The SDG Bel-Air 2.0 saddle in the all black gripper option is quite possibly the most bad-ass saddle I’ve had the pleasure of mounting to my bike. The SDG Bel-Air 2.0 has been my favorite saddle for at least a decade now, and the 2.0 Ti-Alloy edition with its murdered out color scheme looks amazing. The Bel-Air has […]
The concept of the non-round chainring and promises of increased power and efficiency has surfaced repeatedly over the years only to disappear — this time they may be here to stay. Though initially perceiving them as a gimmick, since bolting one on, my tune has changed. I’ve been riding with the Oval Traction Chainring from OneUp Components for months […]
I recently acquired a new Chris King InSet 7 tapered headset for a new bike build. Like all King products, it is a beautiful piece of kit. Also important: I’m supporting a local business and jobs.
OneUp Components is small outfit based out of Squamish BC that’s become known for creating products we wish other companies had made. Case in point: Expanded rang one-by drivetrains. We’ve had a lot of success with their wide range conversion for 10 speed drivetrains as detailed in this post. This year we’ve begrudgingly moved on to 11 speed drive trains but they […]
Bontrager may have just taken over the adjustable height seat post market. Click through for details…
For over a season now, I’ve been trusting the E.thirteen Guidering and TRS+1 Chain guide for a carefree riding experience. But how much chain retention do we really need?
DH Security, Trail Bike Weight — it’s the promise of the SXg chain guide, the new hotness from MRP. Offering both upper and lower chain retention, plus integrated protection, without the weight of a full blown DH chain guide, the SXg is an exercise in minimalism, made possible by the new Whippersnapper lower guide. At 106 grams, […]
One of weakest aspect of dropper posts (other than long term durability of course) has consistently been the remote triggers. My thumb has slipped many a time due to a small often fragile interface. Most aren’t comfortable to use or are too slippery, so it’s not a surprise to see more than a few riding buddies rig up a […]
MRP showed off a new chain ring design at this year’s Interbike Trade Show, which takes a unique approach to rings with chain retention qualities. As opposed to adopting the narrow-wide design pioneered by SRAM, their unique tooth pattern goes from side to side like a wave. By adding lateral stress on the chain, it engages it more […]
Is your next narrow-wide chainring going to be oval? Wait, didn’t we already try this years ago with Shimano’s Bio-Pace? It seems these weirdly shaped chain ring designs won’t go away. However, the team at OneUp have a new reason for squishing up our traditionally round rings, and no, it’s not power output. (the reason […]
Spank Industries took a different approach when it came to developing their handlebars. Instead of choosing to go with carbon like the rest of the industry, they stuck with their guns, focusing on aluminum. But what makes their bar different from the norm is their Vibrocore damping system. Low density foam is added to the […]
Adjustable height seat posts have been available for a few years now and while they’re a must-have upgrade, they’re not known for long term durability. In fact, we have yet to get more than a full season of use from any post in our quiver without a rebuild or servicing it. And while some posts, like […]