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Four Things We Love About the 2022 BMC Roadmachine FOUR

Four Things We Love About the 2022 BMC Roadmachine FOUR

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Jul 05, 2021

We called the BMC Roadmachine road bike the performance road bike for the masses, and that stands today. It's appeal comes as an endurance road bike with sleek, data-driven lines influenced by aerodynamics that were the complete opposite of the rest of the endurance bike market. New for 2022 is the...
The Pinarello Dogma F Insider's Guide: No Longer Playing By the Numbers

The Pinarello Dogma F Insider's Guide: No Longer Playing By the Numbers

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Jun 24, 2021

Pinarello didn’t really need to change the Dogma lineup at all. After all, the Dogma F12 is one of our favorite bikes in the world, as it was in many ways our benchmark in handling, ride quality and all-day performance. But of course, Pinarello had to one-up themselves, and thus...
Your Inside Guide to the 2022 SCOTT Spark, Spark RC, and Contessa Spark

Your Inside Guide to the 2022 SCOTT Spark, Spark RC, and Contessa Spark

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Jun 16, 2021

The all-new 2022 SCOTT Spark is a complete redesign of the winningest XC race bikes ever, with new features and geometry to keep the Spark on top. We are just as excited as you are for this new release, and so we’re breaking down the key features and updates to...
2022 Juliana Roubion First Look: Ready for Trail Rumpus

2022 Juliana Roubion First Look: Ready for Trail Rumpus

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Jun 08, 2021

Finding the right mountain bike is rarely easy. What type of suspension you need, the right build kit, the right handling attributes, the right paint scheme; everything ought to be considered, on top of price too. The newly-overhauled 2022 Juliana Roubion might not be the right bike for everyone, but...
2022 Santa Cruz Bronson First Look: Mixed-Wheel Sizes for the Masses?

2022 Santa Cruz Bronson First Look: Mixed-Wheel Sizes for the Masses?

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Jun 08, 2021

The release of the 2022 Santa Cruz Bronson marks the fourth generation of a bike that’s been a mainstay in the 27.5” wheel world, and the de facto choice for long travel 27.5” bikes. As any other Santa Cruz, the latest Bronson sees a number of refinements and changes, brings...
Introducing the New Shimano S-Phyre RC902 Road Shoes

Introducing the New Shimano S-Phyre RC902 Road Shoes

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Shimano has a reputation for putting out reliable equipment, be in apparel or bicycle components alike. They may not always be on the cutting edge, but they'll always be well-considered. This extends to Shimano's top shoe, the S-Phyre. New for this fall is the Shimano S-Phyre RC902 road shoe, a...
Contender's Fall Road Cycling Apparel Buyer's Guide

Contender's Fall Road Cycling Apparel Buyer's Guide

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

There isn't much that beats riding through a canopy of fall season foliage on your road or gravel bike. More color in the trees also means that temperatures are dropping, and dropping temperatures means what you wear is essential. We're here to help. Below is our Fall Road Apparel Buyer's...
Contender's Fall MTB Cycling Apparel Buyer's Guide

Contender's Fall MTB Cycling Apparel Buyer's Guide

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Between the cooler temperatures and colorful foliage of fall, there isn't a better riding season in our eyes. Having the right apparel to stay both warm and cool while riding is critical to enjoying the season, however, and we're here to help. Below is our Fall MTB Apparel Buyer's Guide...
The 2021 SCOTT MTB Buyer's Guide Part 1 - Spark, Spark RC, & Scale

The 2021 SCOTT MTB Buyer's Guide Part 1 - Spark, Spark RC, & Scale

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We have only just started to see 2021 SCOTT bikes trickle in, but we have fielded loads of questions about what’s changed for the new year. As such, we have rounded up some of the most important changes to the SCOTT mountain bike line for 2021 to help you figure...
A First Look at the New 2021 Pinarello Prince

A First Look at the New 2021 Pinarello Prince

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

For as much praise as Pinarello receives for their top-spec Pinarello Dogma F12, most don’t realize that the same capability is largely present in the Pinarello Prince. Updated and revised for 2021, the new Pinarello Prince road bike receives an overhaul that Pinarello claims make for a faster yet more...
A First Look at this Exclusive 2021 Orbea OIZ OMX

A First Look at this Exclusive 2021 Orbea OIZ OMX

Written by Carlos Interone, on Mar 03, 2021

In normal times when a new exclusive bike rolls through the door, we’d shout from the rooftops to convince you to come into the shop to see the latest and greatest. However, these are not normal times. Visits to the shop are borne of necessity rather than leisure, but that...
First Look: ENVE 45 and ENVE 65 Wheelset Review

First Look: ENVE 45 and ENVE 65 Wheelset Review

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Few brands carry the prestige ENVE Composites. At the time of their 2007 introduction, ENVE quickly found themselves at the forefront of carbon wheel and component technology. Their wheels carry a ‘wow’ factor that manages a combination of good looks, class-leading performance, and impressive ride quality, regardless of whether it's...
First Look: ENVE AM30 Wheelset Review

First Look: ENVE AM30 Wheelset Review

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

A few weeks back, ENVE Composites released the first pillar of their new ENVE Foundation Collection, a pair of road wheels that brought ENVE innovation and craftsmanship to a lower price point than we've ever seen from the Utah stalwart. Next up to bat is a new wheelset aimed at...
Can We Get Much High(tower)er? 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy First Look

Can We Get Much High(tower)er? 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy First Look

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The Tallboy is back for its fourth iteration and this bike like previous generations is more trail-ready than the one before. If anything, the more capable the Tallboy has become on the trail, the closer it has come to match that of the Santa Cruz Hightower. But, as Santa Cruz...
The New 2020 Santa Cruz Hightower: When Mega is Too Much

The New 2020 Santa Cruz Hightower: When Mega is Too Much

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Interested in the Juliana counterpart to the Hightower? Read our review of the 2020 Juliana Maverick. We've seen a number of companies take a proven platform and add more suspension travel. It's a common formula: take a short travel bike, add travel, and watch as sales numbers shoot up. Santa...