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Bombtrack is ready for adventure with steel Beyond Plus trail explorer

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Tuscany Trail photos by OSMfilms. courtesy Bombtrack.

Don’t we all just want to get away sometimes? Bombtrack is getting ready for it with their newest mountain bike – the rigid steel Beyond Plus – with its big 2.8″ tires giving you the cush and traction to go wherever your heart desires. It seems strange to call a bike with 27.5+ wheels, giant tires, and thru-axles a ‘back-to-the basics’ look at mountain biking, but that is really what this bike is all about. Get back to the roots of our still young sport and head out an adventure exploring forgotten trails, way off of the beaten track. That’s what Bombtrack’s friend Clem Shovel did recently, when he strapped a set of Apidura bikepacking bags to the Beyond Plus and headed out to tackle the unsupported Tuscany Trail race. Check out how he did and the bike that took him on the adventure, after the jump…

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Don’t we all just want to get away sometimes? Bombtrack is getting ready for it with their newest mountain bike – the rigid steel Beyond Plus – with its big 2.8″ tires giving you the cush and traction to go wherever your heart desires. It seems strange to call a bike with 27.5+ wheels, giant tires, and thru-axles […]

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Crankworx 2016: Slick new stuff from Whistler Performance Lubricants

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We all know modern bikes are sophisticated machines, but it’s easy to forget how much expertise goes into developing small stuff like lubricants and degreasers. Whistler Performance Lubricants is one company that comes to the table with some serious knowledge of their craft. WPL’s Scientific Advisor Alejandro Marangoni is a world-renowned chemist who specializes in the structure and functionality of triglyceride oils, and he’s combined his expertise with his passion for riding by creating high-performance lubricants for mountain bikes. Marangoni’s son Isaac is WPL’s General Manager, and tests their products while racing the B.C. Downhill series.

We first checked out WPL’s products during Crankworx last year, and caught up with them again to see what was new for 2016. WPL has now developed their own grease and bio-degreaser, plus they’re offering two new weights of their Shock Boost oil. All of WPL’s products are also eco-friendly and completely safe to the touch, so you can be green while you race for the gold…
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We all know modern bikes are sophisticated machines, but it’s easy to forget how much expertise goes into developing small stuff like lubricants and degreasers. Whistler Performance Lubricants is one company that comes to the table with some serious knowledge of their craft. WPL’s Scientific Advisor Alejandro Marangoni is a world-renowned chemist who specializes in […]

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Review: Fat or Plus, the Otso Voytek’s Q factor will set you free

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When the crew from Wolf Tooth Components first told me about their Otso project, I was instantly intrigued. Fat bikes are getting better than ever, but a large majority of the population still struggles with the idea of a “one season bike” – even if that isn’t really true. Now that plus bikes, especially hard tails, are gaining in popularity, could the Otso be the ultimate plus/fat hybrid? More importantly, plus bike aside, would the clever design of the Voytek create an even better fat bike?

I couldn’t wait to find out (literally)…

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When the crew from Wolf Tooth Components first told me about their Otso project, I was instantly intrigued. Fat bikes are getting better than ever, but a large majority of the population still struggles with the idea of a “one season bike” – even if that isn’t really true. Now that plus bikes, especially hard […]

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RaceFace adds three new Aeffect wheel models, Turbine R stems for 35mm bars

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More than likely, if you’re looking for new wheels from RaceFace the new Turbine R wheels will be your first choice. As much as we’d all like to run the best parts all the time though, if you’re looking for more affordable wheels RaceFace has you covered. The new Aeffect SL, R, and Plus wheels follow suit with the rest of their Aeffect product offering a great blend of performance and value. The wheels should check a lot of boxes for most riders with 27.5 and 29″ options in most versions, though the Plus will only be offered in 27.5″. Running a 40mm internal width, the Aeffect Plus is ready for adventure…

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More than likely, if you’re looking for new wheels from RaceFace the new Turbine R wheels will be your first choice. As much as we’d all like to run the best parts all the time though, if you’re looking for more affordable wheels RaceFace has you covered. The new Aeffect SL, R, and Plus wheels follow […]

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Eurobike sneak peek: Lazer teases the future with new Bullet Aero Road, Anverz E-Bike helmet, more

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Eurobike is just around the corner which means it’s almost time for us to hop on a plane and go sample the beer and schnitzel newest bicycle products. Lazer is getting the party started a bit early with a quick look at the newest helmets in their range. That includes the new Bullet Aero Road helmet above. Built with both aerodynamics and ventilation in mind, the helmet looks to move past the days of the Aeroshell in favor of a more on-demand venting system…
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Eurobike is just around the corner which means it’s almost time for us to hop on a plane and go sample the beer and schnitzel newest bicycle products. Lazer is getting the party started a bit early with a quick look at the newest helmets in their range. That includes the new Bullet Aero Road helmet […]

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New app brings wireless activity uploads to existing Bryton Rider computers

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Earlier this spring Bryton announced a couple of new, but still affordable GPS computers that will add a bit more functionality than the 310 that we reviewed back in January. One of those updates was WiFi connectivity that was aimed to connect the devices wirelessly to a mobile Bryton App for more route planning functions and activity uploads, but now with an update to their app Bryton are bringing some of that added connectivity even to their existing, cheaper Rider computers. Read on to see how you can update your existing Rider cycling computer over the air, for wireless Strava uploads…

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Earlier this spring Bryton announced a couple of new, but still affordable GPS computers that will add a bit more functionality than the 310 that we reviewed back in January. One of those updates was WiFi connectivity that was aimed to connect the devices wirelessly to a mobile Bryton App for more route planning functions and […]

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EVOC keeps you prepared with waterproof trail first aid kits

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Any mountain biker who has spent a good bit of time out in the woods, far from the trailhead has likely had the chance to put their first aid skills to the test, maybe even on your home trail network. While your regular weekend rides at the trails down the street from home don’t usually call for packing in a giant first aid kit, bigger trips out into the wilderness should probably be supported by something more than a couple of band-aids, a few zip ties, and a meter or two of duct tape. That is where EVOC has got your back with two fully kitted out first aid kits in waterproof bags to toss into your hydration pack depending on the length and degree of isolation of your next adventure…

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Any mountain biker who has spent a good bit of time out in the woods, far from the trailhead has likely had the chance to put their first aid skills to the test, maybe even on your home trail network. While your regular weekend rides at the trails down the street from home don’t usually call […]

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Cratoni Maxster Pro gives kids a proper ventilated helmet

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When making helmets for kids, most companies tend to end up with designs where ventilation is seriously lacking. One version of that are hardshell helmets designed to take a lot of regular abuse, but even most lighter, in-mold helmets suffer from lack of big openings, often just because it is a bit more difficult to maintain strength and impact resistance when you are dealing with a smaller helmet and less material to start with. But now Cratoni looks to have made a big improvement with their line of Maxster and Maxster Pro helmets, which open up the front vents as much as possible and add big rear facing exhaust vents in a design that looks a lot more like a modern trail helmets. And with these designed for kids down to a tiny 46cm head, it looks like some young trail shredders might be getting a cool new lid soon…

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When making helmets for kids, most companies tend to end up with designs where ventilation is seriously lacking. One version of that are hardshell helmets designed to take a lot of regular abuse, but even most lighter, in-mold helmets suffer from lack of big openings, often just because it is a bit more difficult to maintain […]

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Airlok floats a wall storage concept that secures your bike

There are some beautiful wall mounts out there, many looking just as good empty as filled with your precious ride. But if you’re stowing it in a shared space or amongst strangers, perhaps something that adds a little security is in order.

The Airlok does just that, borrowing locking technology from parent brand Hiplok’s other products. It mounts securely to the wall (how securely is up to you), then locks your bike in it while you’re away…



There are some beautiful wall mounts out there, many looking just as good empty as filled with your precious ride. But if you’re stowing it in a shared space or amongst strangers, perhaps something that adds a little security is in order. The Airlok does just that, borrowing locking technology from parent brand Hiplok’s other […]

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