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  1. Wheels and Tires
    I am building a trail/enduro bike and need help with tire setup. It is a 29er and i plan on putting 2.6 wide front and 2.4 rear
  2. Wheels and Tires
    Hi everyone, I'm a new forum member here, though long time observer. Has anyone got personal experience of running Racing Ray and Rocket Rons on the front? I run Rons all round, year round, and wondering whether I should invest a Ray for the front. Perhaps its just as good in mud/sandy mush...
  3. General Discussion
    Last year, Schwalbe rebuilt the foundation of the company with the Addix compounds. These tire compounds offered improved grip and durability in a range of formulations ideal for different disciplines in mountain biking. This year, Schwalbe Tires redesigned some of their most iconic tread...
  4. 27.5
    The Schwalbe Nobby Nic in plus sizing is a great tire for loose terrain. What is it The Schwalbe Nobby Nic is a popular all around tread that's gotten the Addix compound treatment and larger sizing options, including the 27.5x2.8 that is tested here. Top line features include enhanced grip...
  5. 29er Bikes
    What is it The Schwalbe Nobby Nic has a difficult job: Deliver great grip and durability while minimizing rolling resistance, and also provide good braking performance. Such is the life of a trail tire. It's most often used for everyday rides, but may also be called on to do an XC race or some...
  6. 29er Bikes
    What is it As its name clearly implies, the Schwalbe Racing Ralph Addix Speedgrip is an XC racing tire. The tread pattern is familiar in this class of rubber - more tightly spaced center knobs to increase speed, but taller, more widely spaced side lugs for extra bite when cornering. New to...
  7. General Discussion
    Defining the modern cross-country mountain bike tire is not as easy as it once was. Today's XC bikes are no longer limited to lightweight hardtail whippets designed to blaze uphill, then simply survive going down. Used to be, the best cross-country tires were three things: light, fast, and...
  8. General Discussion
    Charging in 2018 like it's a steep AF drop. As we push headlong into 2018, it's fun to look back on the year that was. Top storylines in the world of mountain biking ran the gamut from endless debates on tire size, to further adaptation of 1x drivetrains, to longer travel dropper posts, and of...
  9. 29er Bikes
    Bontrager's new Line family of wheels starts at $300 and tops out at $1200. Bontrager's Affordable Wheelsets One of the best (and most costly) upgrades you can make to your mountain bike is buying a new wheelset. A set of carbon hoops easily costs $1500 or more, but that's slowly changing. At...
  10. Wheels and Tires
    Editor's Note: This article is courtesy of the team at Art's Cyclery. The original post can be found here. Last year was supposed to be an El Nino of epic proportions, flooding the West Coast of the U.S. off the map and burying the mountains with snow. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a dud...
  11. Wheels and Tires
    For any wheeled vehicle, tire choice is critical. Intended use, durability, and weight all factor in to what kind of rubber you want on the road (or snowy trail). Indeed, when it comes to fat bikes, tires are arguably the most important component decision you'll make. Width, tread pattern...
  12. Misc Components
    Editor's Note: This article is courtesy of the team at Art's Cyclery. The original post can be found here. As the year winds down, it's time for reflection - time to look back and remember all of the flippin' awesome gear that came out in 2015! This was a great year for mountain bike riders...
  13. Misc Components
    Mountain bike component innovation can be polarizing. While some welcome new fangled electronics with open wallets, others continue to lament the inglorious death of the 26" wheel. Here at Mtbr we sympathize with both parties, but progress marches on. Here then is our list of the most innovative...
  14. Wheels and Tires
    Schwalbe Fat Albert front (left) and Fat Albert rear (right). (click to enlarge) Fat Albert Revised The big news from Schwalbe is that the legend is back. Gerrit Gaastra, Dutch mountain bike hero and developer, contributed to the making of this new Fat Albert. Utilizing new knob patterns front...
  15. General Discussion
    "What's the coolest thing you saw?" We hear that question after every trade show. The following--in our humble collective opinion--represents the newest, coolest and most interesting stuff our combined Mtbr and RoadBikeReview crew came across throughout the course of the 2014 Interbike and...
  16. General Discussion
    Mtbr and RoadBikeReview staffers Francis Cebedo, Kris Gross, Gregg Kato, Don Palermini and Jason Sumner recap Day 2 at Interbike 2014 from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Among the products shown and discussed today: Race Face clothing, the Liv Lust women's mountain bike...
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