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Sea Otter 2012: X-Fusion debuts new forks, shock, and dropper post

April 19, 2012 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

First off, X-Fusion has quite a history with suspension manufacturing dating back more than 20 years, although the brand name X-Fusion has only been around since 1999. Fast forward to 2012 and the company will bring three new technologies to market: the Uni-Crown, a new stanchion coating “Gold Slick Ano” and a cartridge damper with a “Mid-Valve”.

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Bike Industry News

Cool new stuff from Frostbike

February 22, 2012 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

An unseasonably warm weekend welcomed bike dealers (and a few media folks) from around the country to Minnesota for Frostbike, Quality Bicycle Products’ annual dealer expo. More than 150 companies were on hand to show off the goods and services you might see this spring in your favorite local bike shop.

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Just Riding Along

What we’re excited about in 2012

January 26, 2012 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

Riding bikes is pretty awesome, particularly if you are like me and like to ride all kinds of bikes on all kinds of terrain. I’m looking forward to a few things in particular for 2012. Maybe you’ll be interested to hear about them? Maybe not. Regardless here they are, in no particular order:

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GEAR

Review: DT Swiss Tricon M1700

November 22, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

These wheels are quite a departure for DT Swiss, away from the standard J-bend spokes and standard lacing patterns and into the brave new world of wheel systems. Billed as all-around trail wheels (what DT calls cross mountain), these should be right at home on any 4-6” trail bike.

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Review: Mavic CrossMax ST wheelset

October 24, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

I’ll admit to being one of the skeptics when the original Crossmax wheels came out with aluminum spokes. “That couldn’t work, could it?” Well after plenty of years and miles, Mavic’s Zircal aluminum spokes have proven themselves to be plenty durable. I tested the ST wheelset, aimed at the trail bike market.

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First Impression: Norco Truax

September 21, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

Part of me thinks I’m secretly Canadian. Not only do I always enjoy visiting our friendly neighbors up north, I also without fail enjoy riding their bikes. Case in point, the Norco Truax.

(East Coast mud not included in the MSRP)

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NEWS

Interbike demo ride: Diamondback Scapegoat

September 21, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

The Scapegoat is currently Diamondback’s longest travel bike, at least until the downhill bike they’ve got in the works makes it into production. The Scapegoat started life in 2009 with a mid-level parts pack, 160mm fork, 68-degree head angle and a Hammerschmidt. The 2012 version is running a high end XTR/Saint/Easton Haven spec, 180mm Fox 36 fork, 66-degree head angle and single ring with chain guide. Burly.

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Interbike 2011: Specialized Status Demo Ride

September 13, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

Downhill bikes are money, no two ways around that. For many years Specialized has offered an inexpensive DH model called the Big Hit in addtion to their high end DH model, the Demo. A certain Dirt Rag staff memeber has one sitting next to his desk, 24" rear wheel and all. After many years Specialized is ready with a redesign and a new name, the Status. 

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Interbike Demo Ride: Ellsworth Method

September 13, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

Ellsworth has been in the long travel category for years, but lacked a true downhill bike. For 2012 they have a new 180mm travel bike, the Method, which replaces the Rouge. Ellsworth was kind enough to hold on to a brand new Method in the larger of the two soon-to-be-available until I could make it to the booth for a test ride.

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NEWS

New gear from Commencal, Rocky Mountain, Evoc, SRAM and SunTour

August 22, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

Words and photos by Eric McKeegan

Commencal Meta Am

Hot on the heels of last year’s redesigned Supreme DH, the Megavalanche-winning Meta 6 gets a makeover too. The result is the Meta AM. Taking lessons learned from the Supreme’s new linkage, the Meta gets longer, lower and slacker. The pivots have been moved to work in harmony with double cranksets.

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Rocky Mountian’s 2012 Elements

August 3, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

We first brought you some details a few weeks ago, but between runs in the bike park and XC loops at Lost Lake at Crankworx, I had time to see the 2012 bikes from Rocky Mountian in person, namely their 2012 Element line up in both 26" and 29".

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Trek Transport: Last Impression

August 1, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

I was in such a hurry to get on this bike and get riding I neglected to get a first impression post written and published. Now that the review is wrapped up and printed, seems like it would proper to write a follow up post about it.

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New 2012 bikes from Norco

July 26, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

With much anticipation I packed my bags for my flights to Whistler, site of Norco’s 2012 press launch. Riding brand new models on some of the best trails on earth? No need to twist my arm. A full XC and DH kit made for a very full suitcase, but I made it on just under the 50 pound limit.

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Review: SRAM XO group

July 5, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

Spreadsheets. I hate them. But when I sat down and made one to compare the SRAM XO 2×10 drivetrain’s gear ratios to a standard 3×9, a few things really stood out to me. But that’s getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s get an overview before delving deeply into the netherworld of gear charts.