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The new Ibis Mojo HD3 represents a ground-up redesign of Ibis’ famed all-mountain bike. We’ve been lucky enough to ride the thing. Here’s the story.

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Bike Test: Specialized S-Works Enduro 650B

11.17.2014

TYPICALLY, BIKE BRANDS GET EXCITED TO SHOW US THEIR latest and greatest bikes, but Specialized seemed more stoked to show us its new Henge seat at this year’s product launch in Hood River, Oregon, than the new Enduro 650b–a bike so sick that it is impossible to not to get jazzed about it.

Palmer’s Picks: Reynolds Blacklabel 27.5 AM Wheels

11.12.2014

Did you know that World Cup downhill racers tune their wheel stiffness by adjusting spoke tension to suit certain courses? Optimizing wheel stiffness can improve traction, control and comfort. Reynolds has done an excellent job at this with the Blacklabel wheels. For me, they strike a great balance between providing stable, yet supple ride–something I appreciated after experiencing how harsh some of the other carbon wheels on the market can be.

Bike Test: Juliana Roubion C

11.10.2014

FIRST OF ALL, YES, THIS IS A VERY, VERY EXPENSIVE BIKE. BUT, the almost-unbelievable pricetag is also part of what makes it remarkable. That a brand would risk producing a bike gleaming with the most expensive parts available for such a small pool of potential buyers says a lot about the state of the women’s market.

Bike Test: Trek Remedy 9.8 29

11.04.2014

My first ride on the new carbon fiber Remedy 9.8 29 reminded me how capable this line of bikes is, plus now it’s much livelier, snappier and over a pound lighter. It’s a markedly better ride. The bike scoots up hills just as well as the Fuel EX, but ups the ante on descents.

BIKE TEST: Yeti SB5C

10.29.2014

IT’S BEEN ONLY A TAD MORE THAN THREE YEARS SINCE YETI introduced its ‘Switch Technology’ suspension platform on its ‘SB’ (Super Bike) line of full-suspension rigs, drawing accolades from longtime Yeti lovers while also converting new members to the tribe. We at Bike were early advocates of the company’s flagship Switch Technology bike–the 6-inch-travel, 26-inch-wheeled SB-66–and we reveled in the countless hours of trail time spent aboard that capable all-rounder.

Photo Gallery III: 2015 Bible of Bike Tests

10.17.2014

After nearly two weeks of testing, we're wrapping up the 2105 Bible of Bike Tests in Central Oregon. Here is one more batch of photos from our annual buyer's guide test. Keep an eye out for complete print and web coverage in the coming months.

Photo Gallery II: 2015 Bible of Bike Tests

10.13.2014

Photo Gallery II: The Bike test crew has assembled in Bend, Oregon, for the 2015 Bible of Bike Tests. For two weeks, a dedicated crew of nine testers puts next year’s most promising bikes through the paces on the expansive trail systems of Central Oregon.

Photo Gallery I: 2015 Bible of Bike Tests

10.10.2014

Photo Gallery I: The Bike test crew has assembled in Bend, Oregon, for the 2015 Bible of Bike Tests. For the next two weeks, a dedicated crew of nine testers will put next year’s most promising bikes through the paces on the expansive trail systems of Central Oregon.

News: 2015 Bible of Bike Tests Begins

10.08.2014

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.

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.

Review: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon Evo 650b

09.27.2014

While I cannot say that I like the 650b Stumpy more than the 26- or 29-inch versions, I can say that it is extremely capable.

Review: Liteville 601 Mk3

09.23.2014

At 30 pounds, the 190-millimeter Liteville 601 Mk3 seems capable of running both up and down the hill.

Tested: Ellsworth Epiphany C XC & Epiphany 275 Enduro SST.2e

09.18.2014

Ellsworth's Epiphany C XC and Epiphany Enduro sport nearly identical frames, suspension travel and components...and yet offer very different rides. Which bike is better?

Interbike 2014: Gear roundup day 5

09.12.2014

When you put the industry's best and brightest in a giant room together you'll find a seemingly, endless supply of awesome stuff. Here's yet another gallery of show floor finds.

First Look: Bell Super 2R helmet

09.12.2014

Now the Bell Super 2R isn’t directly marketed as an enduro-specific helmet, but one look at it, and well, it’s the perfect enduro helmet. Why carry two helmets, when you can carry one?

Interbike 2014 product videos, day 4

09.12.2014

Sometimes it's better to hear straight from the source when learning about new products. Here's a couple videos from our fourth day on the Indoor Demo floor of Interbike 2014.

First Look: KTM mountain bikes

09.11.2014

Try a carbon, 1x11 hardtail that weighs just shy of 19 pounds. Or if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, how about a 160-millimeter, 4-bar, all-mountain machine that looks like it’s ready to take on a multi-stage enduro race? Still not convinced, how about a 110-millimeter 29er that looks like it’ll give Trek, Specialized and Yeti a run for their money.

First Impressions: Giant Reign Advanced 27.5 1

09.10.2014

Giant Bicycles has really stepped up its game this year in the longer-travel department, launching a completely redesigned 6-inch-travel Reign that was built around 27.5-inch wheels. The company spent the better part of two years making sure the new Reign meets the needs of its fastest enduro racers, and after spending hundreds of hours of trail time on it, we think it's a bike you should know about.

First Impressions: Transition Scout 1

09.10.2014

The all-new Scout is a playful trail bike that is fun right out of the box. It's one of four new bikes Transition is introducing at Interbike, all of which use the Horst Link suspension design, or ‘Giddy Up’ as Transition named it to poke fun at the common misconception that the link is called ‘Horse’ Link.

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