabond. I was really fascinated by the Rufee roof rack system ($209), which carries one bike (up to 45 […]

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