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Project 24.2 Review: Road ID’s Wrist ID Elite

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There are certain things that we do as we get older that aren’t necessarily cool or exciting.  Grownup stuff, like telling people who aren’t your mom where you’re going riding and when you expect to be back.  Like packing enough water and food for a ride.  Like keeping your insurance current.  Road ID fall squarely into that category.  As important as carrying a some form of ID, if things go horribly wrong most identification doesn’t really doesn’t contain all of the information that emergency responders want- or need.

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Project 24.2 Review: Hydrapak’s cozy Wolly Mammoth bottle

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Why did I move to the desert again?

What I was told would be a “dry winter” is shaping up to be anything but- and judging by the state of my woodpile and the number of rides starting in the 20s, it’s been a very cold one.  Now, I’ve never really been one for insulated bottles.  Even when temperatures top 100 degrees, I tend to value hydration volume over hydration temperature.  But when it’s cold enough for hydration bladder hoses and bite valves to freeze, I’ve been reaching for Hydrapak’s Primaloft-insulated Wooly Mammoth.  Hit the jump to find out why…

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Project 24.2 First Look: Specialized’s 2012 Fast Trak Control 2Bliss tires

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Going fast is all about trust.  Trusting that your stem is tight, your frame and wheels won’t explode, and that your tires will hold the ground until breaking loose in a predictable, manageable fashion.  A trail rider by nature, I often have a hard time trusting many fast and race-oriented tires.  Sure, they’re light and roll fast, but when it comes time to carry that speed into a corner things can get a bit dicey.

The second of their tires to take advantage of Finite Element Analysis during development, Specialized’s new 2012 Fast Trak is claimed to offer better grip and lower rolling resistance than its predecessor.  After a month of riding the new tire, has it earned my trust?  Hit the jump to find out.

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Project 24.2 Initial Review: Magura’s lightweight MT6 disc brakes

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Update 2:15pm:  After replacing the Ti QR skewer with a steel DT RWS skewer, the squealing caused by flex in the rear end of our Project 24.2 bike is all but gone.  Tight clearances don’t help, but flex in the rear end of the bike seems to have been the culprit.

While everyone (myself included) oohs and aahs over the latest and greatest range-topping gear, in order for manufacturers to provide a return on expensive R&D and pay off costly tooling it’s not uncommon to find much the same performance a step or two down the range.  Though their top of the line 280g/$400 per wheel MT8 disc brakes clearly stole the show, at Interbike the guys at Magura were just as jazzed about the closely related MT6s- and offered to send a set out for our Project 24.2 build.

Coming in at 310g for a front brake with a 160mm Storm SL rotor and hardware, the MT6 saves $100 per wheel over the MT8.  What’s given up for a 25% savings?  The MT6 goes without the MT8′s carbon bar clamp and lever blade and a bit of caliper machining (which we’re told should make the brake a shade stiffer).  The headline grabbing Carbotecture thermoplastic lever body/master cylinder remain, though.  Does the MT6 perform as well on the trail as on the scale?  Hit the jump for our first real-world reflections.

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Project 24.2 Update: A 120mm, sub-23lb enduro machine.

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If anyone had told me a couple of months ago that our Project 24.2 bike was going to come in lighter than my 29er single speed, without any scary light parts, I wouldn’t have believed it.  But it has.

How does 22.8lb sound for a full suspension bike sound?  With pedals, 4 scoops of Stan’s sealant, a chainstay protector, and a bottle cage?  Do-able, right?  What if it was a 19in frame, had trail wheels, and 120mm travel at each end?  Not too shabby- and it’s not even done yet.  Hit the jump for the details

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Project 24.2 First Look: Smith’s hot new Pivlock V2 sunglasses

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Update 12/24/11:  As a gift to our commenters, we’ve added on-head photos.  Click through to see the V2s change Marc from goofy cyclist to near-supermodel.

In my Project 24.2 kickoff post a couple of weeks back, I said that if Smith’s second generation Pivlock V2s were even a little bit better than the super-light, super-comfortable Pivlock V90s, then they’d be my new favorites.  When the first shipment landed at Smith HQ last week, they turned a set right around for us to use training for and during February’s 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo.  After 6 hours’ riding (with hundreds more to come) there’s a lot here to like.  Hit the jump for the scoop…

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Project 24.2 First Look: Pearl Izumi’s toasty PRO Softshell 180 jacket

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Every year, I tell myself that I’ll write down my favorite clothing combinations for different temperature ranges and conditions (road, dirt, light, and dark)- and every year I fail.  This means that November and December can be uncomfortably cold or hot at times- but that I spend a lot of time thinking about my cool-weather wardrobe.

Provided by Pearl iZumi as part of our Project 24.2 series of reviews, the P.R.O. Softshell 180 jacket is a close-cut jacket that marries wind- and water-resistant P.R.O. Softshell fabric in wind-facing areas with large Direct Vent underarm and back panels for breathablity.  Given Pearl’s “perfect for drier riding conditions” claim and our recent spell of near-arctic weather, the P.R.O. Softshell has been getting quite a few on- and off-road workouts lately.  Go below the fold to find out how it’s doing so far…

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Project 24.2: Time for another 24hr race!

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With New Mexico suddenly plunged into bitter cold, 88mph winds, and snow, it’s time to think about 24 hour racing!  That’s right, Epic Rides’ 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo is only 10 weeks away and if we don’t start thinking about training, it’s going to be a very long day in the saddle.  As with last year’s Project 24 series of reviews, we’ve assembled everything we’ll need to ensure that any shortcomings on the race course… will be the riders’ fault.

Team Evil Gazebo has reunited- and this time we’ve got something worth defending.  Racing ace and Bikerumor contributor Alex will be carrying much of my dead weight while I try to make it to the transition tent on time.  Over the next three months or so, we’ll be keeping you current with regular updates on how the training is going and with our reviews of the bikes, gear, food, and accessories we’re using.  Hit the jump to find out what we’ll be racing!

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Initial Review: Ergon’s HA2 Trail/All-Mountain Glove

Ergon HA2 Glove ridingIntended for technical riding and designed to pair with Ergon’s rounder GA1 grips, the HA2 All Mountain glove has been updated for 2013 with a new look, an added terry nose/brow wipe, and revised sizing.  Over the past couple of months, we’ve been using the eye-catching gloves for everything from XC racing to trail riding and, yes, even a wee bit of Enduro racing.  How have the Ergons handled the trail?  Hit the jump to find out!

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