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Chromag Primer 27+ Review

Reviewed in 27.5" Plus version

Going back to a hardtail – even one with progressive geometry like the Primer – required patience. The payoff was well worth it.

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Raceface Next SL G4 Crank Review

Carbon Bling

A new generation of Raceface’s Next SL cranks has arrived and despite being some of the lightest cranks in the world they went on a little diet…

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True Precision Stealth Hubs

Teardown and First Impressions

True Precision’s hubs roll without even a whisper but they engage with virtually no hesitation – does that mean they are delicate and complicated?

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HT X2 Pedals : First Impressions

Combining the best of both worlds?

An everyman (or woman’s) review of the pedal of choice of Aaron Gwin and Jared Graves – with snow added…

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Blackspire Snaggletooth, Badger, and Crusher

The Beaver brand's new Cranks, Ring, & Bash Taco

Blackspire makes rings, pedals, and bash guards in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Meet Badger, Crusher, & Snaggletooth.

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e*thirteen trsr 9-46t Cassette

511% Range

An 11-spd alternative to Eagle with even more range, less weight and a lower price? Sounds too good to be true…

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New Life for old XX1 or XO1 Cassettes

Wolftooth GCX Cog

XX1 and XO1 cassettes are pricy but long lasting – aside from the largest cog. Now you can replace the 42 and get more rides for your money…

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4 Reasons to run OneUp Shark

A 500% chance of OneUp Sharknado

“In all honesty, I had to chew through my aversion to the marketing behind the new 500% gear range 1x setups…”

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Say Good-Bye to Press Fit Bottom Brackets?

No More Creaking?

Sane bottom bracket designs that thread into themselves for improved performance and longevity as replacements for press fit bottom brackets…

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Wolf Tooth: Stainless Rings + Boost Conversions

Steel Teeth!

Tired of replacing narrow wide chainrings? Stainless may be your ticket. And if you have been hanging onto some 135 hubs – you’re in luck…

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3 Alternative Drivetrains

No SRAM or Shimano

The big two have a stranglehold on mountain bike drivetrains, but there are few brands clawing for market share and credibility…

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Pinion Gearbox Drivetrains

Six hamsters arm-wrestling in your BB

Their catalog is so precise that the pages can be used to cut limes. My margarita tastes great, by the way.

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Tools Missing from your Pack

Almost Everything...

The balance between having everything you need to keep you riding and keeping your pack a reasonable weight is a fine one…

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The Indestructible Renthal 1XR Chainring

Narrow and Wide

“The Renthal name carries a reputation for durable high-quality sprockets from their long tradition manufacturing motorcycle products…”

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Sweating the Small Things @ Crankworx 2016

Nerding my way through the little details

Andrew Major appreciates and identifies the small details that set bikes, mechanics, shops and manufacturers apart…

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