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Royal 2015 Victory Gloves

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“Tested: 2015 Royal Victory Glove”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Royal has had a Victory glove in its line-up for quite some time, but 2015 saw a complete overhaul of the model that resulted in a lighter, thinner glove, in keeping with the overall product line direction we’ve seen from Royal of late. Based on good experiences with previous generations of Royal gloves, we were eager to put this latest offering to the test, which is exactly what we did. Read on to find out how we got on. Main Features Sublimated Cool-span back of hand fabric Pre-curved ride friendly “crease free” tailored shape All over raised TPR protective Read More »

Praxis 10-Speed Wide Range Cassette

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“Tested: Praxis 11-40 Wide Range 10-Speed Cassette”

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by Lee Trumpore A few years ago, quietly and without much warning, SRAM re-wrote the book on MTB drivetrains and more or less caught everyone else with their pants down with the release of XX1. A slow response from the competition combined with a considerably steep price tag opened the door to several clever manufacturers seeking to fill what amounted to a gaping hole in the drivetrain market. While some offered larger add-on cogs or aftermarket derailleur links, Praxis Works has opted to skip what some saw as a bandaid approach and instead developed an entire wide range 11-40 tooth 10-speed cassette with 100% cross Read More »

Source Fuse 12L Hydration Pack

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“Tested: SOURCE Fuse 12L Hydration Pack”

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Review by Fred Robinson SOURCE Hydration might not be the first name you think of when it's time to buy a new hydration pack, but with what we've seen from SOURCE so far, that will likely be changing in the near future. Recently we've had the chance to test a slew of products from SOURCE Hydration, with the latest being the Fuse 12L Hydration Pack. With a large 12L cargo carrying capacity and 3L bladder, the Fuse Pack is intended for short hikes and rides, but in our opinion a pack this size is ample for longer days in the saddle. With a minimalist approach in terms of construction yet still packed with plenty of Read More »

Pearl Izumi Launch Jersey

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“Tested: Pearl Izumi Launch Jersey and Elevate Short”

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by Justin Schroth The Pearl Izumi name carries with it a reputation as one of top manufacturers of performance apparel for cycling, running, and triathlon athletes. With a well established presence in the road world, Pearl Izumi looks to turn some heads with the dirt crowds by offering a revamped mountain bike line with some stylish new designs that carry the Pearl Izumi quality and craftsmanship. Let's take a look at two of the standouts. Launch Jersey Highlights V-Neck Collar Design 100% Polyester Sublimated Graphics on Selected Panels Hidden Optical Cloth Loose Fit Colors: Shadow/Lime Hex or Mykonos/Grey Scrib Read More »

Pearl Izumi Elevate Short

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“Tested: Pearl Izumi Launch Jersey and Elevate Short”

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by Justin Schroth The Pearl Izumi name carries with it a reputation as one of top manufacturers of performance apparel for cycling, running, and triathlon athletes. With a well established presence in the road world, Pearl Izumi looks to turn some heads with the dirt crowds by offering a revamped mountain bike line with some stylish new designs that carry the Pearl Izumi quality and craftsmanship. Let's take a look at two of the standouts. Launch Jersey Highlights V-Neck Collar Design 100% Polyester Sublimated Graphics on Selected Panels Hidden Optical Cloth Loose Fit Colors: Shadow/Lime Hex or Mykonos/Grey Scrib Read More »

2015 Marin Attack Trail C-XT9

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“2015 Test Sessions: Marin Attack Trail C-XT9”

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Reviewed by Steve Wentz and Brandon Turman // Photos by Lear Miller Marin has made the Attack Trail for quite few years now, and refinements and different component choices continue to improve the ride. Model year 2014 marked a major rebirth for the brand and the bike, which now sports a drastically updated design and full carbon frame purpose built for Enduro glory. The last time we rode the a Marin (the Mount Vision) was back at our 2014 Test Sessions in Sedona, and what a difference a year makes. This year's test bike differs in that the 2015 Attack Trail costs $2K less, has 10mm more travel, a degree slacker head Read More »

Easton Haven Carbon 27.5 Wheels

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“Tested: Easton Haven Carbon 27.5 Wheelset”

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Review by Fred Robinson // Photos by Fred Robinson and Dan Summers For 2015, Easton Cycling came in swinging with their new Haven Carbon 27.5 wheelset. Aimed directly at the Enduro crowd, the new carbon wheels share quite a few similarities to their alloy counterpart, also dubbed Haven. The carbon rims save you a whopping 220g over the alloy version and boost the stiffness slightly. But with all that saved weight, where do the new wheels stack up in terms of durability? Pure race wheelset, or something weekend warriors will want on their trail bike? Read on to find out. Haven Carbon 27.5 Highlights Wheel Size: Read More »

G-Form Knee Pad

“Good Lightweight Protection for Minimalists”

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The Good: Lightweight, Breathable, Pedal Friendly

The Bad: Not sure its DH worthy

Overall Review: When you are young cuts scrapes and stitches are a badge of honor that you proudly display. As you get older they become a reminder of the fragile line we all ride between our limits, and the ability to show up to work the next day and collect a paycheck. With modern bikes allowing us mortals to conquer more and more challenging terrain, the likelihood of of serious crash becomes ever more present. I was reminded of this last summer when I was riding one of my favorite trails in Southern Utah, Suicidal Tendencies. It is a steep technical trail where a mistake over the bars could lead to a nasty 20 foot sage Read More »

Giro Feature MIPS Helmet

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“Tested: Giro Feature MIPS Helmet”

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Review by Jeff Brines // Photos by Lynsey Dyer and Johan Hjord Giro's Feature helmet has been in the company's line for a number of years. The helmet, aimed squarely at the all-mountain/trail rider/enduro set, received one significant update for the 2015 season with the optional inclusion of MIPS. We tested the helmet in a number of various climates and riding conditions. From snowy Jackson WY to the desert of Moab, UT and just about everything in between, we Featured our dome to bring you this feature. Giro Feature MIPS Highlights Construction: In-Mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner Fit System: In form Vents: Read More »

Kore Repute M35 Stem

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“Tested: Kore OCD M35 Bar and Repute Stem”

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Review by Kevin Shiramizu // Action photos by Damian Breach When Kore was making their comeback effort a few years ago, they sent out their OCD bars and Repute stem for testing. I was thoroughly impressed by the finish quality and the attention to detail given their affordable cost. Most companies making comebacks seem to rebrand some catalog stuff and throw it out there, while Kore seemed to be doing their homework the right way. Now that it's 2015 and they've re-solidified their presence, it's time to check in on their most recent developments, including the new 35mm diameter versions of the same bar and stem I tested a Read More »