Review: Litespeed T3 Disc blends disc brakes, bigger tires, and titanium ride

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Stay around bicycles long enough, and you’re bound to hear someone gush about the magic of titanium. You know the mantra – lighter than steel, better ride qualities than aluminum, and less prone to rust and corrosion? It seems that there is little doubt that titanium as a material itself is an attractive product from which to build a bike.

When it comes to actually building that bike though, it would appear that all things are not created equal. It’s not the easiest material to work with due to its hardness and need for increased care when welding. Because of that, even the best titanium bike companies are still honing their craft. Whether that’s improving on the welds, trying different finishes, or experimenting with new tubing shapes and wall thicknesses, titanium bikes continue to improve.

Which brings us to one of the most accomplished Ti builders in the game – Litespeed. For more than 30 years now, Litespeed has been improving upon their interpretation of the perfect titanium build. They’ve also been working to improve their process as well, as they settle into their new manufacturing home. It’s still located in Chattanooga, TN, it’s just much bigger with more open space for improved work flow and room for expansion.

I got a chance to check out their new facility when I drove through Chattanooga to drop off the T3 Disc that I had been riding for the past few months. It was a sad moment to hand the bike over knowing that I had ridden my last ride with it, but I was able to get quite a few miles on the T3 before I turned over the keys…

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Stay around bicycles long enough, and you’re bound to hear someone gush about the magic of titanium. You know the mantra – lighter than steel, better ride qualities than aluminum, and less prone to rust and corrosion? It seems that there is little doubt that titanium as a material itself is an attractive product from […]

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Review: Chromag’s Cutlass carbon handlebar offers an agreeable bend and a soft ride

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While lapping the bike park or pedalling the trails around Whistler, B.C. it doesn’t take long to notice that nearly everyone in town is riding a Chromag handlebar! It seems that the company’s chosen sweep strikes a chord with most riders, I’ve never heard a bad word about their quality or reliability, and there’s also the cool factor – Chromag holds a special status with the locals as one of Whistler’s top-tier hometown brands.

I’ve ridden aluminum Chromag handlebars before, but was offered the chance to try out their carbon fiber Cutlass bars this summer. They’ve been on my all-mountain bike since April, and since day one I’ve been appreciating the damped ride provided by this fairly flexy bar. The Cutlass proved to be an ideal upgrade for my bike, as its degree of compliance felt great for my weight and helps smooth out rough trails on the ups and the downs…
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While lapping the bike park or pedalling the trails around Whistler, B.C. it doesn’t take long to notice that nearly everyone in town is riding a Chromag handlebar! It seems that the company’s chosen sweep strikes a chord with most riders, I’ve never heard a bad word about their quality or reliability, and there’s also […]

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Review: Torque it down with Abbey Bike Tools’ Suspension Top Cap Sockets and Pedal Wrench

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Realistically, unless you work on a lot of suspension forks, special top cap sockets probably aren’t high on your high on your list. Even if you do crack open a fork every so often, you may not even know that such a thing even exists. For years, better mechanics have been buying customized sockets – or grinding them down on their own. Standard sockets have a tendency to slip off the shallow wrench flats of suspension top caps thanks to the chamfer that is usually included. Making the surface of the socket as flat as possible provides more grip, and less chance of damaging that pricey suspension fork.

So after years of mechanics going it alone, why did Abbey Bike Tools create their own set of sockets? As usual, Jason Quade thought it could be done better…

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Realistically, unless you work on a lot of suspension forks, special top cap sockets probably aren’t high on your high on your list. Even if you do crack open a fork every so often, you may not even know that such a thing even exists. For years, better mechanics have been buying customized sockets – […]

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Just in: Canfield steps up with bigger, better & maintenance-free Crampon pedal

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The Canfiled Brothers spent 7 years designing their original wafer-like Crampon Ultimate platform pedals. Now, after four years of shredding trail, they’ve upped the ante again. They took their super thin, durable, downhill-worthy pedals and stretched out the platform as well as the maintenance intervals… that is if there ever was any. While they didn’t want to ruin a good thing, they knew there was a demand for a wider platform.

Check out the details ahead on the new Crampon Mountain pedal, and what they did to create a zero-maintenance platform pedal… Continue reading “Just in: Canfield steps up with bigger, better & maintenance-free Crampon pedal”



The Canfiled Brothers spent 7 years designing their original wafer-like Crampon Ultimate platform pedals. Now, after four years of shredding trail, they’ve upped the ante again. They took their super thin, durable, downhill-worthy pedals and stretched out the platform as well as the maintenance intervals… that is if there ever was any. While they didn’t […]

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Review: Fast rolling, tubeless-ready Schwalbe G-One gravel road bike tires

Schwalbe G-One gravel tire review and actual weights

Schwalbe G-One gravel tire review and actual weights

There’s the dream of gravel riding, and then there’s the reality of heading out your door on paved roads to string together snippets of dirt trail, backroads and the occasional gravel access road. Or, at least for us urbanites, that’s more often the case than not. And for those situations, a tire like the Schwalbe G-One makes a lot of sense.

It rolls fast, rides smooth and quiet on the tarmac, and has enough traction to tackle some pebble infused routes sans drama. It also makes for a great race tire if your course is hardpacked and dry. We threw a set on the scale, measured ’em, then hit the (off) road…

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There’s the dream of gravel riding, and then there’s the reality of heading out your door on paved roads to string together snippets of dirt trail, backroads and the occasional gravel access road. Or, at least for us urbanites, that’s more often the case than not. And for those situations, a tire like the Schwalbe […]

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Review: Fly Pedals Version 2 clipless pedal platform adaptors

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Many of us ride clipless pedals. Some of us want to ride them in “regular” shoes now and then, without having to swap over to flats. Enter Kickstarter success story Fly Pedals’ universal clipless pedal platform adapters. These are click-in platforms, drilled to accept cleats for all the major two- and three-bole clipless standards. This second iteration of the product is 30% lighter, has optional Velcro straps, and is weighted for easier platform-up positioning, which helps you get your foot firmly planted from a standing start. It’s a smart, simple concept, but do they live up to the promise?

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Many of us ride clipless pedals. Some of us want to ride them in “regular” shoes now and then, without having to swap over to flats. Enter Kickstarter success story Fly Pedals’ universal clipless pedal platform adapters. These are click-in platforms, drilled to accept cleats for all the major two- and three-bole clipless standards. This second […]

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Week In Review: fancy paint, clever hacks, crazy concepts and more!

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This week we saw impressively painted bikes from Scott for the Rio Olympics, Marin reintroducing their classic color fade in honor of their 30th anniversary, and looking toward the future Cyclotron’s hub-less bike fulfilling their crowdfunding goals. There was also a hands-free communication device from Japan to keep you and your riding buddies in touch whether you are riding locally or around the world, a hack to make your reverb work with any lever, and lots more. Skim through all the headlines below so you don’t fall off the back… Continue reading “Week In Review: fancy paint, clever hacks, crazy concepts and more!”



This week we saw impressively painted bikes from Scott for the Rio Olympics, Marin reintroducing their classic color fade in honor of their 30th anniversary, and looking toward the future Cyclotron’s hub-less bike fulfilling their crowdfunding goals. There was also a hands-free communication device from Japan to keep you and your riding buddies in touch whether […]

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Review: Niner Air 9 RDO floats like a dragonfly and stings like a really angry yellow jacket

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With suspension technology changing faster than the choice for president, we have become accustomed to waking up in the morning to see what version of what suspension platform is ruling the world that day. Though not as intriguing, we sometimes forget that the simple characteristics of a tried and true hardtail are still as relevant as the days folks first started shredding Repack.

Niner sent us their flagship feather-weight Air 9 RDO (Race Day Optimized for those not in the know), stacked with some of their house components, XTR drivetrain, and RockShox’s RS-1 carbon inverted fork. The RDO definitely puts the purpose of this bike into perspective when it comes to “Race Day Optimized”. Check out what made me grin… and what made me cringe riding this race machine…

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With suspension technology changing faster than the choice for president, we have become accustomed to waking up in the morning to see what version of what suspension platform is ruling the world that day. Though not as intriguing, we sometimes forget that the simple characteristics of a tried and true hardtail are still as relevant […]

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Week in Review: New goods from Specialized, Diamondback, Cotic and so much more!

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This past week we had two double headers, providing a doubly in depth look at the new Specialized Sequoia adventure gravel bike and the ultralight Easton EC90 SL cranks. But there were plenty more items worth highlighting, like the sweet new Diamondback Haanjo Carbon, which brings massive tire clearance and a svelte new carbon frame to the off road drop bar scene. Lots to catch up on, and all of it opens in a new tab for easy browsing…

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This past week we had two double headers, providing a doubly in depth look at the new Specialized Sequoia adventure gravel bike and the ultralight Easton EC90 SL cranks. But there were plenty more items worth highlighting, like the sweet new Diamondback Haanjo Carbon, which brings massive tire clearance and a svelte new carbon frame […]

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