Two Thousand and Sixteen has been a very long year. Not necessarily because of a grueling race schedule, tons of miles or lots of new records.Read More
Tubeless tires are now as common as disc brakes in mountain biking. What was once though unnecessary has been fully accepted and adopted by the masses.Read More
A helmet is different from all other gear. For starters, you wear it every single time you ride. What other piece of gear is that true of?Read More
One could argue it might only be marginally faster for the most exceptional bike handler, but I guarantee you that it is WAY more fun than a fixed post on any type of trail.Read More
Try them out. Bontrager has really upped their game with these modern knob shapes and tread patterns, you will not be disappointed.Read More
Give me two bikes with the exact same parts, the Specialized Epic and the Trek Top Fuel, blind fold me and send me down a trail, and not only will I be able to tell you which is which within 10 seconds, but I’ll keep the Top Fuel over the Epic every day and on every trail. It’s simply that much better of a bike.Read More
Every persons body is different. You will react to various nutrition offerings different than I will, which makes recommending a product difficult, right? Well, not necessarily.Read More
Here are the 7 key pieces of gear I recommend you have for your cold winter rides.Read More
All the best gear in the world won't keep you warm if you don't know how to use it. The simple truth about cold weather riding is that you can ride in any temperature.Read More
Riding at night is a fantastic way to get in more miles during the shorter days. And with a bit of proper lighting technique, it really won't be as scary or dangerous as some would believe.Read More
Looking for a gift to give a cyclist? Here are a few of our go to favorites that will make any cyclist happy!Read More
With the lower knobs lying even flatter the wider you set the tire, you can truly feel the ease in propelling their low profile forwardRead More
You've experienced it before. That first bite of an "energy" bar, where you are just hoping that this will be a good one.Read More
Power meter technology has changed quite a bit over the past 4 years. From a consumer standpoint, that means competition, price wars, and greater accessibility.Read More
In racing, bikes are just tools. Grant it, required tools, but tools none-the-less.Read More
Grips are pretty straight forward. In one way or another, they keep your hands firmly on the bar.Read More
If I gave you the choice of buying a German or an American car based solely on quality, what would you choose?Read More
Racing well is about confidence; in your fitness, in your ability, in your tactics and in your equipment. If you waver in your trust and belief in any of those things, winning becomes much harder. That’s why equipment choice is so important. There is very little actual difference between the $1,000 mountain bike and the $10,000 mountain bike. When you ride them both you can only detect slight differences here and there. But when you push the bike to its limit, trusting it with your life (literally), does it reward your trust? That’s where the difference lies. I’m very excited to now be a part of the Magura team for the 2015-2016 seasons. I didn’t have much experience with their brakes until this year, so when we finally linked up recently, it was a no brainer. There are tons of brakes on the market that are great. One of the crowd favorites is Shimano as they always seem to work and work well. I’d been riding those for a few years and had no issues with them and liked their ON/OFF feel. You squeeze that lever and know you’re about to slow down fast! So trying out Magura, I was a bit jaded. How could anything be better than Shimano? Its perfect.
Well, I’m now using the Magura MT8 and the very first thing I noticed is that these brakes are NOT like Shimano. “Ok, this is different, but not off-putting…” I thought. Over time as I warily spent more time on them, ever skeptical of them, I grew more and more confident. I started liking the lever shape, much more exaggerated than Shimano and SRAM offerings. The finish was obviously great as you would expect from top level brakes but it was ultimately their “feel” that pushed me into the “fan” realm.
With Shimano, you’re ON or OFF. There is very little if any middle ground. This is awesome because you know exactly what you’re getting every time. But, in reality, you don’t always want to be full ON, or OFF. You may want some modulation, some middle ground. Mountain biking fast revolves heavily around not using your brakes, so having some light braking option for when hard braking is just too much, is great!
That is what makes me confident in the Magura MT8, supreme modulation. It inspires confidence, and that will keep me from thinking about my gear during races, allowing me to focus more purely on my effort. Give them a try, you won't regret it!
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So if you’re looking for a water shedding jacket and gloves to match, these deserve a look.Read More
The first time you wear carbon soled mountain bike shoes, your mouth will literally drop open. The feeling of stiffness is as plain as the nose on your face. It’s quite a sensation, pressing on the pedals and feeling the power transfer. That's the same feeling you should expect the first time you put on the Specialized S-Works MTB shoes. Not only do you get the stiffness you would expect from a top of the line mtb shoe, but you get unmatched fit and comfort. The BOA lace closure system is fantastic. Even when jammed with mud the dials still get the job done, synching the shoe closed at micro adjusted intervals. Pair that with the design of the shoe where stiffer material is employed where needed and flexible/pliable material is present elsewhere and you come out with pure comfort. The shoe conforms to the shape of your foot beautifully, given your toes plenty of room, but hugging the rest of your foot perfectly. You could definitely compare it to a slipper.
As a guy who races everything from 45 minute cross races to 13 hour mtb races, this couldn’t fit the bill better for both applications. Quick adjustment, comfortable and stiffer than anything else out there. If you can get over the price tag, there is no reason not to pick these up.