Framed Marquette 27.5+ Long Term Review

Riding the Framed Marquette in my first MTB race, the Big Bear Ultra in WV. Photo: Derek Bissett.

I’ve had my eye on plus bikes ever since they became a “thing.” Bridging the gap between “normal” mountain bike tires and fat bike tires, plus-size mountain bikes are remarkably versatile, retaining the confidence-inspiring traction of the wider end of the tire spectrum while being a little more nimble with less rolling resistance than true fat …

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Smith Forefront Helmet Review

Blazing sun and beautiful views at Lake Sonoma

Smith debuted the Forefront Helmet a few seasons ago, and it was polarizing. After all, it didn’t really look like any other helmet on the market. It was less bike helmet and more Storm Trooper helmet. I was firmly in the “meh” camp, at least until I tried it on. Hands down, it’s the most …

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Endura Singletrack 10L Hydration Pack Review

The Endura pack is ready to go for any adventure short or long

My friends joke that I am a collector of backpacks because I have so many–each with a very specific use that I’ve collected specifically to pack for different types of travels and adventures ranging from days to months. Similarly, I’ve started accidentally amassing a pile of hydration packs, some for longer rides, some for shorter rides, and some …

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Salsa Timberjack 27.5+ Test Ride Review


Of the two new hardtails in the Salsa lineup, the Woodsmoke might grab more attention because it’s flashier, but their other latest bike is more than worthy of consideration as well. The Timberjack is an aluminum 27.5+ or 29er hardtail that seeks to make off-road exploration and singletrack bikepacking adventures more accessible to people who can’t spend a …

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Gamut Cillos Stem Review

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Specifications Reviewed: 60mm in Matte Red Lengths: 40, 50, 60mm Material: alloy Clamp diameter: 31.8mm Clamp width: 57mm Rise: Zero Stack: 43mm Bolts: M6 taper (5mm hex) Colors: Slate Grey, Stealth Black, Matte Red Weight: 177g (60mm) MSRP: $99 Gamut USA had unique origins, and has an interesting take on the mountain bike industry: “In 1999 …

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