10 hot new suspension products for 2017


Mountain bike suspension continues to get better and better. Check out some of the latest developments from BOS, Cane Creek, Fox, RockShox, and more.

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The Canyon showroom experience


The world’s best known consumer direct bike seller was on hand at Sea Otter showing off the full breadth of its impressive product line. They really do have something for everyone.

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Five new (and cool) dropper posts


In the hunt for a new dropper post? Here are five new options from some of the best in the business.

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Terrene McFly 2.8 tire is do-it-all option


Terrene, a six-month-old, three-person startup out of Minneapolis, was on hand at Sea Otter showing off the McFly, a “rider-centric” all-around 2.8” mountain bike tire.

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Answer Protaper Alloy handlebars go to 810mm


Sure other companies make a bar wider than 800mm, but do they make an 810mm bar with a 3” rise at 31.8 clamp diameter?

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G-Form shows Elite Knee and Elbow Guards, plus Padded Bib


G-Form makes body protection not body armor. The distinction is that body armor sounds (and often is) heavy, hot, and uncomfortable. Body protection doesn’t need to be any of those things. Find out why.

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Video: Pivot Phoenix bar, stem, grips


Pivot showed off their new cockpit components designed with a purpose starting with a 35mm handlebar. The bar itself is not stiffer by design but it is lighter than the previous generation.

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Elite Fly water bottle saves weight the affordable way


Looking to shave every gram possible, right down to searching for the lightest bottle available? Well you’re in luck. Elite Fly water bottles tip the scales at a mere 43 grams.

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Giro expands MTB apparel line with Havoc and Arch shorts


Giro’s new mountain bike clothing line veers away from their casual look, but still has cool and casual look.

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Lauf Grit delivers 30mm of speed-enhancing suspension


The Lauf fork is arguably the most unconventional cycling fork on the market, but it certainly has its fans who appreciate the low weight and ride enhancing suspension.

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Video: 2017 Norco Sight 29er


We’ve been riding the Norco Sight 29er for a while and the bike just works without calling attention to its wheel size or its travel. It excels quietly on climbs, singletrack and descents, the type of riding that the majority of folks do on their regular fun rides.

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Orange Mountain Bikes making way to USA


Offering a wide range of bikes, from modern geometry hardtails to full-on downhill sleds, there is a new player in the U.S. market. Orange Mountain Bikes is coming to America.

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Focus Jam trail bike a departure from usual XC focus


Germany’s Focus is better known in the U.S. for their support of cyclocross and XC racing, but the brand is now also gunning to capture a piece of the ever-expanding trail bike market.

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Julbo Aero sunglasses with Zebra Light Red lenses and more


Eyewear company has new sunglasses and goggles with a photochromic lens tint option aimed at the mountain bike crowd.

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Cleary Bikes has impressive line-up for kids


With immense attention to detail, Cleary is creating truly child specific bikes that will fit your grom correctly and provide features that help them learn to ride and rip.

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Rocky Mountain Altitude redesign debuted


The new Rocky Mountain is everything you’d expect from a modern trail bike AND it’s compatible with 26+.

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Yakima Skyrise rooftop tent takes shape


Yakima has enter the car camping game with the introduction of the Slimshady Awning and Skyrise Tent.

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Project 321 rear hub with variable sound


Project 321 recently launched a very ingenious rear freehub design using magnets instead of traditional pawls. The drive system uses six magnetic pawls with 216 points of engagement for an incredibly quick 1.66 degree hub engagement.

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Yakima introduces versatile Dr. Tray hitch rack


New rack compatible with wheel sizes from 26 to 29er (and 700c), and able to accommodate tire widths from 23mm road rubber to massive 5-inch fatbike tires.

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Bontrager Line Pro Carbon wheelsets


Bontrager has been quietly improving their wheel line from the hub to the rim. This year though, they went big with carbon wheels at a mind-blowing price of $1200 a pair for the All Mountain wheels and $700 a pair for the XC wheels.

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New SRAM Code DH brakes released


Brakes have improved dramatically over the years, but the Code DH brake has largely been unchanged. Now, it gets Guide technology and robust construction to deliver powerful and consistent performance on the longest descents.

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iXS Trail XC helmet sheds weight, increases ventilation


iXS has a new budget-priced trail helmet and two upper body protection options that slip on below your jersey.

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Topeak Ninja bottle cage and much more


Adding to their Ninja product platform of concealed tools introduced last year, Topeak is offering updated versions of the line, plus a new tools, a floor pump, and more.

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Santa Cruz Syndicate moving to 29er V10 DH bike


No, it’s not April 1st. The Santa Cruz Syndicate will be hitting the World Cup this season on V10 29ers.

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Magura HC3 lever blade and MT Trail Sport brakes


Magura’s brakes have incredible power and modulation but their levers were a little long and dated as riders have moved on to shorter, one-finger levers. At Sea Otter, they showed us their latest lever, the HC3 which is a pretty fascinating piece of German engineering.

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Video: Specialized Build Your Dream Stumpjumper program


At the high end of the market, folks like having options with their component selections. It adds a personalized touch and optimizes the bike for the riders style and terrain.

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Jared Graves & Jill Kintner win the 2017 Sea Otter Classic Downhill


Big crowds, perfect temperatures and a fast, dry course made for a great downhill race at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. Trail bikes and 29ers were the tools of choice for the top racers with Jill Kintner and Jared Graves coming out on top.

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Video: Cane Creek HELM front fork


Tunability has always been a strong point of Cane Creek and this one is no exception. Sometimes, the options overwhelm the consumer but enthusiasts appreciate these options.

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2018 Cannondale Jekyll


Cannondale has always had a knack for doing things differently with components like the Lefty Fork, DYAD shock and Hollowgram cranks to name a few. But with the new Jekyll, they went with conventional category leader components and many folks are taking notice.

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Are 29ers the future of downhill?


It’s no secret that a number of World Cup Downhill racers have been testing 29” wheels over the past year, but will they be at the start gate this year?

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Spank Industries all in on shot peening


Spank has abandoned their previous polished component aesthetic and adopted shot peening, which they determined to be significantly stronger.

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Find out what Jérome Clementz does in the offseason


Jérome Clementz has launched a new video series dubbed Masterplan. Over four episodes you’ll see his life from inside, the good, the bad, the serious, and the silly.

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Gore Rescue B MTB rain jacket as light as they come


In a nod to gram-counters, Gore’s new Rescue B Jacket uses the lightest three-layer Gore Tex material the manufacturer produces.

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New Ibis Ripley LS trail bike details


In its third generation, Ibis made room for big tires. The big new 29 x 2.6 tires will now fit giving this bike a bigger sweet spot to handle bigger, more aggressive terrain.

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CamelBak M.U.L.E. receives Low Rider treatment


The reboot of the M.U.L.E. LR 15 has CamelBak doubling down on its lumbar concept, with 100 percent of its high-end mountain bike packs now featuring the lower reservoir orientation.

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9Point8 Short Stroke dropper aimed at XC crowd


9Point8 is primed to launch a 75mm Short Stroke dropper post that will weigh just 390 grams.

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Five Ten Freerider Pro shoes and more


Five Ten has hit a few out of the park this last year so we were eager to learn more about the new Freerider Pro and District shoes. Here’s a rundown of key highlights.

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Küat Pivot swing out rack carrier


The Kuat Pivot is perfect for those #vanlifers (or any rider) who has a hitch mounted bike rack and wants easy tailgate access.

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SQlab Ergowave saddle enhances comfort


As rides get longer, our saddle communicates with us about fit problems through pain or even numbness. SQlab addresses these problems with high performance fitted saddles.

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HED Raptor and No Big Deal wheels roll out


HED Cycling has some exciting carbon wheel offerings for both fat and semi-fat tire bikes. And they’re both made in the USA.

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Teravail Kennebec and Cumberland tires debut


Capitalizing on the mid-plus trend, Minneapolis-based Teravail has launched two versatile new tires, a 27.5×2.8 and 29×2.6. Not ignoring the hardliner plus crowd, it’s also unveiling a 3.0 all-arounder.

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Fat Chance updates Yo Eddy, debuts new cross bike


To say that the cycling world was ready for Chris Chance to make a comeback would be an understatement. The reception to his Kickstarter campaign aimed at resurrecting the much-loved Fat Chance brand was exceptional and since then Chance has quickly ramped up production of the Yo Eddy.

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Sombrio shows new kit for young and old


While Sombrio technically wasn’t at Sea Otter, they sent a couple of manikins and accompanying new kit with GT Bicycles to display in the pits. Here’s what we saw.

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ODI Grips offering a slew of bright colors


Nearly 40 years young, ODI is one of the biggest grip manufacturers in the world, offering fun collaborations with iconic brands and riders in an array of colors.

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Specialized Turbo Levo eMTB with trail tool twist


Say what you will about eMTBs, but this is a pretty innovative application of ever-expanding pedal-assist technology.

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Kintner and Ropelato take Sea Otter dual slalom


Santa Cruz pro Mitch Ropelato and Norco’s Jill Kintner take wins at the Sea Otter Classic dual slalom competition.

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Osprey Trail Kit duffel designed to save time


Pack maker Osprey is previewing the Trail Kit, a new wide-mouth duffel aimed at saving you time and simplifying your life.

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Formula CTS makes fine tuning your fork a snap


Tuning your fork has never been so straightforward. With the Compression Tuning System you can fine tune your suspension quickly with accuracy.

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Oakley Crossrange Prizm Trail sunglasses


Positioned at the crossroads of fashion and performance, the new Crossrange Prizm Trail sunglasses feature the look of lifestyle eyewear with the optics, fit, and minimal weight of top shelf eye protection.

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Breadwinner Cycles Goodwater rolls out


Breadwinner Cycles was on hand at Sea Otter, showing off the new Goodwater, a bike the Portland-based custom builder calls its most versatile to date.

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