Posts in the category Reviews

Learning Curve: Redbull Hardline Rears its Ugly Head on Practice Day

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We brought you Gee and Dan Atherton’s preview to the Redbull Hardline course that was obviously a brutal challenge for even the best of the best of the best considering all of Gee’s gut wrenching gasps on many of the landings. In fact, his equally talented brother Dan, the course’s creator, is out of the event due to crashing on one of the bigger jumps during a practice run resulting in a fractured scapula.

If you were able to make it through that first video unscathed, crawl past the break to see how all of the non-Athertons faired during practice on the spirit crushing course. You may actually want to wear your gear for this one….


Review: Intense’s 2015 Spider 27.5 is an Inspiring, Well Rounded Trail Eater

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Not long after ‘six-inch’ all-mountain bikes became the big thing it seemed like many manufacturers turned their focus to developing trail bikes with slack angles and less squish, but near-equal capabilities. When I found out I’d be riding an Intense Spider 27.5 this summer, I was extremely curious to test a shorter travel bike on the rough, steep terrain we have here in Pemberton, B.C.

Now the Spider isn’t the slackest bike out there, and its long, racey geometry gives it a cross-country fit and feel. That said, I was impressed with how hard I could push the Spider on tougher, more technical trails. The bike’s 130mm of travel ate up almost everything I put it down, only showing its weaknesses when I took it a bit beyond its boundaries on the roughest stuff I could find.

The Spider 27.5 is definitely an inspiring climber and a capable descender. With its agile handling, aggressive uphill abilities and balanced geometry the Spider would make a great ride for anyone who’s not riding their AM bike like a DH. Read past the break for the full review…

Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #2: Chosen goes for 12 Speeds, Cippollini Gets Aero, DT Swiss & HED Get Wider and MORE!

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Welcome back to Eurobike coverage part deux! With more categories to cover than ever, this year’s show was huge and kept us on our toes more than ever. Pour yourself a well deserved scotch, kick your feet up, and travel into this week’s coverage of Eurobike 2015.

And in case you missed Week 1’s exciting coverage, check it out!


Fuji Drops in with New Auric and Rakan MLink Full Suspension Bikes


Fuji has released the new Auric All-mountain and Rakan XC/Trail bikes they teased us about earlier this Summer. Both bikes are using the patened MLink Suspension Technology that you might recognize from that of Breezer’s Repack and Supercell bikes that were introduced last year. Although Breezer and Fuji are under the same ASI umbrella….. these are not the same bikes.

Roll on through break to see what makes them different and how they save some significant weight….


Juliana tweaks Roubion, Furtado with more aggressive frames & new smaller sizes

It seems as though the folks at Juliana have been listening to the feedback and took what many consider a great pair of bikes, and made them better. With all the little tweaks, it sounds like Santa Cruz has has dialed these bikes for even more stability and fun.

Cruz on through to see what the ladies at Juliana have been up to….


EB15: One Ride Review Centurion Crossfire Carbon Team, Actual Weight


With cyclocross season having just gotten underway in the US this past weekend and on the horizon here in Europe, we’ve been looking at cross gear again and what new European bikes are in the pipeline. Earlier in the summer we had a chance to take a look at the new bikes from German company Centurion, one of which was the new Crossfire Carbon Team. At Eurobike we took the opportunity to take the bike out for a test ride on the mix of forest roads and trails just off from the fairgrounds to get a feel for the bike that will also be available under the Merida brand.

Join us after the break for some updated details, and our first impressions…


Review: Secret Training STRIP Race Day Personal Care Kit


From the minds of a top-level masters road and track racer from the north of England who’s worked for years developing sports nutrition, comes a small portable solution to race prep in a tiny bag. The Secret Training STRIP Kit is a small race day pack that packs all of those small goods to get you to the start line and get cleaned up after the race. Envisioned as a small step to give amateur racers a bit of a taste of a pro experience, we’ve used the STRIP kit over the better part of the last year, and almost can’t imagine rolling up to an event or finishing without it.

Unzip the pack after the break to see what’s inside, and to get a sense of how it has helped us compete…


Bopworx Protects Your Bikes from Shipping and Travel, as well as Eachother

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At one time or another we all travel with our bike(s) and may even ship them to a destination every so often. Our bikes are fine tuned machines that many of us are proud of and anytime we ship or pile them against other bikes, we wince a little with every jostle and bump.

The folks at Bopworx tried different things like using towels and even gloves to protect their bikes (and reduce wincing). After searching and finding nothing better than those makeshift cushions, they decided there should be a better solution to protect our two wheeled investments.

Don’t want any scratches on your baby? Maybe it’s time to use new protection…


Suspension Stems are Back with the Redshift Shockstop for Gravel and Road Rides

Redshift Sports has made some clever designs in the past to allow riders to modify their road bikes for multiple disciplines. They’re at it again with….. you better sit down. It’s a new suspension stem. Though many may have just had Girvin and Softride flashbacks, (man, I miss the 90’s), this takes a whole new approach in not only design, but who this stem is meant for.

Flex on through to reconsider the suspension stem…