The ‘Big S’ is one of the industry’s most polarizing companies, but love Specialized or hate ‘em, it’s tough to argue against the product. Nearly everything that the Morgan Hill marketing machine rolls out is top-notch.
To be a better rider you have to make yourself better; buying stuff won’t actually make you better. Unfortunately the sirens of the marketeers are louder than all, so sometimes we may give into the hyperbole and forget that we need to improve ourselves first. Really, the truth is often that we suck, rather than the things we choose to project our suckiness upon.
There’s a simple beauty in Juliana’s approach. The bikes aren’t overworked. They aren’t given super short top-tubes and painted to look like doilies under the pretense of meeting women’s needs. Instead, the Juliana line is comprised of damn good bikes shifted down the size spectrum.
Call it a hardtail if you must, but truly this is just a very capable, all-terrain, all-mountain, all-seasons, all-weather, all of the above, all-purpose, all-around, all-aboard, all-inclusive, all-hell-breaks- loose, all-star, all manner of brilliance, bicycle.
Rocky Mountain's new Altitude 750 is a capable trail bike that can be fine-tuned like no other model on the market.
There are plusher bikes out there. Lighter bikes as well. Where the Instinct excels, however, is its balance and versatility. I'd happily ride this thing anywhere outside of a bike park. A quick tweak of the geometry and the bike is ready to tackle just about anything. That's not something you can say of most 29ers.
If you haven't heard of enduro racing by now, you have some serious catching up to do. The European-rooted race discipline is sweeping across North American this summer, with new races cropping up all over the West. California, Oregon and Washington all have their own series now, and this year marks the inception of the World Enduro Series. In other words, enduro has hit the big time.
Norco's 650b-equipped, all-mountain machine is a well-executed bike that makes some sacrifices to its climbing abilities so that there are no sacrifices—or excuses—on the descents
Check out bike mag's first ride impressions of Yeti's new SB95C carbon five-inch travel 29er, and see the latest ARC hard tail.
We sent our trail correspondent, Everett Burl-Sap to scientifically test 26-inch and 650b wheels against one another using the Banshee Spitfire as the test rig – a 140-millimeter travel mountain bike that features interchangeable dropouts that can accommodate both 26" and 650b wheels. This test practically dripped with science!
Salsa Beargrease Framset: $1,000 salsacycles.com Fatbikes traditionally have been designed with a high level of utility built in to them, with eyelets and reinforcements for cargo racks and plenty of extra water-bottle mounts. Salsa, however, took a different approach with its Beargrease. Designed it specifically as a race rig, the frame is completely void of […]
9:Zero:7 McGrath MSRP: $2,750 907bikes.com 9:Zero:7 bikes is a small bike company out of Anchorage, Alaska, with a rich history in snow riding. The company claims to have built the first ever aluminum-framed fatbike. The 9:Zero:7 model tested here, uses the symmetrical 170-millimeter rear dropout standard and is built with, pretty much, the McGrath parts […]
Fatback Titanium Frame only: $2,100 fatbackbikes.com By Ryan LaBar Titanium bikes, in any branch of the sport, have a certain lust factor to them. They are lightweight, elegant and offer a ride quality like no other bikes. On snow, however, the soft surface and squishy balloon tires all but entirely mutes the special ride quality […]