How Mountain Bike Product Reviews Work [Podcast #258]

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On this Episode

In this episode, the Singletracks staff talks about the process we use to the evaluate the mountain bikes and gear we review regularly.

  • What are some things to consider when testing a piece of gear?
  • How are bike reviews different from component or accessory reviews?
  • Are there questions that can’t be answered in the review process?
  • What happens if a sample breaks, and how do press camps work?

For a sampling of reviews, browse our mountain bike review and gear article archives.

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