About the author: Dillon Caldwell

Dillon Caldwell is a native of Bend, Oregon with a big heart for the sport of cycling. He grew up to be a successful junior cross-country racer but got hooked on road racing during his time at the University of Oregon, where he ran the school's club cycling team for several years. He now spends the majority of his time as a road racer for both the Audi and the Canyon Bicycles - Shimano racing teams on the regional and the national scales, respectively. On the side, he is a mountain bike tour guide for Cog Wild, a cycling coach for Wenzel Coaching, a member of the board of directors for the Tour des Chutes cancer charity, and a passionate writer.

Niner RIP 9 RDO V3 Short Term Review

Features of the Colorado bike maker’s new steed include 140mm of CVA suspension with 150mm up front, availability in dedicated 29er and 27.5er versions, and the honor of being longer, lower, and slacker than any Niner ever made.

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Niner RIP 9 RDO V3 Launched

Colorado’s Niner Bikes has just launched the reimagined Niner RIP 9 RDO V3 with 140mm of rear travel — and two distinct wheel size options.

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Kenda opens bicycle tire test track at Ohio R&D facility

Kenda’s new testing facility in Ohio took inspiration from the Sea Otter Classic XC course, and allows for a controlled environment and consistent, repeatable tire testing.

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Wilier Triestina 101X cross-country bike review

If you’re looking for a race-ready hardtail rocket ship, this bike is a fantastic option with Italian flair. Its blend of carbon frame construction, and geometry that allows for improved comfort and application beyond the specific race setting.

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Bend’s Blitz combines bike racing, beer chugging

At this pro invitational race in Oregon, you are not finished until your cup is empty — no exceptions.

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TOGS adds carbon model to line-up

TOGS brings simple addition to the traditional perpendicular MTB handlebar setup that may well transfer to happier legs on your next climb.

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Kit maker Voler shows off new MTB clothing

American made cycling apparel company Voler has jumped into the mountain bike market with new tops and bottoms that are designed to play in the dirt.

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Rolf Prima adds plus sized carbon and new alloy wheels

At the Sea Otter Classic, Rolf has unveiled two new models. The Alsea+ and Alsea XR+ are the company’s first foray into the burgeoning plus bike market arena. The 40mm internal width tubeless ready, carbon rim features a lightweight paired spoke design. Claimed weight is an impressive 1645 grams.

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Pivot LES cross-country bike first look

Race ready fun bike has been revamped, shedding 50 grams, and gaining Shimano Di2 electronic shifting compatibility and 27.5+ capability.

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Review: Santa Cruz 5010

For the adventurous all-mountain rider who would rather pedal than shuttle, you’d be hard pressed to find a better bike than the Santa Cruz 5010. Find out why in our full review.

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