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.  ...
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...
G3 Targa Ascent Telemark Ski Binding
Anyone who has skied both alpine touring bindings & telemark bindings in the backcountry has felt the value of having a free pivoting binding.  Your legs are just a little more fresh (or a lot more fresh) at the end of each climb.  The telemark industry has listened and has started making free pivoting bindings, and wow am I...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...

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