Cane Creek 'Covid-Created' Double Barrel (CCDB) IL Air
A 2014 Cane Creek Inline Air shock that's been upgraded to the current CCDB IL Air specs
MIN MAX | EDITORIAL
Min-Max: Adam's 2016 Santa Cruz Nomad & The SCB Ten-Year Guarantee
Adam has a very clean Nomad V3, which is an opportunity to talk about Santa Cruz's 10-year-plus commitment to support every frame they sell...
Min-Max : Jeff's 2011 Turner 5 Spot
"Steampunk" aesthetics and familiar fit: How a used $300 2011 Turner 5 Spot frame went from a niche air-travel rig to regular trail riding.
Budget Bicycle Buying: Braving The Used Dropper Post Market
Buying a used, or take-off, dropper post to upgrade your budget mountain bike...
Min-Max: Andrew's 2017 Giant Anthem Advanced SX
"Whatever micro-category you'd prefer to assign to them, these bikes are probably the most worthy of the original all-encompassing mantle of... mountain bike."
Budget Bicycle Buying: Before You Leave The Bike Shop
Andrew discusses expectations for first time mountain bike buyers who don't want break the bank to start riding...
Min-Max: Rob's 2018 Trek Stache 29+
Rob's slackened Stache is a bittersweet reminder of how awesomely fun these bikes are and how deserving the platform is of a re-imaging...
'Real' Mountain Bikes Don't Come With Pedals
What's the point including shitty plastic pedals on budget mountain bikes when spec. dollars are so tight?
MIN MAX | TEARDOWN
Min-Max: Norma’s 2014 Rocky Mountain Altitude MSL
This time around involves a physical min-maxing and Norma's 2014 RMB Altitude gets a new lease on life...
TEARDOWN | FIRST IMPRESSIONS
2014 & 2022 Cane Creek IL Double Barrel Air Shock
Taking a born in 2014 Cane Creek Inline Air shock and updating it to the current 2022 DB Air IL spec.
Min-Max: Sal's Kid's 2010 Intense Tracer
This 2010 Tracer is "a hodgepodge of clutter and imagination" is a sweet ride for a ten-year-old son.
Min-Max: Bean's 2017 Salsa Timberjack
Bean's Salsa Timberjack is loaded down with interesting tales while satisfying a selectively-sourced, budget-forward build...
NOT A REVIEW
Aaron's Guerrilla Gravity Smash
A few tidbits about an eclectic Guerilla Gravity Smash...
Min-Max: Greg's 2016 Devinci Hendrix 27+
The Devinci Hendrix 27+ was a strong value in 2016 and Greg has done a thoughtful job of upgrading his and keeping it running...
EDITORIAL | PART 4
Min-Max: Daniele's 2013 MDE Carve
MDE Bikes has been making frames in Italy since 2001 and Daniele is passionate about their last 26" bike; the 2013 Carve
Parked Projects: GeoShift -2° Vs. Budget Hardtails
Andrew's scheme to test a bunch of budget hardtails, in the 1-2K CAD range, both stock and with an angleset installed...
EDITORIAL | PART 3
Min-Max: Claire's 2009 Kona Stinky 6
Claire's 13-year-old Kona Stinky 6 gets the min-max treatment with a focus on smiles per dollar...
EDITORIAL | PART 2
Min-Max: Dave's Banshee Spitfire V2
Dave's 8-year-old Spitfire V2 is already looking min-maxed but he has further upgrade plans - and Andrew has some thoughts about V2 Banshees and this bike as well.
What's Your Bare Minimum Mountain Bike?
Is it "XTR or bust" or could you happily pedal a complete that costs less than some of your friends' wheelsets?
A Chris King RingDrive Hub Experience, Part II (2 Yrs Later)
Degunking a Chris King RingDrive rear hub after two years of use.
Review / Editorial
Keeping Kids Comfortable With WOOM's WARM TEN Gloves
Riding with miserable kids isn't fun for anyone and warm hands are an essential component to cold weather bliss...
Chromag Wax Grips
Chromag only makes one push-on grip model. It's called the Wax, and here are some thoughts about it.
REVIEW | EDITORIAL
AXS Eagle Economics
I understand why SRAM's AXS Eagle is the only current drivetrain option that folks are truly lusting after, but let's have a look at the economics of wireless shifting before you push the button...
The Weight Is Over
It all starts with shaving the shitty grams for free, but who really knows where we'll wind up riding a new weight weenie wave on self-powered bicycles?