After riding my Mondraker Chrono SE XC hardtail for a year, I decided that I wanted a full suspension trail bike for the rowdy stuff. Unlike the previous bike build, I knew basically what I wanted. The frame was the easy part, I knew I wanted that beautiful Revel Ranger Johnny Green Jeans frame. A friend had one of these with orange bits on it and looked really nice, so I … [Read more...] about Revel Ranger Dream Build
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Five Ten is a staple in the mountain bike world, offering shoes in both clipless and flat options. The brand's Freerider shoe is definitely the gold standard for flat pedal shoes, and it’d take a mighty good shoe to beat it. The brand is owned by Adidas, and is also known for its climbing shoes. The Freerider is Five Ten’s base flat pedal shoe, using their Stealth Rubber … [Read more...] about Five Ten Freerider: Long Term Test | What’s the Take on the Big Guys?
More and more often these days people are looking to buy bikes, parts, and accessories from smaller, less well-known brands. Some of this is because you can't get what you want from the big guys, and part of it is because people want something more unique. I personally am a big fan of using smaller, less common brands that produce more unique or niche products. Because of this … [Read more...] about 10 Small or Unique Cycling Brands
While most people do buy their bikes fully stock, more and more people are starting to do custom builds, either to save money, get the exact parts they want, or because they simply can’t get a bike right now. While many people think of custom bike builds being expensive, you can actually build up a bike with good parts on a budget. Part of the advantage of a custom build is … [Read more...] about Budget Bike Build Recomendations
I’d always wanted a new bike, but who doesn’t? The N + 1 rule exists for a reason. (N + 1 is the number of bikes you have, plus one more, and this is always supposed to be the perfect amount) So I started saving. Since I race lots of XC, I was developing into an XC guy. This meant that the bike I bought had to be pretty fast for racing, but still fun. That was the theory … [Read more...] about Mondraker Chrono SE Build: