Salsa Deadwood SUS springs into 29+ w/ Split Pivot full suspension

You had to have known it was coming. Salsa, the brand known for their ‘Adventure by Bike’ ethos, has nearly every mountain bike wheel and tire size in hard tail and full suspension form – except one. The obvious hole in the line up was a full suspension frame built around the massive 29+ wheels and tires. That’s probably due to the fact that it’s not all that easy to cram such big tires into a frame that still accommodates suspension travel and in a way that will fit a number of people. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

The proof? That would be the all new Deadwood SUS. At first glance, the Deadwood SUS doesn’t look all that different than a Salsa Spearfish 29. But look closer, and you’ll notice that those are not your average 29″ tires stuffed in there. Look even closer still, and you’ll see a bike that is build with a geometry that is equally at home sending burly rock lines as it is pushing your limits on big, back country epics…

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You had to have known it was coming. Salsa, the brand known for their ‘Adventure by Bike’ ethos, has nearly every mountain bike wheel and tire size in hard tail and full suspension form – except one. The obvious hole in the line up was a full suspension frame built around the massive 29+ wheels […]

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Review: Race Face Next SL G4 Cinch carbon crankset

Since their introduction, the Race Face Cinch cranks have quickly become some of my favorites. Much of that is due to the Cinch system itself. The modular design means that you aren’t limited to a certain fit, allowing you to change drivetrain options, adjust chainline, or switch to a completely new bottom bracket standard with little effort and a few parts. Over the years, they’ve also continued to get lighter as we all search for that perfect crank that not only performs well, but drops a few grams at the same time.

The Next SL G4 is the result of analyzing every piece of the crank to find and eliminate any extra grams from the Next SL. The result is the lightest Race Face Cinch crank available, and it doesn’t disappoint…

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Since their introduction, the Race Face Cinch cranks have quickly become some of my favorites. Much of that is due to the Cinch system itself. The modular design means that you aren’t limited to a certain fit, allowing you to change drivetrain options, adjust chainline, or switch to a completely new bottom bracket standard with […]

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Roundup: Small but mighty lights by Portland Design Works, Bontrager, & Cateye

If you’re not using a light every time you ride on the road – you should. I think I speak for a lot of riders when I say that in years past I didn’t give much thought to riding with lights during the day. Now though, after too many stories of near misses or worse, I can’t leave the house without one. The good news is that modern lights make you far more visible to other traffic, even during the day. They’ve also gotten a lot smaller while maintaining impressive battery life – and in this case, every one of these lights is rechargeable. No one wants to invest a small fortune in coin cell batteries.

This is by no means a definitive list, but it is simply a group of lights that were sent to us for testing. Split between front and rear lights, Bontrager, Cateye, and Portland Design Works prove that lights don’t have to be big to be mighty…

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If you’re not using a light every time you ride on the road – you should. I think I speak for a lot of riders when I say that in years past I didn’t give much thought to riding with lights during the day. Now though, after too many stories of near misses or worse, […]

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Actual weights for Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series’ Di2 R9150 & R9170

The all-new Di2 components of the new Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series have been making their way out to pro peloton in fits and spurts over the last few weeks. We’ve seen it pop up in a few different configurations at the  Tour Down Under, and also spotted it on some bikes while European teams have spent the last couple of weeks training in Spain. We had a chance to dig out some components from the spare parts bin in the bowels of Shimano’s service course in Calpe this week and have the real world weights for the electronic Di2 bits to complement the mechanical weights we got at US CX Nats

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The all-new Di2 components of the new Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series have been making their way out to pro peloton in fits and spurts over the last few weeks. We’ve seen it pop up in a few different configurations at the  Tour Down Under, and also spotted it on some bikes while European teams have […]

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2017 Niner RLT RDO carbon gravel bike – First impressions & actual weight

Last week, Niner finally delivered what many of us had been wanting…a carbon fiber version of their RLT gravel bike. I’ve ridden their BSB RLT cyclocross race bike, and it, like their AIR 9 RDO, is a race bred speed machine that sacrifices all day comfort for all out performance. So it was refreshing to see that Niner could do carbon that kept the speed but introduced more compliance. They also tweaked the geometry, giving this RDO version a bit racier feel than the steel and alloy models, which gives it a seemingly perfect blend of stability, speed and comfort. Last but not least, they incorporated all manner of rack and fender mounts, checking off that last requirement for adventure gravel riders and racers looking for a top end bike.

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Last week, Niner finally delivered what many of us had been wanting…a carbon fiber version of their RLT gravel bike. I’ve ridden their BSB RLT cyclocross race bike, and it, like their AIR 9 RDO, is a race bred speed machine that sacrifices all day comfort for all out performance. So it was refreshing to […]

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Actual weights for Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 mechanical

2017 Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 actual weights for the cranks

The all-new Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 might be delivering a little too late for the pros to race it at Tour Down Under, but we found a set of production mechanical parts to throw on the scale while at the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. The cranks shown have 172.5mm arms and a 52/36 chainring setup to come in at 629g. Roll on down for the rest of the group…

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The all-new Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 might be delivering a little too late for the pros to race it at Tour Down Under, but we found a set of production mechanical parts to throw on the scale while at the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. The cranks shown have 172.5mm arms and a 52/36 chainring setup to […]

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Review: Riding the BH bikes G7 Disc over cobbled classics, dirt roads & racing the clock

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The BH G7 Disc was introduced back leading into Eurobike 2015 and offered the promise of a pro-level aero road bike with a bit more versatility. As one of the first companies to commit to going disc brake-only for their top road bike redesign, BH put their neck on the line as their French Pro Continental team Direct Énergie was preparing to race the bike in the 2016 Spring Classics. That didn’t pan out, but nonetheless the vast majority of us don’t race under the UCI (although rounded rotors are coming back soon), so the thought of a pro-level aero bike built with tire clearance and disc brakes for the Classics certainly sounded like something we wanted to try. So we spent more than half a year testing the G7 from the pavé & bergs of Flanders to our own home cobblestones and back roads. We even did some non-UCI racing on it too, and were quite pleased with its fast ride…

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The BH G7 Disc was introduced back leading into Eurobike 2015 and offered the promise of a pro-level aero road bike with a bit more versatility. As one of the first companies to commit to going disc brake-only for their top road bike redesign, BH put their neck on the line as their French Pro Continental team Direct Énergie […]

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Review: Rolling into the new year with airless tires on the Specialized Alibi Sport

Maybe your new year’s resolution is to lose a little weight. Riding can be a great way to get yourself out the door and on the way to fitness, but you actually have to get the bike down from that hook in the garage and do it. I’m assuming that for most of us reading the site on a regular basis, the threat of a puncture and the need to inflate your tires on a regular basis isn’t a deterrent to getting out for a ride. But for a large chunk of the population who ride far less often, flats and under inflated tires are a big deal. In fact, Specialized cites a study from German Sport University Cologne that claims up to 90 percent of cyclists ride with under inflated tires, and 55 percent of riders have at least one puncture per year. That may not sound that bad, but when you lack the ability or desire to fix a puncture yourself and you end up having to bring it to a shop (or having the shop come to you), all of a sudden your quick ride becomes an ordeal.

Rather than dwelling on the rider’s ability to fix a flat, with the help of Tannus, Specialized is taking a completely different approach – airless tires. This certainly isn’t the first use of airless tires in the bicycle world (technically, the very first tires were airless as solid rubber). But just like all the other components of the bicycle, the technology has drastically improved with the times. Tannus announced their newest airless tire back in 2015 with their Aither 1.1 which promised better ride characteristics while maintaining the completely flat free feature.

Now, that same technology is available on the Specialized Alibi for a truly maintenance free tire that never goes flat and never needs air…

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Maybe your new year’s resolution is to lose a little weight. Riding can be a great way to get yourself out the door and on the way to fitness, but you actually have to get the bike down from that hook in the garage and do it. I’m assuming that for most of us reading […]

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First Impressions: e*thirteen TRSr 9-46t wide range Cassette

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More range, less weight, and fewer dollars – that’s unattainable when it comes to wide range cassettes, right? With their new TRSr cassette, e*thirteen is hoping to turn that notion on its head.  Aiming straight for the new mega cog king in the form of SRAM Eagle, e*thirteen looks to have a solid contender on their hands with their newest cassette.

An evolution of their TRSr cassette construction, the steel and aluminum cassette offers an impressive range with 9-46t gearing, and an equally impressive weight and price…

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More range, less weight, and fewer dollars – that’s unattainable when it comes to wide range cassettes, right? With their new TRSr cassette, e*thirteen is hoping to turn that notion on its head.  Aiming straight for the new mega cog king in the form of SRAM Eagle, e*thirteen looks to have a solid contender on […]

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