Cross Country Reviews and News


Canyon launches 2020 mountain bike line-up


Take a look at the latest mountain bikes from this consumer-direct brand

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Salsa’s new Rangefinder hardtails are fun and affordable


Salsa Announces New Rangefinder Line The Salsa Rangefinder is the newest addition to it’s expanding adventure and hardtail catalog. The new hardtail sits next to the Timberjack with an affordable price, modern trail geometry and lots of great build choices. The Rangefinder looks to make the mountains and trails more accessible to the masses without compromising […]

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Sage releases Powerline hardtail


Sage’s new Powerline is rowdy and endurance ready Today Sage Titanium launched a bike that will have flow riders and cross-country endurance lovers drooling –  the Powerline. This new titanium hardtail mountain bike model is positioned between the Sage Optimator cross-country and Flow Motion all-mountain bike.  Sage Powerline Highlights:  Trail geometry for racing or all-day […]

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Review: Airborne Hob Goblin


As one of the early adopters of the direct to consumer sales strategy, Ohio-based Airborne Bicycles has been creating a mix of budget-friendly mountain bikes to suit any riding style since 1997. Offering a full line of mountain bikes with price tags less than $4,000, Airborne is pushing the consumer-direct market with free shipping and […]

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Review: LEM MotivAir Helmet


The MotivAir is a well-ventilated cycling helmet that works well for gravel and cross-country mountain biking

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REEB Cycles announces 2020 Bike Line-Up


REEB Cycles announces 2020 Bike Line-Up REEB Cycles is excited to announce the complete 2020 line-up of updated and new core bike models. Led by the re-designed and re-focused SQWEEB v3 full-suspension 29er and the brand new Jeff Lenosky signature ReDikyelous hardtail. REEBs entire line is redesigned,hand-built in Lyons, CO and ready to rock.  REEB […]

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Review: Cannondale F-Si Throwback


A series of poorly thought-out choices recently led me to the start line of what seems to be the least technical and most climbing-focused mountain bike race in existence. The Leadville Trail 100 might lack technical singletrack, but it is no small physical challenge, even more so when you can see the ocean from your […]

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Pivot Cycles introduces the new LES SL


This week Pivot Cycles introduced the new LES SL – a bike engineered for trail and race situations that call for a light, agile, precise instrument of speed.

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Kate Courtney Rising – Episode 2 – No Train No Gain


In episode 2 of Rising, follow Kate Courtney behind the race tape to learn what it takes to be the fastest mountain bike racer in the world.

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Review: Giro Artex MIPS XC helmet


Road race inspired design partnered with a removable visor and tons of ventilation. This $110 MIPS helmet packs serious value, safety and could be all the helmet you need.

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Bogus to the Barrel – the best Idaho bike race you never heard of


Bogus to the Barrel has 150 open racing spots, which will go quickly, so make sure to register while there’s still an opening.

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2020 Trek Top Fuel revealed – rocket fast


The Top Fuel design changes are in response to changing OXC course features and the upcoming Olympics – preparing its athletes for the demands of battling the fastest mountain bikers on earth.

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Pivot Mach 4 SL revealed


With modern geometry, Pivot suspension quality and a frame starting at 4.05 lbs, the new Pivot Mach 4 SL is ready to take on the world.

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Review: Sigma ROX 12 GPS Cycling Computer


For many of us, a wired Sigma was the first computer to grace our bikes. This trusted brand has changed with the times well with the new Sigma ROX 12 GPS Computer.

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Garmin Announces Edge 830 and Edge 530 headunits


This week Garmin announced the Edge 530 and Edge 830 – its latest performance GPS cycling computers that combine new insights, safety features, and advanced mapping capabilities into a slim design.

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Top 15 Best Bike Chain Lubes


Do you want to find the best bike chain lube for you? Are you curious about what type to get? Wet, dry, wax or ceramic? We explain the tech and guide you to the best options for each type of bike lube.

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OneUp launches Carbon Bars, EDC ready Stem, and Lock-On Grips


A unique oval 35mm clamp bar design, tool stashing stem and enough colors for every bike.

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Support Trails & Win a Caletti with Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz


One lucky supporter will get a custom steel Caletti Cycles frame in the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz’s “Support Trails & Win a Caletti” campaign.

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Maxxis Ikon review


While not the fastest in this XC tire shootout, the Maxxis Ikon is arguably the best overall tire among the group. Find out why in the Mtbr review.

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Best Mountain Bikes Under $2000


What if you’re not a member of the doctor/dentist/hedge fund manager club? Can you still get a decent MTB? The answer is an emphatic, yes, provided you know what to look for.

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Vee Crown Gem review


Solid all-around tire with attractive price and impressive puncture resistance, that also rolls fast and grips better than expected.

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Hutchinson Toro review


Among their versatile tires, the Hutchinson Toro has evenly spaced knobs that deliver neutral handling. Center knobs are shorter for mud clearing, while side knobs are taller for enhanced cornering grip.

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Vittoria Mezcal review


Fast, dry conditions XC racer with low profile, densely spaced knob configuration and a defined center ridge tread for low rolling resistance.

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Schwalbe Racing Ralph Addix review


As its name clearly implies, this is an XC racing tire. The tread pattern is familiar in this class of rubber – more tightly spaced center knobs to increase speed, but taller, more widely spaced side lugs for extra bite.

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Kenda Saber Pro review


With its minimalist tread profile and 120 tpi casing, the Kenda Saber Pro is a dedicated XC race tire that is designed for fast, dry singletrack.

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