How To Destroy Your Bike in 5 Easy Steps

We’ve published a bunch of great how-tos on Singletracks over the years, but what if you just don’t care about your bike? What if you want to destroy it so you have the excuse to buy a new one? Or what if you’re a true professional slacker when it comes to doing any and all …

Review: Dakine Nomad 18 Hydration Pack

Shopping for a hydration pack is a very personal matter. Different people want different things out of them. Lucky for you, Dakine has you covered with a pack for just about everyone. The Nomad 18 is designed for the rider who is out for a few hours at a time and needs room for water, …

Review: Schwalbe Hans Dampf 27.5 Tires

I was on the lookout for a new pair of tires for my Santa Cruz Bronson. I wanted the tire to provide lower rolling resistance than what I currently had, and it needed to work well from hardpack to loam. Since I respect the trails and don’t ride in the mud, mud shedding wasn’t a …

Review: Race Face Atlas Pedals

Race Face sent down their new Atlas flat pedals for testing. These all-new pedals are low profile, with a 14.5-12mm-thick double concave platform, and a 101 x 114mm overall dimension. Coming in at 355 grams, these pedals are comfortable on a trail or DH bike. The Atlases are crafted with a 6061 T6 aluminum forging, …

Review: ION K_Pact Knee Pads

This year I was unlucky enough to sustain a major injury, which has made me understand again why quality protective gear is so important. But my knees never got injured. It wasn’t because I didn’t hit my knees, but rather because this season I exclusively wore the ION K_Pact knee pads when I wasn’t wearing …

Mountain Bike Photography: How to Work with Light

Always striving to take better photos for Singletracks, I have spent a lot of time learning how to get the best shot possible in a specific situation. But to be honest, I’m always learning! Hopefully these techniques and tips will help you take better photos out on the trail as well. I like to start …

Review: Enve M70 Thirty 27.5 Carbon Wheels

I already have–and will again–apologize to Enve’s PR guys. Have you ever read something online or in print and just said, “no way”? Well, I was one of those people. Ever since I was a kid, the bicycle rims that I used had hook beads. Some were more pronounced than others, but the hook was …

Review: Cane Creek DBInline Shock

Having used and loved previous versions of the Cane Creek Double Barrel line of shocks, I was super stoked to test out the new DBInline, especially because I wasn’t happy with the stock tune on my Bronson. The factory-supplied shock wasn’t up to my expectations, and I knew from previous reviews that a Cane Creek would …

Review: Dakine’s Kids Gear

Having kids can be both a pain and pleasure (look at that devilish smile)… it really depends on the day. Lately, my kid has been stepping up his mountain biking game, with an exciting new bike and an increase in speed. Mickey mouse and Lego just don’t cut it any more (although he loves his …

Review: Mavic Crossmax Enduro Kit

Whenever I hear the word “Crossmax,” I instantly envision the iconic Mavic Crossmax wheelset: These wheels sport big, bold graphics that instantly set themselves apart from the rest of the pack. Well, Mavic has taken that design ethos to their new line of enduro clothing, which bears the same Crossmax name. Lighter than downhill gear …

Review: Race Face Next 35 Carbon Bar

I’ve long been a fan of Race Face products, so one of the first changes I made to my new Santa Cruz Bronson was to install the new Race Face Next SL 35mm UD carbon low rise bar and Atlas 35mm stem. Specs The Next SL measures 760mm wide, comes in a 35mm clamp diameter, and features …

Review: Leatt Body 3DF Air Fit Body Vest

Leatt’s top shelf soft body vest for this year, the 3DF Air Fit Body Vest, is a major improvement over an already good vest, with a host of enhanced features. The new vest features an overall lighter, airier feel, an ultra secure strapping system that is super easy to use, and an improved perforated, multilayer, …