Author: Matt Stenson

Norco Fluid FS1 Ride Review

Ride Info Bike Norco Fluid FS 1 Size Medium 29″ Trail System 18 Road, Fruita Colorado Trails Ridden Prime Cut, Joe’s Ridge, Mojoe Total Distance 5.2 Miles Testers Weight 150lbs Testers Personal Bike Kona Process 153 The Norco Fluid got some major updates this year and I got to try them out at the Fruita Fat Tire Festival a couple of weeks ago. The Norco Fluid for 2019 has new geometry. Some of the highlights include a slackened headtube angle by 2 degrees from 68.5 to 66.5. The reach on my size medium is stretched out by 8mm and the wheelbase is stretched out from 1125mm to 1169mm. The most felt changes for me though, were the addition of 10mm of travel in the fork and a steepened seat tube angle from 74.5 degrees to 76 degrees. I’ll cover more on these changes in a little bit. The aluminum frame itself is extremely sleek looking. From afar, you could easily mistake it for a carbon bike. Norco adapts its wheel size based on the size …

Marin Rift Zone Ride Review

I recently visited the Fruita Fat Tire Festival and got a chance to ride the Marin Rift Zone 3. The Rift Zone 3 is a 29″ full suspension trail bike. Designed around a 120mm rear suspension and 120mm fork the Rift Zone sits squarely in the short travel trail bike category.

OneUp’s V2 Dropper Gives Wider Range of Options

OneUp’s newly revised dropper post now has a wider range of options to fit the smallest to the largest riders. Now available in 120mm, 150mm, 180mm and 210mm lengths there should be an option for pretty much everyone. In addition, all of the length options can be shimmed down in travel by 10mm or 20mm. This means that if you need a 140mm dropper you can take a 150mm dropper and turn it into a 140mm dropper instead of having to compromise with a 120mm dropper. OneUp has also made other design changes. They have shaved off some total length and claim to have achieved the shortest total length and shortest stack height of any dropper. In addition they have revised their bushing designs to increase bushing overlap and durability. The OneUp dropper will be available in 30.9 or 31.6 sizes and still retails for $199 (without lever). You will need a cable clamping remote as the post requires cable stop to be assembled at base of post. The new OneUp dropper will be available …

WTB Launches New Verdict Aggressive Tires

Billed as the tire for, “days where relentless traction takes priority over rolling efficiency”, the new Verdict and Verdict Wet are the latest, extremely chucking looking tires from WTB. The Verdict and Verdict Wet feature WTB’s TriTec compound and have a very wide knob spacing to allow the tire to clear mud quickly while enhancing traction. Designed as a front-specific tire, WTB recommends matching the Verdict with their Judge tire in the rear. The Verdict Wet features slightly higher center knobs for added traction in wet conditions. Both the Verdict and Verdict Wet come in 29 and 27.5 sizes. A single width of 2.5″ is available. The Verdict will have two casing options while the Verdict Wet will only be available in TCS Tough, which is WTB’s heaviest casing. The TCS Light Verdict tires feature Slash Guard technology, which incorporates a protective nylon insert spanning the entire sidewall to provide extra protection without the weight of a dual ply casing. All levels of the Verdict 2.5 and Verdict Wet 2.5 will be in stock by …

Giro Renew Series Clothing Made From Recycled Materials

Giro has announced a new line series of bike clothing as part of its push towards sustainably sourced materials that utilizes recycled fishing nets as a core material. The Giro Renew Series cycling apparel is made with recycled nylon, polyester and elastane, including Econyl® Lycra®. The new line is not just eco conscious though. Clothing in the line offers UPF 20-50+ protection and has the same high performance, quick drying properties that have been present in Giro’s clothing. The series currently includes several mountain bike jerseys and some chamois as well as road bike wear. For those items that are not part of the renew series, 100% of Giro’s mountain bike line use bluesign® materials. The use of bluesign approved materials means that the those materials are evaluated at every step in the supply chain from resource use, emissions, and pollution control, to consumer and occupational health and safety. You can check out the new renew collection on Giro’s website here: https://www.giro.com/en/collections/renew/c/renew

PNW Ridge Dropper Post – First Impressions Review

PNW has released a $150 dropper called the Ridge. We couldn’t wait to get one in and try it out. The Ridge features 125mm of drop. This may not sound like a lot but in actuality for most average sized individuals (5’8″) 125mm works pretty well. In fact on the size medium Stumpjumper we mounted the Ridge on any more drop would have been too much. The PNW Ridge is internally routed and comes in two seatpost diameters: 30.9 or 31.6. It uses a sealed hydraulic cartridge for nice, consistent raising of the saddle but just has a slightly different internal design that relies on air more than just the coil spring. Rebound damping built in ensures the post rises smoothly instead of shooting up in an uncontrolled manner The post is infinitely adjustable across the 125mm of drop. It comes with a thumb lever that is 2x compatible and all the required hardware and cables for mounting. I was immediately impressed by the packaging and the feel of the dropper itself. This does not …

Specialized Click & Collect Allows Online Bike Purchases… Kinda

Specialized announced that it is starting a “Click and Collect” program available immediately on https://www.specialized.com/. The program allows bike and equipment purchases online and then have them delivered to your nearest dealer. When you select “click and collect” as a delivery method, products will be available for pickup in 2-4 days for equipment and for bikes, 6-8 days. “Today, with over 50% of the purchase journeys initiated online, we have to evolve and adapt the ways we work together with our retailers to serve the rider,” said Jeff McGuane, USA Market Leader. “Over the past 3 years, we have invested significantly into technologies that enable our marketing to drive more riders into our retailer’s doors. You’ll still need to get to your nearest specialized dealer in order to pick up your bike or equipment. For some this is not a big deal. For others, in less densely populated areas this still may be a major stumbling block. For instance when I went through the checkout process to locate my nearest participating dealer I found that …

100% Launches Their Protection Collection

100% has launched it’s protection collection for 2019 that includes 4 different lines of pads. Each line includes both elbow and knee pad options and offer varying levels protections. Ridecamp is the lightest duty pads in the lineup. They feature a slip on sleeve with ventilated rear mesh. The pad is pre-curved to be in a natural riding position and the protection itself is lightly padded nylon for abrasion protection. These pads are geared toward XC and light trail use. Knee pads and elbow pads are $59 and $49 respectively. Stepping up in the amount of protection provided, the Teratec line features a moderately padded with nylon anti-abrasion outer skin. This pad is impacted tested with Level 1 CE Protection. Like the Ridcamp line, Teratec features a slip on sleeve with ventilated rear mesh. The Teratec knee pads and elbow pads retail for $69 and $59 respectively. The Fortis is a non-slip on design that features a injection molded protective shell for abrasion resistance and Level 1 CE impact protection. It is attached with a …

2019 Diamondback Release 29er

Coinciding with Sedona Mountain Bike Fest Diamondback has brought a 29er version of it’s popular Release trail bike to market. Coming in two versions this alloy bike fills a obvious hole in Diamondbacks line of trail bikes. Up until this point Diamondback did not have any 29er full suspension bikes in it’s lineup for those that wanted to run bigger wheels. The Release 29 shares the same suspension platform, Level Link, with the 27.5″ versions of the release. It also share much of the same geometry numbers with only small tweaks to accommodate the 29″ wheels and make them perform well. The rear suspension stays at 130mm while the fork is reduced by 10mm to 150mm of travel. There are two version of the Release 29 available, the Release 29 2 and the Release 29 3. Both are alloy frames with with fox suspension. The 29 2 is the base model at $2,699.99. Highlights on the build are a Fox Float DPS EVOL LV rear shock, Fox Rhythm 34 fork and Shimano SLX drivetrain and …