Review: The New Easton 35 Cockpit: Haven 35 Carbon Low Rise Bar, Haven 35 Stem, and Grips

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First of all, why 35? To paraphrase a friend of mine who is a mechanic, the biking industry is unique in that innovation makes its own predecessors obsolete. Like me, the first question that many readers may ask is, “why bother changing the diameter of a handlebar that has worked so well for so many years? …

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Review: Bell Super 2R Helmet

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When I first I heard of the Bell Super 2R helmet I honestly thought the idea of having a removable chin bar sounded unnecessary, if not ridiculous. I know many readers already think that, and in fact some of you may recall the old Giro Switchblade, which still has a cult following despite the popular opinion …

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Test Ride Review: Specialized Fatboy Pro Fat Bike

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The Specialized Fatboy has been around for a while now, so it’s long past time for me to throw a leg over this 5″-tired fat bike! The Fatboy I tested–the “Pro” model–was spec’ed with the RockShox Bluto suspension fork, Ground Control 26×4.6″ tires, XT brakes, a Command Control dropper post, and a SRAM X01 drivetrain. …

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Review: B-Labs B-Ring OVAL Chainring

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Oval chainrings are not a new invention. Those that have been in the sport long enough will likely remember Shimano’s Bio-Pace chainring, and possibly even shudder. It’s important to note up front that the B-Ring OVAL chainring is not a distant relative of the Bio-Pace. But just as with bell bottoms, many fashionable items will …

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Test Ride Review: Commencal Meta AM V4

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Let me preface this by saying, the trails surrounding the venue at the Sea Otter Classic do not require a 6″ travel full suspension bike. You could ride pretty much everything on a road bike, and you might even be faster too. That said, you work with what you’ve got at your disposal, right? Commencal is …

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Test Ride Review: Trek Stache 9 29+

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The big story at the 2015 Sea Otter Classic is the widespread introduction of the 27.5+ wheelsize. For those unfamiliar, this is a mid-fat wheelsize featuring approximately 3-inch tires. Stay tuned for a more detailed analysis of this progression in the plus size trend once the show has finished. The Trek Stache reviewed here is …

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