5 ways to get faster — for free

As riders, we often spend months drooling over new components and how they could improve our ride. But while new equipment is a surefire way to get stoked, there are cheaper ways to gain free speed — like working on these skills.

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Trek Powerfly 9 FS Plus e-bike first ride review

The Powerfly series is Trek’s initial entry into the eMTB market. It’s their best selling range of bikes in the European market and is making making its U.S. debut. Click through to learn more and read our first ride impressions.

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Video: 360° preview of Crankworx Joyride course

Crankworx is just around the corner and one of the biggest events is the Joyride slopestyle contest. Click through to ride along with R Dog and crew in this amazing 360-degree course preview.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Cecile Ravanel’s Commencal Meta AM V4

Cecile Ravanel is the unquestioned queen of the Enduro World Series this year. Through five races, the Frenchwoman has four wins and one second place. Mtbr caught up with rider and bike after her win in Colorado.

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Continental Der Baron Projekt 29er tire review

Though the Der Baron wasn’t our favorite for dry, skatey, rocky terrain, this tire would almost surely shine in wet and/or loamy terrain. Plus, its casing is super durable, resisting tears and punctures in even the sharpest rocks.

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Video: At home with slopestyle star Thomas Genon

Thomas Genon isn’t particularly well known in the U.S. But the Belgian has racked up podium finishes (and won) some of the largest slopestyle events in the world. Click through to learn more about this up-and-coming rider.

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Trek pledges over $1 million to kids MTB race league

Trek Bicycle is expanding its support of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, pledging more than $1 million in contributions over the next five years.

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ASS Does Downieville: Another classic Classic weekend

Log pulls, river jumps, drunk people, crud games — and a little bike racing, too. It’s all part of what makes the Downieville Classic a true classic.

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OneUp Headquarters Tour

OneUp is a small startup based in a lesser known riding area just outside of Whistler. Click through to take a short tour of their offices.

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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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Pro Bike Gallery: Jared Graves’ Specialized S Works FSR Stumpjumper 29er

Jared Graves’s transition from Yeti to Specialized has not been perfectly smooth. After dominating the Enduro World Series in 2014, the Aussie had yet to match those results in his first campaign with the Big Red S. But now things are turning around. Here’s a look at the bike that helped make that happen.

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Kona Hei Hei Trail DL first ride review

Kona’s latest is a 140mm travel trail bike that’s built off their XC race platform. So how does it fair on rough and tumble trails?

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Ritchey WCS – Trail Kit Giveaway

Enter to win a Ritchey WCS or Trail Kit for your bike worth over $800!

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Reynolds 27.5 Enduro carbon wheelset review

The Reynolds 27.5 Enduro is one of the pleasant surprises of the year for us. We’ve ridden it a ton as it’s been absolutely flawless for us railing corners and banging through rocks.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Jerome Clementz’s prototype Cannondale

Jerome Clementz could ride a donkey and still be faster than most of us. But give the Frenchman a new prototype bike and look out podium. Here’s a closer look at the yet-to-be-released bike that carried Clementz to third at the EWS in Aspen-Snowmass.

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Yakima StreamLine and FrontLoader bike rack review

Great roof racks are very difficult to make since there’s so many roof variations out there. But Yakima demystifies the category with a product that is quiet and versatile.

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YT Jeffsy CF Comp 1 first ride review

The crew from YT Industries visited Santa Cruz recently for a date with Mtbr to do some loam testing on the new YT Jeffsy CF Comp 1. Find out how this 29er trail bike fared.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6c EWS race bike

Though his weekend in Aspen-Snowmass didn’t go as planned, Yeti-Fox rider Richie Rude is still overall series leader of the 2016 Enduro World Series. See the bike that has helped propel the American toward another world title.

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Video: Whistler Bike Park Rocket Surgeons

Dissecting a trail is all about precision and power. Peter Matthews and Yoann Barelli go full gas in the latest Whistler Bike Park edit. Press play to see these two rocket surgeons at work.

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RockyMounts SplitRail hitch rack review

We think of RockyMounts as a good third party alternative for bike trays for roof rack systems. But the new SplitRail is a serious effort and one of the best hitch racks we’ve tried.

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AbsoluteBLACK Oval Traction Chainring review

While claims about the advantages of non-round chainrings are hard to substantiate, they do help some riders decrease strain on knees, improve traction, and apply power more smoothly.

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How and why you should try the high line

Being creative with line choice can reward you with free speed. Click through to learn how and when you should do it.

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Canfield Crampon Mountain flat pedals first look

Canfield updates their Crampon pedal with an even larger 112-millimeter by 106-millimeter platform and virtually maintenance free internals that utilizes a bushing at the axle side and stacked bearings at the end internally.

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Canfield Brothers Riot 29er trail bike review

If you lean toward the rowdy side of riding, dig the benefits of big wheels, and don’t want to rely on a pick-up truck to get you to the top of the descent, the Canfield Brothers Riot is a top-notch one-bike solution.

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Along for the ride and behind the scenes with Brandon Semenuk

Revel Co is one of the most successful pairings of an athlete and filmer we’ve ever seen – regardless of genre. Learn more about this amazing partnership in this short film by Canon.

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