Posts in the category Mountain Bike

Hands On: Magura MT7 Quad Piston Hydraulic Brakes

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Equal parts motorcycle and mountain bike DNA, the Magura MT7 is a brake built for speed. Well, managing speed is more like it. Designed as a smaller and lighter version of their own supermoto brake caliper, the MT7 boasts 4 pistons and 4 individual pads for increased stopping power. Paired with a new Carbotecture brake lever with a radial master cylinder, the MT7 offers is the king of the MT NEXT brake line when it comes to power.

In spite of the massive braking performance, the MT7s area also pretty light with the weight skewed towards the brake caliper where it can help with heat management. After our initial impressions out in Sedona, Magura sent over a pair to mount up to a bike of our own. Details and actual weights next…


Must Watch: Jeff Kendall-Weed Rips Tahoe with Kitsbow and Ibis

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Anyone who has ever met Jeff Kendall-Weed knows he absolutely rips on a bike. His insane bike handling and ever positive attitude will leave you smiling and pulling wheelies trail side before you know it. If you need proof of that just check out the latest edit put together by Kitsbow and Ibis of Jeff checking out the trails and not-so-trails in South Lake Tahoe for the first time.

You can totally ride like Jeff on the all new Mojo HD, well, as long as you have the skills…


Hands On: Wolf Tooth Components 16t Cassette Cog

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Who ever thought we would need to review a single cog as part of a cassette, right? Thanks to the crazy world of 1x drive trains and drive train conversions as well as the lack of readily available 16t cogs, this is the reality. Fortunately, while also providing us with aluminum 40 and 42t cassette adapters, companies like Wolf Tooth Components have also provided us with steel cassette cog replacements to provide a better jump between gearing.

Whether you’re running Shimano or SRAM, the WTC 16t cog will provide a better experience along with your GC – just make sure to install it correctly…


First Run of Domahidy Mountain Bikes Done, Will Ship w/ Paid One Year IMBA Membership


Steve Domahidy’s new namesake brand of bikes kickstarted things earlier this year, took pre-orders, and now the first batch is on the water, en route to the U.S. for a December delivery.

As a bonus, all of them will arrive at their new homes with a prepaid one-year IMBA membership (and a free pair of IMBA socks!). Domahidy helped start Niner Bikes before leaving to work with Factor Bikes and others, then started his own brand to offer titanium and Reynolds 853 steel bikes in both 650B and 29er wheel sizes. He had this to say about the give back:

“While at Niner, Chris (Sugai) and I both agreed that IMBA was the lifeblood to a sport we made our living from, so it was important to support them. was our decision to start the limited-‐edition paint scheme to benefit IMBA and it was a huge success. With Domahidy Designs, I wanted to find a meaningful way to continue on that road, but not mimic what Niner is already doing (that latest ROS 9 Plus was amazing!). So I decided to be the industry leader, and pay for a one year IMBA membership for every single person who buys a Domahidy Designs, and for added incentive, I’m throwing in a free pair of IMBA socks.”


No More Mud In Your Face With RockGuardz Evo2 Carbon Fiber Fender


Rockguardz, makers of carbon fiber fenders for mountain bikes, wanted to improve on their short length guard, and give it the performance of a longer guard. The shorter ones were popular for racing since they stayed out of the way, but didn’t provide as much coverage. By looking into the reasons why, they have brought out the Evo2, having the protection performance of a large coverage fender with the size of a small fender.

Rockguardz isn’t new, they have been making great carbon fiber covers for your down tube, and other fenders from carbon fiber, and getting their start by advertising on eBay.

Matt Walker, downhill rider for the Saracen development team helped with the research on getting this performance. They mapped out the tangents that mud flies off the front wheel, and insured this small fender would keep it out of the eyes of the rider.  Jump after the break to find out the story…


First Look: Box Components 35mm MTB Cusp Stem and Carbon X Bar

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Box Components has been teasing us for a while with some great looking mountain bikes components that while very intriguing, weren’t yet available to the public. The fact that we have a set of the Box X Bars and Cusp stem in our possession is big news for the company as they expand from their roots in BMX to the world of mountain biking. Not that the company lacks mountain biking heritage – after all, it is founded by the Toby Henderson.

Borrowing from their line of award winning BMX bars and stems, the first Box mountain bike cockpit aims straight for the top with a 35mm carbon bar and matching 3D forged aluminum stem. On paper the combination should be competitive in both weight and price. Full details including actual weights next… READ MORE ->

Found: Galfer Brake Pads, Rotors Bring Spanish Moto Tech to Mountain Bikes

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Galfer is a Spanish company that’s been making brake pads since 1947, mostly for automotive and moto. Along the way, they branched into bicycle parts, where they’re better known in Europe with plenty of OEM placement. Now, they’re starting to make a name for themselves stateside.

Their Disc Wave rotors are made of a high carbon steel that’s laser cut and double circular ground. Visually, they look similar to Ashima’s featherweight rotors, but the thicker stalks and slightly smaller holes suggest there’s more material here to help capture and dissipate the heat, and they do claim heat management is excellent. The weights back that up, with them coming in 20g to 30g heavier than a comparably sized Ashima rotor…but they’re by no means heavy. The 160mm Galfer Wave rotor comes in at a claimed 99g, which is 14g lighter than the new SRAM Centerline rotors. So, they’re on the lighter side of normal, which makes them a good option for road and cyclocross, too.

The wave pattern is a patented design they created in the 90′s and refers to the outer edges’ wave-like pattern. They say it helps the rotor stay cleaner and cooler. They’re all made in Spain in Galfer’s own factory, too. They’re 1.8mm thick, and they say they remain quiet and vibration free, work great in dry and wet and have a corrosion resistant finish. The best part? Retail is just $30 to $35!

Now for the pads…


Banshee’s 2015 DH Race Bike is Longer, Leaner, and more Legendary than Ever

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When it comes to DH racing, times have changed. Many racers are looking for longer and lighter bikes that still have a low center of gravity. Looking to offer just that, Banshee has made some serious updates to their Legend DH frame. Unlike much of the competition however, the changes pertain just to the frame – not the wheel size.

Yes, fans of the 26″ wheel will have a brand new 2015 race sled that still rolls the smaller wheel. Add to that some significant changes in geometry, increased compatibility, and improved suspension, and the Legend is looking like an awesome privateer rig to get you to that top step of the podium…


Jared Graves Teases Possible Prototype Yeti SB8c Downhill Bike & Carbon DT Swiss DH Wheels

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Last year, Yeti made the difficult decision to  abandon the World Cup Downhill scene in order to support their Factory Enduro World Series Team, which included top contender Jared Graves, and up and comer Richie Rude.

Mid way through this years EWS Campaign, they released two well received trail & enduro models sporting their new Switch Infinity Platform, and shortly thereafter, Richie Rude was spotted testing  a long travel aluminum prototype. Details regarding that prototype have been scarce, although on a post on MTBR, the Colorado based company claimed the test mule was simply being used to dial in kinematics and geometry, and that a new model was no where near production.

Despite these claims, Jared Graves just posted this incredible new build to his Facebook page.