Posts in the category Mountain Bike

Want a Bamboo Bike? Build it yourself with the Bamboobee BIY Kit

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If you’re a fan of DIY, you might want to check out the Bamboobee Bike’s BIY kit. Designed as an economical way to get your own bamboo frame, the kit takes is a step further by providing the raw materials to build a frame along with some instruction. If you have been longing for the satisfaction of building your own bicycle frame, this is probably as easy as it gets – until Lego makes a life size, rideable bike that is.

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Putting the Mavic Crossmax XL WTS and Fury Shoes to the test with Jeff Lenosky

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It isn’t every day that a mountain bike super hero calls you up to go for a ride. Naturally, when Jeff Lenosky asked for us to show him around the trails at Brown County State Park in Indiana I jumped at the chance. He would get an opportunity to ride the notoriously difficult trail known as Schooner’s Trace, and I would get a chance to try out the latest treads – for both the bike and my feet.

This wasn’t my first time aboard the Mavic Crossmax XL Wheel Tire System, but it would the first time that I was able to ride them on trails in my backyard. On a perfect late Summer’s day we set out on what turned out to be an awesome ride with Jeff clearing all of Schooner’s. That may not sound like much, until you see the video of one of the more challenging sections next…

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EB14: Roundup – Colorful Custom Suspension Tuning & Other Parts, Fat Tires and Other MTB Fun!

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We’ve seen purple and green anodized forks from Marzocchi in the past, but now you can get your fork tuned for both performance and aesthetics by Fast Suspension.

Offering everything from replacement internals to full damping customization for a wide range of forks and shocks from Rockshox, Fox, Marzocchi, Headshok and more. The purple color is a new, ultra low friction coating…and it’s available black, gold, green and other custom colors, too. The pics tell the story below of the options, plus there’s suspension for kids and much more…

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Set Up Camp With the New Blackburn Outpost Adventure Bags

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If you’re daydreaming at your computer thinking about your next big adventure, toying with the idea of bike packing, you’re going to need some bags. Packing light is key, but you still need a way to carry the essentials. As bikepacking has become more popular Blackburn has used their Ranger ambassador program to help develop some killer new bags that will get you out there and get you back home.

Capable of crossing the Great Divide, or making sure you’re well stocked for a day trip, the Outpost series includes a Handlebar Roll, Top Tube Bag, and a Seat Pack. Certainly not your ordinary seat pack, the Outpost model provides an extra large capacity that will mount to nearly any bike. Adjustable to fit smaller or larger items, the Seat Pack includes a stuff sack  but is also compatible with standard dry bags.

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EB14: Haero Carbon Makes World’s Lightest Aero Handlebars

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German brand Haero Carbon is part of a family of companies that specializes in mold and die production, making carbon parts for the automotive industry alongside really lightweight bike parts. They’re all 100% carbon, and they’re all 100% made in Germany.

The headliner for the brand is their H.253, a base bar and extensions combo that comes in at just 340g ready to ride. The base bar is 400mm wide and has open, ergonomic ends ready for brake lever insertion. It comes in at just 205g on its own. The center has integrated mounts for their extensions, letting you slide them in and out to fit. The back side of those slots feeds the wires or cables through to the frame.

More details and a unique take on road (and mountain!) bars below…

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Fox Gets Colorful w/ Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Heritage Decal Sets

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Using the same retro modern graphics they introduced on the 2015 Fox 36 fork, these limited edition decal sets celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary while helping you color match your suspension to your frame. Offered in seven colors (Cyan Blue, White, Stealth Black, Tennis Ball Yellow, Red, Green, Heritage Orange), the $20 decal sets will fit any Fox fork and shock.

Hit up your local bike shop to order, and check the ridiculous install video below…

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Just In: Hayes Radar Disc Brakes Offer Mineral Oil Performance on a Budget

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As a long time supporter of the use of DOT fluid for their disc brakes, the first Hayes brake based on mineral oil has arrived. While the company still believes in the use of DOT fluid for many applications, the fact that some OEM bike manufactures (mostly in Europe) are requiring mineral oil brake systems for their bikes has spurred the development of the Hayes Radar. The brake is the first to use the new Hayes Venom mineral oil, which like other mineral oil systems is non-toxic and safe for painted and finished surfaces.

The Radar is more than just a move to mineral oil however as the brake has been designed to use fewer parts and offer a simple, durable design. Fewer parts also means the system is easier to manufacture which ultimately results in a more affordable product. Expect the Hayes Radar to start showing up on complete bikes soon but we’ve got early report on their performance next…

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Factory Tour: The Garage Shop & Growth of Gamut USA

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The word Gamut means broad or far reaching, and judging from the Gamut’s presence at all levels of racing, it’s easy to imagine they’re a large corporation. Yet despite the polished website and big name sponsored athletes, Gamut is actually a small, rider-owned company.

Their idea for a better chain guide came about because Co-Founder Juan Graziosi wanted a lighter & more reliable solution for racing. Working in conjunction with his father Ed Graziosi, a machinist, they fabricated a working prototype in their garage. The idea would have likely ended there, but soon friends and fellow racers wanted guides as well, and selling the home made components quickly became a way for Juan to offset the cost of racing. The project began to look like a viable business venture when older brother Mateo and riding buddy Michael Poutre joined to to help crank up production and craft a business plan.

Today, Gamut continues to produce a large quantity of their products in the garage where Juan and his father created their first chain guide. Learn more about the process after the break…

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Oakley X Troy Lee Designs Collaboration Stays Bright, 6 New Models on the Way

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Troy Lee Designs is already known for their mountain bike and moto helmets, so what is the company to do when it come to goggles? Join forces with one of the most iconic eye wear manufacturers of course. The collaboration between Troy Lee Designs and Oakley is nothing new as they’ve been working together for years, but it does routinely put out some awesome new goggles and sunglasses with the typical TLD flair.

Already piloted to a Guinness World Record, the Airbrake MX Thunderbolt goggles above join the Mayhem goggle and 4 new Troy Lee Color options for sunglasses…

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