I took my 29er off the rack today and went for a pedal— that’s when I remembered why its been on the rack. Though 29″ wheels are fast, when it comes to trail riding and being able to interpret the trail creatively, they’re nowhere near as fun as bikes with smaller wheels. I’ve been trying to make it work with the big wheels for a while now, but it just hasn’t been the experience I’m out for. Though I’ve been on fun rides on 29″ bikes, the XC geometry just doesn’t do it for me. Assuming its the wheel size, maybe its time to give the hardtail another shot, but in the 650b variety.

A hardtail with 650b wheels would retain the playful feel of 26″ wheels with a bit of the roll over and traction found in 29″ wheels. What we’re most excited about though, is the range of geometry available. This category features bikes with head angles ranging from 68º to 65º and change. [more after the jump…]

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We’re the first to admit the aesthetic of goggles with the half shell helmet isn’t our favorite, but being able to see when you’re descending at high speeds is worth it. Especially with today’s bikes that are so capable, and at home going really, really fast. Large sunglasses aren’t always enough, so I’ve taken to rocking the Shore Goggle from Ryders. Designed specifically for mountain biking, they’re quite possibly the best riding goggles I’ve had the pleasure to wear.

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Zoic Style Check: Men’s Kit

Zoic sent over some of their winter clothing for us check out a few months ago, and since then we’ve ridden all over the Bay Area, and throughout the southwest rocking their gear. (see Inga’s post here) Designed for the core trail rider, the Zoic Crux Hoody, long sleeve Transition tech tee and Ether short are well worth […]

03.13.2015 Clothing Read the full story →
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Video: Santa Cruz Nomad vs. Specialized Enduro

We decided to run them head to head on the new flow style trail at Crockett Hills Regional Park to see which bike – and brother – would come out ahead.

03.12.2015 Bikes Read the full story →
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New Mountain Bike Friendly Multi-Use Trails at Crockett Hills Regional Park

Mountain bike trail options in the East Bay Area just got better. We recently rode miles of bike friendly single track, all less than two months old. AND, it’s not only a bike friendly trail, but designed specifically to enhance the mountain bike experience unlike any other trail to date in the east bay. The biggest shock? […]

03.01.2015 BTCEB Read the full story →
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ZOIC Style Check: Women’s Trail Riding Kit in Gray

We’re always on the lookout for stylish, functional mountain bike apparel, so when ZOIC reached out asking if we wanted to review several pieces from their collection, we took a look, then were immediately on board. Based out of sunny southern California, ZOIC offers light weight trail riding clothing that works well when the temperatures start to rise.

02.22.2015 Clothing Read the full story →
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Review: Mountain Hardwear MegaLamina 20 Two Person Sleeping Bag

The cost of hotels can eat up a trip budget quickly, so we’ve been working on a low cost alternative: car camping. Comfort as well as staying warm on cold nights was a priority, and tired of zipping our bags together it was time for a better solution: a two person bag. While researching bags we found a number […]

02.18.2015 Camping Gear Read the full story →
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SW Ridge Trail – Las Vegas, NV

This time of year, heading south has always been the ticket for discovering new riding and winter time destinations. Since we have family based on the Las Vegas area, we took the opportunity to explore the area. Most think first of the strip when Las Vegas comes to mind, but the area also happens to boast […]

02.13.2015 Fresh Tracks Read the full story →
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Rise of Enduro Bay Area Premier

The Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay showed Rise of Enduro last night at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland. The event featured special guests Mark Weir, Ben Cruz, Marco Osborn, Kyle Warner as well as MTB Pioneer Charlie Kelly who made an appearance. After the screening of the film and a behind the […]

02.12.2015 BTCEB Read the full story →
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Review: Timbuk2 Race Cycling Duffle Bag

As certifiable gear heads, our closet is stuffed with gear bags. We’ve got oversized gear bags suitable for months of travel, capable of swallowing smaller bags for internal organization, to basic weekenders. Of all the bags in rotation, the Race Cycling Duffle by Timbuk2 has been a consistent favorite, thanks to its smart compartments and […]

02.09.2015 Packs Read the full story →