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Thought Experiment: Integrated Everything – The Futuristic Bike of Your Dreams / Nightmares

The hottest topic in the comments right now seems to be internal headset routing. This got me thinking… how much further could things go? What would the “Grim Donut” of integration look like? The rules:Some of these technologies are on the fringe of what is currently available to consumers. For this thought experiment I’m limiting …

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Review: 2023 Yeti SB160 – The Revised Racer

Frame Details Between lunch rides, the design team in Golden, Colorado, have been busy simplifying the packaging on the SB160, although the looks still make it unmistakably a Yeti. In fact, most of the changes to the bike are hiding in plain sight, like the simplified suspension linkage, second generation Switch Infinity link, universal derailleur …

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Poll: How Do You Actually Feel About Cable Routing?

After Seb Stott’s recent Burning Question article about why so many bike manufacturers are putting cables through their headsets, I’ve had several brand-side industry folks share their opinions. While some acknowledged that routing cables through the headset could have some small benefits, they all painted a picture of engineers and product managers battling marketing and …

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First Look: Mondraker Launches New Alloy Raze & Downcountry Hardtail

Mondraker have announced their 2023 range. With 68 models, it’s their most extensive yet. The biggest news is the addition of an aluminum version of one of their most popular bikes, the Raze, and a downcountry hardtail with a 120 mm fork. Raze Alloy The Raze is Mondraker’s trail bike, sitting just below the Foxy …

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Video: Exploring Fear & Getting Older in ‘Unrealistic’

This business is filled to the brim with unrealistic motherf**kers. Motherf**kers who thought their ass would age like wine. If you mean it turns to vinegar it does. If you mean it gets better with age it doesn’t.” For those who might not know – that’s a quote from Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”. A scene …

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