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ENVE Upgrade Program launched


Program makes getting pair of premium U.S.-made wheels easier than ever before, allowing customers to trade in a pair of ENVE or non-ENVE carbon wheels and receive upgrade credit toward any SES, M Series, or G Series wheelset.

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  • Rob says:

    Hmm, pick up a pair of used carbon wheels on ebay for less than $700 and trade-in for ENVE credit?

    • Jeremy says:

      You may make $200 on that wheelset, but then you over-pay on the Enve one…you’re definitely not ahead unless you were going to blow that much on a new set of Enve’s to begin with.

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Kate Courtney wins XC World Championship title


Capping off her meteoric rise to the top ranks of Women’s XC World Cup racing this season, 22-year old Kate Courtney won the mountain bike World Championships today in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

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Marco Osborne helmet destroyed


Marco Osborne’s beautiful custom helmet tells the tale of the what some describe as the ‘gnarliest crash they’ve seen.’ It gave up its life to protect Marco.

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Best bike lights for trail riding


Front bike lights can be split into two categories, to see with and to be seen lights. This article will cover lights to see within the sweet spot range of $100-$400.

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  • vernon d says:

    Regarding 5 dollar ebay light, google “Chinese bike lights burn down home”.
    You got to have some balls to trust a 5 dollar 8k lumen light……not worth saving 85 bucks.
    https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-interviews/a-cheap-chinese-bike-light-nearly-burned-down-this-riders-house/

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      Absolutely agreed. The price, performance, safety, reputation, support of these US and International brands is very compelling now. $100 for 1300 lumen light that will outlast your bike? That’s worth it.

  • Peper says:

    An old tail light on my dogs collar helps me keep track of him in the weeds as we are out at nights trail riding. My black Lab disappears and reappears from the shadows fast. Helps me to see him waiting at the next turn, off to the side, of the trail. I’ve bought 3 of those Lumina lights and they are great. Good recommendation Francis on the Lumina. I love the build, longevity, actual lumen count, light tone and durability of them, NightRiders are my go to.

  • WE. Coyote says:

    Usin NiteRider for more than few years. Excellent qusality and great customer service.

  • Brian M says:

    I’ve tried everything to keep my L&M Taz aimed correctly, but even biking on a paved road with some minor cracks causes it to tilt down, hit a pot hole and it’s upside down and I’m lit up like I’m on stage. I’ve pulled the rubber strap as tight as I can, the little holes in the strap are stretched to over 1/4″ in length, I’ve put electric tape and a section of a handlebar grip where i mount the light but it still spins. I ended up getting a cheap light on amazon that has a qr style clamp, no spinning or slipping with that, just wish it had a beam pattern like the L&M (yes I’ve tried swapping clamps but it doesn’t fit)

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Video: Biking the Rubicon Trail


The Rubicon Trail existed before Europeans ever stepped foot on the continent, used as an Indian trading route. Is biking the Rubicon Trail worthwhile?

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Jared Graves brain tumor discovered


The mountain biking world was jolted yesterday as legendary mountain bike racer Jared Graves revealed he has a brain tumor that has triggered several seizures.

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Assos Trail Collection Launched


Swiss cycling apparel maker Assos is furthering its foray into mountain bike clothing with a new Trail line that includes shorts, jerseys, liners, gloves, and protective accessories.

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Ride Concepts footwear first look


With materials, design, and an engineering-focused approach to footwear, Ride Concepts aims to produce mountain bike specific high performance footwear.

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Park City Point 2 Point with Eric Porter


75 miles and 12,000+ feet of climbing at elevation? No problem says freerider Eric Porter. About that training thing though…

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Mother Lode Epic race recap


The Mother Lode Epic is a four-stage race with boat transfer in the Sacramento area. Check out the adventure here.

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Pivot Cycles Mach 5.5 with Fox Live Valve


Chris Cocalis of Pivot Cycles has been working with Fox to help develop and test the system for quite some time. So he is beyond excited to reveal this bike.

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IMBA Trail Accelerator Grant recipients announced


Catalyzing more trails in more communities is critical to IMBA mission. The program accelerates trail projects, bringing us closer to vision of everyone across the country having access to great trails.

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Bosch Kiox is new on-board eBike computer


Offers new features via Bluetooth connectivity, and the Gorilla Glass display makes it durable for hardcore eBikers.

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Strider 12 ST-R balance bike has carbon frame


Here’s something for the kid that has (or needs) everything. Meet the new Strider 12 ST-R balance bike, which features a carbon fiber frame, high end components, and an $899 price tag.

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  • Redflufflydragon says:

    No weights?

  • joules says:

    Not really for the kid that has everything (they’d never know the difference), but for the wealthy yet unintelligent parents that need everyone to know they can afford to drop that much money on something so stupid as a high end balance bike.

    I kind of hope that when someone places an order for this, instead of sending one, they dispatch some guys to break your knees for being such an idiot.

    • Joe says:

      Let me see. What’s worse? Someone spending $899 on a bike or someone wanting to have a guy’s knees broken….Not really a tough call.

      “I kind of hope that when someone places an order for this, instead of sending one, they dispatch some guys to break your knees for being such an idiot.”

  • Usernametaken says:

    Wait a minute, is today April 1st?

  • UserNameTaken says:

    Wait a minute… is today April 1st?

    Also can’t tell exactly what type of car that is behind the bike, but it really needs to be a Porsche or a Tesla.

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Fox Live Valve now live to world


Fox Live Valve switches the fork and shock independently as the terrain changes using the fastest valve ever created by Fox. Is it for you?

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  • Teleken says:

    $3000 for your suspension, $1600+ for Carbon wheels, $3000+ for a Carbon frame then pick your Gruppo pretty soon we’re talking about real money.

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Yeti SB150 29er launched


If you’re already a fan of Yeti’s trail and enduro bikes, then the only thing you need to know about the new Yeti SB150 is that it has space inside the main triangle for a water bottle. But there’s much more to it.

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2019 Trek Remedy first ride


The latest version of the venerable Remedy sports more travel on bigger tires and it’s slacker, stiffer and lighter. It’s a good evolution of the species.

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  • Jay says:

    Francis in the air is the same pic as for his Trek Powerfly review 1 month ago.
    Which bike is being aired out here ?

    http://reviews.mtbr.com/2019-trek-powerfly-ebike-first-look

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      Great question. That is actually a Remedy. We rode Powerfly one day and then Remedy the next at Mammoth, so a bit confused with the photo. I’ll remove out of the Powerfly article.

  • Mark DePonzi says:

    Some riders who are concerned with the knock block being a deal breaker because of the turning radius here is my experience. I rode a 2017 Race Remedy for 3 weeks and loved the bike but was not going to buy it because of this knock block I ended up buying the bike anyway I have Never had an issue with the Turing radius and I love riding super tech areas with tight switch backs, its just not an issue, I would agree with the assessment of a short top tube length but is just not an issue when you are in a correct descending position

  • Plusbike Nerd says:

    The Remedy is another example of the most recent trend of the Tweenbike – as in between Plus and Narrow. A Tweenbike is optimized for tires in the 2.4-2.8in range and comes with rims in the i30-35mm (i=inner width) range. Other 2019 bikes like the Scott Genius, Trek Full Stache, Specialized Stumpjumper, and the Ibis Mojo are also Tweenbikes. I wouldn’t buy a new bike that wasn’t a Tweenbike because it gives me the choice of using either Plus or Narrow tires. Having that versatility is a feature I want. I predict that more Trailbikes will be updated to Tweenbikes in the near future and that nearly all Traibikes will be Tweenbikes before long. If your shopping for a new bike, you might want to put Tweenbike at the top of your list of “must have” features.

  • Nick Holzem says:

    Is the chainstay length truly shorter? Both 2018 & 2019 models show 43.3 in the geometry table. I also wish knock-block would be optional or could be user removed, maybe it is?

    • chris says:

      Sure you can remove it, just won’t be able to warranty the huge dent in your downtube later… (Or the smashed in compression adjuster on your fork)

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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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Esker Elkat features latest Dave Weagle design


Meet the Esker Elkat, a 150mm rear travel carbon fiber 27.5 trail eater that features the latest Dave Weagle suspension design.

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  • Carl says:

    No thanks. I’ll keep my Evil. Kind of a dumb name for a bike company. Not as dumb as ‘Pivot’. Who comes up with these names…???

  • Russ says:

    Pivot is a great bike. nothing kind of dumb about the name. kind of dumb to pick a bike based on a name. who comes up with these dumb comments? Kind of dumb to even respond to this comment except I am supporting a great bike company like Pivot.

  • Velorangutan says:

    That’s a great name for a bike! Crossing an Elk with a cat. I wonder if their next bike will cross and elephant and a rhino?

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Yakima HangOver vertical hitch rack revealed


The vertical mountain bike hitch rack is set to go mainstream with the soon-to-launch Yakima HangOver, the first of its kind from a leading manufacturer.

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  • Steve says:

    Finally, My Ridgeback broke and dropped my bikes on the HWY.

  • Cory M says:

    Two years to design this?

  • DJ says:

    Does not look anywhere as good clean design as my NSR Rack. Those plastic parts, ratchet straps will not last well. No word on weight so it must be heavier. Also, looks harder to load with all those straps. When I am riding I want to get going not fiddle with a bunch of straps. Can you imagine putting 6 bikes on and fiddling with all those straps and ratchets. I see some bruised knuckles.

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National Mountain Biking Survey Launches


The National Mountain Biking Survey is now open and seeking the opinions of America’s mountain bikers to understand their habits, access to trails, and levels of engagement.

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Kenda Regolith Pro tire launched


The Kenda Regolith Pro comes in three casings, the light and fast TR for race and XC, the SCT with sidewall protection for trail, and the burly EMC for e-bikes.

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Wolf Tooth Morse adjustable Stainless & Ti bottle cages


Made in USA Morse Cage base plate offers four positions across 32mm of vertical adjustment.

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Fezzari La Sal Peak first ride


Fezzari wanted to elevate their brand and produce a bike desired for its total package, not just its value. Have they succeeded with the La Sal Peak? Read on and find out.

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  • vern says:

    If I was in market, this would be at top of list. Geo, lyric, dropper, carbon, warranty for 3500 entry level…….no brainer.

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Best Mountain Bike Clipless Pedals


Here’s some the best mountain bike clipless pedals we recommend.

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  • bikebuddha says:

    speedplay frog to rule them all…

  • roberto says:

    so you say theres lots of reasons to go clipless and describe three insipidly. if you are trailriding i.e. not downhilling or trials, there is no reason not to be in clipless pedals and we should have ceased having tis discussion 20 years ago, Back-pedalling , ratcheting feathering , all types of crank fine adjustment necessary to smooth xc pedalling let alone pure hard but supple pedalling are unquestionably improved when you are attached to the crank. who are you trying to kid otherwise? as for say crank brothers getting rock strike releases, what pedal doesn’t? duh! One dim article really

  • myke says:

    “The only gotcha is that unclipping from TIMEs can be a bit unpredictable.” huh, i can’t remember any Inconsistent releases of last nearly 20 years of ATAC. strange

    • p0is0n0ak says:

      Agreed! I switched to ATAC about 15 years ago because of the finicky/unpredictable release of Shimano SPDs. Gave Shimano another try about 5 years ago and couldn’t stand them because they unpredictably released on uphills- with full tension- and jammed up with a minimal amount of debris everywhere else.

      ATAC are the embodiment of predictibility.

  • DaveK says:

    My experience has been with Crankbrothers Eggbeaters for my first 10 years of mountain biking, and now Shimano SPD pedals the two-three years. For durability, the Shimano pedals have been bulletproof, the Crankbrothers pedals required much more routine maintenance. I also broke an axle shaft on one of my CB Eggbeaters (very scary), CB customer support admitted the shaft design was flawed and replaced one set of pedals but only offered a discount on my other two sets since they were older but had the same design flaws, I was not impressed by CB customer care. Another problem with Eggbeaters (or Candy) are the wings that you clip into hang down below the pedal and are much more of a hazard on pedal strikes, the wire can catch and bring you to a sudden stop, throwing you off the bike. I’ve had it happen once, but others have also reported the same problem. In contrast, the Shimano SPD pedals glance off during a pedal strike due to the angle design of the mechanism. The Shimano pedals also offer a little more of a platform and don’t dig into the soles of your shoes like Eggbeaters can. The only advantage the CB pedals have is a bit less weight but it’s only 20-30 grams or so. I’ve not tried SP Frogs, that’s probably the only other pedal I’d consider but I’ve moved on from Crankbrothers and am happy with my Shimano XT/XTR trail pedals.

  • Cory M says:

    This article could have been written 10+ years ago. Not much has changed in pedal design…

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