Review: Ritchey Trail WCS Carbon Bar and C220 Stem

Whenever the name Ritchey comes to my mind, I always think back to the 80s when I first started mountain biking. In fact, Tom Ritchey started out producing components and frames in the 70s . He’s one of the few people we can truly call a mountain biking pioneer. One of my first cherished mountain …

Review: 45NRTH 26×4.0 Vanhelga Fat Bike Tires

The folks at 45NRTH live and breath cold weather riding and are focused on keeping us comfortable and safe when riding in the winter. 45NRTH focuses heavily on tires, gloves, footwear, and other cold-weather accessories. I’ve recently had the pleasure of pedaling snow on the Vanhelga 26×4.0 tires, which are one of 45NRTH’s loose snow …

Review: Blackburn Outpost HV Pump

Normally I don’t carry a big pump with me when I ride, but after I got a fat bike, I realized that a decent-sized pump is necessary. A small pump just doesn’t cut it with those big tires. If you take a quick look at the Blackburn Outpost HV pump you could almost mistake it …

Review: Fox 36 Float 27.5 160 FIT RC2 Fork

While buzz words and new tech can be good, sometimes it’s nice to simplify and just focus on producing a great product. The all new Fox 36 Float FiT does just that. Fox took existing, proven technology, placed it in an all-new lighter chassis, added a few cool-yet-functional features, and “ta-da!” The new-and-improved Fox Float …

Life with a Santa Cruz Bronson

Way back in October 2013, Greg posted a short review of the Santa Cruz Bronson. At that time I was fully in love with my Nomad… but during Interbike of that same year we all noticed the plethora of shiny new 27.’s. Well, I had to have one. So a few weeks after that I …

On Review: Norco Sasquatch

The Sasquatch is Norco’s first fat bike that uses a suspension fork. Compared to the Bigfoot line, the Sasquatch’s geometry has been tweaked to accommodate the RockShox Bluto. The 6061 hydroformed aluminum frame has been designed with a low stand over height regardless of size. Compact and sturdy, the relatively low (313mm) bottom bracket height …

How To Change a Hydraulic Brake Line on Your MTB

There comes a time when due to unforeseen issues, you need to change a hydraulic brake line… or perhaps you just want to change up the brand or color of the hose. Unlike changing a mechanical brake or shifter cable housing, you do need some specialized tools to do this conversion correctly. There isn’t just one …

How To Service, Repair, and Replace Your Bottom Bracket

Bottom bracket service falls into one of two categories: you either change them with a new one or exchange bearings. Older square tapered bottom brackets with loose ball bearings were full service, but nowadays that’s rare. You could (if you’re careful) repack a non-sealed cartridge (external BB) bearing, but it is not advisable (so saith …