2021 CUBE Bike News: New kids bike presented. Which Stereo gets the new FOX 38?

For the 2021 season, Bavarian bicycle brand CUBE have released a new kids bike, the Stereo 240 Pro and are speccing several of their Stereo 150 and 170 enduro bikes with the latest FOX suspension. Which bike gets the coveted FOX 38? Check out the article for all the specs, prices and pictures.

CUBE Stereo 240 Pro

CUBE Stereo 240 Pro | 120/120 mm | 12.1 kg (manufacturer’s specs) | € 1,999

Attention, young shredders: here comes CUBE’s new kids mountain bike, the Stereo 240 Pro! With the 120 mm travel Manitou Machete fork specially developed for the small 24″ wheels, no trail will be safe from young shredders ever again. The CUBE Stereo 240 Pro is available for € 1,999 and is suitable for riders between 125 and 140 cm. In addition to a SRAM GX 11-speed drivetrain, CUBE have specced the bike with MAGURA MT Thirty brakes, weighing in at 12.1 kg.

The suspension is supplied by Manitou, with the Machete fork …
… and the Radium Expert RL shock offering 120 mm travel front and rear
Both the crank arms …
… and the grips of the CUBE Stereo 240 Pro have been specially designed for kids

CUBE Stereo 170 SL 29

CUBE Stereo 170 SL 29 | 170/170 mm | 15.7 kg in 18” (manufacturer’s specs) | € 3,999

The CUBE Stereo 170 SL 29 boasts the new FOX 38 FLOAT FIT GRIP2 fork, FOX FLOAT X2 factory shock, Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain and Shimano XT four-piston brakes. With a price point of only € 3,999, you’ll probably want to rub your eyes and look again. Where’s the catch? However, the 2020 model, about which we’ve already written an in-depth review, couldn’t entirely convince us. The tires weren’t up to the task, but the new Schwalbe Magic Mary and Big Betty tires with the Supertrail casing should address this problem for the 2021 season!

Race Face components at the cockpit …
… and on the bottom bracket
The suspension is supplied by FOX. The new FOX 38 GRIP2 fork …
… and the FOX X2 shock promise top performance even on the most demanding enduro tracks

CUBE Stereo 150 C:68 TM 29 and SL 29

CUBE Stereo 150 C:68 TM 29 | 160/1600 mm | 13.8 kg in 18” (manufacturer’s specs) | € 4,699
CUBE Stereo 150 C:68 SLT 29 | 160/1600 mm | 12.8 kg in 18” (manufacturer’s specs) | € 6,499

Compared to the previous year, CUBE’s enduro racing machine comes in two high-end versions with FOX suspension. You get a FOX 36 FLOAT Factory FIT GRIP2 fork up front and a FOX FLOAT DPX2 or X2 Factory shock on the rear. The flagship SL 29 features SRAM’s wireless X01 Eagle AXS groupset, NEWMEN carbon wheels and Shimano XTR brakes. The CUBE Stereo 150 C:68 TM 29, about which we’ve already written an in-depth review two years ago, doesn’t have to hide either, equipped with a Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain, NEWMEN aluminium wheels and MAGURA MT7 brakes. According to the manufacturer, the difference between the two bikes is 1,000 g (12.8 vs. 13.8 kg) and € 1,800 (€ 4,699 vs. € 6,499).

Carbon and Kashima as far as the eye can see
The FOX 36 GRIP2 fork on the SL 29 …
… is paired with a FOX DPX2 shock
The carbon Praxis Girder crankset on the TM 29 …
… is married to Shimano’s XT 12-speed drivetrain
New freehub! The latest NEWMEN FADE hubs are equipped with a pawl freehub.

Yeti launches ARC hardtail (for real this time)

After teasing the limited edition ARC, Yeti is releasing more builds at more affordable price points.

After teasing the limited-edition ARC, Yeti is releasing more builds at more affordable price points.

Yeti Cycles officially reinstates its iconic ARC namesake into the full lineup after releasing a limited-edition ARC 35th Anniversary two weeks ago. The new ARC, designed around 29” wheels, is a modern approach to hardtail geometry with a longer reach, trail-worthy 130mm fork, and updated cable ports for a silent ride.

Yeti ARC Hardtail Highlights

  • Designed around a 130mm fork
  • 67-degree head tube angle
  • Carbon frame
  • Clearance for 29×2.6″ tires
  • Available in Premium Turq carbon and C series versions (Turq offered for frameset)
  • Complete bike price range: $3,500-$9,900
  • Frame price: $1,900
  • Available now
The ARC is back and available at a range of price points.

The ARC is back and available at a range of price points.

“It should come as no surprise that we’d launch the ARC. It was probably the worst kept secret in the bike industry over the last two weeks. We’ve been so focused on full suspension bikes for the past five years we forgot how fun a hardtail could be. The ARC has awesome performance and versatility. This bike reminds me of the raw mountain bike feeling we all fell in love with” said, Yeti Cycles president, Chris Conroy.

Related: Yeti SB140 Long-Term Review

The ARC is a progressive, versatile trail bike capable of tackling the same steep terrain alongside Yeti’s full-suspension rigs. The reach numbers and chainstay lengths, paired with an aggressive 130mm FOX Fit 4 fork and 67-degree head tube angle provide an excellent balance of pedaling efficiency and downhill inspiring confidence.

 

Yeti ARC Geometry

Yeti ARC Geometry

Internally routed cable tubes with new secure closures at entry and exit points make cable rattles a thing of the past. An all-new, finned chain slap protector silences chain on rubber sound. 29” x 2.6” wheels round out the bike providing all the traction and cushion needed.

The ARC is available as a complete bike as well as a frame.

The ARC is available as a complete bike as well as a frame.

The ARC will offer Fox Factory Suspension upgrades available on C-Series builds. A first for Yeti. The bike is available in Yeti Turquoise and Black colors, in sizes SM-XL and available in both Carbon Series and TURQ Series. The ARC along with all 2019 (or newer) bikes are covered by Yeti’s Lifetime Warranty.

Share your thoughts on the new ARC in our Yeti forum.

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5 Best MTB Upgrades

These are the 5 key upgrades for your mountain bike that will make a noticeable difference in performance.

So you’ve just bought your first mountain bike and are hooked on the sport. Like many riders, you may have the urge to upgrade accessories and components. As you’re probably well aware, mountain biking can be an expensive sport, but it doesn’t always have to be. A few key upgrades have an outsized impact on the performance of your mountain bike and they don’t all have wallet-searing price tags.

Related: 5 things you need to know when buying your first mountain bike

Best MTB Upgrades

Saddle and Grips

Best MTB Upgrades: Saddles

Before we get into upgrades that will improve performance, you have to start with upgrades that will improve comfort. If you’re not comfortable, it’s hard to have a good time on the trails. Contact points are the first place to start when upgrading.

Related: Best Mountain Bike Saddles

If you’re experiencing numbness in your hands or rear, or feel pain from pressure points, it’s very likely that you need to invest in grips or a saddle that’s a better fit for your anatomy. Speaking of fit, while not a component upgrade per se, getting a professional bike fit is great place to start when trying to get comfortable on your new bike.


Tires

Best MTB Upgrades: Tires

Selecting the right tires for where and how you ride will significantly improve your riding experience. Stock mountain bike tires are one place some manufacturers look to cut costs. Entry-level bikes often come harder rubber compounds that are more durable on the street, but lack traction off-road. On mid- to high-end bikes, companies generally spec tires with lighter, but less durable casings, since they reduce the overall bike weight.

Related: The Best Maxxis MTB Tires

Many riders prefer tubeless tires, which lack an inner-tube and rely on latex sealant to seal small punctures from rocks and thorns. On the plus side, tubeless tires improve flat resistance, improve traction, have less rolling resistance, and less rotational weight. On the downside, tubeless tires require more maintenance, since the sealant must be replaced every few months.

It’s also important to match up the amount of tread you need to the type of bike you ride. Of you’re riding a cross-country bike, you may want tires that prioritize speed over grip. If you’re on a trail bike, grip might be your priority. If you’re just getting started in the sport and are working on building important skills, such as cornering and descending, we suggest using tires with plenty of side knobs to inspire confidence.

Matching the proper tires to your local terrain is also a key consideration. If you’re unsure of what tires work best in your neck of the woods, don’t be afraid to reach out to fellow riders. Mtbr’s Wheel and Tire Forum is a great place to start.


Wheels

Best MTB Upgrades: Wheels

Buying a new wheelset is one of the most expensive upgrades you can make to your mountain bike, but it’s also the one that can have the greatest impact on how it rides. Most stock wheelsets tend to be heavy. Reducing rotational weight will have an outsized impact on your bike’s performance. Lighter wheels will make your bike feel more responsive to rider inputs—not to mention you’ll be lugging less weight up the climbs. Carbon wheels are very popular, and if you want the best this is often the way to go.

If you’re more concerned with staying on a budget, there are a lot of quality lightweight alloy wheelsets from brands such as NoTubes that will improve the performance of your bike without costing you a fortune.


Dropper Seatpost

Best MTB upgrades: Dropper Seatpost

In our opinion, the dropper seatpost is the most important innovation in the history of mountain biking. It allows riders to lower their center of gravity when cornering and descending and gives new riders added confidence.

Related: Best Dropper Seatposts

There are dozens of different dropper seatposts on the market. Unlike a few short years ago, most dropper posts are pretty reliable these days. Like any good bicycle component, a quality dropper should function without you thinking about it. The best dropper post for your mountain bike is the one that performs reliably, with little to no maintenance, and balances performance with price.


1x Drivetrain

Best MTB Upgrades: 1x drivetrain

Unlike road bikes and many older mountain bikes, modern mountain bikes have 1x gearing. “One-by” drivetrains have a single chainring up front paired with 10, 11, or 12 cogs on the rear wheel. For new riders, having one shift lever will make learning to shift much easier. For experienced riders, 1x drivetrains are lighter, remove clutter from the cockpit, allows you to run your dropper seatpost lever where your front shift lever once was, and greatly improves chain retention. If you’re looking to upgrade an older mountain bike that you love, a 1x drivetrain is an excellent place to start.

If you already own a mountain bike with a 1x drivetrain and find you need more range to help conquer the climbs, you should consider upgrading to SRAM or Shimano’s wide-range 1×12 drivetrains. SRAM drivetrains feature a 10-52t range, while Shimano offers a 10-51t range. This one cog difference doesn’t account for much on the trail, so choose the group that works best for you. Both companies now offer their widest-range 12-speed groups at very affordable price points.


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How to set your MTB up tubeless

Setting your MTB up tubeless may appear to be a daunting task. However, with the right tips, it is easily achievable. This guide contains everything you need to know for a simple, mess-free tubeless setup.

Never heard of tubeless? In our ultimate guide to MTB tubeless, we explain everything you need to know about the pros and cons of tubeless, tubeless repair, tires and much more!

Setting your bike up tubeless is a lot easier than it may seem, and the performance benefits are huge!

There really is no cheaper, easier and more effective upgrade for your bike than setting up your wheels tubeless. However many people still seem to prefer using inner tubes, often because they dread the installation process. We’ll show you how easy it can be and promise you won’t cover your living room in tire sealant.

Tubeless setup – an overview

Difficulty: easy
Time required: 15-30 mins per tire

With the right equipment, tubeless setup is a straightforward job

What do you need for a tubeless setup?

Before you start your tubeless setup, you should make sure you have the necessary parts and equipment ready. You will need tubeless-ready rims and tires (check out our tire group test to find the best tubeless tire for you), sealant and a pair of tubeless valves. If your rims are not pre-taped, you will need to install tubeless-specific rim tape as otherwise, the rim bed won’t be airtight. To inflate the tire, you may need a tubeless inflator pump which we tested in a separate article.

Quick checklist – here’s what you need for a tubeless setup

  • a compatible rim and tire
  • tubeless sealant
  • a high-volume pump (tubeless inflator pump recommended)
  • tubeless valves
  • tubeless tape (if your rims are not pre-taped)
  • tire lever (optional)

How to set up a tubeless tire

In order to set your tires up tubeless, it is essential that both the tires and rims are tubeless-ready. Luckily, almost all current tires and rims are tubeless-ready these days. The next step is to check if your rim is pre-taped. Pre-taped rims only require you to install a valve and sealant before mounting and inflating the tire. If your rims are pre-taped, lucky you! For the purposes of this guide, we are going to assume the rims are not taped and require a full setup.

Tubeless rim tape is essential. It seals the rim bed and ensures no air can escape through the spoke holes
Some rims will come pre-taped, skipping a step and making tubeless installation even easier for you!

Step 1: taping the rim (skip if using pre-taped rims)

Taping the rim correctly is crucial – take your time and do a neat job

Before installing the tubeless tape, make sure your rims are very clean and dry and make sure that you have the correct size of tape for your rim’s internal width. Use isopropyl alcohol (which evaporates after doing its job) and a clean rag to ensure there is no dirt or oily residue left in the rim bed. Then, starting 5 cm to the left of the valve hole, carefully begin to apply the tape 12 cm (5”) at a time, taping clockwise and maintaining constant force to ensure the tape is under tension. While maintaining tension, firmly press down the section you have just applied using your thumb. Repeat this process until you meet the start of the tape. Continue for one more section, overlapping the valve hole. Then, carefully cut the tape and press down firmly.

Step 2: installing the tubeless valve

Use a sharp pick to make a clean hole through the tape for the valve
Insert the valve into the rim bed and carefully tighten the lock ring
Using your finger, put some pressure on the bottom of the valve stem whilst tightening the locknut to ensure an airtight seal

Locate the valve hole, and carefully puncture the tape using a pointy round pick (or similar). Using a round spike to create the valve hole ensures a clean circular puncture, as opposed to a knife or razor which cuts a long slice in the tape that is prone to splitting. Insert the valve into the rim and carefully push it through the valve hole, making sure the base of the valve sits flush with the rim tape. Then, add the valve lock-nut and tighten until it is finger-tight. Never use pliers or tools to do this job – you don’t want to be stuck mid-ride with a mechanical and an impossibly tight lock-nut or risk damaging your precious carbon rims.

Step 3: mounting the tire

Before mounting the tire, be sure to check the orientation arrow. You don’t want to mount it the wrong way!
Sit the rim into the tire and mount the first bead
Rest the rim on your legs or the floor, and push the second tire bead deep into the rim, working around the rim with both hands

Before mounting the tire, make sure to check the orientation arrow on the sidewall. Sit one bead of the tire into the rim, and install one side of the tire. Pro tip: make sure to align your tire logo with the valve. Then, starting opposite the valve, push the other tire bead into the rim using both hands. By resting the rim on your legs or the floor you can push the tire bead deep into the rim. The closer you get to the valve, the harder it will get. Make sure that both tire beads are sitting as deep in the rim as possible – this gives you as much slack as possible to install the last part of the bead.

Step 4: adding the tubeless sealant

Adding sealant straight through the valve is the cleanest and easiest way to do it

The easiest and cleanest way to install tubeless sealant is by adding straight through the valve. In order to do this, you simply have to remove the valve core and squirt the sealant in using a sealant injector or nozzle bottle. Then just re-fit the valve core. Alternatively, the sealant can be added before the final section of bead is seated into the tire. We recommend 80-120 ml of sealant per tire. It’s not worth saving weight by using less sealant – skimping here will reduce the effectiveness of the system dramatically.

Step 5: inflating the tire

Some tire and rim combinations will inflate easily using just a standard track pump. However, you may need a tubeless inflator pump for some combinations.

All that’s left now is to inflate your tire. Using a tubeless inflator pump makes this a lot easier. However, it is also possible to inflate some tire and rim combinations with a standard track pump. If your tire is being stubborn, you can remove the valve core to increase airflow. Once inflated, give the wheel a spin and a shake to make sure the sealant coats the inside of the tire evenly. Pro tip: take your bike for a short spin immediately after successfully inflating the tire to test the setup and let the sealant coat the tire.

4 tips for setting up stubborn tires

If your tire/rim combination is making a fuss and not seating or sealing correctly, these tips might be helpful!

Pump up the tire WITHOUT the valve core: this increases the airflow into the tire and has often worked miracles for us. Just remember to install the valve core immediately after removing the pump to prevent air loss. Even if you do lose most of the air, the tire bead will now be sitting perfectly in the rim bed and can easily be re-inflated.

Use some Schwalbe Easy-Fit or soapy water on the sidewalls: If the tire is putting up a fight, some soapy water or Schwalbe Easy-Fit will help the tire beads slip into place in the rim.

Use a tire booster or compressor: if your standard track pump is not doing the trick, a tubeless inflator or compressor will most certainly help to blast the tire into place. If in doubt, ask a friend or your local bike shop for help!

Use 2 layers of rim tape: this will make for a tighter fit between the tire and rim

Tubeless FAQ

CO2 and tubeless – do they work together?
While CO2 does help to re-inflate your tire in a pinch, it can also have negative long-term effects on your sealant. When CO2 is released from its pressured canister into the much bigger tire volume, a drastic drop in temperature occurs. This temperature drop activates the coagulant of some sealants, causing them to freeze and forming large balls of latex inside the tire. Rides just as bad as it sounds.

Is tubeless sealant bad for the environment?
Most tubeless sealants are based on natural or synthetic latex, which is degradable. However, each brand adds different additives and particles to their sealant to improve its performance. Therefore it is impossible to determine exactly how eco-friendly sealants are, as it varies from brand to brand.

Can I mix tubeless sealants?
We do not recommend mixing tubeless sealants, even if both sealants are latex-based. This is because different manufacturers use different additives and particles, which can cause coagulation and degradation of performance if mixed.

How do I get sealant residues off of my components?
If you get tubeless sealant on your rims, components or floor whilst setting up your tires simply wipe it up with a wet paper towel and clean the area with isopropyl alcohol.

Does the sealant evaporate over time?
Tubeless sealant can dry out over time, reducing its effectiveness. How fast it dries out depends on where you ride (how hot the climate is) and how often you ride. When sealant totally dries up it often forms a skin or spiky latex ball inside your tire, rendering it useless.

Check out our ultimate guide to tubeless if you want to learn everything there is to know about tubeless, from maintenance to repairs and more!

Hype this: eight awesome products to keep the party going on the trail or at home!

From practical tools to keep your party going, awesome music to relax, to the perfect present for your buddy who already has everything, read on for eight products to enjoy with your friends on the trail and at home!

AeroPress Go Coffeemaker

After a night spent bivvying under the summer skies with your mates, you’re woken by birdsong and the first rays of the sunshine. Sounds idyllic, right? But what’s missing? Right, a good cup of coffee! Don’t worry, you no longer have to ruin your mornings with tasteless instant coffee… The AeroPress Go is a new, more compact version of the popular miracle coffee brewer. Put your freshly ground beans into the brew chamber, add boiling water, press down the plunger and your cup of black gold is ready! If you run out of gas (again) and your only source of water is an ice-cold mountain stream, you can still serve up a tasty cup of cold brew within two minutes. With its compact 14 x 10 x 10 cm dimensions (including the cup!), the AeroPress Go will fit in even the smallest pack and the caffeinated boost it provides, easily justifies its 326 g weight.

Price: € 139.80
Info: aeropress.com


Fujifilm X100V Camera

So, you want to document your adventures but your old DSLR is too heavy to take riding and your smartphone camera no longer meets your requirements? In that case it’s high time for a compact camera! With the X100V, Fujifilm have released the fifth generation of their popular X100 series and equipped it with a large APS-C BSI sensor and a versatile 23 mm fixed focal length lens (35 mm equivalent). The lens promises sharp images even in low light conditions and not even your fastest mate will be able to escape the camera’s rapid autofocus. In case that “one last shot” takes 30 tries and you get caught out in the rain, don’t worry! An optional adapter ring and protective filter make the Fujifilm X100V weatherproof, allowing you to take bangers in even the worst storms!

Price: € 1,499
Info: fujifilm.com


Shotgun kids seat

Front-mounted MTB child seats are game changers for mountain biker parents. How else can your little buddy experience the thrill of blasting trails and whizzing around bends in between the arms of the person that they trust the most in the world? Riding with your child in a front-mounted seat allows you to really share the riding experience, rather than them just being a passenger. With your child sitting comfortably over the suspension fork, you’ll be able to ride singletrack and moderately rough terrain without the drag of a trailer. Enter the Shotgun Front Mounted Child Seat… Designed for kids between the age of 2 and 5 years and rated up to 22 kg, the Shotgun seat is designed to fit both hardtail and full suspension mountain bikes. It also features full rubber protection, making it safe for both carbon and alloy frames, as well as a quick-release fitting for easy installation and removal.

Price: € 155
Info: kidsrideshotgun.eu


Leatherman Crunch

The Leatherman Crunch is infamous amongst its peers and unlike any multitool you have ever seen before. But what makes it so unique? The Crunch features locking pliers that will clamp tubes up to 1” in diameter, making it a great tool for trail-side rotor truing and more. It also has a pair of hard-wire cutters, a metal file, locking 420HC stainless steel serrated knife and much more. The Leatherman is more than just your standard pocket knife and packs a punch with its 15 useful tools, ensuring you can always keep the party going, whether you’re fixing a tricky mechanical in the middle of nowhere or sharing the meat at a BBQ. While the price is a little steep, you’re paying for a classic tool that will last you a lifetime. The included old-school leather sheath is a nice bonus too!

Price: € 139.99
Info: leatherman.com


Mountain Reggae Radio

Do you enjoy sitting back and relaxing to the sounds of dancehall riddims, classic hip hop, jungle sounds and roots reggae? If so, Mountain Reggae Radio is the radio station for you, playing good vibes 24/7! Mountain Reggae Radio are a small crew of radio selectors based in Innsbruck, Austria. The crew (who also shred mountain bikes) are hosting live radio sets every day at 18:00 CEST during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Tune in and zone out!

Price: FREE
Info: mountainreggae-radio.at


Lindarets titanium tubeless valve stems

Everyone has that mate who has already pimped their bike to the max and beyond. But what do you give that mate for their birthday? We have the ultimate solution – titanium tubeless valve stems! We could dive into all the tricked out details like the increased through-hole diameter for better airflow and reduced blockage by sealant, the four-times higher strength compared to aluminium stems, the chamfered edges for easier bead installation or the replaceable rubber gaskets… but who’s really interested in that? They’re made from titanium! The valve stems are available in 5 colours and with the 2 included refresh kits you essentially get 3 sets of stems, which makes the price look quite a bit more reasonable. Unfortunately, availability in Europe is somewhat difficult at the moment, though Lindarets is in the process of finding distributors as you read this.

Price: $ 47.45 (set, incl. 2 refresh kits)
Info: lindarets.com


Wolf Tooth bottle opener with rotor truing tool

Are you after a new key fob, bottle opener or even a rotor truing tool? Then check out this 3-in-1 gadget from American brand Wolf Tooth Components! Available in a host of different colours and weighing just 32 grams, this American-made gadget is a must-have for any riders who enjoy a chilled post-ride beverage. The aluminium bottle opener is claimed to “pop off any lid first time” and features a large rotor truing slot, allowing you to fine-tune your setup or straighten bent rotors in a twist. There’s also a hole for a keychain or carabiner. Cheers!

Price: € 19
Info: wolftoothcomponents.com


Netflix Party

A few months ago, watching Netflix in your pyjamas was a luxury to be enjoyed on lazy weekends. Now, lots of us have all the time in the world to lounge around on the sofa and even the near endless options on our favourite streaming platforms are becoming boring. If only we could watch Netflix in real-time with our mates… Netflix Party to the rescue! The Chrome extension is free to download and lets you watch movies with your friends and chat at the same time! Here’s how it works: you and your friends log into your separate Netflix accounts and pick a movie or series to watch. Netflix Party synchronises the playback so you’re all watching the same thing at the same time. It also includes a chat function at the side of the screen so you can talk with your mates in real-time. Bring back some social connection to your life and enjoy watching movies with your mates again!

Price: FREE
Info: chrome.google.com

The Best Dropper Post In 2020

Best Dropper Post

The best dropper post for your mountain bike should be reliable and affordable.

In our opinion, the dropper seatpost is the single most important innovation in mountain biking. It’s certainly the component we don’t want to ride without. A dropper seatpost is also the number one upgrade we recommend for new mountain bikers. Having the ability to drop your saddle can improve cornering ability, boost rider confidence, and make your time on the trail more fun.

There are dozens of different dropper seatposts on the market. Unlike a few short years ago, most dropper posts are pretty reliable these days. Like any good bicycle component, a quality dropper should function without you thinking about it. The best dropper post for your mountain bike is the one that performs reliably, with little to no maintenance, and balances performance with price.

Here’s a look at the best dropper posts currently on the market. Think we missed one? Let us know in the comments below.

The Best Dropper Post In 2020

BikeYoke Revive 

Best Dropper Post: Bike Yoke Revive

Of all the dropper seatposts we’ve ridden the Revive has the smoothest action. The silky drop and return makes this dropper feel like a premium component, with very little side-to-side play. We’ve tested this post extensively. It’s incredibly reliable but does need a bit of quick and easy maintenance now and again. Occasionally, (and usually only after lifting the bike the saddle with the seatpost lowered, which you should avoid doing) the post will sag a few millimeters. Thankfully, Bike Yoke makes it easy to remove air trapped in the dropper’s hydraulic circuit. Resetting—or reviving—this seatpost just a matter of loosening the bleed port to allow air to escape, compressing the post, and screwing the bleed screw back in. This can be accomplished on the trail in less than a minute. The Revive comes in a wide range of lengths and diameters to fit virtually any modern mountain bike.

Price: $375-$450 (depending on length)

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OneUp Components Dropper V2

Best Dropper Post: OneUp Components Dropper V2

As the name suggests, this is the second version of OneUp’s dropper post. The V2 is available in 120, 150, 180, and 210mm lengths and can all be shimmed down in travel by 10 or 20mm. The ability to fine-tune travel with the included travel shims, along with this post’s category-leading low stack height (shortest total length per travel size), lets rider run the longest possible dropper for their saddle height. This is a huge advantage for shorter riders who want to run 150mm or even 180mm droppers on small and medium-sized frames. What else is there to like? Well, the price is really, really good.

Price: $199-$209 (depending on length)

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PNW Components Rainier V3

PNW Components - Rainier IR V3 Dropper Seatpost - Black

 

The PNW Component’s Rainier stands out from the crowd of dropper seatposts with a great price,  short stack height, and tool-free system to adjust the amount of seatpost drop. The travel of the Rainier can be reduced by up to 30mm, in 5mm increments. If you need more adjustment than that, the Rainier is offering in versions with 120, 150, 170 and 200mm of adjustable seatpost drop.

Price: $179

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Fox Transfer Performance 2020

Best Dropper Post: Fox Transfer Performance 2020

 

The Fox Transfer sets the bar for set-and-forget performance. One of our test droppers is going on its fourth season of hard riding without the slightest amount of maintenance. It comes in the gold, Kashima-coated version that will add bling to your bike as well as a standard black version that will keep more money in your wallet. For the 2021 model year, Fox has introduced an updated version of the Transfer. We don’t have enough time on it to confirm that the new version can go the distance, but the 2020 version is still in stock at retailers at a discounted price.

Price: $263.99

buy now

 

 

PNW Pine

Best Dropper Post: PNW Pine

Almost all dropper posts are internally-routed on modern mountain bike frames, but there’s still a demand for externally-routed droppers among riders looking to bring their older bikes up to speed. If you have an older mountain bike—or even a gravel bike—that uses a narrower, 27.2mm seapost, PNW’s Pine dropper is your best bet. It comes in versions with 90 or 120mm of travel. This externally-routed dropper has a smooth action, performs reliably, and comes with a wallet-friendly price tag.

Price: $199

buy now

 

 


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5 things you need to know when buying your first mountain bike

Don’t know where to start when buying your first mountain bike? We’ll arm with you with some key tips to help your decision.

So you’re diving in headfirst into the world of trail riding? Wonderful, as this may be one of the best decisions you’ve made in your life. In this primer we’ll let you know what to buy, how much to spend, and what the key things are that you need to know before making that purchase. We’ll assume that this is your first or second bike, that you’ve set aside some funds, and that you are highly motivated to start riding on trails. Here’s what you need to know when buying your first mountain bike.

1. Expect to spend between $500-$2,000

If you have no idea how much you want to spend, we’ll set this target range out there for you. It is the sweet spot of mountain biking where you get the most performance, and bang for your money. You can certainly go below or above that if you have specific needs and if you have an expert friend guiding your purchase. Stay away from department store bikes, as they are not ideal for rough trails as explained here. Bike shops are ideal, but note that viable consumer-direct options exist now.

What do you get for your money? For $500 to $750, you can get a decent, starter hardtail. And at the higher end of the range, you can get a capable full suspension bike. Neither will be lightweight or cutting-edge, but both will be dependable and worth upgrading, should the urge come later.

Trail bikes are the swiss-army knives of mountain biking since they provide a happy medium between climbing and descending.

2. If unsure about the type of bike, get a trail bike

If you don’t know what category of mountain bike you need, then a trail bike is probably the answer. This kind of bike is what most mountain bikers ride because it can handle most terrain and riding styles well. They provide the most ability, safety, and most importantly, fun. They can take the form of a hardtail (no rear shock) or full-suspension with 120-140mm of travel.

The other categories are:

Cross-Country – If you want to race, or enjoy going uphill and like all-day rides
All Mountain – You want to focus on descending and tackle steeper, more demanding trails
Downhill – You want to ride primarily lift-assisted and shuttle assisted trails

Dropper posts allow your saddle to go and down at the press of a handlebar mounted button.

3. Dropper posts and 1x gearing are key

These are perhaps two of the greatest revolutions in mountain biking and they’re actually approachable now for all mountain bikers. In the old days, we essentially rode road bikes converted with knobby, balloon tires. This went on for the first 20 years of the sport but the last decade has seen a revolutionary change.

One of the greatest advancements is the introduction of the dropper seatpost, a telescoping post that goes up and down with the press of a lever on the handlebars. Climbing is best done with the saddle way up to maximize power with ideal leg extension. Descending on the other hand is best done with the saddle low to the frame to lower the rider’s center of gravity and to allow the legs and the body to absorb shock and riding forces. It’s basically the ‘eureka’ product of mountain biking that allows safety, speed, and fun as you change your saddle height up to 50 times during a ride!

Less is truly more in the case of 1x gearing for mountain bikes.

The other great revolution is 1x gearing. This is defined by one chainring in the front (and many in the rear), instead of two or three front chainrings. Three chainrings in the front are the legacy of road bikes that required massive gear range for varied road conditions. Mountain biking divorced from this complex contraption over five years ago and have been liberated by simplicity, less weight, and a much more usable drivetrain with sufficient gears to tackle even the most demanding terrain. 1×12 gearing is ideal with on ring in the front and twelve rings in the rear with a massive range.

Mountain bikes have now moved on to 27.5 and 29 inch wheels. Stick with those options to ensure availability of compatible tires and suspension forks.

4. The old wheel size, the 26er is dead. Now it’s split between 29-inch and 27.5-inch wheels

It turns out, big wheels are handy since they’re faster, get over obstacles better, and have increased traction. But sometimes, a big wheel can be too big for someone short of stature or one who wants to throw the bike around in the air or on corners. So we’re left with two great options these days, the 29-inch and the 27.5-inch mountain bike wheel. For your first mountain bike, we’d recommend a 29-inch mountain bike since it is safer and more confidence-inspiring.

It is a complex issue that can be summarized best by:
“The 27.5-inch wheel is ideal for popping over stuff, changing speeds and direction, and playing with the trail. The 29er is best for going fast and winning races. It covers ground well, stays planted, and plows over obstacles.”

We break it down here in detail https://reviews.mtbr.com/best-mountain-bike-wheel-size-29-or-27-5

EMTBs have arrived and many new models are being introduced each month.

5. EMTBs are a thing now

The Electric Mountain Bike is the fastest-growing category of mountain biking and it shows no sign of slowing. Formerly the outcasts of mountain biking, they now outsell traditional pedal bikes in many countries and will likely take the majority share here in the US within five years.

Class 1 EMTBS that assist your pedaling up to 20 mph are gaining popularity each month because they enable a wealth of riding options and possibilities. One can ride from the garage on a 90-degree day, 10 miles to the trailhead, climb a 3000-foot hill and be back home before noon, for example. It also opens up the sport to a wider array of folks that would not otherwise take up mountain biking.

But legality in all trails is still evolving and EMTBs are not allowed everywhere bikes are. It is surely opening up though around the world and in the US. Look for a bottom bracket motor system (not hub) and expect to spend between $2500-$5000 for a starter EMTB.

The mountain bike can improve your quality of life if you’re able to get out on trails regularly.

Bottom Line

We could go on and on but those are the five things you need to arm yourself with to make an educated first mountain bike purchase. Set your aspirations but realistic and aim for your mountain biking mark. And due to the pandemic, “get outdoors” mentality, used bikes are in very short supply and very expensive. So unless you are a very savvy used bike buyer (or have a friend), we recommend buying a new one from a bike shop or online direct source in 2020.

Remember that you’ll probably need to spend another 25% of your initial investment to buy some bike clothing, protection, tools, and perhaps a car rack. And also understand that mountain biking is a skill sport much like golf, tennis and skiing so mountain biking lessons whether, online, group, or individual will go a long way towards your safety and fun.

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The Best MTB Frame Protection

Mountain bikes are expensive. A bit of MTB frame protection will keep your bike looking new and prevent damage.

Mountain bikes are expensive. A bit of MTB frame protection will keep your bike looking new and prevent damage.

Mountain biking is a rough and tumble sport. Even the most skilled riders wreck every now and again. As riders, we’re accustomed to wearing helmets, eyewear, and often knee and elbow pads, but what about the bikes we ride? How do you protect your mountain bike from crash damage?

Mountain bikes aren’t getting any cheaper. If you want to keep your bike looking new and prevent needless damage, adding protection to your frame is the way to go. As Benjamin Franklin wrote, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We’re pretty sure old Ben wasn’t a mountain biker, but in the case of mountain bike frame protection, it’s completely true. Adding a few ounces of protective tape or downtube armor can prevent scratches, gouges, dents, and even cracks that can ruin both carbon and aluminum frames.

Here are the best ways to protect your mountain bike from trail damage.

The Best MTB Frame Protection

All Mountain Style Frame Protection XL

Best MTB frame protection: All Mountain Style Frame Protection XL

 

All Mountain Style’s frame protectors work on any mountain bike frame. These frame guards can be placed on the top tube, downtube seat- and chainstays. They’re constructed from a semi-rigid PVC material with an adhesive backing. All Mountain Style’s frame protectors stand out with an internal honeycomb structure that provides protection from impacts without adding excessive weight. These customizable protective pads are easy to customize to the contours of your frame and can be cut down if necessary. They also come in a rainbow of colors and cool patterns to make your bike stand out. if that’s not your thing, they also come in clear

Price: $36

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Lizard Skins Carbon Leather Frame Protector

Best MTB frame protection: Lizard Skins Carbon Leather Frame Protector

Lizard Skins has been in the frame protection game longer than anyone else. The company’s Carbon Leather Frame Protector won’t shield your entire frame from damage, but it will thwart rock strikes to the downtube—the most likely spot to receive damage. It’s available in small and large sizes and articulated to wrap around straight or curved downtubes.

Price: $21.99

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Dyedbro Frame Protection

Best MTB Frame Protection: Dyedbro Frame Protection

Professional enduro racer Iago Garay created Dyedbro (Do You Even Drift Bro) to protect bikes with a bit of his own artistic flair. The Dyedbro kits come in many different designs and one size with customizable segments to fit any mountain bike. There are eight pieces in total to protect the top tube, downtube, seatstays, and chainstays from any abuse you might dish out.

Price: $44.95

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Foundation Frame Protection

Best MTB Frame Protection: Foundation Frame Protection

Jenson USA offers its own frame protection kit under the Foundation brand. This kit is similar to the excellent All Mountain Style frame protection kit, but lacks the option to personalize it with different colors and patterns. The best part? The incredibly affordable price.

Price: $15

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invisiFRAME Custom Frame Kits

Best MTB Frame Protection: invisiFRAME Custom Frame Kits

The UK-based invisiFRAME is the gold standard in MTB frame protection. The brand offers protective kits that wrap the entire bike from head tube to derailleur hanger. Each kit matches up to the make, model, and frame size. The protective tape is wet-transfer, so prepare for a long evening of mounting this kit. The protection is impressive, but it will cost you. The kits range in price based on the size of the frame and how many pieces the kit includes.

Price: $95-$120 (Varies by make and model)

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DIY Mountain Bike Frame Protection Solutions

If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer, there are a number of solutions to protect your mountain bike. Riders in our forums have shared a number of clever homemade frame protection options. Here are a few options if you want to take things into your own hands.

VViViD 3M Scotchgard Clear Paint Protection Vinyl Film

Best MTB Frame Protection: VViViD 3M Scotchgard Clear Paint Protection Vinyl Film

Designed for automotive use, this 3M Scotchgard paint protection film is virtually invisible once installed and will shield your bike from paint chips and scrapes. The clear polyurethane film is 8mil thick with adhesive backing. 

Price: $19.88 

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Kydex Carbon Fiber Pattern Thermoform Sheet

This is a great material to use if you’re looking to construct a heavy-duty downtube guard. Kydex is easy to work with and form into a wide range of shapes. Mtbr members cut the sheets into the desired form and heat the material with a heat gun or even in an oven to make the material pliable—as long as you don’t heat it above 350-degrees. Once it cools, it become rigid and maintains the shape you formed it into.

Price: $19.88 

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Opinion: The Case For Titanium Bikes

The ability to invest in one bike to cover a broad range of uses is why more mountain bikers should consider titanium. Photo by Sean Burke

The ability to invest in one bike to cover a broad range of uses is why more mountain bikers should consider titanium. Photo by Sean Burke

Editor’s Note: This post is brought to you by Sage Bicycles

Looking for a new bike is not getting any less complicated these days. Every year there’s a new portmanteau or category that promises to combine your favorite bikes into one “quiver killer”, or just do one thing slightly better than it has ever been done before. But what if we looked at bikes not so much for their ability to be on-trend as to defy trends. As a product tester, I get to ride dozens of mountain bikes each year. But when I actually pay for them, I tend to look at bikes a bit differently. If my wallet is coming out, I look for a bike that I am going to enjoy riding for a long time. I seek to build one machine that combines all the characteristics I like from the best bikes I’ve tested. One that won’t be reduced to a functionless heap if, or when, I lay it down a few (dozen) times on a trip to Moab. The ability to invest in one bike to cover a broad range of uses, that will last for years to come, is why I think more mountain bikers should consider titanium.

Gravel, bikepacking, and modern hardtails have pushed titanium back into the spotlight. Photo by Sean Burke

Gravel, bikepacking, and modern hardtails have pushed titanium back into the spotlight. Photo by Sean Burke

Up until recently, I wouldn’t have started a bike build with the question of “What material do I want?” Now, I absolutely do. In recent years, hardtails, gravel bikes, and bikepacking trips have been the things that have excited me most. There’s a strong case for titanium frames in each of these categories. The robustness, ride quality, and wide range of custom options from builders such as Sage, Moots, and Mosaic has spurred a renaissance in titanium construction as more riders invest in bikes that will stand the test of time and trends.

Related: Sage Bicycles Powerline Trail 29er Review

The most common argument I hear for titanium is durability and ride quality. Ti bikes can shrug off hits that would send a carbon frame to the warranty department or the dumpster. Even if you get a warranty replacement, the chances are you’re going to be bikeless for a few months and have to spend a lot of time or money on building up your replacement frame. I travel a lot for stories and for fun, and really value a bike I can throw in a box in fifteen minutes and rebuild outside an airport halfway around the world without having to inspect it with a magnifying glass.

As long, slack hardtails become more popular, more riders are embracing Ti for its lightweight and durability. Photo by Sean Burke

As long, slack hardtails become more popular, more riders are embracing Ti for its lightweight and durability. Photo by Sean Burke

Of course, you could go with steel or aluminum if you just wanted a durable bike, and both have had their moment as custom or mass-market frame materials. Steel allows for a classic look, but it tends to be a fair bit heavier than titanium and when you’re shelling out the big bucks for a frame that you’re going to keep for years, it’s nice to have one that doesn’t feel like a boat anchor uphill. Aluminum makes for a great value hardtail frame, but the nature of the material means that it’s hard for custom builders to get the best out of it and while aluminum might yield a light and stiff frame the ride can be jarring. Titanium offers a uniquely comfortable ride feel, the durability of steel, and if done right it can weigh only a little more than a carbon frame.

The raw, understated look of a quality titanium frame is hard to beat. Photo by Sean Burke

The raw, understated look of a quality titanium frame is hard to beat. Photo by Sean Burke

Unlike the (admittedly beautiful) custom-painted steel bikes we see at NAHBS every year, titanium bikes are mostly left without paint. This means that the more you ride your bike, the better it looks. Buy yourself a fancy carbon hardtail, and you’ll find exactly the opposite is true. Indeed, it is possible to refinish your titanium bike at home. Oregon based builder Sage Titanium even offers new decals so that riders can refinish their bike and refresh or rethink their colored accents if they wish. For just the cost of a new set of decals and grips, you have a new looking bike. Throw in a new fork or groupset, and you get that new bike day feeling but with the same predictable and bombproof frame you have loved for years.

Of course, Sage will refinish your bike for you if you would prefer not to do it yourself, that is just one of the many advantages of working with a small frame builder. Like bikepacking? They will put mounts on your frame so you can use a bolted bag and avoid knee-rubbing straps. Never want to lube or replace a chain again? They can build you a belt-drive bike, or one with polydrops if you want to go between single speed and geared set-ups. You can get a custom finish, or custom geometry if you like. You’ll also be able to develop a relationship with the person who builds your bike, and it really will be your bike. Nothing sucks more than spending a small fortune on a dream bike only to see two more just like it at the trailhead.

Titanium shrugs off wear and tear as no other material can. Photo by Sean Burke

Titanium shrugs off wear and tear as no other material can. Photo by Sean Burke

It is possible to buy titanium frames cheaply online, but you’ll miss out on all those custom touches and you won’t have a chance to inspect the quality of the welds before you lay down your cash. Not only that, but working with a local frame builder means buying one bike that will last longer, be shipped a shorter distance, and not end up in a landfill in a few years. It’s a considerably more sustainable option with a much shorter supply-chain than carbon or imported frames.

Buying a forever bike means sticking with a forever geometry. This is where an experienced frame builder can help, by talking through where you ride, your riding style, size, and goals, they can help you pick out a frame geometry that is perfectly suited to you and that you’ll enjoy riding so much you won’t want to try the latest trend every other year. Titanium builders are not constrained by the massive sunk costs of making molds that constrain carbon frames to one geometry for several product years. This means that brands like Sage—who offers three different hardtails—have a perfect bike for almost anyone even though they are by no means a mass production outfit. If they don’t have one in their line, give them a call and they’ll make you one that suits your tastes.

In an age of disposable bikes, titanium stands out for its ability to go the distance. Photo by Sean Burke

In an age of disposable bikes, titanium stands out for its ability to go the distance. Photo by Sean Burke

I rode titanium bikes across Mexico, around Rwanda, and all over my local trail network last year. At nearly every trailhead, people asked me questions about my bike, and they kept doing so all year. That doesn’t happen on even the latest carbon hardtail, the buzz goes away once something new from another brand drops a month after your bike is released. I’m not alone in this assumption either, indeed I think the majority of my bike industry friends own titanium bikes. When you get to ride a lot of bikes, you get to know what you like, and when you know what you like you want to have it forever, and that’s when a titanium bike is for you.

Want to learn more about the versatility of titanium? Check out Sagetitanium.com for more information. 

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The Best Mountain Bike Shorts of 2020

 

It's not just about style. A quality pair of mountain biking shorts will make your time in the saddle more comfortable.

It’s not just about style. A quality pair of mountain biking shorts will make your time in the saddle more comfortable.

A good pair of cycling shorts is essential for getting the most out of your rides. If you want to hit the trail in a pair of board shorts or cut-off jean shorts there’s nothing stopping you, but if you prefer a more purpose-built approach that will fit better in a riding position, provide better articulation while you pedal, and shed water, mountain bike shorts are the way to go.

Lycra or baggies for mountain biking?

While road cyclists generally wear form-fit Lycra cycling kits, most mountain bikers wear looser-fitting jerseys paired with baggy shorts. There are exceptions, of course. Cross-country racing places and premium on weight and breathability, so Lycra is almost always preferred.

Why choose one over the other? Lycra shorts are lighter, more breathable, and completely non-restrictive. Baggies are more durable, offer more protection, provide the option of storage, and have a casual style that transitions easily from the trail to post-ride activities such as grabbing dinner or a drink.

What to look for in mountain bike shorts

Even within the world of so-called “baggies,” there is a range of fits to choose from. As kneepads have become more streamlined and stretch fabrics have become commonplace, baggy shorts have become slimmer. Some baggies have a slim, tailored look, while others feature a more relaxed fit. Features to consider when selecting mountain bike shorts include fit, pocket placement, and durability.

Many baggy shorts include an inner liner with a chamois pad in addition to the outer shell. Liners that are not sewn into the shell generally work better, as the liner doesn’t shift when the shell moves, keeping the chamois in place. These floating liners can be replaced with a pair of Lycra shorts or bibs you already own. Chamois quality is a big deal in any cycling short, and the more expensive shorts usually come with a higher quality chamois.

Freedom of movement is crucial, and some shorts enable more movement than others. A fabric’s flexibility usually comes at the expense of abrasion resistance, something to consider if you crash often, or ride trails with encroaching vegetation that you could snag your shorts. Less restriction is always better, which is why heavy-duty shorts have stretch panels in critical areas. Protection and durability must be weighed against flexibility.

If you wear knee pads, look for shorts that won’t bunch or hang up on your pads. Generally, if a short sits at mid-knee when standing off the bike, they won’t ride up above your pads when pedaling.

Pockets provide useful storage and are generally found in three different configurations: side cargo, front slash, and rear center. Pocket storage is best used for small, light items such as an energy bar. Rear-center zipped pockets located just below the waistband are relatively safe and unobtrusive place keys or a wallet. Side pockets are a good location to carry a smartphone, but not all pockets are created equal. Pockets that sit on the side toward the back of the thigh are the best place to store items such as a phone as they don’t get in the way while pedaling and are unlikely to be damaged in a crash. Speaking of crashing. We recommend against carrying large multi-tools in your pockets when riding, as they can cause nasty bruises and contusions when you wreck.

The best mountain bike shorts of 2020

Pearl iZUMi Elevate Short

 

Pearl Izumi Elevate Short - Men's Back

For 2020, Pearl iZUMi completely redesigned its flagship mountain bike short with a slimmer profile, durable four-way stretch fabric, and a BOA dial mounted at the back of the waistband that allows the wearer to literally dial in the fit. We were initially skeptical of how well this fit system would work and especially how well the dial would play with hip packs. But after several months of testing, this proved to be a non-issue. The dial virtually disappears under waist-mounted hydration packs but is there when you need to make minor fit adjustments. On the trail, the four-way stretch fabric allows for great freedom of movement. The perforations on the inner thighs improve airflow on hot days and a DWR coating sheds light rain and tire spray. These shorts include a ventilated liner short with Pearl’s Elite chamois.

Price: $175

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Troy Lee Designs Skyline Short

 

The Troy Lee Designs Skyline Short is a great option for every type of riding. They’re durable, the fit works well with kneepads, and they have plenty of stretch to move with you on the bike. Fit adjustments are handled by a pair of Velcro straps on the sides. An inner waistband with silicone grip aids in keeping the shorts from sagging, even when wearing a hip pack. The Coolmax fabric does a great job of keeping the Skyline feeling airy, even in hot and humid weather.

Price: $109

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Fox Ranger Rawtec

Fox’s Rawtec is what happens when you strip a short down to the bare essentials. Every panel, seam, and stitch has been examined, tested, and proven or eliminated until only the essential ingredients remain. The Rawtec features abrasion-resistant side panels for durability and a ratchet closure system that’s easy to use while you ride. This short is at the fitted end of the spectrum, but stretch fabric ensures it doesn’t inhibit movement.

Price: $149.95

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Leatt DBX 3.0 Short

Leatt DBX 3.0 Short - Men's

The Leatt DBX 3.0 Short is a lighter-weight version of the brands 5.0 and 4.0 shorts. The fabric is lightweight and breathable with reinforced seams for durability. The 3.0 features a single side pocket large enough for a smartphone and a centrally-positioned rear pocket that sits below the waist. We like the stretch panels on the front of the short just above the knees that allow them to work extremely well with today’s low-profile kneepads. They’re also one of the most affordable options on the market.

Price: $79.95

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Veloccio Trail Short

Men's Trail Short

Veloccio is best known for its road line of cycling apparel, but this brand is making inroads to the mountain bike world with thoughtful touches and attention to detail. The Trail Short has a simple, understated look with traditional hand pockets that help to blend in off the bike and zippered side pockets large enough to hold a smartphone and perfectly positioned to keep it from inhibiting your ride.

Price: $159.99

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