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Posted by RL Policar On July - 8 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

The last month or so we’ve been working with a lab to help us develop our newest product…Energy Bears! That’s right, ENERGY BEARS(tm). These Energy Bears were the brain-child of RL Policar (that’s Me! and The Moe). We wanted to develop a new energy chew that we are all familiar with. Jelly Belly came out with their energy beans so we figured that we should do something just as fun!

This is when we had this bright idea of coming out with the Energy Bears. This High-Energy snack is perfect for anytime you need that extra push of energy. Whether you eat them before, during or after your work outs, Energy Bears will deliver all the nutrients you need to help keep you going.

Energy Bears

What are Energy Bears made out of? We made sure that we sourced the best active ingredients to help you get the most out of each Bear. QRS is what we called our deliver system, basically that means QUICK RELEASE SUGARS. Simple sugars give you that push without the sluggish downside of caffeine laced products. It’s a natural energy high that actually tastes like candy! In fact Energy Bears uses both Natural and Artificial flavoring to give you that sweet, hot, cinnamon taste without it being too over powering.

Energy Bears are only 150 calories for a serving of 5 Bears!
Energy Bears
So the next time you feel that you need an energy pick-me-up, grab some Energy Bears! It’s going to help you get to BEAST MODE…or should we say…BEAR MODE?!!! Get it?!

If you’re interested in placing an order for our first batch, please send us an email: infoATmtnbikeridersDOTcom. We’ll send you 10 Energy Bears for the low cost of $2.00+$1.00 shipping US Only.

A Must Have tool: Pro Grabit

Posted by RL Policar On July - 8 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Pro grabit
So are you wondering what this thing does? Well it’s simple, it helps you remove stripped allen heads with ease. I’ve actually featured this tool before. But recently I used it on my motorcycle. I needed to remove a engine guard, but the allen heads were stripped on the screw.

This was the screw that I removed by using the Pro Grabit.
pro grabit

5 years ago, I demonstrated how well this Pro Grabit works on this video below. I paid $20 for the little kit, but have used it in various applications through out the years. Trust me, get one of these and it will pay for itself in no time!

Kali Camp

Posted by Dan Burdett On June - 10 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

This past week I had the opportunity to attend Kali Camp, an informal riding and product info session in Big Bear, CA for Kali Protectives. Most of the guys rolled in late Wednesday evening to the quirky local cabin where everyone would be staying. This cabin even featured a pool table; however, the carpeted surface made it less than ideal. Around a dozen guys including a couple Kali sales reps and the owner himself, Brad Waldron, were there.

Loaded up with Bikes

Loaded up with Bikes

The priority was getting saddle time in, so first thing Thursday morning everyone headed out for a XC grind on to a local trail called Hanna Flats with an added climb up to Grey’s Peak. It began with a 15 minute fire-road climb before to get to the start of the single track that was the start of the real climbing. From there on it was mainly rolling single-track with what felt like more up than down. The group was a strong set of riders, and by halfway through I was cooked. When it was all said and done my Garmin clocked the ride at just over 20 miles and just less than 2500’ of elevation gain.

View from Grey's Peak

View from Grey’s Peak

Post ride everyone headed back to the cabin to clean up and relax for a bit. While hanging out and chatting, there was a chance to discuss existing and future Kali products and technology. There were a few product sample of take a look at and put our hands on while we were there. The Avatar2, a super light composite full-face helmet, was an example of existing and currently available product. Next a prototype full-face helmet was passed around that is in the final stages of development and should be ready for production in the next few months. Sorry no pictures of the forthcoming products! There were other future products that aren’t quite ready for prime-time, but hopefully will be soon.

Overlooking Big Bear Lake

Overlooking Big Bear Lake

The next day the guys split up and went to another XC loop or the ride the trails at Snow Summit. I was planning on hitting the lifts, but a combination of pressing work and a bit of exhaustion won out in the end. If you have not been up to Big Bear for either XC or gravity riding you are missing out.

Not too long ago this happened…

The axle broke on my rear wheel. This wheel set came off LadyP’s Airborne Hobgoblin. But I’ve since sold the frame. However, I kept all the other parts to the bike. So when this happened I wasn’t quite sure where to go to find a replacement part. I didn’t see anything online that would render a place for me to buy a replacement axle.
broken axle
So I did the only thing I could do, I contacted Airborne Bicycles and spoke with Eric McKenna. He’s been our long time friend of the industry. I told him what happened and asked if he knew where I could BUY a replacement axle. He simply asked for my shipping address so he could send me one, for free. Wow! Even though I sold the Hobgoblin months ago, he still provided me excellent customer service! How cool and rare is that? I mean, c’mon! How many companies would support a former customer who doesn’t even own the product any more…

About a week later I received a new axle and my bike is back on the trails!

Big thanks to Eric, you’re one class act. It’s customer service like this that gives a brand a great reputation in the business.

A while back Lady P and I were riding Rockit in Aliso Woods. This is a fun rock garden that we’ve ridden before. As we entered the trail, I see a little lip off to the side and I decided to take it. Boom I launch of it, land the rear tire first and then the front. I keep rolling but eventually I come to a stop to make sure Lady P was ok. Yep, I do that. I will stop at mid descent just to make sure my main squeeze is ok. Anyhow, as I’m waiting I hear a hissing sound. I’m thinking, “Oh great…flat!” But upon closer inspection I didn’t have a flat, but I had a blown rear shock!

Can you see what’s wrong with this photo?
Titus Rockstar, blown rear shock

To borrow a line from Bill Murray in Stripes, “BLOWN UP SIR!”
titus rockstar

Immediately I contact El Guapo over at Planet X/Titus. Mind you this was on a Saturday morning. He was actually at Sea Otter working as an exhibitor. I didn’t think he’d respond until Monday, but within a few minutes, he asked what happened and began the warranty claim for the rear shock. Come the following week, I was sent a #RMA and a shipping label so the shock could be sent back to Rockshox.
Blown out o-ring.

Not quite sure how my shock blew up like that. But it took about 2 weeks for Rockshox to send me a replacement. Yes I said a replacement. Oh by the way, El Guapo actually offered to send me a “loaner” shock until I got mine back from warranty. But I declined his generous offer since I had other bikes I could ride.

So this is my NEW shock. It’s similar to the oem shock, but the newer year model.
Rockshox Monarch RT3
So there you have it…a story about great customer service by El Guapo. It’s not like the Titus Rockstar failed, but he was on it when it came to getting an RMA from Rockshox. The whole process was painless, yes it was inconvenient to have the shock blow out. But I’m glad I had El Guapo on my side facilitating the warranty claim.

2013 Trek Fuel EX7 Review by Jerry Landrum

Posted by RL Policar On May - 13 - 20141 COMMENT

Long time reader Jerry Landrum had asked us if he could submit a Guest Review of his 2013 Trek Fuel EX7, below you’ll get a chance to read all his findings.

This full suspension bike is a much improved ride over other similar bikes that I’ve ridden. I had tested the Giant Anthem and the Specialized Camber 29er both of those bikes were full suspension as well. Being the Specialized Camber was a 29er I really can’t do justice in the comparison to my 26in Trek Fuel ex7. The Giant Anthem during testing just felt cheap and clunky the shifting was rather weak and clumsy.

When I got on the Fuel and felt the smooth ride, fluid shifting and the Trek specific DRCV. Sitting on this bike at first was like the feeling you get sitting in a new car just said to me “this is your next bike”. The full floating rear suspension makes almost any trail feel nice and smooth; I can roll over rocks and roots without getting too off balance. The Shimano components go great to compliment this bike for its price point. They do not include Shimano brakes instead they went with Avid Elixir 3 hydraulic brakes. For me these work just fine, after about 25 miles of trail riding you begin to hear noises from the suspension and internal parts almost make it sound like a mystery where it comes from, but as advanced as this bike is breaking in, sounds are normal.
Trek Fuel EX7
The TLR wheels by Bontrager roll very fast and smooth on any surface. I was a bit skeptical about the Bontrager xr3 expert tires as in the past they have been less than dependable. However, Trek recruited a new tire designer and I can say these tires have impressed me for sure they will and can like most tires wash out from under you under various conditions but so far for me this has only
happened once within about the first 20-30 miles of riding it. I was already set on replacing them before giving them their fair chance. I am happy to have them on this bike, not saying I won’t replace them later but for now they are great.
Trek fuel ex7 review
The CTD (Climb/Trail/Descend) option for this bike which is included is truly amazing once you get it dialed in just right; Fox suspension makes this great the only complaint I have is not being able to switch between them via cockpit shifter. I have seen them on other bikes, but this option was not on the available for my Trek…yet. As far as the wheel size issue debate this model year was the final that they will make the ex7 in a 26er, now it is a 29er so I was able to get the last 26er Trek will make for the Fuel ex7.

Overall this bike is not for those looking for less than stellar performance for the price you get an amazing bike that you can add a few upgrades to down the road to make it even better while not having to feel like a new bike is needed. I would recommend this bike to anyone who has a budget for their next ride. For those looking to buy this one it is likely reduced right now down from full price of about $2599 to around $1999.

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Posted by Art Aguilar On May - 6 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Loaded was hopping all week at Sea Otter event and if you remember, last year we visited there booth and Loaded was kind enough to give us a pair of their No Slip Grips to do a test and review on, which I’m happy to report they are still going strong with no wear.
Well this year we stopped by to see what was happening with them, Diego Cristobal gave us the low down and walked us through their new Napalm and X-Lite Carbon line. This covered their Handel bars, Stems, Seatpost, and wheelsets.
The bars, seat post, stem, and wheelsets use Loaded Precision’s Uni-Directional (UD) Nano Infused Carbon technology and would have to be the lightest sets of carbon components I have ever felt on the market.

We started out with the new Napalm series Carbon bars. When Diego handed them to me I was blown away at how incredibly light they were. All I could think was that these were way to light to use with any kind of mountain biking. Diego informed me that they are the lightest on the market and challenged me to find a lighter set. I took his word for it and we pressed on. The bars are run through a stress test machine that will put them through tougher paces than you or I would put them through to insure they are strong and durable.
The Napalm bars (flat or riser) weigh in at 118g-114g. The X-lite UD at 133g.
All the handle bars are extremely light and look to offer any XC rider a weight savings for their XC racer they are looking for.

The new Napalm stem was sick light. They offer stems from 90mm to 120mm lengths and weight in at 91 grams starting with the 90mm, have a +/- 6 degree rise. The material is high grade UD Nano Infused Carbon, a stack height of 35mm, come with titanium hardware, and a full carbon face plate.
Its clear to see that Loaded went all out to give their customer’s the absolute best here. As they state on their website, they have “maximized the strength, while eliminating all non-essential weight, but best of all through Loaded’s exhaustive testing and precise manufacturing process they have allow themselves to offer the Napalm Carbon Stem with a lifetime warranty. “WOW!!” Now that is pretty awesome.

The Loaded X-lite Ultra Seatpost is the definition of minimalistic, as quoted by Loaded and it is. Again Nano infused carbon is used here for the seatpost making it ultra light.
Loaded uses zero air vacuum curing with their uni-directional (UD) layup which creates a combination of light weight and strength. The X-Lite offers a low-profile head for optimal saddle clearance; wide saddle clamp section reduces rail stress and flex and Titanium Hardware.
The post comes in all the main sizes (27.2, 30.9, and 31.6), with the weight starting at 148g (27.2/300mm).

Loaded offers three carbon wheelsets. The AMX Carbon 27.5, X-lite Carbon 29, and the X-lite Ultra carbon 27.5/29.
The carbon wheels that caught our eyes was the X-lite Ultra Carbon Wheelset.
This wheelset was really super cool and also light in weight. Explained to us by Diego, the rims are made with the same Uni-Directional (UD) Carbon Material, Loaded uses what they call CKT or Carbon Kitting Technique to secure the carbon layers together in the bonding process, making the rims a lot more durable, light in weight, and strong.
Loaded offers them in 27.5 and 29. Loaded use their very own Tubeless system called TBT (True Bead Technology) that offers an (as they say)”efficient interface between tire and rim for easy installation and inflation.”
Wheelset features include their X-lite V.2 Hub, DT Swiss 180 Ceramic Hub, or DT Swiss 240 Hub. All hand laced in San Deigo.
Specs are with 27.5;
Weight 1298g- 1555g
Width 19mm (internal), 25.3mm (external)
Disc Mount 6 bolt, Centerlock (DT 180)
Hole 28h or 32h

When you look at these carbon components and factor in the cost with the time to come up with them, they would make any XC race rig a worthy light weight winner.
To see more of Loaded Percision products you can go to

Test free products

Posted by RL Policar On May - 5 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Hey folks,

Did you know that has been in around a bit over 7 years! During that time we’ve With that conducted a plethora of product reviews for a variety of companies. There isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t get approached by our readers and even friends as well as family members asking how they can get free products to review. If that’s something you want to do, we’re giving you a chance to review do product reviews!
free product reviews
We’ve partnered up with a local research company in SoCal that wants to get a handful of people to be part of their test subjects. This research company will allow you to get free products on line as well as major discounts. Sounds too good to be true? Well it’s legit. I personally know the company owner and have been to their offices.

So if this sounds good to you and you’re are interested in huge discounts and free products with no obligation to buying anything, subscribing to any service or signing up for anything else. All they ask from you is your honest opinion of the product being tested. Just sign up below to get started.

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As much as I love mountain biking, I realized there are some pitfalls to the sport. But I found these out AFTER the fact that I started riding. Perhaps if someone told me about them, I may have gotten into bowling or mopeds….ya I can picture…….

With that in mind, don’t get into mountain biking because…

1.Expensive to get into.

2.Parts break all the time.

3.Parts wear out.

4.Flat tires.

5.Throwing up after a climb on your single speed.

6. Sweat.



9.Getting hurt.

10. Ticks.

11. Poison Oak.

12. Bug bites.

13. Moldy water bladder.

14.Walking after your bike breaks down.

15. Driving 50 miles to ride 10 miles.

16.Loss of money.

17. Poor resale value of products.

18.Addicted to mountain biking websites.

19.Always looking out for a good deal.

20. Getting into online fights about what is better, 26,650, 29er.

21. Convincing the wife to let you go riding.

22.Trying to get the girlfriend into riding.

23.Hoping that your kids will become the next world champion.

24. Sweaty balls.

25. Chamois…how come it’s not spelled SHAMMY?

26.Bicycle that cost more than my car.

27.Garage becomes your own personal shop.

28. Can’t decide on which jersey to wear.

29. Cycling socks…you don’t need them. There’s no Sock-Police to tell you that you HAVE to wear them. Just use regular socks.

30. You don’t like people.

31. You don’t like douche bags.

32. You are a douche bag.

33. Racing.

34. Jumps.

35. Rocks.

36. Air shocks.

37. Tubeless tires that leak.

38. Too many types of lube to choose from.

39. XT, XTR,XO,X7,STX,KKK,ABC, BBW,DEORE,RED…too many product lines to remember.

40. Not being able to breathe after a climb.

41. Can’t bunny hop.

42. Can’t wheelie.

43. Can’t change a flat.

44. Can’t fix your bike.

45. No power tools involved when fixing a bike….pssh. mOaR POWaH!!!

46. Garage full of bikes.

47. 1Bed Room Apt full of bikes, no room for furniture.

48. Bike hoarding.

49. Excess parts…you’ll never need that 7speed freewheel again, but you hold on to it just in case!

50. Fun. Yes…it’s too fun.

But don’t you worry, I’m not a Negative Nancy, I did find one reason why you should get into it and it’s probably the main reason why I tell people to try it…and that’s #50…yep, It’s fun! I can’t even count how many times I’ve had a fun time riding with Lady P and my friends. From all the memories of racing, biking trips and the great conversations I’ve had over the years, I simply love mountain biking.

What makes a great cycle insurance policy?

Posted by Chop Chop On April - 30 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Bicycle races, rides up the hills, long rides that last for several hours, and just a lifestyle choice to remain fit and fine – a cycle can be an engine of absolutely amazing and great experiences. However, losing a cycle or having one damaged in an accident is a tragic blow for a bicycle lover. With cycle insurance, however, you can absorb your troubles. Here’s all that a cool cycle insurance policy must offer you.

Hassle free claims processing upon personal injuries

Cycling is not always about slow and steady rides above serene hills through winding tracks guarded by blissful views on either side. Weekend cycling trails can be tough, and competition can be intense. The risks get multiplied many times if the track is the same road that’s going to be used by the routine commuters of the city! In such cases, you are always at a risk of being inured because of an accident, or can crash into a careless pedestrian while trying to get past a fellow racer. Whereas accidental coverage is always present in any cycle insurance policy, you need to be aware about the finer terms of claims processing and honoring. Does the policy cover accidents caused by another person riding your bicycle? How long does it take to process the claim? These are some of the questions that you need to ask sternly, and seek clear answers for. Thankfully, you’ll have positive confirmations to your expectations with cycle insurance products all set to be launched, from the house of Yellow Jersey Insurance.

Coverage for damages because of vandalism

We’re sure that this has surprised you. However, you might be in a better position to appreciate the need for this coverage if can somehow start up a conversation about sulky and stupid people damaging others’ cycles when you go to your cyclists’ club meet the next time. You will be dumbstruck to hear several tales of unknown and unidentified ruffians kicking parked cycles, or inflicting worse damages by stoning the bike or tearing the seat away! You might never be able to figure out as to why a person would damage another’s harmlessly parked bicycle, but you certainly can help yourself by choosing a cycle insurance policy that provides for damages because of vandalism.

Single roof cover for all your beloved bicycle

Why complicate your life with multiple cycle insurance covers, one each for all your bicycles. Considering the passion with which hobbyists pursue their cycling, cycle insurance companies are already out with cool insurance plans that cover all bicycles of the insured person. This ensures lesser paperwork, more mind-space for the policy holder, and of course, a greater reputation for the insurance company offering such a practical insurance product for ardent cyclists. You’ll find such wholesome coverage from the cycle insurance policies that are all set for a lunch.

Race cover

A cycle race is a high intensity and high risk scenario that demands specific insurance attributes. If your bicycling adventures also involve some high drama races on the weekends, you might want to consider cycle insurance policies that have separate race coverage benefits such as coverage against damage to wheels because of rough tracks, accident with a fellow racer, etc.


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