Components

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Review: Renthal Duo Stem

The Renthal Duo is a great looking stem. When I first saw it, I was enamored with its innovative and minimal design and had to try one. Mostly because it’s wicked light and it looks sweet. The most unique feature of the Duo is the approach they took with the design. CNC machined from a block of […]

05.02.2014 Stems Read the full story →
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Review: Syntace Megaforce2 Stem

Syntace is a German outfit that specializes in stems, bars and wheels as well as a few other innovative compontents. Apparently there are some bad ass mountains and riders over there, because they’re clearly dialed into the increasing demands riders are putting on their equipment with components that perform while being extremely light weight and […]

03.01.2014 Stems Read the full story →
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Review: X-Fusion Sweep RL2 650b/ 27.5″ Suspension Fork

The X-Fusion Sweep is surprisingly light in hand when pulling it from the box. Not having a scale handy, I look up the listed weight: 4.2lbs./ 1905grams. For a fork with this much travel and costing so little, I’m pleasantly surprised. After running a Fox 32 Float on my trail bike last year, I’ve moved […]

02.26.2014 Components Read the full story →
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XX1 Alternative: Shimano 1×10 Wide Range Conversion featuring the OneUp Components 42t

SRAM’s XX1 has propelled the 1x drivetrain into the mainstream for trail riders with its wide range of gears and simplicity. Removing the front derailleur and shifter not only makes space on your bars, but can drop almost a pound of weight off your bike. The best part of dropping the front derailleur though, is […]

02.21.2014 Components Read the full story →
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2015 Shimano XTR 1×11 Wide Range Photos Surface Online

We’ve known for a while that Shimano was planning to unveil their response to SRAM’s XX1 drive train this spring, most likely at the Sea Otter Classic. This morning a few spy photos were leaked online. At the moment the release looks to be a wide range 1×11 drive train, inline with XX1, likely borrowing […]

02.14.2014 Components Read the full story →
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Review: Syntace NumberNine Titan Pedals

When you first pick up the NumberNine Titan pedals by Syntace, the first thing you notice is the lack of heft— they’re ridiculously light. Especially when you hold another brand pedal, and do the ‘ol hand waving comparison test. After bolting them to a few of our bikes and a few months of pedaling around […]

07.18.2013 Pedals Read the full story →
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Saddles from SDG: Sea Otter 2013

I’ve been a fan of SDG saddles since my grom days in the shops, and some of my favorite bike builds have featured their iBeam railed saddles. They’re light, ridiculously durable, and my favorite model, the Formula MTR has an awesome shape. Most of my trail bikes feature dropper posts restricting me to saddles with […]

04.26.2013 Saddles Read the full story →
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Gear: Answer ProTaper 780 Carbon Handlebar

The game changing upgrade to my first full suspension mountain bike back in the day was an heavy duty Answer DH riser bar. It was ages ago and I don’t recall the year, but upon installing the bar, I promptly cut it down to about 26″ or 27″ inches. Back then I was a very different rider, […]

11.29.2012 Handlebars Read the full story →
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Fresh Gear: Fox D.O.S.S. Adjustable Height Seat Post

I recently installed the new Fox D.O.S.S. adjustable height seat post on my trail bike and have to admit; I wasn’t sure what I thought of it from the initial reports online. While the post itself looked clean in its design, the dual thumb levers looked a bit much. However, now I’ve installed the unit […]

09.09.2012 Seat Posts Read the full story →

Dirty Dog MTB rebrands as Moment Industries

Local outfit Dirty Dog MTB recently relaunched as Moment Industries and introduced their latest disc brake rotor, the Storm. We’re still rocking our test set, with the spider web pattern rocking strong on the Blur TRc. Not only are they made locally here in the Bay Area, but they’ve never failed to elicit comments on […]

08.26.2012 Brakes Read the full story →