Review: CXNats winning Team Edition Challenge Dune, from sand to ice

If you’ve been keeping up with our USA Cross Nats coverage you may have noticed that new US champ Stephen Hyde rolled across the finish line on a set of Challenge’s latest file tread tubular tires – the Dune. OK to be fair, he walked across the line after a crash in the last off-camber turn hobbled his bike with a broken derailleur hanger and a front flat. Nonetheless, we’ve been testing those same tires since not long after they were introduced at Sea Otter, and as we first learned from past British CX champ Helen Wyman in her tire selection criteria the Dune is capable in much more than the sandy terrain that its name belies…

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If you’ve been keeping up with our USA Cross Nats coverage you may have noticed that new US champ Stephen Hyde rolled across the finish line on a set of Challenge’s latest file tread tubular tires – the Dune. OK to be fair, he walked across the line after a crash in the last off-camber […]

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Just In: Lauf’s maintenance free Carbonara fat bike suspension fork

The RockShox Bluto might be the fork that comes to mind for fat bikes, but it’s not the only one. In addition to the more typical telescopic forks of both standard and inverted designs, there are few folks doing things a little differently. Like the guys from Lauf.

Looking at suspension in a completely new way, Lauf has made a lot of noise by combining the age-old idea of leaf springs with modern carbon manufacturing. The result is a super light fork that offers supple suspension, without adding much weight or complexity. It also makes it practically maintenance free, which on a fat bike that is ridden through the worst conditions imaginable, might be worth it by itself…

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The RockShox Bluto might be the fork that comes to mind for fat bikes, but it’s not the only one. In addition to the more typical telescopic forks of both standard and inverted designs, there are few folks doing things a little differently. Like the guys from Lauf. Looking at suspension in a completely new […]

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Review: The Bike Strap – functional simplicity to securely haul all beer formats (& other things)

Modeo bike strap, with beer bomber

Modeo bike strap, with beer bomber

Sometimes it’s fun to nerd out on all the crazy technology in our modern bikes, but one of my favorite accessories from recent times is actually the simplest thing on my commuter; the water bottle holder. Last spring I got my hands on a Bike Strap, and I decided it had to be tested right away with a fresh bomber of craft brew. After a boot around town, I got home and found my bomber still tightly secured. At that point, I knew I’d be putting the Bike Strap to use quite often!

The Bike Strap is made by a company called Modeo (who also developed an interesting commute tracking app called Ryde) and it has proven to be a brilliant, functional design that carries a huge range of drink containers (among other things) easily and securely. There’s only one drawback to the design if you’re fussy about appearances…
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Sometimes it’s fun to nerd out on all the crazy technology in our modern bikes, but one of my favorite accessories from recent times is actually the simplest thing on my commuter; the water bottle holder. Last spring I got my hands on a Bike Strap, and I decided it had to be tested right […]

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Review: SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 27.5″ enduro fork provides complete control

2016 SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 enduro mountain bike bike suspension fork review and actual weights

2016 SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 enduro mountain bike bike suspension fork review and actual weights

In 2015, I attended the SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 enduro suspension fork launch at Mountain Creek in New Jersey. It was a big announcement for them, introducing new technology on an all-new chassis for a new wheel size. And the proving grounds they chose were aggressive and gnarly, chewing through tires at an alarming pace.

The complete tech story was covered in great detail in our launch coverage, but here’s the short of it: The 2016 Durolux is for 27.5″ wheels only, uses bigger 36mm stanchions and a 20mm thru axle, and has completely new internals designed to not only perform like a downhill fork, but also give you complete external control over its damping characteristics. That’s because the R2C2 cartridge puts high and low speed controls for both compression and rebound in easy reach. They also gave it easy to adjust air volume clips that double as travel adjustment parts, just put them in a different spot. Throw in a custom, pre-installed fender and it should be the ultimate enduro weapon. Here’s how it fared after almost of year of proper testing…

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In 2015, I attended the SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 enduro suspension fork launch at Mountain Creek in New Jersey. It was a big announcement for them, introducing new technology on an all-new chassis for a new wheel size. And the proving grounds they chose were aggressive and gnarly, chewing through tires at an alarming pace. The […]

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Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Trey’s Wish List

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Another year has passed and it’s been an interesting one to say the least. While there are few parts of my life that don’t involve bikes, I seem to enjoy them more and more as the years roll on. This year started off with hosting a slumber party with 9 girls… solo, taking a last minute trip across the globe to ride bikes and do other cool stuff, taking my 7-year-old to urgent care to get her first ever (face) stitches after her first “real” bike crash, to getting to build the “World’s Funnest Bike”.

Regardless, the above pics is from one of my favorite past times of cruising the bazaar street markets in foreign countries… and it sorta had some Christmas-y colors in it. Now go check out my holiday loot list after explaining to your boss what the heck you’re looking at…

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Another year has passed and it’s been an interesting one to say the least. While there are few parts of my life that don’t involve bikes, I seem to enjoy them more and more as the years roll on. This year started off with hosting a slumber party with 9 girls… solo, taking a last […]

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Review: 3West’s inflatable, adjustable & surprisingly light Reprieve bike saddle

3West Reprieve inflatable air adjustable bicycle saddle review and actual weights

The 3 West Reprieve saddle debuted in April, and I’ve been running it on my ‘cross bike for the past four months of training and racing. For cyclocross, I like something with a kicked-up tail. It allows me to push against the saddle when pedaling hard, but it can’t be so high that dismounts are impeded. The Reprieve meets these requirements and adds an interesting take on pressure relief.

The saddle is designed with a 3/4″ drop immediately in front of the wider sit bone support section. In front of that is an inflatable balloon along the nose that lets you adjust the height and firmness to suit your preferences. Amazingly, all of the additional shaping, construction and internal parts come together in a package that’s not any heavier than a typical performance saddle…

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The 3 West Reprieve saddle debuted in April, and I’ve been running it on my ‘cross bike for the past four months of training and racing. For cyclocross, I like something with a kicked-up tail. It allows me to push against the saddle when pedaling hard, but it can’t be so high that dismounts are […]

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Review: Easton EC90 SL carbon cranks are ultra light, plenty stiff

Easton EC90 SL carbon fiber crankset review

This summer, we put the brand new Easton EC90 SL carbon cranks on the scale and on the bike to bring you true first impressions as they were officially announced. Then, we followed up with a tech interview on their design and features. Now, after plenty of riding and moving them onto my ‘cross bike, I have some solid impressions to write about.

The EC90 SL cranks bring Easton back into the crank business after a long hiatus by borrowing sister brand Race Face’s lightweight carbon fiber crank technology. The same methods that make the Next SL some of the lightest and strongest cranks on the market delivers the goods here, too…

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This summer, we put the brand new Easton EC90 SL carbon cranks on the scale and on the bike to bring you true first impressions as they were officially announced. Then, we followed up with a tech interview on their design and features. Now, after plenty of riding and moving them onto my ‘cross bike, […]

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Just In: Atomik Phatty 85 carbon fat bike wheels with Onyx Racing hubs

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Maybe more than any other bike, fat bikes put a lot of demands on a rim. It has to be wide enough to provide flotation for the monster tires, strong enough to withstand impacts that will inevitably occur at low pressures, secure enough to hold the tire in place at those low pressures, tubeless compatible, and yeah, it should be light as well. That leaves a lot of riders going back and forth between aluminum and carbon rims. Aluminum rims seem more durable on the surface since they can’t really crack like carbon, but they’re pretty easy to dent badly enough to lose your tubeless seal. Carbon on the other hand has the potential to be lighter and stronger, but there’s always the fear of breaking your pricey rims.

That’s where the Atomik Phatty 85s come in. Using their HDP (High Density Performance) foam core system and Solowall design, Atomik claims that their fat bike rims offer unmatched durability at a still impressive weight. As someone who has cracked a carbon fat bike rim, I’m excited to put that to the test…

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Maybe more than any other bike, fat bikes put a lot of demands on a rim. It has to be wide enough to provide flotation for the monster tires, strong enough to withstand impacts that will inevitably occur at low pressures, secure enough to hold the tire in place at those low pressures, tubeless compatible, […]

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5 awesome carbon fiber water bottle cages (starting at 17 grams!)

laguna bicycles 17g carbon fiber water bottle cage

Sure, a metal bottle cage gets the job done, but to get really light and maintain your carbon bike’s aesthetic, you gotta go carbon. Some of the cages here have been on my test bikes for years, others joined the party this spring. All have been ridden extensively and proven over varied terrain. Here are five of the best carbon cages I’ve ever used.

Leading in the weight department is Laguna Bicycles. At just 17g claimed, it’s almost non-existent with a beautiful barely-there aesthetic sure to please minimalists. Fortunately, it also does a decent job holding water bottles, too. The upper edge is flared outward just slightly to ease blind bottle entry, helping you keep your eyes on the road.

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Sure, a metal bottle cage gets the job done, but to get really light and maintain your carbon bike’s aesthetic, you gotta go carbon. Some of the cages here have been on my test bikes for years, others joined the party this spring. All have been ridden extensively and proven over varied terrain. Here are five […]

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