Posts in the category Actual Weights

Just In: Ultra Wide Ibis 741 Carbon 27.5 Wheels

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As the march to a wider wheel seems inevitable, certain companies are pushing that notion to the extreme. At this point in the evolution, you can’t talk wide wheels without including Ibis Cycle’s new line of carbon hoops. Boasting massive internal and external widths, the wheels are barely a step below the “+” size rims found in 29″ and now 27.5″.

Aimed squarely at the growing Enduro market, honestly the Ibis 741s look to be an enticing option for anyone looking for ultra wide, light wheels for their mountain bike. Then there’s the price – considering they are less than a set of rims from some competitors, Ibis seems to be building momentum for their stand-alone wheels…

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Review: Compact and Powerful, the Lezyne Super Drive XL & Power Drive XL Shine Through

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Self-contained lights are becoming seriously impressive. We got a first look at the Lezyne Super Drive earlier in the year, and now we take a look at its sibling the Power Drive XL, and compare the two lights. These small self-contained lights are targeted at commuters and recreational cyclists, and include simple, easy to use handlebar mounts.

In typical Lezyne style, they cost similar to lights of similar lumen ratings, but come with a full aluminum enclosure and feature the nice touch of a replaceable internal battery.

We tested both lights back to back commuting in the city, and riding singletrack in woods. What is the difference between them, and which one is the winner? Click more to find out…

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Review: Race Face Turbine Cinch Cranks – From Enduro to Fat Bikes, There’s a Spindle for That

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First introduced on the Next SL carbon crankset, the Race Face Cinch crankset interface promised a revolution in crankset design. No longer limited to a single spindle or chainring configuration, Cinch meant compatibility for a much wider range of bikes while giving the end user an extremely versatile product.

After the Next SL got its legs, Race Face introduced the Turbine Cinch – their first aluminum crank with the design. Not only did the Turbine represent a much more economical Cinch crankset, but provided an option for fans of metal rather than carbon for their crank arms. After the weigh in and installation, it was out to the trails for a season of abuse. See how they fared plus their new assignment next…

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Review: Ergon GE1 Grips and SME3 Pro Carbon Saddle

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Years ago when Ergon grips started showing up on the rigs of all the local endurance racers, I must admit, I wasn’t all that interested. Sure, they looked like they were quality grips with good design, but I never really liked the feel of the big ergonomic grips on my bike. Eventually I was convinced to buy one of the first pairs of the GA1s. Their rounded shape promised better feel for technical riding, but truthfully they didn’t stay on my bike for long.

Thankfully, the GE1 is worlds apart from that first GA1 (which is also now much improved with the new GA1 Evo). Hailed as the company’s first “enduro” specific grip, the round but still very ergonomic grip looked great on paper and turns out to be just as good in real life. As a company that focuses on your body’s points of contact with the bike, Ergon also offers a full range of saddles which could redefine your perception of comfort….

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First Look: Let Cars Know Where You Are With The Blaze Laserlight

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Initally Kickstarted back in 2012, we brought you the idea of Blaze Laserlight, projecting a laser image of a bike in front of the rider. Intended as a safety measure, it lets cars know where you are in a very visible green laser that is visible in an almost 360 degree field of view.

The Blaze sells for $200, which is pretty steep for a 300 lumen bike light, but upon unboxing, it is evident that they have put the thought into the presentation of the product that is in line with other high-end electronic devices such as smartphones. The charging cable is reminiscent of modern Apple devices, and all of the mounting parts are metal.

Take a look inside to see initial reactions from the unboxing and first ride with the Blaze…

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Chris King Lefty LD and SuperMax Hubs Now Shipping

After getting up close and personal with the new Chris King Lefty hubs at Eurobike, the single sided gems are now on their way to bike shops world wide. Available in either the LD or the SuperMax version, the hubs combine to cover the spread of all Cannondale Lefty forks. Built with typical Chris King precision in Portland, Oregon, the hubs are completely rebuildable and come in all standard CK colors including the current Sour Apple Limited edition.

Details next…

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Exclusive First Look: OneUp Second Gen RADr Cage Compatible w/ Zee and Saint Plus New Narrow Wide Chainrings

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Tomorrow is not only Thanksgiving here in the U.S. but it is also one year to the day that OneUp came on the scene with their first 1x drivetrain component. One of the first cassette adapters to hit the market, their 42t cog was followed by a flood of similar products and chainrings designed to help you ditch the front derailleur without dispatching your entire wallet.

In just a years’ time OneUp introduced a second 40t cassette adapter, and followed it up with a 16t replacement cog and more importantly, the first 1x derailleur modification device – the RAD cage. The time has come for OneUp to one up themselves with two new product introductions that will make it even easier to go 1x. First we have the second generation RADr cage which is meant for any Shadow + rear derailleur but specifically designed for Saint and Zee rear derailleurs. Throw in their all new narrow wide chainrings and you have the ability to OneUp your entire drivetrain all in matching green ano (or black).

Details, actual weights, and first impressions plus a special Black Friday offer next…

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Hands On: Magura MT7 Quad Piston Hydraulic Brakes

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Equal parts motorcycle and mountain bike DNA, the Magura MT7 is a brake built for speed. Well, managing speed is more like it. Designed as a smaller and lighter version of their own supermoto brake caliper, the MT7 boasts 4 pistons and 4 individual pads for increased stopping power. Paired with a new Carbotecture brake lever with a radial master cylinder, the MT7 is the king of the MT NEXT brake line when it comes to power.

In spite of the massive braking performance, the MT7s are also pretty light with the weight skewed towards the brake caliper where it can help with heat management. After our initial impressions out in Sedona, Magura sent over a pair to mount up to a bike of our own. Details and actual weights next…

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Hands On: Wolf Tooth Components 16t Cassette Cog

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Who ever thought we would need to review a single cog as part of a cassette, right? Thanks to the crazy world of 1x drive trains and drive train conversions as well as the lack of readily available 16t cogs, this is the reality. Fortunately, while also providing us with aluminum 40 and 42t cassette adapters, companies like Wolf Tooth Components have also provided us with steel cassette cog replacements to provide a better jump between gearing.

Whether you’re running Shimano or SRAM, the WTC 16t cog will provide a better experience along with your GC – just make sure to install it correctly…

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