Review: Ceepo Mamba May Fill the Void between Road and Tri

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One of the first real gear purchases many aspiring triathletes make is a set of clip on aero bars. Provided that they are set up correctly to fit the bike, clip ons transform your average road bike to your average road bike with an aero position. However the geometry doesn’t change along with them creating a less than ideal set up before getting into replacement seatposts and saddles.

Along those lines, something like the Ceepo Mamba could be considered the next step to Tri-dom. Finishing up the review on the 2014/2015 Mamba, it turns out to be an interesting bike that may or may not take you to your next transition…

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First Look: Industry Nine goes dark with their Trail S Wheels & adds Boost!

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We got our hands on Industry Nine’s new, wallet friendly Trail S wheels that we first saw last August. The Trail S wheels are basically a more affordable boutique wheel than their “standard” uber boutique wheels. They sent us the new un-color way that was announced today to check out.

Roll past the break for a closer look at these Johnny Cash’d out wheels and see some actual weights, as well as a new endcap option…..

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Review: Xentis Squad 4.2 Ultrawide Carbon Tubular Wheelset

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Xentis Squad XBL 4.2 Tubualr disc brake wheel review (13)

If you ask around the pits, tubulars are still considered the best way to go if you’re racing cross. Tubeless is catching up, but tubulars are tried and true (if a little pricey and more labor intensive to change tires). Even though the basic tubular concept hasn’t changed much in years, tubular wheels are benefitting from similar improvements to those of their clincher counter parts.

Xentis wheels have already proven to be durable and include a great ride, but the last wheelset we tested had room for improvement. Specifically rim width and thru axle compatibility. We’re happy to report that the new Squad 4.2 Ultrawide Disc tubulars deliver on all fronts…

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Roundup Review: Wired & wireless sport earphones from Etymotic, Audio Technica, BlueAnt, QAK and Scosche

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Not everyone uses headphones while riding, but for those of us who do, finding that perfect pair of ear buds that stay in place, allow for appropriate ambient noise to filter through and remain comfortable throughout the ride can be a long search. Here are five sets from brands big and small that had a pleasant tune while offering distinct pros and cons, making it likely there’s something here that’ll work for you whether you’re a roadie, a mountain biker or general fitness enthusiast that mixes cycling in with weights, Crossfit, running and more.

Along with the three wireless Bluetooth sets and two wired sets, I’m giving some kudos to Bud Straps, shown at bottom right in the pic above. They’re a simple, soft elasticized strap that clips on to wired ear buds so they dangle close at hand when not in use. I didn’t use them so much while riding, but at the gym or even at work, they keep the cord much more manageable. Honestly, when they first came in I thought they were silly, but now I use them all the time.

Dial past the break to hear about ear buds from Etymotic, Audio Technica, Qak, BlueAnt and Scosche…

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First Look: Scott One Ups Big Jon with New Big Ed Fat Bike

First Look: Scott One Ups Big Jon with New Big Ed Fat Bike

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If you were standing at the spot this photo was taken right now, it would be perfect fat bike conditions. After breaking myself off the day before these pictures were taken, the following crush of trade shows, travel, and pain killers caused the new Big Ed to go overlooked. But after a few requests from readers, and dumping of snow in part of the country (while the other part is treading water), it seemed like the perfect chance to revisit the new fat bike from Scott.

You may remember our post on the 2015 Big Ed, but for 2016, Ed got a major face lift…

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Hands On: The New Öhlins RXF 160mm 29er Suspension Fork w/ Actual Weights

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Since the early days of mountain biking, any time there has been an introduction of a new suspension brand, it has been cause for excitement. With the ridiculous suspension tech we have at our disposal now, it’s hard to imagine a time where elastomers were cutting edge. Now, even with a number of great suspension options available, we’re seeing the birth of what could be another major player in the mountain bike world.

We’re talking about Öhlins new RXF fork, of course. Those familiar with motorcycle racing, automotive, or even motocross or enduro (moto) racing will have no problem identifying the trademark gold of the Öhlins logo. Thanks to their partnership with Specialized, Öhlins is now offering both front and rear suspension components for bikes that require you to pedal. Now that the holiday shipping frenzy has died down, we have a sample of our own so that we can take a closer look…

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Review: Jamis Renegade Exploit Steel Adventure Bike

Review: Jamis Renegade Exploit Steel Adventure Bike

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Adventure cycling. Six hour gravel ride? Overnight bike-packing? Cruising some gravel? Whatever your flavor, Jamis Bicycles provide multiple options to get the job done. Case in point is their Renegade range of bicycles. With three frame materials to choose from – carbon fiber, steel or aluminum – there is undoubtedly a Renegade to suit the adventure cyclist in all of us.

Regardless of frame material, every Jamis Renegade features longer and taller endurance geometry for all day comfort on paved and gravel roads. Disc brakes and forty millimeter tire clearance are shared across the range, with frame material and fitted components determining the various price points. The Renegade Exploit steel bike sits in the middle of the Jamis range, ably equipped to handle whatever you can throw at it… Continue reading “Review: Jamis Renegade Exploit Steel Adventure Bike”

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Hunt 38 Carbon Wide Disc wheels: One Ride Review, plus updated graphics

Hunt 38 Carbon Wide Disc wheels: One Ride Review, plus updated graphics

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A little while back we had the pleasure to drop in on the folks that run Hunt Bike Wheels (along with their ITS Cycling distribution company) out of a small town in Sussex, in the south of England. I was just around for a quick visit, but they decided the best thing I could do to get a feel for their small company was to get on a bike and get out for a ride with on their local roads. They put me on an aluminum road bike from Mason Cycles (which we’ll feature in the new year) and their new 38mm deep carbon wheels. Then we proceeded to hit the narrow local lanes, steep hills, strong coastal winds, and even get a nice torrential downpour for that full British ride experience. See how the wheels fared after the break…

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A week in review: The Öhlins fork lives, Garmin’s Varia has your back, Transition Carbon Patrol, & much more

A week in review: The Öhlins fork lives, Garmin’s Varia has your back, Transition Carbon Patrol, & much more

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It’s been a busy week with the end of the year approaching fast. Some of the big news this week came from Öhlins who has been poking around for some time sticking their cartridges in other’s squishy forks, finally spills the details on their new fork. Plus MET’s glowing new lid, road tubeless wheels from Novatech, a first impression of Garmin’s rear radar system for your bike, plus much more.

Shoot past the break to see this last week’s coverage, plus a little different perspective of the holidays by guest celebrity and opossum crooner of The Revolting Cogs fame and mis-fortune……

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