Specialized announced its 2016 Stumpjumper today, and it has a huge hole in it.
The women’s version of the Stumpy sports a carbon frame with alloy rear triangle, a different paint job and saddle, shorter cranks, narrower handlebars and a lighter tuned rear suspension, but the geometry is identical to the 650b men’s bike.
There are carbon frames that cost nearly as much as this bike--Giant's least expensive carbon Trance model. So what's the catch? Are the parts crap? Here are some first thoughts after a few months aboard the Trance Advanced 27.5 2.
This sub-$3000 bike packs a lot of value. But how did it perform on trail?
Our testers were hard-pressed to resist the drop-dead looks of Intense's Tracer.
For 2015, Niner introducted a half carbon/half aluminum version of the Rip 9, which means you can get into a carbon Rip 9 beginning at $2,200 for the frame and $3,300 for the “1 Star” model. Here are some impressions on the slightly (and smartly) up-spec'd "2 Star" version of Niner's all-purpose machine.
Specialized has tweaked its popular Rumor women's-specific trail bike to give it a few modern touches like snappier geometry, more travel and 27.5-inch wheels. The changes reflect Specialized's evolving philosophy to offer multiple wheel sizes on its popular mountain bikes, whereas the company was previously firmly planted in the 29er camp.
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.
The cat is out of the bag; here are Specialized's "6Fattie" hardtails.
The Sea Otter Classic represents the start of the race season in North America, and serves as a venue for brands to show their latest wares to thousands of consumers roaming the aisles of the outdoor festival.
What's the deal with 27.5+ and 29+? Why is the bike industry suddenly pushing another new wheel size? And, most importantly, is it worth your time and money? Get your answers in this latest video installment of our Blueprint series.
You don’t need to read the Chromag logo to recognize that this 29er hardtail measures wins in units of fun, not on the stopwatch.
We put Rocky Mountain's Blizzard to the test to see how the aggressively angled fatbike performs on snow-packed trails.
Twin Six, an alternative-style cycling apparel company out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, surprised just about everyone last year when it announced its entrance into the bike manufacturing business.
A look at Bike editor Nicole Formosa's Scott Contessa Genius 700 Dream Build.
The Santa Cruz Tallboy is, in many ways, the bike that proved the merit of full-suspension 29ers. But does it stack up to the new breed of big-wheeled bikes?
With its overbuilt pivots, supple suspension feel and good pedaling support, this burly bike should offer years of service to aspiring rippers.
Gear Editor Ryan Palmer shows off his dream build: a decked-out Trek Fuel EX 29.
A burly concoction from GT, praised for its pedaling efficiency, praised for its descending ability, and targeted for, or better yet, tailor-made for shredders.