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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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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Review: Dare VSR Aero Road Bike – Part One, with disc brakes

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“We know how to develop a bike that is close to perfection” says Dare Bikes. That’s a bold claim to make, but they’ve garnered much experience from OEM manufacturing, quietly producing bikes for manufacturers such as Norco and Lapierre. Dare Bikes founded their own brand and line of bikes in 2011, and is preparing to enter into the market with machines such as the VSR – “Vetox Speed Race” – an aerodynamic road bike introduced earlier this year that can be fitted with disc brakes or rim brakes.

The VSR features Dare’s Vetox design concept, “like a blade that breaks through air resistance”. It starts with an uniquely shaped head tube featuring a groove design that splits and routes airflow cleanly around the front of the bike. Paired with the profile of Dare’s disc brake fork, the company claims a 30% reduction in turbulent airflow around this area of the bike. The BikeRumor wind tunnel was fully booked, preventing us from testing these claims, but that didn’t stop us from racking up some quality miles on the VSR and its disc brakes. Click on through to read Part One of our review… Continue reading “Review: Dare VSR Aero Road Bike – Part One, with disc brakes”



“We know how to develop a bike that is close to perfection” says Dare Bikes. That’s a bold claim to make, but they’ve garnered much experience from OEM manufacturing, quietly producing bikes for manufacturers such as Norco and Lapierre. Dare Bikes founded their own brand and line of bikes in 2011, and is preparing to enter into […]

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Can tires make a bigger difference than aero wheels? We put Michelin Power to the test

Michelin power tire launch Brian Hodes Veloimages Hincapie Gran Fondo route Laurens Test Track (21)
Michelin power tire launch Brian Hodes Veloimages Hincapie Gran Fondo route Laurens Test Track (31)
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Everybody loves free speed, right? Based on the latest trend to incorporate everything aero, it seems that the ability to shave a few seconds off your time by simply switching components is too tempting for a lot of riders to resist. Now what if you could gain more speed than an aero wheel set would provide, just by switching your tires? Not to mention you get better grip and puncture protection as well?

Sounds to good to be true, right? It’s for real. Or at least that’s why Michelin invited us out to their proving grounds in Laurens, SC. We were there to ride the new Michelin Power tires and see for ourselves whether their claims held true….

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Everybody loves free speed, right? Based on the latest trend to incorporate everything aero, it seems that the ability to shave a few seconds off your time by simply switching components is too tempting for a lot of riders to resist. Now what if you could gain more speed than an aero wheel set would […]

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SRAM EX1 brings modern 1x drivetrains to e-bikes…with eight speeds

SRAM EX1 electric mountain bike drivetrain group

SRAM EX1 electric mountain bike drivetrain group

Hot on the heels of Shimano’s XT-level off road e-bike group, SRAM is introducing EX1 for motor-assisted mountain bikes. Why? Because they wanted to create a complete group that addressed the unique demands placed on equipment by an e-MTB. And because that market is growing rapidly regardless of how some folks feel about it and this gives them a complete group to offer as OEM spec.

Marcus Schneider, SRAM Germany’s general manager and e-bike product manager, says “most every e-bike out there now is using standard drivetrain and brake parts. And they’re good, but we thought we could do better.”

What’s different about an e-MTB? Well, there’s more weight, which puts more demand on the brakes, because you still need to stop in the same distance. And with drivetrains, when you shift on a traditional (i.e. human powered) bike, you typically let off the gears slightly, particularly when climbing. But with an e-bike, the motor is continuing to propel the drivetrain forward, so it needs to be able to shift under power.

And when you first hop on a traditional bike, it’s common to shift a bunch of gears at once to get it to the right starting point. And there are plenty of gear steps to help you find just the right one for your human powered bike. But with an e-bike’s immediate torque and power on tap, they didn’t need as many gear steps. In fact, all those extra gears could actually create chain management issues. So, they only needed eight cogs…

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Hot on the heels of Shimano’s XT-level off road e-bike group, SRAM is introducing EX1 for motor-assisted mountain bikes. Why? Because they wanted to create a complete group that addressed the unique demands placed on equipment by an e-MTB. And because that market is growing rapidly regardless of how some folks feel about it and this […]

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Bike Check: Danny MacAskill’s Santa Cruz 5010 CC

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Danny Macaskill interview magura red bull evoc every day carry santa cruz bike checkIMG_3964

Even though Danny MacAskill didn’t have his riding pack for us to check out for the Every Day Carry series, he did have his bike. Specifically, his Santa Cruz 5010 CC. While you’re probably more familiar with seeing the Scottish legend on his signature Inspired. street/trials bike, as we learned in our interview with Danny, The Ridge really opened up a lot of opportunities within mountain biking for him. Since Inspired. doesn’t make any mountain bikes, Danny was able to work out a deal with Santa Cruz Bicycles.

Most of the time, that means you’ll find Danny on his 5010 CC. Long enough travel to tackle many of his typical rides, but still short and tight enough that Danny can still pull many of his trials moves and surprisingly – fairly stock…

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Even though Danny MacAskill didn’t have his riding pack for us to check out for the Every Day Carry series, he did have his bike. Specifically, his Santa Cruz 5010 CC. While you’re probably more familiar with seeing the Scottish legend on his signature Inspired. street/trials bike, as we learned in our interview with Danny, The […]

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Interview: Danny MacAskill talks Every Day Carry, Travel, Scotch, and what’s up next

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Santa Cruz Tall Boy 29 27 plus joplin womens mtb mountain bike_

There are few people in the cycling world as recognizable as Danny MacAskill. While many pros obtain stratospheric levels of fame and notoriety within the world of cycling, few can boast that even non-cyclists have shared their videos and know their name. And yet, Danny still manages to be one of the most approachable geniuses on a bike you’re likely to meet – which is surely part of why he’s so popular with fans. Shortly after the brick of time Magura had arranged for one on one interviews, Danny was out front signing autographs. The crowd was so big that Magura had to shut it down so Danny could get onto his next obligation.

While his skills on a bike have catapulted him into the spotlight, they also brought on an increasingly heavy schedule of demos, appearances, and rides befitting an international celebrity. Fortunately, we had enough time to sit down with Danny and pick his brain a bit about a number of things, including what he carries around the world, set backs along the way, and what’s coming next…

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There are few people in the cycling world as recognizable as Danny MacAskill. While many pros obtain stratospheric levels of fame and notoriety within the world of cycling, few can boast that even non-cyclists have shared their videos and know their name. And yet, Danny still manages to be one of the most approachable geniuses […]

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