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 …

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 …

Review: 1UP USA Fat Bike-Compatible Quik Rack Roof Tray

You finally got that new fat bike you’ve been drooling over. You rode it around the neighborhood and dialed in the fit. You geared up with every item that 45NRTH carries, and you’re ready to hit a trail. Suddenly, you realize that your brand-new fat bike doesn’t even remotely fit on your current bike rack. …

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: Mavic Scree All Weather Mountain Bike Shoes

Mavic is well known for their wheels, but they also have a fairly extensive line of mountain bike shoes. One of the newer models to hit the trails is the Scree, which as billed as an “all weather” mountain biking shoe designed for “epic riding adventures” Let’s make one thing clear up front: at a …

Review: Mavic Notch Jersey and Shorts

The Notch jersey and shorts from Mavic are designed to bridge the gap between skin-tight XC race apparel and long, loose downhill / freeride gear. These are garments that you throw on to go out for an after work ride with your friends, especially if the ride ends with burgers and beers. I’ve been testing …