BIKES

Review: Framed Wolftrax Alloy Compact

November 21, 2017 Eric McKeegan 0

Tester: Eric McKeegan/Oona McKeegan  Kids today. Back when I was knee-high to a grasshopper, kids’ bikes had 20 inch wheels, steel frames and no gears. Also, no helmets. But things change, and in this case,

COLUMNISTS

The Rant: No longer at the kids table

November 20, 2017 Eric McKeegan 0

Change is inevitable, and for the past decade, it has been extra inevitable in the world of mountain bikes.  For a sport that is still relatively young, especially one that is so dependent on equipment,

GEAR

Review: RockShox Pike RTC3

October 12, 2017 Eric McKeegan 1

Back in the mid-2000s, the Pike was a nondescript 32 mm chassis fork. It developed a bit of a cult following but didn’t really separate itself from its field of competitors. It wasn’t until 2013

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Review: Soma Juice

September 15, 2017 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan Some things just go together. Cream cheese and bagels. Peanut butter and chocolate. Harleys and guys dressed like pirates. Soma and steel. Soma has been turning out high-quality steel frames to fill

BIKES

First Ride: Kona Process G2 153

September 12, 2017 Eric McKeegan 1

The news we’ve all been waiting for: Carbon Process! OK, maybe not EVERYONE was waiting, but there is no arguing that the high-end trail and all-mountain markets are dominated by carbon-framed bikes, and the Process

GEAR

Review: Suntour Auron PCS RC2 fork

September 4, 2017 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan The Auron fork isn’t new, but the PCS damper is a new addition to the Auron lineup. PCS stands for Piston Compensator System. The piston in question keeps the air and oil

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Review: Salsa Deadwood SUS XT 1 x 11

August 21, 2017 Eric McKeegan 1

Tester: Eric McKeegan Age: 43 Height: 5’11” Weight: 160 lbs. Inseam: 32″ There is no getting around it, the Deadwood SUS is perhaps the weirdest full-suspension bike released by a major player in a long time,

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Review: Pivot Switchblade Pro XT/XTR 1x

July 24, 2017 Eric McKeegan 3

Tester: Eric McKeegan Age: 43 Height: 5’11” Weight: 165 lbs. Inseam: 32” At first glance, the Pivot Switchblade doesn’t seem to be much different than bikes with similar travel numbers and 29/27plus wheel compatibility. But

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Review: Raleigh Stuntman

July 17, 2017 Eric McKeegan 15

Tester: Eric McKeegan Age: 43 Height: 5’11” Weight: 165 lbs. Inseam: 32” Self, you need to go for a ride.” “Yeah, but I have to finish writing this review and box up a bike and

OPINION

The Rant: Thru with it

July 12, 2017 Eric McKeegan 1

In the beginning, there were axle nuts. They were simple and crude and required a tool to remove. They still exist today on many bikes, from cheapie department store numbers to the finest BMX bikes

OPINION

The Rant: Millimeters Matter

June 21, 2017 Eric McKeegan 1

Hang on, hang on Yes, it’s the little things Yes, it’s the little things That do us harm I’m not a stranger Ain’t a mystery When we both get it wrong -“Hang On,” Dr. Dog

BIKES

Review: RSD Wildcat

June 16, 2017 Eric McKeegan 0

Rubber Side Down isn’t a new brand, but it has quietly built an ever-expanding series of mountain bikes. Previously, those bikes have all been hardtails, but 2017 brings the Wildcat, a full-suspension departure from RSD’s