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Up Close: Merritt Non-Stop Hubs

Seeing as we’re giving away one of Merritt’s Non-Stop Cassette hubs today, I figured it would be as good a time as ever to take a closer look at both the Non-Stop Cassette and the Non-Stop front hub. With the Non-Stop front hub, Merritt set out to create a simple, strong and fast rolling hub. The understated CNC machined 6061 aluminum hub shell rolls on a hollow chromoly female axle with precision Japanese bearings between. In keeping with simplicity as the design criteria, the hub’s cones simply press on. Rubber o-rings in the cones ensure a tight fit and prevent…

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Up Close: Cult TRF Frame

“A Cult trails frame eh?” That’s what I thought to myself when the first CAD drawing of what would eventually be dubbed the Cult TRF (Trail/Race Frame) showed up on Instagram. While a trails frame is a pretty radical departure from the direction Cult has been on since its inception, it does make sense if you stop to consider who the two main driving forces behind the brand are, Robbie Morales and product designer Neal Wood. Both of their roots lie deep in the 90’s trails and racing scenes, so there was never a doubt in my mind as to…

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Up Close: Deluxe PA Model Frame

Deluxe has always been known for producing clean and simple frames geared towards riding trails. Their latest frame, The PA Model continues those traditions and also builds upon them. The result is a frame that is totally Deluxe but with just the right touch of modern features and details.

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Up Close: S&M Trackmark Tire

A couple of weeks ago we looked at S&M’s Mainline tire. Today we’re going to get a gander what S&M says is the perfect rear tire to compliment it in the woods, the Trackmark. S&M bills the Trackmark as their race tire but don’t go thinking that this is anything like the overly knobby motocross-esque race tires of old. The Trackmark was designed for modern day racing applications, aka well groomed and packed tracks. Sounds similar to the way trails are these days doesn’t it? In order to make the Trackmark appeal to the weight weenie racers out there, S&M…

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Up Close: S&M Mainline 2.425″ Tire

The 2.425″ S&M Mainline tire has been gathering quite a following in the woods lately. Though it’s touted as being front specific, I’ve seen plenty of people running them both front and rear. I wanted to get a closer look to check out just what S&M’s trail tire was all about, so I hit them up and they were kind enough to send one over for us to inspect. S&M says that the 2.425″ size Mainline “is a nod to the old 2.125 Comp III we grew up riding in the front.” After mounting the tire up and taking a…

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Up Close: Deluxe V4 Hubs

We’re changing things up with how we do product post. From here on out we are getting hands on with the products we take a look at. No more just regurgitating the specs and pics from manufacture’s sites. We want to be able to give you a real and genuine impression of the products we showcase, one that can only come from actually handling and looking at them with our own eyes. That said, here’s the first of our new hands-on product post, featuring Deluxe’s V4 hubs. Hit the jump button and dig on in!

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