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    Andy Clark reviews the incredibly comfortable Louis Garneau Course Air Lite II Shoes.

    With genre-bending versatility, signature good looks, and a whole host of new school features, Yeti's trail focused SB130 and enduro ready SB150 are the rightful heirs to the Superbike name.

    There are only a few truly premium helmet brands, meaning the manufacturer spared no expense to present a product of the highest caliber. KASK seems to do that with every single helmet they make, and the Valegro is a worthy flagship of an already stellar lineup.

    Fizik's Infinito shoes are a true standout in the crowded premium road shoe landscape. The fit is sublime, and the uni-directional carbon soles transfer every ounce of power to the road. Even better, the Fizik Infinito is available in a red and black livery that's exclusive to Competitive Cyclist. Learn more >

    Since their introduction in 2013, the 5010 and the Bronson have become cornerstones of the Santa Cruz lineup. The 2019 model year has brought with it some key updates to both models that bring them up to date, which ignites a flurry of new questions and speculation. After a thorough test ride on each model, here's what we've found regarding updates to these two highly regarded trail bikes.

    With the benefit of nearly three months of testing, here's what we've found regarding the updates to the already impressive Lyrik.

    With the release of the Ripmo, Ibis placed itself at the sharp end of one of the most competitive spaces in mountain biking, namely the long travel, enduro-focused 29'er market. And while the Ripmo's aggressive intent makes it an easy choice for enduro racers, what's remarkable is how easy it is to ride for everyone else.

    We're a few days away from BWR, and Andy's finalized his bike selection. He also shares his reasons for not choosing the others, and talks about why he's going with the 404 NSW over the 303 Firecrest.

    It’s course recon week for Andy, as he heads down to San Marcos for the BWR pre-ride. Come along as he gives you his real-time impressions of the route, and how he thinks the Factor 02 will fare on game day.

    From nutrition and training to equipment selection, Andy Clark takes on a journey to prepare for one of America's most difficult one day races, the Belgian Waffle Ride.

    From nutrition and training to equipment selection, Andy Clark takes on a journey to prepare for one of America's most difficult one day races, the Belgian Waffle Ride.

    While the entire ENVE M Series has undergone a ground-up redesign, the M7 employs a genuinely unorthodox design featuring what ENVE has dubbed Protective Rim Strip technology, which claims to nearly eliminate the possibility of pinch flats and rim damage.

    Bianchi’s Infinito CV Disc represents a high water mark for endurance road bikes. Fast and responsive, yet surprisingly comfortable, it’s a compelling candidate for the one-bike quiver for those seeking impressive power transfer mated to all-day ride worthiness.

    The Pursuit Black Speed jersey and bib short were developed by Pearl Izumi to satisfy the demands of professional racers, and far exceeds what you’ve come to expect from Pearl Izumi’s more mainstream offerings.

    Take a closer look at two of the most advanced baselayers that Craft has ever made, the Active Comfort and Active Extreme 2.0. Both have become instant favorites for our tester, whose experience in this realm is considerable.

    Get the inside scoop on SRAM’s eTap HRD WiFi groupset. The genuinely progressive bundle of hydraulic brakes and wireless drivetrain offers control and ease of use that is industry leading, with divine ergonomics that must be felt to be fully appreciated.

    It was merely a matter of time before Santa Cruz introduced the Hightower LT. When the original Hightower launched in 2016, it was billed as a replacement for the beloved but long-in-the-tooth Tallboy LT. Fittingly enough, it was presented as a trail bike with serious technical aptitude and an appetite for adventure. But in a scene that’s been mirrored throughout the industry, this gentleman’s trail bike was almost immediately pressed into duty by Santa Cruz’s Enduro World Series athletes. Under these demanding circumstances, the Hightower’s limitations became apparent, and Santa Cruz set out to address those limitations with the Hightower [...]

    The release of the fourth-generation Nomad, and its identical twin the Juliana Strega, represents a homecoming of sorts for this storied Santa Cruz model. The crew of testers taking a breather. The steep, rocky terrain accessed by this shuttle trail in Bountiful, Utah is occasionally punctuated by sculpted sections, making it an ideal location to experience the new Nomad and Strega in their element. The original Nomad made its way onto the trails in 2005, during an era defined by freeriding. While it offered less travel and was a fair bit lighter than the era’s piggish freeride bikes, it quickly [...]

    Andy from Competitive Cyclist reviews Pinarello’s newest superbike, the Dogma F10. Improving upon the Dogma series is a tall order, but the F10’s refinements in aerodynamics, construction, and most importantly ride quality, have resulted in a bike that bests even the world-beating Dogma F8. As the ink was drying on my review of the F8, I started to hear rumors of a secret new bike from Pinarello. Froome was probably on something new and different in the 2016 tour, but the official word didn’t hit the press until January of 2017: yes, there IS a new bike. And yes: it [...]

    Andy from Competitive Cyclist reviews the Kask Protone helmet. Far from being just another aero road helmet, the Protone pairs the expected aerodynamic advantages with a suite of features that keep it exceptionally cool and comfortable, in addition to flat-out fast. Did you know that Competitive Cyclist carries 21 helmet brands? That’s a lot. When I started back in 2004 I’m not sure we had more than two (in maybe 4 colors each), so choosing a lid to protect your melon was pretty easy. Aero helmets certainly existed, but they were limited to those massive, teardrop shaped creatures that had [...]

    Andy from Competitive Cyclist reviews the Giro Factor Techlace shoe. By blending the comfort of laces with one of cycling’s most progressive closure systems, Giro has managed to build a shoe that’s both unbelievably comfortable and stunningly lightweight. Better yet, it’s also available in a women’s version, the Factress Techlace. I got my first pair of Giro shoes, the Prolight SLX, the day they hit the market because they were, no BS, the lightest and most comfortable cycling shoes I’d ever put on my feet. I think the analogy I made in my review was along the lines of ‘Cinderella’s [...]

    At Competitive Cyclist, we want you to be totally satisfied with your next bike purchase. Accordingly, we’ve given you two convenient ways to buy your dream bike from us. Contents 1) Use our custom bike builder 2) Buy a complete bike in a few quick steps 3) How to unpack your new bike 1) USE OUR CUSTOM BIKE BUILDER I want to select a frame and build a custom complete bike, while exploring all of my component options. Or, I only want to buy a frame. When you’ve found a frame that you want to buy or build up as [...]

    Wherever there are siblings, there are bound to be rivalries. These rivalries can be, and often are, a source of motivation for both parties to push ever harder, raising the bar in the process. But they can also result in hurt feelings. Santa Cruz’s lineup has been cultivating its own set of sibling rivalries for generations now, which has made for some distress lately as one sibling, the Hightower, has largely stolen the spotlight that the Tallboy once enjoyed. However, we had it on good authority that it was a mistake to ignore the latest Tallboy, so naturally, we put [...]

    Pivot grabbed our attention in a big way with the release of the all-new Switchblade and completely redesigned Firebird. While the Firebird’s obviously aggressive inclinations immediately appealed to me, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by some of the Switchblade’s unexpected details. Both models employ the elements one expects from Pivot—DW Link suspension, organic lines, and lightweight carbon fiber construction—but both of these long-travel trail bikes display their fair share of outside-the-box thinking as well. After throwing a leg over both bikes at the fall edition of Outerbike, we’re happy to share some first impressions of Pivot’s hardest-hitting trail bikes. [...]