By Nathan Ward
Everyone wants to find the best gear possible, so I Googled “best mountain bike short” and DirtBaggies came up number one on the list. DirtBaggies are made by Tim Lane in Southern California, a combination of lightweight outer short and inner-bib short that he believes is “the world’s most comfortable MTB shorts”. It’s a big claim, so I decided to put them to the test.
By Roanne Houck
There are many natural and effective ways to increase your body’s production of anti-inflammatory agents, while decreasing systemic inflammation. The foundation of good health should start with a nutrient-dense diet. Foods that are especially high in naturally occurring anti-inflammatory ingredients, and other good nutrients, are those with bright or rich colors and those with essential fatty acids, especially those that contain the omega 3 oils.
In skiing it’s called the “yard sale.” In climbing, the “whipper.” Mountain biking has its own compendium of words for a fall: endo, auger, corndog, soil sample, blood donor, captain crash…. No matter how catchy the term, wrecking never comes easy.
Srams XX1 sets to up the standard for a simplified drivetrain.
Designed as a compliment to the increasingly popular enduro/all-mountain segment, Srams new 1x11 drivetrain pairs with their newly released Type 2 clutch derailleur system to create a simple yet effective drivetrain for technical trail abuse.
Magura Launches New 29er and 650B Fork, Road Brakes
By Trina Ortega and Brian Riepe
SEDONA, Ariz. — The Magura Direct employees work hard every year to host their annual press camp on the ultimate testing grounds (whether testing gear or fear) of Sedona, Arizona’s notoriously technical and demanding trails.
Mavics durable all-mountain wheels provide an upgrade for capable trail bikes.
Pairing XC weight with downhill durability can be a difficult formula, but the redesigned 2012 Crossmax SX steps to the plate with its trail/enduro specific improvements. For 2012, the SX sees subtle yet strategic changes throughout the wheel, but together they create a lighter, stronger, and more versatile wheelset.
Boulder, Colo. based Feedback Sports keeps bikes running smoothly with well designed repair stands.
As the top tier repair stand offering from Feedback Sports, the Pro Elite Stand offers some great features that will make DIY bike repair more enjoyable even if you have no idea what your doing.
Cool New Products from the Bike Industrys Early Season Release event. Magura hydraulic road brakes, wood helmets, 35mm handlebars, Yeti Carbon DH Bike and More!
"In between" Mountain Bike Wheel Size popular at Sea Otter
As the industry continues to evolve, the 29er market is thriving, but on the horizon for many manufacturers is rather unchartered territory. The “in-between” 650b wheel size was the popular topic at this years Sea Otter Classic with a good number of manufacturers introducing 650 products. As an industry driven trend, it will be interesting to see if consumers embrace the wheel size and its off road advantages.
Shimano updates Gravity specific groupset and introduces a more budget friendly version.
As the first component manufacturer to develop a gravity specific component group, Shimano has continued to improve on the DH components. For 2013, Saint sees some significant updates along with a new, more budget friendly gravity group, Zee.
Mavic introduces a Line of 29er Wheels, finally.
With the exponential growth of 29" wheels in the mountain bike industry, most wheel manufacturers were quick to adopt and develop high-end 29" wheels. Mavic was a little bit slower to react though and has been a bit behind in the big wheel market, but for good reason.
X-Fusion Shox introduces new 34mm stanchion Forks, Height adjustable seatpost and ultralight rear shock.
For 2013, X-Fusion plans to create more buzz around their products by creating some new, possibly market-changing improvements introducing a new stanchion size, new gold slick ano stanchion coating, and a one piece forged crown and steertube combo along with a brand new height adjustable seatpost proves X-Fusion has been hard at work.
I walked into Cafe Dawn, the choice coffee shop in Salida, Colorado, and the woman behind the counter, said "Nice hat!" I was sporting my new brown tweed wool cycling cap from Walz Caps. Now, Salida is a cycling town, so not everyone everywhere is going to consider a cycling hat a fashion statement, but I'll take it where I can get it.
As one of the oldest names in cycling, Raleigh has been a staple among two-wheeled enthusiasts since the late 1800s, but despite a short foray into the off-road world in the early ’90s (hinged upon a branding-style sponsorship of John Tomac), Raleigh primarily has been glued to the pavement side of the sport.Raleigh Talus Carbon Pro 29er