Review: Chikamin 3/4 Jersey from Sweet Protection

In terms of mountain bike gear and clothing, Sweet Protection is young with their first line released circa 2013. The Sweet story, however, dates back nearly 20 years with handmade skate deck production from a garage in Norway. Fast forward to today and you’ll find an array of mountain bike-specific body protection, helmets, and both …

How to Choose the Best Mountain Bike Helmet

Back in the day strapping a piece of foam to your head looked as bad as it sounds. While the picnic cooler liner has been the bicycle helmet’s mainstay of protecting power since the mid-80s, elements of comfort, convenience, and aesthetics have come so far that today’s MTB skid lids are now as much a fashion statement …

Review: The Revamped Five Ten Hellcat Shoe

The Five Ten brand is synonymous with quality, performance, and dominance, especially within downhill and freeride circles. Unbeknownst to some, Five Ten’s fame started in the mid-80’s when their Stealth rubber was first introduced for climbers (the Five Tennie). The high-friction rubber formula would go on to revolutionize the mountain bike scene to the impossibility …

RockyMounts TomaHawk Roof Rack Review

Despite the convenience of a pickup and the growing popularity of car hitch mounts, I would guess the roof rack remains the most popular bike-hauling solution. Roof racks offer a convenience of their own and a lower cost of entry. While they’re relatively simple, there are many ways to go about designing a roof-mounted rack, with …

Uvex Jakkyl HDE Convertible Full Face Helmet Review

Based in Fürth, Bavaria, Uvex has been in the personal protective equipment business since 1926. Despite their well-known name in helmet manufacturing, Uvex hardly has a stronghold on the MTB helmet market. That said, I could hardly argue with the quality and craftsmanship found in the new Uvex Jakkyl HDE – a full facer with …

Testing the Pivot Firebird on Moab’s Finest

The Pivot Mach 6 was once praised as one of the most versatile bikes of its class and helped usher in the Enduro Era. The Pivot Phoenix DH is, well… a pure downhill machine. A clear division between the all-mountain and downhill categories is usually enough for most bike companies to get along. However, Pivot completely smears that …

Maxxis Forekaster 2.6″ Tire Review

The Forekaster from Maxxis was designed to go where you want, when you want regardless of conditions and, given its overall design, aims specifically at shoulder seasons when such conditions often run the spectrum. Wide and evenly-spaced, mid-height knobs provide a fair tradeoff between loose-penetrating and mud-clearing characteristics with a strong center knob presence for …

Terrene Chunk Plus Tire Review

Given their high turnover rate, ability to boost your bike’s performance at a relatively low cost, and ever-widening wheels, if there’s one thing I won’t hate on, it’s more tire options! And the list doesn’t just end there, as varying tread patterns, casings, compounds, and other tire characteristics would continue to keep us interested, if …

Scott Spark 720 Plus Long Term Review

During Scott’s press camp in Crested Butte, CO last summer, our Chief Editor, Greg Heil, unveiled the latest revisions to the Scott Spark line of XC and trail bikes. Due to his affinity (and the curiosity of 99.9% of mountain bikers who’ve yet to try one) for plus wheels, Greg spent most of his time …

The 10 Habits of Highly Effective Mountain Bikers

Have you ever read the best-selling book with a very similar title and three less habits? Neither have I, but the title alone peaked my interest enough to generate some thought on what might be some common characteristics among mountain bikers that are motivated, productive, and highly effective. Rather than a list of how to …