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Project 24.2 Review: Road ID’s Wrist ID Elite

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There are certain things that we do as we get older that aren’t necessarily cool or exciting.  Grownup stuff, like telling people who aren’t your mom where you’re going riding and when you expect to be back.  Like packing enough water and food for a ride.  Like keeping your insurance current.  Road ID fall squarely into that category.  As important as carrying a some form of ID, if things go horribly wrong most identification doesn’t really doesn’t contain all of the information that emergency responders want- or need.

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Project 24.2 Review: Hydrapak’s cozy Wolly Mammoth bottle

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Why did I move to the desert again?

What I was told would be a “dry winter” is shaping up to be anything but- and judging by the state of my woodpile and the number of rides starting in the 20s, it’s been a very cold one.  Now, I’ve never really been one for insulated bottles.  Even when temperatures top 100 degrees, I tend to value hydration volume over hydration temperature.  But when it’s cold enough for hydration bladder hoses and bite valves to freeze, I’ve been reaching for Hydrapak’s Primaloft-insulated Wooly Mammoth.  Hit the jump to find out why…

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Project 24.2 First Look: Specialized’s 2012 Fast Trak Control 2Bliss tires

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Going fast is all about trust.  Trusting that your stem is tight, your frame and wheels won’t explode, and that your tires will hold the ground until breaking loose in a predictable, manageable fashion.  A trail rider by nature, I often have a hard time trusting many fast and race-oriented tires.  Sure, they’re light and roll fast, but when it comes time to carry that speed into a corner things can get a bit dicey.

The second of their tires to take advantage of Finite Element Analysis during development, Specialized’s new 2012 Fast Trak is claimed to offer better grip and lower rolling resistance than its predecessor.  After a month of riding the new tire, has it earned my trust?  Hit the jump to find out.

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Project 24.2 Initial Review: Magura’s lightweight MT6 disc brakes

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Update 2:15pm:  After replacing the Ti QR skewer with a steel DT RWS skewer, the squealing caused by flex in the rear end of our Project 24.2 bike is all but gone.  Tight clearances don’t help, but flex in the rear end of the bike seems to have been the culprit.

While everyone (myself included) oohs and aahs over the latest and greatest range-topping gear, in order for manufacturers to provide a return on expensive R&D and pay off costly tooling it’s not uncommon to find much the same performance a step or two down the range.  Though their top of the line 280g/$400 per wheel MT8 disc brakes clearly stole the show, at Interbike the guys at Magura were just as jazzed about the closely related MT6s- and offered to send a set out for our Project 24.2 build.

Coming in at 310g for a front brake with a 160mm Storm SL rotor and hardware, the MT6 saves $100 per wheel over the MT8.  What’s given up for a 25% savings?  The MT6 goes without the MT8′s carbon bar clamp and lever blade and a bit of caliper machining (which we’re told should make the brake a shade stiffer).  The headline grabbing Carbotecture thermoplastic lever body/master cylinder remain, though.  Does the MT6 perform as well on the trail as on the scale?  Hit the jump for our first real-world reflections.

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