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Saris: Doing business the right way — and doing it well


In this age of conscientious consumerism, good products aren’t always enough to create competitive separation. The best companies make great products — and do much more.

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  • sboggs says:

    Unfortunately their lifetime warranty is not really your lifetime. It’s the life time of the product. My trainer quit working after year and they wouldn’t warranty because they said there was now a newer model out but they will give a 30% discount on the new model.

    I now have a Tacx Neo.

    • Sarah Reiter says:

      Sboggs – I’m Sarah Reiter and am responsible for our Customer Support team at Saris. I’m sorry you had such a negative experience and I’d like to learn more. Can you reach out directly to me sreiter@saris.com so we can connect about this?

  • BadCo says:

    I had a similar experience with my bike rack, not so lifetime. Now I have a different brand.

    • Sarah Reiter says:

      I’m Sarah Reiter and am responsible for our Customer Support team at Saris. Can you reach out directly to me sreiter@saris.com so we can connect about this? I’m sorry that you had a negative experience.

  • Zak says:

    These guys used to be great with warranty, now not so much. I’m currently getting the run around on warranty on a Powerbeam Pro trainer – a month and a half of emails back and forth with no resolution.

  • Richard19999 says:

    Careful, the pedals will hit frames on these racks if they are not bungee’d together. I’ve got transport wounds learned the hard way. 🙁

  • andy says:

    I had a Saris rack go ‘bad’ after 10 years. My shop told me that when they called Saris, they told them the same thing. So the offered me a healthy discount on a new rack. Fair enough.

    I was ticked about the “lifetime” part, too. If this was explained better upfront, it wouldn’t be so upsetting when it ends its life.

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Video: The people behind Jenson USA


Ever wonder what makes the gears turn at Jenson USA? Follow along as they give you the “family tour” of their headquarters and offer a peek into how they operate.

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  • Shark says:

    JensonUSA is my go-to online shop, their prices are great and things always ship fast!

  • myke says:

    I know i number of people that refused to buy from Jenson now. My personal experience is that they drop the ball too much! purchased some Shimano XT rotors that developed some clear wrap after a few short rides. Jenson’s did pretty much nothing about the issue. these should of been exchanged

  • CarlO. says:

    I’ve always been happy with my Jenson USA transactions. It is reassuring to know that the company is owned and operated by people who are passionate about cycling. I will definitely buy from Jenson USA again.

  • Brianridesbikes says:

    So stoked on Jenson USA, really cool to see from the inside and people working behind the “website”. They almost always have the best prices and will match when they don’t. I’ve never had to call because orders ship on time, delivered quickly and save me a trip out to Corona. Thanks Jenson!

  • Brianridesbikes says:

    So stoked on Jenson USA, really cool to see behind the scenes and people that make it happen! Their prices are usually the best and will match when not. Orders almost always ship on time and free shipping saves me a trip to Corona. Thanks Jenson USA!

  • Tyler Reid says:

    The Jenson USA will call store front is 30 minutes from my house. Its awesome, I can get almost anything I need for my bike ASAP. It also allows me to impulse by stuff…Ive bought so much stuff from them.

  • AL G. says:

    ALWAYS FIRST RATE. I MAD A MISTAKE, CALLED AND ASKED FOR THE RIGHT SIZE. THEY SHIPPED, I SENT BACK WRONG SIZE AND CREDIT WAS IMMEDIATELY CREDITED. THANKS GUYS, YOUR P.R. AND C.R. IS WHAT REATIL NEEDS TO LEARN IN OTHER BUSINESS. GREAT JOB!!!!

  • Mark VanWey says:

    Buy one time at Jenson & you will be hooked. They are fantastic. Every employee I’ve ever dealt with was super friendly & knowledgeable. Even though they sell super high end bikes & I’m only getting parts to keep my 10 year old bike running, there’s no shaming to “buy a new bike” They really care about the sport. They have group rides at the riverside location frequently. I went on one a year ago & it was awesome.

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Top 5 reasons you need to ride Crested Butte


With 750 miles of singletrack, the Outerbike consumer demo event, Evolution Bike Park, and more, Crested Butte is a must-hit destination for any self-respecting mountain biker.

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Why MTB riders should wear back protection


Considering riding with a spine/back protector? Watch this video to find out what you need to know.

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  • Jim says:

    I injured my c1-c4 vertebrate. Does the Camelback extend to your lower back?

  • Michael says:

    This is garbage, you don’t break your thoracic or lumbar spine because of a direct force. It is likely a result of an axial load or a flexion/distraction force – none of which are prevented with this.

    Also, does nothing for your cervical spine

    • Will Urich says:

      Hiya Michael, is their a product on the market that would help prevent the injuries you’re talking about? I don’t know very much about spine injuries, but I know over the years hucking jumps skiing and biking has done a number on my lower vertebra.

      Thanks and ride safe and happy everybody! We’re all in this together!

    • Ted says:

      Thanks for the suggestions, though.

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Understanding the DT Swiss MTB wheel line-up


Whether you’re racing XC, enduro or downhill, or just looking to enjoy a trail ride or fat bike adventure, DT Swiss has all your wheel needs covered.

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  • D Marvin says:

    There is one more category in the mtb wheel line. H (hybrid /e bike)

  • Robbie Gibson says:

    Thanks for stating, right from the top, that this is sponsored content.

  • eb1888 says:

    Where are the 35 and 40 and wider 29 XM 1700 j spoke wheels?
    Certainly missing the boat for the wheel many riders would buy.

  • dave mcirvin says:

    Very cool, well written feature & like the photos.
    May have to inquire about taking a tour the next time I’m driving through GJ.
    Have two pairs of LBS made fatbike wheelsets all with DTS spokes and wonderfully (near) silent fatbike hubs and still have a pair of 12 year old DTS-Mon Chasserals on a roadbike that have never needed any repair.
    BTW-CO based LBSs can’t say enough great things about their products, repairs & support from the personnel in GJ.

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Trestle Bike Park: Going back to (MTB) school


Places such as the Trestle Bike Park can help develop skills in ways regular trail rides simply can’t — and they’re a ton of fun.

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Trestle Bike Park: Best in the USA?


The famed Trestle Bike Park has enough big boy lines to keep even the most accomplished freeride fanatics happy. But with 40+ miles of trails there is literally something for every rider type and skill level.

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  • Doug Lowry says:

    Went twice last year and will be going again in about 4 weeks. Absolutely love this bike park.

  • The other Andy says:

    Shouldn’t ALL of it be free to access?

    Only a lift ticket should cost money. If you’re willing to pedal to the top, you should be able to ride all of the trails there. Like most ski resorts, Trestle is on USFS land.

    • bigcol says:

      I used to pedal at WP all the time. I didn’t realize that changed? Pedaling my trail bike up to trestle DH via the service roads was a fun free ride!

  • bigcol says:

    DH is regressing. In the past, lift service DH meant gnar, now it means flow trails for all skill levels. I’m fine with flow trails, but the fact that steep technical DH is fading away is sad. WP has the terrain, they should make at least one proper DH trail that demotes trestle DH to a blue/black. I enjoy trestle DH, but I don’t consider it worthy of black diamond level DH status. They gave us banana peel for SS, how about an advanced level DH trail? People can work their way up via trestle DH just like they work their way up to banana peel.

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Ultimate Gunnison-Crested Butte MTB (Long) Weekend


With upwards of 750 miles of amazing mountain biking trails in the greater Gunnison-Crested Butte area, you need a plan. Here’s our take on the ultimate Gunnison-Crested Butte mountain bike (long) weekend.

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Find out why Vittoria supports women athletes


Many brands sponsor women athletes but few take it to the level of Vittoria. The famed Italian tire maker invests a disproportionate amount of time and money on their women’s programs.

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Find out why riders are switching to Vittoria


Tires have a legacy with riders and it takes years or decades for some to try new options. But there is a disturbance in the force as a new brand has been emerging as legitimate option.

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  • Phil Jones says:

    The new Vittoria tires are certainly a step up from the old Geax garbage, which was insanely slow and heavy. For what’s available to the general public I’ve found that (for XC racing) the new tires are better than Maxxis, but not yet at the level of Schwalbe or Continental. As an everyday tire they aren’t bad though.

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How Bell changed the way riders look at head protection


Bell’s Super 2R trail helmet with removable chinbar helped usher in new era of head protection. Find out how it happened.

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  • ray says:

    Where do folks who don’t carry a backpack put the chinbar for the supper 2R? I love the helmet but don’t like wearing a backpack just to carry around the chinbar when I am climbing, any suggestions?

    • piotr.lesny says:

      Use velcro strap to attach it to your handlebars \ stem.

    • darius says:

      Honestly I worried that the chinbar would be in a way and cumbersome. The design is so great that I just forget its there and no need to remove it. After I switched to 3R helmet from Lazer Oasis another great helmet I never removed the chinbar or felt I needed to do so. I do worry it might get a bit warm in the Chicago summers but will see.

  • Suns_PSD says:

    I love mine but no good place to place the chinbar when removed, so I never remove it.

    There are two possible good solutions:

    1) just build and sell a little plastic Velcro deal that allows one to hang the strap over the main frame bar and allows the chin bar to straddle. I only remove th chin bar for slow grueling climbs so it’s not in the way anyways.
    2) build an even lighter more vented version of the helmet with a non removable chin bar. No place to put the chin bar, makes it being removable a useless option for me.

    ~ take care

  • Randy says:

    On a big climb I’ll just let the chin bar hang around my neck, no big deal.

  • Mark says:

    I would like to have a bike helmet that is more like a football helmet with a cage in front of the face instead of a mostly solid chin bar. Need more air flow!!!!

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to choose a saddle


When riding a bike one of the most important things is to have a comfortable saddle. To facilitate this Selle Italia has created a fit system called the IDMATCH that can help any cyclist find the right saddle for their body type and needs.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to bunny hop


Bunny hopping is among the most important skills a mountain biker can have in their skills arsenal. Master the art of popping your bike up in the air and you can go over, not around, trail obstacles, which will mean a smoother — and faster — ride.

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What’s in your CamelBak: Western Spirit Cycling guides


The guides of Western Spirit Cycling are the ultimate hydration pack testers. During the course of a year, these two dozen Sherpas on two wheels lead some 1200 clients on over 100 mountain bike trips. Find out what they carry.

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  • AC says:

    I find Maple Bacon Jerky from Walgreens to be superior to Oberto’s Applewood smoked product. Though it will certainly do in a pinch.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to choose an MTB tire


Talk all you want about frame geometry or suspension set-up, but choosing the right tire is arguably one of the biggest factors in assuring a great ride — or race. So how do you get your rubber right? Check out this episode of the Vittoria How-To Series.

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CamelBak and the history of hands-free hydration


CamelBak’s place in the history of hydration is secure. From the very idea of hands-free hydration to cutting edge present day packs, the California-based company has been at the forefront of keeping cyclists (and outdoor enthusiasts of all types) performing at their best. But how did it happen — and where do we go next?

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  • Fred says:

    Backpacks are over rated. Running vests made of ultra light materials with better access to supplies, don’t cover jersey pockets and better weight distribution are the bomb.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to descend


Descending on your mountain bike can be extremely intimidating, especially when it involves technical terrain. But once you master a few of the finer points, going downhill will quickly become the best part of your ride experience.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to do a wheelie


Whether it’s showing off in the neighborhood or popping your front wheel off the ground to negotiate a big drop, the art of the wheelie is a great skill to add to your mountain biking arsenal.

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  • GuyOnMTB says:

    Much respect to Lindsey and Kirt. Hope to see you guys at the OES this summer…

    I would like to address the dismount…

    Try to put your lead foot in to the dismount. The momentum your body carries as you leave the saddle will still have you moving forward. If you don’t catch balance in time, you WILL plant face. This is why when you have to eject, you want to have your body positioned to surf the trail over loose rock and dirt. This way if you start to fall you can shift you weight front or back to fall, decreasing momentum significantly. The significant decrease in momentum will decrease falling speeds that will allow the mind time to quickly re-establishing balance, or allow the body to slow enough that when it hits the ground, momentum will not work against you pushing/pulling you down the trail over things that may mess you up. And in my experience, I can heal leg berries quicker than I can heal face berries.

    …And my boss is not all over me for looking broken.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to put a tube in a tire


One of the most elemental skills all mountain bikers need to learn is how to put a tube in a tire. Whether setting up a new wheel or dealing with a flat on the side of the trail, this video in the Vittoria How-To Series is a must watch.

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What’s in your CamelBak: Mark Weir, Ben Cruz, Kirt Voreis


Listen up as this trio of gravity racing stars talk gear selection, packing strategies, and what they bring along on rides when they know things could get weird.

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  • centralcoastkid says:

    any chance I can comment on how my osprey raptor 14 and I saved a stranded camelbak pack ???

  • giorgio says:

    anche io uso questa configurazione e concordo sul materiale da portare, io aggiungo kit medico. ma ho terminato la colla per gomma,

  • tyrebyter says:

    Cruz has a ViceGrip and Weir is packing heat. Better pick it up a notch Kirt.

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What’s in your CamelBak: Leadville legend Rebecca Rusch


Rebecca Rusch’s nickname says everything you need to know about her. The Ketchum, Idaho resident is the Queen of Pain. Find out what gear this long distance specialist never leaves home without.

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  • dan says:

    I always take sponsored riders’ “interviews” and press releases with a grain of salt, but when it comes to Rebecca’s wisdom every word is read and sometimes read again. She’s always a no BS straight shooter when it comes to sharing wisdom and never one to humble brag or fish for compliments.

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Trail riding with Mark Weir and Ben Cruz


Many a lasting friendship has been built around the mutual love of riding mountain bikes. Mark Weir and Ben Cruz are the perfect example, as you can see in this shred session in California’s Sierra foothills.

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CamelBak: A look inside the inventor of the hydration pack


It was 1989 when the world’s first hydration pack was born. Yet, what is truly impressive is that all these years later, CamelBak remains a leader in a category that’s helped shape and change the way we ride bikes. Take a look inside this iconic company.

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  • chris says:

    Always been a huge fan and supported the innovator for over 20 years now. Terribly disappointed in my Fourteener 24 though. Fabric is falling apart at the low back area and their warranty is a giant PITA pushback. Brand loyalty no more.

    • CamelBak Warranty Team says:

      Hi Chris,

      The warranty department at CamelBak prides itself on providing superior customer experience. We are sorry to hear your Fourteener 24 is not working properly.

      We take our consumers feedback very seriously and will work with you to ensure we deliver 100% Got Your Bak service! Please download the product return form and sent the pack so we can replace it for you.

      http://www.camelbak.com/en/GYB/Product-Replacement.aspx

      Looking forward to assist you!

      Best,

      The CamelBak warranty Team

  • Jason says:

    Resilience of graphics is about the last thing I care about but it’s funny they actually test for the resilience. I have a camelbak bottle in my office and much of the lettering is worn off just from my hands. The camelbak bottles on my bikes are even worse, there’s almost no lettering left at all.

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      Jason, they must have 20 machines there that test durability. So the graphics test is just to show the extreme lengths they go through. Kind of interesting since a lot of the test machines are custom built.

  • MTBmoose says:

    Love the little side pockets on the waist straps on my new Mule NV, but the pack is HEAVY! Wish they still made the Blowfish. I think I’ve owned 4-5 of them. Still have a couple of them is various states of disrepair and use one of them on occasion when I want something about half the weight of the Mule. Camelbak owner for going on 20 years. Won’t ride without it.

  • p brig says:

    I’m the worst CamelBak customer because I’m still using the first one I bought around 1998. However I’ve purchased many bite valves since.

  • luis silva says:

    there´s nothing like a camelbak backpack

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Interview: Yuri Hauswald talks racing, hydration and more


Yuri Hauswald knows how to go long. Whether it’s 24-hour racing, epic gravel grinders, or cross-country stage racing, the California resident has a penchant for logging major miles — and doing it at the front of the pack.

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  • dan says:

    Some good info. Would he use any hydration pack if his bike could hold 2 water bottles….and if he didn’t receive support from any hydration pack company? Frame packs instead, no weight on upper body, even low-slung weight, is a godsend after hours in the saddle.

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Choosing the right CamelBak hydration pack for you


The right pack needs to fit you — and your on-bike needs. Here’s a look at why hydration packs are a critical piece of gear and how to select the right one.

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