Leatt DBX 5.0 All Mountain Jacket – 2019 Mtbr Holiday Giveaway

This 24-hour contest will end at 11:59 pm December 9 and one lucky winner will be chosen to receive a DBX 5.0 All Mountain Jacket

Prize: DBX 5.0 All Mountain Jacket

Value: $199.99

Product Description:
The perfect all-weather jacket that leaves you with no excuses! Made from a superior waterproof and breathable 30.000/23.000 material with adjustable ventilation and a dirt/water/stain-resistant coating, it will take on any weather conditions you might face. A new patent-pending magnetic hood system keeps the hood fixed to your helmet or back, finally, no more flapping around! New four-way stretch shell material offers optimal comfort with a tailored fit, anti-slip shoulder patches ensure that your backpack will stay in place and brush guards on the forearms keep your jacket safe from snags. This high-performance jacket is ready for anything nature can throw at it. Ideal for riding or outdoor sports. So now it’s up to you!

 

FEATURES

  • Three-layer HydraDri, all-taped four-way stretch shell
  • 30.000mm/23.000g/m² waterproof/breathable shell
  • Dirt, water, and stain-resistant fabric coating
  • Water-resistant zippers and hidden reinforced stitching
  • Tailored fit for riding with or without body armor
  • Magnetic hood system (Patent Pending):
  • Keeps the hood at the back or
  • Fixes the hood on the helmet (helmet magnet included)
  • Three-point, fully adjustable hood with stiffened peak fits over full-face helmets
  • Reflective printing on the lower back
  • Brush Guard fabric protection on elbows.
  • Shoulder Brush Guard with anti-slip function for improved backpack grip
  • Vents on sides of the jacket

To enter simply add your name and email below on December 8 and the winner will be chosen the next day, on December 9.

More information about this product can be found here: HERE.

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Jenson USA – Foundation Dropper Post – 2019 Mtbr Holiday Giveaway

This 24-hour contest will end at 11:59 pm December 8 and one lucky winner will be chosen to receive the fabulous FOUNDATION DROPPER SEATPOST

Prize: Foundation Dropper Seatpost

Value: $139.99

Product Description:
The Foundation Dropper Seatpost provides amazing performance at a price that is easier on the wallet than dropper post from the big-name brands. It features internal routing which means it must be installed on a frame that has internal routing. The seatpost also comes with a handlebar remote that works with both 1x and 2x drivetrains, black housing, a cable, and two housing ferrules. No additional purchases are necessary, just install and ride!

 
FEATURES

  • 30.9mm and 31.6mm sizing fits most modern mountain bike frames
  • Frame must have internal routing capabilities seatpost cannot be installed externally
  • Solid black colorway easily matches any bike
  • Remote lever compatible with both 1x and 2x drivetrains fits all mountain handlebars
  • Sealed cartridge for consistent performance
  • Box includes: Remote lever, housing, cable, and 2 housing ferrules. No additional purchases necessary, just install and shred!


To enter simply add your name and email below on December 8 and the winner will be chosen the next day, on December 9.

More information about this product can be found here: HERE.

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Jenson USA – Butcher Grid Tires – 2019 Mtbr Holiday Giveaway

Prize is for a pair of these tires so value is $120

This 24-hour contest will end at 11:59 pm December 7 and one lucky winner will be chosen to receive a pair of the fabulous SPECIALIZED BUTCHER GRID TRAIL 29″ TIRES

Prize: Specialized Butcher Grid 29er pair

Value: $120

Product Description:
The Specialized Butcher Grid Trail 29″ Tire is receiving an entirely new tread pattern with wider shoulder knobs that provide better support load under hard cornering and center blocks that have been staggered and spaced better for a smoother transition when leaning the bike over. The tire is made with the Specialized Gripton compound that improves high-frequency damping, which means the tire will stick to the ground better on both small bumps and rough sections.

FEATURES

  • Gripton compound improves high-frequency damping
  • Grid Trail casing is stiffer which delivers better handling at lower pressures
  • Wider shoulder knobs provide better support load under hard cornering
  • The center blocks have been staggered and spaced better for a smoother transition when leaning the bike over
  • Increased pinch flat protection by 15% and puncture protection by 30%

To enter simply add your name and email below on December 7 and the winner will be chosen the next day, on December 8.

More information about this product can be found here: HERE.

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MET Elfo Youth Helmet in review

In the “The Lab” we present the latest products and put them through their paces for you. Some undergo long-term tests, while we check others out only briefly. This time we reveal how the MET Elfo Youth Helmet fared.

The human race has ticked off many exceptional achievements, putting a man on the moon, conquering the air, reaching the poles. However, they all seem simple when faced with the monumental task of getting a toddler to wear a cycling helmet. As a bike-mad dad, Trev is focussed on two things. Helping his 1-year-old discover a love for bikes and keeping him safe while he does so. Fitting a wide size range of heads from 46–53 cm, Trev’s son Brook has been in his MET Elfo since he was 8-months-old. With the highly adjustable cradle, there is still good growing room. The helmet borrows many features from the adult range such as in-mould construction, an integrated visor, anti-allergenic interior padding and insect mesh over the vents. However, what’s most impressive is the intelligent fit system that uses a ‘Safe-T E-twist’ dial to gently and comfortably secure the helmet onto the head without applying pressure to the fontanel.

Well designed
The MET Elfo is designed to have no contact with the fontanel, the soft part of your child’s growing skull.
Shaped for a purpose
The rear of the MET Elfo allows your kid to sit up straight in child seats.
Soft cradle
The cradle in the MET Elfo is soft and very easy to tighten, essential to minimise fuss.

There have been zero tantrums when fitting the helmet. It’s easy to put on and then carefully rotate the dial to cinch down the cradle and perfect the fit. The Elfo is specifically designed with toddlers in mind and has no contact points with the fontanel, the vulnerable soft portion of babies’ developing heads. The MET Elfo also has a shaped back section that allows your kid to sit up straight on child bike seats without their head being pushed forward. While it is true that crashing with a baby on board is not really an option, if the worst were to happen, a helmet is essential. It also encourages helmet use from a very young age. Ten exciting colour options are available, so you can find one that your kid loves. The helmet also has an integrated flashing rear light which is great for entertainment and as leverage to get your kids excited to put on their lid. Trev will be buying the larger MET Genio (for heads from 52–57 cm) as soon as Brook grows out of his Elfo.

The MET Elfo is a fantastic helmet for your wee shredder. MET have invested the same considerable research and thought into their kids range of helmets as their adult range. We particularly like the consideration of the fontanel protection. It gets a firm thumbs up from 1-year-old Brook.

Tops

  • cradle is soft and easy to adjust
  • shaped rear optimised for child seat use
  • no fontanel contact

Flops

  • nothing, it’s great

Tester Baby Brook
Duration 4 months
Price € 38
Weight: 230 g
More info met-helmets.com

Canfield Bikes Unveils 2020 Nimble 9


Canfield Bikes Unveils 2020 Nimble 9

Canfield Bikes, boutique mountain bike manufacturer, unveiled the 5th generation of its iconic steel hardtail, the Nimble 9For 2020, the Nimble 9 sees refreshed geometry across all sizes as well as all-new two-tone, pinstriped paint in five retro-inspired color combinations.

Handcrafted in small batches, the Nimble 9 is a steel all-mountain hardtail built to get rowdy and designed to accommodate 29-inch, 29-plus or 27.5-plus wheels with up to 2.8-inch tires. Combining the revered ride quality of 4130 Chromoly steel with vertically compliant, radial-bent chainstays and updated aggressive all-mountain geometry, the Nimble 9 challenges preconceptions of mountain bikes with both big wheels and rigid rear-ends. 



Canfield Bikes has been redefining the way 29ers ride since the revolutionary Yelli Screamy (the first production 29er with sub-17-inch chainstays) was introduced in 2011, and the latest N9 is no exception. A slack 66-degree head-angle keeps things confident when you venture where no hardtail should, and short chainstays (adjustable down to 16.4-inches via sliding dropouts) make sure the Nimble 9 lives up to its name.

“Whether you’re building it as a single-speed, a bikepacking rig or just a playful, all-mountain hardtail, this bike brings the party to the trail. – Lance Canfield

Combined with updated sizing that adds more than an inch of reach to each size from the previous generation, the N9 might just be the most fun and capable hardtail on the market. 



In addition, all sizes see a shorter seat tube to better fit today’s longer dropper posts and provide more maneuverability when you drop the saddle and let gravity take over. Chainstay yokes have also been redesigned for added stiffness and durability. 

“The Nimble 9 is such a fun, versatile bike,” said Lance Canfield, owner, and designer. “Whether you’re building it as a single-speed, a bikepacking rig or just a playful, all-mountain hardtail, this bike brings the party to the trail.”

Availability, sizing and pricing

TheNimble 9 is available in Mantis Green, Night Sky Blue, Mud Puddle Brown, Race Car Red, and RAD Pink in S, M, L and XL, 2020 Nimble 9 will retail for $799.99 and is available now on pre-order for only $599.99 at CanfieldBikes.com. The frame includes a headset and seat clamp. Frame and fork bundles are also available.

Canfield Bikes is offering limited-time pre-order pricing on the new Nimble 9 frames and frame and fork packages, as well as killer deals on all components including cranks, chainrings, and pedals.

For more info on Canfield Bikes check out: CanfieldBikes.com









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1UP USA Bike Rack – 2019 Mtbr Holiday Giveaway

This 24-hour contest will end at 11:59 pm December 5 and one lucky winner will be chosen to receive the coveted 1UP USA rack worth $479.

Prize: 1.25” Equip-D Single Rack

Value: $479

The 1UP USA EquipD is seen here on a Toyota 4Runner with a Specialized Enduro S-Works 29er

Product Description:

    • – Fits 1.25” and 2” receiver with included adapter
    • – Switch receiver size in 10 seconds with provide adapter
    • – Hitch bar lock included
    • – Rack weight 27 lb
    • – Cable provided to secure rack to vehicle
    • – Rapid tilt handle and folding mechanism at rear of rack for smaller footprint
    • – Accommodates up to 56” wheelbase
    • – Hitch bar has built-in anti-wobble mechanism
    • – Fits 16” – 29” wheels, up to 5.0” wide (included fat tire spacer kit required for tires wider than 4.5”)
    • – Increase bike capacity to 3 bikes max with additional Equip-D Add-Ons (sold separately)
    • – Total carrying capacity of up to 135 lb (50 lb in bike spots 1 & 2 and 35 lb in bike spot 3)
    • – Rack arms close to secure tires without touching frame
    • – Powder coat finish on trays, hard-coat anodized finish on hitch bar, and all other parts anodized
    • – Ships in reusable box for easy storage (31” X 15” X 11”)

Review:
A comprehensive review of this rack is available here: 1Up USA EquipD Review

To enter simply add your name and email below on December 5 and the winner will be chosen the next day, on December 6.

More information about this rack can be found here: HERE.

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Video: Becoming 2019 World Cup Champion – Kate Courtney

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Catapulted into cross-country stardom, one has to ask, “Is Kate Courtney for real?”  How can such a young American win in the world stage where no one has reached the stop spot in almost two decades before her?

Has the competition faded? Has the American high school combine hit its stride in producing world champions? Competition is definitely higher than ever now with at least five superstars than can win on any given weekend, including the incredible Jolanda Neff. And one only has to look at the Men’s field to see how difficult the world stage is for the US.

Kate Courtney is indeed the real deal and the most encouraging part, she’s still getting better. She’s the 2019 World Champion and the 2019 Cross Country World Cup overall winner.

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There has never been such a close competition for the UCI XC World Cup title before. All season we saw Kate Courtney go head-to-head with Swiss national champion, Jolanda Neff. Trading rounds and acclimating points for the overall, the final round of the World Cup season came to an intense finale in Snowshoe, USA.

Having lost her UCI World Champion title to Pauline Ferrand-Prevot in Monte Sainte earlier in the season, Kate Courtney laid everything on the line to make up the few points that separated her and Neff.

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Review: LEM MotivAir Helmet

LEM “inside out” model

The LEM design hinges on two elements; the LEM “inside out” model, taking the structural core inside and taking it to the outer part of the helmet.

The MotivAir is a cycling helmet that works well for road, gravel, and even cross-country mountain biking. The design hinges on two elements; the LEM “inside out” model, taking the structural core inside, and taking it to the outer part of the helmet. The other, low-density EPS foam on the inside. Combing these features allow LEM to craft a very lightweight, super ventilated, fashionable helmet. The  MotivAir uses a carbon ‘Exo Shell’ and features 23 vents. We covered the launch this summer and there was some serious buzz. We’re happy to get our hands on to get a MotivAir and put it through the paces. 

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LEM MotivAir Highlights

  • Fantastic in hot weather on the trails or road
  • Many colorways are available
  • Comfortable, secure fit without hot spots
  • Well ventilated with 23 vents 
  • Sizes: Small (53-56) Medium (56-59) Large (59-62)
  • Weight: 220g 
  • Competitively priced with others in the class at $225.00
  • Available now 
The featherweight MotivAir

The featherweight MotivAir feels very free and comfortable, something that is overlooked with the more significant push for more aero designs.


LEM and inside out design

At a glance, the LEM MotivAir looks similar to many other high-end helmets. Look harder; you’ll notice small design features that separate it from the pack. Beyond the shape and the many vents, you notice the carbon on the outer of the shell. The exposed carbon is not an aesthetic feature, though it does look very cool. This shell is what LEM calls its “Inside out” design.

LEM MotivAir Close up

A closeup view of the carbon EXO shell of the LEM MotivAir


Taking the inside structural idea and putting it on the out. LEM is eager to share the benefits “By integrating a thin, rigid, full-carbon exterior shell, and we’re able to improve the overall benefits of the high-performance helmet” – Keith Cozzens, Global Brand Marketing Director at LEM. This “Exo Carbon” shell provides the helmet’s structure. According to LEM, it also allows the brand to use low-density EPS foam instead of the more popular high-density alternative. The LEM MotivAir does comply with U.S. CPSC Safety Standards in the U.S. and EN 1078 CE in Europe.

polycarbonate gives an appealing aesthetic with clean lines. 

The satin of the Exo Carbon in the juxtaposition of the high polish of polycarbonate gives an appealing aesthetic with clean lines.


The Feel: Lightweight and ventilated

One of the features of LEMs “inside out” design is that it can create more vents and a lighter weight helmet overall. The MotivAir boasts 23 vents and weighs in at a scant 220g on our scales. The featherweight MotivAir feels very free and comfortable, something that is overlooked with the aggressive push for more aero designs. The ventilation is notable as well, and the 23 vents are scattered over the surface of the helmet delivering reprieve on hot summer days. I enjoy the overall design as well; the futuristic Tron style helmets have their place (mainly the track), but if you’re for something that looks cool too, the MotivAir is it. The satin of the Exo Carbon in the juxtaposition of the high polish of polycarbonate gives an appealing aesthetic with clean lines. 

LEM FS3 fit system

LEM FS3 fit system brings a secure, easy, on-the-fly customizable fit with the micro-adjust dial


The LEM FS3 dial is straightforward to adjust on the fly and with gloves on and the same with the cradle. I had zero issues with fit or with hot spots with over-tightening. The cradle adjusts easily to fit all matter of head sizes and works will with caps and winter headwear. Because of the ventilated nature of the MotivAir I found myself looking for a liner earlier in the fall season than customary. 

Reflective elements MotivAir

Reflective elements are incorporated throughout the MotivAir design.


The Ride

Free and breezy are the two words that come to mind when thinking about the ride feel of the LEM MotivAir. Coming from an aero style helmet, the MotivAir was a breath of fresh air. The feeling of the calm wind on a hot day in the woods or when the sun is beating down on you on exposed gravel roads. The MotivAir is cool and comfortable, almost like riding without a helmet. The vents are scattered in a way that the rider gets a breeze from all directions, something that is fantastic when riding in dense single track.  The helmet is not without aerodynamic shape though, the MotivAir is very compact to the head with a slight ovalization to help with the airflow. My favorite aspect of the MotivAir has to be the multiple discipline nature of the helmet. I found my self racing cyclocross, then the next day going on a mountain ride and then hitting the road the next week all in the same helmet. 

Its all about the details and LEMs Italian design pedigree is easily noted.


Verdict

The LEM MotivAir is a competitively priced, super lightweight helmet that offers a fresh idea on construction. Though it is not available in MIPS, or other proprietary anti-concussion technologies, I do feel that the protection of the carbon shell is sound. I didn’t have any major crashes in the MotivAir, but I feel safe and content with its level of protection. For riders looking for a do-it-all helmet that doesn’t look like something from the set of Spaceballs – this is your helmet. A must check out for cross country mountain bikers that overheat in the woods and like the feel of the air on their head descending. 

You can check out more on the LEM and the MotivAir here








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From the forums: Seat tube angles are too steep, chainstays are too short

Has mountain bike geometry gone too far?

Has mountain bike geometry gone too far?

There’s no denying that the pace of change in mountain bike design has increased rapidly in recent years. Geometry numbers that were considered cutting edge two seasons ago are now viewed as conservative or outdated by some riders and certainly by mountain bike media. (Yes, we’re as guilty as anyone when it comes to jumping on the “next big thing.”)

Some riders in our forums are fed up with the current trend toward slacker head tube angles and steeper seat tube angles. Some long for the days of more compact bikes that are more agile at low-speeds and on tight, technical trails. Others are pushing back and contend that mountain bike geometry is better than it has even been.

It’s a hot topic, and from the discussions, it’s very clear there’s no consensus when it comes to the low, long, slack trend.

Do you long for the "good old days" of mountain bike geometry?

Do you long for the “good old days” of mountain bike geometry?

What do you think? Do you long for frame angles from days gone by, or do you embrace the bike brands pushing geometry forward? (Or back, it really just depends on which angle we’re talking about.)

Click here to join the conversation. 

 

 

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