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Bike Test: Spot Brand Cream

The Cream isn’t for the masses: It’s a three-year product of passion made with little regard for cost. Each tube was selected, shaped and tapered to provide the desired ride feel, vertical compliance and lateral stiffness.

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Friday Five: Setup

05.10.2013

This weekend, before setting out on your ride, spend five minutes going over your bike, checking the dials, presets, and science tubes that adore your all terrain vehicle. It might save your cherished and long awaited ride.

Nine Questions for Brandon Ontiveros

05.02.2013

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.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Norco Range Killer B-1

04.30.2013

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

News: Tomac Mountain Bikes stops production

04.26.2013

Joel Smith has discontinued his license of Tomac Mountain Bikes, leaving an uncertain future for the namesake brand of one of the sport’s most legendary racers.

News: Kona Unveils Carbon Operator

04.25.2013

Kona finally goes carbon with an all new Operator. Peep it here.

News: Specialized unveils Rumor women’s 29er

04.23.2013

Specialized deepened its commitment to the big wheel size with the unveiling of Rumor, a line of three alloy-frame women’s specific dual suspension 29ers.

Sea Otter News: Yeti Launches Carbon SB95 and ARC Models

04.19.2013

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.

News: Scott Scale 650b Hardtail Release

04.18.2013

Just before all the Sea Otter commotion began, we headed out for a few laps on Scott's new Scale 700 series 650b hardtail.

Exclusive: 26-Inch/650b Death Match…With Puppets

04.10.2013

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!

Bike Test: Salsa Beargrease

04.09.2013

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 […]

Bike Test: 9:Zero:7 McGrath

04.09.2013

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 […]

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Felt Edict Nine 3

04.03.2013

Felt’s smartly dressed, carbon 29er is more than just a good value, it’s an excellent choice for aggressive XC racers desiring a fast and nimble bike.

Bike Test: Fatback Titanium

03.26.2013

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 […]

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Scott Gambler 10

03.22.2013

The new Scott Gambler 10 requires some commitment from its pilot, but rewards daring riders with insane control in fast, big-boy terrain.

Exclusive Video: Ibis Ripley 29er

03.18.2013

It took six long years to make the new Ibis Ripley 29er...What took them so long? We crashed Ibis headquarters, brought a video crew and got the exclusive story. Check out our video and, if you're feeling particularly literate, we've got words and pretty pictures too.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Kona Operator

03.11.2013

Calling a bike ‘vanilla’ is usually an insult, but inthe case of the Kona Operator, it’s just the opposite. This bike is plain, simple and durable, and these traits are exactly why we loved it.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Cannondale Trigger Carbon 1

03.05.2013

Cannondale's Trigger Carbon 1 is fast, flickable and tons of fun, though it left some testers wondering whether bigger wheels would make green grass greener.

Video Exclusive: Specialized Enduro 29er

02.27.2013

We went into the heart of Specialized Bicycles to find out both how and most importantly, why, the company decided to squeeze those big wheels onto their Enduro model. Welcome to the first installment of our new Blueprint video series: the story of an impressive new product, from the perspective of the people who designed it. Hard questions asked. Interesting answers given.

News: Specialized Enduro 29 Unveiled

02.27.2013

Our test pilot raced the previously top-secret Specialized Enduro 29er in one of Europe's most grueling enduro races. Here's what he thought of the bike and the race.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Giant Trance X 29er 0

02.25.2013

Giant’s new 29er is effortlessly capable. In any rider’s hands, challenging terrain seems to disappear under its tires. Our testers, however, found lots of room for debate.

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