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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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Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Banshee Prime

01.14.2013

The 2013 Bible of Bike Tests issue is just now hitting newsstands around the world. This year we went the extra step of videotaping the action from our time spent testing and reviewing the most promising bikes and gear. Here's what we thought of Banshee's all-mountain wagon wheeler, the Prime.

Preview: Rocky Mountain Instinct 970

01.01.2013

The 29er Instinct has a lot in common with the latest Altitude. Obviously, it shares the Element and Altitude’s basic frame design. Less apparent, but just as important, the Instinct 29er also boasts “RIDE-9”: a shock mount containing two interlocking chips that enable you to significantly customize the bike’s geometry and rear suspension behavior.

Preview: 2013 Specialized Enduro Expert

12.27.2012

Lighter and more efficient--Specialized tweaked the new 2013 Enduro with an eye towards improving its climbing abilities while retaining its unrivaled descending traits. Here's a quick rundown on the bike, which is just now hitting stores.

Review: Norco Shinobi 2

12.07.2012

The Shinobi is a fun and capable trail shredder that will efficiently take you to the top of the climb and will charge all the way to the bottom. In the realm of 29er all-mountain bikes, the Norco certainly holds its own.

Video: Specialized’s 2013 Demo 8

11.06.2012

Here's a bit of background on the latest iteration of the Specialized Demo 8 and why Berrecloth chooses to pilot it.

Tested: Converting from 26er to 650B

10.10.2012

Replaceable drop-outs enable you to convert Intense's Carbine into a 650B rig. We give it a go.

Fresh: Specialized S-Works Fate Carbon 29

10.08.2012

Specialized S-Works Fate Carbon 29 specialized.com $7,500 The Fate Carbon is one women’s mountain bike where the phrase “pink it and shrink it” does not apply in the slightest–there is not a bit of pink on this bike (that we could find), it’s frame shape is totally different than the men’s version, and it definitely […]

Fresh: Marin Mount Vision XM

10.04.2012

Marin Mount Vision XM Pro marinbikes.com $5300 While the linkage on the Marin Mount Vision XM may look vastly different than the company’s Quad-Link Suspension designs of a few years ago, the overall suspension characteristics remain very similar. The more “conventionally shaped” frame of this, the third iteration of the Quad-Link design allows for more […]

Fresh: Fezzari Hidden Peak

10.03.2012

Fezzari Hidden Peak X.0 fezzari.com If you are wondering why you’ve never seen a Fezzari in a bike shop, it’s because , unlike most bike companies, the company sells most of its bikes direct to the consumer. Fezzari claims this helps keep the consumer’s costs down, while keeping its product quality high. To help waive […]

Fresh: Raleigh Talus 29 Elite

09.27.2012

Raleigh Talus 29 Elite Raleigh deems the Talus 29 series as its versatile trail 29er. The ‘Elite’ model, here, is Raleigh’s top-end aluminum model. Retailing at $1,800, we feel the Raleigh Talus 29 Elite comes with a pretty solid parts spec, complete with a Fox F29 CTD 100-millimeter fork (with a 15-millimeter through axle) and […]

Interbike 2012 – Ritchey P-650b

09.25.2012

Ritchey built its first 650b bike back in 1977, and now, keeping with the trends and going full circle, it’s producing a frame, tires and wheels in this wheel size. The Ritchey P-650b’s frame takes the successful P-series platform and adopts it to fit medium-sized wheels. This frame is set to retail for $1,100, and […]

Preview: Niner Unveils New Carbon RIP9 RDO

09.18.2012

Niner’s venerable RIP 9, their self-professed “quiver-killer” has gone carbon for 2013 with the RIP 9 RDO. The 2013 RIP 9 RDO in Rally Blue Featuring a full carbon frame, including linkages, the RIP 9 takes Niner’s patented CVA suspension and squeezes out 125-millimeters of travel designed with anywhere from a 120-millimeter to 140-millimeter fork […]

First Impressions: Scott Genius 900

09.18.2012

New frame. New shock. New wheel sizes. Scott's revamped Genius line has a lot to offer riders.

First Impressions: Deity Cryptkeeper

09.15.2012

By Anthony Smith Photos by J.P. Van Swae The Cryptkeeper began as a blank slate for Deity back in 2008. With a rider-owned ethos of making products for riders by riders, their goal was to perfect the deceivingly simple dirt jump hardtail. Making every effort to address even the smallest of details in their quest […]

Preview: Niner Expands Its Jet 9 Lineup

08.30.2012

The matter of street cred is of little consequence when it comes to Niner and 29-inch bikes. Structured entirely around the wheel size—right down to the name of the company—the brand has obviously made an unwavering commitment to big wheels. While it maybe not quite as apparent at first glance, the company has also formed […]

News: Kona’s New All-Mountain Bike

08.29.2012

Both of Kona's new Process models should skulk about in the chain-smoking, tough-kids’ corner of the all-mountain, high-school parking lot, alongside Specialized’s Enduro and Trek’s Slash models.

Preview: Specialized Bicycles’ 2013 Gravity Lineup

08.17.2012

By Kevin Rouse With no less than 30 boxes of pizza being assaulted by nearly as many journalists, marketing staff and the unmatched appetite of Swede sensation Martin Soderstrom (who knew the kid could eat as well as he can bunny hop?), it harked of one’s experience back at the dorm during university. Bikes strewn […]

First Impressions: Banshee Rune Version 2

08.16.2012

By Vernon Felton Banshee marketing manager, Jon Hadfield, is standing in line for the chairlift when a rider ahead of Hadfield turns around and fixes Hadfield with an eager grin. “Are you guys from Banshee Bikes,” he asks. It’s as good a guess as any—three of us are wending brand new Banshees through the crowded […]

First Impressions: 2013 Trek Fuel EX 9.9

08.15.2012

By Kevin Rouse Photos: Sterling Lorence and Dan Milner Believe it or not, the singletrack trail category makes up a whopping 78-percent of Trek’s sales in the United States. So when the company goes and gives the Fuel, its bread-and-butter trail bike, a complete redesign, there is definitely some pretty decent incentive to make sure […]

Morewood Debuts Split Pivot Bikes

08.08.2012

Morewood just announced that the wait is over. Two new Split Pivot (Dave Weagle) models—the 150-millimeter travel Sukuma and the 170-millimeter travel Jabula--are available now.

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