Last Chance to Win a Cycliq Fly12!

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Last chance to win! It’s Lights, Camera, Action in the ongoing quest to protect ourselves on the streets, and now you can add both a light and an action camera to your bike. The Cycliq Fly12 has just started shipping and combines a high powered daytime running light (and perfect city commuter headlight) with an HD action camera that records on a loop and automatically saves the last bit of footage in the event of an accident. It even lets you control, replay and share the recording through their smartphone app. Retail value is $349, but we’re giving one away for free!

For your chance to win, just click past the break (or click here if you’re viewing on mobile or can’t see the embedded survey) and fill in a quick, five question survey and include a valid email address and you’re entered to win! Continue reading “Last Chance to Win a Cycliq Fly12!”



Last chance to win! It’s Lights, Camera, Action in the ongoing quest to protect ourselves on the streets, and now you can add both a light and an action camera to your bike. The Cycliq Fly12 has just started shipping and combines a high powered daytime running light (and perfect city commuter headlight) with an HD […]

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First Impressions: Riding the Pivot Switchblade in 29 and 27.5+ on Moab’s best trails

Pivot switchblade long travel 29 27 plus full suspension mountain bike-2
Pivot switchblade long travel 29 27 plus full suspension mountain bike-12
Photo c. Pivot Cycles/Lear Miller

For the launch of their newest bike, Pivot did things a bit differently. After showing up to Moab, the only information we were given on the Switchblade was that which we could detect with our own eyes. The bikes were set up to our exact specifications, pressures dialed, and pedals installed. Soon it was time for dinner so we could be up bright and early to hit the trail.

As we boarded the Whole Enchilada shuttle, we knew that the bikes we were about to ride were capable of running 27.5+ or 29″ wheels, and that they were longer travel than anything we’ve seen from Pivot with the big wheels. We also knew we were in for the quintessential Moab experience as we climbed to the highest spot currently open on the famous Porcupine Rim Trail.

It was no secret that our first ride on the Switchblade would be on 29″ wheels. We just didn’t know just how much fun the next few hours would be…

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For the launch of their newest bike, Pivot did things a bit differently. After showing up to Moab, the only information we were given on the Switchblade was that which we could detect with our own eyes. The bikes were set up to our exact specifications, pressures dialed, and pedals installed. Soon it was time […]

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Pivot unveils Switchblade long travel 29/27+ MTB, introduces Super Boost + hub spacing

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Pivot switchblade long travel 29 27 plus full suspension mountain bike-4
Photo c. Pivot Cycles/Lear Miller

Since launching the brand in 2007, Pivot has added a lot of different models to the line up. Ranging from 26 to 29, even to fat bikes, Pivot has had a bike for just about anything – with one exception. While Pivot has offered a number of bikes with 29″ wheels, a “long travel” 29er has remained absent from the collection, though not because they haven’t been working on it. For the past 5 years Pivot has been quietly working on developing the perfect platform to match the big wheels with bigger travel. With each step the bike has gotten closer to perfection, but to make that last leap Pivot needed something new. Something that would provide the stiffness and the clearance for both 29 and 27+ tires. Something… like a wider rear hub.

“Don’t call it a ‘new standard.'” That was one of the points that Chris Cocalis tried to drive home as he introduced Pivot’s latest bike, the Switchblade. As you can imagine, the use of a different (yet currently existing) hub spacing will most likely draw ire from those already wary of Boost 148, but before heading to the comment section, you have to hear them out.

To Pivot’s credit, before they had even introduced the Mach 429 Trail with Boost 148 spacing, we had already had conversations with Cocalis about the limitations of Boost. As Pivot’s engineer Kevin Tisue put it, “WTF? Only another 3mm of chainline clearance?” Pivot was quick to point out that the 3mm did help to make the Mach 6 and 429 Trail a better bike, but they almost instantly used up all 3mm of additional clearance. In order to make a better long travel 29er and make it compatible with 27+, they were going to need more.

That’s where the cheekily named Super Boost + comes in. The name may sound like yet another standard, but in reality it is a combination of existing standards which have been optimized for maximum tire clearance, drivetrain compatibility, and frame stiffness. All of which make the new Switchblade an incredible machine…

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Since launching the brand in 2007, Pivot has added a lot of different models to the line up. Ranging from 26 to 29, even to fat bikes, Pivot has had a bike for just about anything – with one exception. While Pivot has offered a number of bikes with 29″ wheels, a “long travel” 29er […]

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SKS pops tubeless tires into place with new TL Pump Head, Clip on Saddle Fender, More

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SKS co2 pump head 50th renkompressor pump high viz fendors

If all of those new floor pumps for seating tubeless tires have your interest, but your current pump is working just fine, SKS may have the answer. Tubeless compatible floor pumps work by storing a large amount of air and releasing it all at once. Sort of how co2 inflators work. So, rather than buy a whole new pump, SKS is introducing a pump head that will allow you to use either co2 cartridges, or regular air pressure to help seat those tires…

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If all of those new floor pumps for seating tubeless tires have your interest, but your current pump is working just fine, SKS may have the answer. Tubeless compatible floor pumps work by storing a large amount of air and releasing it all at once. Sort of how co2 inflators work. So, rather than buy […]

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One finger braking takes shape with new Magura MT Series brake lever

Magura short brake lever MT Series brakes two finger

Magura short brake lever MT Series brakes two finger-3

Now that Magura is rolling out their new MT Trail brake set, the brand looks ready to tackle one of the more popular segments of the mountain bike market. But even as good as the new MT Trail brakes are, there is still one thing that some people take issue with – the lever.

Personally, I’ve been riding the Magura brakes set up for one finger braking for some time, they just need to be pushed inwards on the bar. However, the new lever does more than just shorten the blade. Riders with shorter fingers or those going huge all have something to cheer about with the new shape…

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Now that Magura is rolling out their new MT Trail brake set, the brand looks ready to tackle one of the more popular segments of the mountain bike market. But even as good as the new MT Trail brakes are, there is still one thing that some people take issue with – the lever. Personally, […]

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Long term Review: We take DVO’s super adjustable Diamond into the rough

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2016-05-22 P1120225

DVO has made several green with envy since their entrance into the suspension marketplace. Though a somewhat new company, they really aren’t… well, in experience anyway. I was wrenching in a shop when mountain bike suspension first reared its springy head and recall when Marzocchi and the ultra-smooth & reactive Z1 Bomber entered the market. Everything on the market “worked”, but the Bomber was a performance game changer. Despite Marzocchi being a much smaller company, even with a few maintenance headaches and leaks, the Bombers just performed better. The founder of Marzocchi USA and the brainchild behind the Bomber line, (still considered one of the best performing forks of its day), Bryson Martin, along with many long time employees left the company due to struggles with the owner at the time, Tenneco, and soon after DVO was born. Quietly entering the almost monopolized market by the “big 2” was never their style and between the branding, their heritage, and that GREEN, it was game on… but does the performance back the hype?

Check out some of the ups and downs I had with the DVO Diamond and why it’s crucial to pay attention to the small details…

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DVO has made several green with envy since their entrance into the suspension marketplace. Though a somewhat new company, they really aren’t… well, in experience anyway. I was wrenching in a shop when mountain bike suspension first reared its springy head and recall when Marzocchi and the ultra-smooth & reactive Z1 Bomber entered the market. Everything on […]

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Review: Living with SRAM Red eTap wireless shifting for a few months

sram red eTap long term review

sram red eTap long term review

By now, we’ve covered the full development story, technology and first impressions and weigh in of SRAM Red eTap. So, after all that, having a bike with it for long term review let me focus on the ride experience rather than retelling its full story.

The short of it is this: I wanted it when it came out, and I still want it. On all my road bikes. But I will happily wait for the hydro disc brake version. Why happily wait? Because eTap’s electronic competition from Shimano and Campagnolo are both very good, so for me personally, there’s no sense in switching until I can get a complete disc brake system. For those still happy with rim brakes, it’s probably only the brakes will be changing – the shifting bits aren’t likely (I’m guessing, anyway) to see much change for at least a year or more since SRAM put so much development time and money into this product. So, if you’re keen on making the leap to electronic, it’s probably time to go wireless…

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By now, we’ve covered the full development story, technology and first impressions and weigh in of SRAM Red eTap. So, after all that, having a bike with it for long term review let me focus on the ride experience rather than retelling its full story. The short of it is this: I wanted it when […]

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Contest! Win a Cycliq Fly12 headlight action camera!

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It’s Lights, Camera, Action in the ongoing quest to protect ourselves on the streets, and now you can add both a light and an action camera to your bike. The Cycliq Fly12 has just started shipping and combines a high powered daytime running light (and perfect city commuter headlight) with an HD action camera that records on a loop and automatically saves the last bit of footage in the event of an accident. It even lets you control, replay and share the recording through their smartphone app. Retail value is $349, but we’re giving one away for free!

For your chance to win, just click past the break (or click here if you’re viewing on mobile or can’t see the embedded survey) and fill in a quick, five question survey and include a valid email address and you’re entered to win! Continue reading “Contest! Win a Cycliq Fly12 headlight action camera!”



It’s Lights, Camera, Action in the ongoing quest to protect ourselves on the streets, and now you can add both a light and an action camera to your bike. The Cycliq Fly12 has just started shipping and combines a high powered daytime running light (and perfect city commuter headlight) with an HD action camera that records […]

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All-new Mavic XA Pro Carbon mountain bike wheels bring full composite rims to the trail

2017 Mavic XA Elite alloy trail mountain bike wheelset wheel and tire system

2017 Mavic XA Pro Carbon trail mountain bike wheelset wheel and tire system

We caught wind of Mavic’s full carbon intentions for their mountain bike wheels early this year as part of their off-road neutral support program planned for the Leadville 100 race. Now, and much earlier than anticipated, they’ve formally announced them as part of a new Quest adventure mountain bike wheel lineup.

The Mavic XA Pro Carbon is now their top of the line trail mountain bike wheelset. It gets a full carbon fiber rim that addresses all of a rider’s primary needs – lateral stiffness, vertical compliance, impact resistance, light weight, and tubeless reliability. And it does all that as part of a complete wheel/tire system that builds upon the “Carbon Clincher 2.0” design concept introduced with the Pro Carbon SL Cosmic and Ksyrium road bike wheels in March. That meant a new layup and a new way of thinking about how rims should perform as part of a complete wheel…

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We caught wind of Mavic’s full carbon intentions for their mountain bike wheels early this year as part of their off-road neutral support program planned for the Leadville 100 race. Now, and much earlier than anticipated, they’ve formally announced them as part of a new Quest adventure mountain bike wheel lineup. The Mavic XA Pro […]

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