Winter Boot Roundup: Pedaling with the 45NRTH Wölvhammer, Bontrager OMW, and Northwave Celsius Arctic 2 GTX

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When I was really young, going out to play in the snow meant stuffing my feet into plastic bags and then into my shoes. I still love playing in the snow just as much, but fortunately my footwear is a little more, uh, comfortable.

Nothing puts a damper on a winter ride quite like wet, cold feet. At best, you tough it out through a miserable ride. At worst – the ride is over, or you risk frost bite if the conditions are right. Shoe covers work, but they’ll only take you so far. Hardly waterproof thanks to the giant openings in the bottom, they also seem to all suffer from the same fate – torn and floppy after one good season.

Yes, winter riding boots will keep your feet warm and your summer shoes in great shape, but which ones should you get? There are more options than ever, but this time we’re taking a look at the new 45NRTH Wölvhammers, Bontrager Old Man Winters, and the Northwave Celsius Arctic 2 GTX…

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Project Plus Pt. 2: Purpose Built Plus Suspension with the Manitou Magnum

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In spite of the hefty amount of rubber, plus bikes will still benefit from suspension. Thanks to the addition of Boost spacing for forks, there are a few forks that will clear the massive tires. But forks built specifically for the plus standard? There are a lot fewer options in that category.

When Manitou announced they would have a fork with Boost spacing, they opted to create a fork based exclusively on plus sizing. With the air spring and damping tuned to the added heft and kinematics of plus tires, the Manitou Magnum could be big in the mid-fat world…

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SRAM RED eTap – Close up look, more rides & actual weights!

SRAM Red eTAP first rides and actual weights

SRAM Red eTAP first rides and actual weights

When we attended the official SRAM Red eTap launch last fall, we provided an in-depth look at the design and development process and first impressions.

Now, they’re closer to production, with an initial run of “P1” units ready for use in the wild. The “P1” designation, as explained by SRAM’s technical marketing manager Nate Newton, means they’re “the final preproduction run”. The idea with the P1 run is that everything: tooling, production lines, parts, are identical to production, but everything gets checked over and allocated internally rather than sold to customers.”

So, that’s what we’ve got here, in for long term testing and mounted to a Cannondale SuperSix EVO with SRAM Red 22, a Quarq power meter and Zipp 202 wheels and tires. Of course, we promptly pulled the eTap bits off and threw ’em on the scale…

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CX Review: 4ZA carbon Cirrus Pro T30 Disc disc brake tubular cyclocross wheelset

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As the season starts to wind down, we’ve squeezed in a lot of good cross racing from our Central European base, and have had the chance to test a few new bikes and several wheel and tire combos. While tubeless setups have made progress in the last year or two for cyclocross, we still haven’t found a setup that can beat the performance and reliability of a good set of tubulars. This year we made the full switch to disc brakes for cyclocross, after converting a couple of steel bikes and only adding in disc bikes in for test. So we had a pretty big need to outfit several bikes with proper cyclocross-ready disc brake tubulars to glue up a range of treads. And 4ZA was able to step up and lend us a set of their new Cirrus Pro T30 Disc carbon wheels to test.

We’ve spent the better part of our cross season railing wet, grassy corners and sliding through muddy turns on these Cirrus Pros. Now with just a few more races remaining in our season on what is forecast to be either snow & ice or heavy mud, it seems like a good chance to take a look back on these all-conditions wheels that have carried us this far…

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Review: Ceepo Mamba May Fill the Void between Road and Tri

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One of the first real gear purchases many aspiring triathletes make is a set of clip on aero bars. Provided that they are set up correctly to fit the bike, clip ons transform your average road bike to your average road bike with an aero position. However the geometry doesn’t change along with them creating a less than ideal set up before getting into replacement seatposts and saddles.

Along those lines, something like the Ceepo Mamba could be considered the next step to Tri-dom. Finishing up the review on the 2014/2015 Mamba, it turns out to be an interesting bike that may or may not take you to your next transition…

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First Look: Industry Nine goes dark with their Trail S Wheels & adds Boost!

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We got our hands on Industry Nine’s new, wallet friendly Trail S wheels that we first saw last August. The Trail S wheels are basically a more affordable boutique wheel than their “standard” uber boutique wheels. They sent us the new un-color way that was announced today to check out.

Roll past the break for a closer look at these Johnny Cash’d out wheels and see some actual weights, as well as a new endcap option…..

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Review: Xentis Squad 4.2 Ultrawide Carbon Tubular Wheelset

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Xentis Squad XBL 4.2 Tubualr disc brake wheel review (13)

If you ask around the pits, tubulars are still considered the best way to go if you’re racing cross. Tubeless is catching up, but tubulars are tried and true (if a little pricey and more labor intensive to change tires). Even though the basic tubular concept hasn’t changed much in years, tubular wheels are benefitting from similar improvements to those of their clincher counter parts.

Xentis wheels have already proven to be durable and include a great ride, but the last wheelset we tested had room for improvement. Specifically rim width and thru axle compatibility. We’re happy to report that the new Squad 4.2 Ultrawide Disc tubulars deliver on all fronts…

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Hands On: The New Öhlins RXF 160mm 29er Suspension Fork w/ Actual Weights

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Since the early days of mountain biking, any time there has been an introduction of a new suspension brand, it has been cause for excitement. With the ridiculous suspension tech we have at our disposal now, it’s hard to imagine a time where elastomers were cutting edge. Now, even with a number of great suspension options available, we’re seeing the birth of what could be another major player in the mountain bike world.

We’re talking about Öhlins new RXF fork, of course. Those familiar with motorcycle racing, automotive, or even motocross or enduro (moto) racing will have no problem identifying the trademark gold of the Öhlins logo. Thanks to their partnership with Specialized, Öhlins is now offering both front and rear suspension components for bikes that require you to pedal. Now that the holiday shipping frenzy has died down, we have a sample of our own so that we can take a closer look…

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Review: Novatec Sprint Tubeless Road Wheels

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I’m sure you’ve heard it many times before, so I’ll apologize, because you’re going to hear it again. Without doubt, wheels are one of the best areas on your bike to upgrade. Any experienced cyclist will tell you that if you’ve got dollars burning a hole in your pocket, there is no better component on your bike to throw money at than a new set of hoops.

Providing you get the right option, a lighter, stiffer, or more aerodynamic wheelset can transform the overall ride quality of your bike. When you ride, your wheels are constantly rotating. Compared to a static item on your bike such as a handlebar or brake calliper, a wheelset comprises a rotating mass that needs to be accelerated and decelerated thousands of times on every ride. Therefore, even a relatively small drop in weight from your tyre or rim can result in a noticeable change to your bike’s ability to pickup speed.

Of course aerodynamics and stiffness are important too, because wheels are the direct link between your pedals, handlebar and the road. Even the most high-end race bikes on the market will ride like a bag of bones if they’re fitted with a heavy and floppy wheelset. The good news though? Upgrading the wheelset on an entry-level road bike can inject a serious dose of performance that you’ll immediately feel out on the road.

Do the Novatec Sprint wheels tick the upgrade box? Read on for our review!

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