Garmin MapSource Review

Out of the box most Garmin recreational GPS units can’t even help you find your way out of the trailhead parking lot. To get true navigational data like landmarks and topography on your GPS you’ll need to purchase MapSource Topo software for your PC, but the question is, is it worth the investment? First the …

Made in the USA…. Mountainbikes

Recently, I was listening to our local talk-radio station and the host, Russ Johnson, had commented on the difficulty in being able to find products that are still made in the USA. This is true for the most part; companies that produced TVs, hand-tools, and many other items that used to be manufactured in the …

Beret Helmet

What better way to show your French pride on the road or trail than with a bike helmet shaped like a beret? A young artist in Czechoslovakia has designed just such a helmet, though sadly it sounds like there are no plans for commercial production. Besides the unusual shape of this helmet there also appear …

Mountain bikes: More expensive than a dirt bike

Lee McCormack brought up an interesting question over on his blog yesterday: Why do high end mountain bikes often cost more than high end motorbikes (dirtbikes)? Are mountain bikers being given the shaft from greedy fat-cat bike manufacturers? While I don’t know a thing about motorcycles I do know the mountain bike manufacturing business ain’t …

Bike tech at CES this week

Lest you think the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week is all about flat screen televisions and geeky computer junk, here are a few products being exhibited that even mountain bikers can get into: The VholdR from Twenty20. This is the latest “action cam” from Twenty20 and it’s a rugged digital video recorder that …

All-Wheel-Drive MTB

Christini has developed an AWD bike with 5/6″ of travel, after having produced the 4″ travel Venture for some time now.  Known simply as the Christini Long Travel, it is available as a frame kit for $1995. By all accounts, the Christini system works exactly as advertised, and manufactures their mountainbikes for Jeep, who then …

Bike from the dead

Ever wonder what happened to your favorite mountain bike brands from the 1990s? Thanks to the internet you don’t have to wonder any more – a trip down memory lane is just a click away! My first mountain bike was a used Bridgestone MB-5 that I bought from a bike shop called Chain Reaction (clever …

Mountainbike Wheel-size, & the Right One for you

Mountainbikes have run with the 26″ wheel for a long time, and not because it was the best; but because it was the only size that the first fat-tire riders could use with fat tires.  They came off of ballon-tire bikes, and they ran knobby moto treads for lack of anything else.  26″ wheels aren’t …

Rear-view camera for your bike

Okay so this will probably appeal to roadies more than anyone else but Cervellum has a prototype for a rear-view video camera and handlebar display unit. Though the cam is way cooler than a handlebar mounted mirror or one of those helmet deals that put a mirror in front of one eye, it still seems …

The fastest accepted fad in the MTB world.

The title of this blog article is a little misleading. Biopace chainrings and chainstay v-brakes were fads. This development has proven itself to have immense staying power. Already, the 650b/27.5″ wheel phenomenon has taken hold of nearly everyone’s attention in the mountainbike industry, and in an overwhelmingly positive way. From the release of the Pacenti …

Internal Drivetrains for Mountainbikes?

The internal-geared hub has been around for decades, commonly found on city-cruisers & touring bikes.  They’re nearly impervious to dirt & water; have a robust construction, and are available with a wide variety of brake options. These include the classic coaster-brake; the roller-brake; modern disc-brakes, and the v-brake-friendly freehub.  Each manufacturer has their own take …

3 of the best mountain bikes?

If you could pick the 3 best mountain bikes on the planet, which ones would you choose? Apparently 3Luxe, which claims to help you find “the best of everything,” thinks you should pick the Ellsworth Epiphany, the Sycip Diesel, and the K2 Apache. Questionable choices to be sure, though more because of the bikes they …