Posts in the category Reviews

Review: Feedback Sports Velo Wall Post – Minamalist, folding, wall-mounted bicycle rack

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Feedback Sports makes some of our favorite workstands, so it’s no surprise their bicycle storage products are top quality, too. Such is the case with the Velo Wall Post, a folding beam that holds your bike by the saddle or wheels with room for another set of wheels, helmet or myriad other gear. And it does all this with minimal footprint, making it the perfect addition for cramped city living since it folds up to the wall when not in use.

We first spotted it at Interbike last fall, where they showed off its integrated lock loop, allowing you to run a cable lock through the base to secure your bike. It took a while before we installed our test sample, but now that they’re available and shipping (and with some friendly prodding from them), we found a spot for one more bike on our walls…

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Review: Magura’s Mighty MT7 4 Piston Hydraulic Brakes

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It’s been a while since the Gustav M was the heavy weight king of the Magura line up. Since then that top spot has been taken by a new comer, the four piston MT7. While still offering massive amounts of power, the MT7 sets itself apart with a lightweight build that somewhat hides its heavyweight punch. On one hand the MT7s are light enough to find a home on enduro rigs but are powerful enough to stop full on DH bikes.

After living with them for a few seasons, the MT7s were a surprising fit for a completely different kind of bike as well…

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Scicon AeroComfort 2.0 TSA Soft-sided Bike Travel Bag – First Impressions

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Looking at our spring and summer that will have us stuffing bikes on trains and airplanes to get out and ride in some new places and return to some old favorites, we thought to give another thought to how our bikes would happily and safely make the trip. Whether it was our road and cross bikes that usually traveled by air, or the occasional trip to rail some far off mountain bike trails, we needed something up to the task of protecting just about any of our bikes. Taking a cue from the pros, we’ve started to test the newest AeroComfort 2.0 TSA bag, with its soft-side construction and built-in wheel bags, and are curious to see how it will stand up over time. Our experience so far hasn’t been without a little hiccup, as there are definitely pluses and minuses to a soft case, but our bikes have made it safely to their destinations.

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Having refined the AeroComfort for more than 30 years, Scicon has established itself as an industry leader and has earned the trust of the professionals riding at the top of our sport. With four Scicon-sponsored European pro teams racing their way across California this week,  some interesting infographics recently popped up in our inbox breaking down the logistics behind the race. 96 bikes in Scicon AeroComfort bags have made their way across the Atlantic and through countless transfers to bring these four teams to the start lines, and so far none have seen any damage in transit. Fly with us across the break to get more details on this newest iteration of the Scicon’s soft bike travel bag, to get a glimpse at what the pro teams pack, and find out what we think so far…

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Mini Review: Cat5Gear Cyclist Case

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Cat5Gear’s Cyclist Case is designed for storing cycling gear in a single, easy to carry storage solution. Whether for road, gravel, mountain biking or weekend excursions, the compartmentalized design keeps your gear organized in one convenient place.

With four main compartments, four mesh pockets, external water bottle storage pockets and ventilated, zippered lid, your gear is easy to sort and locate. Measuring 20″ wide, 15″ deep and 7.75″ in height, the case provides approximately 2,000 cubic inches of storage space… READ MORE ->

All-new Easton Heist mountain bike wheels – choose width & size for one low price

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It started with the Arc rims, offering three widths to suit everything from cross country to all mountain riding. Now, they’ve taken those rims and built them into very affordable wheels that are built to take full advantage of bigger, meatier tires and the more aggressive riding those tires allow.

The new Easton Heist wheels come in 29er and 27.5″ sizes, with internal rim widths of 24, 27 and 30 millimeters. They’re laced 3-cross to new X5 hubs, with 28 double butted spokes per wheel and silver brass nipples holding them in place. All of the spokes -front and rear, drive and non-drive side- are the same length, too, and the wheels come with five spares to make repairs quick and easy.

But you’ll have to earn those repairs with some hard ridin’…

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Solargenome Hydracharge, Solar Power on Your Back – Hands On & Thoughts on the Tech

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Two and a half years back we did a intro article about this photovoltaic-packing hydration bag that promised to charge your gadgets on the go, and we kind of left it at that. See then, most of us had a mobile phone that held a charge for a couple of days with limited other functionality and only some of us had a GPS on every ride. In any case, personal electronics hadn’t really taken over cycling so much and so there really wasn’t a constant need for more power. Now almost every ride gets tracked with a GPS or smartphone to upload to Strava, gotta get pics up on Instagram or it didn’t happen, why not upload some sick edits from the GoPro to Youtube, and surely we need to notify the world on Facebook and Twitter; and with all that comes a constant drain on our devices. Sure it’s fine on a 2hr ride, but what about that all day epic? Our followers don’t want to miss that, right?

OK, well thankfully it isn’t as crazy as that for most of us. But I can personally attest to finishing a ride on the last legs of an iPhone battery after using mobile maps to chart an alternate way home after an overnighter when my Garmin’s battery drained. This solar powered backpack from Solargenome seems like a pretty solid alternate to keep the electronics going as long as your adventures do.

Come past the break to see our first impressions of riding with the bag, powering our devices, and see its current discount…

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Super.natural’s Technical Base Layers Blend Fashion and Function

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For cooler days, riding in good quality base layers is a must. As a budget conscious rider, my previous cold weather tactic was layering a jersey or two inside a windbreaker. It was tolerable but not an ideal system, and now that my wardrobe includes some synthetic/merino wool technical garments I’m much more comfortable from start to finish on those cold rides.

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to test out super.natural’s synthetic blend Essential Full-Zip 220 hooded sweatshirt and Striped Sport 175 t-shirt. I’ve been quite pleased with both, particularly the hoodie which seems to come out on almost every ride these days…
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All-New Rotor INpower hides power meter tech inside crank spindle

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The antenna and battery cap on the non-drive crank is all you’ll see of the new INpower power meter…everything else is tucked inside the spindle.

The Rotor INPower is a clever new take on the crank-based power meter that puts all of the electronics inside the axle, which not only protects it, but keeps the rotational mass at the center.

But the location of the electronics is just part of the story. Rotor, which is known mostly for their ovalized chainrings, can show “different” power readings when those chainrings are used on standard spider-based power meters. This happens because the ovalized shape changes the zones of rotational speed at which you’re able to turn the pedals over by making it easier in your dead spots and harder in your power zones. The result, from our own experience, is that the overall pedal stroke is much smoother and the rotational speed seems more consistent to our legs, but they say a spider-based strain gauge may not see it that way.

The design also lets them use the same power meter across their entire range of cranks regardless of the arms, making it perfect for road, triathlon, cyclocross and mountain bikes…

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Review: ICE Sportswear Carbon Bib Shorts

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ICE Sportswear was founded by Armin Rahm, a former member of the German National Team, with over 40 years of competitive cycling under his belt. Drawing on his experience, Armin has an understanding of what a cyclist needs. This inspired him to create ICE Sportswear – clothing for athletes, by an athlete.

The company offers custom kit, as well as off-the-shelf, ready to ride designs. One of the ready to ride pieces of kit, is their ICE Carbon Bib Shorts. Featuring 10-panel construction, flatlock stitched seams, compression leg bands, anatomically designed chamois with gel inserts and anti-bacterial treatment, initial impressions make us think this is a high quality piece of clothing… READ MORE ->