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Enve Composites M90 Ten Wheels

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“Tested: ENVE M90 Ten Wheels”

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By A.J. Barlas // Photography A.J. Barlas & Brandon Turman There is no shortage of wheels for mountain bikers to choose from and we've tested a number of them over the past couple of years - some we've been pleased with while others have been less than ideal.A large number of these are focusing on the trail/AM segment of the sport, but what about DH? Designing a wheel that meets the rigors of today's downhill riding, while remaining light enough to keep the weight conscious happy is a tricky situation. Throw price into the equation and you complicate it even more. Light, strong, cheap; pick any two is an old golden rule of Read More »

Specialized Women's Andorra Pro Short

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“Tested: Specialized Andorra Women’s Jersey & Shorts”

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Review by Courtney Steen // Photos by Brandon Turman Okay, yeah. I’m a girl. I love puppies, flowers, and colors. When I was told, “Hey, Specialized has some new women’s trail clothes for 2014 that have fun colors,” my immediate and completely appropriate response was, “Color? Oooo, show me, show me!” Similar to their philosophy when developing bikes, Specialized looked to rider needs and seized the opportunity to create mountain bike apparel that can improve a ride. By focusing on rider mobility, comfort, and durability, Specialized built apparel collections specific to trail, all-mountain, and gravity Read More »

Specialized Women's Andorra Comp Long Sleeve Jersey

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“Tested: Specialized Andorra Women’s Jersey & Shorts”

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Review by Courtney Steen // Photos by Brandon Turman Okay, yeah. I’m a girl. I love puppies, flowers, and colors. When I was told, “Hey, Specialized has some new women’s trail clothes for 2014 that have fun colors,” my immediate and completely appropriate response was, “Color? Oooo, show me, show me!” Similar to their philosophy when developing bikes, Specialized looked to rider needs and seized the opportunity to create mountain bike apparel that can improve a ride. By focusing on rider mobility, comfort, and durability, Specialized built apparel collections specific to trail, all-mountain, Read More »

Race Face Khyber Jersey

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“Tested: Race Face Women's Khyber Shorts & Jersey”

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by Monica McCosh The 2014 women’s Khyber jersey and shorts from Race Face hits bike park and trail runways with a vengeance and a fresh color scheme this season. Touted as “the little black dress” of mountain bike apparel, the Khyber shorts may not be as slinky and lightweight as one, but this burly piece of shred equipment is designed to make a rough-and-tumble girl look and feel good on the trails or at the bike park. Khyber Short Highlights Tweedster Fabric 70% Polyester, 26% Rayon, 4% Spandex Yarn-dyed textured outer fabric bonded to 100% Polyester durable mesh interior DWR (durable water resistance) treated; Read More »

Race Face Khyber Short

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“Tested: Race Face Women's Khyber Shorts & Jersey”

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by Monica McCosh The 2014 women’s Khyber jersey and shorts from Race Face hits bike park and trail runways with a vengeance and a fresh color scheme this season. Touted as “the little black dress” of mountain bike apparel, the Khyber shorts may not be as slinky and lightweight as one, but this burly piece of shred equipment is designed to make a rough-and-tumble girl look and feel good on the trails or at the bike park. Khyber Short Highlights Tweedster Fabric 70% Polyester, 26% Rayon, 4% Spandex Yarn-dyed textured outer fabric bonded to 100% Polyester durable mesh interior DWR (durable water resistance) treated; Read More »

Gravity Gradient Stem

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“Tested: Gravity Gradient Cockpit”

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by Kevin Shiramizu A quick image search for “carbon failure” is enough to make anyone doubt that carbon bars are a good idea. I’ve been a skeptic myself for a long time, and have just stuck with regular old middle-weight aluminum bars. Carbon has come a long way in recent years and so the chance to try out Gravity’s new Gradient bar and stem was my way of dipping the toes in the hot tub of a carbon cockpit. Gravity Gradient Stem Highlights 3D Forged and CNC Machined AL6061, 4‐Bolt UD Carbon Faceplate, and Chromoly Hardware Clamp Size: 31.8mm Length: 60, 70, 80, 90, 100mm Rise: 6 40mm Fork Clamp Stack Height Colors: Sandblasted Read More »

Gravity Gradient Handlebar

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“Tested: Gravity Gradient Cockpit - A Couple Shades Of Gray”

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by Kevin Shiramizu A quick image search for “carbon failure” is enough to make anyone doubt that carbon bars are a good idea. I’ve been a skeptic myself for a long time, and have just stuck with regular old middle-weight aluminum bars. Carbon has come a long way in recent years and so the chance to try out Gravity’s new Gradient bar and stem was my way of dipping the toes in the hot tub of a carbon cockpit. Gravity Gradient Stem Highlights 3D Forged and CNC Machined AL6061, 4‐Bolt UD Carbon Faceplate, and Chromoly Hardware Clamp Size: 31.8mm Length: 60, 70, 80, 90, 100mm Rise: 6 40mm Fork Clamp Stack Height Colors: Read More »

Source Race 15L Hydration Pack

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“Tested: Source Race 15L Hydration Pack”

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by Lee Trumpore Hydration packs have come a long way in the past few years, with more and more features being added to what was once just a simple method of carrying extra water on a ride. With many riders (and an increasing number of bike designs) forgoing traditional water bottles the need for just the right pack has become more important than ever. The Source Race 15L is aimed at riders looking to maximize water capacity and accessory space in a minimalist design. We filled it up and hit the trails to see what it is really made of. Source Race 15L Highlights 15 liter storage capacity Light weight, Read More »

VP Components VP-VX Adventure Race Clipless Pedal

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“Tested: VP VX Adventure Race Clipless Pedal”

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by Nick Zuzelski VP Components has grown their VX pedal product line with the new Adventure Race pedal. Aimed at the enduro and gravity crowd, a larger platform offers more support and a larger landing pad for your foot when you clip out and need to get back on the pedals and put down some power as fast as possible. The increased platform is said to match up better with today's gravity and trail shoe designs using a SPD compatible binding design. After throwing these on the trail bike for a few months and getting a fair share of riding, racing and abuse in, we might not ever take them off! Read More »

SixSixOne Raji Glove

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“Thin to win”

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The Good: feel great

The Bad: won't last long

Overall Review: I picked up a pair of these gloves for about $8 recently. Somewhere in the first few minutes of riding with them they became my favorites as they felt like I was wearing nothing on my hands, yet provided a barrier from sweat making the grips or brakes slippery. After that first trail ride, these quickly took their place in the middle of the pack since they looked like I had been through a war. The palms were pretty chewed up and I wondered how long they would hold up to my abuse. I have probably had a dozen rides with them and feel like they are getting close to glove heaven but will continue to rock them as long as I can. Read More »