On Test: Focus Black Forest 29er 1.0

After three seasons on my Giant Trance full suspension 26er, I was feeling the itch to try something new. Specifically, I was jonesing for a hardtail 29er with a 2×10 gearing setup. Enter the Focus Black Forest 29er 1.0. With its 72 headset angle and 11×32 cassette, this bike falls squarely into the XC and …

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USAPCC Stage 2: Gunnison to Aspen

On Wednesday, August 24 the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (USAPCC) will run 131.1 miles from Gunnison to Aspen, taking riders to the highest point of the entire race – Cottonwood Pass at 12,126 feet. For former mountain bikers in the peloton like Cadel Evans, this stage offers up the race’s only dirt road section on …

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USAPCC Stage 1: Salida to Crested Butte

On Tuesday, August 23 the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (USAPCC) will kick off stage 1 where the racers will get their first real taste of the mountains.The folks in Salida are clearly excited about the race start and they’ve even set up their own website, SalidaStageStart.com, to fill visitors in on the race and surrounding …

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Nukeproof Warhead Bar & Stem + Element Grips

Some of you may not be familiar with the name Nukeproof but the company has actually been around since 1992. Nukeproof started off in Grand Rapids, MI producing high quality carbon bar ends and titanium/aluminum and carbon/aluminum hubs. Now owned and distributed by Hotlines in the UK, Nukeproof is really making a name for themselves …

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USAPCC Prologue Preview: Colorado Springs

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge (USAPCC) is coming to Colorado in less than 2 weeks and I just got back from previewing the first few stages late last night. From what I can tell, this is going to be the biggest and best cycling event in the country since the Coors Classic back in the …

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge Coming to Colorado: A Mountain Biker’s Guide

Next week I’m heading to Colorado to preview a couple stages of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge race happening August 22-28. Even though it’s a road race this will definitely be an event mountain bikers can get excited about. Here are four reasons to pack your bags: Amazing mountain backdrops. This is Colorado after all …

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WTB Silverado Syndicate Saddle

Did you ever have one of those times where you just couldn’t bear to wait for something? For me, I had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the WTB Silverado Syndicate saddle and wouldn’t you know it..I managed to get not just one but two! Yep, WTB released the Syndicate in white with black print …

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