Fezzari Timp Peak Trail Bike Review

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Fezzari, a direct-to-consumer manufacturer based in Utah, has been working hard to produce competitive bikes at much more affordable prices than the standard brands that you’ll find at your LBS. We have communicated with them at events like Outerbike and Sea Otter, and they seem driven to crank out consumer-centric bikes that can hang with, and …

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Steezin’ in the Dakine Oakridge Flannel Shirt: A Review

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Popularized by lumberjacks, farmers, woodsmen, and Pearl Jam, flannel–a lightweight, warm, soft fabric–is also a great option for mountain biking during those nasty, unpredictable transition months during spring and fall. This year, as snow levels recede, so will the layers of your clothing but, depending where you are on the map, spring time is not quite T-shirt time!! The …

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Seeing Double on Norco’s New Optic Trail Bikes – Test Ride Review

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There’s no doubt that today’s 150-160mm-travel bikes are extremely capable. Most of the current crop of long-legged trail bikes could blow older downhill bikes out of the water. That said, there aren’t many of us that actually need a bike that’s capable of winning an Enduro World Series race. I count myself among that camp, …

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Santa Cruz Hightower Test Ride Review

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Santa Cruz invited a bunch of folks out to their HQ in advance of Sea Otter to talk about what they’ve been up to and to get a quick ride in afterwards. A lot was covered–some of which we can’t share just yet–but a large chunk of the presentation focused on their trail building efforts in …

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Alchemy Arktos Trail Bike Test Ride Review

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The Arktos is a carbon fiber trail bike from Alchemy, a small Denver company that’s dedicated to hand-building bikes in the USA. Yep, that’s right: the Arktos is a handmade carbon fiber mountain bike, and they have the 2016 North American Handmade Bicycle Show best MTB and people’s choice awards to prove it. There’s certainly been a …

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DT Swiss XM 481 Review: A Wider Wheelset Built With True Love

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In keeping with the “wider-is-better” or, depending on how you look at it, “wider-is-the-latest-thing” motif, DT Swiss introduced two new rims last year for their all-mountain series—the XM 551 and 481, featuring internal breadths of 40mm and 30mm, respectively. While the XM 481 comes in 27.5″ (reviewed) and 29″ wheel sizes, the broader 551 is only offered in 27.5. …

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