Review: El Duderino Shorts from Sweet Protection

“I’m The Dude, so that’s what you call me. You know? That or uh… His Dudeness, or uh… Duder, or uh… El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.” -The Big Lebowski, 1998 The Sweet Story Sweet Protection has been outfitting action sport enthusiasts and pros officially since 2000, but the Norwegian-born company is steeped …

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Are 2.6″ Tires the Sweet Spot? Maxxis Rekon 2.6″ Tire Review

When Maxxis announced offerings of some of their current treads in 2.6″, I was like whaaa?! I was excited. Earlier this year, the 2.6″ Maxxis Forekaster won me over for its proficient, playful, and predictable mannerisms. In fact, the Forekaster is going right back on (as a rear) for the summer. Needless to say, I was more …

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Review: The Revamped Five Ten Hellcat Shoe

The Five Ten brand is synonymous with quality, performance, and dominance, especially within downhill and freeride circles. Unbeknownst to some, Five Ten’s fame started in the mid-80’s when their Stealth rubber was first introduced for climbers (the Five Tennie). The high-friction rubber formula would go on to revolutionize the mountain bike scene to the impossibility …

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Review: The Hauser Waterproof Hydration Pack by Mission Workshop

This summer marks my third year in the Pacific Northwest, but I’ve just now decided to get serious with tech more suitable for a radically wet climate. Until recently, I would ride in the rain in whatever jacket, shorts, gloves, etc. I would embrace an inevitable and thorough soak, and just deal with it later. …

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RockyMounts TomaHawk Roof Rack Review

Despite the convenience of a pickup and the growing popularity of car hitch mounts, I would guess the roof rack remains the most popular bike-hauling solution. Roof racks offer a convenience of their own and a lower cost of entry. While they’re relatively simple, there are many ways to go about designing a roof-mounted rack, with …

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Testing the Pivot Firebird on Moab’s Finest

The Pivot Mach 6 was once praised as one of the most versatile bikes of its class and helped usher in the Enduro Era. The Pivot Phoenix DH is, well… a pure downhill machine. A clear division between the all-mountain and downhill categories is usually enough for most bike companies to get along. However, Pivot completely smears that …

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Maxxis Forekaster 2.6″ Tire Review

The Forekaster from Maxxis was designed to go where you want, when you want regardless of conditions and, given its overall design, aims specifically at shoulder seasons when such conditions often run the spectrum. Wide and evenly-spaced, mid-height knobs provide a fair tradeoff between loose-penetrating and mud-clearing characteristics with a strong center knob presence for …

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Terrene Chunk Plus Tire Review

Given their high turnover rate, ability to boost your bike’s performance at a relatively low cost, and ever-widening wheels, if there’s one thing I won’t hate on, it’s more tire options! And the list doesn’t just end there, as varying tread patterns, casings, compounds, and other tire characteristics would continue to keep us interested, if …

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