November MTB Product Reviews: YT Izzo, PNW Loam Dropper, Tires, Lights and More

This month we reviewed the new YT Izzo bike and the PNW Loam Dropper post, plus mountain bikes from Rocky Mountain, Jamis and Banshee.

This month we reviewed the new YT Izzo trail bike and the PNW Loam dropper post. We also tested mountain bikes from Rocky Mountain, Jamis and Banshee. There were also reviews of gravel, all-mountain, and gravity tires and a massive light roundup for night-riding mountain bike lights. And for clothing, we reviewed six merino tops, four sets of winter gloves, a fall kit from Club Ride and Specialized MTB shoes. See what else is in for test.

Schwalbe Big Betty Super Gravity 29 Tire


Gravity riders who enjoy testing the limits of their traction will find a formidable match in the Big Betty. Read more.

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PNW Components Loam Dropper Post


It’s not every day that a brand improves an already excellent product, and drops the price at the same time. Read more.

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Specialized Recon 3.0 Mountain Bike Shoe


The Recon 3.0s are made for cross-country and gravel riders and feature stiffness, comfort, and good looks in a package that is $200 less than S-Works level Recons. Read more.

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YT Izzo


After a couple of months riding the YT Izzo, it’s hard to find fault with this bike. Read more.

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NiteRider Lumina OLED 1200 Boost

$149.99 | $104.99 sale

The lens in this light spreads a wider and more rectangular beam than some of the other single-LED lights in this test, making it another fantastic single-light option. Read more.

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Rocky Mountain Altitude

$6,999.00 (Carbon C70 Build)

For riders who are after the fastest way down the mountain, the Altitude is an excellent choice. Read more.

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Club Ride Gold Rush Pant

$99.95 | $79.99 sale

They are tough, comfortable, and weather-resistant, all for a really good price. Read more.

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Teravail Kessel Tire


The Kessels (in black) have been a trusty all-mountain tire. Read more.

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Dainese Trail Skins Pro Knee Guard


The Trail Skins are the most pedal-friendly pads Dainese has designed to date, with moldable and flexible padding that hardens on impact. Read more.

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Patagonia Merino 3/4-Sleeved Bike Jersey


The Merino jersey from Patagonia will provide a layer of warmth during chilly rides but also makes for an excellent breathable jersey in warmer temperatures. Read more.

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Light & Motion Seca 2500 Enduro Headlight

$399.99 | $299.99 sale

The Seca Enduro has a more refined beam that spreads out just enough to make the trail safe without wasting energy illuminating things that the rider doesn’t need to see. Read more.

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Jamis Hardline C3


For burly downhill runs filled with rock gardens, jumps, and high-speed shredding, the Hardline excels. Read more.

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Trickstuff Direttissima 4-Piston Brakes

450.00 €

These beautiful pieces of machinery are as powerful and comfortable as mountain bike brakes get — until Trickstuff finds a way to make them even better. Read more.

Topeak Quick Turn Knob PrepStand Pro


The Topeak Prepstand Pro is a dialed and seamless bike repair stand that mechanics and DIYers will appreciate. Read more.

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Banshee Titan

$2,349.00 (Frame only)

It’s a bike that feels at home on the roughest and rowdiest trails, and you could also take it out for a day-long pedal to try and keep up with your buddies. Read more.

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Panaracer Gravel King SS Plus+ Tires

$59.99 | $48.08 sale

On the open dirt-road the Gravel King SS+ tires roll easy and they feel fast. Read more.

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Showers Pass Crosspoint Hardshell Glove

$95.00 | $76.00 sale

A hearty winter, waterproof glove lined with merino wool. Read more.

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