Tech Reviews and News


Inside look at Fox’s “budget” Fit Grip Damper


Fox’s new “budget” oriented FIT GRIP forks offer impressive performance for the money. To learn more about how they work, check out this video by suspension tuner Vorsprung.

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How do suspension leverage rates work?


We throw around the term leverage rates or ratio frequently when discussing bikes, but what does it actually mean?

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How To: Basics of bicycle pumps


Tires are perhaps the most important component on your bike, and keeping them properly inflated is a must. Ideally, you want a floor pump to do this before each ride, and a hand pump to repair flat tires out on the trail or road. Click through to find out what else you need to know.

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How To: Fix a flat tire


Even with the widespread adoption of tubeless tires, flats are still a fact of cycling life. For those new to the game, changing a flat can be a frustrating affair, but it’s actually very simple. Watch this video to learn more.

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How To: Bedding In New Disc Brake Pads


You just bought new brake pads, but your braking performance is worse than before. So what the heck is wrong? Check out this video to find out.

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Could you power your home with a bike?


The average American household uses 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. How much of that could you produce with a bicycle powered generator?

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How to: Proper bolt tightening patterns


When installing a new chainring (or other critical component) there’s a specific pattern you should use when tightening the bolts. Simply reefing them down one-by-one just wont do.

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Video: How air spring volume spacers work


Air volume spacers can have a magical effect on suspension performance, but how do they actually work?

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Top seven suspension mistakes


Setting up your suspension costs nothing, but can drastically improve your riding experience.

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Video: How damper oil flow is controlled


The internal workings of your suspension may seem complicated, but once you break it down, it’s actually pretty simple.

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Video: How Fox Float air springs work


Are you curious about the internals of your fork? Let suspension tuning gurus Vorsprung demystify the magic behind air springs.

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Carbon versus aluminum handlebars


So you are looking to upgrade to a wider handlebar, but are not sure if you should go with carbon or aluminum and are wondering what are the benefits and drawbacks of each?

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How To: Replace a Broken Spoke


So you broke a spoke and you don’t know what to do? Check out this video from Art’s Cyclery to learn how to get back on the road or trail.

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Carbon frames versus aluminum: Which is better?


Should you be wary of when buying a carbon frame? And do they last as long and are they as strong as aluminum frames? These are questions we hear all the time. Get the answers here.

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Understanding rear derailleur cage length


Rear derailleurs come in short, medium, and long cage versions. But what is the difference and how do you know which one you need? Check out this video to find out.

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Let’s ride with Bill Nye the Science Bike Guy


In this new series, Bill Nye dons his trademark bow tie to explain the magic of riding a bicycle.

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Tech: 1x or 2x drivetrains


With the advent of 1×12, Di2, and gigantic rear cassettes, riders have more drivetrain options than ever before. So what do racers on the EWS circuit prefer?

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Researchers discover new ways to recycle carbon fiber


Carbon Fiber bikes are awesome, but unlike steel or alloy, they can’t be recycled efficiently. Instead, they’ve been sent to landfill. That may be changing soon, due to new research.

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Canfield Brothers unveil CBF suspension patent


Canfield Brothers recently released details of its Canfield Balance Formula suspension patent. More than seven years in development, CBF is designed to deliver efficiency and performance via optimal anti-squat throughout the entire range of travel independent of “sag.”

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Where to spend your money on Shimano 1x drivetrains


So you want to install a 1x Shimano groupset, but are on a budget. The key is knowing the best places to save and spend some extra money. Click through to find out more.

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Inflation chart for different tire sizes and CO2 sizes


CO2 cartridges are handy as they can get you back pedaling in no time after that unfortunate flat tire. But how much can they really inflate today’s big new tires?

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How To: Find the right tire pressure


Correct tire inflation creates maximum ground contact while limiting tire deflection. But what’s the right amount of air for you?

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Santa Cruz Bronson, 5010 and Tallboy 3 alloy bike weights


Santa Cruz recently launched alloy versions of their three most popular bikes. We stopped by their HQ in order to get some real world weights.

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Tech Tip: Why you should upgrade your brake rotors


Upgrading to nicer rotors is a relatively cheap way to get superior performance out of one of your bike’s most critical components.

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How to choose mountain bike tires


When it comes to mountain bike tires, there are several factors to understand which will enable you to make an informed buying decision. These include construction, tread design, and compound.

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