Gear of the Year — 2021 (Ep.99)

2021 was Blister’s busiest year ever for testing mountain bikes and gear, and there were some real standout products among that crop. So we rounded up a bunch of our reviewers to give a rundown of the highlights of the last year — including a bunch of bikes all over the travel spectrum, some suspension products, and tires, inserts, pants, and more. And since we’re so excited to build on all that momentum into 2022, we make some predictions for the year to come and talk about a bunch of the bikes and gear that we’re most excited to spend time on soon, too.
Dylan Wood on the Pivot Trail 429 (Hartman Rocks, Gunnison, Colorado)

2021 was Blister’s busiest year ever for testing mountain bikes and gear, and there were some real standout products among that crop. So we rounded up a bunch of our reviewers to give a rundown of the highlights of the last year — including a bunch of bikes all over the travel spectrum, some suspension products, and tires, inserts, pants, and more. And since we’re so excited to build on all that momentum into 2022, we make some predictions for the year to come and talk about a bunch of the bikes and gear that we’re most excited to spend time on soon, too.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Dylan Wood (1:45)
  • Luke Koppa (17:20)
  • Eric Freson (36:00)
  • Noah Bodman (49:43)
  • David Golay (1:03:35)

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2 comments on “Gear of the Year — 2021 (Ep.99)”

  1. The amount of stoke you guys have on the Hustle pedals has really got me interested now. As a flat pedal rider who thinks of himself as too uncoordinated for true clips, these could be a great middle ground. The only trade-off would be the pedals are twice as heavy, and it’s a lot of money to get new shoes and the pedals to try out.

    My go-to knee pads for the last year plus have been TLD Stages. I’ve had issues in the past with silicon irritation, and these only give a little bit after wearing them for like 5+ hours. (POC irritates me within 15 minutes.) They hold in place WAY better than other light pads like the Fox Enduro Pro, due to the length of the sleeve, and the rubberized band above the calf. They breathe really well too.

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