Bike Check: Rebecca Rusch’s Giant Revolt Advanced

Rebecca Rusch joins Giant and will tackle this year's gravel races on the Revolt Advanced.

Rebecca Rusch teams up with Giant and will tackle this year’s gravel races on the Revolt Advanced.

Few athletes have as storied and varied, a career as Rebecca Rusch. With championship titles in whitewater rafting, adventure racing, a master’s cross-country skiing world championship, three 24-hour mountain world championships, and multiple victories at Leadville and Dirty Kanza, Rusch has amassed an impressive resume and earned her nickname “The Queen of Pain” through blood, sweat, and determination. And that’s not even including the Emmy award she won for her 2017 documentary, “Blood Road.”

Rusch has ridden for Specialized and, most recently, for Niner. Heading into 2020, Rusch has partnered with Liv and Giant to chart a new course for her athletic endeavors.

“Partnering with Liv Cycling and Giant Bicycles aligns seamlessly with my commitment to push the limits of cycling and use bikes to Be Good,” said Rusch, referring to her Be Good nonprofit foundation’s mission to enrich communities through bicycling. “I’m convinced that if everyone could spend more time on a bike, the world would be a better place,” she added.

Rebecca Rusch’s Giant Revolt Advanced

Giant introduced the updated Revolt with a focus on gravel in late 2018 for the 2019 model year.

Giant introduced the updated Revolt with a focus on gravel in late 2018 for the 2019 model year.

When it comes to Gravel racing, Rusch will be riding Giant’s Revolt Advanced. The Revolt was redesigned for the 2019 model year from a comfort-minded, all-road machine to a pure-bred gravel racer. Rusch’s Revolt Advanced is equipped with gear from her sponsors. It features unique touches that make it her weapon of choice. Keep scrolling for a closer look.

Not only will Rusch ride for LIV and Giant, her input will be used to develop future bikes.

Rusch rolls on ENVE G23 carbon rims with Maxxis 700x40 tires. Orange Seal keeps punctures at bay.

Rusch rolls on ENVE G23 carbon rims with Maxxis 700×40 tires. Orange Seal prevents punctures.

"I ride the WTB Koda on all of my bikes," Rusch said.

“I ride the WTB Koda on all of my bikes,” Rusch said.

Thick handlebar tape with gel underneath takes the edge off rough gravel roads.

Thick handlebar tape with gel underneath takes the edge off rough gravel roads.

When we saw here, Rusch was turning over a 46t chainring. "I'll switch the chainring based on the terrain and distance," said Rusch.

When we saw her, Rusch was turning over a 46t chainring. “I’ll switch the chainring based on the terrain and distance,” Rusch said.

In back, Rusch's 10-50 SRAM Eagle cassette is managed by a well-worn eTap AXS derailleur.

In back, Rusch’s 10-50t SRAM Eagle cassette is managed by a well-worn eTap AXS derailleur.

Rusch relies on Revelate Designs bags to carry her food and tools.

Rusch relies on Revelate Designs bags to carry her food and tools.

Best of luck in 2020! | Photo by Ian Matteson

Best of luck in 2020! Photo by Ian Matteson








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Video: BikerBrayd shreds St. George, Utah

Everyday trail rider turned Instagram sensation Braydon Bringhurst’s latest edit challenges mountain bikers to look at the trail differently. Crank flips with clipless pedals? No problem. Ride UP the Waterfall in St. George, Utah? Sure thing. Inspiring riders to enjoy both climbing and descending, Bringhurst on his Canyon Strive will make you look at the mountain in a whole new way.

Braydon Bringhurst AKA BikerBrayd rides his Canyon Strive a bit differently from the average Joe.

Braydon Bringhurst AKA BikerBrayd rides his Canyon Strive a bit differently from the average Joe.

Bringhurst blends big air with technical flow in a way few other riders can match.

Bringhurst blends big air with technical flow in a way few other riders can match.


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From the Forums: Vegetarian and Vegan mountain bikers

Mountain bikers in our forums are sharing their veggie and vegetarian recipes.

Mountain bikers in our forums are sharing their veggie and vegetarian recipes.

Our forums are filled with a variety of tips, tricks and advice from fellow mountain bikers. Much of it is based around cycling tech, but you can also find a wealth of valuable information on training and nutrition. In fact, we have a forum dedicated to nutrition and hydration.

In this forum, there’s a very informative discussion about vegan and vegetarian diets. Forum members discuss the relative merits of plant-based diets and share a lot of tasty recipes.

Click here to join the conversation.

Some of these vegan and vegetarian recipes look very tasty!

Some of these vegan and vegetarian recipes look very tasty!



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Video: Brandon Semenuk’s Lightspeed


In the minds of skiers and snowboarders, Hakuba stirs up visions of bottomless powder and untracked turns. For mountain bikers? Not much registers. Lightspeed, blending two weeks of digging, riding and cityscapes, might just change that.


An artistic creation brought to you by some of the finest names of the mountain bike film industry, Revel Co.

For this installment from Revel Co., Clay Porter joined the crew alongside visionary Rupert Walker to shoot the project while Evan Intern, Dan Fleury, and Kane Boyce got to work on the shovels and machines to shape the Japanese dirt into Semenuk’s vision.

And our favorite video of many groundbreaking videos is seen here in: Raw 100 Seconds.


Now that we’re seeing the next generation of mountain bikers, we’re seeing a whole new level of riding from those that grew up riding. Riding is about as natural as walking and they descend and corner with comfort and confidence.


And in a sea of amazing riders, there are often standouts that are head and shoulders above the rest. One of those is the great Brandon Semenuk. The way he soars in the air and interacts with the ground is breathtaking indeed.


And if that isn’t enough, it seems to progress and evolve with time. Here is his latest iteration where very few of us can execute any of these moves. In fact, most of us cannot even comprehend the level at which he is performing. We just know it’s good.

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Gear of the Year: Berne Broudy’s Picks

Editor’s note: As we welcome a new year, we’re taking a moment to look back at the bikes and products that improved our riding experience in 2019. Some products were new for the year, others are tried and true items that are still best-in-class. Here are five products that Berne Broudy fell in love with in 2019.

Berne Broudy’s 2019 Gear of the Year

I ride daily. I travel to ride, but I also ride a lot in the rooty, rocky, high-humidity Northeast where I live. The most important thing to me when choosing mountain bike gear is to be comfortable whatever the climate. It seems like a low bar for picking the best gear, but I’m female, which means in some categories, I have limited choices. When I’m on my bike, I strive for maximum fun. And I’m a firm believer that if you’re thinking about your gear while you’re on the bike, you should probably replace it with gear that lets you focus on the trail. My gear needs to stand up to hard use. When I travel, its often to a remote locale. I can’t always just pop into a shop for replacement parts; I have to depend on the gear I brought with me. So my favorite things of 2019 are durable, non-restrictive and they let me enjoy ride after ride.

Yeti SB140

I’ve was an early fan of the long-travel 29er revolution. When big-wheeled bikes with progressive geometry hit the market a couple of years ago, I was all in, and proudly proclaimed I’d never own another 27.5-wheel bike. Then, Yeti sent their 27.5” SB140 to test on Vermont singletrack, and from the first ride, I couldn’t stop smiling so hard it hurt. Yeti designed this bike with the same longer reach, steeper seat angle, slacker head angle, and shorter fork offset of its newest 29ers. With smaller wheels, instead of the glued to the ground feeling of those hard-charging steeds, this bike rips trails with the joy and enthusiasm of a puppy. It’s springy and poppy and easy to move around in the air and on the ground. I’m not a racer—I ride for the pure fun of it. And this bike makes the trails I ride every day even more awesome. No, the SB140 doesn’t roll over chunder quite as well as its big brothers, but it also doesn’t feel sluggish, ever. And, like all Yetis, the Switch Infinity makes the suspension feel bottomless, but the bike doesn’t bob and bounce around on the climb. Starting at $5399

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Price: $3,499-$7,399

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Reebok Pure Move Sports Bra

Reebok PureMove Bra Heritage Navy EB8182

Sports bras might be the most under-reported piece of technical gear made. But a female rider can be wearing the most wicking base layer or the most technical jersey, and if her bra is a soggy tube or saggy sleeve, whatever other tech she has on top doesn’t matter. For women, biking doesn’t require as much compression as running, even for the well-endowed. And this bra skirts the fine line of supportive enough without being too tight. The secret sauce is cups made from material similar to D30. So the bra doesn’t need to be so tight you can’t breathe. When you hit a bump in the road or trail and need support, the cups firm up. And like in kneepads, the change is imperceptible. The Pure Move dries relatively fast, and costs more than I wish it did, but, it’s the only sports bra I’ve worn that I don’t want to tear off the second my ride is over, and that I can wear for several rides before I need to wash it.

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Price: $60

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Velocio Fly Free Ultralight Bib Short

Women's Ultralight Bib Short

I hate having anything tight around my stomach when I ride, so I wear bibs. But most bibs make having to pee a striptease, they use awkward clips that cause pressure points with a pack on and that are impossible to re-clip without taking your shirt off, or unclipped, the bib becomes a strangulating Lycra noose. These bibs are simply designed with stretchy, not saggy, microfiber shoulder straps that let ladies drop trow in a split second by pulling down the back of the bibs. Ultra-High Gauge Stretch woven compression fabric is also ultralight but opaque, and quick to dry. The chamois is comfortable whether or not you wear these with an overshort, and even after a season of riding, still has some life. The wide leg bands, which are also microfiber, stretch to accommodate muscular thighs, but it’s not baggy on slender legs. And the mesh front works great to keep bib straps in place without trapping heat.

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Price: $229

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Poc Tectal Race Spin Helmet

POC - Tectal Race Spin Helmet - Antimony Blue

I’ve never had a concussion biking, and I plan to never have one. Poc’s Tectal Race Spin is helping me keep that promise to myself. The helmet has a unibody shell that fully covers the exterior of the EPS helmet body for best in class strength. It’s reinforced with an Aramid bridge to keep the pieces together in the case of a crash. Loads of vents keep me cool when riding, so even with this helmets extended back, its not hotter than other helmets. That’s not to say I don’t get sweaty riding in it. I do, because mountain biking is a sweaty sport. But POC’s Spin pads, which are synthetic fabric covered silicone, feel good against my head, even when wet, and they don’t compress over time like foam helmets pads. They also don’t get tangled in my hair like some MIPS liners. The helmet harness molds comfortably around my head and keeps the helmet from sliding forward or backward when I ride. And the adjustable visor is easy to angle when you’re riding with a light or helmet cam.

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Price: $220

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Shimano ME7 Shoes

Shimano SH-ME7 Cycling Shoe - Men's 3/4 Front

These shoes are my favorites year after year. The last, combined with the set it and forget it cinching lacing that buckles down with a ratchet, fit my wide feet. They don’t slip walking. And they last. The ME7 isn’t an inflexible carbon race shoe made for XC riding. The hard plastic inner sole flexes laterally in the heel with the foot’s natural motion when Enduro or all-mountain riding without losing its ability to translate power from my legs into forward momentum thanks to stiff plastic under the clear. A neoprene cuff keeps stones, leaves, and other trail detritus out, and the padded inner ankle is protective without being restrictive. If I find myself walking a feature or a stretch of trail instead of riding, its’ because it’s so sketchy I bailed. That’s not a place I want to risk losing footing, especially while pushing my expensive mountain bike. The Michelin soles on these bad boys grip better than anything else I’ve tried, and I’ve hiked features beyond my pay grade in half a dozen countries in conditions from sand on desert rock to rocks that rode like they were greased.

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Price: $200

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Bike Check: Christian Textor – BULLS WILD CREED Team

Although Christian Textor is still a relatively new name in the international enduro circuit, the three times German enduro champion, who raced the complete Enduro World Series for the first time in 2019, has big plans for 2020. We took a closer look at his BULLS WILD CREED team race bike.

Ready for action – Christian Textor’s BULLS WILD CREED

Who is Christian Textor?

Texi, as his friends call him, made his debut in the international enduro circuit in 2019, taking part as a pro rider in all races of the Enduro World Series. But first things first: after securing the German Enduro Championship title in 2016 and 2018 and the runner-up title in the German downhill championship, Texi decided to focus on enduro racing for the 2019 season. As a team- and test-rider at BULLS, he was actively involved in the development of his own enduro rig, the BULLS WILD CREED team. While he was still riding a prototype in the first few rounds of the EWS, in Whistler he rocked up with the brand new, final version of his BULLS. Texi is happily married and has a young son. As a family man he likes travelling with his loved ones, who followed him around the world to cheer him on at most EWS races. Successful: in 2019, Texi was able to defend his German Enduro Champion, making both his main sponsor BULLS and his home club MTB Siegerland very proud.

Christian Textor’s first EWS season – a quick overview

As far as results go, Texi’s EWS season only really started at the third race in Madeira, where he rode the BULLS WILD CREED team prototype for the first time, ranking 27th overall. At the previous races in Rotorua / New Zealand and Derby / Australia, Texi had to deal with some technical problems and only managed 44th and 42nd, respectively. After taking 31st place at the fourth EWS round in Val di Fassa, the fast German finished the race in Les Orres in the French Alps within striking distance of the top EWS champions, taking home a very gratifying 14th overall at the end of the second day – his best achievement yet. By placing 6th in stage 1 and 7th in stage 6, Texi proved his outstanding riding skills and put his name on the list of top international enduro racers. And once again, at the following EWS appointment in Whistler, Texi bared his teeth and showed the World what he’s made of, placing 14th in the overall ranking. In California he finished the race in 21st place. In the last EWS round of the 2019 season, the TRAILLOVE Alpine Mountainbike Festival in Zermatt, he only managed 27th. Texi ended his first EWS season with a respectable 21st place in the overall ranking.

When asked, which of the 2019 EWS races he’s most proud of, Texi hesitates at first, and then says: “All of them, really. Every EWS race was new to me, and apart from the Trophy of Nations in Finale Ligure, I didn’t know any of the tracks. Since my 14th place in Whilster was my best result, I guess it should be my personal highlight.”

Christian Textor’s BULLS WILD CREED team in detail

Texi played a major role in the development of the new BULLS WILD CREED and supported product developer Daniel Plath throughout the process. From an engineering point of view, the main question was: What does the rider want? Now, if you ask Texi, he was looking for a playful, confidence-inspiring and reliable bike – and he’s not a great fan of super-long bikes. The development team tried to fulfil all of his wishes, providing the frame with an integrated storage box for spares and tools, a bottle cage for a large bottle deeply integrated in the frame, a protection shield made of solid rubber on the down tube to protect the carbon frame and, of course, internal cable routing allover.

Standing at 183 cm, Texi rides a size L. The BULLS WILD CREED has a chainstay length of 435 mm and a reach of 470 mm. The head angle is 65.5° and the seat angle 75.5°.

Throughout the racing season, Texi only made minimal adjustments to his suspension set-up. He raced on a FOX 36 FLOAT GRIP2 fork with 80 psi (5.5 bar) and Float X2 shock with 145 psi. As far as tire pressures go, the TEAM BULLS racer was running 1.5 bar (22 psi) at the front and 1.75 bar (25 psi) at the rear in all races.

From spring 2020, the new BULLS WILD CREED will be available on the market in three sizes (M, L, XL) and in two different spec versions. The entry-level model should cost around € 3,000, while the top-end version should retail for around € 4,500.

Christan Textor’s enduro weapon: a size L BULLS WILD CREED team with 170/160 mm of travel and 29 ”wheels
Christian Textor | Born in 1990 | Nationality: German | Height 1.83 m | Weight 75 kg
A 170 mm FOX 36 FLOAT GRIP2 fork with 44 mm offset takes care of the front end. In Zermatt, Texi was running a pressure of 80 psi (5.5 bar). On his front wheel, Texi uses a 29 x 2.35 Schwalbe Magic Mary tire, set up as tubeless. The purple stripe on the tread and purple ADDIX badge tell us: It’s Schwalbe’s softest rubber compound, which in combination with the Super Gravity carcass makes for a great front tire for enduro bikes. In his front wheel, Texi runs a tire pressure of 1.5 bar (22 psi).
In Zermatt, Texi raced with a 160mm Factory FOX FLOAT X2 shock with 145 psi. Tune’s ultra-light seat clamp holds in place a 175 mm FOX Transfer dropper post.
The shock mount of the FLOAT X2 shock is deeply integrated into the top tube.
Both the frame and the swing arm of the BULLS WILD CREED team are made of carbon. Only the rocker arm is made of alloy.
As far as components go, Shimano provides the drivetrain of Texi’s BULLS. The German rider used 170 mm XTR cranks and a 32 DM chainring all season. Whilst the XTR narrow-wide chainring was designed to eliminate chain drop, Texi wants to play it safe and combines it with an additional E * thirteen chain guide. The chainsuck protection plate protects the chainstay from damage if the chain gets stuck between the chainring and the chainstay. The homemade, waved chainstay protector prevents the chain from bashing against the chainstay and cause damage.
Shimano’s 12-speed XTR M9100 rear derailleur shifts on a 10-45Z-XTR cassette. Texi rolls on a pair of DT Swiss SPLINE ONE alloy rims with 30 mm inner width. At the back, another Schwalbe 29 x 2.35 Magic Mary tire, this time in the ADDIX-Soft compound. In Zermatt, the rear tire was inflated at 1.75 bar (25 psi). To find out more about Schwalbe’s mountain bike tire-range, head over to our big tire group-test!
In Zermatt, Texi hit the trails with race plate n. 33 and finished in 27th position. His grips and saddle are from German manufacturer Ergon. He uses the slim GD1 grips, because they’re a better fit for riders with small hands. Instead of Ergon’s Enduro saddle, Texi uses their SMD2 model from the Gravity Downhill series, because it gives him more freedom of movement. If you take a closer look at his bar-ends, you can tell Texi is hiding a Sahmurai SWORD tubeless repair kit in his handlebars.
The cockpit is from FSA and includes a 780 mm Gradient alloy handlebar with 25 mm rise and a 45 mm stem. To stop the cables from rattling, Texi ties his brake and shift cables together using several blue zip ties.

Just in case – tools and spares on Texi’s BULLS WILD CREED team

The handy storage compartment for tools and a spare tube sits right above the bottom bracket – a low point of gravity was the main priority. Right above, the bottle cage.
For extra peace of mind, Texi always carries a Sahmurai SWORD tubeless repair kit with him.
In his tool pouch, the fast German carries a spare shift cable, mech hanger, chain lube, some tubeless milk… and a small bottle of “Skimmies” sunscreen, which he found in his starter package at the first EWS race of the season in New Zealand. By the way, Texi also stores some spare zip-ties in his bottom bracket.
A OneUp Components EDC Tool is installed in the head tube
Texi activates his 175 mm FOX Transfer Factory dropper with a Shimano remote lever, which, in his own words, is way better than the original remote, because the rubber pads provide way more traction and control – in his opinion, currently the best dropper remote lever on the market.
On the front wheel, a four-piston Shimano XTR brake with a 203 mm rotor provides optimal deceleration
On the rear wheel, Texi uses a small 180 mm rotor! When asked why he doesn’t use a standard 203 mm rotor, he says: “Because I can handle it. With big 200 mm rotors, brakes lack sensitivity and bite way too hard.
Texi hits the trails with Shimano SAINT PD-M820 clipless pedals. Head over to our pedal group test to find out why Shimano’s downhill pedals secured our coveted Best Buy Tip.
As the reigning German Enduro Champion, Texi races with the National Team jersey. He’s had a great season and is currently the only German among the top 100 EWS riders.
Texi on the BULLS WILD CREED team at the last race of the Enduro World Series in Zermatt

Finally, we asked Texi to tell us about his 2020 goals
His answer was short and very clear: focusing on the Enduro World series and trying to get top 10 results. And of course, he will try to defend his German Enduro champ title.

We wish Texi all the best for the 2020 season!

If you want to keep up to date with Texi’s achievements, you can follow him on Instagram.

Sage releases Powerline hardtail

Sage’s new Powerline is rowdy and endurance ready

Today Sage Titanium launched a bike that will have flow riders and cross-country endurance lovers drooling –  the Powerline. This new titanium hardtail mountain bike model is positioned between the Sage Optimator cross-country and Flow Motion all-mountain bike. 

Sage Powerline Highlights: 

  • Trail geometry for racing or all-day adventures
  • Geometry spec based on 130mm fork
  • Clearance for 29 x 2.5-inch tires
  • Crafted from 3/2.5 titanium
  • Dropper Post Ready with internal routing
  • 1x Specific with clearance for 34-tooth chainring
  • Boost chainstay spacing for a strong, nimble ride
  • Made in the USA 

The Powerline is aimed at riders who want a modern hardtail that can handle everything from endurance XC events to down-country shredding. The Powerline boasts versatility and a classic cool that sets it apart from the matte carbon box-shaped bikes of current popularity. 

The Powerline was conceived to be at home on a variety of terrain and conditions. Whether it’s tearing up your local flow trails, or racing XC or endurance events, the Powerline is ready for the challenge. Designed with input from Sage’s own pro racers input and ridden to victory in some of the most grueling endurance races in Oregon such as the High Cascades 100 and the 6-Hours of Mt. Hood. 

At the heart of the Powerline—like all Sage bicycles—is its Made in the USA titanium frame. Sage prides itself on crafting light and nimble frames that can carve through rock-strewn descents while being flat-out-fast when sprinting over the top of a climb. A 67.5° head tube angle gives the bicycle excellent stability, even at high speeds, without sacrificing pedaling efficiencies. The Powerline’s tire clearance for 29×2.5″ tires paired with fun-loving but not-too-slack modern geometry makes it the perfect candidate to be built with titanium as there’s no material better for an all-day ripper of a mountain bike. 

The Powerline’s titanium tubing has been hand-selected by Sage’s founder and chief designer to best compliment the Powerline’s progressive geometry and deliver a ride, unlike any other hardtail. An internally routed dropper post combined with Sage’s patented “CCS” Cable Clip System keeps the aesthetics of the Powerline super clean and shows the level of detail put into every Sage bike.

Sage’s CCS also keeps the Powerline compatible across all drive train styles for the life of your frame. Sage designed the Powerline to be ahead of the curve while being practical in the present so that today and for years to come, it can deliver on a level of performance that’s unrivaled and will never bridle your adventure or performance.

Prices and Availablity

  • Frame: $3100
  • Frameset with Fox 34 Factory Float Kashima $4200
  • Complete bike with full Shimano XT 12 speed: $7200

Available in sizes: S, M, L and XL

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Crush the cold weather with Competitive Cyclist

Photo credit: Steve Bedilion

Crush the cold weather with savings from Competitive Cyclist

For most of us, the winter season is a mix of trainer rides and snow-covered adventures through the forest. For others, its rebuilding and perfecting our machines in preparation for next season and the fun that awaits. No matter what your winter plans may be, we have deals that will help you make sure you waste no effort this snowy season. If you’re looking for parts to perfect your build or a smart trainer to perfect your base – we’ve got you covered.

CycleOps H3 Smart Trainer

Taking cues from the CycleOps Hammer Trainer, the new H3 can replicate real-world inertia and give riders real-time data feedback. This comes from the 20-pound flywheel built to handle 2000 watts and replicates a 20% climbing grade. All stats and output arrive via PowerTap power meter internals. The resistance is supplied via an electromagnetic resistance system for quick resistance changes while cruising in virtual training environments such as Zwift. The H3 also calculates cadence, speed, and power and is equipped with internal cooling (because all those watts can heat up.) The H3 even has “over-the-air” firmware updates, dual-band ANT+, and Bluetooth compatibility, making it easy to pair with many head units. The CycleOps H3 can fit an array of axel sizes both thru and quick release. Plus, clocking in at 59 decibels at 20 mph, the H3 is library-level quiet – nearly 5x more quite than the predecessor the H2. Meaning you can be in the pain cave and not wake up the baby.

Price: $1000

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WAHOO Indoor Training Starter Bundle


Whether you’re just getting started with indoor training, or you’re looking for a comprehensive setup that won’t break the bank, this bundle from Wahoo Fitness includes everything you need to stay fit on the bike during the cold winter months. The KICKR SNAP’s legendary flywheel generates resistance that mimics the feel of riding outdoors and can be paired with training apps like Zwift and TrainerRoad for an interactive training experience. The KICKR Floor Mat provides a stable surface that prevents the trainer from slipping around no matter how much sweat ends up on it, and is thick enough to help absorb noise so that other people in your house don’t hear every minute of your workout through the walls. The RPM Cadence sensor is the last piece of the puzzle, measuring your cadence data and transmitting it wirelessly for display during your workouts.

Price: $569.97

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ELITE Direto X Interactive Power Trainer


We’ve come to recognize indoor cycling as a necessary evil and if we plan to go into spring with some residual fitness after the colder months have subsided, we need something to keep us captivated and motivated. Smart, interactive trainers have helped out tremendously providing useful metrics and feedback while also interacting with virtual training apps to make riding in place a little more fun. Elite’s new Direto X is ideal for this type of targeted and effective indoor riding and brings a host of upgrades over its predecessor the Direto. These include a more powerful resistance motor, an upgraded power meter, support for longer cage derailleurs, and refined internals that help reduce noise levels. This means you’ll enjoy more accurate power measurement, increased power output, improved gradient simulation, and quieter operation as you ramp up your fitness in the off-season.


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Tubeless tires were supposed to mean the end of flats, but while flats are significantly reduced, they still remain a part of our life with tubeless setups. Stan’s DART Tool aims to make the inevitable tear or large puncture quick to fix by plugging even large tears and holes with its barbed tip that anchors into the tire and instantly reacts with latex sealant to form an instant, airtight seal. The barbed tip is designed to lock into place while riding and pairs up with flexible material that conforms to punctures and bonds with sealant, wearing off clean, so you don’t have to ride with scissors, or feel a bump in your tire with every rotation.


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PIONEER Touchscreen Cycle-Computer


While Pioneer’s large, glossy LCD Color SGX-CA900 Cycle-Computer is one of the best options available for tracking your metrics, Belkin team riders wanted something a little smaller for racing. Their request was answered by Pioneer’s developers, who created the new SGX-CA500 Touchscreen Cycle-Computer. And while it loses the color screen and some additional memory and features, it gains WiFi communication and a smaller footprint.
Pioneer developed the computer, like its big brother, to display all of your metrics in an easy-to-read and operate system. The unit seamlessly pairs with its power meter package, giving you instant feedback at your cockpit in terms of power output, pedaling efficiency, and many other essential metrics.

SALE 60% Off Price: $119.98 $299.99

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OAKLEY Aro5 Helmet


Occupying the middle ground in Oakley’s line-up between the airy-ventilated Aro3 and time trial favorite Aro7, the Aro5 Helmet provides a streamlined profile at real-world yaw angles and MIPS technology for the discerning cyclist. Ultimately, the Aro5 satisfies those cyclists seeking an aerodynamic advantage, but without sacrificing much in the way of ventilation or compromising on comfort across long distances.
When first designing the Aro5 Helmet, Oakley formed a baseline around MIPS technology, seeing it’s now ubiquitous with all premium cycling helmets on the market. This allowed Oakley to create a purpose-built helmet around this impact-dispersing technology, instead of dropping in a MIPS liner and calling it good.

SALE 40% Off Price: $149.97 – $199.99

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Santa Cruz Stigmata CC CX1 complete cyclocross bike is just as happy hopping barriers on Saturday and as it is doing multi-hour all-road adventures on Sunday. The beautiful carbon frame is built up with a simple 1x drivetrain with a wide gear range, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, and generous tire clearance. This Stigmata can toe the line at any CX race, grind some gravel, and trade out pulls on the Tuesday nighter with a simple tire swap.

SALE 20% Off $3,599.99 $4,499.00

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With the massive popularity of the previous generation Nomad, the engineers at Santa Cruz could have simply tweaked the geometry and slapped on a fancy new paint job and called it good. However, if you’re aware of this Northern California company, you’d realize they’re never content resting on the previous acclaim, preferring to blaze their own trail by purposely designing bikes from the ground up. Symbolizing Santa Cruz’s legacy as pioneers in the mountain bike world, the Nomad Carbon CC XO1 RCT Air Complete Mountain Bike is completely redesigned for 2018 with an aggressive stature and downhill-inspired chassis that pushes it further into gravity realms.

SALE 30% Off $5,039.30 $7,199.00

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Fox 32 Float SC Factory 27.5 2019

Suspension technology has come a long way in the short time that it has been around and it keeps getting better every year. The 2019 Fox 32 Float Step-Cast Factory Fork starts at 2.98 pounds, which makes this the lightest cross-country fork that Fox has ever made. It is optimized for 100mm of travel and has a Step-Cast lower leg design and a narrow crown spacing that saves weight. The Kashima coating of the Factory series makes the fork buttery smooth and incredibly durable. With FIT4, you can adjust your compression damping on the fly. It gives you an open, medium, and firm option so you can adapt to different trail conditions.

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Fox Float DPS Trunion Factory 2019

With a new and improved EVOL air sleeve, Fox’s 2019 DPS Factory Rear Shock offers increased responsiveness and sensitivity. The updated valve design delivers improved compression and rebounds flow, and the Factory series comes complete with a Genuine Kashima Coat. With this model, you also get an additional 3 clicks of low-speed compression to fine-tune the Open mode performance.

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Shimano XTR Trail Brake

To provide highly adjustable, high-powered braking performance with no compromise, Shimano designed the XTR Trail M9020 hydraulic disc brakes. The integration of Servo-Wave brake-boosting technology into an XTR M9020 Trail brake generates gobs of lightweight stopping power (125 percent of the previous XTR benchmark, to be exact) that can be precisely rolled on and off with single-finger effort-giving you a better grip on the bar and ultimately better control of your ride.

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Enve M735 32H DT240 Boost wheelset

Meet the future of gravity riding and racing, the M735. It is incredibly strong and debuts the most effective and lightest ant-flat system currently on the market (Enve’s patent-pending protective rim strip). the rim strip on the M735 offers unprecedented pinch flat resistance and provides you with the ability to run lower pressure to improve traction and rolling resistance. It also provides your precious rim a buffer between it and the trail in case you somehow end up flatting out. Ride without limits or restrictions and go all out as you were born to do. Your confidence in cornering and plowing through rock gardens will certainly get a boost.

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SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES Highball Carbon X01 Eagle


When Santa Cruz announced the revamping of the Highball we were eager to see what there was in store for the featherweight cross-country machine. The idea of lightening the already feathery bike gave us worries of fragile, noodly frames that bend under pressure, but we’re pleased to see the domination and power that comes from the Santa Cruz Highball Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike. It demonstrates composure in terrain that has most hardtails feeling twitchy and unreliable, thanks in part to its ultra-stiff carbon layup, and updated geometry. But don’t be alarmed, we won’t try to convince you that the Highball is an all-mountain slayer, it still retains its ultra-stiff cross-country prowess for podium-level domination, and blasting up climbs to earn KOM’s on the daily.

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Always a perennial favorite for all-around trail domination, Santa Cruz’s Tallboy Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike can happily toe the start line at a mid-week cross country race with its sporty 110/120mm travel, and once the weekend comes around, it’s happy to do some backwoods trail exploring over rugged terrain. Big wheels and short travel are certainly a recipe that’s been popular on bikes lately, and when paired with the Tallboy’s refined geometry, it really shines on the climbs, when pedaling along ridgelines and descending precipitous and aggressive terrain. We’d remiss to forgot mentioning the provided carbon frame, which is both stiff and durable while dropping some serious weight over aluminum ones. This frame features guards on vulnerable areas that offer peace of mind when you’re thrashing it on the trail, and SC is so confident in its quality that it’s backed by an impressive lifetime warranty. Internal cable and stealth dropper routing clean up the frame’s aesthetics while protecting the shift cable and RockShox Reverb dropper hose from dirt and debris. This version’s “S” kit comes with SRAM’s GX Eagle drivetrain, giving you a massive 500% gear range without having to deal with a clumsy front derailleur. Also from SRAM is it’s Level TL brakes pinching the 180mm rotors front and back to scrub speed with power and precision.

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YETI CYCLES SB 5.5 Turq Mountain Bike Frame – 2018


Yeti Cycle’s finger on the pulse of mountain biking is pressing down harder than ever and they have been in the game just about as long as anybody else. Trends come and go and designs advance to ultimately allow riders to push their limits and go faster on more difficult terrain. The 2018 SB5.5 Turq is the culmination of everything Yeti has learned in over 3 decades of building frames. The suspension design on the SB5.5 gives it the ability to happily pedal and climb with XC bikes but the geometry pushes its capabilities in gnarly terrain that Yeti’s Enduro team will occasionally call into action for EWS races. This 5.5 frame carries the Turq appointment, which is plenty burly enough to handle tail-gate shuttles and rugged trails, yet light and agile enough that you’ll forget how durable the frame is. The SB5.5 Turq construction contains the highest quality carbon fiber that Yeti uses allowing it to precisely layup the carbon.

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Scott Video Premier – A Dog’s Life – Episode One

A Dog’s Life – Episode One – Madeira

Episode One of the new series, “A Dog’s Life”

Following on from the huge success of DEATHGRIP, the new series explores the fun and stylish, zero-limits riding of Brendog and his crew. Jump on board and travel the world to some of the most unique and coolest riding locations the planet has to offer, from the French Alps to the South African wilderness.

In Episode 1, Brendan heads to Madeira, Portugal which is quickly becoming one of the world’s most sought-after MTB hotspots. Custom tracks, urban descents, and some backflips – “A Dog’s Life – Madeira.”

“Since DEATHGRIP, I’ve been frothing to get out filming again. Going to the wildest locations with the best bike riders on the planet to film the ultimate sections is a dream come true. I feel so lucky to be doing this with my life!”

Brendan Fairclough SCOTT DH Factory

“A Dog’s Life” the TV show!
Watch the full-length documentary from Madeira on EDGEsport, the home of Action Sports. For details on how to watch, head to @EDGEsportTV or

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Episode 2 – Châtel – Coming soon! Blistering speeds on ski slopes and down Vincent Tupin’s home trails – you won’t want to miss Episode 2 of “A Dog’s Life.”
Video: Aspect Media Photos: Antonio Abreu

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New YT JEFFSY Base for 2020 announced in 27.5″ and 29″ – Premium geometry at an affordable price

The current YT JEFFSY, even in the affordable COMP spec is still a dream bike for many riders. The all-new YT JEFFSY Base meets the needs of riders with around € 3,000 to spend, without dispensing the well-proven geometry features of the more expensive carbon models. Here you’ll find all the information you need, right from YT:

YT JEFFSY BASE | 160 mm o. 150 mm/150 mm (v/h) | 15,2 kg | 2.299 € | Hersteller-Link

More than just a paint job – Aluminum bike updated and ready to send it

After the carbon frame ‘redefined friendship’ last year – courtesy of an advanced geometry for a longer, slacker ride – the aluminum-framed JEFFSY Base will add more excitement to riding the trails for all aluminum fans out there this year. The updated geometry based on the carbon success is accompanied with a high-tech spec. The JEFFSY Base comes in the colors Twotone Blue and Black Magic, is available with a 27.5- or 29-inch wheel size and frame sizes vary from S to XXL. The choice of wheel and frame size is not necessarily defined by body size but by riding style and personal preference. The 29er is an aggressive and agile mountain bike that will let riders conquer the most technical terrain while also getting the better of any uphill section in their path. The 27.5-inch wheel size lets JEFFSY unleash its pure gravity genes despite being an all-mountain with great climbing characteristics.

“The new JEFFSY carbon bike has been very successful and has helped YT gain a good position in the all-mountain bike market. The new geometry has been well received, so it’s a no-brainer to bring the same performance to customers that prefer to ride aluminum bikes. They can expect the same fun but aggressive riding experience and trail characteristics. The performance of the JEFFSY has been well received, but so has the appearance. We wanted to move as much of the aesthetic from the carbon model to the alloy model as possible.” – Chris Hilton, CTO YT Industries

Geometry & Spec of the all-new JEFFSY Base

YT has injected the 2020 JEFFSY Base model with the same fun-loving DNA and geometry update introduced to the carbon frame in the past year. Courtesy of the new geometry and kinematics, the slacker head angle, longer reach and lower front give riders a comfortably aggressive position on the bike during technical descents and plenty of control, while the steep seat tube angle allows for great climbing characteristics. The geometry can also be adjusted thanks to the Flip Chip, which drops the BB by 8 mm and results in a 0.5°-slacker head and seat tube angle. This modern geometry paired with a great kit will deliver heaps of stoke on the most demanding trails the planet has to offer.

Geometry of the 29″ models

Sizes S M L XL XXL
Top tube 572 mm 593 mm 615 mm 638 mm 660 mm
Reach 430 mm 450 mm 470 mm 490 mm 510 mm
Stack 618 mm 622 mm 627 mm 636 mm 640 mm
Seat tube length 400 mm 415 mm 435 mm 460 mm 485 mm
Chainstay 435 mm 435 mm 435 mm 440 mm 440 mm
Head tube angle 66°/66.5° 66°/66.5° 66°/66.5° 66°/66.5° 66°/66.5°
Seat tube angle (eff) 77°/77.5° 77°/77.5° 77°/77.5° 77°/77.5° 77°/77.5°
BB Drop 32/24 mm 32/24 mm 32/24 mm 32/24 mm 32/24 mm
Wheelbase 1182 mm 1204 mm 1226 mm 1255 mm 1277 mm
Head tube length 100 mm 105 mm 110 mm 120 mm 125 mm
BB Height 344/352 mm 344/352 mm 344/352 mm 344/352 mm 344/352 mm
Standover Height 676 mm 684 mm 697 mm 711 mm 726 mm

Geometry of the 27,5″ models

Sizes S M L XL XXL
Top tube 567 mm 590 mm 613 mm 636 mm 660 mm
Reach 422 mm 442 mm 462 mm 482 mm 502 mm
Stack 598 mm 608 mm 617 mm 626 mm 635 mm
Seat tube length 395 mm 415 mm 435 mm 460 mm 485 mm
Chainstay 432 mm 432 mm 432 mm 437 mm 437 mm
Head tube angle 65.5°/66° 65.5°/66° 65.5°/66° 65.5°/66° 65.5°/66°
Seat tube angle (eff) 76.5°/77° 76.5°/77° 76.5°/77° 76.5°/77° 76.5°/77°
BB Drop 13/6 mm 13/6 mm 13/6 mm 13/6 mm 13/6 mm
Wheelbase 1167 mm 1191 mm 1215 mm 1244 mm 1268 mm
Head tube length 110 mm 120 mm 130 mm 140 mm 150 mm
BB Height 344/352 mm 344/352 mm 344/352 mm 344/352 mm 344/352 mm
Standover Height 676 mm 684 mm 697 mm 711 mm 726 mm

Fork RockShox Yari RC, 160 mm (27,5″)/150 mm (29″)
Rear shock RockShox Deluxe Select 150 mm
Drivetrain SRAM SX Eagle 1×12
Brakes SRAM Guide T
Wheels DT Swiss M 1900 SPLINE
Tires Maxxis Minion DHR II
Stem Race Face AEFFECT R 35
Handlebar Race Face AEFFECT R 35
Seatpost YT Postman
Price € 2,299

Both the 27.5- and 29-inch Base model are specced with a RockShox Yari RC with 160 mm / 150 mm of front travel respectively; that means 10 mm more front travel! The rear suspension is set up with the RockShox Deluxe Select shock. The JEFFSY Base comes with a 1×12 drivetrain by SRAM and a DT Swiss M1900 wheel and MAXXIS Minion DHR II tire combination. The Thirstmaster 4000, a 600 ml FIDLOCK bottle, fits in the frame snugly and will ensure you always stay hydrated. Additionally, maintenance and servicing have become easier, thanks to the ‘single sided hardware access’ enabling the suspension linkage and rear triangle hardware to be installed and removed from the same side. The ‘race-specific advanced sealing concept’ and ‘axial-lip-seal’ prolong the service life of the new aluminum JEFFSY, thanks to additional seals that protect the double-sealed full complement bearings and keep water and dirt at bay.

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