TI CHROMAG DUALLY!
Stuff we saw at Crankworx
No point burying the lead: a Ti Chromag Darco graced the SRAM booth. But we found a few other fun things, too.
Beggars Would Ride
Better Than Christmas
"I dare you to find some product, any product at all, that has such a big impact on how your bike performs..."
GEAR SHOTS May 5th
Gear Shots: Tires, Flat Shoes, and Armour
The new Shorty (II) soft-condition tire, Dakine's Drift shoes, and some upper body protection from POC...
DELIUM Tires - Rugged, Versatile, and Cheap!
How much performance can be squeezed out of reasonably priced rubber?
How Does Tubeless Sealant Work?
How sealant works and why ingredients matter. A peek into WPL's bio-based sealant.
Octa Mousse Insert Review
These 8-sided Spanish pool noodles are very light but they also provide excellent protection and a ride that is closer to riding regular tubeless...
Specialized Butcher T9 Tires
T9 is Specialized's new gravity-oriented rubber, and it looks set to usher in a new level of competitiveness in the category for the big S.
Another insert but this one is yellow!
Rockstop Tire Insert Review
If you don't like the damped feeling of the Cushcore insert, this option from the U.K. may be of interest…
Making room at the table for the smaller guy
Teravail Kessel Tire Review
A familiar tread pattern and grip on a new option for aggressive riding
Three Versions Reviewed
Michelin Wild Enduro Tire Review
Getting wild on Michelin's latest aggressive trail tires…
Mano a Mano
Is Cushcore Preferable to a Heavier Tire Casing?
Back to Back runs in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park are the only way to answer this sort of question...
REVIEW | EDITORIAL
Min-Maxing North Shore Rubber With The Bontrager G5
A World-Cup-Winning all-round DH tire with soft 42a rubber throughout and a dual-ply casing...
REVIEW | EDITORIAL
When Is A Semi-Slick 2 Damn Quick? (With The Teravail Cumberland)
Andrew discovers the circumstances where a semi-slick is much too quick, for him, on the North Shore...
Tannus Armour TUBELESS Inserts Tested
These are lighter than much of the competition while delivering most of the key benefits and fewer hassles - at a lower price...
RIDE IMPRESSIONS & DETAILS
Bontrager's Outrageously-Priced Line Elite Carbon Wheels
There's a lot to unpack in Bontrager's new $900 carbon wheelset that claims to be the strongest in the industry.
When Is A Semi-Slick Too Damn Quick?!
WTF happened to the ever-increasing choice in semi-slick tires and all the riders preaching their virtues?
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...