New to MTB - A Buyers Guide

Are you looking to get into mountain bike riding? Awesome, obviously we highly recommend it. Check out a variety of posts to help you understand the best ways to ensure your money is well spent. We look forward to seeing you on the trails!

I Shift SRAM GX Eagle Review

I Shift SRAM, GX Eagle Review

SRAM’s GX Eagle drivetrain has been far and away the most popular option over the last couple seasons. Whether you’re looking at the value on a factory build or even spec’ing a full custom the SRAM GX option is worth a long look. After a few months running it on my personal bike here’s a GX Eagle review. I’ve been running SRAM drivetrains, typically X01, for years now. There are a handful of reasons that I went that direction, all [...]

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Ibis Ripmo AF Red Savina Frame Detail 1

Aluminum Ibis Ripmo AF

Ibis Cycles aluminum Ripmo AF are going to get, and keep, more people riding MTB. Bold statement? Nah, I don’t feel out on a limb on this one at all. Ibis licenses one of the absolute best suspension designs. Creates confident bike geometries that perform in wide ranges of terrain and rider styles. Runs an efficient business model. These factors ensure your alloy Ibis Ripmo AF  is a great purchase.   DW Suspension MTB Suspension is sophisticated. Let’s not sugar coat it. Your [...]

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Alchemy Nine7Five Ride Review

Alchemy Nine7Five First Thoughts

BikeCo.com owner Joe Binatena is rocking a mullet. We went for a pedal to go through his Alchemy Nine7Five First thoughts. “Mullet” bikes are 29″ front and 27.5″ rear setups. If you’ve looked closely on this year’s EWS photos you’ve seen them under a wide range of riders. Let’s take a quick look at the concept. Business in the Front The math of the business. 29″ wheels have a smaller angle of attack over obstacles. 29s are more likely to roll over rather than [...]

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180 vs 203mm Rotors

Power, Modulation, Heat Capacity and Personality. Let’s look at some differences between 180 vs 203mm rotors (7″ and 8″). Power Increasing the radius of the rotor increases the brake’s leverage ratio. Using Magura HC rotos as an example we measure about 12.7mm of “usable” rotor / pad interface. Picking a point of reference halfway in the usable interface the we come up with a 180mm (7″) rotor at 83.65mm versus the 203mm (8″) at 95.15mm. The change in available leverage around 12%. This [...]

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New to MTB Buyers Guide Wheel Size Travel Suspension

New to MTB Buyer’s Guide – Wheel Size, Travel & Suspension

Welcome to the second section of our New to MTB Buyer’s Guide. Missed the first? Jump back to it here. Ready to start looking at the actual components? Well here we go. Let’s go over the key differences on a mountain bike setup. New to MTB Buyer’s Guide – Wheel Size, Travel & Suspension Wheel Size Modern bikes feature 27.5″ or 29″ wheels. It used to be a world of “taller than X’ Y” you’re on this wheel…” Not anymore. Updates in bike [...]

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New to MTB Buyers Guide The Beginning

New to MTB – A Buyer’s Guide

So you’re getting into, or getting deeper into, the sport of mountain bike riding. Good work. MTB is a great balance of exercise, adrenaline, as well as the peace and adventure of being outdoors. Frankly a place that a good percentage of your neighbors and co-workers miss out on… But it can be somewhat intimidating buying your first real mountain bike. This series will inform you on important aspects to consider. We’ve been penciling this project out for a [...]

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