Sugoi’s Super-Visible and Highly-Versatile Zap Versa Jacket – A Video Review

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Sugoi’s Zap Versa is a combinations of their ultra-visible ZAP and their highly-versatile jacket/vest, the Versa.  This jacket is available at REI exclusively for $159 (currently on sale for $78!) and is well-worth that price due to its many different uses.  It comes in high rise grey, black, matador red, and supernova safety yellow, all of which come embedded …

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Platypus W’s B-line 8.0 Women’s Hydration Pack Review


Built for long cross-country rides, the Platypus W’s B-line hydration pack, “designed for women,” according to Platypus, is lightweight at 691 grams and fits well. I particularly appreciated the “RidgeAir” back panel–a mesh feature separating your back from the pack, thus providing some good airflow. The pack was roomy enough for a spare tube, pump, …

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Birzman Torque Wrench Review

We're starting to see more companies etch torque specs directly onto pivot hardware, every bike manufacturer should do this!

Tools. I love them. I come from a family of craftsmen and furniture builders, so I grew up around all sorts of tools–everything from fine chisels to industrial table saws. That upbringing taught me what makes a good tool and how to spot them. While my path led me in a different direction than my father and …

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Yeti SB5.5c Test Ride Review


“Forget any preconceived notions about 29ers…,” says Yeti Cycles on introducing the newest addition to their SB lineup. But what about unbiased, confirmed notions, Yeti? Been there, done that, and I’m just not at all sold on full squish 29ers. To be fair, it was Moab, 2013, the last time I threw my little legs …

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Pedaling Innovations Catalyst Pedal First Impressions – The BIGGEST Flat Pedal Around

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If you are looking for a large platform flat pedal this could be the perfect option for you!  The Catalyst by Pedaling Innovations is huge at 95mm wide x 16mm thick x 143mm long!  This pedal is perfect for someone looking to change from clipless to flat pedals. Due to its massive size it is slightly heavier …

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7iDP Transition Knee Pads Review

The Transitions are minimal and therefore, very light

Years of riding bikes, in conjunction with genetics, have given me some monster quads. They’re great for mashing the pedals, but not so great at fitting into certain gear–knee pads in particular. I’ve tried numerous brands and models without much success. I do have one set of pads that fit well, but they are too hot …

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Pearl Izumi Journey Short Review


Pearl Izumi’s Journey Short is versatile in the sense that it is up to the task of hardcore riding, but is also fine as a walkabout short.  If you’re looking for an economical way to be able to slay some singletrack and still look like a normal person when you head for that apres-bike activity, …

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Pearl Izumi Summit Jersey Review


Pearl Izumi describes their new Summit Jersey as a “functional but not flashy top.”  In an age of marketing hyperbole and one-upsmanship, I believe PI is actually underselling this particular offering.  The Summit Jersey is not just functional, but it truly excels at its basic function: giving the rider a comfortable top for getting rad …

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Video: Kuat NV Bike Rack Review

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I love the Kuat NV rack because it is spec’ed with several useful features. It comes in both 1.25″ and 2″ hitch versions (but only 2″ accommodates the extension), can handle everything from road bikes to big hitter DH bikes, and can fit up to a 3″ tire!  The rack is a tad heavy at 49lbs, …

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Pearl Izumi Divide Short Review


With the Divide short, Pearl Izumi set out to bridge the gap between the relentless gnar chaser and the heartrate-obsessed hammerhead.  These shorts have a lightweight feel and a rad look.  The question is, is this a worthy functional accomplishment or a bad marketing compromise? The technical features of the Divide short include: 4-way stretch …

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