WTB Mutano Race 2.4 Tire
WTB makes tires for people who ride.  They dont make silly light race day tires that wear out too quickly, nor do they make really heavy tires that are not practical to pedal up a hill.  They make fast tires with good grip at a reasonable weight.  Hard to beat that. The latest WTB Mutano Race 2.4 is no different. ...
Bontrager XR4 Tire
The Bontrager XR4 tire has fantastic grip even on loose dirt to the point that it is confidence inspiring. I ride the same loop consisting of 15 miles of road and 15 miles of dirt at least once a week which makes for a great testing ground for mountain bike parts, especially tires. Here’s my impression after taking the...
z-wax
Last year as I walked through the expo at the Sea Otter Classic mountain bike race I noticed a couple of energetic guys waving around bright green cloths and giving incredibly enthusiastic sales pitches to the onlookers. I couldnt resist. It was like getting to partake in your very own as seen on TV infomercial. Turns out they were...
mountain bike fenders
The Boggs 8 hour mountain bike race confirmed my suspicions about which mountain bike fenders work best. I've tried quite a few different front and rear fenders, and after doing 5 wet and muddy laps and seeing numerous fenders broken on the side of the trail, it's clear to me which fenders are best.For the front of the bike I...
Magicshine lights
A buddy just asked me which lights he should buy for riding single track at night. Heres my response: Jack, Heres a post I wrote on night riding. I ride with a Light & Motion Seca 700 mountain bike light on my bars and an older L&M on my helmet. If you go with only one light, I’d suggest having it on...
Telemark Knee Pads
Telemark knee pads? Really? YES. If you are a telemark skiers, I think you should DEFINITELY wear kneepads when you ski. Why? Because if you break your knee-cap, which can happen, youre going to be bumming for a long long time. Knee caps are fragile, very important, and worth protecting.When youre dropping a knee in fresh powder theres always a slim...
2009 Santa Cruz Nomad
2009 saw the birth of the 2nd generation Nomad from Santa Cruz Bicycles.  I had coveted the original model Nomad for some time, and ridden it a number of times much to my enjoyment.  So I was skeptical of a redesign of an already amazing bike.  After discussing it with the SC staff, I was convinced that the changes...
Adjustable Seatpost Review
Time for an adjustable seatpost review! A buddy and I both spent a couple of years riding Crank Brothers Joplin R posts, then switched to Precision Cycling Components A.M.P posts for a few months. Here are my thoughts on both posts: Crank Brothers Joplin-R (R for remote) is a hydraulic adjustable seat post with 3” of travel and infinite adjustability.  ...
Xport Bikes Aloft 2 Storage Rack
I HIGHLY recommend the Xsport Bikes Aloft 2 Storage Rack. Ive tried about 4 racks and this one is far far and away the best. Its stable, easy to use, stands on its own feet, doesnt press into your ceiling, and mine has withstood CA earthquakes.At one point I had it set up with additional arms on the backside...

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