Test Ride Review: Commencal Meta AM V4


Let me preface this by saying, the trails surrounding the venue at the Sea Otter Classic do not require a 6″ travel full suspension bike. You could ride pretty much everything on a road bike, and you might even be faster too. That said, you work with what you’ve got at your disposal, right? Commencal¬†is …

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Review: ION Avid Scrub-Series Shorts


The Avid Scrub-Series short is a full-featured downhill short that is designed with surf-inspired styling. Specs The Avid is lightweight and flexible, and sports a relaxed fit. The shorts utilize a double weave construction of water repellent treated fabric (DWR coating) that keeps you dry longer and breaths better. Gear management is handled by two …

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Review: Giro Chamber Shoe


Let’s say you’re a mountain biker who enjoys many different types of mountain biking. You might ride downhill, but want to put the power down on the flats. You ride aggressively on your Enduro bike, but you can’t commit to clipless. Or, you might be frequently forced to get off your trail bike and hike-a-bike …

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Kenda Slant Six 2.35 UST Tire Review


Riding my new Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon on stock tires left me with a desire for a tire with less rolling resistance and better cornering and climbing capabilities. When I had the chance to review a new tire from Kenda, the Slant Six came immediately to mind. Oddly enough, the Slant Six is designed precisely …

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RaceFace Atlas Crank: Reviewed


Having recently reviewed the RaceFace Atlas bar, stems, and grips, the second part of my Atlas review is all about the cranks. The Atlas cranks have long been a part of the RaceFace line. In my opinion, these are the do-all cranks that nearly anyone can use. These puppies are strong, fairly lightweight, and plenty …

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2012 Avid X0 Trail Brakes Review


By the time you read this, the new 2012 Avid X0 Trail brakes should be hitting your local bike shop. I’ve had the chance to test these shiny new brakes for a few months now, and even managed to vaporize a set of pads in the process. For those who are unfamiliar with the Avid …

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