Syncros FL 7075 Riser Bar and FL Stem Review

Have you ever held a bike part in your hand, and the only thing you could think of was how beautiful and elegant it was? I rarely get that way over mountain bike parts because they usually they have a rugged aesthetic that leans more towards tough and burly rather than flowing and smooth. The …

GT sponsorships for amateur mountain bikers

Just saw this on Bicycle Retailer: BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—GT Bicycles will recruit 35 mountain bike racers nationwide for a new grassroots mountain bike program called the GT Dirt Coalition. Each member will race and represent GT Bicycles and the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) at a minimum of six mountain bike races during the 2009 …

Kenda El Moco MTB Tire Review

The El Moco MTB tire from Kenda looks like the offspring of a dirty 3-way composed of a WTB Weirwolf, a Michelin Mud Cyclocross Tire and the venerable Panaracer Smoke. The El Moco incorporates Kenda’s DTC (Dual Tread Compound) technology and the folding 26×2.1 XC racing version I’ve been riding has a top quality 120 …

Yakima Raptor Aero Roof Rack Tray Review

Finally–an easy and inexpensive solution to mounting a single bike on a car or truck with a factory roof rack. The Yakima Raptor Aero comes with mounts for small and large factory crossbars, Yakima round bars and Thule rectangular bars. The multiple mounting solutions makes this rack tray an easy commitment – it will mount …

Crankbrothers Power Pump Ultra review

There are plenty of mini-pumps out there that give you such a workout getting your tire re-inflated that you are too pooped to pump or pedal when you’re done. The Crankbrothers Power Pump solves the volume-versus-pressure conundrum with a nifty dial on the bottom of the pump – just select High Volume to fill the …

Dakine Step Up gloves review

The Dakine Step Up gloves are pretty good but unfortunately they aren’t magic – I discovered that after smashing my left hand against a tree in them on a recent night ride. There was no blood thanks to the knuckle padding but my fingers still hurt like crazy – lesson learned. Dakine’s Step Up gloves …

Dakine Drafter hydration pack review

There are so many great things to say about the Dakine Drafter hydration pack I almost don’t know where to begin. I will start with the most obvious: it is plaid. A very nice plaid, similar to my ancestors’ tartan back in ye old country. Don’t worry, if your lineage comes from the other side …

Blackburn Flea Light Review

Blackburn Flea lights are amazingly small. They are small– very very small. . . did I mention they are small? and insanely lightweight. Weighing in at under 20 grams for the rear light and 20 grams for the front light, there is no reason not to keep them on your bike or in your pack …