On Review: Zen TRAIL Frame

I first saw the Zen TRAIL frame on display at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Already a fan of hard tails–I own three–the long, low, and slack steel bike caught my eye. Portland-based Zen has been making bikes for years–just for other brands. This year Zen has launched their own line consisting of five …

Join a MTB Night Ride During Atlanta Cycling Festival in June

The Atlanta Cycling Festival just released the Ride Calendar for the week-long (June 13-20) celebration of bikes! The mission of the ACF is simple: To connect cyclists of all experience levels to the Atlanta Community. In order to achieve their mission, the ACF has a slew of cycling-related activities planned. There are bike parades, work shops, art …

On Review: Niner JET 9 Alloy

After taking a couple years off of doing a full schedule of races, I’m feeling the itch of competition again. Or maybe the itch is from the poison ivy that seems to grow almost as fast as the kudzu around here. Whatever the reason, I’m feeling reenergized to race. To that end, I signed up for …

News: FLY Racing Releases Prizm Knee Guard

Late last week FLY Racing announced the Prizm, a new low-profile knee guard. It uses a thin, high density foam cut in a ‘prismatic pattern’ that allows it to conform to your knee. Furthering the comfort level is the fact that the foam becomes malleable when it gets warm. When you heat up during your ride, …

Opinion: There’s Nothing Wrong with Your Bike

Fat bikes. 11-speed drivetrains. Boost spacing on hubs, forks, and frames. 27.5 (or 29) plus. Electronic shifting and suspension. Enduro blue. Visit any mountain bike website–including ours–and you’ll see articles about new products or standards that claim to be “game-changing” or “the next big thing.” The pace of so-called “innovation” seems to really have ramped …

Ride Report: The Singletracks #BrutalLoop

This past weekend, a group of around 30-40 riders met at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway in Ellijay, GA, for a long day in the saddle. There were two route options: 20 miles and 3,600 feet of climbing or 33 miles and 6,000+ feet of climbing. I pre-rode this loop with my buddy Chris about a …

News: Lindarets Special Edition “GoatKit”

Lindarets, makers of the GoatLink, are releasing a limited edition GoatKit to celebrate their collaboration with Wolf Tooth Components. The GoatKit includes a GoatLink along with a 40 (or 42T) Giant Cog and 16T cog from Wolf Tooth. The GoatLink replaces the direct mount link on Shimano rear derailleurs and is designed to improve chain …

Sea Otter 2015: Updated Fezzari Solitude Hardtail

We already covered the Cascade Peak from Fezzari in our 27.5+ round-up here, but as a recovering (and sometimes relapsing) XC racer, there was another bike in their booth that caught my eye. The updated Solitude hardtail features a redesigned frame that looks like it’s hauling ass, even when it’s just sitting in the booth. …