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Interview: Breadwinner Cycles’ Take on The Perfect Rowdy Hardtail

There’s a commonly held belief that ultra-light steel hardtails are relics of a more sedate time–that t they can’t keep pace with today’s more aggressive riding styles. Breadwinner Cycles’ Bad Otis turns that notion on its head.

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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.

Exclusive Video: Yeti launches new Switch Infinity suspension platform

07.21.2014

It's been just over three years since Yeti Cycles unveiled its 'Switch Technology' suspension, and they're already introducing a new system called 'Switch Infinity'. We visited their headquarters in Golden, Colorado, to learn about the new design and create this Blueprint video to explain its intended benefits.

Cannondale Scalpel 29 review

07.20.2014

Like their namesake, the Cannondale Scalpel has a reputation for precision. It is also, however, expensive.

Preview: Breadwinner Cycles’ Bad Otis

07.17.2014

Do we feel bad about pummeling the bike voted "Best Mountain Bike" at this year's North American Handmade Bicycle Show? Hell no. Not when the winner, Breadwinner Cycle's Bad Otis, is 25 pounds of brawling fun. And, yes, that's a six-inch travel Pike up front.

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.

Gear: Transition TransAm 29

07.09.2014

If you think of 29er hardtails as being the domain of featherweight race whips, the TransAm 29 steps right up and dispels that stereotype. Yes, it’s a 29er. A steel 29er at that. This, however, is no crusty throwback to yesteryear.

Rocky Mountain Element 950 RSL review

07.09.2014

This bike tears up technical climbs with a relentless agility, and is almost as remorseless on steep descents filled with rocks, roots and sizeable drops–despite having a steepish 70.6-degree headtube angle.

New Product: BMC Speedfox

07.08.2014

The new BMC Speedfox packs in the vital features demanded by those seeking high quality, the latest technology, and most important, pure enjoyment.

First impressions: 2015 Scott gravity bikes

07.07.2014

We recently had an opportunity to ride the 2015 Scott gravity bikes, the 27.5-inch Gambler and 27.5-inch Voltage, in Chatel, France and Morgins, Switzerland.

Juliana Bicycles launches 2015 line

07.07.2014

Juliana Bicycles’ 2015 line of bikes shows that the commitment the brand first pledged to the women’s market a year ago remains a serious one.

Dual tester: Kona Hei Hei review

07.07.2014

There are four Kona Hei Hei models–two very affordable aluminum models and two carbon versions. Our $4,000 Hei Hei Deluxe is quipped with a carbon frame.

News: Spot Brand introduces the Cream SS

07.04.2014

The Spot Brand Cream SS is reportedly the most advanced, highly engineered titanium bike on the market. It also costs $8700.

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.

First Look: Ibis Tranny 29

06.30.2014

This morning, the veil is officially lifted to reveal the sleek, super lightweight Tranny 29 singlespeed or geared hardtail, about a year after Ibis retired the 26-inch version.

Preview: Transition TransAM 29 1

06.26.2014

A hardtail is a hardtail is a hardtail, right? Nope. Sure, they all lack rear suspension, but that's where the similarity often ends. Transition's TransAM 29er is a good example--a steel-framed wagon wheeler that's less interested in winning races and entirely obsessed with making short work of technical terrain. Vive la difference.

Santa Cruz Bicycles drops price on popular carbon frames

06.24.2014

A new manufacturing partnership has allowed Santa Cruz Bicycles to drop the prices on the carbon frames of some of its most-popular models: the Bronson, the 5010 and the Tallboy.

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.

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.

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