The world of dropper post is a crowded one, and it takes something pretty special for us to sit up (pun intended) and take notice of a newcomer to the scene. OneUp Components has made us do just that. Knowing the quality of products and innovative ideas that OneUp Components has come to be recognized for, our curiosity was piqued when we got word that they were throwing their hat in the dropper post ring. But, we were left with questions of what would make them stand out from the competition. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait too long to get a chance to jump on a call with Jon Hadfield from One Up Components to pick his brain on the ins and outs of this new challenger. Here’s what we learned, and why this sub-$250 dropper post is going to make it onto our bike upgrade/add-on lists.
When the rain (snow) and cold descend on the paths, roads, and trails that you love to ride, it can be hard to find suitable to conditions to crank out your daily miles. Fear not! Rollers can help you rack up the miles while perfect your form and fitness. They are also great for pre-race warm ups. Kreitler has helped us put together a quick tutorial on how and why to incorporate roller training into your cycling life.
The search for a that perfect solution of being comfortable on your bike while still packing all the necessary gear and water that you may need can feel like an elusive endeavor. Alpinestars is throwing their contender into the mix of "utility bibs" that integrate pockets, hydration and more within the bib to reduce riders' need for additional gear to carry what they need on a ride. But, Alpinestars has an Ace up their sleeve... they've incorporated spine and hip protection into their Paragon bib. Sam slips into this multi-functional lycra kit to see if it has what it takes to take top pick in his drawer full of other bibs.
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.
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.
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.