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TrailTorch TT1800 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout


We got the call from a fairly new company called Candlepower Technology that we had to test their brand new light called the TrailTorch TT1800.  Candlepower Technology is run by a couple of really smart engineers who wanted a light that was ultra-bright and reliable to feed their love for mountain biking as they rip through the […]

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G-Form Knee, Elbow and Shin Pad Review


The G-Form company makes protection gear for consumer electronics and extreme athletic endeavors, that makes use of PORON XRD, which is a density changing and impact rate-dependent material. The basis of their product is RPT, which is Reactive Protection Technology, and is a combination of the PORON XRD material and their proprietary G-Form technology. What […]

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KustomCaps.com Custom Laser Etched Top Caps


Add some flair to your ride and maybe a bit of inspiration, too! I found out about KustomCaps while surfing the Mtbr forums, recently. These are a neat, little way to dress up your rig with some flavor and style from a new company. KustomCaps.com just started up around late summer of last year and […]

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Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29er Review


This review of the Highball will be in three parts: Introduction by Francis Cebedo Review by mtbr guest reviewer Clint Classen Ultimate upgrade analysis as the 23 lb bike with XTR kit is modded to a 16 lb. singlespeed. Introduction: We wondered how Santa Cruz would follow their success with their full suspension Tallboy 29er. […]

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Just In: Panaracer Driver Pro 29er tire


Update: Jan 14 I did a couple more rides and the tires seem to be improving as the break in and the little rubber nipples wear off the knobs.  The cornering traction is still imppressive for this class of tire and I haven’t broken it loose yet. Today, I went for a speed record on […]

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SKS GRAND D.A.D and GRAND M.O.M Fender Review


These mountain-bike fenders from the German SKS company, are part of their oversized line, and are meant for big fat meaty tires in mud and rain. The fenders are easy and quick to install and remove, have ultra wide coverage, and are made from a high quality dual compound plastic. I have used them throughout […]

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CamelBak Charge 450 Review


The pack is an excellent lightweight entity, that makes use of light materials and a minimalist design, for a pack that seamlessly conforms to your back, for superb comfort and conformability. It’s meant for everyday adventures, with enough capacity, features and pockets for long forays into the backcountry. The feathery light pack all but disappears […]

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Royal Racing Mercury Gloves Review


The Royal Racing Mercury gloves are an excellent cross seasonal product, and are in their prime in cooler, windier, and more inclement weather conditions. They’re durable, comfortable, well-made and are featured loaded, which all combine for a good all-around, all-season and all-weather glove.

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POV Camera Shootout – GoPro, Drift, Contour


GoPro Hero HD Vs Drift Stealth FX Until recently, if you wanted to make a movie of your mountain bike excursions you had to either advance to professional level where people paid you to put your skills on video, or shell out big bucks for a high end unit by the likes of Sony, Nikon […]

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Rudy Project Karboneye Review


The Rudy Project KarbonEye is an incredible pair of sunglasses, and the frameless design has superb peripheral visibility and a panoramic field of view, and lenses offers excellent optical clarity. The KarbonEye is comfortable, durable and lightweight, and the lenses are made with tough and trick ImpactX material.

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Vaude North Shore 20 Review


The pack is an excellent adventure pack, meant for the epic forays into the backcountry, when carrying large amounts of gear is a necessity, and its large capacity, useful pockets and outer attachments straps assist in that endeavor. It’s tough and burly, yet simple and elegant, and includes many features that are useful and functional. […]

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2012 Sidi Mountain Shoes Video and Dragon 3 Review


Sidi let us try their 2012 Dragon 3 shoe at their press camp in Monterey and sent us home with it. The shoe has been so good that I’ve done every ride with them including my road rides!

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CrankBrothers iodine 3 stem and iodine 11 bars Review


The aluminum stem is stiff, well-made and has a unique stem clamp, and has an assortment of hidden technologies and features. The carbon handlebars are light, strong, with a nice resiliency and feel, and have an optimal rise, and come in several extended All Mountain widths. Crank Brothers has been realigning their product suite, and […]

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POC Trabec Race Helmet Review


The Swedish based POC gravity sport protection company recently released the trick Trabec mountain bike helmet, which comes in two flavors, the Trabec Race and Trabec. The helmet extends down the back of the neck, and it uses Aramid filaments combined with an In-mold Expanded PolyStyrene (EPS) foam liner for maximum protection. The three-piece outer […]

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Maxxis Beaver 29er Tire Review


In North Vancouver, it’s now deep into fall and a good time to try out tires that do well in mud and rain. I tested the 29 x 2.00 Maxxis Beaver tires on a Santa Cruz Tallboy. Given that I’m not racing

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Specialized Command Post BlackLite Review


This mechanical adjustable seatpost has three positions, and uses a collet system for locking, a remote cable actuation for release, and air spring for return. The post is an upgrade of last year’s Command Post, and includes innovative quick-release remote, three travel options, improved internals and lighter weight. Collectively, the minor improvements and decreased price […]

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Specialized Camber Pro – Extended Review


Specialized was gracious enough to let us play with their Camber Pro for a good six months.  At least five different riders rode it in such varied terrain as Santa Cruz and Downieville in CA and Bend, Oregon.  The first thing to note is every rider had fun and walked away impressed with the bike. […]

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Mountain Cycle Twentysixandsix Carbon bike


If you’ve been around the sport a while, you would be familiar with the Mountain Cycle brand. Mountain Cycle revolutionized the mountian bike world in 1991 when they introduced the San Andreas bike. This bike featured an aluminum monocoque full suspension frame, disc brakes and an upside down 2-inch travel suspension fork. The bike was […]

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Contour+ Camera Review


The Contour+ is a small, light and compact video camera, that is easy to use and includes the capability to do GPS Video Mapping. It has an excellent usage factor, combining a mechanical start/stop recording slider, loud and distinct indicator beeps for mode changes, a 270° rotatable lens and uses a Bluetooth connection to a […]

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CamelBak Charge LR


The CamelBak Charge LR is an incredibly comfortable, light and conformable hydration pack, which features their lumbar Antidote reservoir, which is situated at the bottom of the pack. The design places the water lower on hips and back for stability and comfort. The pack becomes part of your back, at least figuratively, as it conforms […]

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Race Face Turbine Review


Race Face Turbine ready for assembly With the “Turbine” brand name, Race Face resurrected a line of beautifully color-anodized aluminium components. This line includes basically all the parts a skilled aluminium and carbon machine shop that just happens to be focused on bike components would be expected to manufacture and is described on the Race […]

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Magura MT8 Brake Review


Magura stunning new MT8 brake is incredibly lightweight (278g w/ 160mm rotor), with great modulation, excellent power and resistance to heat, drag and squeal, which all combine to make it stand out in terms of performance. The high tech works of art use some amazingly innovative production techniques and materials to create a light and […]

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Review: GoPro HD HERO 2


GoPro released the new HD HERO2 on Monday, but I got to spend some quality time with the camera over the past couple weeks, and I am pretty impressed. The HD HERO2 has quite a few new features, the most prominent being the addition of an 11 megapixel sensor and a wholly upgraded user interface […]

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Pivot Mach 5.7


A Custom Built Mid-Travel Trail Terror The Back Story A few years ago the American “boutique” brand was pretty easily recognizable when compared to many of the big brand offerings by the simple fact that domestic builders were literally building one-off frames in limited quantity and assembling them here on domestic soil. These days the […]

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O2 Nokomis Jacket and Pants Review


These fine two products from the Minneapolis based Rain Shield’s O2 rain gear line are for the “hard-core” cyclist, and they offer excellent breathability and waterproofness, and have plenty of features that are functional, and very bike specific, and the material and build quality are outstanding. They are lightweight and highly packable, and they keep […]

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