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...
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...
Bontrager XR2 Tire
The Bontrager XR2 Team Issue TLR (tubeless ready) tire is about as good as it gets for an XC race tire.  I’ve tried a number of XC race tires over the year and the Bontrager XR2 is one of my favorites. The XR2 almost has a complete ridge down the center of the tire so if you’re on pavement...
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...
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.  ...
Giro Remedy Gloves with d3o
I just picked up a pair of Giro Remedy gloves with d3o and took them out on a 3 hour ride.  When I tried them on they were a little tight at first, but I was told that the pittards leather palm would stretch once they got sweaty.  That's true.  They were really tight at first and by about...
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...
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...
native eyewear sunglasses
Native Eyewear asked if I wanted to review a few pairs of their sunglasses, so I happily obliged.  They gave me several pairs of glasses to try, and once I found the sunglasses that fit me properly I was very impressed.  All of the glasses I looked at have polarized lenses and great optics.  The sharpness of the image...

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