Tag / MTB
“Don’t call it a comeback… I been here for years…” It’s only fitting that I’m getting ear-wormed with L.L. Cool J., circa 1990, as I’m carving berms and boosting doubles through Southern California chaparral. The third-generation Niner Rip 9 has got me feeling nostalgic for a few reasons. I’ve ridden these same trails many times on my previous-generation Rip 9—a bike that served me well for two seasons, a bike that I have forsaken for a newer, shinier all-mountain bike even though I couldn’t have been happier with it. I’m going to make some comparisons to that bike, because as much as the v3 is true to its roots… there is not much that hasn’t changed for the newest Rip 9. And I would say that this bike is somewhat of a metaphor for Niner as a company right now (hang in with me for a minute while I explain) …
Whether you’ve just bought a new mountain bike or are looking to breathe new life into an old trusted steed, upgrading key areas of your bike setup can make your bike lighter, faster, more confidence inspiring, and more fun. But, upgrades to your bike don’t have to cost an arm and leg to get a hefty bump in performance. We’ve put together a quick guide of affordable upgrades with big results.
Evil changed the face of 29er bikes with their Following several years back. Fans of the brand have been eagerly awaiting the coming of the next iteration of aggressive 29er from Evil, and it has finally landed. The all-new Evil Offering is 140mm aggressive trail bike ready for full send sessions. Jump in to read our review and check out our Jenson USA Exclusive Build.
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 you've created 2 of the most iconic bikes, the Ripley and the HD4, that occupy different ends of the trail bike spectrum, what is the logical next step? Ibis answered this question with their latest addition to a stellar bike lineup. Introducing the Ibis Ripmo. A bit Ripley, a bit Mojo HD4. Ripmo. It's a bit of a quirky name, but after seeing this stunning bike in person and/or ripping it through your local trails, you won't care what they named this bike. Read on to get the stats and details, and to see our short-term impressions of this 29" trail assassin.
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.
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.
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.
And, that's okay. In fact, at times, it might even be a blessing. While a spouse to go explore trails with or race that back country road would be an amazing experience, it may be just as awesome to have a spouse that does not share the same interests. Here's my experience.