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Review: GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

In the very competitive world of the wearable HD sports camera, the new GoPro HERO3 Black Edition stands tall above the rest of the field with the most exceptional video quality of the bunch.

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Review: Drift HD Ghost POV Camera


An incredible amount of technology, features and software crammed into an easy to use 11MP video camera, with a superb remote control, a long lived battery and useful LCD screen.

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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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Review: Continental Mountain King II 2.2 and X-King 2.2 with Protection 29er Tire


We’ve run the whole gamut of weather in North Vancouver and Whistler this year. A small window of good weather in May made me mount up some tires from Continental. Since then it had rained for 6 straight weeks making for greasy slippery conditions and only recently giving way again to good weather. I’ve now had […]

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Review: DSP Bighorn Adjustable Seatpost


Introduction by Francis Cebedo Mtbr feels that every mountain biker should try a dropping seatpost. No other component on your bike can improve your handling and descending abilities as much as dropping seatpost will. But there are a few concerns. And the most common ones are weight, cost and durability. We got the DSP Racing […]

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Review: Rocky Mountain Slayer 70


Rocky Mountain’s goal for the latest iteration of their famed Slayer bike line was to create a world class All-Mountain/Enduro/DH adventure cycle machine.  Easy to pedal, light weight, and fantastic on the downhills.  Did they meet these goals?

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Review: Litespeed Cohutta Titanium 29er Hardtail


I was first intrigued by the Litespeed Cohutta during our coverage of Interbike last year. The finish and welds on the bike are beautiful and the geometry and tube shapes are definitely eye catching. Even better, they make a 29er that comes in a size small. Digging a bit deeper, I found out that the […]

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Review: 2013 Specialized Camber


We had the opportunity to ride the 2013 Cambers in the heavenly trails of Bend, Oregon. This is a trail bike with 110mm travel in the rear and 110 in the front. The big stories are: Camber is now 29er only. There’s no 26ers and no 650b Autosag is included on all models There’s new […]

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Review: DirtBaggies Shorts


Do you ever notice in a mountain bike video that no one is wearing full Lycra? That’s because full Lycra outfits are not ideal for the style and lifestyle of riding trails. Do you ever notice on most XC races, especially endurance ones, that few riders are wearing baggy shorts? That’s because roadie style Lycra […]

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2013 Specialized Stumpjumper & Stumpjumper EVO


The 2013 Stumpjumper is available in 26er and 29er configurations. Travel is 140mm for the 26er and 130mm for the 29er. There also exists the more aggressive Stumpjumper EVO. It has a more descent friendly geometry and travel is at 150mm for the 26er and 135mm for the 29er. Like the Camber, highlights are: Autosag […]

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2013 Specialized Epic


I’ve been riding the 2012 Specialized Epic and have been setting PRs on both climbs and descents. Here is a bike that bridges the two needs of climbing fast and descending with confidence. The 2013 Epics are improved once again so we are excited to try them. Highlights are: 1.       Epics are 29er only 2.       The Epic […]

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Royal Racing Java Jersey, MW365 Jersey and Shorts Review


I have been wearing the Royal Racing Java Jersey, MW365 Jersey and Shorts since this winter, and I found them to be comfortable, durable and feature laden. The excellent long sleeved Java Jersey has been a pleasure to wear while riding during the test period, and it’s made with the innovative S. Café fabric, which […]

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ENVE Twenty7.5 (650B) AM Review


At Sea Otter this year, ENVE introduced a 650B rim, which they are calling the Twenty7.5 (650B), and they’ll come in an AM and XC version. The Twenty7.5 rims are 31mm wide (24mm internal) and weigh in at 410 grams for the AM, and 24mm wide (18mm Internal) and 360 grams for the XC, and […]

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Ellsworth Evolution 29er Review


We’ve had the Ellsworth Evolution for a few months now and have gotten to know it quite well. And that’s a good thing because it doesn’t come from the wave of new carbon full suspension 29ers

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Schwalbe Nobby Nic 650B Review


The 650B is becoming the hot item, and all the bike manufacturers are jumping on its bandwagon, so new frames, tires, wheels and forks are all popping onto the horizon. For the 2013 product year, Schwalbe has the complete model range in 29er sizes, and 650B will get the Hans Dampf, Nobby Nic, Racing Ralph, […]

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White Brothers Rock Solid 29er, 650b, Fork Review


Introduction by Francis Cebedo I’ve used several rigid steel forks and carbon forks over the years. There’s nothing like the light weight and steering accuracy of a rigid fork on a 29er. Couple that with a singlespeed and it’s a match made in heaven since all your power translates to forward movement as there’s none […]

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Quad Lock iPhone Bike Mount System


The ever burgeoning smartphone bike mount systems are proliferating due to increasing mobile GPS apps usage by mountain bikers, roadies and triathletes. The Quad Lock iPhone bike mounting system from Annex Products of Melbourne, Australia, is an interesting and innovate product, that uses a unique connection system between the mount and smartphone case.

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Fox 36 Van 160 FIT RC2 Review


The Van 160 is an incredible fork, and offers superb compliance, control and steering attributes, along with excellent small bump interaction, and of course, typical coil spring plushness and linearity. What sets this fork apart from its competition, are the responsiveness and laser like steering capabilities that it has in any terrain and speed, and […]

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Bike Review: $199 Mongoose XR200 Full Suspension


This review is brought to you by one of the mtbr.com content partners, Mountainbiketales.com On Department Store “Cheapies” Would it surprise you to know that month after month the most inquired about mountain bike models aren’t uber-expensive, cutting edge, technological wonders? In fact, far from it! It turns out that readers enjoy living vicariously through […]

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Niner Air 9 RDO Carbon 29er


Introduction by Francis Cebedo Ahh the carbon 29er hardtail… it is the weapon of choice by every XC racer and Strava KOM hopeful these days. But which one does one choose? What qualities should the rider look for? Niner fired the opening shot in this arena when they launched the Air 9 Carbon a few […]

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2013 Rocky Mountain Element RSL Carbon 29er Preview


Review, video by Lee Lau. Pictures by Sharon Bader Introduction In one of the more obviously logical moves for a company to make, Rocky Mountain Bicycles is introducing a line of carbon Element 29ers for the 2013 model year. It’s obvious because only last year RMB unveiled aluminium Element 29ers. The company also has extensive proprietary carbon […]

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Joy Factory StormCrusier iPhone Case and Bike Mount Review


The StormCruiser is a all-encompassing iPhone mounting system for bicycles (or anything with bars), and the kit includes a heavy-duty handlebar mount and a protective case for the iPhone 4/4S for a reasonable $50. The rugged case is water and dust proof, and provides protection for your precious and expensive commodity, and the mount fits […]

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Review: OGIO 9.0 Endurance Bag


OGIO is an innovative designer of bags with unique styling that is infused with intelligent designs. Their bags cover the gamut of activities, including sports, work, school, travel and leisure, making for products that can carry items specific to those life styles. Their recently introduced Endurance Collection includes the top of the line and full […]

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Specialized Roval Control Trail SL 29er Carbon Wheels


The crew at Specialized dropped these wheels off to me and they have been the work horse of the mtbr stable for the last four months. I have used them on the Epic, Camber, Tallboy LTc, and rigid carbon Niner. Friends have taken it out on test rides, from endurance guys, fast guys, powerful and […]

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Rotor 3D+ Mtb Cranks and Q-Rings Review


Rotor is a company from Spain that manufacturers very high end components. They’ve been making waves with with their 3D+ crank system and Q-Rings and they sent us a set of of their 2×10 crank to try out. I’ve been using the 2×10 crank for about a month and it has been a revelation.  First […]

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