On Review: The Yeti 575

I want to start by saying that I owe the Yeti 575 a bit of an apology. When I first looked at it, I thought, “that’s too all mountainey for me.” I mean, a 67° head tube angle? That’s scandalously close to a downhill bike for my east coast XC riding tastes. And look at …

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News: 24 Hours of Rome MTB Race

As the old saying goes, “When in Rome, build in a day.” I’m pretty sure that’s the saying. I’m not sure what it means, mind you, but the organizers of the 24 Hours of Rome mountain bike race might have some idea. They’re holding a 24 hour relay in the Parco degli Acquedotti, or as …

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Review: Boreas Erawan Adventure Travel Bag

Hi, my name is James, and I’m a bagaholic. [Hi, James.] People say it’s weird to have a deep physical connection to an inanimate object. To those people I say “shut up” but also “do you own a Boreas Erawan? Because if you did, you’d understand.” Lastly, I tell them to shut up once again, …

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News: Switching It Up with the Ibis Tranny 29

Ibis bikes have announced their new convertible 29er, the Tranny 29, a carbon hardtail with the unique feature of being able to convert between a geared and singlespeed setup without sawing your chainstays in half and then fixing them with duct tape and JB weld. Note: you can’t repair carbon that way. Ask me how …

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News: Trek’s New Fuel EX and RE:Aktiv shock

A few days ago, the MTB suspension team at Fox released the following video, in which they discuss working with high-end race car suspension gurus at Penske Racing. Penske are known for lending their giant brains to Indycar, NASCAR, and even a proper motorcar racing series: Formula 1. Just kidding. I like Indycar racing. Here’s …

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Niner’s New Jet 9 RDO Damn It

There are mountain bikes. There are nice mountain bikes. And then there are mountain bikes so nice you just have to paint the words “damn it” on them. The new Jet 9 RDO from Niner is firmly in the latter category. Your humble author wants one of these bikes in a way that is both …

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New Niner Cyclocross Bike, the BSB9 RDO Damn It

The madmen and -women at Niner have impressed us thoroughly with their bikes time and again. This author has been lusting after their products for far too long. But equally impressive to their product line is their commitment to damning things. Every top tube reads “Pedal Damn It,” and the new BSB9 cyclocross bike is …

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Love on Two Wheels with MTBDating.com

Winter is over. Spring has broken like a downhiller’s spokes, and with spring comes that special feeling that blooms in the chamois area of the single rider. Unless you live in the southern hemisphere, that is, in which case you’re experiencing fall… also like a downhiller. Yes, on dirt trails, across hill and dale, from …

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