Project 24.2 Initial Review: Ritchey WCS Carbon Matrix C260 stem

See all of our Project 24.2 posts here! For the most part, it’s hard to get too excited about stems.  If they do their job well (and most do), they’re essentially unnoticeable.  Of course, if they don’t they’re ugly, flexy, or (if they do their job especially poorly) fail catastrophically.  That said, when we posted […]

Project 24.2 Review: Road ID’s Wrist ID Elite

See all of our Project 24.2 posts here! 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 […]

Project 24.2 Review: Hydrapak’s cozy Wolly Mammoth bottle

See all of our Project 24.2 posts here! 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.  […]

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

See all of our Project 24.2 posts here! 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 […]

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

See all of our Project 24.2 posts here! 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 […]

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

Check out all of our Project 24.2 posts here! 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 […]

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

See all of our Project 24.2 posts here! 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 […]

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

See all of our Project 24.2 posts here! 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 […]

Project 24.2: Time for another 24hr race!

See all of our Project 24.2 posts here! 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 […]