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Tested: Fox Factory Float 34

Oct 23, 2015
Matty F

When Fox introduced their 34mm stanchion models for the 2013 model year, it appeared to be the solution that many riders had wanted for years – a long travel trail fork that split the difference between the spindly 32mm models, and 36mm forks that were too heavy and aggressive for a large sect of trail riders.  However, the release of

Custom Tuning and Hop Ups by The Pros at Suspension Werx

Sep 28, 2015
Matty F

When looking at component upgrades on a either a freshly bought bike, or a whip that’s been a proven favourite for a rider, suspension upgrades often go completely without thought.  A suspension rebuild to keep things fresh?  Sure.  But the idea of going for a custom tune, or getting other upgrades done inside an existing fork, where most riders will

First Ride: Shimano XTR M9050 Di2

Jun 22, 2015
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

First Look: Shimano XT M8000

Apr 30, 2015
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

Quick Bits: Park MTB-3.2, Axiom Exterminateair and ProGold Lube

Jan 26, 2015
Matty F

Park MTB-3.2 Premium Rescue Tool A while ago I was on a ride and needed an 8mm box wrench for a friend’s bike, and was mortified to find out that my multi-tool did not have the feature.  Then and there I decided it was time for me to hunt down the most comprehensive multi-tool available.  As such, I ended up


Cane Creek DBInline Review

Nov 03, 2014
Matty F

When Cane Creek announced their DBInline in the spring it provoked a number of questions.  Could the new DBInline deliver all the proven performance of the DBAir in this lighter, smaller package?  What was Cane Creek trying to accomplish with the DBInline?   If you bought a long travel trail or all mountain bike in the 140mm-160mm travel area more than a

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