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As you probably know, SRAM divides their products into different groups that cater to a specific price points, riding styles and disciplines, and performance levels, making the shopping process full of tough decisions. Check out our guide to SRAM’s Road product hierarchy, and their major differences to make your drivetrain selection a bit easier to navigate.
SRAM’s claim to fame is their commitment to technical performance, lightness and durability, tied together with a focus on customizing a drivetrain to the individual. SRAM has loads of cross-compatibility between their components, allowing the rider to truly tune their drivetrain to their specific needs and budget. This buyer’s guide introduces you to SRAM’s MTB product line.
Intense Bikes helped to define a new era of mountain biking with the introduction of the original Tracer. Almost 20 years later, Intense is launching their latest version of the Tracer, and it is still defining how capable and efficient a long travel all mountain bike can be. We got our hands on a test bike, and gave it a good flogging. See what we thought of this latest iteration of a legend.
The Gravelking. Maybe the name alone gives you confidence in what this tire was born to do. Or for the marketing skeptics, perhaps a reason to doubt its claim to the throne. This summer I logged about 400 miles on a pair of Gravelkings, riding a variety of terrain and weather conditions in California, Utah, Colorado, and Idaho and have arrived at a few conclusions on when to pledge thyself to the self-described King of Gravel.
Drawing on 3 decades worth of experience in the climbing shoe market, Five Ten has honed the their sticky rubber knowledge into a line of high performance mountain bike shoes, and secured a solid foothold (see what I did there) as the best flat shoes in the industry. Not content with the status quo, Five Ten continues to refine their shoe lineup with ride-specific rubber, lighter and tougher upper lasts, improved styling and comfort, and clip(less) shoe options. I’ve spent the last 6 months punishing a pair of their Freerider Contacts. Read on to see how they have performed.
Lezyne is a relative newcomer to the cycling world, but it’s roots run deep with talent that have created top-tier brands and stunning products. The primary driver of the Lezyne brand is to engineer the highest quality products. ‘Engineered Design’ is visible in every aspect of their products from form to function. This approach lead them down the road of joining the cycling GPS world in 2015. I got the chance to crank out a load of miles with their flagship Super GPS model at the helm. Here’s what I thought.
HT Components are looking to break the monopoly of the pedal market held by just a handful of companies. They've pushed headlong into the market with high-end flat and clip-in (clipless) pedals that come in a vast array of colors so you can take your style game up a notch. The T1 clip-inpedals are more than bling, though. They bring stellar engagement, low weight, and a versatile platform to the plate to keep your ride powerful, efficient, and controlled.
Cane Creek Cycling Components is innovating the suspension world once again. This time, they are doing it with a smartphone app. Setup your frame, Cane Creek rear shock and rider profile, then the app runs you through a series of real-world tests, and delivers suggested adjustments for each parameter so you can find that perfect sweet spot. See more details and download inside.
The Tour de France is the ultimate road stage race with a grand history. This race is so much more than who crosses the line first. We're here to guide you through the various strategies and awards that riders and teams strive for throughout 3 weeks of fierce competition.