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Bontrager XR4 and 29-4 All Mountain Tire

Trek mountain bikes have improved dramatically over the past few years.  Bikes like the Remedy, Fuel and Slash have been introduced to compete well in their categories. The Bontrager tires have lagged in this revamp a bit and some might say that they have held back the bikes from their full abilities. Trek knew of […]

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Transition Bandit 29er First Looks


This is a “First Looks” article. Its intent is to give the reader an overview of Transition’s Bandit 29er; a 130mm rear travel dual suspension mountainbike. An in-depth review canvassing, (among other things) the bike’s uphill, downhill performance and nit-picking its abilities in excruciating details will follow —- I promise! The reason for such long-winded explicit […]

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2012 Norco Sight Review


Norco has been a household name for mountain bikes here in British Columbia, Canada for as long as I can remember. They are a company that is continuously evolving

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2012 Norco Revolver 1 Review


Photos by: Dave Mackie Photography The 2012 Norco Revolver 1 after a few months’ worth of testing in one of British Columbia’s wet and wild winters. MTBR.com covered the Norco 2012 Product Launch in Whistler, BC last August, where we introduced all of the company’s bikes that were slated for release over the coming months. […]

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Jett Combat Ice Glove Review


This top insulated glove is an excellent cross seasonal product, and is in their prime in cooler, windier, and more inclement weather conditions, and as a backup for high country adventures. They’re extremely durable, and are breathable, water resistant, and featured loaded, which all combine for a great all-season and all-weather glove. Prepare for Combat! […]

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Jet Lites X-51 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout


Jet lites does not mess around. The proprietor, David Joseph solves problems then he iterates over and over until the solution is as good as can be for his customers.

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SKS Aircon 6.0 and Airbase Pro Floor Pump


SKS is a German company that is best known for their bike fenders and mudguards in the US, but their product suite also includes pumps, saddle bags, multitools, and chainguards and water bottle cages. They have been manufacturing bike pumps for 80 years, and originated the mini pump, and last year sold 7.8 million pumps […]

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Miveu – iPhone Mounting System creates POV Camera


Our friend Oscar from Miveu sent us one of the very few pre-production prototypes of the Miveu system. But the minute we opened the package, we had that ‘aha’ moment.  It is an Iphone case that transforms the Iphone into a POV camera.  

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Küat Bottle Lock Review


The kuat Bottle Lock is a super convenient system, and the 5-foot cable, and ease of usage, made for a very handy bike lock. The simple and innovative design works well, and I didn’t have any issues with durability, although the hard plastic might crack if dropped a great distance?

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Schwalbe Hans Dampf Review


The all condition’s mountain-bike tire, are tubeless ready with a non-directional tread pattern, and uses their tough SnakeSkin sidewalls, and was designed for dry and loose or wet and rooty and rocky terrain. The tires use their Triple Star rubber compound design, specifically the TrailStar version (High Performance Trail Ride Compound). I have been thrashing […]

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Review: Fuji SLM 29 1.0


Introduction by Francis Cebedo: We wanted to do something a little special for our review of the Fuji SLM 29 bike so we asked four of our experienced 29er riders to evaluate this one.  Marco Soldano, Isaias Job, Rafael Rius and Chris Sota are four of the most enthusiastic pedalers in Norcal and have tried […]

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Transition Bandit Review


Transition Bike’s products have a reputation for downhill performance. Traditionally Transitions are not flashy and are instead optimized for technical trails. Uncomplicated… almost businesslike, but not looked on as bikes for climbing. This is strange given that the owners of the company spend a lot of time self-powered. The Bandit is Transition’s first foray into the […]

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Crank Brothers Kronolog Seatpost Revealed


We had a chance to do some great rides with the new Crank Brothers Kronolog dropping post. This post is the latest entry in this important and competitive category of Dropping or Height Adjustable Seatposts. Here’s a quick video reveal we shot on location at the San Juan Trail in Southern California: The vital specs […]

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Jet Lites F-1 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout


The Jet Lites F-1 is a late arrival to this year’s night riding season but that just means they’ve had time to evolve their design and wait for the best components available.  What they sent us is a true work of art in terms of construction and design. In a field of exciting but crowded […]

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Prestacycle Prestaratchet Review


This seems to be my week to write about tools, and this minuscule ratchet is one mighty dragon slayer. It accepts the ubiquitous 1/4 inch bits, and makes inserting and extracting fasteners on a bike a quick and effortless process. It has become an indispensable tool in my armada, and I feel lost without it […]

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CDI Preset Torque Limiting T-Handle Review


During some winter downtime between snowstorms, I started to do some bike builds and upgrades, and I was doing lot’s of part swapping, re-installs and tweaks. A great deal of this work involved using my home shop tools, and I was really enjoying using the CDI Preset Torque Limiting T-Handle. This clever little tool uses […]

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Thule Raceway Platform Tray Style Trunk Rack


We needed a bike rack for one of the new riders in the office who had a sedan but was not ready to commit to a roof rack. Roof racks are great for enthusiasts but they do have downsides of: wind noise, decreased gas mileage, difficult to remove.

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Review: Ernesto Bike Lube


If you are the kind of person that likes to support the “small guy” than Ernesto Lube definitely qualifies. Ernesto is a one man shop, based out of his home in Wisconsin. I first learned about Ernesto Lube via an email from Ernesto, so I did a quick scan of the Mtbr discussion forums and […]

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Review: GoPro HD HERO2


The new GoPro HD HERO2 has quite a few excellent features on top of its already outstanding functionality, the most prominent being the 11 megapixel sensor, which is accompanied by a sharper glass lens, both of which result in photos and videos with increased clarity and sharpness, and more vibrant and realistic colors. The UI […]

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Trek Remedy 8 – Bike Review


Technologically Advanced All-Conditions Trail Bike Trek is one of those companies that possess all of the resources that keep fellow big brands like Specialized and Giant atop their game year after year. We’ve heard the tired-old complaints that Trek places more emphasis on its road-bike division but can’t agree with nay-sayers, especially after spending some […]

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VelEau LapelEau Review


The LapelEau is a magnetic tether reel system, which holds the tube of a hydration pack in place, but it allows to be freely pulled or retracted as desired, and retails for $12.00. The US made reels come from the originators of the classic badge reel, which have been used for many years to secure […]

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Club Ride Go Long and Days 2 Short Review


The Go Long is an excellent long sleeved jersey, with a generous cut, which is full featured, comfortable and offers exceptional sun protection, while the Days 2 Short are a nice set of shorts, which are simple, durable and have an effective waist adjustment system. All of their products use technical performance materials, that have […]

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Bike Test: Giant XTC 0


Carbon Fiber 29er For Anyone’s Budget Market analysts tell us time and time again that the most popular bike segment going is the 26″ wheeled, aluminum framed, full suspended trail bike making the Giant XTC 0 a bit of an anomaly right from the get-go. A 29-inch wheeled carbon-fiber hard tail, the XTC 0 leans […]

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LifeProof iPhone Case and Bike & Bar Mount Review


LifeProof recently released a bike and bar mount for their iPhone LifeProof case, which is a waterproof, snowproof, dustproof and shockproof case. The new mount fits a wide range of bike and motorsport bars, so you can take your iPhone on and off road, and into adverse conditions and environments. The synchronicity of the case […]

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Syntace P6 Carbon HiFlex seatpost, Vector Carbon handlebar and Megaforce 2 stem Review


Syntace had a few new tidbits they announced at the 2011 Interbike and Eurobike shows, and I’ve been testing them over the last couple of months. The two new trick components are the Syntace P6 Carbon HiFlex seatpost and Megaforce 2 stem. The carbon post has an interesting layup which provides some fore-and-aft flex, but […]

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