About the author: Nick Legan

Nick Legan is happiest with some grease under his nails and a long dirt climb ahead. As a former WorldTour team mechanic, Legan plied his trade at all the Grand Tours, Spring Classics, World Championships and even the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In recent years, gravel and ultra-distance racing has a firm grip on Legan’s attention, but his love of mountain biking and long road rides hasn’t diminished. Originally a Hoosier, Legan settled in Boulder, Colorado, 14 years ago after finishing his time at Indiana University studying French and journalism. He served as the technical editor at VeloNews for two years and now contributes to Adventure Cyclist, Mtbr and RoadBikeReview. To follow along on Legan’s cycling adventures, find him on Instagram at @nlegan and be sure to check out his new book Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking.




Bontrager Flatline review


The Bontrager Flatline Mountain Bike Shoes offer great pedaling efficiency, low-key looks, and good value for flat pedal mountain bikers.

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Specialized Boulder Experience Center opens


The new Specialized Boulder Experience Center officially opened its doors this week in Boulder, Colorado. A full range of demo bikes and high-end bike fitting are among the offerings.

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iSSi STOMP pedal review


The iSSi STOMP flat pedals provide a large platform and excellent traction for secure descending and efficient pedaling.

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Bontrager Rally MIPS review


The Bontrager Rally MIPS is redesigned for 2018 using a Boa closure and a magnetic Blendr mount, while still managing to drop 30-50 grams depending on size.

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Dynaplug Air review


Dynaplug’s Air tool takes plug kits to the next level with integrated inflation.

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CamelBak Chase vest review


CamelBak’s Chase Vest is a minimalist hydration pack that’s ideal for fast and light missions like gravel racing and mountain biking thanks to its large, accessible front pockets and a 1.5L reservoir.

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Pearl Izumi X-Project Elite review


Pearl Izumi’s X-Project Elite mountain bike shoes deliver exceptional comfort and walkability without sacrificing power transfer.

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Spurcycle Tool review


Slim enough to fit in most any jersey pocket or seat pack, Spurcycle’s Tool has a machined titanium socket and arm accompanied by 10, chrome-coated bits.

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Goodyear launches new line of bicycle tires


Best known for its promotional blimps and extensive line of automotive tires, Goodyear has joined other major tire manufacturers by introducing a line of tires for the two-wheel, human-powered set.

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Specialized Power Arc Pro saddle review


Building on Specialized’s popular Power saddle line, the Power Arc Pro shape differs from the original with a rounded, more peaked cross-section.

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Blackburn launches new light and tire repair products


Blackburn shows off new products during New Belgian Ramble Ride, a three-day bikepacking adventure from Fort Collins, Colorado, to Steamboat Springs.

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Schwalbe Addix rubber compound primer


Schwalbe uses good rubber. But if there was an opportunity for improvement, durability on rocky terrain was it. Now the German tire maker says it’s addressed that and much more with its new Addix rubber compound.

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Gore Rescue B MTB rain jacket as light as they come


In a nod to gram-counters, Gore’s new Rescue B Jacket uses the lightest three-layer Gore Tex material the manufacturer produces.

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CamelBak M.U.L.E. receives Low Rider treatment


The reboot of the M.U.L.E. LR 15 has CamelBak doubling down on its lumbar concept, with 100 percent of its high-end mountain bike packs now featuring the lower reservoir orientation.

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Fat Chance updates Yo Eddy, debuts new cross bike


To say that the cycling world was ready for Chris Chance to make a comeback would be an understatement. The reception to his Kickstarter campaign aimed at resurrecting the much-loved Fat Chance brand was exceptional and since then Chance has quickly ramped up production of the Yo Eddy.

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American Classic Smokin’ Gun wheels unveiled


Aimed at riders using 2.5” or wider tires, new aluminum rim is a “mini plus” design thanks to its 40mm internal width.

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Northwave Extreme XC MTB shoe review


This stylish, lightweight cross-country mountain bike shoe offers excellent power transfer and reasonable walking stability. Learn more in the Mtbr review.

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Specialized S-Works 6 XC shoe review


We spent some time thinking about how to describe the Specialized S-Works 6 XC mountain bike shoes, and really, it’s pretty easy: They’re the lightest, most connected XC race shoes we’ve ever worn.

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Specialized Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie review


Hardtails aren’t dead. Not by a long shot. Specialized’s new Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie proves that thanks to its fun geometry, excellent parts spec, and agreeable price point.

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WTB Ranger 27.5×3.0” TCS Light/Fast tire review


One of the best all-round, XC/trail, plus size mountain bike tires we’ve tried with options for more aggressive riding.

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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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Ritchey WCS Carbon Trail Flat +/-5mm bar review


Ritchey’s WCS Carbon Trail Flat bar offers light weight and a good width for XC and trail riders. Learn more in our full review.

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Speedplay Syzr mountain bike pedals review


Great pedal for riders with specific fit requirements who are seeking smooth float and walkability.

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iSSi Trail and Trail Triple clipless pedals review


If you’re dying to color coordinate your pedals or if you would benefit from having longer than standard pedal axles, iSSi pedals will fit the bill.

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Pearl Izumi MTB WxB vs. Gore Power Trail rain shorts shootout


For the year-round cyclist sometimes it’s the small things that make life more enjoyable. Here’s an inside look at the cycling accessory you didn’t know you needed, but shouldn’t live without.

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10 amazing places to ride fat bikes in winter


While the bike industry was quick to jump on the fat bike trend, it has taken the resort world a little longer to catch up. Many have figured it out, though, offering miles of fat bike smiles. Here are some of the best big wheeled wintertime locales in North America.

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6 quick spinning fat bike wheels


For any wheeled vehicle, lowering rotational weight is one of the best ways to spend upgrade dollars. Just like on road and traditional mountain bikes, fat bikes benefit from lighter wheels.

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10 best fat bike tires


Tire choice is critical. Intended use, durability, and weight all factor in to what kind of rubber you want on the road (or snowy trail). Indeed, when it comes to fat bikes, tires are arguably the most important component decision you’ll make.

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