Giro Xar MTB Helmet Review

Behold the Xar! I bet right now you’re imagining some big burly guy with tons of power and wealth overseeing his Slavic minions. Actually that would be a Czar. Even so, when you strap on Giro’s Xar I guarantee you’ll feel like an Emperor. A while back I wrote about the release of Giro’s new …

Five Reasons To Buy MTB Gear Online

I love popping into my local bike shop and chatting with the guys there, and their service is top notch. It’s fun to throw a leg over the newest models from Giant, Moots or Niner, but when it comes time to buy something I almost always go online. I know my size in bikes and …

Dirty Dog MTB Brake Rotor Review

Dirty Dog MTB Rotor

Josh rolls into the trailhead parking lot, five minutes early for the weekly group ride. Almost everyone else is already there, putting bikes together and doing standard pre-ridemaintenance. Matt is already pedaling around on his Jabberwocky, extolling the beautiful simplicity of riding a steel frame with 29″ wheels and only one miserable gear to anyone …

Syncros FL Carbon Mountain Bike Fork Preview

We don’t post a lot of product review teasers here on singletracks but the Syncros FL Carbon Fork is particularly drool-worthy and we just couldn’t resist. The FL Carbon is an all-carbon 29er mountain bike fork that weighs 1 lb, 5 oz. according to our postage scale. And that’s before cutting the steerer to size! …

Osprey Verve 10 Women’s Hydration Pack Review

I’ve always been a little envious of trek7ks sleek Osprey Raptor hydration pack so I was excited to get an Osprey of my very own – the womens Verve 10 to be exact. This low-profile pack is full of features any girl would want. Beginning with the storage compartments, there are three pockets (besides the …

Why Buy From Your Local Bike Shop? Five Big Advantages

It’s a common scenario: something on your bike is broken. Maybe it’s just worn out after it served you well for a long time. Or maybe you overcooked it into a corner and went down, sending your bike bouncing through the woods and destroying the part long before its time. Maybe it’s time to retire …

Julbo Pipeline Sunglasses for Mountain Biking

Here’s a new pair of eyewear from Julbo that was designed with the mountain biker in mind. The Pipeline is offered with four lens choices but for trails I say stick with the Zebra lens. With a lens shape that’s similar to the Julbo Dirt sunglasses that I tested last year (66mm), these shades offer …

SRAM IPO: Good Investment?

image courtesy SRAM.com SRAM is preparing to go public which means individual investors may soon have the chance to own shares in the bike component maker. Recent documents filed with the SEC reveal some interesting facts about the world’s #2 bike component maker: From 2006 to 2010, SRAM grew revenues about 17% per year to …

THE F-1 Short and Sport Jersey Review

I’ve been wearing THE gear – helmets, armor, and soft goods – for a while and I’m a big fan. So I was stoked recently to get my hands on the F-1 short and Sport Jersey. One thing you can always count on with THE: there’s always more than what meets the eyes. The F-I …