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Ditching the Hydration Pack: What’s Your Every Ride Carry?

Hydration packs work extremely well for storing water and supplies needed for epic adventures, but for rides of shorter duration they are often overkill. Last year I returned to my roots and installed a bottle cage on my bike and left my pack at home. Rediscovering the freedom of riding sans pack has really enriched my regular riding experience. […]

04.24.2014 Gear Read the full story →
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Santa Cruz Nomad Update: 650b wheels, shorter stays, lower and slacker

We’ve guessed it was coming for sometime; the question was, would it live up to our expectations? Our wishlist had consisted of the following: shorter chainstays, lower bottom bracket height, steeper seat angle, slacker head angle, and a water bottle cage. On our bikes, an AngleSet had fixed two of the above: slacked out head […]

04.01.2014 Santa Cruz Bicycles Read the full story →
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Review: Giro Privateer XC Mountain Bike Shoes

High end mountain bike shoes can get pretty pricey these days, and you can easily spend upwards of $300-400 on a pair of the latest carbon wonder soles. Spending top dollar for a high-zoot carbon wonder sole is cool if you need the best to compliment your $10k carbon XC Race rig. However, if they […]

03.25.2014 Shoes Read the full story →
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Stuff We Like: Intense Tracer 275 Carbon All Mountain Shred Sled

The original Tracer VP from Intense Cycles was always kind of a Nomad-lite— it wanted to compete with the Santa Cruz Nomad for the king of the all mountain crown, but in reality, the ride quality had more in common with the Blur LT. We spent several seasons on the original VPP bike, and while […]

03.17.2014 Bikes Read the full story →
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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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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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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 →