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MTB Reviews

Deeper look into some of the MTB bits and pieces I’ve been checking out.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch Review

A pair of Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch SPD Compatible MTB shoes arrived in the mail a while back to replace my battered and bruised Shimano M182’s. Like most dedicated cycling shoes the M182’s suck for off bike activity of any significance. The glass fibre reinforced nylon-polyurethane soles offer little grip on any surface, and the lack of flex and cushioning makes hiking a last resort. Being more into exploring and adventure than racing I figured it was time to give hybrid ride/run MTB shoes a go.

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Syntace Vector Carbon High5 Handlebar Review

There’s nothing like rounding out the build of a new bike with fresh quality components. I’d settled on wheels and forks for my Ibis Mojo HDR 650b but when it came to handlebars thought I’d re-use the Syncros Bulk 2014 Alloy bar I’d been running on the Mojo HD for the last few years. That was before I fell in love with the feel of the Syntace Vector Carbon High5 while riding a Mojo SL-R at Over the Edge in Melrose.

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Syncros 1993 Catalogue

The early 1990’s were a super fun time to be a mountain biker. The fat tired goldrush was well and truly underway with an explosion of new, cool and sometimes pretty crazy bikes, parts and accessories. A bunch of brands made it big in the early 1990’s including Syncros, based in Vancouver British Columbia.

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Schwalbe Hans Dampf 650b 27.5×2.35 Review

Opting to run my Mojo HDR as a 650b meant I had to find new tyres fast as my favorite combo to date wasn’t yet available in 27.5″. Schwalbe though are already running full steam ahead with 650b tyres so when it came to finding an alternative front tire to my much loved Specialized Purgatory 2.3 and 2.4, I didn’t need to look any further than Schwalbe’s Hans Dampf 27.5×2.35″.

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2014 RockShox Pike 27.5 First Look

Fitting the 2014 RockShox Pike 27.5 fork on the Ibis Mojo HDR yesterday I was kinda reminded of my first suspension fork – the RockShox Mag 20. With noodle-like 25.4mm stanchions and theoretical 48mm of travel, back in 1992 it was state of the art. Compared to modern forks it didn’t really do much but with the gold magnesium lowers it wasn’t short on bling, but more than that you just knew it symbolized the start of the MTB suspension revolution.

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