News: Global Fat Bike Day 2013

Calling all fat bike riders! This Saturday, December 7th, is Global Fat Bike day. Fat biking enthusiasts and vendors around the country are holding rides, races and other events to celebrate the illustrious Fat Tire Bike. Check out the global Facebook page for events in your area. For those of you in Colorado, see below for …

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 …

Review: Smith Optics Approach Riding Glasses

With their extensive experience creating ski goggles, Smith is no stranger to quality eyewear. The Approach sunglasses, one of the latest offerings in their cycling line, aim to be your go-to riding glasses, while being comfortable and stylish enough for use off the bike. Since I have been wearing prescription glasses for over 30 years, I …

Review: Loaded Precision AMXC NoSlip Grips

What do you get when guys from a mountain bike components company go riding with NASA engineers? You end up with a set of grips with a space age rubber compound so tacky, you’ll feel like your hands are glued to them. Construction The Loaded Precision AMXC NoSlip grips employ a proprietary rubber compound that …

Review: Loaded Precision AMXC Stem

Continuing on their quest to manufacture parts that are durable, lightweight, and affordable, Loaded Precision offers a stem in their AMXC line of cockpit components. Specs The AMXC stem features the same refined CNC machining as the X-lite seatpost, but steps it up a notch in the beefiness department. It too is forged from a …

On Review: Foundry Tomahawk 27.5 / 650b Carbon Hardtail

Foundry Cycles recently sent over their brand new Tomahawk carbon fiber hardtail race bike for review. The Tomahawk is an evolution of Foundry’s well-tested Broadaxe 29er hardtail, but rendered in new the Koolaid flavor of 650b. Like the entire Foundry product line, the Tomahawk is constructed from carbon with a matte finish that incorporates understated …

Review: Loaded Precision X-lite Seatpost

Loaded Precision has burst onto the mountain bike components scene with a full complement of parts that strives to hit the mythical trifecta of light weight, sturdy construction, and affordable cost. Loaded sent over their X-lite seatpost for review, and I’ve put to the test on some rough Rocky Mountain trails over the last couple of …

Review: Shimano XT 29er Wheelset

As mentioned here on Singletracks before, wheels are one of the most important upgrades you can make on a bike. Many stock wheels are either heavy or noodly, or sadly: both. The Shimano WH-M785-29 wheels are a stiff UST wheelset weighing in at 1800 grams, featuring 24 straight-pull spokes and Shimano’s proprietary CenterLock brake rotor …

Review: Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon

While mtbgreg1 was out shredding the gnar on the Santa Cruz Bronson, I was enjoying a more laid back ride on the SOLO 5010 Carbon. Santa Cruz pegs the 27.5 wheeled 5010 as a bike for “exploring,” and as such they built on the base of knowledge gleaned from the Bronson, while dialing back the …