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Stuff We Like: Diamondback Haanjo Comp

We’re often asked advice on what types of bikes to buy. This is never an easy question to answer, and my first response is ask more questions in order to formulate a proper recommendation. Road or dirt? Trail riding? Pavement? A commuter? Who are you planning to ride with? And of course, “how much are […]

03.08.2014 Bikes Read the full story →
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Review: Timbuk2 Race Cycling Duffle Bag

Living in the city kind of sucks sometimes. An urban living situation for most means apartments and stairs, lots of stairs. (I hate using our elevator) Unless I’m pedaling directly from home base, loading bikes and gear in the car can be a challenge with multiple flights of stairs to traverse. My loading ritual consists […]

03.07.2014 Packs Read the full story →
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Fresh Tracks: Paradise Royale

We’ve wanted to check out the Paradise Royale Trail System since we heard about it a few years ago. Built by the BLM and IMBA after a number of trails in the King Range area were rendered unrideable, (due to the Wilderness bill) the system includes a 14 mile XC loop (there are plans to […]

03.03.2014 California Trails 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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BTCEB Fundraiser for East Bay MTB: Rising from Ashes

The Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay held their annual fundraiser Thursday, February 27th at the Grand Lake Theater. The feature screening was Rising from Ashes, a film about war-torn African athletes who rise to competitive road racing, narrated by Forrest Whitaker. In addition to the film was a raffle with the grand prize: a Giant […]

02.28.2014 BTCEB 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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2014 Giro New Road Expands with new Women’s Collection

Giro used to be primarily known for their line of helmets, but in the last few years it’s clear they’ve got their sights set much higher. They’ve already released a line of shoes and gloves that show they get it, and after our time with the stuff, we count ourselves as fans. Last year they […]

02.20.2014 Clothing 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: Mission Workshop Acre Jacket

If you’re a fan of gear blogs featuring technical apparel, you’re probably already familiar with the Schoeller label. For those new to the brand, the Swiss fabric mill specializes in the development and manufacturing of some of the most cutting edge, innovative fabrics available today. Unfortunately, these technologies come at a cost, and with a […]

02.12.2014 Clothing Read the full story →