Marin goes back in time with special edition Four Corners Elite

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To celebrate having completed 30 years of building bikes since 1986, Marin is getting a bit retro and bringing back one of their classic color fade paint jobs on their popular Four Corners Elite everything adventure touring bike. Rebuilt for next year with a bit lower gearing to take on more loaded trips off the beaten track, the bike also bumps up to some wider rims and bigger tires to tackle any trail surface you can find. The Rasta paint job is just for this 30th anniversary and only available in this Elite build. Take a closer look at the bike, plus an updated version of Naild’s 12-3-9 quick release thru-axles after the break…

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To celebrate having completed 30 years of building bikes since 1986, Marin is getting a bit retro and bringing back one of their classic color fade paint jobs on their popular Four Corners Elite everything adventure touring bike. Rebuilt for next year with a bit lower gearing to take on more loaded trips off the […]

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Review: Is SRAM’s NX 1x Drivetrain good enough to ditch your double?

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SRAM NX 1x drivetrain review actual weights mtb (2)

If you’ve been considering switching to a SRAM 1x group, there are probably two big factors to consider. Price, and the need for an XD driver. Riders may have been creating their own modified 1x drivetrains with cassette adapters and such for years, but the addition of a commercially available 1x group that is actually affordable – really affordable, is something new.

Not only does SRAM’s NX group represent a massive decrease in price, it also offers something new in terms of the cassette. Rather than relying on SRAM’s XD driver, the new PG-1130 cassette uses a standard 9/10/11 speed freehub that lowers the barrier to entry even further. So you have a group that offers most of the 1x advantage that is also affordable, and accessible.

But is it worth it?

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If you’ve been considering switching to a SRAM 1x group, there are probably two big factors to consider. Price, and the need for an XD driver. Riders may have been creating their own modified 1x drivetrains with cassette adapters and such for years, but the addition of a commercially available 1x group that is actually […]

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2017 Specialized Sequoia adventure/gravel bike tech overview (short version)

2017 Specialized Sequoia adventure gravel road bike

2017 Specialized Sequoia adventure gravel road bike

Did you miss our long form story on the new 2017 Specialized Sequoia adventure gravel road bike? Or perhaps Monday just wasn’t the right day for such prose? Bookmark that one for the weekend (definitely worth a read!) and skim through this post for the quick tech and details overview of their new steel road bike.

Designed to fit in between the carbon fiber Diverge and the all-steel AWOL, the new Sequoia mixes modern lines with quasi-old school geometry to create a bike capable of hitting the trails, or just ripping up long pavement miles in comfort. Three versions are offered, two with a full carbon fork, but all are ready to load up as many bags and bottles as possible and head outta town…

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Did you miss our long form story on the new 2017 Specialized Sequoia adventure gravel road bike? Or perhaps Monday just wasn’t the right day for such prose? Bookmark that one for the weekend (definitely worth a read!) and skim through this post for the quick tech and details overview of their new steel road […]

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PC16: Sombrio rides a wave to new styles w/ Margus Riga design, new options for men, women, & children

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Sugoi zap gloves clothes fall spring 2017 Sombrio kids clothes kit margus riga_-11

Where Roost Meets Wave. Depending on where you’re from, that statement may have a different meaning, but for Sombrio it sums up life on the coast of British Columbia. Given the brand’s Vancouver roots, it shouldn’t be surprising to see them finding inspiration from the land and sea just outside their doorstep. Along with a few new models and styles, the newest Sombrio line adds a look that is equal parts Roost and Wave.

The Roost element is further heightened by their Forest Collection which is a collaboration with Margus Riga. Offered on a number of pieces, you’ll be able to wear a piece of mountain biking artwork in the form of some trail worthy gear….

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Where Roost Meets Wave. Depending on where you’re from, that statement may have a different meaning, but for Sombrio it sums up life on the coast of British Columbia. Given the brand’s Vancouver roots, it shouldn’t be surprising to see them finding inspiration from the land and sea just outside their doorstep. Along with a […]

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PC16: 2016/17 is Sugoi’s year for bold colors, massive storage, and even better visibility

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Sugoi zap gloves clothes fall spring 2017 Sombrio kids clothes kit margus riga_-9

Depending on your comfort in lycra, you may not be stoked on drawing more attention to yourself. On the flipside, those who embrace it seem to be getting more and more bold with their color pallets and designs. You could argue the wave of bright, eye catching designs lend an additional level of visibility to cyclists. Designs like Sugoi’s new RS Training jersey. Yes, the pro-fit, full zip jersey is partially covered in sublimated roses, but you’ll have to get pretty close to make them out. At $80, the style is reasonably priced for a highly technical jersey. But to get the kit’s full effect, you’ll have to spring for the matching socks…

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Depending on your comfort in lycra, you may not be stoked on drawing more attention to yourself. On the flipside, those who embrace it seem to be getting more and more bold with their color pallets and designs. You could argue the wave of bright, eye catching designs lend an additional level of visibility to […]

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Am I not Specialized? Dispatches from the Sequoia adventure bike launch

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Editor’s Note: Yes, this is a long story, but it’s awesome. Even the Specialized folks liked it. *wipes nervous sweat from brow* But if you want just the tech facts (plus claimed weights and more), we have a Cliff’s Notes version here with additional info.

The first words out of anyone and everyone’s mouth when they got wind that I was at a Specialized product launch called “Adventure Camp” (aside from “Wait…wtf?!”) were, with few exceptions, “You drink the kool-aid yet?”

And the answer is: “Is that what the kids are calling moonshine these days?  Because in that case, yes… yes I did.” In fact…I drank so much of it the first night that I literally punched myself unconscious. Fist to head… head to pillow… Woke up with a throbbing temple and no clue where I was. Look, I’m not saying I have issues. I’m just saying… that… there’s like… this friend of mine, right? And he… like… sometimes, like… punches himself? In the face? To, like… stop… feeling so much? And he’s like… totally not me. Totally.

And sure, maybe there was a little kool-aid passed around during the initial presentation of the bikes and products the next morning; a story about how Specialized was born and bred on adventure and how the direction of the company had been hijacked by popular cycling… ostensibly pulled in a direction it had never intended to go by the uncontrollable tides of public opinion. But that was a mercifully brief offering. We’d heard these stories before, in their various iterations. What we really wanted to know was “When are we going to get to go ride bikes and shit?”

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Editor’s Note: Yes, this is a long story, but it’s awesome. Even the Specialized folks liked it. *wipes nervous sweat from brow* But if you want just the tech facts (plus claimed weights and more), we have a Cliff’s Notes version here with additional info. The first words out of anyone and everyone’s mouth when they got […]

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Easton EC90 SL carbon cranks are back – First look, actual weights & a ride!

2017 Easton EC90 SL crankset with carbon fiber arms and cinch chainring mounting

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It’s been more than half a decade since Easton has offered cranksets, but now they’re reaping the benefits of their merger with Race Face (and then Fox) and offering an all-new, ultralight EC90 SL crankset.

The new cranks share Race Face’s Cinch chainring mounting technology, making for easy swaps between the wide range of 1x chainrings offered. And those 1x rings suggest the crankset’s primary use is likely to be cyclocross and gravel, which makes sense after Race Face teased a CX option last year, but there are 2x chainring options, also. They also take share Race Face’s ultra lightweight carbon construction, making them very light.

Crank past the break for actual weights, all the tech details and more…

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It’s been more than half a decade since Easton has offered cranksets, but now they’re reaping the benefits of their merger with Race Face (and then Fox) and offering an all-new, ultralight EC90 SL crankset. The new cranks share Race Face’s Cinch chainring mounting technology, making for easy swaps between the wide range of 1x […]

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Alpine stars Evolution protection gets new vest, Zip off jacket option, New light weight pads, more

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Alpinestars has given us a glimpse at the future, and for them it means more advancements in body protection and of course clothing. Riding typically involves higher speeds than ever now thanks to better and better bikes, which helps to explain the increase in padding options. While many people still view protection as a ‘downhill thing’, many of us are reaching for that set of knee pads for trail rides and more. That’s partially due to the improvements we’ve seen in the padding department. If the pads are more comfortable to wear, you’re much more likely to actually use it.

That brings us to the newest addition to the Alpinestars line in terms of knee and elbow pads with the new Vento set. Promised to be the lightest they offer, they could mean the difference between an injury or just getting up and dusting yourself off…

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Alpinestars has given us a glimpse at the future, and for them it means more advancements in body protection and of course clothing. Riding typically involves higher speeds than ever now thanks to better and better bikes, which helps to explain the increase in padding options. While many people still view protection as a ‘downhill […]

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One Ride Review: The quite capable Pivot Mach 429 Trail

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pivot mach 429 trail mountain bike review

The first 29er I ever rode was the Pivot Mach 429. It was at a demo day in Charlotte, NC, well before Bikerumor was a twinkling in my eye, and it hooked me. Immediately after that test loop, I rode the 26″ version and felt slow and clumsy. Twenty niners were it from then on out for me.

Now, almost a decade later, I hopped on the latest and greatest version of it, the Mach 429 Trail. Compared to the standard Mach 429, the “Trail” version adds 16mm of rear wheel travel (116mm total) and pairs it with a 120-130mm fork (up from 100mm for the more XC/race 429). We rolled out on the Shultz Creek trails in Flagstaff, AZ, to see what it could do…

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The first 29er I ever rode was the Pivot Mach 429. It was at a demo day in Charlotte, NC, well before Bikerumor was a twinkling in my eye, and it hooked me. Immediately after that test loop, I rode the 26″ version and felt slow and clumsy. Twenty niners were it from then on […]

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