2024 Trek Slash Review
Trek made some changes for Gen 6 of the Slash. Cooper has had a good amount of time to suss them out.
Thin Crust vs. Deep Dish - Choosing Gravel Wheels
It turns out that gravel wheels are like pizza - as illustrated by Crankbrothers Synthesis Gravel and Bontrager Aeolus 49V.
GIVE IT or GET IT
2023 Gift Guide - Week 2
A Stanley pour over, a good looking blade from The James Brand, Carhartt's tool roll, durable quality from Mission Workshop, 9Point8's wicked remote.
Trek Rail Gen 4
A few years have gone by since the last Rail review. Lots has changed since then.
The Big Gulp
More is always better, especially when it comes to water bottles. Right?
Bontrager SE6 & SE4 Tires
Aggressive enduro tire designs deserve soft-and-slow rubber compounds...
59 Flavours of Subtle
The Ergonomic Grip Shootout
"Ideal User – You’re a person who wants to go full ergo but doesn’t like answering questions in the parking lot..."
Bontrager Flatline Flat Pedal Shoes Reviewed
Bontrager doesn't have a long pedigree in the flat pedal shoe arena - but that didn't stop them from making some great shoes.
Editorial with Uncle Dave
The Beauty of Stupid Looking Grips
"I spent a healthy amount of time walking around my house, holding on to various handlebars..."
LONG TERM REVIEW
Trek Rail 9.8 XT
Trek's Rail e-bike platform is smooth, powerful, and successfully walks the line between trail bike and something bigger.
Bontrager Line Elite Carbon Wheels
"Trek's been building wheels this way for so long, it's likely not valid to complain about my squad of spokes being down by four..."
Andrew's Gifts For Mountain Bikers
For the young and the old, for the busy and the bold. Here's my attempt at a helpful list of gift ideas for the mountain biker in your life.
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...
FIRST IMPRESSIONS REVIEW
Introducing the 2021 Trek Slash 9.9 XO1
Trek's flagship enduro race bike was born when the geometry evolution was starting to really gain steam, but that was years ago, and the Slash was due for a redesign.
REVIEW | RELEASE
Bontrager Verse, A Saddle For All Riders
The first Bontrager saddle that has truly worked for me comes in four sizes, and three trim levels, that will hopefully work for most everyone.
Bontrager's Steerer Tube Mounted BITS
The BITS multi-tool system is Bontrager's steerer-tube storage solution that will help the pack-free rider handle most trailside adjustments & repairs.
No vaporware here - just currently existing or easy DIY collaborations that could improve your on-trail experience with wrenching, pedaling, and ergonomics.
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.
RIDING IMPRESSIONS and DETAILS
Bontrager Rally WaveCel Helmet
Bontrager's latest lid release brings WaveCel tech to helmets at a lower price point with more size options and even a kids' model.
A CLIPLESS SHOE REVIEW
Bontrager Rally Clip-In Shoes
These are not the carbon-soled rigid slippers our tester normally prefers, but with the right pedals the flexibility here might just work...
MANO a MANO
Bontrager Evoke VS. Rhythm Gloves
Stacking up Bontrager's most breathable full-finger mountain bike glove against their most protective.
Northwave Raptor GTX Shoes Reviewed
The Raptor GTX prioritizes waterproofness over insulation, making it a solid choice for riders in wet climates.
Bontrager Flatline MTB Shoe
Bontrager's new flat shoe presents a strong alternative if you prefer a bit of float and a casual look.
Two Shoes Reviewed - 1 Winter 1 Summer
Bontrager JFW Winter Boots & Scott MTB Comp Shoes
In order to please all the world's climates, or to anticipate climate change, this review pairs a summer shoe and a winter shoe...