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  1. General Discussion
    You many have noticed the recent rise in popularity of silicone handlebar grips. The reason is simple: The soft, yet densely packed nature of the silicone offers excellent handling and performance, combining a high levels of traction, a soft but firm feel, and no squish or instability like some...
  2. General Discussion
    The two holes on the shallow side where space is limited use eccentric M5 threaded standoffs. If you're into oval chainrings, this will be good news. AbsoluteBLACK has launched a 30T version of its 104bcd ovalized chainring. Heretofore, 32T was the smallest they made because if made any smaller...
  3. Misc Components
    Lowdown: absoluteBLACK Oval Traction Chainring While claims about the advantages of non-round chainrings are hard to substantiate, they do help some riders decrease strain on knees, increase traction, and smooth out their pedal stroke. Keep reading to learn more. Stat Box Weight: 55...
  4. General Discussion
    AbsoluteBLACK has introduced its first upper chain guide specifically designed to work in conjunction with oval chainrings, which are claimed to ensure complete chain control at every angle of the crank's rotation. AbsoluteBLACK already design and manufacture oval narrow-wide chainrings, which...
  5. General Discussion
    Would your significant other rather ride the trainer than go powder skiing with his buddies? Maybe you have a son or daughter gunning for a spot at the 2024 Olympics. Or perhaps it is you who is always charging up the climb, knowing that hard work now could pay podium dividends later. If any of...
  6. General Discussion
    Both online and in person, people always ask us what we're working on next. It's a good question, so starting this week, we'll be giving Mtbr readers a weekly peek at some of the bikes and gear we've got on deck for testing. Without further adieu, here's this week's selections... 2015 Trek Lush...
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