Mountain Bike News
Jordan Holmes    May 20, 2009
Easton Havoc DH Stem Easton Havoc DH Stem
We're big fans of products that work, and after testing the Havoc AM Wheels, we knew Easton had their stuff together. The Havoc DH stem is a basic OS stem that has simple features, and a clean design. It's strong, reliable, and comes with a sweet warranty to back it all up. Offered in 3 different lengths, and 1 rise, Easton has the basics covered for riders looking for a new stem.

Click here for more info...
Brad Walton    May 19, 2009
Dakine Apex and Sequence backpacks from a photographer's standpoint Dakine Apex and Sequence backpacks from a photographer's standpoint
Dakine makes the best packs in the business for shooters, and here's why.

Chances are, whether you ride with it or not, you have a pack. If you ride with your pack, it's essential that you can carry water, some snack food, and a few tools and a spare tube, as well as anything else your non-pack toting buddy is going to need to get out of the woods. That last part is debatable, which is why I request that my buddies bring some cash on the ride, as backcountry spare tubes can go for a pretty penny.
Simon Paton    May 18, 2009
Leatt Neck Braces - THE REVIEW YOU MUST READ. Leatt Neck Braces - THE REVIEW YOU MUST READ.
Perhaps the most thought provoking product ever?

Whatever your circumstances nobody wants to break their neck do they? Our Moto-X friends have shown us the way, should you follow?

You decide...
Brad Walton    May 18, 2009
THE full face DH-405 helmet THE full face DH-405 helmet
Toby Henderson Enterprises (THE) offers their comfortable DH-405 full-face helmet (aka The One) in a variety of styling paintjobs for 2009.

Toby Henderson has been making bike protective gear for several years and the quality has always been a cut above. For 2009, THE offers the DH-405 full face helmet in sizes XS-XL and in both composite and carbon fiber shells. Each material offers 4 individual color schemes, for a total of 8 available paint jobs.
Tyler Maine    May 14, 2009
Sea Otter - Race Face Components Sea Otter - Race Face Components
Race Face Components grew up and lives on the North Shore, but they are widely received as some of the best parts you can put on your bike, no matter where you live. At this year's Sea Otter Classic, Julian from Race Face took us on a tour of their current and forth coming components. Lots of great new colors, graphics and completely revamped parts coming to us in the weeks ahead.

Check out the video and pics inside:
Tyler Maine    May 14, 2009
Sea Otter - 5.10 shoes Sea Otter - 5.10 shoes
Five ten has revamped their bike line up of shoes and they are now all ready for the public's consumption. Andrew talks to us about the new Karver, the Rennie, the Hill and the ladies Karver. If you ride flats off road, these are the shoes that you should be wearing.

Read on to learn more and watch the video:
Tyler Maine    May 13, 2009
Sea Otter - Kore Components Sea Otter - Kore Components
Kore Components are based out of Seattle and have been in the game for a long time now. At the Sea Otter Classic, we were able to talk to Wick about their I-Beam seats and how they vary from other saddles.

Learn more inside:
Tyler Maine    May 12, 2009
Sea Otter - X Fusion Shox Sea Otter - X Fusion Shox
X Fusion Shox had a good presence at this year's Sea Otter Classic, from their booth to their race team. We were able to stop by and talk to them about the new Vengeance Fork, the Vector HLR rear shock, the H3LT rear shock and the O2 PVA.

Check out what they have rolling for 2009:
Jordan Holmes    May 12, 2009
Nuke Proof Warhead Stem and Bar - no lead required. Nuke Proof Warhead Stem and Bar - no lead required.
If you rode mountain bikes in the early to mid 90's, then you probably remember the carbon shell hubs from a small company named Nuke Proof. Times have changed that small company and thankfully they are no longer making those exact hubs, but have spread their wings a bit to create a whole component line up. From bars to rigid forks to headsets to non-carbon hubs and everything in between.

Here we want to show you the bar and stem combo that we put onto a recent build up...
Tyler Maine    May 11, 2009
Sea Otter - Answer Racing and Manitou Suspension Sea Otter - Answer Racing and Manitou Suspension
Answer Racing is a division of the Hayes Bicycle Group and along with Manitou suspension have a lot of things in the works for the 2010 season and at present too with the all new Dorado. We were able to sit down with Denny Yunk and talk about the all new Absolute Plus from Manitou as well as talk to Melissa Buhl about her relationship with the Hayes and Manitou brands. Also enjoy some course footage from Jason Memmelaar and his Dorado.
Jordan Holmes    May 11, 2009
E Thirteen SRS+ - 1 Guide for all styles. E Thirteen SRS+ - 1 Guide for all styles.
E Thirteen is best known for their chainguides and that is because they have done a great job with creating guides that work on numerous styles of bikes. Using a chain guide on your gravity propelled bike is common place these days. Downhill racers require them to ensure top spots as no one wants a dropped chain in a race run.

e13 recently went back to the drawing board to refine their current offerings and back to the playing field with some sexy new pieces to hang your chain off of. Sexy, light and strong is the new e13 SRS+ with a "TurboCharger". Learn more inside...
Simon Paton    May 8, 2009
Truvativ Holzfeller Direct Mount Stems Truvativ Holzfeller Direct Mount Stems
Truvativ Holzfeller Direct Mount Stems - it's about time! SRAM own RockShox and Truvativ and have done so for a few years now. Do they not play together in the play ground, did they have a fall out over a girl, dinner money or a bit of name calling?

Well finally the teachers banged their heads together and made them play nicely, now look at their work..
Tyler Maine    May 7, 2009
Sea Otter - Nite Rider Sea Otter - Nite Rider
NiteRider lights makes some of the world's top cycling, off road and diving lights and they are made right here in North America. Tom Carroll talks to us about some of the exciting things that are going on in the light world.

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Simon Paton    May 7, 2009
SixPack Racing Millenium XXL Bars SixPack Racing Millenium XXL Bars
Wayne Tabernor sent me these bars to run and run I did, straight to my mate Ryan Corbyn. Ever tried to take a picture of a pair of handlebars? It's hard as Ken propping them in the bath for a point and shoot session.

Good job Ryan is better than me with the snapper as you can see here.. SixPack Millenium XXL Handlebars.
Tyler Maine    May 6, 2009
Sea Otter - Formula Disc Brakes Sea Otter - Formula Disc Brakes
Formula Brakes have been pumping out top quality stoppers for years now. At this year's Sea Otter Classic, Chris Costello took the time to walk us through the line up and tell us about changes to the program.

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Brad Walton    May 5, 2009
Norco Shore Two 2009 - Full review Norco Shore Two 2009 - Full review
The Norco Shore series of freeride bikes are built to handle the punishing terrain of Vancouver's infamously technical North Shore, including meaty rock hucks, mind-puzzling stunts, and big boy jumps. These bikes are designed with abuse in mind and after several months of heavy usage, the hearty component spec shows little sign of fatigue. The Shore's compact size feels comfortable and balanced in the air and handles pretty well when the going gets fast. Although it's not claimed to be a great pedaller, some adjustment could get this bike up to being somewhat of a contender for the "one bike", depending largely on the needs of the Shore-style rider.

Complete review and pics inside:
Tyler Maine    May 4, 2009
Sea Otter - The Hive - Chub hubs and Fifteen G Cranks Sea Otter - The Hive - Chub hubs and Fifteen G Cranks
Chris Costello from the Hive talks to us about the exciting new hubs from chub and their new Fifteen G cranks. The hubs are so unique in appearance that it's tough not to ask questions about them. While the Fifteen G cranks use an interface from WWII tanks that offers a 100% surface contact area that makes them bomber.

Check out all the pics and video inside:
Tyler Maine    May 1, 2009
Sea Otter Classic - Marin Quad DH, Andrew Taylor and the CXR Sea Otter Classic - Marin Quad DH, Andrew Taylor and the CXR
Marin Bikes of Marin County California has been working on their DH race bike in various stages of prototypes for the last few seasons and Shaums March even won a world Master's DH championship on one of the protos. Here you can check out the goods and get the details on the final product. We also talk to Andrew Taylor about his new program at Marin Bikes and with Mark Vanek about the new CXR.

Check out the videos and pictures inside:
Tyler Maine    May 1, 2009
Sea Otter - Schwalbe Tires Sea Otter - Schwalbe Tires
Schwalbe tires is looking to crack into the DH tire market in a bigger way with their newest offerings, the Dirty Dan and the Wicked Will. Partnering up with the Fox / Yeti team is going to be a great way to gather that all important real world testing and development too. At the Sea Otter we were able to sit down with Henry Horrocks and talk about the new 2010 offerings.

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