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First Ride: Shimano XTR M9050 Di2

Jun 22, 2015
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Matty F

The testing grounds for our first ride on the XTR M9050 Di2 platform could not have been better. For starters, the trails were completely unfamiliar to us, so shifting was always reactionary, rather than anticipatory. Second, there were plenty of punchy rock an root climbs that necessitated the most challenging kind of emergency shift. Finally, as the icing on the

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Tested: Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 790 MSL BC Edition

Jun 10, 2015
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Matty F

The Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt BC Edition is Rocky’s forray into the growing market of shorter travel bikes with more aggressive numbers and components. A valuable development for riders who find themselves on trails that demand a fair bit of cross country efficiency from their bike, but still revel in the joy of freeride and downhill goodness at every opportunity. In

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Tested: Shimano SH-M200 Trail Shoe

Jun 02, 2015
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The timing could not have been better for Shimano to send me their new M200 trail shoe. I’ve had a great run with a decade old pair of original Shimano DX shoes, which I love so much I’ve glued bits of the sole back on several times. The cleats are ground to smooth nubs and permanently fused in place by

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Tested: Bell Super 2R Bike Helmet

Jun 01, 2015
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fietser

Bell has been protecting the craniums of some of the world’s fastest and most daring two-wheeled athletes for six decades. Based on their motto of providing athletes with purpose built products the Bell Super 2R delivers in spades. With the new crop of Enduro and Trail bikes being designed to carry riders further afield, never before have we had bikes that

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Tested: CamelBak K.U.D.U. Enduro MTB Back Protector Pack

May 20, 2015
4,761 Views
Matty F

It’s easy to see the trend of enduro specific as being a bit of a marketing buzz. However, for every few pieces of gear that simply had the “all mountain” label swapped for “enduro”, there comes along some fresh kit that offers innovative, performance oriented benefits, often favouring trail riders as much as competitive enduro racers. Enter the CamelBak K.U.D.U.,

First Look: Shimano XT M8000

Apr 30, 2015
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Matty F

There always seems to be some significance to the release of each new XT group. Part of it may be due to XT being the original mountain bike drivetrain group, which dates it back to 1982. Moreover, I think it has to do with XT’s long history of being a reliable set of parts, offering unequivocally great performance without the

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