Posts in the category Mountain Bike

Fuse Protection Gears Up For 2015 With New Site, New Line Of Echo MTB Pads


Fuse Protection is known for helmets, pads and gloves for the park market, and now they’re bringing their slim neoprene and cordura pads to the mountain.

Known as the Echo, the line will be a elbow pad, knee pad, and combo knee-shin pad made with SAS-TEC foam to protect your joints from impact. SAS-TEC is a soft and flexible viscoelastic foam with extreme impact absorption properties, and actually meets German standards for motorcycle protection. It’s layered inside a breathable perforated Duratex neoprene to create the pad, and then covers the back side with a dual layer of soft Lycra.

To celebrate the growth, they’ve launched a new website and a series of ride videos…


Mission Workshop’s New San Francisco Digs, Plus A Sneak Peak at New Threads


For many years, Mission Workshop was based in a beautiful (albeit very small) workspace in the back of a dingy alley. Surrounded by some of San Francisco’s best dive bars, taquerias, and messenger scene, the company prospered.

To celebrate some well deserved growth, the company expanded from it’s original back alley location into an adjacent retail space - and into some prime real estate. The new storefront now opens onto Valencia Street, one of the most well trafficked streets in the heart of the cities bustling Mission District.

We were on hand for the opening party and caught a sneak peak at some new goods. Head past the break to read more… READ MORE ->

Review: Race Face Turbine Cinch Cranks – From Enduro to Fat Bikes, There’s a Spindle for That

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First introduced on the Next SL carbon crankset, the Race Face Cinch crankset interface promised a revolution in crankset design. No longer limited to a single spindle or chainring configuration, Cinch meant compatibility for a much wider range of bikes while giving the end user an extremely versatile product.

After the Next SL got its legs, Race Face introduced the Turbine Cinch – their first aluminum crank with the design. Not only did the Turbine represent a much more economical Cinch crankset, but provided an option for fans of metal rather than carbon for their crank arms. After the weigh in and installation, it was out to the trails for a season of abuse. See how they fared plus their new assignment next…


Strap on Some Bluto Protection with new Beaver Guard Fat Bike Fender

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We’re pretty convinced at this point that suspension for fat bikes is a good thing, but it brings up a few potential concerns. One of those issues centers around the durability of the fork seals. By nature, a fat bike is pretty much guaranteed to see more slop and muck than the average bike – not to mention road salt.

As you would imagine, those monstrous tires also have equally impressive spray, flinging mud, snow, and sand everywhere. Conceived by Chris Lalonde after his own sloppy experiences on his Bluto equipped fat bike, the Beaver Guard is similar to a number of other front fenders but specifically built for the RockShox Bluto.

After a few super muddy rides of our own (don’t worry, no trails were harmed), something like the new Beaver Guard Fat Bike Fender seems like it should be standard equipment. Selling for just $15 plus shipping, you’re going to want the details after the jump…


Holiday Gift Ideas: Tyler’s Wish List


Each year, we put together our series of holiday gift guides disguised as our own wish lists. They’re also sort of like our version of an “Editor’s Choice” awards, only less formal. These are just the products we’ve seen and possibly tested this year that stood out in some way. Each of us have our own riding style, different terrain and unique preferences, but between us we represent a pretty good spread of the general cycling public. Each one is prefaced with a bit about us so you can see if your own style (or that of a favorite cyclist in your life) matches up.

I’m Tyler, and I like bikes. I ride road long and slow, XC mountain bike on flat-to-rolling singletrack with the occasional trip to the big mountains of Pisgah, NC, and my cyclocross bike sees use year ’round as a commuter, adventurer and generally fun bike to ride. I race only a few times a year, and only for fun, but I still like to see how well I can do and how far I can push myself and my equipment.


Gifts come and go, but experiences last a lifetime. So, topping our lists this year is the experience each of us would most like to have. For me, that’s a framebuilding class at Metal Guru. After meeting Vicious Cycles founder and Metal Guru owner Carl Schlemowitz at the Philly Bike Expo this year, his program stood out in that it brings in well known builders like Steve Bilenky and others to teach classes. Choose from steel welding or brazing and you’ll leave the 68-hour class with your own unique frame.


First Look: New Santa Cruz V10 Gets Official with 27.5″ Wheeled V10.6

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Santa Cruz seems to have a thing for Christmas parties featuring their V10 downhill bike. Last year the company used the opportunity to introduce a special Greg Minaar Replica Edition, and this year? The 2014 party featured the launch of their all new V10.6. Rolling on 27.5″ wheels, the new V10.6 is the same bike that clinched the 2014 World Cup Title as well as a World Champs medal.

Now with bigger wheels, 216mm of travel, and adjustable geometry, the V10.6 is also available in two different carbon layups with the high end Carbon CC and more affordable Carbon C. Combined with a Shimano Zee build kit, the Carbon C V10.6 brings Santa Cruz downhill performance down to a more affordable level thanks to a slightly heavier, lower modulus carbon build.

Santa Cruz can’t guarantee you’ll ride like Bryceland on the new bike, but if you do land that huge huck to flat, you know the bike is good for it….


Review: Ergon GE1 Grips and SME3 Pro Carbon Saddle

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Years ago when Ergon grips started showing up on the rigs of all the local endurance racers, I must admit, I wasn’t all that interested. Sure, they looked like they were quality grips with good design, but I never really liked the feel of the big ergonomic grips on my bike. Eventually I was convinced to buy one of the first pairs of the GA1s. Their rounded shape promised better feel for technical riding, but truthfully they didn’t stay on my bike for long.

Thankfully, the GE1 is worlds apart from that first GA1 (which is also now much improved with the new GA1 Evo). Hailed as the company’s first “enduro” specific grip, the round but still very ergonomic grip looked great on paper and turns out to be just as good in real life. As a company that focuses on your body’s points of contact with the bike, Ergon also offers a full range of saddles which could redefine your perception of comfort….


Secret Shimano Di2 Button Will Soon Control Your Cycling Computer…Maybe Shocks, Too?

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Earlier this year, Shimano’s D-Fly wireless transmitter plugged into the Di2 system to wirelessly send information to an ANT+ cycling computer and relay gear selection, gear ratio, etc. Now, our friends at told us there’s a button hidden under the top of the hoods on Dura-Ace Di2 9070 shifter levers that until now has been unused.  That button sends a distinct wireless signal to those same computers to do, well, something.

Garmin, Magellan, Pioneer and Shimano PRO are those already integrating the gear info, so it’s no stretch to imagine they’ll be among the first to use the button to cycle through functions and screens.

But what if this were ported over to mountain bikes?


Wheels Manufacturing Adds 12 New Hangers for Trek, Bianchi, Fuji, Ridley, Plus More on the Way

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Replacement derailleur hangers aren’t generally a part that is given much thought. For many cyclists, the fact that hanger is even replaceable likely goes completely unnoticed until their derailleur makes a fateful leap into the spokes. At that point it’s usually a “what will get me back on the road as quickly as possible” moment rather than what will result in the best shifting.

At this point we should probably point out that all derailleur hangers are not created equal. While they may look identical, material choice and precision can lead to mushy shifting or worse – having to single speed your bike just to make it home (you do have a chain tool with you, right?). While some stock derailleur hangers are forged from relatively soft aluminum, Wheels Manufacturing CNC  machines all of their hangers from 6061 billet aluminum with a black anodized finish.

As one of the leading manufacturers of replacement derailleur hangers, Wheels Manufacturing has called Colorado home since they started their operation in Boulder in 1988. Now in Louisville, Colorado, Wheels MFG possess an expansive and ever growing catalog with well over 900 different part. If there’s a small part that you need, chances are good that Wheels MFG has it, and it’s made right there in Colorado. After just announcing the addition of another 10 new derailleur hangers to the line up, we spoke with the founder of Wheels Manufacturing, Dave Batka about how they go about selecting new bikes for hangers. Some of the answers may surprise you…