Shimano Paddle Shifters vs. SRAM GripShift

 

I’m  going to throw two things at you at the same time. With the trend of gears going away up front and a wider and a more plentiful range of cogs increasing in the rear, you would think that we would be starting to look at more efficient rear shifting systems. Now that 1×10 is old news, 1×11 is already being rivaled by the release of SRAM’S Eagle 1×12… transmissions have changed, significantly. Mountain … Continue reading

Camelbak’s Volt 13 LR Hydration Pack Review

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I prefer the Camelbak Volt 13 LR Hydration Pack. I know a lot of Mountain Bikers do not like to wear hydration packs. They can be hot, or they are heavy, or they flop around especially on descents, or they simply do not have the features that they are looking for. I have owned a bunch of hydration packs. Most all of … Continue reading

Tailwind Nutrition Review

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Tailwind Nutrition. All you need, all day. Really?

I had my doubts…

Scooping some white powder called Tailwind Nutrition into a water bottle let alone several scoops into my Camelbak left me with huge doubts that this would be “ALL I Needed” for as long as I rode my mountain bike. In fact, even when the imtbtrails forum started talking about it and people I had grown to know and trust were singing it’s … Continue reading

MAXXIS MINION DHF & DHR II Tire Review

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MAXXIS MINION’s are the “not so secret” weapon of most all the DH Pro’s that lack a tire sponsorship. Even pro’s sponsored on other tires have been found to have Minions on their bikes with the Maxxis logo and lettering marked out with black markers. That should tell you something… When Ritchie Rude rides Maxxis Minions on his Yeti Sponsored ride, THAT, should tell you something…

But that’s great for the Pro’s and other sponsored … Continue reading

Shimano M200 Trail/Enduro Mountain Bike Shoe Review

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Shimano M200 Trail/Enduro Mountain Bike Shoe

Having ridden for 25 plus years and trying, buying, and wearing out numerous Mountain Bike Shoes over those years, it was a breath of fresh air to finally come across Shimano’s M200 Trail/Enduro Mountain Bike Shoe! This shoe design in particular takes the Enduro riding style into full consideration. There are several unique points one should consider when purchasing an enduro style shoe and we are going to look … Continue reading

“Awareness Bell” for Mountain Bikers Review

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Christopher Burris Wyche, a native Southern Californian is the owner of CBW Designs. He is an artist that has worked with semi precious and precious metals making earrings and jewelry since 1985. He started welding in 2000, but wait, he’s also a mountain biker. So one day it dawned on him that he could use a better bell to make hikers aware that he was coming down the trail. Now, I know that is most likely not news to you … Continue reading

ReCycle Skin ReHydration System Review

magazine_front_page_slider_recycleReCycle is the first skin care product specifically designed for cyclists.

You don’t need us to tell you how important it is to protect your skin. It’s the largest organ of your body. It filters the harsh chemicals and pollutants of everyday life, is bombarded by the damaging rays produced by the sun, and takes a beating from the elements from hours of cycling.

ReCycle is an all natural lotion comprised of Aloe Vera, Beeswax and other natural ingredients … Continue reading

K-Edge GoPro Camera Mounts Review

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by Mikie

I tried the “Chesty” from  GoPro in effort to come up with that cool look of “hands on handlebars” action as we fly down a singletrack. But to be quite honest, it was constantly in the way. Especially when you’re into the steep steep downhill chunk. The Chesty located GoPro now competed with my saddle for “chest area” and I found that I was bumping the camera out of location and end up with video footage looking … Continue reading

Joe Blow Sport II Floor Pump Review

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Joe Blow Sport II Floor Pump

by imtbtrails

Our Blackburn all aluminum floor pump of 18 years finally died the other day. In fact, it exploded and fell into approximately 5 pieces! So we thought it was time to scan the market for a new shop floor pump. We searched the internet naturally looking for the most bang for the buck and we kept seeing Topeak’s Joe Blow … Continue reading

DT Swiss Tubeless Conversion Kit Review

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DT Swiss Tubeless Conversion Kit – Rate It!

By imtbtrails

From conversation with others, most people are pretty satisfied with DT Swiss Hubs and Rims. Yeti for example utilizes DT Swiss as OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) products on their bikes. In fact, for their 2012 bike line up they utilized the DT Swiss Tubeless Conversion Kits on their bikes as OEM and at first used Schwalbe Tubeless Ready Tires, but then mid year switched back to Maxxis tires.

When the … Continue reading