Week In Review: fancy paint, clever hacks, crazy concepts and more!

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This week we saw impressively painted bikes from Scott for the Rio Olympics, Marin reintroducing their classic color fade in honor of their 30th anniversary, and looking toward the future Cyclotron’s hub-less bike fulfilling their crowdfunding goals. There was also a hands-free communication device from Japan to keep you and your riding buddies in touch whether you are riding locally or around the world, a hack to make your reverb work with any lever, and lots more. Skim through all the headlines below so you don’t fall off the back… Continue reading “Week In Review: fancy paint, clever hacks, crazy concepts and more!”



This week we saw impressively painted bikes from Scott for the Rio Olympics, Marin reintroducing their classic color fade in honor of their 30th anniversary, and looking toward the future Cyclotron’s hub-less bike fulfilling their crowdfunding goals. There was also a hands-free communication device from Japan to keep you and your riding buddies in touch whether […]

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Review: Niner Air 9 RDO floats like a dragonfly and stings like a really angry yellow jacket

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With suspension technology changing faster than the choice for president, we have become accustomed to waking up in the morning to see what version of what suspension platform is ruling the world that day. Though not as intriguing, we sometimes forget that the simple characteristics of a tried and true hardtail are still as relevant as the days folks first started shredding Repack.

Niner sent us their flagship feather-weight Air 9 RDO (Race Day Optimized for those not in the know), stacked with some of their house components, XTR drivetrain, and RockShox’s RS-1 carbon inverted fork. The RDO definitely puts the purpose of this bike into perspective when it comes to “Race Day Optimized”. Check out what made me grin… and what made me cringe riding this race machine…

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With suspension technology changing faster than the choice for president, we have become accustomed to waking up in the morning to see what version of what suspension platform is ruling the world that day. Though not as intriguing, we sometimes forget that the simple characteristics of a tried and true hardtail are still as relevant […]

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Week in Review: New goods from Specialized, Diamondback, Cotic and so much more!

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This past week we had two double headers, providing a doubly in depth look at the new Specialized Sequoia adventure gravel bike and the ultralight Easton EC90 SL cranks. But there were plenty more items worth highlighting, like the sweet new Diamondback Haanjo Carbon, which brings massive tire clearance and a svelte new carbon frame to the off road drop bar scene. Lots to catch up on, and all of it opens in a new tab for easy browsing…

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This past week we had two double headers, providing a doubly in depth look at the new Specialized Sequoia adventure gravel bike and the ultralight Easton EC90 SL cranks. But there were plenty more items worth highlighting, like the sweet new Diamondback Haanjo Carbon, which brings massive tire clearance and a svelte new carbon frame […]

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Review: Effetto Mariposa’s Shelter Frame Protector Kit

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No matter the type of bike you ride, road, mountain, gravel or cyclocross, invariably, the frame is going to be pinged and dinged by rocks or debris thrown up by the front wheel. Or, the driveside chainstay, abused by a slapping chain and slammed by grime and chain lube. There are several products on the market to help alleviate these issues, but Effetto Mariposa go a little further, offering a robust adhesive that promises to keep your bike looking good. Click on through for our review… Continue reading “Review: Effetto Mariposa’s Shelter Frame Protector Kit”



No matter the type of bike you ride, road, mountain, gravel or cyclocross, invariably, the frame is going to be pinged and dinged by rocks or debris thrown up by the front wheel. Or, the driveside chainstay, abused by a slapping chain and slammed by grime and chain lube. There are several products on the […]

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Review: Rapha’s wet weather Pro Team Shadow kit

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Rapha quietly added some arm, knee, and leg warmers to their shop recently with the same Shadow fabric that we had been testing since last winter, racing cyclocross and generally riding whenever the roads and trails have gotten wet. That got me thinking more about the Pro Team Shadow kit that I’ve even pulled out of the closet a few times since the cold left. And so in a bout of unseasonably cold and wet weather at our EU HQ this week, it felt like time to take a look back to that kit with the idea of looking forward to foul weather riding as well. And maybe even getting out for a wet ride after work today.

So lets have a look at the Pro Team Shadow kit, made from such a fabric that it has gotten me excited about riding in the rain, and more so looking forward to a new pair of leg warmers…

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Rapha quietly added some arm, knee, and leg warmers to their shop recently with the same Shadow fabric that we had been testing since last winter, racing cyclocross and generally riding whenever the roads and trails have gotten wet. That got me thinking more about the Pro Team Shadow kit that I’ve even pulled out of the […]

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Review: Bontrager Aeolus 5 aero, tubeless disc brake carbon clinchers & R3 tires

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Bontrager Aeolus 5 TLR tubeless ready aero disc brake road bike carbon clincher wheels review and actual weights

Wasn’t too long ago that the terms “disc brake” and “aerodynamic” were mutually exclusive, but as things slowly proceed to put rotors in the pro peloton, the two concepts were bound to come together.

Bontrager is one brand that’s prepped and ready, even if all their top-level race bikes haven’t made the switch yet. I’ve been riding the Aeolus 5 TLR wheelset since last summer and they’ve proven fast, strong and able to handle some abuse. That last bit, plus their beginner-friendly setup, helps set them apart in a world where aero gains from brand to brand are so minuscule anymore…

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Wasn’t too long ago that the terms “disc brake” and “aerodynamic” were mutually exclusive, but as things slowly proceed to put rotors in the pro peloton, the two concepts were bound to come together. Bontrager is one brand that’s prepped and ready, even if all their top-level race bikes haven’t made the switch yet. I’ve […]

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Review: Is SRAM’s NX 1x Drivetrain good enough to ditch your double?

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SRAM NX 1x drivetrain review actual weights mtb (2)

If you’ve been considering switching to a SRAM 1x group, there are probably two big factors to consider. Price, and the need for an XD driver. Riders may have been creating their own modified 1x drivetrains with cassette adapters and such for years, but the addition of a commercially available 1x group that is actually affordable – really affordable, is something new.

Not only does SRAM’s NX group represent a massive decrease in price, it also offers something new in terms of the cassette. Rather than relying on SRAM’s XD driver, the new PG-1130 cassette uses a standard 9/10/11 speed freehub that lowers the barrier to entry even further. So you have a group that offers most of the 1x advantage that is also affordable, and accessible.

But is it worth it?

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If you’ve been considering switching to a SRAM 1x group, there are probably two big factors to consider. Price, and the need for an XD driver. Riders may have been creating their own modified 1x drivetrains with cassette adapters and such for years, but the addition of a commercially available 1x group that is actually […]

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First Look: Spada’s Rapido SL 29er wheelset offers carbon weight at an alloy price

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Spada Rapido SLItalians are not the least bit shy when it comes to pouring as much passion as they do performance into their machinery. In this regard, Spada is no different when it comes to these racing hoops. While not an enormous company, they more than make up for their size with experience considering the owner/designer is the 3rd generation of his family in the bicycle business. He also happens to be obsessed with improving every detail of everything Spada makes.

Spada sent us a set of their colorful & crazy light Rapido SL 29er wheels to put through the paces, but the first thing I had to do was take a closer look and get these beauties on the scales! Check out the details and actual weights ahead…

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Italians are not the least bit shy when it comes to pouring as much passion as they do performance into their machinery. In this regard, Spada is no different when it comes to these racing hoops. While not an enormous company, they more than make up for their size with experience considering the owner/designer is the 3rd […]

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One Ride Review: The quite capable Pivot Mach 429 Trail

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pivot mach 429 trail mountain bike review

The first 29er I ever rode was the Pivot Mach 429. It was at a demo day in Charlotte, NC, well before Bikerumor was a twinkling in my eye, and it hooked me. Immediately after that test loop, I rode the 26″ version and felt slow and clumsy. Twenty niners were it from then on out for me.

Now, almost a decade later, I hopped on the latest and greatest version of it, the Mach 429 Trail. Compared to the standard Mach 429, the “Trail” version adds 16mm of rear wheel travel (116mm total) and pairs it with a 120-130mm fork (up from 100mm for the more XC/race 429). We rolled out on the Shultz Creek trails in Flagstaff, AZ, to see what it could do…

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The first 29er I ever rode was the Pivot Mach 429. It was at a demo day in Charlotte, NC, well before Bikerumor was a twinkling in my eye, and it hooked me. Immediately after that test loop, I rode the 26″ version and felt slow and clumsy. Twenty niners were it from then on […]

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