Review: Minimalist Armor From Bliss

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Of all avid cyclists, the percentage who ride with protection (beyond a standard helmet) is pretty low. Many of us don’t regularly ride terrain that really demands pads, and for those of us who do, the inconvenience simply outweighs the benefit gained. That’s all assuming we don’t crash badly, in which case we will probably …

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Review: Lazer Ultrax Helmet

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Lazer produces a wide range of MTB helmets from XC race to full-face DH. The Ultrax tested here is an all-around trail helmet that packs in the features for its inexpensive retail price of $89. Design Following current MTB helmet trends, the Ultrax provides extended coverage for the back of the head. Lazer also integrates a reflector into …

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Review: Lazer Waymaker Way1 Sunglasses

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The Waymaker series of sunglasses from Lazer are available in two variations: the Way1 (tested here) and the Way2. Both take their design cues from the iconic Ray-Ban Wayfarer glasses, but there are some differences between the models. The Way1 glasses have a squarer frame while the Way2 have more of a cat eye shape to them. …

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Final Review: Scott Genius 930

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The Scott Genius 930 is an unsung hero of a trail bike. While it forgoes some of the flash and bling that some other brands offer, the Genius has the ability to radically transform its demeanor and tackle a host of different terrain. This demeanor switch is courtesy of the shock mount chip in the …

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Review: Dakine Syncline Short and Dropout Jersey

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Home sweet home is about an hour from Dakine’s headquarters, so naturally I was stoked to get my hot little hands on a piece of Dakine’s fresh lineup of locally-inspired shred threads for 2015. No, I don’t live in Maui, but as of 2013, neither does Dakine. Originally founded in Hawaii, the company moved its …

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Review: The iSSi Trail Pedal

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You may not have heard of iSSi yet, but they are making a strong bid to join the fairly short list of performance pedal purveyors. However, they have a slight twist: iSSi’s line of all-clipless pedals come in a variety of colors from simple silver to bright neon, covering most of the rainbow. The iSSi …

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Review: Canyon Spectral CF Mountain Bike

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Normally when we fly to a destination in order to write up a series, like this one, for Singletracks, we get hooked up with a rental bike from a local shop for the week. These rentals have varied in quality over the years from low-end, clapped-out, 2-year-old bikes to brand-new, off-the-showroom-floor, not-yet-available-to-the-public wonder bikes. Canyon …

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