Gear – Gear Shots


What’s Fair as a Bike Reviewer?

Words - Andrew Major

Should a bike reviewer do a World Cup Racer level build on a test bike or ride it the way 95% of riders would…

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Deity Launches New Bladerunner Pedals

Thinner and Bigger

New headquarters, new riders and new pedals from the rider-owned company Deity.

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New goods from WTB

Race developed

Chewy fresh rubber and a place to put your backside.

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2015 Fox 36 RC2: Ridden in Moab and BC

How Does it Perform?

For 2015 Fox started from scratch and rebuilt the 36 RC2 for three wheel sizes – but can it live up to the Pike?

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Gear Shots: Maxxis Minion DHR 2

A Sequel That's Actually Better

The DHR 2 looks like it might prove successful at both ends of the bike, just like the venerable DHF…

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Gear Shots: Crank Brothers B17 Tool

Reinventing the Multi-Tool?

“The quality of the b17 is up to par, but the possibility of a trailside bitsplosion remains…”

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Schwalbe Muddy Mary – Gear Shots

A Tire for 90% of Circumstances?

The marketing drivel left me skeptical, but the Muddy Mary is undoubtedly a grip monster…

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Gear Shots: Wolf Tooth Chainring

Ready to Lose the Guide?

A 30 tooth, 104 BCD chainring that claims to be drop-proof… but does it work?

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Gear Shots: Crank Brothers Sterling Pump

A Hand Pump with Plenty of Features

“Excellent gauge, dual pistons, flawless head and premium construction…”

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Gear Shots: Camelbak Charge LR

Changing the Way We Carry Water

“The Charge LR quickly became my go-to pack for most rides…”

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Gear Shots #78

Gear Shots #78

Teva, Chromag, Lezyne, and Cateye

Shoes, lights, tools, and grips just in time for your last minute gift shopping…

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Forum Testing: Ryders Eyewear

Bringing Testing to the People

We’re giving the chance to you, the readers of NSMB, to participate in product testing…

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Gear Shots #77

Gemini, Spank, and Norco...

Lights, wheels, bars and stems, and a new bike coming into the test garage…

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2013 Specialized Rime Shoe

Looking for that Happy Medium

“Finally, a clipless shoe adequately stiff for long pedals but more comfortable than an XC race shoe…”

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Yeti Ridden at Dirt Demo

Plus Devinci, Santa Cruz, Turner

“It’s like speed dating except you spend half the time sussing out your date’s specs – bad etiquette for babes…”

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