Hydraulic Disc Brake Service

Hydraulic disc brakes have many of the same components as mechanical disc systems with some minor but important differences. For one thing hydraulic disc brakes rely on fluid to push the pistons while mechanical brakes use a cable under tension pulling a lever to activate a cam device with a piston attached. Second, hydraulic brake …

Hayes Stroker Gram Disc Brake Review

For those of you who are weight weenies, (you know who you are) here’s something for you. Using titanium bolts, aluminum-backed brake pads, and carbon levers, Hayes has the perfect brake for gram counters everywhere. Hayes stripped away all the unnecessary fat from the levers and calipers using finite element analysis – basically high powered …

GORE RideOn MTB Cable Systems

One thing I love about mountain biking is the constant product changes and improvements. Companies are forever revising their products and finding ways to be competitive in the MTB marketplace. Gore is one of those companies and their new $65 cable set is one of those products that other manufactures are going to work hard …

2008 Opus Maadh Limited Frameset

After much anticipation I finally received my new frame set for this year – the Opus Maadh Limited. It was love at first sight as I removed the frame from its packaging – truly stunning. The original graphics were created by Alec Stephani who took his inspiration from an earlier work of his on canvas. …

Intense Micro Knobby Review

The cold, wet winter days in Ontario could not keep me from testing out the Intense Micro Knobby tires. The intended use for these tires are for riding trails, skate parks, cross country trails, soft dirt hard packed dirt or on the street. I found the Micro Knobbies worked best on paved surfaces as I’ll …

How to service mechanical MTB disc brakes

Disc brakes are now found on mountain bikes of nearly every price point and they are quickly becoming the standard. Of the multitude of types and brands, disc brakes fall simply into one of two categories: hydraulic or mechanical disc brakes. Mechanical disc brakes are generally cheaper (cost-wise), but not necessarily cheaper in quality. Both …

Hayes Stroker Ace Disc Brakes Review

For those who like to ride fast down a steep downhill or if you live life on the edge waiting to hit your brakes at the last possible minute, Hayes Stroker Ace brakes may be perfect for you. Hayes has upped the ante once again with the Stroker Ace brakes; these babies have a slightly …

What to pack for an epic MTB ride

I like to be prepared for anything on the trail from bike and body breakdowns to hunger meltdowns and over the years I’ve come up with a list of items to handle almost any emergency. As a rule of thumb I try to “expect the unexpected” and pack my trail bag accordingly. Here are my …

MTB hydraulic disc brakes head-to-head: Avid vs. Hayes

Whenever my friends ask about brakes there are always two that are mentioned: Hayes and Avid. Today I am going to run a head-to-head comparison of the Hayes Stroker Trail and the Avid Juicy 7, each considered the “do-all” model for their brand. Depending on who you ask you will get different opinions about these …

Race Face Atlas Review

Having been around mountain biking for sometime I have been blessed and I guess cursed with many products, some good and some… well, let’s just leave it at that. Anyhow, in this review I want to talk about a great mountain bike crank that will not break the bank or just break period. The Race …