Review: Industry Nine’s Blacked out Trail-S wheels wrapped in Maxxis’ enduro specific 29er Aggressors

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What a great time to have a set of super aggressive tires show up shortly after receiving a pretty sturdy set of wheels from Industry Nine to test when the trails are a mess. The Aggressors are the latest offering from Maxxis to suit the increasing needs of aggressive Enduro riders and they are nothing like the go-to Highroller II’s that are preferred by many.

Also, Industry Nine’s Trail S wheels are surprisingly nimble and can take a beating. Check out why I think bang far outweighs the buck on these wallet friendly wheels from i9…

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What a great time to have a set of super aggressive tires show up shortly after receiving a pretty sturdy set of wheels from Industry Nine to test when the trails are a mess. The Aggressors are the latest offering from Maxxis to suit the increasing needs of aggressive Enduro riders and they are nothing […]

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Patagonia pedals into mountain biking with new Dirt Craft and Forerunner collection

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Patagonia dirt craft mountain bike clothing review (4)

Patagonia is a name that has been synonymous with outdoor pursuits since the early 70’s. In spite of their brand recognition from those who are about to climb a mountain or at least want to look like it, Patagonia hasn’t really expanded into the world of mountain bike apparel. Their new Dirt Craft line changes that, with purpose built shorts and a jacket which both pair well with their Forerunner jerseys which straddle the line between trail running and riding.

After giving the new threads some trail time, it looks like Patagonia is well on their way to being competitive in the cycling space – especially if you’ve grown tired of brightly colored kits with an enduro flair…

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Patagonia is a name that has been synonymous with outdoor pursuits since the early 70’s. In spite of their brand recognition from those who are about to climb a mountain or at least want to look like it, Patagonia hasn’t really expanded into the world of mountain bike apparel. Their new Dirt Craft line changes […]

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First Impressions: OneUp Shark jumps Shimano 11 speed cassettes to 10-50

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Oneup one up Shark 50t 50 tooth cassette adapter shimano xt wide range 1x

Just when you thought it was safe to buy into a new drivetrain – in swims the Shark. Perhaps trying to lure over the remaining 1x holdouts, wide range cassettes are getting even wider. While we know SRAM has something of this magnitude up their sleeve, it’s OneUp who is first letting the Shark out of the bag.

While OneUp is no stranger to cassette adapters which modify Shimano cassettes to provide wider range, the Shark is a little different. Sold as a kit with a replacement derailleur cage and an 18t and 50t cog, the set is to be used together. However, if you want even more range – there is an additional 10t mini cluster that is compatible with a few different wheels already out there…

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Just when you thought it was safe to buy into a new drivetrain – in swims the Shark. Perhaps trying to lure over the remaining 1x holdouts, wide range cassettes are getting even wider. While we know SRAM has something of this magnitude up their sleeve, it’s OneUp who is first letting the Shark out of the […]

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Review: Orbea Occam AM M-Ltd mountain bike

Orbea Occam AM Review

Orbea Occam AM Review

The 2016 Orbea Occam AM is the latest trail bike from the Basque brand which has been building bicycles for 175 years on the Vizkayan Coastline. Orbea have historically been more well-known for their road bikes and fast hardtails, however with the latest Rallon they’ve gained acclaim on the Enduro racing circuit. I have been riding the top of the range Orbea Occam AM M-Ltd bike for the last two months, putting in plenty of miles in a big variety of terrain and weather. This bike has been ridden to lead guided mountain bike holidays with basqueMTB, with big descents in the Pyrenees mountains, and I have put in hundreds of kilometers, with plenty of climbing and descending, to set up this review…

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Orbea Occam AM M-Ltd Mountain Bike Review

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Review: Challenge Strada Bianca & Paris-Roubaix have gravel clinched

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With a name inspired by the white gravel roads of Tuscany, and the race of the almost same name that just was ridden this past weekend, the Strada Bianca is a fat 30mm mixed-surface tire ready for any road surface. The Paris-Roubaix, named for an even more storied race, is a bit thinner at 27mm and a bit more supple for a racier ride that is still up for anything. Produced by Italian tire maker Challenge in both tubular and open tubular (read: high-end, supple clincher) variants, they deliver a solid option to glue something to your tubular cyclocross wheels for the warmer months or a year-round tire for the growing crop of wide clearance adventure road bikes. We’ve been riding both since the fall, so roll past the break to see how they have carried us over some rough roads…

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With a name inspired by the white gravel roads of Tuscany, and the race of the almost same name that just was ridden this past weekend, the Strada Bianca is a fat 30mm mixed-surface tire ready for any road surface. The Paris-Roubaix, named for an even more storied race, is a bit thinner at 27mm […]

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Review: Pas Normal Studios’ stylish fall/winter cycling bibs, jersey, jacket & accessories

PAS Normal Studios fall winter cycling bibshorts jersey and jacket review

Danish brand PAS Normal Studios popped onto our scene recently and just in time to warm up our late winter rides with their thermal bibs and jersey, plus their stretchy waterproof tech jacket and some mighty fine accoutrements to fill in the gaps.

What stands out is the fit, particularly for someone with broader shoulders that’s also tall. Everything came in XL and it fit perfectly thanks to long sleeves, stretchy bib straps and a jacket that just moves with you. The bibs were also interesting in that they’re fleecy lining makes them a thermal, cold-weather piece, but they’re standard shorts length rather than going to knicker town over the knees. So, I had to mix them with knee warmers on colder days, but it made it easy to regulate if things got warmer mid ride.

Tech details and full review below…

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Danish brand PAS Normal Studios popped onto our scene recently and just in time to warm up our late winter rides with their thermal bibs and jersey, plus their stretchy waterproof tech jacket and some mighty fine accoutrements to fill in the gaps. What stands out is the fit, particularly for someone with broader shoulders […]

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First Ride: The Diamondback Release Links pedal efficiency with enduro worthy travel

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Diamondback Release 3, on trail

When you’re looking out the window at snow, and you get an email asking if you’d like to go to California for the weekend, it’s a no brainer. Even if I didn’t get to ride a yet-unreleased bike with a new suspension design from Diamondback, I’d have gone to escape the British Columbian winter. My local trails are just beginning to clear up, so this was a great way to kick off the season and spread the news on these new bikes to Bikerumor’s readers.

There were only a few Catch 27.5+ bikes on hand, so based on my familiarities I went with the majority and hopped aboard a Release 3 27.5. In short, I agreed with much of what Diamondback had claimed about the bike. It climbed very well with good traction and almost no detectable pedal bob, and when we took to the downhill trail I found myself pinballing through nasty rock gardens with surprising confidence and stability…
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When you’re looking out the window at snow, and you get an email asking if you’d like to go to California for the weekend, it’s a no brainer. Even if I didn’t get to ride a yet-unreleased bike with a new suspension design from Diamondback, I’d have gone to escape the British Columbian winter. My […]

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TPE16: New Fuji Gran Fondo keeps things smooth with a more than comfortable level of performance

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Fuji said they had something big, worthy of a grand pedal from the Taiwanese mountains to the beautiful seaside town of Juifen. The ride is their all-new endurance bike, the Fuji Gran Fondo.

Roll through the mountains for an inside look at the considerable amount of tech -things like vibration reducing VRTech woven carbon, gobs of tire clearance, and lots more- that make this a distance taming, road smoothing machine…

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Fuji said they had something big, worthy of a grand pedal from the Taiwanese mountains to the beautiful seaside town of Juifen. The ride is their all-new endurance bike, the Fuji Gran Fondo. Roll through the mountains for an inside look at the considerable amount of tech -things like vibration reducing VRTech woven carbon, gobs of tire clearance, and lots more- […]

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Project Road Bike: Campagnolo Chorus EPS install, weights and rides

2015 Campagnolo Chorus EPS install notes tech review and actual weights

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In Part One of this Project Road Bike build, we covered the Culprit RoaDi alloy disc brake frame and carbon fork, along with their full carbon bar, stem and seatpost. Now, it’s on to the drivetrain.

For an embarrassingly long time, I’ve had this Campagnolo Chorus EPS group sitting in the office waiting to be used. It’s not for a lack of trying…the original plan was to put it on the World’s Funnest Bike, but the Van Dessel’s chainstay yoke only clears a compact or cyclocross chainring combo. Then, we received a steel Rauler frame from Italy and figured an all-Italian build would be cool. But, as you’ll see, not all electronic wire ports are sized for Campy.

So, after far too many months, the Culprit came up and things finally came together. It was worth the wait…

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In Part One of this Project Road Bike build, we covered the Culprit RoaDi alloy disc brake frame and carbon fork, along with their full carbon bar, stem and seatpost. Now, it’s on to the drivetrain. For an embarrassingly long time, I’ve had this Campagnolo Chorus EPS group sitting in the office waiting to be […]

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