Review: Smith Optics Forefront Mountain Bike Helmet

Following on the heels of their Approach cycling sunglasses, Smith Optics also sent over their new Forefront helmet for review. Although Smith has years of experience in making helmets for snow sports, this is their first foray into mountain bike head protection. There are so many innovative features here, it’s difficult to know where to …

Review: Osprey Raptor 6 Hydration Pack

Osprey already had one of the most innovative hydration packs on the market (magnetized hose retention thingy FTW), but rather than coast on past successes, they keep coming up with new tricks. The Raptor series is Osprey’s compact hydration pack line geared toward cycling, running, and light day hiking. At first glance, it may appear …

Final Review: Pivot Firebird 27.5

After spending a couple of months with the Pivot Firebird, it’s time to part ways with this interesting bike. For build specs and other details, check out the On Review article. Test Environment Living in the Denver area, I have access to a variety of trails that include steep climbs, rocky technical descents, flowy singletrack, …

Review: Hydrapak SF500 and SF350 SoftFlasks

I’ll be honest: most of the stuff we review on Singletracks is a variation or improvement on an existing product: apparel, tires, components…. even whole bikes don’t really change all that much from one year to the next. Once in a while, though, we get a truly new product, and the SoftFlask is just such …

On Review: Pivot Firebird 27.5

Last fall at Outerbike, the Pivot booth had crazy amounts of traffic and their demo bikes were constantly out on the trail. I didn’t get to ride any of their models during the expo, but they have sent over the Firebird 27.5 for a long term review. Phoenix-based Pivot Cycles designs all of their bikes in …

5 Quality Mountain Bike Shorts Under $75

With spring officially here, and with polar vortices and record snowfall hopefully behind us, it’s time to spruce up the riding wardrobe with some new mountain bike-specific shorts. While you can easily spend north of $100 (and even more than $200, believe it or not) on high-end shorts, these 5 pairs offer great performance at …

On Review: Sarma Naran 80 Carbon Fat Bike Rims

When you think of fat bikes, you may not think about them being light, but manufacturers are pushing the envelope in design and construction, with some complete bike build weights dipping down into the low 20’s. Wheels are a big factor in any weight reduction effort, and of course shedding rotating mass is always a …

What to Wear for Winter Biking

It’s winter. It’s cold. There may or may not be snow on the ground where you live, but despite all that, you probably want to extend your mountain biking season into the “off” season. Here are some winter clothing and gear tips to help you do so comfortably. While this is mostly aimed at fat …

Final Review: Foundry Tomahawk B3 27.5/650b

In a world being overtaken by longer travel, wider bars, and of course, 650b wheels, one company has dedicated themselves to building simple, lightweight, carbon fiber hardtail racing bikes. It’s okay if you read that in the Movie Trailer Guy’s voice… For the past few months I’ve been tearing it up on the brand-new Foundry …

10 Ways to Make Group Rides Fun for Everyone

Riding alone or with one or two close friends is fun, and definitely a valid way to enjoy our sport, but group rides are also a great option. Group rides provide a potentially larger pool of “better” riders against whom you can hone your own skills, and getting to see a bunch of different bikes …

Review: SIX Nutrition, Vitamins for Men

For a while I had been considering finding a good-quality vitamin supplement, so when SIX Nutrition offered up a month’s supply for review, I decided to be the official Singletracks guinea pig and give them a shot. SIX Nutrition claims that their multi-vitamin provides benefits in six areas (see what they did there?) of men’s health: …