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First Look: Evil Insurgent – Eurobike 2015

08.28.2015 //

Rather than just slapping Goldilocks-sized wheels on the existing bike, the Evil Insurgent charges onto the 650b battle ground with a completely re-designed 150-mil-travel frame.

Intense Announces M16 Carbon Downhill Bike – Eurobike 2015

08.27.2015 //

Intense has been playing with plastic for about five years now, and we knew the downhill bike had to be in line for the carbon treatment at some point. That day came during Intense’s 2016 product announcement here at Eurobike 2015.

Video: First Impressions – 2016 Devinci Troy

08.13.2015 //

Devinci just launched its redesigned Troy trail bike. Check out this video for details and first impressions.

Video: Bike Break with Richie Rude

08.10.2015 //

Like most racers in yesterday’s Enduro World Series, race winner, Richie Rude chose a decidedly beefed-up build to tackle Whistler’s unforgiving terrain.

First Impressions: Rocky Mountain Maiden

08.06.2015 //

For the past couple days, we’ve been high up in the Canadian Rockies at Retallack Lodge, getting in over 20,000 feet of descending on Vancouver-based Rocky Mountain’s brand new downhill bike, the Maiden.

First Impressions: RockShox Lyrik

07.29.2015 //

Gear Editor Ryan Palmer tests the all-new RockShox Lyrik in the rugged mountains of Retallack, British Columbia.

First Look: 2016 Specialized Camber

07.07.2015 //

With a slacker head angle, shorter stays and a lower bottom bracket, the 2016 Camber has the geometry to make it absolutely crush trails. And it does, but with a much more XC feel than the 2014 and 2015 EVO models.

2016 Trek Fuel EX 29 – Roundtable Reel

06.30.2015 //

Trek has updated its bread-and-butter trail bike for 2016, and we spent some time testing it on our local SoCal trails. Find out if the updates were worth the wait.

Pivot Announces Mach 429 Trail

06.23.2015 //

Pivot’s new Mach 429 Trail was inspired by the capability–and limitations–of the Arizona company’s cross country race bike, the Mach 429SL. The 429SL is still very much a race bike, but there’s no doubt that it begins to cross the aisle from leg-shavers to seat-droppers. It was this fun factor that the 492 Trail was born from.

Palmer’s Picks: Specialized Ambush Helmet

06.17.2015 //

It took some time, but Specialized has finally put its hat in the extended coverage ring, literally. I wondered how the Ambush would stack up against lids from brands like Poc, Troy Lee Designs, Bell and Giro–you know, companies who’s primary business is helmets.

Tested: 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 29

05.15.2015 //

Specialized announced its 2016 Stumpjumper today, and it has a huge hole in it.

Bontrager SE4 Team Issue | Beatdown

05.06.2015 //

Bontrager’s SE4 Team Issue tire isn’t the cheapest around, but good rubber is worth every penny.

First Impressions: Shimano XT M8000

05.04.2015 //

Shimano’s  XT M8000 group won’t be hitting shelves until later this summer, but there were several bikes equipped with the parts at the Riva Bike Festival in Italy over the weekend for select journalists to sample.

Spot Prototype, Yeti, Giro, and more: Sea Otter 2015 gallery

04.20.2015 //

Now in its 25th year, the Sea Otter Classic is alive and well with hundreds of brands showing off their new and upcoming goods. Here are a few of the things you might have seen roaming around the crowded aisles last weekend.

2016 Jamis Dragonslayer 27.5+

04.18.2015 //

What better way to get back to our mountain biking roots than with a steel hardtail? With trail geometry and the added grip and confidence that plus-size tires bring to the table, we imagine the Dragonslayer will be a full-on grin machine.

First Impressions: Lezyne Mini GPS

04.16.2015 //

The Lezyne Mini GPS is the smallest stand alone GPS unit we’ve seen, but the California-based brand has big goals. Lezyne recently announced the release of three new computers in an effort to grab a piece of the global positioning pie.

Fox 34 FLOAT and DPS Shock | New for 2016

03.31.2015 //

BIKE gear editor Ryan Palmer puts the new 2016 Fox 34 FLOAT and DPS Shock to the test on the world-class trails of Rotorua, New Zealand.

Preview: SRAM Guide Ultimate

03.31.2015 //

The newly announced Guide Ultimate is the new flagship brake from SRAM. The idea behind the project was to throw everything the brake engineers had at this thing to make the best possible brake they could, without regard for cost.

Dream Builds | Trek Fuel EX 29

03.22.2015 //

Gear Editor Ryan Palmer shows off his dream build: a decked-out Trek Fuel EX 29.

Palmer’s Picks: Alpinestars Outrider Shorts

02.04.2015 //

As a product tester, I’m always sweating the details, but I missed a big one on the Outriders. I figured, shorts are shorts, right? There’s the fit and the features, and thats about it. Nope. These aren’t your typical baggies.

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