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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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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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kuat Bottle Lock Review

The kuat (koo-at) company is best known for their excellent bicycle hitch racks, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my long term time with their superb NV rack. They have slowly been expanding into some other products, and one of the most interesting items is their new Bottle Lock, which is a water bottle that has […]

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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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