Author: Matt Stenson

Canyon’s New Strive 2.0 Is Here for 2019

Canyon has released its new shape-shifting enduro bike, the Strive. This year though, it sports 29er wheels instead of 27.5 wheels and comes only in carbon builds. The most unique feature of this bike though is it’s Shapeshifter Stage 2.0 suspension system. The shapeshifter is a gas spring integrated into the suspension pivots that allows the rider to adjust the rear travel from 135mm up to 150mm. Along with this the geometry of the bike is modified in the longer travel mode. The bottom bracket height is lowered and the wheelbase is extended. Because the shapeshifter physically changes the suspension pivots it also changes the kinematics. Switching from 150mm to 135mm mode increases anti-squat. This in theory should help the bike be a more spritely climber. Beyond the shapeshifting the geometry numbers are pretty standard and are comparable to other bikes in this category like the Specialized Enduro. With the shapeshifting technology come some inherent complexity. It will be interesting to see if the more complex system really provides benefits a standard 3 position lockout …

Handup Winter Glove Review

As the temperatures dip further and further down, cold weather gloves are becoming more and more a necessity in much of the northern hemisphere. Handup, who are known for their stylish line of mountain bike gloves has introduced a cold weather version of their gloves with some unique designs. Cold weather is a relative term among mountain bikers. Unlike snow-sports, one riders cold weather is another riders warm day. So, I always like to bracket cold weather gear reviews with the conditions that I was actually riding in while using the gear. I tested these gloves in December in the high desert of western Colorado. Tracking my ride temperatures with klimat.app, I found my average riding temperature for the month to be right around 35 degrees and relatively dry. I tested the Handup Winter Gloves down to about 15 degrees and as high as 45 degrees. Features The Handup Winter Gloves feature the same stretch neoprene cuff found on Handups summer gloves. They also feature bold designs and their trademark silicone phrases on the palms …

The New YT Jeffsey Is Here

After a strikingly unique teaser video featuring Christopher Walken the new YT Jeffsey MK2 is here. Much has changed with both the 29er Jeffsey and the 27.5 Jeffsey. The geometry of the bikes is revised and build kits are revised as well. We won’t try to go over every change of every build in detail here. But here are some highlights of the geo changes. The 29er version of the Jeffsey has seen the most dramatic changes. The seat tube angle has been steepened from 74.5 to 77 degrees while the headtube has been slackened out by 1 degree from 67 to 66 degrees. The reach has also been lengthened for each size. On the 27.5 version, the changes have been less drastic but you do still get a seat tube that is steeper by 1 degree and a head tube slackened out half a degree from 66.5 to 66. degrees. The reach has been bump up slightly as well. The the build kit side the base aluminum model no longer comes with a mix …

Nukeproof Announces Its 2019 Training Bike For Mountain Bikers

Nukeproof has announced its new version of the Digger dropbar bike. Generally known as a mountain bike specific company building enduro sleds for riders like Sam Hill and Elliot Heap, Nukeproof has released the Digger as a bike aimed directly at mountain bikers who want a training bike that matches their riding style. The bike comes specced with WTB Sendero 650x47C tires but the frame can clear 27.5×2.3″ or 29×2.1″ mountain tires. The frame features rack mounts, internal cable routing and dropper post routing. A removable seat stay bridge allows you to create more mud clearance or run full length mudguards. The frame is a triple-butted, hydroformed alloy paired with with a carbon fork. It features through axles, a threaded bottom bracket and geometry that is ready for gravel/singletrack/road/training adventures. The Digger comes in two builds, the Digger Pro and the Digger Comp. Both feature 1x drivetrains and hydraulic brakes. The Digger Pro gets a SRAM Rival 11-Speed speed build and includes a Brand X Ascend internal, 120mm dropper. The Comp version has a fixed seatpost and …

Klimat.app: Add Weather Data To Strava Rides

Cycling has many facets, adventure, athletics, technology… the list could go on and on. One facet that many riders find fascinating is the data around their rides. Strava is a central hub for this data for a huge number of riders, but there is one area that Strava does not provide data on even with their Summit plans: weather. That’s where the Klimat.app comes in. Klimat is a web app that connects to Strava and inserts weather data into the description of your ride after it is finished. Some other tracking software (such as Garmin Connect) has had a similar feature built into their software, but this feature has been lacking from Strava. Using Klimat The Klimat app is transparent to your Strava usage once you connect it to your account on the Klimat.app site. When an activity is saved in Strava, Klimat automatically adds weather data. No syncing activities or pushing buttons in apps needed. I really liked how I could set it and forget about it. The format of the weather data you are …

Handup Adds No-nonsense Riding Flannels and Pants

Handup has made a name for itself as a maker of bold, no-nonsense cycling gloves. Now Handup is expanding its line to include full kits of riding apparel, but in a unique style that fits what Handup represents. The new FlexTop Flannel and A.T. Pant combine to provide riders with apparel that fits in equally well on the trail, at work or the bar. The FlexTop Flannel is a button down flannel shirt with some unique, rider focused features. As the name suggests, the “FlexTop” is a cotton/polyester blend patch, stretching from chest to back, so the shirt flexes while riding. The FlexTop also features an extended back to keep your rear covered in all situations. Beyond this Handup has chosen to keep these shirts simple in design. Adding just enough features to make them rider friendly while keeping the cost at an extremely reasonable $44. The A.T Pant (All Time Pant) follows a similar design philosophy. Featuring zippered pockets and a super stretchy Poly/elastane blend of fabric, Handup seems to be hitting the most …

MTB Crash Detection: Two New Products

Many mountain bikers ride alone and a fear many riders (and their loved ones) share is crashing hard in the woods and never making it back out. Two new products claim to offer a digital solution to adding some safety while riding solo. Specialized ANGi A new line of helmets from Specialized will be featuring ANGi (Angular and G-force indicator). This devise, features an accelerometer and gyroscope as well as a bluetooth radio to connect to your phone. Without that phone connection it appears that the ANGi won’t really do anything. The key is the Specialized Ride app that connects to the ANGi sensors alerts your loved ones when a crash is detected. This feature of course relies on your cell phone having signal in order to send a text. Many areas where I ride, cell signal is spotty at best. To try to get around this the Specialized Ride app allows you to also set an expected ride time. If you go over your ride time, the app will alert your loved ones with your …

Ride Concepts Launches Session Series of Flat Pedal Shoes For Men, Women and Youth

There’s a new kid on the block in the world of flat pedal footwear. Ride Concepts is launching its session series of shoes November 30th. The Session series will be available in four different models for Men, Women and Youth. It looks like Ride Concepts’ offering will line up squarely against a market dominated by FiveTen. The Session shoe series starts with a standard flat shoe, the Livewire. It’s followed up by a hightop design, the Wildcat and is rounded out by a more hardened shoe, the Hellion and a sandal, the Coaster. On each of these shoes, Ride Concepts has teamed up with Rubber Kinetics to create rubber compounds for the tread. The shoes have been designed with the strikes and impacts that mountain bikers experience on the trail in mind. In another collaboration, Ride Concepts has teamed up with D3O, a design and technology company that makes high performance impact protection products. The shoes feature, D3O High Impact Zone Insole Technology along with custom molded toe and heel guard protection. The proof will of …

My $300 Mountain Biking Gimbal Setup

Recording and posting MTB rides has become increasingly popular. Even here at Everyday MTB we’ve gotten into the act of sharing some of our rides on YouTube. These videos however are not cheap to produce. Professional mountain bike vloggers are often carrying over $1000 worth of video equipment on their rides. I wanted to see what kind of POV mountain biking camera setup I could put together for less than $300. Here’s What I came up with: Hohem XG1 Gimbal – $150 YI Lite Action Camera – $99 Stuntman Chest Harness – $35 Hohem XG1 Gimbal The biggest differentiator between amateurish looking helmet and chest cams and professional smooth looking POV videos is the stabilization system. Most professional MTB vloggers today are using gimbals to achieve this smooth, fluid video. The gimbal not only smooths out all of the bumps of the trail, it also keeps the horizon level which is key to producing watchable POV shots that don’t make your viewers sick. Many riders swear by the EVO SS gimbal. It’s compact design and …

Enduro Pack? Fanny Pack? Lumbar Bag? – Dakine Hot Laps 5L Review

Kind of like runners always searching for the perfect shoe or motorheads looking for the next engine tweak it seems like mountain bikers are constantly searching for a better way to carry their tools, food and water on the trail. The options are limitless. Lately an option from 30 years ago has come back into style: fanny packs. The Dakine Hot Laps 5L takes the basic concept of a fanny pack, or Enduro Pack, or Lumbar Bag, whatever makes you feel less embarrassed, and puts it on steroids (pardon my road racing pun). The Hot Laps 5L adds a full hydration system, cooling vents, internal storage pockets and a clever synching system. Features Starting from the outside, the Dakine Hot Laps 5L features a well thought out belt system. The large buckle features a single-sides cinch system and a handy elastic keeper for the slack strap. Attached to the strap is a large padded area that reaches around an average sized pair of hips. The padding along the sides and back also features engineered venting …