Review: Shimano SLX IceTech Brakes

For some odd reason, my Giant Anthem X 29er came from the factory with an SLX drivetrain, but brakes from another vendor which shall remain nameless. The stock brakes were annoying at best, and needless to say I jumped at the chance to review SLX brakes with IceTech technology. First, you’re probably wondering what the IceTech …

Review: Borealis Yampa Carbon Fat Bike

Hot on the heels of my long-term Fatback review, I had a chance to demo the new Borealis Yampa carbon fiber fat bike at Outerbike. Borealis is fairly new to the fat bike scene and is the brainchild of Adam Miller and Steve Kaczmarek, with design input from seven-time Iditarod Trail Invitational race winner Pete …

Final Review: Fatback Aluminum Deluxe Fat Bike

At a time when the only fat bikes in the world were some one-off custom models and the fairly-heavy, steel-framed Surly Pugsley, Greg Matyas at Speedway Cycles in Anchorage, Alaska was inspired to create a fat bike with the terrain-conquering characteristics of the Pugsley, but in a package that rides and handles like a regular …

Review: Orange Seal Tubeless Kit

With a number of commercially-available tire sealant products on the market and a whole host of “home brew” solutions on the internet, it can be a daunting task to find what works and what doesn’t when it comes to tubeless tires. One such home brew solution gained such a cult following that the creators decided …

Review: Michelin Wild Race’r Tires

When the Shimano XT wheelset that I currently have in for review showed up in the mail, it came with a pair of Michelin tubeless-ready Wild Race’r tires. I had assumed these were just a nice add-on to help me get out on the wheels quicker, but the tires have actually become the star of …

DIY Presta Tire Inflator

Having recently discussed DiY car bike racks and DiY bike storage racks here on Singletracks, up next for DiY is a Presta-compatible inflator chuck for an air compressor. If you don’t like to tinker and don’t care about saving a few bucks, stop right here and go purchase the Prestaflator, as it is essentially the …

DIY Bike Storage Rack

Inspired by my previous project, the do-it-yourself work stand, as well as the DiY roof rack mod done by MarcS, I decided to tackle the issue of five bikes strewn around my garage in disarray. Specifically, I was tired of the kids dropping their bikes unceremoniously onto mine and potentially damaging something expensive. My garage setup …

Review: Lezyne Classic Dirt Drive Floor Pump

Lezyne floor pumps have long been a staple in bike shops around the world. I had been looking for a replacement for my broken department store pump for a while, so at Outerbike last fall I made note of what the demo booth mechanics were using. With only a couple of exceptions, they all had …

Review: Pearl Izumi X-ALP Impact Mountain Bike Shoe

When I received the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Impact mountain bike shoes for review I didn’t research them at all–I just slapped some cleats on them and started riding. I kind of assumed that they were a budget or entry-level model, and my initial impressions were formed from that premise. Once I checked out the specs, however, …

Review: Halo Anti-Freeze Winter Headbands

The Anti-Freeze line from Halo consists of a headband and a skull cap, both insulated, and both featuring the patented SweatBlock seal. I am aware that 1) winter is over and 2) headbands and such aren’t the most exciting piece of gear, but hang with me here. For me, fall/early winter and late winter/spring are those …

Review: Dakine Ventilator Gloves

I recently received the Ventilator gloves from Dakine for testing and have put them through their paces out on the trail. First Impressions I’ll admit that when I first pulled the Dakine Ventilator gloves out of the box, I thought they were a little thin and flimsy. I mean, these things are really thin and …

Review: Funkier Apparel Copper-Infused Socks

While socks are definitely not the blingiest piece of cycling gear, almost every cyclist in the world wears them, so they are pretty important. One of the biggest issues with socks is the stench after sweating in them for hours (or days) on end. Several brands have tried different techniques for stink mitigation, with bamboo threads …