HT PEDAL – High Level, Flat Pedal Performance

Posted in Our Retail Store, Our Website with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2015 by Pro Bike Supply

One of the most under looked components on bikes are pedals. Too often you hear pedals categorized as either flat or clips and details such as structure and pin placement get overlooked. HT hits the nail on the head with some of the highest performing flat pedals on the market. With amazing traction, different pedal body structures, and a variety of colors, HT has something for everyone. Here is a closer look at 3 of my favorites:



These are a personal favorite of mine that I have been running for a few months. With an enormous amount of traction, this pedal features a much larger pedal body allowing riders with big feet like myself to have a bit more support in the rough sections as well as climbing. I was a bit hesitant at first to utilize the larger body pedal, due to concerns on rock strikes and clearance in between rock gardens, however, this has not proved to be an issue at all.. After miles of rigorous testing, these pedals take my pick in favorites!

HT AE03    


Not everyone has the “big-foot” problem. For those with normal sized feet wanting a light weight, high traction pedal the AE03 is tough to beat. With an affordable price tag, high durability, and easily serviceable pins that can be backed out from one side with a simple allen wrench, these pedals are an all-round winner.



Sometimes you can’t help but keep weight in mind, especially on builds that echo “carbon” and “titanium”. The HT ME03T is here to provide you with the high level of flat pedal performance you need in a light weight package!

Check out to get your own set of HT’s and get out there and pedal!

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Niner WFO Review

Posted in Mountain Bike with tags , , , , on January 14, 2015 by Pro Bike Supply

Before I start off my long term review of the new Niner WFO, I would like to give a little reference for this review. For the last month I have been asked repeatedly to write my thoughts on the bike by our review publisher. Each week I have disappointed her when I have said that I still do not have the review. I would give a different excuse, such as too much work or too much on my plate, but the truth was I was having too much fun on what might be my favorite bike I have ever ridden that I would rather go out and shred than write the review. Now, fearing for my termination, I will finally attempt to somehow translate the huge smile the Niner WFO puts on my face into words to tell you why you need a WFO.WFO3

A bit about the bike, the new Niner WFO saw a huge revamp in terms of geometry and travel. It is now a 150mm all mountain 29er with a 66-67° head angle and short 17.4 inch chain stays. The bike utilizes Niner CVA suspension design that gives to a very efficient pedaling platform.  Even more impressive is the low height of the bottom bracket which comes in at 13.4 inches.


Who is the bike made for? Well for starters if you are looking for a bike that succumbs to the Enduro hype this bike probably isn’t for you. It’s not carbon, it doesn’t have 27.5 wheels, and it doesn’t scream Enduro. Now that we have gotten that out of the way we can get down to whom the bike was made for. The Niner WFO is a bike for anyone who wants to hop on a bike and have a grin from ear to ear the whole ride, both up and down. If your trails are littered with huge chunk, drops, and dh features this bike will feel right at home and will push you to find its limits only to realize it has none on the dh trails.

The bike I have been riding is equipped with Niner’s stock 4star build which features a Pike 150mm, x01 drivetrain, Reverb Dropper, and Niner Cockpit. This stock build was great for me and the only changes I made was to the wheel set and brakes, swapping them out to my preferred SRAM Guide RSC for more stopping power and Novatec Diablo wheels for a beefier higher engaging hub.

Climbing/Pedaling:  If someone told me I would be getting a 150mm 29er the last thing I would expect from it is to impress me climbing. However the Niner WFO has not only impressed me, but has blown me away. Utilizing the CVA suspension, the WFO is hands down one of the best climbing all mountain bikes I have ridden. I would even go so far to say that it climbs as well as most XC bikes I have tested. I have taken the WFO on multiple all day rides and never once did I ever feel like the bike was the reason I didn’t make a climb. The WFO also excels at technical single track climbs, and the 29 in wheels do contribute greatly to this. The bike just rolls over anything in its way up, and that is not a combo over words I thought I would be using when the bike showed up. The only place I think the bike struggles a bit is acceleration. When you first try to get the WFO rolling you do notice a bit more effort needed than smaller wheeled bikes, but this is also due to the fact that 29 in wheels will have a bit more flew in them. If you can afford it I highly suggest investing in a set of carbon hoops for this bike to really make it shine.

Descending: Going uphill is great however where this bike shoots up to the front of my favorite bike list is descending. The best word to describe how fast this bike is would be “Scary”.  When I first started riding the WFO I was thrown off a bit on the descents, coming from smaller wheels. The WFO is not a bike that likes to be finessed, but takes a bit more riders input to put it in its line. When I started making these adjustments to my riding, I started to realize the bikes potential. The combination of 29in wheels and 150 mm of travel makes for a bike that will plow the roughest of lines. The faster the bikes goes the more comfortable it gets, and I am constantly trying to find its limits only to realize that I do not think I ever will. The bike does feel most comfortable in chunkier rough lines but also excels on smoother bermed trails, mainly because it is extremely snappy. This is in most part due to Niner stiffening the shock over the small chatter, which takes that sluggish feeling away from the bike. This in turn allows you to have a long travel snappy bike, something I prefer. However its small bump sensitivity isn’t the greatest, but is a tradeoff I am happy was made.  The rest of the 150mm of travel is smooth and controlled and even on big drops I never felt like there was any travel being ”blown through”. Cornering is a blast with its low bottom bracket and short chain stays and never once did I miss anything about smaller wheels. Simply put, the Niner WFO does everything my 26” all mountain bikes did, but better


Conclusion: In an industry where carbon, 27.5 and enduro are the only words we seem to be seeing it was very refreshing to find a bike that stuck out from the pack. The Niner WFO has been my go to bike from everything from XC suffer fests to DH day shuttle runs. I cannot emphasize enough how fun this bike is. If you are looking for an all mountain bike that begs to be man handled (or woman handled) the WFO is the bike for you. It won’t let you down on your roughest of trails and will get you to the top of any climb you have the lungs for. Most importantly it is a bike that makes you want to ride every time you see it, and that is the best quality I can find in a bike.


RockShox Pike – Red Bottomless Tokens

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2, 2014 by Pro Bike Supply

Do I need a token?

RockShox Pike Token

If you have bought a Rock Shox Pike you probably have noticed that these amazing forks come with some extras in the packaging. These extras are probably thrown aside in the excitement of installing what could be the one of the biggest performance upgrades to your bike. Chances are if you are upgrading from any other fork on the market (excluding the new Fox 36), you will most likely be too busy enjoying the extreme suppleness and overall stiffness of the fork to miss those thrown aside little bits. However as you put more miles on the fork some riders may start to notice that they want to adjust their Pikes a bit more than the external low speed compression and rebound adjustments allow.  A lot of riders often are unaware that there is one more adjustment you can make to your pike that often times will be that key factor in truly customizing the already amazing performance of the fork to suit your riding needs.

This brings us back to those thrown aside parts when you first received your pike. Inside the packaging you should find a few little Red Bottomless Tokens.

Red Bottomless Tokens

What do these tokens do? Well the technical explanation is when installed the token reduce the air volume in the air spring allowing for an increase in the progression of the fork also increasing the amount of force needed to bottom out your fork.

Overwhelmed because you’re not suspension savvy?  Essentially what the tokens are doing is adding support to you fork so you don’t have to put as much air in to resist bottoming out. This is especially helpful to more aggressive rider as well as riders who are a little heavier.  What are some symptoms that you might need a token?

-You experience bottoming out of your fork often

-On big impacts you feel like the fork blows through some of its travel a bit too fast

– Running the pressure you like feels amazing on fast trail chatter but you feel like you want a bit more support on bigger hits.

-You have tried adding more pressure to your fork to support a more aggressive riding style; however your fork is now too stiff.

Theories and technical information are great but here is a real example of my experience with the tokens. Running the new Pike on my personal bike I thought the fork was extremely supple and soaked up all the small trail chatter I threw at it. However when the trails got nasty and bigger hits came up such as rollers and G-outs, I felt the Pike tended to dive a bit on me. Putting a little more air in the fork to support my weight solved the problem, but now I had lost some of the fork softness over the small chatter. Reading up on the tokens I decided to give one a try and immediately was blown away by the decreased amount of air I needed to put in the fork to get the desired sag level but how supportive the fork still felt. It was the best of both worlds, nice and supple in the initial stroke but supportive on big hits.

At Pro Bike Supply we pride ourselves on acknowledging the fact that no 2 riders are the same.  What may be great stock right out of the box for one rider may need some adjustments to truly suit another rider’s need. Need some help adjusting and setting up your fork to suit your needs? Contact Mo at  to set up an appointment to help dial in your fork or for any question regarding your bikes setup.  We have Tokens in stock to help really dial in your Pikes and can have you in and out same day.

Happy Trails!

RockShox Pike Trail Pic

The All New Enduro-Ready Ibis Mojo HD3 Review

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2014 by Pro Bike Supply

Ibis Mojo HD3 Pro Bike Supply Review

It was a beautiful day up in Santa Cruz last Wednesday and we were eager to see what Ibis had to show us. We had a good idea of what to expect, given the photos of their pro riders, but we had no idea just how impressed we would be by the end of the day.

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To start off the day Ibis founder, Scot Nicol sat us down in front of their iconic Airstream trailer and got right down to business introducing us to the new Mojo HD, aka HD3 (version 3).  In case you haven’t read the news yet it is a 150mm Mojo HD3 optimized for 27.5 wheels. But why stick with the same name?  Simple answer, they wanted everyone to know exactly what this bike was about, Heavy Duty riding. Plus the original HD was such a smash hit and this bike shared so many of the same lines that it just makes sense.

The looks are about the only thing that carried over from the prior Mojo HD and HDR. Ibis made it clear to us that this was a complete new bike, featuring Dave Weagle’s latest version of his famous DW-Link. The geometry is fully modern with a longer top tube across all sizes, lower bottom bracket and slacker head tube angle.  Plus the frame is almost a ¼ pound lighter than the current Mojo HDR which brings it down to 5.9 pounds.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • 6” of rear wheel travel
  • 67 degree head angle with a 150mm fork (66.6º with 160 fork)
  • Shock specs: Fox Float CTD Adjust Factory Series with Kashima Coat, 7.875″ x 2.25″, 175lb boost, med velocity, med rebound, LV can, .92in 3 volume spacer
  • Optional shock: Cane Creek DBinline
  • Threaded bottom bracket, ISCG 05 compatible with removable adapter
  • Chain stay length: 16.9″
  • 160mm post mount left dropout, carbon fiber
  • Tapered Head Tube and Steerer
  • Up to 2.4″ rear tire depending on brand and height of cornering knobs
  • Dual row angular contact bearings on the drive side of the lower link that have less play than standard sealed bearings. Preload adjustment is not necessary. Large 28mm x 15mm x 7mm radial bearings on the non drive side for stiffness and long wear
  • Bottom bracket height 13.4″

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The demo bikes were decked out and ready to party. All demos included the new Werx spec which features Fox 36 Float 160mm forks, Cane Creek DBinLine shocks, Carbon 741 wheels and LEV dropper posts.  This is an optional upgrade from the standard Pike, Float CTD, Flox EX and Ibis alloy post. The Ibis 741 wheels also received a new welcomed addition of the DT-Swiss 350 hubs with incredibly rare 52t ratchet rings. To get the Mojo HD3 Werx chassis rolling was the brand new Shimano XTR 9000 1×11 drivetrain. The only omissions were XTR brakes and crank sets as they were not going to be ready in time for the launch.

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Direct from the loading dock we all rolled out and within 5 minutes were surrounded by huge trees and lush forest. In the excitement of these new surroundings something very strange happened. I forgot I was riding a long travel 27.5 bike. Coming from the 29” Ripley, how could I have not have noticed the excess suspension movement and slower rolling 27.5” wheels? Because this bike rode with the efficiency of most XC bikes!

Nicol was quick to point out that the new DW-Link was optimized to provide better small bump sensitivity, improved pedaling and a more linear feel. The head tube angle also seemed to play some tricks on me while climbing as I would have guessed it was something much steeper than 66.6°.  The result was an efficient bike that held its momentum and rolled up and over obstacles without the need to have to “lift up” the front end on technical sections. In a nut shell the new HD3 climbs with the tenacity and agility of a mountain goat. There was no wandering of the front end as I normally experience on other trail/am bikes with similar head angles.

After enjoying the bikes amazing climbing characteristics it was time to really see where this bike shined. Dropping into our first downhill the HD3 put a smile on our face that stretched from ear to ear.  When compared to other long travel bikes like the Santa Cruz Nomad the HD3 is noticeably more compact which makes for a much more flick-able and playful ride.   The steering is also light and precise which makes it very easy to hit your desired line. Thanks to the plethora of downed logs that have been converted into kickers we got to spend of lot of time in the air with this bike. The HD3 seems to float through the air with a well balance feel that keeps the front end down and provides for a perfect 2 wheeled landing. The suspension does a very nice job of absorbing the impacts with a bottomless feel without feeling over dampened.

After riding both a Pike and Fox 36 equipped HD3, it is safe to say that frame is equally at home with both forks. The Pike lightens up the front end slightly while providing a bit more of a supple feel whereas the Fox stiffens up the front end and tends to track better at high speeds. Our opinion is to pick the fork that best suits your riding style with more aggressive riders opting to go with the Fox 36. Plus the Fox allows you to run 10mm longer travel without raising the front end as it has a 10mm lower axle to crown than the equivalent Pike.  You really can’t go wrong with either.

When it comes to the fit and finish of this bike Ibis really took their time and paid attention to the details.

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Note the internal routing through the seat-stay and ample zip tie mount around the bottom bracket to keep cables out of harm’s way.

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The optional front derailleur mount and cable ports is neatly hidden when not in use.

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Provisions for internal dropper posts with removable cable stops for easier routing and smoother bends. And last but not least… room for a water bottle inside the front triangle even with a piggy back shock! Also note the prototype shock that Ibis Pro rider Jeff Kendal Weed was running! We hope to be seeing that sometime soon in the future!


After a great day of riding we were treated to delicious meal in the Ibis Museum. We wanted to thank everyone at Ibis for one of the best products launches we have ever attended. Great food, great company and great bikes… what more could you ask for?  A Mojo HD3 of your very own which will be coming to Pro Bike Supply the first week of December. Email to reserve your frame or complete bike.

SRAM’s back in the braking game with their new Guide Brakes

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2014 by Pro Bike Supply

SRAM Guide RSC Disc Brakes

I recently got the chance to throw the new SRAM Guide RSC brakes on my bike with the new Centerline rotors. I have always been a Shimano guy, so I was a bit skeptical at first especially when I have heard all of the notorious stories with SRAM’s Avid brake line.  What do I think? Short story, these are an amazing set of brakes with tons of stopping power and an incredible amount of modulation. I really think that SRAM hit the nail on the head with these brakes and they are a huge improvement.

My testing ground for these brakes was my back yard of Laguna Beach, home of trails that are steep, loose, and chunky. In other words the perfect spot to test out a set of brakes! My first ride out I noticed that there was going to be a bit of a learning curve. Coming from Shimano’s, I had become accustomed to the on/off feeling of stopping power XT’s would put out. Unlike XT’s, the SRAM Guides did not have that surge of stopping power as soon as they were feathered. Instead, utilizing their new technology -Swinglink (a cam inside the lever), the Guides have much more modulation, allowing you to better control you’re braking. So when you first go to pull on the lever, you don’t get that sudden burst of power but rather a slow build up that really becomes much more pronounced as you get about halfway to the lever pull. This allows you to really control the enormous amount of stopping power the 4 piston brakes put out without locking up your tires. The initial bite on the Guides is definitely not as grabby as XT’s however give the lever a bit more pull and the stopping power grows exponentially. Compared to the Shimano’s I would say that there is definitely more stopping power with the Guides, but the beauty is that you also have a lot more modulation as well.

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In about a week I was able to put about 100 miles on the brakes on trails that required precise braking and control, and ranged from 5-15 minute downhills. On each trail I never noticed any fade, gurgling, or noise coming from the brake and was always greeted with predictable stopping power.  The brakes really shined in steeper, techier sections, where it was necessary to use all the stopping power I could get but still maintain control to pick and execute lines. Here the ability to utilize the Guides enormous stopping power without locking them up was extremely beneficial.  I felt a lot more comfortable hitting steeper lines knowing that I had a lot more control and wasn’t skidding all over the place as soon as I needed power.

On fast high speed descents the ability to grab the brakes and not lose traction was another high point. This became much more obvious when I came flying into corners and I was able to scrub my speed off without washing out from my tires locking up. The same would go for sections of a trail that would go from steep to flat to steep again, and I would only have a short amount of time to regain control before hitting the next steep section. Here the ability to slow down and keep control to choose my next line was greatly appreciated.

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A feature found on the Guide RSC’s that I really appreciated was the pad contact adjustment and the lever reach. Here I was able to set the distance of the lever closer to the bar (a personal preference of mine) and was also able to crank up the pad adjustment so that the pads engaged quicker. Every rider is different and the ability to customize this was a huge plus. Another pro is the new Centerline Rotors. These rotors stayed quiet the whole time during testing. The only time a brief squeak was emitted was my first brake on a cool morning and this went away immediately after a quick lever pull.

A couple of months ago, I would have never considered putting SRAM brakes on my personal bike. However the new Guides have definitely revamped SRAM’s braking game and have put them back into the running for high performance brakes.

Has Fox caught up to the Rock Shox Pike with their All-New 2015 Fox Float 36?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21, 2014 by Pro Bike Supply
FOX Visits Pro Bike Supply

FOX Visits Pro Bike Supply

The new 2015 Fox Float 36 has been in for testing and we have been extremely impressed. The past generations of Fox forks have always underwhelmed me and I had started to wonder if Fox would ever catch up to Rock Shox and their Pike in the trail/AM category. The new 2015 Fox 36 Float not only catches up to it, but I think may exceed it in many aspects.

The 2015 Fox 36 Float features high and low speed compression adjustments as well as rebound and internally adjustable travel allowing for a wide range of tune ability. New for this year is the axle conversion which allows you to easily switch between 15 and 20 mm thru axle, allowing riders to not worry about compatibility issues with their existing wheel-set. The conversion process is quite simple, and shouldn’t take longer than a couple of minutes. The new Fox 36 also sheds half a pound over past 36 Floats, which only gives it a 59g weight penalty over the equivalent Rock Shox Pike while keeping the 36m stanchion and 20mm thru axle.

With 200 miles on the fork the one thing I can’t get over is how well this fork tracks.

All New 2015 Fox 36 Float

All New 2015 Fox 36 Float


No matter how fast I push the front end and how chunky the trail gets, it seems the front end always stay planted allowing you to focus on the trail ahead and not worry if you are going to make it out of a rough spot. Over fast chunks the combination of excellent traction and control gives you the confidence to push yourself past your comfort zone. Never once did I experience any dive or stiction and the fork felt consistent run after run. On hard braking, there is no dive from the front end and you feel extremely confident knowing that the front end isn’t going to throw you any curve balls when you need to jam the brakes.

The biggest improvement to the new 2015 Fox Float 36 that has blown me away is how controlled it is throughout the full stroke. In the past, Fox forks have always had a bit of a problem with the mid stroke,and forks blowing through it. With the new Fox 36 this is not an issue. The fork sits a bit higher in the travel and is both controlled and predictable all the way through the full travel. This really is apparent on steep rollers with big g-outs (features where the angle between the drop in and run out are close to 90 degrees). Every time I came into a g-out, sometimes faster than I normally would take them, I would be blown away by how predictable and controlled the Fox 36 was. There was no blown travel or dive to the fork and the ramp up was subtle but firm inspiring confidence to ride out the g-out. The return was also very controlled and the fork had no sign of a “pogo-ish” feeling is common on AM forks.


So the golden question is what’s better, the Pike or the Fox 36? I think the answer isn’t one or the other but all dependent on your riding style.  The Pike definitely wins the battle with plushness. While the Fox 36 is anything but harsh, the pike seems to have that “buttery” feeling in the top and mid stroke.

However, where the Fox 36 outshines the Pike is control, stiffness, and predictability. When you start pushing the bike on rough and rowdy terrain the Pike can get a bit overwhelmed, whereas the Fox 36 feels extremely controlled and confidence inspiring no matter how fast you’re going. The 36 stanchion of the Fox 36 along with the 20mm thru axle definitely contribute greatly to this. The Pike sports a 35mm stanchion and only a 15mm thru axle.


So for the trail rider looking for a plush bike that can still handle steeper trails the Pike is a great fit. However if you an all mountain rider looking to push your “trail” bike to its limits and beyond I think the Fox 36 is the fork you’re looking for.


Helmet shoot out: Smith, Troy Lee and POC

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2014 by Pro Bike Supply




Troy Lee A1

Troy Lee’s A1 is the most comfortable helmet in our product test due to its supple padding and generous fit. As always with Troy Lee products it has a great design and the attention to detail adds so much class, notice the anodized bolts on the visor. The con of the A1, it is on the heavier side of the spectrum and ventilation could be a little better for mid-summer rides.

Reasonably priced at $165

Weight: 414g


Poc Trabec

Don’t let the casual looks and simple graphics fool you. This helmet was developed using some of the most advanced impact protection technology available. The key to POC’s design is MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protect) which allows the outer shell to rotate slightly relative to the inner liner when subject to off angle impacts. The downside to this design is its bulky profile and high cost. Ventilation is adequate but we did find ourselves sweating more in this helmet even though the comfort and protection exceeds that of most XC helmets.     

Costs $230 (for Trabec Race MIPS)

Weight: 396g (at 10g for Trabec Race MIPS)


Smith Forefront

The Forefront is somewhat of a game changer due to the Aerocore technology that marks a departure away from traditional foam helmets. The fit was good but not quite as comfortable as the A1 and some riders did comment on the tight fit for larger heads.  These issues quickly dissipated from our attention a few minutes into the ride as the low profile and light weight lead you to forget you are even wearing a helmet.  One thing special about this helmet is the multiple integration features which include a bolt mount on top for cameras or lights, a mount in the back for a goggle retention strap and of course it will mesh perfectly with Smith glasses. This is a very light, low profile helmet with a sleek design that is sure to impress your riding buddies but it does come with a premium price tag.

Costs $220

Weight: 351g


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