Mini pumps head to head: Blackburn Mammoth reviews

Blackburn introduced a new version of the venerable Mammoth mini-pump this year called the 2Stage that is specially designed for high volume tires found on today’s 29ers and downhill mountain bikes. We decided to see how the 2Stage stacks up to the classic in a good old fashioned pump off. The results just might surprise …

Mega Avalance Downhill MTB Race

Yeah, we’re a little late reporting this but last weekend the Mega Avalanche Downhill mountain bike race was held at Alp d’Huez with thousands of competitors vying for a spot in the final downhill race of the week. This isn’t like most downhill mountain bike races you’ve seen since the final downhill race features 400 …

Tifosi Dea and Torrent Sunglasses Review

Ok, for the record I own a dozen pairs of sunglasses – does that mean I’m obsessed?. My latest addition is a pair of Dea sunglasses from Tifosi and I’m stoked about the functional combination of fashionable styling and discreet technical features. The feminine color choices (black and pink or leopard print!) and celebrity-like dark …

2008 MTB Holiday Gift Guide

Yep, it’s cyber Monday and that means it’s time for the singletracks MTB holiday gift guide. We’ve picked out great mountain bike gift ideas for everyone from cheapskates to high rollers and organized them for your viewing pleasure. Many retailers are offering special discounts today so be sure to click through to find out more …

Dakine Cross X Womens MTB Glove Review

Dakine’s Cross X full finger mountain bike gloves are meant to do more than just keep your digits warm in cooler temps: these gloves were truly designed with protection and function in mind. These gloves are unique because Dakine uses at least five different textured materials in construction with each having a unique purpose. For …

Updated GPS Activity Tracker

Just wanted to let everyone know we’ve updated the GPS Activity Tracker to make it easier to use and even more powerful than before. Here’s a quick rundown of the included features: Upload your data in standardized GPX or Garmin Training Center (TCX) format from your Garmin GPS Edit waypoint names and descriptions online View …

Women’s Novara Arosa Jersey Review

With the days getting shorter and cooler, it’s important to stay warm when riding trails. Luckily, I’ve found a great long sleeve jersey that keeps me warm and can be used as a layering piece as winter comes on. The Novara Arosa jersey is just the right thickness for those cool days when you want …

Camelbak H.O.S.S. Review

I gotta admit: I gave up on Camelbak years ago. I hated how sweaty and off-balance the packs made me feel on the bike and the high maintenance bladder always gave me fits. So I ditched the hump and started carrying water bottles on my frame, pumps and tubes in my jersey pockets, and keys …

What mountain bikers want

If you’re like me, you’re always looking to upgrade your mountain bike gear. Here on singletracks we let you keep a wish list of the mountain bike stuff you want and today I thought I’d share some of the “most wished for mountain bike items” of 2008. If you’re looking for a gift to give …

Trek announces chainless bikes

The Gates Carbon Drive system on a Maverick mountain bike Yesterday Trek introduced two new bike models that have gone completely chainless. While we wrote about chainless mountain bikes back in September, Trek is the first bike company to use the technology in a mass produced bike. The Trek chainless bikes, the District and Soho, …

Bamboo 29er mountain bike

If you’re looking for a super Green mountain bike this holiday season and you’ve got a little cash to burn, why not consider a Bamboo 29er mountain bike from Calfee Designs? The $2,695 frame comes in 5 sizes and both 29er and good old fashioned 26-inch frames are available. According to Calfee Designs the bamboo …

Morewood Bikes USA

Pisgah Mountain News posted a business profile on Morewood Bikes USA last week and I gotta say, the bikes look pretty sweet. Admittedly I hadn’t heard of Morewood before – they didn’t make it to Interbike this year and have otherwise kept a pretty low profile in the US (only a single dealer so far …