Results from the Dirt Lab
Experiments with CushCore and Tannus Inserts
Is it possible to get the benefits of inserts without compromising on weight or tire performance?
3 Test Products for Andrew Major: Spring 2020
A fresh look at Bontrager's dual-ply G5 tires in 29x2.5, Giant's Line clip-in shoes, and Wolf Tooth's EnCase in-the-bar tool system.
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...
WTB Verdict 29 x 2.5 Front Tire Reviewed (w Judge Rear)
I used to think of WTB as 'California rubber' and I had bumped them off my list - but this combo has me rethinking that opinion...
What Makes a Tire Worthy of the North Shore?
The observations herein are not universal truths, rather they are the personal requirements of one fussy bastard...
Makin' a List...
Dear Santa: Cam McRae's List for 2019
I haven't been intentionally naughty, but I may have gone riding a few times when I should have been raking leaves...
WE WON'T STEER YOU WRONG
2019 Gift Guide: Week 4
Something stabby, something grabby, and a few ideas for your trail builder friend Abby
Wet Weather & The 29x2.8" WTB Vigilante Plus Tire
Riding aggressive plus-sized rubber on the gnarliest all-weather trails the North Shore can offer...
Installation | First Impressions
CushCore 29 PLUS Inserts Ridden
CushCore brings the concept of 'tire suspension' to tire widths from 2.6″ to 3.0″ and inner rim widths 32mm to 45mm.
Trail Version of Greg Minnaar's Tire Reviewed
Maxxis Assegai DD & EXO+ Tire Review
The Assegai has been a huge hit for the DH crowd - how does Minnaar's tread pattern translate to trail riding...
e*thirteen's New TRS/AT and LG1 MOPO Tires Reviewed
The third generation of e*thirteen's high grip tires have become more predictable and faster rolling - but what about the traction cost...
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...
Dave interviews Aaron Chamberlain from Maxxis
Ask Uncle Dave: Talking Tires with Maxxis
"Maxxis is known for making very desirable tires, so by throwing a Maxxis tire on there...any Maxxis tire...the bike companies know they can get away with it..."
REVIEW | EDITORIAL
Schwalbe ProCore Revisted
My fourth experience with the siren's seduction of better traction, fewer rim strikes, and more progressive tire ramp-up...
Riding Troy Brosnan's New Maxxis Dissector Tire
Trying to break loose in the Whistler Bike Park on the new signature Maxxis tire…
Coming Out of Retirement
Cush Core and a Return to Downhill Racing (V10 Style!)
Having had the Santa Cruz V10 29er for 2 weeks why not try a downhill race? And CushCore, too.
Could the Michelin UPTIS Airless Tire Work In MTB?
Michelin has developed an airless tire system that may be found on most passenger vehicles by 2024 but what about bicycles?
REVIEW | EDITORIAL
Huck Norris Revisited
Sometimes cleaning up the shop delivers a fresh take on an old(er) product. Worst case scenario it's nice having a clean shop and I usually find enough change for a case of beer!
The Burliest Inserts?
A Day on Tannus Armour Inserts
Tannus takes an entirely different approach to protecting your rim, improving grip and ramping your bike's ride quality...
DIY MAINTENANCE TIPS
Awesomize Your Ride - A Spring Service Primer
Spring is here. Here are some things to try at home to get your ride dialed.
NOTHING WITH BATTERIES
Dear Santa - Andrew's List
Magnets and Metal and Plastic and NeoShell
Dear Santa: AJ's List
AJ's list is full of things that will benefit others—surely that'll move his wishes up on Santa's priority list?
WTB Vigilante & Trail Boss Tire Review
Big updates to WTB's tire designs should land them on a lot of most wanted lists
Aggressive Semi-Slick Tires From e*thirteen
e*thirteen announces semi slick tires for trail, enduro and DH use - with ultra aggressive side knobs...