Review: Race Face Chester pedals, Aeffect cranks and Love Handle grips

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Steve Fisher, Race Face testing, Pemberton, B.C.

Time to put on my finest flannel and go out for a rip! As Bikerumor’s Canadian contributor I was happy to get the chance to test some components from Vancouver B.C’s Race Face, an iconic MTB brand that had a near-death experience not long ago, but was revived to rise again as a key player in the industry.

Since my riding season began in late February, Race Face’s Chester composite platform pedals, Aeffect cranks and Love Handle grips have been on the trails and under the gun. After a few months of testing I’m not likely going to be pulling any of these parts off, as they’ve provided a comfortable connection to my bike and held up well under my abuse. Read on to see why Race Face has earned a solid ‘eh’ on their report card…
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Time to put on my finest flannel and go out for a rip! As Bikerumor’s Canadian contributor I was happy to get the chance to test some components from Vancouver B.C’s Race Face, an iconic MTB brand that had a near-death experience not long ago, but was revived to rise again as a key player […]

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Isla Bikes gets pro with new race-ready kids’ cyclocross and mountain bikes

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The options for kids bikes just keep getting better,and we couldn’t be more excited…particularly when there’s a disc brake cyclocross on offer, filling in a category that’s been sorely deficient in youth sizes. And Isla Bikes has built not one, but three different wheel size options, fitting 8 year olds and up with 24″, 26″ and 700c options, and all equally ready for slicks to turn them into road bikes.

Add in an even wider spread of sizes for mountain bikes and you’ve got everything you need to get your kid across the finish line…

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The options for kids bikes just keep getting better,and we couldn’t be more excited…particularly when there’s a disc brake cyclocross on offer, filling in a category that’s been sorely deficient in youth sizes. And Isla Bikes has built not one, but three different wheel size options, fitting 8 year olds and up with 24″, 26″ […]

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Rebecca Rusch hikes up Kilimanjaro & rides down the other side for World Bicycle Relief

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Pro mountain biker Rebecca Rusch has just come back this spring from a pretty unique trip to raise money and awareness for World Bicycle Relief. Together with adventurer Patrick Sweeney, Rusch packed her bike up on her back to make the pre-dawn start of the last ascent to the 5895m/19,341ft summit of Africa’s highest peak. Then they rode back down the technical terrain, raising a dollar for every foot of elevation, coming out to 131 new bikes for students in Africa with WBR. Rusch has worked with the charity since 2013 to provide bikes as a means of access to resources like education, healthcare and economic opportunities. Find out more about her adventure and bike, and check out the footage they shot on the way…

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Pro mountain biker Rebecca Rusch has just come back this spring from a pretty unique trip to raise money and awareness for World Bicycle Relief. Together with adventurer Patrick Sweeney, Rusch packed her bike up on her back to make the pre-dawn start of the last ascent to the 5895m/19,341ft summit of Africa’s highest peak. Then they […]

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

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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 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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Framed Bikes releases the 27.5+ Marquette in affordable aluminum

Framed Marquette aluminum 27.5+ bike

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Flipping through catalogues of $8000+ bicycles can get annoying pretty quick for average people who live on a budget, but thankfully there are a few cycling companies who appreciate the concepts of value and affordability. Framed bicycles is one of those brands, providing everything from fat bikes to commuters to BMX’s at very competitive prices.

Framed is clearly shooting to have an option for every kind of cyclist, so it’s no surprise to see them catering to the 27.5+ market with their Marquette bikes. Recently Bikerumor checked out two carbon Marquettes, which sell for about $2000 and $2200 MSRP. The aluminum versions have now been released, and as expected they’ve cut those prices even lower to tempt you to ‘plus’ another bike into your quiver…
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Flipping through catalogues of $8000+ bicycles can get annoying pretty quick for average people who live on a budget, but thankfully there are a few cycling companies who appreciate the concepts of value and affordability. Framed bicycles is one of those brands, providing everything from fat bikes to commuters to BMX’s at very competitive prices. […]

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Mondraker takes e-MTB Prime time with new carbon hardtail

2017 Mondraker e-Prime carbon electric assist mountain bike

Mondraker was, perhaps, prescient with their forward stretched geometry and super short stems, putting them on some wicked looking hardtail and full suspension mountain bikes years ago. Now, they’re putting Forward Geometry on a new performance oriented hardtail called e-Prime.

Based on their Prime “traditional” mountain bikes, the e-Prime adds a Bosch pedal-assist motor to their Stealth Carbon frame with flat, bump absorbing seatstays. And it gets 27.5+ tires. Check out the details and video below…

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Mondraker was, perhaps, prescient with their forward stretched geometry and super short stems, putting them on some wicked looking hardtail and full suspension mountain bikes years ago. Now, they’re putting Forward Geometry on a new performance oriented hardtail called e-Prime. Based on their Prime “traditional” mountain bikes, the e-Prime adds a Bosch pedal-assist motor to […]

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Merida updates XC & Trail hardtails with new Big.Nine, Big.Seven & Big.Trail

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Last year Merida reworked their cross-country race full-suspension bikes, so it was time to do the same with their hardtails. Again they used the German XCO World Cup race in Albstadt to bring out the new bikes. The BIG.NINE is Merida’s revised top-end, lightweight XC race bike and gets updates to its geometry to handle the elite race courses which are trending towards the more technical. At the same time the bike makes improvements in both weight reduction and comfort to satisfy racers of all levels. The BIG.SEVEN takes essentially the same steps, but with smaller 27.5″ wheels for smaller racers or tighter courses. Added in is the all-new alloy BIG.TRAIL that pairs long, low & slack with capable components and plus-size tires for a fun and more affordable ride. Take a closer look at all three after the break…

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Last year Merida reworked their cross-country race full-suspension bikes, so it was time to do the same with their hardtails. Again they used the German XCO World Cup race in Albstadt to bring out the new bikes. The BIG.NINE is Merida’s revised top-end, lightweight XC race bike and gets updates to its geometry to handle the elite […]

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26 still ain’t dead with updated Cotic steel BFe hardcore hardtail

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A decade ago UK bike maker Cotic decided to take their do-it-all steel trail riding hardtail – the Soul – up a notch to handle the gnarliest off-road abuse that they could sling at it. That bike was the first Burly Iron (BFe) and of course in its time rolled on 26″ wheels. In the years since we’ve seen a lot of takeover of 29″ and 27.5″ wheels – the BFe even got its own 27.5 option last summer – but Cotic has a soft spot in their hearts for riding those smaller wheels and shorter stays down sketchy trails and railing ’em through turns. The original 26″ BFe had a bit of a refresh three years ago, but now deserved another update, and got it by way of modern refinements and a contemporary trail geometry upgrade…

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A decade ago UK bike maker Cotic decided to take their do-it-all steel trail riding hardtail – the Soul – up a notch to handle the gnarliest off-road abuse that they could sling at it. That bike was the first Burly Iron (BFe) and of course in its time rolled on 26″ wheels. In the years since […]

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New Bianchi Methanol CV applies vibration damping to their race mountain bike

2017 Bianchi Methanol CV hardtail race mountain bike with Countervail vibration damping technology

Bianchi introduced their NASA-approved (and used) Countervail vibration damping technology on the Infinito endurance road bike all the way back in 2013. Then they added it to their Aquila TT/triathlon bike and the Specialissima ultralight climbing road bike.

Now it comes to the dirt on the 2017 Bianchi Methanol CV hardtail race mountain bike. They call it “After Shock Control”, lending the rider more control and comfort by isolating him or her from trail buzz and small impacts. Here’s how it works…

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Bianchi introduced their NASA-approved (and used) Countervail vibration damping technology on the Infinito endurance road bike all the way back in 2013. Then they added it to their Aquila TT/triathlon bike and the Specialissima ultralight climbing road bike. Now it comes to the dirt on the 2017 Bianchi Methanol CV hardtail race mountain bike. They […]

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