800 Lumen Bike Light From Garmin Gets Brighter When You Speed Up, Dims When You Slow Down

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In yet another move beyond GPS units, Garmin just announced the Varia UT800, an 800-lumen light designed for both urban and trail use. While lights in this brightness range are widely available from countless brands (and even non-brands), the Varia UT800 is unique in that it can be paired with a Garmin Edge GPS to help conserve …

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Vittoria’s Fast-Rolling Mud Tire is a Rotating Oxymoron

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At Sea Otter last week I got my first look at Vittoria’s Gato, cross-country (XC) tire. On paper, the Gato seems like a pretty standard XC tire: it’s (just) 2.2 inches wide, weighs 760g, and features a supple, 120tpi sidewall. And in person, the tire looks to be fast rolling, with regular and densely-packed, medium-length knobs arrayed along a round profile. …

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GORE Bike Wear Features Chamois Optimized for Mountain Biking, Baggy Bib Shorts

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It’s a little hard to believe, but many saddle companies don’t make a distinction between mountain bike and road bike saddles. GORE Bike Wear seems to disagree with this approach, and they even have numbers and graphics to back up their claim that mountain bikers and road cyclists sit on their butts in different positions! Staring at …

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Niner Shows Special Edition RIP 9, Push Edition

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As 29ers push deeper into long travel territory, mountain bikers are looking for more aggressive shocks to handle suspension duties. With that in mind, Niner just announced a special Push Edition of their RIP 9 RDO trail/enduro bike. The RIP 9 RDO is a 150mm rear/170mm front suspension trail bike that currently sits at the top …

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Teravail Shows Brand New Bikepacking, Aggressive 27.5+ Mountain Bike Tires

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Teravail, owned by mega-distributor Quality Bicycle Products, is new to the mountain bike tire scene; so new, in fact, that you won’t be able to buy any of their mountain bike tires until July of this year. But as I found out at Sea Otter last week, the company has been doing their homework for quite a …

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Cush Core Inner Tire Suspension System Reduces Squirm, Damps Bounce

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In between appointments at Sea Otter last week, I noticed the Cush Core booth and had to learn more about the company’s “Inner-Tire Suspension System.” On the surface, the solution seems pretty straightforward: add a piece of moderately stiff, lightweight foam to the rim and reduce tire squirm due to under-inflation or flimsy sidewalls. But the company’s claims …

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Our Favorite (and Most Outrageous) Singletracks Trail Reviews

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Singletracks has been collecting mountain bikers’ trail reviews for nearly two decades now, which is pretty hard to believe. Even more unbelievable are some of the things Singletracks trail reviewers are saying–just take a look at some of our favorite quotes! This hiker seems to want to pick a fight When hikers and mountain bikers share …

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Podcast: Our Favorite Mountain Bike Rides in Colorado

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For many, the mountain biking in Colorado represents the pinnacle of trail perfection. But it’s a big state with a lot for mountain bikers to choose from, so here are our recommendations for various types of rides, including bike parks, backcountry epics, easily accessible trails, and desert rides. We’ll also share our favorite basecamp locations in Colorado. …

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