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When he was in his 20s, Matt Gilman lost his sight due to diabetes, but that hasn’t stopped him from riding trials — and maybe even more remarkably, working as a bike mechanic. His story is an incredible one, so on our latest Bikes and Big Ideas podcast, we sat down with Matt to talk about his approach to riding, and how he manages to ride by feel; his career as a bike mechanic, and how he adapted to doing that blind; and a whole lot more.

Blind Trials Rider & Bike Mechanic, Matt Gilman (Ep.75)

When he was in his 20s Matt Gilman lost his sight due to diabetes, but that hasn’t stopped him from riding trials — and maybe even more remarkably, working as a bike mechanic. His story is an incredible one, so we sat down with Matt to talk about his approach to riding; how he manages to ride by feel; his career as a bike mechanic and how he adapted to doing that blind; and a whole lot more.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Black Crows Serpo for Blister

2021-2022 Black Crows Serpo

The 93mm-wide Serpo is another brand-new addition to the Black Crows 21/22 lineup, but it doesn’t look very much like most other ~93mm-wide all-mountain skis. Check out our First Look & Flash Review for more on this ski and our initial impressions.

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Blister Brand Guide; Blister breaks down Orbea’'s entire 2021 mountain bike lineup

Blister Brand Guide: Orbea Mountain Bike Lineup, 2021

From extremely light hardtails to long-travel Enduro bikes, Orbea’s current lineup covers a pretty broad spectrum over just a handful of models. Check out our Brand Guide for a breakdown of what sets each bike apart, what builds are the best bang for the buck, and more.

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This week on our Blister Podcast we talk with Dr. Rami Hashish about a whole lot of topics surrounding high-level human performance, injury prevention, and how to age well. Dr. Hashish is the founder of the National Biomechanics Institute, and has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and a PhD in Biomechanics. He is also really passionate about these topics, which made this a really fun conversation.

Dr. Rami Hashish on Optimizing Athletic Performance, Aging Well, & Rethinking Work (Ep.174)

We talk with Dr. Rami Hashish about a whole lot of topics surrounding high-level human performance, injury prevention, and how to age well. Dr. Hashish is the founder of the National Biomechanics Institute, has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and a PhD in Biomechanics, serves on the review board for various national and international medical and engineering journals, and sits on a global committee for spine and brain injury.

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David Golay reviews the Chromag Minor Threat for Blister

Chromag Minor Threat

Chromag has long been known for making aggressive hardtails, but they’ve just released their first full-suspension model — and it’s a kids’ bike. The Minor Threat (which is the best new product name we’ve seen in a while) is an interesting new direction for the brand and looks like a very promising option for the younger rippers out there. Check out our First Look for all the info.

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Eric Freson Reviews the Ibis Ripley AF for Blister

Flash Review — Ibis Ripley AF

Ibis hasn’t typically been known as a value brand, but their Ripley AF (and it’s big brother, the Ripmo AF) just might change that. We’ve been spending time on the shorter-travel Ripley AF, and are really impressed so far. Check out our Flash Review for more.

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On GEAR:30, we talk to the co-founder of WaveCel, and discuss the origins & development of WaveCel; Dr. Madey makes what might be the best case we’ve ever heard about why rotational forces play such a critical role in brain injuries; and we discuss how WaveCel compares to MIPS and Koroyd.

Current State of Helmet Tech, pt. 5: WaveCel (Ep.154)

We talk to the co-founder of WaveCel, and discuss the origins & development of WaveCel; Dr. Madey makes what might be the best case we’ve ever heard about why rotational forces play such a critical role in brain injuries; and we discuss how WaveCel compares to MIPS and Koroyd.

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The first-generation Manitou Dorado turned a lot of heads more than 20 years ago, thanks to its inverted layout and wild-looking carbon chassis. The just-released, fourth-generation Dorado is a major update to what Manitou calls “the longest-standing inverted downhill fork” — including a return of the carbon chassis, after more than a decade hiatus. But there’s a whole lot more going on, too, so we sat down with Manitou’s Phil Ott to discuss the past and present of the Dorado; the advantages and disadvantages of inverted forks; fork offset; and a whole bunch more.

New Manitou Dorado (Ep.74)

The first-generation Manitou Dorado turned a lot of heads more than 20 years ago, thanks to its inverted layout and wild-looking carbon chassis. The just-released, fourth-generation Dorado is a major update to what Manitou calls “the longest-standing inverted downhill fork” — including a return of the carbon chassis, after more than a decade hiatus. But there’s a whole lot more going on, too, so we sat down with Manitou’s Phil Ott to discuss the past and present of the Dorado; the advantages and disadvantages of inverted forks; fork offset; and a whole bunch more.

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David Golay reviews the WTB Proterra Tough Wheels for Blister

WTB Proterra Tough i30 Wheels

WTB says their new Proterra Tough wheels “won’t let you down,” but they’re also relatively affordable and not especially heavy. So has WTB beaten the old “cheap, light, strong; pick two” adage, or is there a catch? Check out our full review to find out.

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David Golay Reviews the 2021 Santa Cruz Nomad for Blister

2021 Santa Cruz Nomad

The original Santa Cruz Nomad was one of the first bikes to shape the mold for the modern Enduro bike, way back in 2005. Now in its fifth generation, the new bike stands out from the rest of the market in some interesting ways. We’ve been spending a ton of time on this 27.5”-wheeled bike, and it makes a compelling case for why smaller wheels should stick around. Check out our full review for more.

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David Golay reviews the Forbidden Dreadnought for Blister

Flash Review — Forbidden Dreadnought

High-pivot bikes might be even trendier than mullets right now, and we’ve now been spending time on the Forbidden Dreadnought. Check out our Flash Review for our early impressions of this very interesting offering.

Blister’s Flash Reviews and Deep Dives are produced for Blister members.

To get our comprehensive deep dives and our initial, unfiltered reports on new gear without waiting for our full reviews, become a Blister Member and receive many other services, deals, and discounts.

If you’re already a member, please log in.

(If you’re already logged in and a member in good standing and seeing this message in error, please refresh this page in your browser.)

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When he was in his 20s, Matt Gilman lost his sight due to diabetes, but that hasn’t stopped him from riding trials — and maybe even more remarkably, working as a bike mechanic. His story is an incredible one, so on our latest Bikes and Big Ideas podcast, we sat down with Matt to talk about his approach to riding, and how he manages to ride by feel; his career as a bike mechanic, and how he adapted to doing that blind; and a whole lot more.

Blind Trials Rider & Bike Mechanic, Matt Gilman (Ep.75)

When he was in his 20s Matt Gilman lost his sight due to diabetes, but that hasn’t stopped him from riding trials — and maybe even more remarkably, working as a bike mechanic. His story is an incredible one, so we sat down with Matt to talk about his approach to riding; how he manages to ride by feel; his career as a bike mechanic and how he adapted to doing that blind; and a whole lot more.

Luke Koppa reviews the Black Crows Serpo for Blister

2021-2022 Black Crows Serpo

The 93mm-wide Serpo is another brand-new addition to the Black Crows 21/22 lineup, but it doesn’t look very much like most other ~93mm-wide all-mountain skis. Check out our First Look & Flash Review for more on this ski and our initial impressions.

Blister Brand Guide; Blister breaks down Orbea’'s entire 2021 mountain bike lineup

Blister Brand Guide: Orbea Mountain Bike Lineup, 2021

From extremely light hardtails to long-travel Enduro bikes, Orbea’s current lineup covers a pretty broad spectrum over just a handful of models. Check out our Brand Guide for a breakdown of what sets each bike apart, what builds are the best bang for the buck, and more.

This week on our Blister Podcast we talk with Dr. Rami Hashish about a whole lot of topics surrounding high-level human performance, injury prevention, and how to age well. Dr. Hashish is the founder of the National Biomechanics Institute, and has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and a PhD in Biomechanics. He is also really passionate about these topics, which made this a really fun conversation.

Dr. Rami Hashish on Optimizing Athletic Performance, Aging Well, & Rethinking Work (Ep.174)

We talk with Dr. Rami Hashish about a whole lot of topics surrounding high-level human performance, injury prevention, and how to age well. Dr. Hashish is the founder of the National Biomechanics Institute, has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and a PhD in Biomechanics, serves on the review board for various national and international medical and engineering journals, and sits on a global committee for spine and brain injury.

David Golay reviews the Chromag Minor Threat for Blister

Chromag Minor Threat

Chromag has long been known for making aggressive hardtails, but they’ve just released their first full-suspension model — and it’s a kids’ bike. The Minor Threat (which is the best new product name we’ve seen in a while) is an interesting new direction for the brand and looks like a very promising option for the younger rippers out there. Check out our First Look for all the info.

Eric Freson Reviews the Ibis Ripley AF for Blister

Flash Review — Ibis Ripley AF

Ibis hasn’t typically been known as a value brand, but their Ripley AF (and it’s big brother, the Ripmo AF) just might change that. We’ve been spending time on the shorter-travel Ripley AF, and are really impressed so far. Check out our Flash Review for more.

On GEAR:30, we talk to the co-founder of WaveCel, and discuss the origins & development of WaveCel; Dr. Madey makes what might be the best case we’ve ever heard about why rotational forces play such a critical role in brain injuries; and we discuss how WaveCel compares to MIPS and Koroyd.

Current State of Helmet Tech, pt. 5: WaveCel (Ep.154)

We talk to the co-founder of WaveCel, and discuss the origins & development of WaveCel; Dr. Madey makes what might be the best case we’ve ever heard about why rotational forces play such a critical role in brain injuries; and we discuss how WaveCel compares to MIPS and Koroyd.

The first-generation Manitou Dorado turned a lot of heads more than 20 years ago, thanks to its inverted layout and wild-looking carbon chassis. The just-released, fourth-generation Dorado is a major update to what Manitou calls “the longest-standing inverted downhill fork” — including a return of the carbon chassis, after more than a decade hiatus. But there’s a whole lot more going on, too, so we sat down with Manitou’s Phil Ott to discuss the past and present of the Dorado; the advantages and disadvantages of inverted forks; fork offset; and a whole bunch more.

New Manitou Dorado (Ep.74)

The first-generation Manitou Dorado turned a lot of heads more than 20 years ago, thanks to its inverted layout and wild-looking carbon chassis. The just-released, fourth-generation Dorado is a major update to what Manitou calls “the longest-standing inverted downhill fork” — including a return of the carbon chassis, after more than a decade hiatus. But there’s a whole lot more going on, too, so we sat down with Manitou’s Phil Ott to discuss the past and present of the Dorado; the advantages and disadvantages of inverted forks; fork offset; and a whole bunch more.