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We share a passion for bikes that started before we began working in the cycling industry. It's that same love for bikes that drives us to help build a growing and sustainable cycling community. We believe that trail work is a major factor in sustaining and expanding our MTB community, so we’ve decided to put our hands to action, and reclaim the Skyline Loop Trail in Riverside, CA. Read on to learn more.
Given the choice, we’d always prefer to ride without a backpack. But no one wants to be 'that guy' who needs to borrow tools, or be left walking home while your friends enjoy the rest of the ride. OneUp Components wanted a solution that would allow us to carry the tools that we need for every ride, without wearing a backpack. Check out the Everyday Carry tool system.
SRAM’s Eagle drivetrains have evolved the 1x movement from the realm of tinkerers to the forefront of component tech. The addition of the GX Eagle group brings 1×12 range and performance in a package that is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and very reasonably priced. We put SRAM’s GX Eagle group on a bike that we are very familiar with, and put it under the feet of 2 different riders to get their take on the latest kit. Read the tech and stats inside, then continue on to see our employee reviews.
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.