Review: Dean’s titanium Antero cross bike takes “custom” titanium to a whole new (price) level

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Dean Titanium has a deep history and since long time employee and welder Ari Leon has taken the reigns, we’ve seen a lot of new shapes and offerings coming out of the Boulder frame builder’s doors. After chatting with them at Interbike last year, they suggested we check out one of their new “stock” offerings, so we did!

Getting on a nice titanium bike for close to the cost of (high quality) steel was great, but Dean’s Antero cross bike has a few tricks up its sleeve… plus you can customize the frame to suite your needs…

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Dean Titanium has a deep history and since long time employee and welder Ari Leon has taken the reigns, we’ve seen a lot of new shapes and offerings coming out of the Boulder frame builder’s doors. After chatting with them at Interbike last year, they suggested we check out one of their new “stock” offerings, […]

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Dissent Labs 8” Supercrew and Semenuk GFX Compression Socks

Dissent Labs socks, on feet

Dissent Labs socks, feet up

Hailing from Pemberton, B.C. Dissent Labs is a small brand that has some big names (like Brandon Semenuk, Mike Hopkins, Remi Gauvin, and Bas and Tom Van Steenbergen) backing their products. Dissent Labs was formed when company owner Josh Hall decided to create a line of high quality socks that would keep serious athletes as comfortable as possible.

Dissent manufactures socks for both skiing and mountain biking, and the brand was officially launched during Crankworx 2012. Hall teamed up with PerformX athletes Remy Metailler, Casey Brown and Kyle Sangers, and word spread quickly that they were loving their new socks. By the end of the week Dissent had signed on a dozen or so riders, many of whom are still core team members.

Based on the growing popularity of the brand, it seems Dissent’s technical aspects and comfortable fit are striking a chord with many riders. Below we’ll check out the specs and ride reviews of their Supercrew and Semenuk GFX Compression socks…
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Hailing from Pemberton, B.C. Dissent Labs is a small brand that has some big names (like Brandon Semenuk, Mike Hopkins, Remi Gauvin, and Bas and Tom Van Steenbergen) backing their products. Dissent Labs was formed when company owner Josh Hall decided to create a line of high quality socks that would keep serious athletes as […]

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Review: Wickwerks lets you have your cake & eat it too meshing Standard 53t & Compact 34t rings

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I had a pretty extensive conversation with the folks at Wickwerks at Interbike back in September as I was somewhat intrigued by their new option for junior gearing that would make needing to order special-sized cassettes a thing of the past. Even more so was that they were “successfully” running a 53 + 34 tooth chainring combination they developed, which I knew from past experience shouldn’t work well. I mean, you could drive a Prius through the gap between the small chainring and the front derailleur cage!

They sent me 2 sets of their Road Ultra Wide rings to try out on both mechanical and Di2 systems to see if how they worked…

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I had a pretty extensive conversation with the folks at Wickwerks at Interbike back in September as I was somewhat intrigued by their new option for junior gearing that would make needing to order special-sized cassettes a thing of the past. Even more so was that they were “successfully” running a 53 + 34 tooth chainring combination they developed, […]

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Review: Featherweight Fuji SL 1.3 floats like a butterfly, but only the competition will feel the sting

Fuji SL (1)

Fuji SL (1)

It isn’t often that I pick up a bike and am almost afraid to ride it. Fuji’s 14.17lb/6.44kg SL 1.3 was a bike I’d been wanting to try since it was first announced back in August. Taking into consideration that a bike this light is bound to spend time on the hills. Even with the 695 gram frame being a climber’s dream, the SL 1.3 is made for pure performance on the road, regardless of rider or terrain.

Check out all of the reasons I think this bike should be on someone’s top five list of this season’s race machines…

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It isn’t often that I pick up a bike and am almost afraid to ride it. Fuji’s 14.17lb/6.44kg SL 1.3 was a bike I’d been wanting to try since it was first announced back in August. Taking into consideration that a bike this light is bound to spend time on the hills. Even with the 695 gram frame being a climber’s dream, the […]

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Maxxis Appalachian Summit – New tire testing at the Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-a-way

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When you think of Georgia, you might not think Maxxis tires and mountain bike destinations. That’s precisely the reason Maxxis had us down to Elijay, GA.
Tucked away well off the main road in the mountains of north Georgia, there is a gem of a mountain bike destination that is known as the Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway. Just a few hours from Maxxis’ USA headquarters in Suwanee, GA, Mulberry Gap is the perfect base camp to stage some epic back country rides. It also turned out to be a great stage to check out some of the latest treads and tire technology from Maxxis

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When you think of Georgia, you might not think Maxxis tires and mountain bike destinations. That’s precisely the reason Maxxis had us down to Elijay, GA. Tucked away well off the main road in the mountains of north Georgia, there is a gem of a mountain bike destination that is known as the Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway. Just a […]

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Review: Fatback Skookum will have you thinking fat bikes year ’round

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To most people, the mention of a fat bike instantly brings to mind pictures of snow and ice. To others, fat bikes are used regardless of the conditions or season. That second group is exactly who the Fatback Skookum was designed for.

When it came time to design their all terrain/trail fat bike, Fatback was looking for something that would complement their stable of race winning adventure fat bikes. Something with shorter chainstays, slacker angles, and even room for more travel. Something exactly like the new Skookum…

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To most people, the mention of a fat bike instantly brings to mind pictures of snow and ice. To others, fat bikes are used regardless of the conditions or season. That second group is exactly who the Fatback Skookum was designed for. When it came time to design their all terrain/trail fat bike, Fatback was looking […]

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First Rides & Actual Weights – Lauf Grit leaf spring gravel road bike suspension fork

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lauf grit gravel road bike leaf spring suspension fork

The all-new Lauf Grit leaf spring suspension fork for gravel bikes could end up being their best product so far…and I really do like their Trail Racer XC fork. I’ve even ridden their Carbonara fat bike fork and see the merit there, too. But after just one rider on the Grit, I’m having more fun than ever on our local cyclocross and gravel trails.

Using half the travel of their XC fork, the Grit’s 30mm of suspension is tuned to sag about 6mm once you’re on the bike, which sets the axle-to-crown only slightly higher than a stock fork on most gravel and cyclocross bikes. The result is just enough movement to soak up the small roots, rocks, washboards and imperfect pavement sections that otherwise jar and vibrate your hands and arms into fatigue. Or just cause the wheel to skip around when traction is key, like in fast, sweeping turns down a mountainside service road.

Did it change the bike’s handling? Yes, slightly, but not in the way I expected…

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The all-new Lauf Grit leaf spring suspension fork for gravel bikes could end up being their best product so far!

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2017 Fox 32 SC XC fork – Test rides and first impressions

2017 Fox 32 SC step cast fork first ride review

2017 Fox 32 SC step cast fork first ride review

The all-new 2017 Fox 32 SC landed in our office a couple weeks before it’s formal introduction, giving us a chance to log some miles on our local XC trails. Initially, I was simultaneously excited by the claimed weights, intrigued by the design and curious how stiff it would be.

The Step Cast design uses the same narrow crown for both standard (100mm) and Boost (110mm) axles, with only the lowers getting more or less of a stepped design to accommodate the different axle widths. We received the 29er Boost model, and it uses Boost’s benefits in a clever way to both save weight and provide a stiff overall wheel-and-fork package. With virtually every other fork brand using Boost’s extra 10mm of space from bottom to top to increase the size of tire that’ll fit, Fox did the opposite to decrease weight without giving up stiffness.

On top of that, the internals work wonders to tame the typical roots, rocks and moderate berms, dips and other features typically found on cross country race courses. As luck would have it, Niner’s Boost-spaced RKT9 arrived just about the same time…

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The all-new 2017 Fox 32 SC landed in our office a couple weeks before it’s formal introduction, giving us a chance to log some miles on our local XC trails. Initially, I was simultaneously excited by the claimed weights, intrigued by the design and curious how stiff it would be. The Step Cast design uses the […]

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First Ride Review: SRAM XX1 & X01 Eagle 1×12 mountain bike groups

sram eagle x01 first ride review

sram eagle x01 first ride review

At the launch for the all-new SRAM Eagle 1×12 mountain bike groups, we had two full days of organized rides. The first was an XC loop aboard a Scott Spark equipped with the XX1 Eagle group. Day two was the “enduro” loop aboard a Kona Process 153 with X01 Eagle. Each day had several hours of riding, both with plenty of climbing, especially day two as we essentially ran different downhill enduro trails that mostly started from the same point…which we had to climb back to between each run.

Then, as a bonus, I stuck around to race, er, participate in round one of the Italian Super Enduro series, so I joined the SRAM folks for a pre-race day of shuttling a couple of the runs before the all-day, six-stage enduro running through the town of (and mountains surrounding) Massa Marittima, Italy. Those four days provided plenty of opportunity for things to skip, jump, drop or otherwise malfunction, but everything worked perfectly. And the massive range and low, low gearing of a 50-tooth cog x 32-tooth chainring was just what I needed on long, steep fire roads and singletrack sections by day four…

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At the launch for the all-new SRAM Eagle 1×12 mountain bike groups, we had two full days of organized rides. The first was an XC loop aboard a Scott Spark equipped with the XX1 Eagle group. Day two was the “enduro” loop aboard a Kona Process 153 with X01 Eagle. Each day had several hours […]

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