On Review: The Foes Mixer Enduro


Prologue: Skiing 1996 At the 1996 US Junior Downhill Skiing Championships, a then largely-unknown 18-year-old Bode Miller announced his presence by winning three of four events, and placing second in the other.  What was most significant about this event other than the arrival of a great talent?  His equipment.  His weapon of choice?  A “shaped” …

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Lazer Oasiz MIPS Review

Sharp lines on the Lazer Oasiz

The Oasiz sits atop Lazer’s MTB line as their premiere trail helmet. Tested here is the MIPS-equipped version of the Oasiz, which retails for $160. It’s also available without MIPS for $140. Both versions are offered in seven color ways from the subdued Black Grey Matte (tested) to the pupil-searing Flash Yellow. Design Styling on …

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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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Light & Motion Urban 850 Trail Bike Light Review

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Hidden within Light & Motion’s line of commuter bike lights you’ll find the Urban 850 Trail light. From the outside it looks like it might belong in an office worker’s messenger bag, but make no mistake: this light is designed with trail riding in mind. Over the past several weeks I (Jeff) have found it …

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Geigerrig RIG 650: The Pressurized Hydration Pack You Can’t Live Without

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I’ve been riding, running, hiking and skiing for a lot of years, and I’ve gone through a lot of hydration packs. I’ve sampled Salomon, Camelbak, Nathan, and cheap brands from Wal-Mart that I had to pick up because I’d forgotten my good equipment back at home. In all the years I’ve been enjoying outdoor activities, …

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How I Refined My Gear Setup with Frame Bags from Oveja Negra Threadworks


Bikepacking is one of the fastest-growing sub-disciplines of mountain biking, and along with this boom in ultra long distance riding and a survivalist ethos has come a corresponding revolution in mountain bikes and associated gear. While bikepacking-specific bikes are one spin-off, perhaps the most important is the advent–and the extreme progression–of frame bags. In short, …

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