Does The Future Have Fewer Gears? (Part 4)
You Should Try a Friction Thumb Shifter
Mix things up on your mountain bike, for the price of a friction thumb shifter and become a better rider in the process.
SLX GROUP REVIEW - PART 1
Shimano SLX Drivetrain Review
How close can the third tier drivetrain come to XT - or even XTR?
1,000 KMs of TESTING
6 Months with the 12sp Shimano XT Group
Shimano's second tier group has never been closer to XTR.
Editorial: Does The Future Have Fewer Gears pt IV
The Only Drivetrain That Matters
Could the Shimano Deore M6100 12spd be the only drivetrain that really matters?
Ask Uncle Dave
Dear Uncle Dave: What's with the Drivetrain Cartels?
"Generally speaking there will always be some small company there waiting for the big boys to drop the ball..."
LAUNCH AND REVIEW
SRAM Launches new 52-tooth Eagle Drivetrains
SRAM's new XX1, X01, and GX drivetrains represent mostly incremental performance and cosmetic updates, and one big change: the new Eagle cassette is the tooth count leader with 52 teeth.
Does The Future Have Fewer Gears pt III - Editorial
Dr. Strange Hub: Or How I Learned To Love The Gearbox
Where I talk about the off-the-shelf, 409%, ultra-reliable gearbox that's available for less money than a high-end 12spd cassette...
A Light and Well Priced 12spd Option
Rotor's 12x Cassette Ridden and Reviewed
Options are a beautiful thing for mountain bikers - and we've just been through a period when drivetrain choices were narrower than ever...
More to Say Down the Road...
Product Review Updates - Winter Edition
Some good news and some bad news - several months or years after first reviewing these products...
SEQUEL - EDITORIAL
AXS Strikes Back! (Does The Future Have Fewer Gears pt II)
The coolest feature of AXS is the DATA; which of the 12-cogs get the most use and shifts-per-Kilometer and, on the North Shore, do we need more gears or fewer?
Race Face Aeffect R Cinch Cranks & 170mm Dropper Post
You can buy fancier sh*t, but the Race Face Aeffect R 7050 aluminum crankset and 170mm dropper post are really all anyone needs...
Does The Future Have Fewer Gears?
Box Components jumps back to 1999 with a new-for-2019 9-spd drivetrain. What's next? Gearboxes for everybody? 5-spd derailleur systems? Single speeds?!
Test Platform Verdicts
150 days on Shimano XTR, OneUp, WeAreOne, E13, Yeti...
After more than 1/3 of a year on my hand-picked test parts - it's time to put performance under the microscope...
3 Fresh Products For Fall 2019
Fresh clip-in kicks from Bontrager, updated 7050 arms for Race Face Aeffect cranks, and a WTB tire that I hope works as well in the wet as it does in the dry...
e*thirteen LG1r Carbon Crankset Review
The 4th generation of e*thirteen's LG1 cranks are among the lightest available for aggressive gravity focused riders…
2019 e*thirteen TRS Cranks Reviewed
This incredibly light and beautiful crankset is not for everyone - but if you aren't the type to bust arms in half they might be for you...
Riding 2020 Shimano XT in Bellingham
Shimano Introduces 12spd XT and SLX Groups
The trickle down from XTR 9100 is on but can Shimano deliver solid performance on a budget that will compete with SRAM?
Sea Otter 2019
Rotor Components - 13 spd Hydraulically Actuated Shifting
After pushing up numbers in road in 2018, the Spanish concern has launched an MTB drivetrain - without cables...
FSA Afterburner Crankset
The unique looking Afterburner crankset features stiff arms, a lightweight package and a fair price of 130 USD.
Wolf Tooth Rear Axle
Many different lengths, an optional protruding protector - and the option to make your bike easily trainer compatible in winter...
SRAM's impressive new wireless group and dropper post
Ride Impressions: SRAM's Electronic AXS Wireless Group
With their new wireless XX1 and XO1 drivetrains and Reverb, SRAM has once again defined the bleeding edge of mountain bike componentry.
In Defense Of HammerSchmidt
The boldest attempt by any company to revolutionize mainstream drivetrains - ever. And as serious as that sounds, it was overshadowed by a really fun, cheesy, and chill marketing campaign.
FIRST LOOK | TEARDOWN
3 Fresh Products For Fall
A fancy angleset, winter boots for temperate climates and a set of cranks that won't break the bank or the scale...
e13 TRS+ 12-Spd Upgrade Reviewed
After several months of use the verdict is in on e*thirteen's kit to boost your 11-spd SRAM drivetrain to 12 with 511% range...