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Review: Diamondback Mission Pro 27.5

09.30.2014 //

This bike loves rough trail and only gets more comfortable with speed. A mid-height, 13.5-inch bottom bracket provides pedal clearance without much sacrifice to the handling, while long 17.7-inch chainstays and a 66.5-degree head angle give the bike excellent stability in the chunky bits.

Eurobike 2014 product highlights

09.02.2014 //

Eurobike, held each year in Friedrichshafen, Germany, is the ultimate bike junkie gear fix, with its many halls packed to the gills with each company’s latest and greatest widgets. This year we kept our product updates limited to our Instagram feed–but since the show is over and we still have images to share, here’s a Eurobike wrap-up gallery.

Slow guys on fast bikes: Fox’s Ride the Pro Bikes event

08.19.2014 //

Just one day after the most grueling round of the Enduro World Series, held in Whistler, British Columbia, I experienced winner Jared Grave’s and second place Nico Lau’s bikes exactly as they were set up during the race.

News: Specialized introduces all-new Demo 8

08.13.2014 //

The Specialized Demo 8 has been an eye-turner since the original with its distinctive twin seat stays and spider web shock enclosure. The bike has gone through several redesigns since then, but none as transformative as what you see here.

Reviewed: Race Face SixC Cinch Cranks

08.13.2014 //

Today Race Face announces the release of a completely redesigned SixC crank, using similar construction techniques as the Next SL, but with a bit more material for more aggressive all-mountain and downhill race applications.

Bottom Bracket Racket: Chris King’s answer to press-fit woes

07.27.2014 //

If I had to name the source of the most considerable frustration during my time as a mechanic it would easily be press-fit bottom brackets. Even a skilled mechanic armed with expensive measuring tools, bearing presses and sleeve-retaining compounds, is not guaranteed a good interface.

First Look: 2015 Felt bikes

07.23.2014 //

Felt is mostly known for its skinny tire bikes, but the California-based brand likes playing in the dirt as well. Last year Felt showed significant improvements to its mountain lineup so when the invite for the annual product release at the company’s Irvine headquarters hit my inbox I was curious to see what 2015 would yield.

Specialized S-Works Enduro 650B review

07.14.2014 //

Gear Editor Ryan Palmer has had his fun throwing around the newest addition to Specialized fleet, the S-Works Enduro 650B, over the past month. This much anticipated bike–following in the wake of the its bigger brother, the much-loved, long-travel 29er–has been well received by Palmer. The bike is now available to the public and here are his impressions.

Tested: Felt Edict Nine 3

07.01.2014 //

Felt’s 100-millimeter-travel Edict Nine series is designed for speed and efficiency, and it does not disappoint.

RE:Aktiv: A detailed look at Trek’s F1 inspired shock

06.25.2014 //

We’re not one to blindly accept new technologies or drink the so-called company Kool-Aid, but sometimes it’s hard to tell when getting flown to amazing riding locations, like Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina, if there’s something besides water in the bottle.

Tested: Trek Fuel EX 9.8 27.5

06.24.2014 //

A couple weeks ago Trek introduced some bikes and technologies at its media event in North Carolina. The Fuel EX 27.5 and RE:aktiv shock are the first of these new products to hit shop floors, so we’ve been spending every waking hour with the new bike and shock putting them through their paces.

First Impressions: Roval Traverse Fattie SL

06.18.2014 //

What do we talk about now that the whole wheel size argument is starting to cool? Screw diameter, let’s talk about width. It seems like everything on bikes is getting wider these days and rims are no exception.

News: 2015 Trek Bikes and Technology

06.13.2014 //

Each year Trek invites media from around the globe to see and ride next year’s offerings. This year we headed out to North Carolina to check out what the company had in store.

Exclusive: “Blueprint” Video on Trek 148 Boost

06.11.2014 //

When Trek told us that they were doing 148-millimeter rear axle spacing, our first reaction was to turn our noses up at it. We just figured the whole axle spacing thing out, didn’t we? But they swore that it was legit, so we flew out to Waterloo to get the story on Boost 148 to see if this was just a marketing gimmick or the real thing.

News: Shimano Announces XTR Di2

05.30.2014 //

After years of living a mundane spandex-clad existence hammering out road miles, Di2 is finally ready for some real fun. That’s right, XTR Di2 is here, or almost here. Shimano says it’ll be available this fall, and it’s designed to work with the recently announced XTR 9000 11-speed group.

First Ride: Fox 36 RC2

05.27.2014 //

Mike’s garage is basically a collection of my old bikes. I’ll ride a bike for a year or so and hand it off to Mike, where he’ll spend the next decade squeezing every last drop out of it. The day before heading to Moab to test a brand new version of the Fox 36 RC2, I stopped off in Denver for a brief visit with my buddy–and my old bike parts.

News: Cane Creek’s DB Inline Shock Brings Big Adjustment To A Smaller Package

05.19.2014 //

For three days we were able to dial in the DB Inline on the rocky, rooty terrain in Pisgah and Dupont, Cane Creek’s stomping grounds. The employee-owned company shared with us its passion for riding and making the finest products they know how to.

Bike Test: Transition Bandit 29

05.13.2014 //

THERE’S A MARVELOUS AMOUNT OF TECHNOLOGY PACKED into today’s bikes. But we should be as grateful for simple advancements like short stems and sloping top tubes as we are for through axles and disc brakes. While folks in white lab coats are making our bikes lighter and faster, rider-driven frame manufacturers like Transition are making them more fun. So we’re always eager to see Transition’s take on the fun-starved world of big wheels.

Video: Introducing the Trek Session 650B

04.29.2014 //

You’ve seen it in action, piloted by Trek World Racing athletes. But what’s the story behind Trek’s 650B Session? We headed out to America’s heartland to find out.

Bike Test: Giant Anthem Advanced 27.5

04.25.2014 //

THE ANTHEM ADVANCED 27.5 2 IS A BARGAIN. YES, IT’S STILL a lot of money, but considering that it has the same exact carbon and alloy frame as the $8,250 flagship model, it’s a good deal. The 2×10 Sram X.7 shifters are an impressive improvement from the previous 9-speed triggers, with a smaller, streamlined look and more positive lever feel. With these paddles strung to X.7 and X.9 Type 2 front and rear derailleurs respectively, the shifting is crisp and precise.

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