Sugoi’s Super-Visible and Highly-Versatile Zap Versa Jacket – A Video Review

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Sugoi’s Zap Versa is a combinations of their ultra-visible ZAP and their highly-versatile jacket/vest, the Versa.  This jacket is available at REI exclusively for $159 (currently on sale for $78!) and is well-worth that price due to its many different uses.  It comes in high rise grey, black, matador red, and supernova safety yellow, all of which come embedded …

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Platypus W’s B-line 8.0 Women’s Hydration Pack Review

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Built for long cross-country rides, the Platypus W’s B-line hydration pack, “designed for women,” according to Platypus, is lightweight at 691 grams and fits well. I particularly appreciated the “RidgeAir” back panel–a mesh feature separating your back from the pack, thus providing some good airflow. The pack was roomy enough for a spare tube, pump, …

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WTB’s First 29+ Tire Offers Trail Performance and Durability

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WTB has just announced the release of a new plus tire: the Ranger. It will be available in both 27.5+ and 29+ — the first 29+ tire from WTB. Also notable for the Ranger is the inclusion of a TCS Tough casing “for extra durability and stability,” according to WTB. The Ranger appears to offer a …

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Cane Creek Announces the C-Quent Shock

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Cane Creek is well-known for their Double Barrel (DB) line of shocks which includes both air and coil models.The Double Barrel’s claim to fame has been it’s adjustability, and it’s hard to beat in terms of plushness and level of tunability. While most shocks give you the option to change your low speed rebound and …

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Birzman Torque Wrench Review

We're starting to see more companies etch torque specs directly onto pivot hardware, every bike manufacturer should do this!

Tools. I love them. I come from a family of craftsmen and furniture builders, so I grew up around all sorts of tools–everything from fine chisels to industrial table saws. That upbringing taught me what makes a good tool and how to spot them. While my path led me in a different direction than my father and …

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Pedaling Innovations Catalyst Pedal First Impressions – The BIGGEST Flat Pedal Around

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If you are looking for a large platform flat pedal this could be the perfect option for you!  The Catalyst by Pedaling Innovations is huge at 95mm wide x 16mm thick x 143mm long!  This pedal is perfect for someone looking to change from clipless to flat pedals. Due to its massive size it is slightly heavier …

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SRAM Announces Affordable Downhill Group: GX DH

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SRAM’s GX group was introduced last year, making 11-speed drivetrains affordable to more riders than ever before. Now the company is adding DH-specific parts to the GX line for gravity riders looking to shred on a budget. The new DH-specific components include a 7-speed, Type 2.1 derailleur, shifter, and 11-25t cassette.  There isn’t a DH-specific crankset or …

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