Cannondale Launches New-and-Improved Scalpel XC Race Bike


The Scalpel is Cannondale’s no-holds-barred cross country race bike, designed to excel on the world cup XC circuit. Here’s some of Cannondale’s marketing spiel about the new Scalpel: The Scalpel-Si is developed by utilizing the brand’s System Integration approach to design, where key components like cranks, fork, and frame are all developed together. The Scalpel-Si’s …

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Nalini Miles MTB Shorts Review


Nalini calls the Miles their “baggy” mountain bike shorts, and I’m always excited to get more pairs of shorts like these. I use my bicycle every day to pick up my 5-year-old from kindergarten, and I already get funny looks from the parents and the staff. Somehow, I think they’d be even less accommodating if I …

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Shimano Announces Ebike Drivetrain/Motor Built for Mountain Biking


Shimano has just announced the release of a mountain bike-specific ebike drivetrain/motor, dubbed STePS MTB, which is slotted into their lineup at the XT level. While Shimano had previously offered ebike drivetrains for commuting, touring, and other applications. this is their first foray into the world of electric mountain bikes. Until now, Bosch was the …

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Polar M400 Lifestyle Watch Review

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I have owned a couple of Polar products and been pleased with them. The company appears to have a healthy relationship between industrial design and functionality that is rare. Consider the M400 here, alongside a wrist-mounted spaceship from a fruit-based gadget company. You’ll notice that the Polar has some of the same swoopyness without looking, …

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Lifebeam Genesis Smart Helmet Review


Lifebeam’s tagline, “We make the world’s most advanced wearable instruments for measuring human performance,” is a bold one, to be certain. Over the past several months, I’ve used my own cranium as a testbed to verify the efficacy of Lifebeam’s Genesis helmet and determine, once and for all, whether or not I’m as heartless as …

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Santa Cruz Updates the Tallboy, Adds 27.5+ Compatibility

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Santa Cruz has been pumping out updated and brand new bikes at a surprising pace over the past several months. When they invited us to their HQ for a new product launch ahead of Sea Otter, I was fairly certain it had to be a revamp of the ever-popular Tallboy. It didn’t take a crystal …

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Plus Bike Infographic: Wider Tires Slowly Gaining Traction


Over the past 18 months we’ve seen an explosion of plus bikes hitting the market, so we wondered: “Who is buying these bikes and what are the most popular configurations?” As usual, we uncovered some interesting and surprising insights! Right off the bat we were shocked to find that a lot riders don’t know what “plus” really means …

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