About the author: Josh Patterson

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. He was also at the forefront of the gravel cycling movement, and is a multi-time finisher of Dirty Kanza. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.




From the Forums: Why are there so many “Superbikes?”


Forum members ask why mountain bikes are so expensive and when does price outpace performance?

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Salsa Cycles teases new mountain bike (bikes?)


Is there a new full suspension model coming from the adventure-by-bike brand?

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Trek Slash 2021: Everything you need to know


All the key details of Trek’s revamped 29er enduro bike including geometry, new frame features, and pricing.

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Review: Trek Slash 9.9


Updated 29er enduro bike gets modern geometry and fresh frame features

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From the Forums: Bike Shop Etiquette


The influx of new mountain bikers brings with it the opportunity to highlight some dos and don’ts of bike shop etiquette. Specifically, is it rude to buy bike parts online and ask your local bike shop to install them?

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BikeYoke launches Revive 2.0 dropper and Triggy Alpha lever


Redesigned Revive 2.0 dropper seatpost is longer and stronger.

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Yeti launches ARC hardtail (for real this time)


Carbon trail hardtail available at a wider range of price points

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Yeti Cycles rolls out 35th Anniversary Edition ARC hardtail


Limited release hardtail features modern trail bike geometry and classic Yeti styling

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Sea Otter Launches Online Cycling Festival


Sea Otter Play will feature an immersive online expo, ride challenges, and more.

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Video: Transition Spur bike check with Lars Sternberg


Why the Spur is his go-to bike for 9 out of 10 rides.

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First Look: Evil’s Wreckoning Returns


Will updated geometry and more travel bring this the long-travel 29er to speed?

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Shimano Reintroduces Its Beloved SPD Sandals


Behold the timeless beauty of cycling sandals.

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First Look: Transition’s Spur Kicks Trail Bikes Into High Gear


First look at this new 120mm “all-country” trail bike with long and slack geometry.

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Revel Bikes launches short-travel Ranger


New aggressive cross-country bike from the Colorado-based company.

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Review: Bontrager Line Pro 30 Wheelset


According to Bontrager, the new Line Pro 30 is the strongest mountain bike wheelset the company has ever tested—from any brand. We put it through the paces to see how it stacks up on the trail.

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Hayes Introduces All-New XC Collection Featuring Some Familiar Names


New cross-country suspension from Manitou, hubs from SUNringlé, and lightweight components from Protaper.

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First Ride: Santa Cruz 5010 version 4.0


The new 5010 shares the lower-link shock design introduced over the past three seasons in the company’s enduro and trail bikes, and key geometry updates to keep it current with the competition.

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Video: This Santa Cruz 5010 edit gives mountain bikes the finger


These finger bike moves deserve a Redbull sponsorship.

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SRAM Eagle Expanded Range Explained


Do you have compatibility questions about SRAM’s new 10-52t groups? SRAM has answers.

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SRAM Outgears Shimano With Expanded Range Eagle Drivetrains


SRAM out-gears Shimano with new wider-range 10-52-tooth drivetrains across multiple price points.

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First Ride: SRAM GX Eagle Expanded Range Drivetrain Review


First ride impressions of this new wide-range drivetrain plus weights and pricing.

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Revel Bikes transforms broken carbon into tire levers


Repurposed carbon tire levers are just the first step on the company’s drive toward carbon recycling.

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Granite Designs launches stashable chain and tire tool


Component manufacturer Granite Design has launched a new stashable chain tool that doubles as tire levers.

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Review: Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty 1


Fast and nimble full suspension gravel bike with some quirks

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Review: Roval Control SL Cross-Country Wheelset


First ride impressions of the lightest wheelset Roval has ever created.

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Pivot Cycles introduces Phoenix Dock Tool System


Universal quick-access tool system designed in conjunction with Topeak for quick access to repair essentials

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PNW will recycle your old dropper seatpost


New rebuild program keeps older PNW droppers on the trail and out of the landfill

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Shimano’s Deore 10 and 11-speed groups will bring your old bike up to speed


New wider 1x and 2x gearing options to keep you rolling with minimal investment

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Shimano Deore M6100 12-speed: Everything you need to know


Everything you need to know about this super-affordable 1×12 mountain bike group

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PNW’s new Shifty Lever is a yoga mat for your thumb


Replacement paddle for SRAM XO1 and XX1 shift levers to match your PNW Loam Lever

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Review: We Are One Union 29 Carbon Wheelset


Affordable North America-made carbon wheelset ready for rowdy riding

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First Ride: Guerrilla Gravity Gnarvana


The Gnarvana is Guerrilla Gravity’s heavy-hitting 29er intended for enduro racing, aggressive trail riding, and park riding. It’s the fifth model built around the Revved modular frame platform

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Video: “Shape Your World” Celebrates Hardworking Trailbuilders


Shimano teams up with IMBA to launch Dig In trail initiative

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Learn to wheelie for free while supporting Trips for Kids


Ryan Leech has teamed up with PEARL iZUMi to offer his 30-Day-Wheelie Challenge for free to all riders. PEARL iZUMi will donate one dollar to Trips for Kids for every rider who joins the challenge

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Sea Otter announces new October dates


Sea Otter Classic organizers recently announced the 2020 event has been moved from April 16-19 to October 1-4.

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How is the Coronavirus impacting the cycling industry?


Are you planning to buy a new bike this year? Read this to learn how supply-chain breakdowns could impact bike buying in 2020

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Gear of the Year: Josh Patterson’s top-rated trail gear


In choosing my gear of the year, I sought out innovative products that improved my time on the trails through technology. Here are the five products I rode in 2019 that left a lasting impression.

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Revel Bikes rolls out US-made carbon wheels


Revel’s US-made Fusion-Fiber carbon wheels are 100% recyclable and backed by a lifetime warranty

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First ride: Ibis Ripmo version 2.0


Is the revamped Ripmo as good of an all-arounder as the original?

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Santa Cruz Heckler: Everything you need to know


All the important details you need to know about this new eMTB from Santa Cruz

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Bike Check: Rebecca Rusch’s Giant Revolt Advanced


New sponsors, new bike, for the Queen of Pain

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Ibis Ripmo AF review


Since Ibis relaunched in 2004, the company has focused exclusively on carbon frames. Today, the Santa Cruz-based brand is launching a more affordable version of its long-travel 29er, the Ripmo, in aluminum. The Ripmo AF (aluminum frame), isn’t the same bike made from a different material. It’s longer, slacker and incorporates a more progressive suspension […]

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First Look: Ibis HD5


Ibis has been on a tear this year. For a small company, rolling out three new bikes in a single season is no small feat. First, it was the short-travel Ripley; then, a longer, slacker, aluminum version of the Ripmo; and now, a revamped version of the company’s 27.5-inch enduro machine, the HD5. Ibis HD5 […]

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NoTubes rolls out two new carbon wheelsets


The tubeless specialists at Stan’s NoTubes are rolling out two new carbon wheelsets for trail riders. The Flow CB7 is targeted at aggressive trail riders, while the wider Baron is geared toward riders who prefer plus-sized tires. NoTubes Flow CB7 Highlights Internal rim width: 29mm Optimal tire size: 2.35-2.8” Hole count: 32 Claimed wheelset weight: […]

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Santa Cruz Tallboy 4 – First Look


Santa Cruz has been on a roll this year developing aggressive 29ers. It started with the enduro-ready Megatower, followed a few months later by the redesigned Hightower. Now, the venerable Tallboy has been overhauled making it one of the most progressive short-travel 29er trail bikes on the market. Read on for the details. Santa Cruz […]

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Rocky Mountain Slayer – First Look


Rocky Mountain is launching a new and improved version of its hard-hitting enduro bike. The 2020 Slayer features progressive geometry, a boost in front and rear suspension travel and adjustable geometry. Best of all, Rocky Mountain gives riders the ability to choose their preferred wheel size and frame material. 2020 Rocky Mountain Slayer First Ride Review […]

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Maxxis rolls out the Dissector


Maxxis is rolling out a new tread pattern intended to meet the needs of aggressive riders seeking speed and control on dry and loose terrain. Maxxis Dissector Highlights  Available in 27.5×2.40 and 29×2.40 sizes Wide Trail casing optimized for 30-35mm internal rim widths Weight range: 800-1,206g (claimed) Pricing is $75 for the EXO casing and […]

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Industry Nine introduces A318 stem


Wheel and component manufacturer Industry Nine has added a second stem to its product line. The new A318 stem is designed for the smaller, but more common 31.8mm handlebar clamp diameter. Like the 35mm A35 stem introduced last year, the A318 is CNC machined in-house at Industry Nine’s headquarters in Ashville, North Carolina. The 7075 […]

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Cannondale recalls more than 10,000 CAADX cyclocross bikes


Cannondale, in conjunction with the CPSC, has issued a recall of model-year 2013 to 2016 CAADX cyclocross bikes equipped with disc brakes. The forks on these bikes can break, which can result in serious injury or death. To date, there has been one fatality and 11 injuries reported, seven of the injuries were serious and […]

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Trek recalls Kickster children’s bikes


Trek in conjunction with the CPSC has issued a recall for model year 2013 through 2019 Kicksters. According to the recall, the steerer tube clamp can fail if over-tightened due to an issue with the manufacturing process, posing a crash hazard to the rider. The Trek Kickster is a strider-style bike lacking pedals designed to […]

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