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Bringing the Mountain Bike Experience to Women, Moab Style


7 riders and 4 coaches visit Moab Utah for a weekend of camping and mountain biking!

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Canyon launches women’s specific MTB line


Applying its knowledge of female and male anatomical differences attained from developing successful women’s-specific road and fitness lines, Canyon has launched the Spectral WMN and Grand Canyon WMN.

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Yeti Cycles VIDA MTB Series 2018 schedule announced


Arguably the premier women’s MTB skills clinic series in North America is back for another year, this time boasting seven events. Here’s a full rundown on the series and what you can expect in 2018.

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How to build a better mountain biker


Come along as this newbie rider takes a daylong skills clinic and learns what it is and what it isn’t.

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WTB’s new Koda is made for all shredders (but mostly women)


The new Koda was designed as a high performance women’s saddle, but it’s similarities to the Volt have made it a favorite among men and women.

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Life on a bike with Tracy Moseley


How does one of the greatest mountain bikers of all time stay driven?

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Inside line on Norco’s new women’s bikes


Norco is jumping into the women’s MTB market with a full range of bikes at multiple price points. Mtbr sat down with the brand’s marketing supervisor to learn more.

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Ferda Girls: The new mountain bike anthem


Mountain biking culture can be as bro-brah as a bad college fraternity party. This parody video flips that concept on its head and gives women a catchy anthem.

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Video: How bikes boosted women’s rights movement


We ride bikes to free ourselves from the day-to-day grind. But a century ago, women used the bicycle to help emancipate themselves.

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Juliana Strega first ride impressions


Based on the same platform as the new Santa Cruz Nomad 4, the Juliana Strega is tailor made for women who dare to go further and faster.

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Fastest bike in Trans-Sylvania Epic pro women’s race


Kaysee Armstrong (LIV) made it two years in a row of winning the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic, a five-day mountain bike stage race in State College, Pennsylvania. Here’s the bike that helped make it happen.

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Bell Joy Ride ambassador program expands and kicks off in Santa Cruz, CA


Threatened by a very wet winter in California this year, the sun blazed brightly on the launch of the beautiful women’s ambassador program called Bell Joy Ride.

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Five Ten Freerider Contact shoe review (updated)


The newest entry in the Freerider line of shoes from Five Ten is lighter, better ventilated, and offers increased protection, but how does it stack up on the durability front?

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  • geephlow says:

    The new contacts are complete lemons. Both soles on my pair de-laminated after just a few short months of use as my backup shoe. Most folks I know who’ve used these in the PacNW have had a similar experience. And no help whatsoever from 5.10. Very disappointing.

    Really a shame, because they’re comfortable and the uppers are great. Dry quick as well. But do yourself a favor and stay away.

  • waileepai says:

    Same experience here with the soles – the rubber does not last. It delaminates, but even worse just gets eaten away into big holes where your pedal pins hit it. I am on my second pair (replaced under warranty), and about to ship this 2nd pair back for another, different model, under warranty replacement.

    If they could just fix the sole issue they would be awesome shoes.

  • KG says:

    Had the same delamination problem. Put it down to the hot humid tropical conditions where we live and ride (have had the same delamination in other non-5.10 shoes). Interestingly I also have 5.10 climbing shoes for longer in the same hot humid conditions, with no delamination at all. Seems to point to a bonding issue between the EVA foam and Stealth Rubber. Used a generic shoe glue to put them back together and that seems to be holding well.
    Also had the same issue with pins punching holes. Though I guess that is the price of soft sticky rubber.
    Shimano’s weren’t much better. Vibram rubber was brittle and worn away by pedal pins.

  • Vik says:

    I have several pairs of 5.10’s with the older Stealth rubber sole and no issues with them. They wear out, but pretty evenly across the whole shoe and last long enough to feel like I got my money’s worth out of them.

    I had a pair of the Freerider VXi’s back in 2013 when the contact sole was new. They delaminated on ride 5 or 6. I took them back and got my cash back.

    You can use shoe goo to glue a delaminating sole back on, but it’s ugly and you shouldn’t have to do that for a purpose built bike shoe.

  • Bryan says:

    I had a pair of Freerider VXi’s that delaminated within the first few rides. Ended up using shoe goo until the soles delaminated next. They held up for a couple seasons so still a good shoe just not constructed great. Bought a pair Specialized F20s. Way better shoe from a build point and they feel more compact and rugged. Just not as sticky.

  • Alex says:

    My pair of Freeriders experienced the delamination problem above described, after some time the upper side of the shoes was still in perfect condition, but soles almost destroyed.
    Just when I lost all faith in Five Ten quality and was looking for other brands, I bumped into this article.
    I contacted Five Ten customer service and I’m happy to say that they (Spencer Forbes in this case) were great; as advertised, they replaced the shoes. Now I’m again enjoying the sturdy good fit and incredible grip of these shoes.
    It´s a pleasure to find brands that stand by what they claim and are truly committed to their clients.
    Thanks for publishing this and thanks to Five Ten for their great customer support.

  • Glenn says:

    Same problem for me, the soles started to delaminate after the first season of very light use, glued them a couple of times but shouldn’t have to do that with shoes at this price point.Not much chance of a fix for me, bought in the US but I live in Australia.

  • mofariya says:

    Ended up using shoe goo until the soles delaminated next. They held up for a couple seasons so still a good shoe just not constructed great.https://goo.gl/NyejW7

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Video: Lauren Gregg and Meggie Bichard tear up Mountain Creek Bike Park


The notion of “chicks that rip” is by no means novel, but these two rippers take it to a new level in this edit from Fuji Bikes. Press play to check out Lauren Gregg and Meggie Bichard having some fun at New Jersey’s Mountain Creek Bike Park aboard their Fuji Aurics.

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Juliana Bikes get updated product spec….and “Why Juliana?”


Juliana Bikes doesn’t believe in women’s specific geometry. Instead, they focus on improving fit by focusing on contact points, shock tune, and gearing.

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  • Ah says:

    So curious about the new shock tunes! Have a relatively new bike from them (okay, Santa Cruz) and would love to be able to get a more small person/lady-specific shock tune.

    • Saris Mercanti says:

      If you walk into a knowledgeable mountain bike shop, they could help you tune your fork and suspension using air spacers/tokens. Basically, your suspension components come with spacers inside that make them work for a wide range of users. Heavier or faster riders can add more spacers so they don’t bottom out, while lighter riders can remove spacers. It can make a huge difference.

      You can get a rough idea of what I’m talking about by checking out this review I wrote on Fox’s Air Volume Kit for forks – http://reviews.mtbr.com/fox-fork-air-volume-spacer-review

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Three new Liv models, including women’s specific 160mm travel bike


Liv, Giant’s women’s specific brand, is expanding its lineup to include three new models, including a 160mm travel EWS-worthy bike.

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Tracy Moseley’s EWS winning Trek Remedy 29er


Tracy Moseley is a former DH World Champ and the reigning EWS Champion. She recently retired from racing full time, but is still attending select events. We caught up with her recently to discuss her bike setup and more.

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Juliana Joplin gets geometry updates, custom shock tune


The new Juliana Joplin benefits from all the same frame and geometry updates as the just released Santa Cruz Tallboy 3, but improves on that package for the women’s market by focusing on the details.

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Jamis rolls out women’s 26+ Eden trail bike


Jamis has debuted 26+ versions of their Dragonfly and Eden models, which the bike maker believes makes perfect sense for women riders.

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  • GuyOnMTB says:

    This whole guys colors, girls colors thing is stupid. The girls colors have been so much better the last few years!

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2016 Trek Dirt Series schedule


North America’s first, longest-running and leading women’s mountain bike camp, the Trek Dirt Series, launched registration for 2016 onMarch 1 and has already seen 500 participants sign up.

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Bell Joy Ride program kicks off with Ambassador meetup


The new Bell Joy Ride program seeks to help build and expand local riding communities by supporting the leaders of ride groups with the tools to be successful.

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  • Madeline A. says:

    This is very exciting news! I’m at the very beginning stages of engaging in the sport of mountain bike. There are some group rides arranged by MeetUp, but I’m so new at this that I feel intimidated to join.
    I can’t wait to see this program reach NYC.

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Sea Otter: Specialized introduces Rumor in 650B


New trail bike gives women their choice of wheel size.

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News: Liv and SRAM join forces with Ladies AllRide Tour


Well-known cycling coach Lindsey Voreis running skills clinics for women all across North America.

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Bike Review: 2015 Trek Lush Carbon 27.5


The 2015 Trek Lush Carbon 27.5 features all-new, women’s only tech and it’s dressed to impress.

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  • Chris says:

    We’ve bought 2 high end women’s specific bikes in the past three years (currently a trek lush SL 29) and both bikes had crap forks which were a joke and practically rigid with a light female rider unless you ran pressure way below the lowest recommended setting. It a shame that you still have to spend at least a grand to upgrade a 3 – 6 thousand dollar bike to make up for intentional short speccing by major bike companies.

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Video: Beti AllRide Mountain Bike Clinics


Video: The Beti Allride Clinic is on a mission to get more women on mountain bikes. Take a look inside at what makes these skill-building clinics more than just about riding your bike.

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