Best energy bars

The best energy bars for cycling deliver a tasty mix of flavor, nutrition, and ride-sustaining fuel.

Energy bars have come a long way from the days of nearly inedible chalk-like bricks that graced our CamelBaks in the 1990s. Now there are options for almost every diet, taste, and macro nutrition goal. With so many options things can get confusing. What should you eat? When should you eat it? Maybe that seed bar isn’t the bar for you? But with enough options you should be able to find the perfect bar for your lifestyle and palate. To help you navigate the world of on-the-go energy snacks, Mtbr has put together this curated list of the best energy bars.

Classic Classics

This list of the best energy bars starts with the classics. These manufacturers have stood the test of time, and you can find them in most grocery stores, bike shops, and even some gas stations/convenience stores. Quality ingredients and years of trial and error have made these bars a sure way to satisfy your nutrition needs on the trail or road.

Clif Bar Coconut Almond Butter

Best Energy Bars

An update to the classic Clif Bar, it combines coconut and almond butter for a tasty treat that will fuel you for many miles. At 230 calories per bar, this bar is more calorically dense than Clif’s more traditional , and the taste is like a gourmet almond butter sandwich with a coconut finish.

Price: $1.80 per bar
More Info: www.clifbar.com
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Hammer Nutrition Raw Energy Bar

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The Hammer Bar is a standby for many bike racers. It’s made from raw ingredients and is typically very easy on the belly. Hammer maintains that its energy bars contain no added refined sugars. At 190 calories per bar, this energy bar provides nutrient-dense complex carbohydrates, complete vegetable proteins, and healthy fats. And Hammer Bars are soft and easy to consume while on the bike. You can even share them with your diet-restricted friend, as they are certified vegan, kosher, and gluten free.

Price: $2.50
More Info: www.hammernutrition.com
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PROBAR Original Trail Mix

Best Energy Bars

The first real meal bar I ever ate was a PROBAR. It continues to be lunchtime staple to this day. The Trail Mix version is a condensed serving of classic trail mix combined with enough simple ingredients to keep the cleanest eating riders happy. Its 360 calories packs 6 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein, and includes 15 percent of your daily iron. It’s also has 7 percent of muscle cramp busting potassium. An authentic meal in a bar, this energy bar will fuel you for miles and miles.

Price: $3
More Info: shop.theprobar.com
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Savory and Sublime

For those who like their best energy bars on the savory side, options abound. There are lots of alternatives to the sweet candy flavor found in most energy bars. These bars also allow you to mix things up while training.

Kind Roasted Jalapeño

Best Energy Bars

Kind is known for their fruit sweetened, nutty bars. But this option trends toward bold and savory while still delivering all the protein, carbs, and good fat you’re looking for — plus a kick of spice and heat. At 190 calories and comprised mostly of nuts and spices, you can achieve the macros you’re striving for without lacking the flavor. If you’re like me, you’ll love them equally on the bike or sitting at your desk.

Price: $2
More: www.kindsnacks.com
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Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bar

Best Energy Bars

Made from a blend of candied ginger with red pepper flakes and soy sauce, the savory miso-flavored Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bar sounds like a meal at a classy restaurant. Skratch adds golden berries, sesame seeds, and almond butter to keep nutrition high and taste delicious. The first bite starts with the savory taste of miso and ginger followed by a hint of spicy red pepper flavor. At 210 calories with 27 grams of carbs, this is an excellent option for long training rides.

Price: $2.65
More Info: www.skratchlabs.com
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Mediterra Black Olives & Walnuts

Best Energy Bars

For those looking to travel deep into the world of savory bars, Mediterra has some great options. Their Black Olives & Walnuts bar is a delicious mix of light sweetness and salt. The olive taste is subtle, but tastes rich with the drizzle of extra virgin goodness, green pepper, pea crisps, and chives. At 170 calories, with 17 grams of carbs and 10 grams of fat, the Mediterra is a well-rounded option for hard training rides. In my experience, if you bring one on a group ride, you may as well pack extras, as fellow cyclists love to try this unique take on energy bars.

Price: $2.25
More Info: mediterranutrition.com
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All Things Vegan

For riders who steer clear of all things dairy, there are many great energy bars available that are vegan friendly. These energy bars also typically contain unprocessed, wholesome ingredients that any athlete will love.

Larabar Strawberry Spinach Cashew

Best Energy Bars

The new Larabar Fruit + Greens line is just that, whole fruit and greens delivered in energy bar form. In true Larabar fashion, the ingredients list is short and easy to pronounce: spinach, strawberries, cashews, apricot, unsweetened apples. The bar’s taste is bright and fruity with spinach undertones. Each bar contains 1/4 cup of the nutrient-rich greens and is very easy to chew and swallow. At 140 calories the Larabar Strawberry Spinach Cashew is a lite bar but packs big flavor and satisfaction.

Price: $1.90
More Info: www.larabar.com
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PROBAR Mixed Berry

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An organic, delicious and sweet tasting energy bar that is low sugar and gentle on the gut, the PROBAR Mixed Berry is made of (you guessed it) mixed berries, plus cashews. The result is a not-too-sweet and satisfying energy bar. It honestly tastes more like eating dried fruit than anything. At 140 calories per, the PROBAR Mixed Berry bar is light, but still great for getting moving and feeling full. And it has 21 grams of carbs to keep you pedaling strong, making it perfect for mixing things up on the trail.

Price: $2
More Info: shop.theprobar.com
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Health Warrior Dark Chocolate Chia Bar

Best Energy Bars

Chia seeds are a hot ingredient in the energy bar world because of their omega fatty acid content, carbs, and the full feeling the deliver when consumed. Health Warrior uses chia seeds and cashew butter for the base in almost all its energy bars, and the result is a nutritionally dense, tasty snack. This energy bar tastes more like a candy bar because of the dried fruit and chocolate. The 100 calories are perfect for a short training, and with only 3 grams of sugar, it will keep your blood sugar in check.

Price: $1.70
More Info: www.healthwarrior.com
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Paleo Power

For those on the paleo diet there are many delicious energy bar options available. For the unfamiliar, paleo eaters consume only foods that humans ate when they first roamed the planet millions of years ago. The faddish paleo diet is reasonably healthy, but it can make finding energy bars (and other on-the-go-food) hard to find. But fear not. Mtbr’s best energy bars list has you covered with the most nutritious and delicious paleo friendly options around.

Thunderbird Chocolate Mint Walnut

Best Energy Bars

Similar in taste to a paleo brownie, this bar would be recognized as a superfood by both Mayan and Incan cultures for its incorporation of traditional South American ingredients. Thunderbird combines superfoods like hemp, peppermint, and chia for a full feeling that will also fuel the body during competition. The taste is sweet with a mint chocolate finish that will fill your head with thoughts of peppermint patties and wholesome goodness. At 200 calories, Thunderbird Bars are a great long ride companion.

Price: $2.80
More Info: www.thunderbirdbar.com
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Simple Squares Organic Coffee Bean Protein Bar

Best Energy Bars

Just like its name implies, Simple Squares keeps the ingredients list short and simple, but the nutritional density up. Made with cashews, organic coffee, a pinch of sea salt, and herbs, these bars are genuinely paleo. At 230 calories, Simple Square bars are a sweet treat at a rest stop or for long haul fuel for interval sessions. They contain zero wheat, gluten, dairy, soy, corn, or refined sugars, and pack 6 grams of nut protein and 3 grams of fiber per bar.

Price: $2
More Info: www.simplesquares.com
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RX Bar Coconut Chocolate

Best Energy Bars

RX Bar is growing in popularity and it’s easy to see why. These bars taste more like a chewy brownie than something that is healthy. Don’t let the taste fool you, though. Egg whites, dates, and nuts are combined with delicious flavors to create a nutritiously addicting energy bar. The taste is a balance between coconut and unsweetened chocolate with a chewy texture that will please the kid in you. RX Bars pack 12 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and no sugar in a 210-calorie package.

Price: $2.25
More Info: www.rxbar.com
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Giant and Jeff Lenosky part ways

Giant and Jeff Lenosky part ways

You name it and Jeff Lenosky has probably jumped over or onto it.

After 17 years, famed trials rider Jeff Lenosky and Giant Bicycles are parting ways. To commemorate the long running partnership, Lenosky put together this great video compilation.

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“For the past 17 years I’ve ridden for Giant Bicycles and it was a brand I always figured I’d end my career with,” said Lenosky. “Sometimes things don’t turn out as we planned and in 2019 we’ll be parting ways. We had one of the longest relationships in the industry so it would be impossible to not have some great memories.”

Giant and Jeff Lenosky part ways

Jeff Lenosky remains one of the sport’s most loved riders for his amicable and approachable nature.

In recent years, Lenosky spent much of his time making his well-received Trail Boss videos such as this cut from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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No word yet on what’s next for Jeff Lenosky, but you can bet it will involve some impressive riding.

Giant and Jeff Lenosky part ways

Giant and Jeff Lenosky part ways

Giant and Jeff Lenosky part ways

Giant and Jeff Lenosky part ways

Giant and Jeff Lenosky part ways

Giant and Jeff Lenosky part ways

Giant and Jeff Lenosky part ways

Giant and Jeff Lenosky part ways

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Interbike tradeshow cancelled

Interbike tradeshow cancelled

Pivot Cycles was one of the few larger bike brands that had continued to exhibit at the Interbike tradeshow.

Interbike owner, Emerald Expositions, has announced that the Interbike tradeshow will not take place in September 2019 in Reno as previously scheduled. Instead, the company will research alternative plans for 2020 and beyond, including the opportunity to launch events featuring bicycling and bike-related components within or alongside its various successful, multi-sport trade show franchises.

The departure of major brands like Santa Cruz, Trek and Specialized, Giant in the past decade has been a key sign of Interbike’s decline.

“The past four years have been difficult for the U.S. bicycle market,” said Darrell Denny, Executive Vice President of Emerald Expositions’ Sports Group. “The substantial increase in tariffs on bike related imports during 2018, and announced for 2019, is compounding these challenges. As a result, we are rethinking how to best serve the cycling industry and will conduct a review of the possible timing, locations and formats with dealers, brands, distributors, reps, designers and media over the coming months. Our goal is to develop and deliver thoughtful solutions which provide strong returns on investment for all industry participants.”

Jay Hoots and Ryan Leech get some riding in the hot, rocky hills of Bootleg Canyon near Las Vegas at Interbike 2010

As a result of this decision, Justin Gottlieb, Show Director, Andria Klinger, Sales Director, Andy Buckner, Art Director and Jack Morrissey, Marketing Manager, will be leaving the company, effective December 31, 2018.

“Justin, Andria, Andy and Jack have dedicated themselves to the cycling space and worked long and hard,” Denny said. “We will miss them greatly and wish them the best on their future endeavors.”

With the business of signing new dealers in decline, Interbike still proved to be a great social gathering between industry friends and colleagues. Chris Holmes from Marin Bikes shares the local goods.

Established in 1982, Interbike had been the leading bicycle trade event in North America, bringing together manufacturers, retailers, industry advocates, distributors and media to conduct the business of cycling. And there seemed to be some renewed momentum for the show when it moved from Las Vegas to Reno last year. But clearly that didn’t last.

Interbike and its events had in the past provided a platform for face-to-face business interaction, product line previews and media launches, sales lead generation, trend setting, networking and retail education. Interbike is owned by Emerald Expositions, an operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States. Emerald currently operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other face-to-face events.

The Outdoor Demo in the new venue, Northstar near Reno, showed signs of life this year.

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OUT NOW! ENDURO Issue #036 – NO FUN AT ALL!

We tested a bunch of bikes one week in the Toskana, went on traces of the Berbers in Marokko and talked hours and hours about nerdy mountain bike tech. So no, we haven’t had got fun at all while creating this issue. This is highly represented by all articles in the latest ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine Issue #036.

  The best trail bike – 13 bikes in test  
  Duel: Shimano XTR vs. SRAM X01 Eagle  
  13 rain jackets tested in Scotland  
  Insider: Nicolai and POC factory visit  
  Nerd-Talk: everything about anti-squat & co.  

If you’ve already got the App, you’ll be able to download the new issue directly. If not, now’s your chance to grab our free App for iOS or Android.


All bikes in this issue

Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 LTD | Evil Offering | Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 | IBIS Ripmo | Pivot Mach 5.5 Pro XT | Propain Hugene Highend | Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt BC Edition | Santa Cruz Bronson CC X01 | Scott Genius 900 Ultimate | Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper 29 | Transition Sentinel X01 | Trek Remedy 9.9 | YT Jeffsy 29 CF PRO RACE | Juliana Strega | Canyon Torque CF 9.0


Here’s a preview on some of the highlights from this issue

From a quick after-work ride to a transalp expedition or a day in the bike park: modern trail bikes can do it all. They’re brilliant all-rounders and, if you like, they are “true” mountain bikes. We tested 13 of next season’s most exciting models for you, but in the end, only one could come out on top!


Did someone say Christmas? With all the TV adverts and terrible music in the stores, it’s hard to ignore the impending pressure of the annual Christmas gift hunt. To help you become a gift hero and not a gift zero, follow our ultimate Christmas guide to choose the perfect present for your cycling better half, kids, or even just yourself.


“In the Blue Corner, with 12 speeds and weighing in at 1515 g, we have the Hammer from Japan, Shimano’s XTR M9100.” “In the Red Corner, also with 12 speeds and weighing in at 1510 g we have the Californian Hitman, SRAM’s X01 Eagle…Boxers ready? Fight!”


Winter sucks, fact! To best enjoy the wet season, you have to keep it outside of your jacket. We test 13 of the best waterproof jackets to see which ones can keep you dry.


Have you ever wondered what voodoo is being worked by the linkages at the rear of your bike. Do you know why a single pivot bike rides differently to a Four bar Design, or why a VPP link climbs so well? Do you know why your suspension stiffens up under braking or why your bike bobs up and down while you pedal! It’s time to strap in and engage your inner nerd as we delve deep into the inner workings of the darker arts of rear suspension.


For the past 5 years our readers’ survey has provided valuable feedback on our work and helped us understand how you, our readers, approach your daily mountain-biking life and what products and materials you trust. And once again, this year about 30,000 readers took part in our survey. It’s now time to take a closer look at the most exciting developments and to draw our conclusions.


With most bikes in these globalised times being produced in the Far East, it took some searching before we arrived at a farmyard in the middle of nowhere to observe some genuine artisanal bike production in action. Take a look behind the scenes of NICOLAI.


Awakening to the morning prayer call reverberating around the mountains, I wobble to the window where the world is beginning to stir. I’m in Morocco, and my preconceptions are about to be shattered.

As of right now, you can read all the exciting articles in our interactive tablet or smartphone app, and they’ll make their way onto the website over the next few weeks. Enjoy reading!

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Chris Akrigg – from here to there – Video

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Hi. I’m Chris Akrigg and this is my story so far. I’ve been riding bikes since I was five years old and I’m still going strong. I started out as a trials rider but after ten years of that I turned my attention to making fun little videos on an array of different bikes and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. Grab yourself a brew, beer or whatever you fancy. Hope you enjoy…

Directed by Chris Akrigg and Victor Lucas
Filmed and edited by Victor Lucas
Music by James Welsh

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Renthal Fatbar Lite Zero Rise & Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise

Renthal Fatbar Lite Zero Rise & Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise

The Renthal Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise is made from High grade 7-series aluminum and has a claimed weight of 270g.

In response to demand from both XC and trail riders for a zero rise handlebar, Rental has unveiled the Renthal Fatbar Lite Zero Rise and Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise. Width is 780mm and can be cut down as needed. The new bars also feature 9-degree sweep and the location of the bend from the center puts the riders hands in the same angular location from the stem as with Renthal’s other handlebars. They also aimed to match the ride characteristics of the Fatbar Lite and Fatbar Lite Carbon, to give the same ride quality.

Renthal Fatbar Lite Zero Rise & Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise

The Renthal Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise is made from UD carbon construction and has a claimed weight of 190g.

Renthal Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise
  • UD carbon construction
  • Claimed weight of 190g
  • Same flex characteristics, strength and durability as the Fatbar Lite Carbon
  • 9-degree sweep and bend position aligned to give the same angular location of the grip section as found on other Renthal handlebars
  • 31.8mm clamp diameter
  • Price: $165
Renthal Fatbar Lite Zero Rise & Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise

Price is $165.

Rental Fatbar Lite Zero Rise
  • High grade 7-series aluminum construction
  • Claimed weight of 270g
  • Same flex characteristics, strength and durability as the Fatbar Lite
  • 9-degree sweep and bend position aligned to give the same angular location of the grip section as found on other Renthal handlebars
  • Hard anodized finish
  • Renthal AluGold or Black finish available
  • 31.8mm clamp diameter
  • Price: $85
Renthal Fatbar Lite Zero Rise & Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise

Price is $85.

Learn more at cycling.renthal.com.

Renthal Fatbar Lite Zero Rise & Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise
Renthal Fatbar Lite Zero Rise & Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise
Renthal Fatbar Lite Zero Rise & Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise
Renthal Fatbar Lite Zero Rise & Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise

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$250 Zoic Clothing package – Mtbr Holiday Giveaway

Zoic has been around many, many years and it is a trusted brand that has served its customers well. And have you seen their latest offerings? We have to admit, our old Zoic clothing is still in use but the new stuff is really worth a look.

They’ve innovated with and answered the challenge of Kitsbow, Club Ride, RaceFace and others and created some great offerings that look and feel good.

And one of the cool trends they’ve followed is to offer clothing that you can use in everyday life beyond biking. Whether it’s post-ride or lunch ride hangouts calling, you don’t have to rush and ‘get out’ of your bike clothes. These clothes are comfortable enough to wear on and off the bike.

Zoic innovates with the same style shorts in three different lengths to give the rider the choice.

And finally, value is something they haven’t lost sight of. $200 shorts are a thing now but not for Zoic. They still believe in delivering great value to the mountain biker. It’s quality stuff for a good price.

Gear up to ride in comfort and style! Win a gift certificate worth $250 to spend towards any assortment of clothing you choose at ZOIC.com, from shorts and liners to jerseys and gloves. ZOIC is the original mountain bike lifestyle brand.

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 Zoic can be found here: HERE.

Click here for rules and regulations.

Good quality riding flannel is feels and looks great.

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Santa Cruz V10

The new Santa Cruz V10 in 29er

29er downhill bike… who would have thunk it? The theory and the science have proven that 29er wheels roll faster. We’ve seen cross-country, trail and enduro bikes at the highest level migrate to 29er wheels because of this speed advantage. But what about downhill? Because of the application and bike geometry, the beating is much for severe and the wheelbases get very long. The gating items were tires, wheels and suspension components. And riders had to get used to maneuvering these fast but less agile missles. They’re more like thoroughbreds than quarter horses that can turn on a dime.

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In 2017, Vergier, Shaw and Minaar qualified near the top of the Lourdes, France World Cup downhill and the anticipation for these production bikes has reached a fever pitch since then.

Santa Cruz set about designing entirely new V10—longer reach, better shock rate, and better frame and cable protection. All three frame sizes (and Reserve carbon DH wheels) were designed and manufactured in time for a week of testing before the Ft. William World Cup in 2018. Greg crashed in those sessions, breaking his arm, and effectively ending his season. A few days later, Luca qualified first and Loris third on the new bike. Loris put down a scorcher in the finals that only fellow Frenchman Amaury Pierron could top, but Luca flatted high on the course and had to cruise down.

This left little doubt about the viability of these 29er DH bikes at the highest level. Testing continued throughout the 2018 season, usually in the form of link sets designed to tweak the shock rate or make minor alterations in geometry. The result is perhaps the most refined suspension performance available outside of a World Cup pit.

Pairing 29-inch wheels with 215mm of travel makes a juggernaut of a race bike, but racing isn’t for everybody or every trail. Depending on the type of trails or riding style you’re into, breaking out the biggest artillery might not be ideal. Rider height also looms large when deciding which wheel size is optimal and a lot of people may opt for smaller wheels. So Santa Cruz made a 27.5 version too.

The 27.5 bike comes in Small, Medium, and Large, while the 29 comes in Medium, Large, and XL. It comes as a frame only at $3699, an S build at $5999 and an XO1 build at $8199. Carbon wheels are extra starting at $1599.

Spec

Geometry

Pricing

Frame Only – $3,699
S Build – $5,999
01 Build – $8,199

To learn more about the Ride Concepts line, head over to https://www.santacruzbicycles.com/en-US/v10.































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