Review: Will HT Components’ Enduro ready T1 pedals dethrone Shimano’s class leading trail pedals?

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T1 Review P1120176

We got our hands on an absolutely dazzling set of HT Components’ T1 Enduro/Race pedals (I got to pick the color out of the 11 they offer), to see what all of the buzz was about. Not to raise my expectations, but when World Champions like Jared Graves, Jerome Clementz, Aaron Gwin and Brian Lopes are clipping into HT Components’ pedals, there has to be a reason (besides money). Right?

After literally slamming and stuffing them with everything I had, including some thick Georgia red clay, I know why we’re seeing this small brand making strides under some of the most legendary riders… and there is more than one reason. But, they did have a couple of quirks. So, pro endorsements and overall positive performance aside, are they good enough to break my 25+ year dedication to Shimano’s SPDs?

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We got our hands on an absolutely dazzling set of HT Components’ T1 Enduro/Race pedals (I got to pick the color out of the 11 they offer), to see what all of the buzz was about. Not to raise my expectations, but when World Champions like Jared Graves, Jerome Clementz, Aaron Gwin and Brian Lopes are clipping into HT Components’ […]

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SRAM doubles down on gravity 1x with affordable GX DH Group

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All images c. SRAM

SRAM is on a roll when it comes to 1x groups. Not only have they introduced a 1x group for almost every discipline, but now they’re making sure there are plenty affordable options as well. What started as a pricey debut with XX1 now flows all the way down to the recently introduced NX group. While the rest of their 1x options were moving to 11 (or even 12!) speed, SRAM went the opposite way with their first 1x group specifically for DH riding. Deciding it was more important to have fewer shifts between the first and last gear, less chain slap, and more room between the derailleur and the spokes, SRAM’s X01 DH went to just 7 gears.

Now, SRAM is following that same winning formula but with something a little more, ok a lot more affordable. Yes, DH 1x is getting the GX treatment. That equals much of the performance of X01 DH without the price tag – and without an XD freehub body…

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SRAM is on a roll when it comes to 1x groups. Not only have they introduced a 1x group for almost every discipline, but now they’re making sure there are plenty affordable options as well. What started as a pricey debut with XX1 now flows all the way down to the recently introduced NX group. […]

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Long Term Review: Trek Émonda SLR 8

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When Trek first introduced the Émonda back in 2014, it was sort of a surprising addition. Seeming to compete directly with the Madone, the biggest difference was that Trek’s new lightweight lacked the aerodynamic touches of its sibling. Now with the most modern iteration of the Madone, we know that Trek was already working on creating a modern superbike, but at the time it seemed like the two bikes were competing for similar buyers.

Launched with the lofty SLR 10 which at the time made claims to the lightest production bike available, the Émonda line was promising for anyone looking for a simple, light weight ride that did a lot of things well. After quite a bit of time on the bike (including almost equal time off due to injury), the Émonda seems to make good on that promise of simple, brutal speed…

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When Trek first introduced the Émonda back in 2014, it was sort of a surprising addition. Seeming to compete directly with the Madone, the biggest difference was that Trek’s new lightweight lacked the aerodynamic touches of its sibling. Now with the most modern iteration of the Madone, we know that Trek was already working on creating […]

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Lightweight taps into disc brake market with new Meilenstein C Disc Wheels

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Just by looking at Lightweight wheels, it’s hard to imagine they have rather humble beginnings in someone’s garage. In the 90’s the wheels were quite revolutionary, enough so that pro teams were buying the wheels out right to use in the biggest races. Eventually, the company was sold to Carbon Sports in 2003 which is part of the Wissler group. Known for much more than just fancy bike parts, the Wissler Group has their hands in Aerospace, Communications, Healthcare, and even Military applications. Combining the knowledge of their 20 engineers and technology supposedly not available to most wheel companies like access to the most advanced carbon fiber which requires aerospace certification, Lightweight has been able to produce some of the most ridiculous wheelsets on the market.

Continuing with their quest for superlatives, the new Meilenstein C Disc wheels claim to be the lightest and stiffest disc brake wheel on the market. After riding them, that may not be far from the truth, but depending on your use, you might just want to hold out for a bit…

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Just by looking at Lightweight wheels, it’s hard to imagine they have rather humble beginnings in someone’s garage. In the 90’s the wheels were quite revolutionary, enough so that pro teams were buying the wheels out right to use in the biggest races. Eventually, the company was sold to Carbon Sports in 2003 which is […]

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

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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

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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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