Marin Wolf Ridge: First Look

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At Sea Otter 2017, Marin was showing a new bike – the Wolf Ridge. It’s a 160mm travel 29er, which is entirely new to Marin’s line. That would be news in and of itself, but it’s the bike’s unique suspension platform that’s the real story. R3ACT – 2 Play Suspension Platform The Wolf Ridge utilizes the R3ACT …

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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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SRAM Announces New Code Brakes

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SRAM has just announced that they’re bringing some of the technology from their Guide brakes to new versions of the Code brakes. According to SRAM, the new Codes “use proven SRAM Guide design and technologies with a larger PiggyBack™ reservoir and 4mm bigger diameter pistons in the caliper to provide consistent and reliable power for all …

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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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There’s a New Fat Bike Fork in Town: The Manitou Mastodon

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I’m not a fat biker, but that hasn’t kept me from wondering why RockShox is the only major suspension manufacturer offering a fork for those jumbo tires. (Chill out Wren fans, I qualified it with “major.”) Manitou is changing the status quo with their new Mastodon fat fork. The first thing you notice about the …

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