29er Wheels Need Wider Bars

As the 29er movement starts to take hold bike manufacturers are starting to realize that every part of the bike needs to be re-engineered to meet the challenges posed by larger wheels. The obvious kinks have been worked out (like needing taller wheel clearances on forks and rear triangles) but there’s still a long way …

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New Wheels from Crank Brothers

Most folks may not realize this but Crank Brothers started making wheel sets last year and this year they’ve expanded the line to include All Mountain wheels. The iodine line has a through axle hub and felt super lightweight–the front wheel is just 870g! And like all Crank Brothers products the wheels come in an …

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Light & Motion Seca MTB light system

The Light & Motion ARC was the top-rated light system on singletracks in 2008 but the bad news is Light & Motion doesn’t make the ARC any more. The great news is the replacement, the Seca series, makes some huge improvements over the popular ARC line. The biggest improvement the Seca brings is the use …

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FS XC head-to-head: Titus Racer X Carbon vs. Ellsworth Truth

In some ways this wasn’t really a fair fight: The Titus Racer X is a carbon frame bike, the Ellsworth Truth is aluminum; the Racer X I rode had XTR components while the Titus was SRAM; the Titus fit well and the seat height on the Truth was a little low. But these are both …

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Backcountry.com set to launch new high-end mountain bike site

Earlier this summer we told you about Backcountry.com’s one-deal-at-a-time site Chainlove where mountain bikers could find deeply discounted items that sold quickly until they were gone. Based on the success of the site Backcountry is launching another one-deal-at-a-time site for road cycling gear leaving Chainlove as a mountain bike product only site in 2009. Also …

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Bike rack with a built-in pump

I’m not sure we’ll be seeing these at the mountain bike trailhead any time soon but who knows… And who else but the Dutch would come up with something like this? There are eight of these urban bike racks with built-in pumps in the Netherlands and apparently they’re quite the smash hit. Now if they …

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JensonUSA mountain bike deals

For those of you who don’t know we’re part of the JensonUSA affiliate program and each month they send us a list of their ‘Great Deals.’ Anyway, I thought I’d share some of those deals here on the blog – let us know what you think and if you’d like to see more deals throughout …

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