Posts in the category Enduro

Long Term Review: Specialized 2FO Gripstastic Flat Pedal Footwear

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Last year at Crankworx, Specialized released new footwear  purpose built for guys and girls who like to go “braaaap.” In development for over four years, their name is an acronym for my favorite typo of riding style; foot out, flat out. After almost a year of ripping around on the shoes both on and off the bike, the verdict is in… READ MORE ->

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Video Series

  • The Seasons Collection – A multi-media photography collection of adventure sports-driven stories about people who push the limits in pursuit of their passion aka LIFERS. The video highlights all that happened this past week at Windell’s Sports Camp as the team followed Cadence Founder Dustin Klein, Windell’s Sports Camp Director Jamie Weller and legendary action sports photographer Bryce Kanights. You can also watch all of the other video recaps here.

Father’s Day Deals and more after the break… 


First Impressions: Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 770 MSL

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A few years ago when 29ers where still as widely misunderstood as fat bikes, there was a trend of building up mini DH bikes out of four inch travel slopestyle bikes. Those bikes were (and are) about the most the fun you could have on a trail, but they were terrible for racking up miles.

Of course, this is the year 2015. My next door neighbor drives an electric car, mountain bikes cost more than your average bathroom remodel, and manufacturers are finally making little bikes that rip both uphill and down.

With a 120mm of travel front and rear, and 27.5″ wheels, the Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt is marketed as an “XC Trail” bike. A mountain biker’s mountain bike, if you will. Our test bike, the 770 MSL, retails for an MSRP of $5,499, which places it squarely between the Carhartt and Gucci camps.


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Bicycle as Art

  • Keirin: A Show of Photographs by Sam Polcer – Bike Cult Show produces events and exhibitions that intend to present every facet of cycling. This one-day exhibition of photography and paraphernalia explores the world of professional track bike racing in Japan. The show is Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6PM – 10PM at Bicycle Habitat (2nd floor), Chelsea – 226 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011.


YT Industries Goes Bigger, Releases Capra AL1 Enduro Bike in XL Size

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If you’ve ever had the pleasure of watching YT Industries’ Kelly McGarry ride in person, you may have noticed he’s a pretty tall guy…it’s not just the hair! If you share a similar stature to McGarry, you’ve probably found out that only certain bike manufacturers cater to such proportions, but today your XL options just increased by one.

The Capra was released last year as YT’s flagship enduro bike, but they’ve just announced an XL size of the aluminum framed AL1 model will be added to the lineup. The XL frame is intended for riders over 6’5”. It is available for purchase now, but won’t be ready for delivery until December. Earlier this year YT began offering consumer direct sales to North America, so for a few extra bucks they’ll send it overseas to your door.

Click below the break for all the details…

Review: Flow Zone Q36R quick release thru axle upgrade for Fox 36 forks

Flow Zone Q36R quick release thru axle adapter for Fox Float 36 suspension fork review and actual weights

Following its introduction in February, we’ve been testing the Flow Zone Q36R quick release thru axle adapter kit for the Fox FLOAT 36 suspension fork.

While some iterations of the 2016 Fox 36 will get a tool-free thru axle, not all will, and there are plenty of 2015 models on the trails that may want the quicker wheel changes this upgrade allows. Installation is straightforward, and the product works as advertised. Check out the details, actual weights and more thoughts below…


Get Rowdy with the Trailcrew, BMC’s New 650b Version of the Speedfox

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What do you get when you cross the BMC Speedfox 29 with 650b wheels and longer travel? That would be the new Speedfox Trailcrew. Built to be a more aggressive, Enduro worthy version of the platform, the Trailcrew will be offered in two models with a carbon/aluminum frame or full aluminum frame. Whether you’re planning to hit the bike park, or just looking for a more playful version of the popular Trailfox, the Trailcrew will lead you in the right direction…


Crash Tested: The Smith Forefront Helmet Works as Promised

Smith Forefront mountain bike helmet review (3)

It was a stupid little crash. A worst case scenario brought on by a silly mistake accentuated by fatigue. After managing to fully clean the Hiline Chute after only my second ever attempt I was feeling pretty good about my technical skills. Leave it to the universe to put me in my place with a crash on a completely flat section while cruising down a wash at 15mph or so. After getting a bit too relaxed and focusing more on trying to find the ideal line than the line I was on, a root or a rock swatted my front tire just hard enough to make me lose my grip on the bar with my right hand. In slow motion I watched as the grip got father and farther away until I was tumbling through the red dirt wondering what just happened?

I distinctly remember hitting my head during the crash and thinking, that should have hurt a lot worse…


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  • Gran Fondo Hincapie | Last chance to save up to $25 on registration – Sign up to ride on October 24, 2015 with George Hincapie, professional cyclists, and cycling enthusiasts from around the globe. Early Bird registration ends on May 31st so register now to save some dough.
  • Bike Georgia’s Antebellum Trail – Professionally-mapped bike trail winds through seven historic towns east and south of Atlanta. The towns that comprise Georgia’s Antebellum Trail recently worked together to create a new way to explore the trail with a 170-mile bicycle route that winds through a collection of Georgia’s most beautiful antebellum towns. The route has been designed by professional cycling planners at Georgia Bicycle Adventures to include the lowest traffic roadway options in the region and allows cyclists to explore the history and scenic landscapes of the state while still being active. Interactive cue sheets are available online at and