For the next two weeks, 34 bikes will get poked, prodded, ridden hard, and put away wet, dusty and rattled. Then the crew will cuss, discuss, love, hate and debate until the truth behind each bike is sifted to the surface—on camera—in the annual ‘Roundtable Reels’ video debates.
All 2014 bible of bike tests
Our longtime romance with the Trek Remedy has had highs and lows. But with the new 27.5-inch-wheeled Remedy, we've been reunited—and yes, it feels so good.
In the unthinkable event of nuclear holocaust, only the Nukeproof Pulse Pro and the cockroaches would be left standing. Well, actually, Nukeproof's speed-seeking downhill rig wouldn't be standing at all—it would be hurtling down technical terrain at mind-numbing speeds. And it would crush any cockroach that scurried into its path. Watch this video to find out why.
After spending serious time on the new Yeti SB-75 during our Bible of Bike Tests , we were divided over how it stacks up against its 'Super Bike' siblings.
The Intense Carbine 29 certainly evoked some intense feelings from the testers who put this impeccably equipped 29er through its paces in Sedona, Arizona.
This was one of the more controversial bikes we tested. On one hand you have a brilliant carbon chassis and on the other hand you have an inhibiting component spec and a love-it or-hate-it automated rear suspension.
The Specialized Epic Comp Carbon made our testers want to don race bibs and give Dave Wiens and Lance Armstrong a run for their money in the Leadville 100.
The latest version of Salsa's all-mountain 29er, the Horsethief 2, left some of our testers wanting to hit the trail as if they were running from the law.
Marin has made a comeback with the Mount Vision Carbon XM Pro. But how does this smartly equipped model rank against other top-of-the-line 'enduro' bikes?
Most mountain bikers are well aware of Specialized's flagship Stumpjumper and Enduro models. But hiding in the shadow of these standout bikes is a less-celebrated yet equally capable beast: the Specialized Camber Expert Carbon EVO 29.
Jamis has been making bikes with 27.5-inch wheels longer than most brands, so we had high expectations of the company's new cross-country whip, the Dakar XCT 650 Team. In this video, our testers debate whether the bike lives up to its promise.
There's no doubt about it: The Rocky Mountain Instinct 970 MSL BC Edition sparked some serious emotions in our testers, leading to this robust and unfettered debate about what wheel size actually means. Check it out.
Ever wonder what it's like spending the better part of a month on our (mostly) dude ranch, testing bikes and gear for our annual Bible of Bike Tests? This video should help put a few things into context. Strava and spandex not included.
Last year's launch of the Ibis Ripley was wildly anticipated, with intense speculation over whether the 29-inch-wheeled bike would measure up to its smaller-wheeled counterparts. When the red dust of our Sedona, Arizona test trail had settled, what did our testers have to say about this bike's performance?
For such an all-around workhorse of a bike, the 29-inch-wheeled Felt Virtue Nine 20 had our testers firmly divided on its strengths and weaknesses. One editor had one of his best rides of the entire Bible of Bike Tests on this beast. Watch this Roundtable Reels video to find out why.
Trek's line of Superfly cross-country 29ers includes nine hardtail models and seven full-suspension versions, giving riders ample options at multiple price points. We tested the more affordable aluminum Superfly 8 on the rocky-and-ledgy trails of Sedona, Arizona.
The Norco Sight Carbon LE FS is a versatile, well-rounded bike that is perfectly suited for technical terrain with plenty of vert. So why did it have our testers splitting hairs over relatively inconsequential things such as the choice of grips? Are we really such assholes? Or is the bike just that good?
While we'd ordinarily leave the limericks and whatnot for the Irishmen, we couldn't hold back on our praise of the GT Fury Team's straight-ahead steamroller sensibilities.
Going into this year's Bible of Bike Tests, the Devinci Troy Carbon SL was one of the most highly anticipated models among our testers. But after spending quality trail time on the bike, our test crew was divided on whether it lived up to its promise.