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Orange Mountain Bikes making way to USA


Offering a wide range of bikes, from modern geometry hardtails to full-on downhill sleds, there is a new player in the U.S. market. Orange Mountain Bikes is coming to America.

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Focus Jam trail bike a departure from usual XC focus


Germany’s Focus is better known in the U.S. for their support of cyclocross and XC racing, but the brand is now also gunning to capture a piece of the ever-expanding trail bike market.

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Julbo Aero sunglasses with Zebra Light Red lenses and more


Eyewear company has new sunglasses and goggles with a photochromic lens tint option aimed at the mountain bike crowd.

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Cleary Bikes has impressive line-up for kids


With immense attention to detail, Cleary is creating truly child specific bikes that will fit your grom correctly and provide features that help them learn to ride and rip.

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  • bond007jms says:

    Did a lot of research. Kept coming back to this bike. For me it was the best spec, weight, geo for the money. As stated in the article for 2017, the bike moves to a trigger sifter and an air fork (I lucked out and bought a 2017 mule). My oldest could not be happier!

    Research (hope it helps someone…all the weights were either off the showroom floor or the mfg websites):
    Brand | Model | Brakes | Fork | Spd | Weight | Cost | Cost per lbs
    [LIST]
    [*]Trek | Superfly | v | Coil | 21 | 25.25 | $490.00 | $19.41
    [*]Ghost | Powerkid | H-disc | Coil | 24 | 27 | $600.00 | $22.22
    [*]Dawes | Academy | H-disc | Air 9 24 $760.00 | $31.67
    [*]Tailcraft | Pineridge Comp | H-disc | Air | 10 | 23 | $1,300 | $56.52
    [*]Islabikes | Creig | H-disc | Air | 10 | 24 |$1,200.00 | $50.00
    [*]Norco | Charger | H-disc | Air | 8 | 27 | $710.00 | $26.30
    [*]Giant | XTC Jr | M-disc | Coil | 21 | 29 | $390.00 | $13.45
    [*]Giant | XTC Jr SL | H-disc | Air | 24 | 28 | $600.00 | $21.43
    [*]Specialized | Hotrock | v | Coil | 7 | 29 | $380.00 | $13.10
    [*]Specialized | Riprock | M-disc | Coil | 8 | 30 | $500.00 | $16.67
    [*]Clearly | Meerkat | H-disc | none | 9 | 24 | $545.00 | $22.71
    [*]Fuji | Dyamantie | M-disc | Coil | 24 | 28 | $450.00 | $16.07
    [/LIST]

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Project 321 rear hub with variable sound


Project 321 recently launched a very ingenious rear freehub design using magnets instead of traditional pawls. The drive system uses six magnetic pawls with 216 points of engagement for an incredibly quick 1.66 degree hub engagement.

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  • Paul K. says:

    Project 321 is a great company. Having done business with them I can tell you they build precision products and back them up after the sale. Made in the USA is an added bonus. The new hubs look awesome the sound feature is such a great innovation. Good job Project 321

  • BlackBean says:

    Fantasticinnovation. I love the loud sound of I9 hubs. But I would take the silent model of the P321 hubs if it has 70% less drag!

    • myke says:

      if you want less drag just buy a Onyx hub. also US made but more of a advanced design. i have been running their MTB hubs for more than a year and they are epic!

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Yakima introduces versatile Dr. Tray hitch rack


New rack compatible with wheel sizes from 26 to 29er (and 700c), and able to accommodate tire widths from 23mm road rubber to massive 5-inch fatbike tires.

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Bontrager Line Pro Carbon wheelsets


Bontrager has been quietly improving their wheel line from the hub to the rim. This year though, they went big with carbon wheels at a mind-blowing price of $1200 a pair for the All Mountain wheels and $700 a pair for the XC wheels.

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iXS Trail XC helmet sheds weight, increases ventilation


iXS has a new budget-priced trail helmet and two upper body protection options that slip on below your jersey.

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Topeak Ninja bottle cage and much more


Adding to their Ninja product platform of concealed tools introduced last year, Topeak is offering updated versions of the line, plus a new tools, a floor pump, and more.

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Magura HC3 lever blade and MT Trail Sport brakes


Magura’s brakes have incredible power and modulation but their levers were a little long and dated as riders have moved on to shorter, one-finger levers. At Sea Otter, they showed us their latest lever, the HC3 which is a pretty fascinating piece of German engineering.

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Video: Specialized Build Your Dream Stumpjumper program


At the high end of the market, folks like having options with their component selections. It adds a personalized touch and optimizes the bike for the riders style and terrain.

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Jared Graves & Jill Kintner win the 2017 Sea Otter Classic Downhill


Big crowds, perfect temperatures and a fast, dry course made for a great downhill race at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. Trail bikes and 29ers were the tools of choice for the top racers with Jill Kintner and Jared Graves coming out on top.

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Spank Industries all in on shot peening


Spank has abandoned their previous polished component aesthetic and adopted shot peening, which they determined to be significantly stronger.

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  • Highway Star says:

    No 26″, no sale.

  • PinkFloydLandis says:

    Congratulations, Spank. You’ve learned about shot peening, a technique commercially used for 50+ years in metal manufacturing. Lets not kid ourselves that this is an innovation recently developed by Spank. More likely, one of their overseas manufacturers offered it at a cost that Spank was willing to pay.

    • Bo Hayden says:

      Hey PinkFloydLandis
      umm…where do you read, that they invented it? It just says the came to the conclusion…so yeah, nothing new, but just an internal decision. And by the way: It also says in their “inhouse” production. So I just googled…they actually based in Taiwan and run there own factories. So not exactly just the way you describe it. So why so upset about it?

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Gore Rescue B MTB rain jacket as light as they come


In a nod to gram-counters, Gore’s new Rescue B Jacket uses the lightest three-layer Gore Tex material the manufacturer produces.

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  • Tom says:

    $250??
    There’s a sucker born every minute, and anyone who buys MTB specific clothing sure belongs to that category.
    MTB clothing is the most overpriced nonsense I’ve ever seen.

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New Ibis Ripley LS trail bike details


In its third generation, Ibis made room for big tires. The big new 29 x 2.6 tires will now fit giving this bike a bigger sweet spot to handle bigger, more aggressive terrain.

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CamelBak M.U.L.E. receives Low Rider treatment


The reboot of the M.U.L.E. LR 15 has CamelBak doubling down on its lumbar concept, with 100 percent of its high-end mountain bike packs now featuring the lower reservoir orientation.

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  • Joe C says:

    I fractured my L3 during an MTB race 8 weeks ago, when I went OTB. I wonder if my low rider Camelback had anything to do with that, or kept it from being worse. Love having my CG lower though, I hated hydration packs before that.

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9Point8 Short Stroke dropper aimed at XC crowd


9Point8 is primed to launch a 75mm Short Stroke dropper post that will weigh just 390 grams.

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Five Ten Freerider Pro shoes and more


Five Ten has hit a few out of the park this last year so we were eager to learn more about the new Freerider Pro and District shoes. Here’s a rundown of key highlights.

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Küat Pivot swing out rack carrier


The Kuat Pivot is perfect for those #vanlifers (or any rider) who has a hitch mounted bike rack and wants easy tailgate access.

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SQlab Ergowave saddle enhances comfort


As rides get longer, our saddle communicates with us about fit problems through pain or even numbness. SQlab addresses these problems with high performance fitted saddles.

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HED Raptor and No Big Deal wheels roll out


HED Cycling has some exciting carbon wheel offerings for both fat and semi-fat tire bikes. And they’re both made in the USA.

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Teravail Kennebec and Cumberland tires debut


Capitalizing on the mid-plus trend, Minneapolis-based Teravail has launched two versatile new tires, a 27.5×2.8 and 29×2.6. Not ignoring the hardliner plus crowd, it’s also unveiling a 3.0 all-arounder.

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Fat Chance updates Yo Eddy, debuts new cross bike


To say that the cycling world was ready for Chris Chance to make a comeback would be an understatement. The reception to his Kickstarter campaign aimed at resurrecting the much-loved Fat Chance brand was exceptional and since then Chance has quickly ramped up production of the Yo Eddy.

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Sombrio shows new kit for young and old


While Sombrio technically wasn’t at Sea Otter, they sent a couple of manikins and accompanying new kit with GT Bicycles to display in the pits. Here’s what we saw.

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ODI Grips offering a slew of bright colors


Nearly 40 years young, ODI is one of the biggest grip manufacturers in the world, offering fun collaborations with iconic brands and riders in an array of colors.

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