Protection is about to get more comfortable with new Dainese Trail Skins 2, more

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Body protection is only useful if you actually wear it. Knee and elbow pad comfort continues to improve, but they’re still at that point where you probably won’t wear them if you don’t feel like you have to. In that regard, comfort is just as important as protection, so Dainese thinks they have the answer with their new Trail Skins 2. The successor to the popular Trail Skins, Dainese is building on their Fractal concept which imitates replication found in nature. These patterns typically include patterns that replicate with progressively smaller features which can be found in the padding of the new Trail Skins 2. At the center of the pad where you’re most likely to impact the pattern is thicker and tighter, with the protective shell getting thinner and lighter towards the edges.

Not only does the new design meet EN standards for protection, it also promises to be one of the most breathable and flexible knee/elbow pads on the market…

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Body protection is only useful if you actually wear it. Knee and elbow pad comfort continues to improve, but they’re still at that point where you probably won’t wear them if you don’t feel like you have to. In that regard, comfort is just as important as protection, so Dainese thinks they have the answer […]

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New Turner Flux gets official, v4.0 flows into carbon 27.5″ trail bike

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Back at Sea Otter, David Turner dropped a bit of a bomb on us. There was going to be a new carbon Flux, and it was at least for the time being, the end of aluminum Turner mountain bikes. Essentially, since the launch of the RFX and the Czar carbon models, the sales dwarfed the demand of the aluminum Burner and with Zen Fabrication closing their OEM framebuilding operation, it left Turner with a tough decision. Dave didn’t seem too flustered about it though stating that consumers wanted light weight carbon bikes more than U.S. made aluminum bikes when the price points were similar.

Which allowed him to focus on projects like the new Flux. Back for version 4.0, the Flux adds modern geometry and a unique ordering system while keeping a few things the same…

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Back at Sea Otter, David Turner dropped a bit of a bomb on us. There was going to be a new carbon Flux, and it was at least for the time being, the end of aluminum Turner mountain bikes. Essentially, since the launch of the RFX and the Czar carbon models, the sales dwarfed the […]

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New Truvativ Descendant CoLab trail bars celebrate top pros

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Truvativ is celebrating some of gravity mountain biking’s recent heroes with a special new series of their Descendant alloy and carbon mountain bike bars. From Kyle Strait repeating at the Red Bull Rampage to Stevie Smith’s multiple World Cup DH wins, with slopestyler Martin Söderström and enduro shredder Jérôme Clémentz in between, the Descendant CoLab series is about trying to celebrate what makes a rider a legend. Each of the bars picks up on an element of one of these great riders and gets a unique graphic treatment to inspire us to ride harder. Check out the first four components at the start of the new CoLab series…

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Truvativ is celebrating some of gravity mountain biking’s recent heroes with a special new series of their Descendant alloy and carbon mountain bike bars. From Kyle Strait repeating at the Red Bull Rampage to Stevie Smith’s multiple World Cup DH wins, with slopestyler Martin Söderström and enduro shredder Jérôme Clémentz in between, the Descendant CoLab series is about trying to celebrate what […]

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Rocky Mountain Slayer reintroduced into the wild as extreme enduro/big mountain ripper

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The Slayer is back to destroy all trails. Don’t worry conservationists, the Slayer isn’t really meant to ruin the trails, rather to conquer them in a pedalable, long travel package. Like many things in mountain biking, bikes in this travel category seems to be cyclical, and along with bikes like the new Pivot Firebird, big single crown bikes seem to be back. Thanks to a number of other modern component though, this new crop of bikes seems to be far more pedal friendly, likely with even better suspension to tame those trails…

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The Slayer is back to destroy all trails. Don’t worry conservationists, the Slayer isn’t really meant to ruin the trails, rather to conquer them in a pedalable, long travel package. Like many things in mountain biking, bikes in this travel category seems to be cyclical, and along with bikes like the new Pivot Firebird, big […]

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Bombtrack is ready for adventure with steel Beyond Plus trail explorer

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Tuscany Trail photos by OSMfilms. courtesy Bombtrack.

Don’t we all just want to get away sometimes? Bombtrack is getting ready for it with their newest mountain bike – the rigid steel Beyond Plus – with its big 2.8″ tires giving you the cush and traction to go wherever your heart desires. It seems strange to call a bike with 27.5+ wheels, giant tires, and thru-axles a ‘back-to-the basics’ look at mountain biking, but that is really what this bike is all about. Get back to the roots of our still young sport and head out an adventure exploring forgotten trails, way off of the beaten track. That’s what Bombtrack’s friend Clem Shovel did recently, when he strapped a set of Apidura bikepacking bags to the Beyond Plus and headed out to tackle the unsupported Tuscany Trail race. Check out how he did and the bike that took him on the adventure, after the jump…

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Don’t we all just want to get away sometimes? Bombtrack is getting ready for it with their newest mountain bike – the rigid steel Beyond Plus – with its big 2.8″ tires giving you the cush and traction to go wherever your heart desires. It seems strange to call a bike with 27.5+ wheels, giant tires, and thru-axles […]

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Review: Fat or Plus, the Otso Voytek’s Q factor will set you free

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When the crew from Wolf Tooth Components first told me about their Otso project, I was instantly intrigued. Fat bikes are getting better than ever, but a large majority of the population still struggles with the idea of a “one season bike” – even if that isn’t really true. Now that plus bikes, especially hard tails, are gaining in popularity, could the Otso be the ultimate plus/fat hybrid? More importantly, plus bike aside, would the clever design of the Voytek create an even better fat bike?

I couldn’t wait to find out (literally)…

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When the crew from Wolf Tooth Components first told me about their Otso project, I was instantly intrigued. Fat bikes are getting better than ever, but a large majority of the population still struggles with the idea of a “one season bike” – even if that isn’t really true. Now that plus bikes, especially hard […]

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RaceFace adds three new Aeffect wheel models, Turbine R stems for 35mm bars

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More than likely, if you’re looking for new wheels from RaceFace the new Turbine R wheels will be your first choice. As much as we’d all like to run the best parts all the time though, if you’re looking for more affordable wheels RaceFace has you covered. The new Aeffect SL, R, and Plus wheels follow suit with the rest of their Aeffect product offering a great blend of performance and value. The wheels should check a lot of boxes for most riders with 27.5 and 29″ options in most versions, though the Plus will only be offered in 27.5″. Running a 40mm internal width, the Aeffect Plus is ready for adventure…

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More than likely, if you’re looking for new wheels from RaceFace the new Turbine R wheels will be your first choice. As much as we’d all like to run the best parts all the time though, if you’re looking for more affordable wheels RaceFace has you covered. The new Aeffect SL, R, and Plus wheels follow […]

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Crankworx 2016: Retro Rides from Mongoose and Rocky Mountain

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What goes around, comes around…What was old is new again…there are a few ways to say it, but retro styling holds a certain appeal for those who recall when that particular trend or aesthetic first became popular. Both Mongoose and Rocky Mountain had some awesome retro-inspired bikes on display at Crankwork Whistler this year, which our more experienced readers may recall from roughly 20 years ago.

Mongoose has decided to produce a small number of near-replicas of their original ATB mountain bike. Nearly every component aside from its modern wheelset looks period-accurate, and the chrome treatment simply screams the 80’s. On the other hand, Rocky Mountain has taken a modern bike and given it an old-school paint job. As a 20th anniversary gift to Wade Simmons, the carbon Maiden seen above was hand-painted to match one of Simmons’ early bikes, and it even includes some phoney logos that’ll surely cause a few double-takes. Check out more pics of each below…
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What goes around, comes around…What was old is new again…there are a few ways to say it, but retro styling holds a certain appeal for those who recall when that particular trend or aesthetic first became popular. Both Mongoose and Rocky Mountain had some awesome retro-inspired bikes on display at Crankwork Whistler this year, which […]

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Specialized adds a splash of color w/ LTD Jawbreaker collection, new Ambush Comp and 2FO Cliplite Lace

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It was hard to miss the latest limited edition color option from Specialized out at Crankworx. Named for crazy color combinations of the namesake candy, the Jawbreaker LTD colorway is splashed across the line in limited numbers. On the footwear side, the Jawbreaker color will be offered for sure as the 2FO Cliplite for the same price as non LTD colors, though they’re also shown here as the 2FO flat. Jawbreaker also finds its way onto a frame, helmet, and clothing, most of which you’ll actually be able to buy…

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It was hard to miss the latest limited edition color option from Specialized out at Crankworx. Named for crazy color combinations of the namesake candy, the Jawbreaker LTD colorway is splashed across the line in limited numbers. On the footwear side, the Jawbreaker color will be offered for sure as the 2FO Cliplite for the same price […]

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