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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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Cane Creek AngleSet Review

The Cane Creek AngleSet is an interesting, innovative and strange beast, as it’s a threadless headset that gives you the ability to change the effective head angle of the frame, allowing one to slacken or steepen the geometry as desired, with up to six different offset angles. In a nutshell, the system uses upper and […]

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Teva Links Freeride Mountain Bike Shoe Review

Article and photos by Jason Van Horn The Teva Links Freeride Mountain Bike shoe doesn’t look like a mountain bike shoe — and that is a great thing. Instead, it takes styling from skate shoes, with oodles of performance packed in for when you need it. It isn’t the grippiest shoe intended for use with […]

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Bike Test: 2011 Diamondback Overdrive Comp 29er

Big Hoops, Little Coin There was a time when a sub-$1000 mountain bike of any configuration was either wishful thinking or a bloated department store clunker disguised to look like a real off-road bicycle. If there is one good thing to be said for economy of scale, it’s that mountain bikes have been becoming steadily […]

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Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elite Review

The shoes are a pretty sweet, and are comfortable, excellent for the hike-a-bike forays, and are bombproof, durable, and they really protect the feet. They have a lot of features that have been incorporated into them for incredible on and off the bike performance, and there is a reason Brian Lopes was dominating at Crankworx […]

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2011 Pearl Izumi Apparel

I have been riding with selections of Pearl Izumi’s 2011 mountain biking apparel, including the Veer and Rev jerseys, the Launch Kicker and Launch Plaid shorts, and the Launch gloves since early spring. I have found them to be comfortable, durable and feature laden, and their use of high-tech materials is at the forefront of […]

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Purely Custom Soft Touch Bashguard

This Bashguard is a unique component. Instead of using hard plastic (polycarbonate) or metal (aluminum) for the bashguard, they use CNC machined aluminum that has Thermoplastic Polyurethane bonded on the outer edge. Thermoplastic Polyurethanes or TPU is a class of polyurethane plastics with many useful properties, including elasticity, transparency, and resistance to oil, grease and […]

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Kali AAZIS Armor Review

Their knee and knee/shin armor are comfortable, light, easy to wear, and provides excellent protection. They have made a design that utilizes a great combination of soft and hard materials, and uses innovative features, such as side protection, and an extremely durable front covering. In Sanskrit, Aazis means “blessing”, which certainly defines their focus. Their […]

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2012 Manitou Fork Lineup

Ed Kwaterski, the chief engineer and product manager from Manitou, highlights the Tower, Marvel, R7 and Circus forks at Dealer Camp 2011. Ed shows us some of the new features you can expect from Manitou in their 2012 lineup of suspension forks. Manitou Tower 29er Fork Available in Pro and Expert models New 1.5 crown […]

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RockShox Reverb Review

This infinitely adjustable seatpost is stupendous, with a silky-smooth stroke, and because of its unique hydraulically controlled remote handlebar lever, it has an easy to operate action, and simple installation. I abused the seatpost for four months, on every imaginable terrain possible, and it has been through rain and snow storms, had sand and dirt […]

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Answer Products ProTaper Carbon 720 AM bars and Rove AM stem

The handlebars are an excellent set of carbon riser bars, that are light, strong, with a wonderful resiliency and feel, and have an optimal width and rise. The made in America stem is one stout beast, that is stiff, well-made and overbuilt, with an assortment of hidden technologies and features. Answer makes some great products, […]

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Julbo Ultra Review

The Julbo Ultra is an impressive pair of sunglasses, being comfortable, fog free, durable, scratch resistant, and offer superb optical clarity, with great varying light capabilities from their photochromic properties. Julbo stepped up the ante this year and lightened the photochromic protection category of this lens, so they are more useful in wooded areas, during […]

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2012 Norco Aurum

2012 Norco Product Launch Whistler, British Columbia 18-20 July 2011 Downhill 2012 Norco Aurum The 2012 Norco Aurum is a purpose-built downhill bike with 200mm of front and rear wheel travel that is designed to give its riders every possible advantage on the race course, whether it’s at their local race series or on the […]

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2012 Norco Revolver, Sight and Aurum – First Ride Impressions

2012 Norco Product Launch Whistler, British Columbia 18-20 July 2011 Demo Rides in the Whistler Valley The trails in the Whistler Valley area exist because of a dedicated community of builders and the advocacy work of the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association – commonly referred to as WORCA (www.worca.com). Founded in 1989 to protect bike […]

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2012 Norco Phaser, Shinobi, Range and Truax

2012 Norco Product Launch Whistler, British Columbia 18-20 July 2011 Other 2012 Norco Bikes In addition to the introduction of Norco’s brand new models, there were a number of other notable bikes that remain on the roster and are definitely worth mentioning. 26” XC Race / Trail 2012 Norco Phaser The 2012 Phaser is a […]

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2012 Norco Sight

2012 Norco Product Launch Whistler, British Columbia 18-20 July 2011 26” Trail 2012 Norco Sight New for 2012, the Norco Sight is a versatile 140mm travel bike for a rider who likes to do a little bit of everything, whether it’s ripping through classic marathon-length events like The Test of Metal in Squamish, British Columbia, […]

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2012 Norco Revolver

2012 Norco Product Launch Whistler, British Columbia 18-20 July 2011 29er Marathon 2012 Norco Revolver Hot on the heels of last year’s well-regarded Shinobi comes the 2012 Norco Revolver, a trail-focused ride that features 100mm of front and rear travel. Intended for riders who love pounding through rolling singletrack with friends or participating in long-distance […]

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Ergon BX2 Review

European pack companies have always made their products comfortable and conformable, with excellent weight carrying attributes and incredible amount of fit adjustment, and Ergon has been at the forefront of this type of technology. The BX2 is the epitome of this ergonomic thinking, and it’s exceptionally comfortable, ventilates well, carries its load balanced and close […]

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2012 Rocky Mountain Vertex Carbon 29er Hardtail Preview

Words and photos by Lee Lau unless otherwise noted. The result should be a light racing-oriented hardtail that can be ridden hard. Pictured here is D’arcy a Rocky engineer showing his confidence in the Vertex RSL on Kill Me Thrill Me, Whistler BC Introduction The new 2012 Rocky Mountain Vertex RSL hardtail frame weighs 997g […]

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Giro CODE Review

They’re an impressive shoe, being comfortable, supportive and offering superb power, and plenty of useful and innovative features, such as the adjustable arch insole kit. The upper’s have a combination of a leather like synthetic fabric and scuff guards for fit, protection and durability, and the stiff carbon sole has a hint of flex for […]

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2012 Rocky Mountain Element 29er Preview

Text, photos and videos by Lee Lau Introduction At the outset, let me clearly unequivocally state that this is merely a preview of the RM Element 29er. I have not even ridden the bike (although that opportunity will emerge in the near future). This preview will consist of pictures, RMB’s-provided information with some commentary from […]

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2012 Magura Durin Marathon Review

Review, photos and videos by Lee Lau Introduction: The 2012 Magura Durin Marathon fork marries lightness, stiffness and performance in a 120mm travel package. Such a light fork (3.45lbs tested) has no business having such incredible downhill ability. Adjustments are simple (the Durin allows compression, preload (via an air-spring, and rebound to be adjusted) and relatively […]

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Norco Shinobi 2011 Review

Norco Shinobi 2011 Review Review, photos and videos by Lee Lau   Overview and summary Norco is one of Canada’s biggest bicycling brands and, as such, has a large lineup of bikes. Till this season Norco lacked a full-suspension 29er. With the introduction of the Shinobi, Norco addressed this omission and did so with style. The […]

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