Introducing Foundry’s New Race Bike: The Firetower


I spent a lot of time at Saddle Drive this year riding and talking about bikes with plus-sized tires (or at least plus-compatible). It definitely seems to be the theme of the moment in mountain bikes. Then there was the Foundry Firetower XT. Not plus compatible. Just a lightweight, race-inspired carbon hardtail 29er with cross-country geometry. …

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Ritchey WCS Carbon Trail Post Review


Take something simple we largely ignore, then re-think it, and maximize it to the highest degree. Now let’s talk about the seat post. Most saddle-to-post junctions use a set of metal or carbon rails. This is nothing new, it has been around forever and a day. Many attempts to make a single rail system have been …

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Cheap Chinese Carbon Rims, Long Term Tested: Light Bicycle Wide 38mm 29er Rim Review

The finish is available with surface weave as pictured, or mat.

I’ve had two sets of rims from the Chinese company Light Bicycle (LB) over the last two years, and I’ve broken them twice. That’s only made me like them more… I’ll get back to that later. This review is of their 38mm (31.6 mm internal) wide 29er rim, which I’ve been on for the whole …

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Test Ride Review: Salsa Bucksaw Carbon


After riding the Turner King Khan at Outerbike last year, I instantly became a fan of dual suspension fat bikes. Interestingly, the number of fully-suspended fatties hasn’t really expanded since that time, but a slightly-updated version of the Salsa Bucksaw was announced last November: the Bucksaw Carbon. Essentially, the Bucksaw Carbon maintains the same geometry …

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Test Ride Review: Turner RFX


As I prepped for Outerbike, there was one bike I was particularly stoked to have the opportunity to try: the all new carbon Turner RFX 4.0.  Traditionally, Turner has made stouter-than-average bikes in every category, clinging to aluminum longer than most manufacturers.  At the more gnarly end of their continuum lay the all-mountain RFX, a …

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