Only a few names like BMC and Lapierre have crossed the pond in recent years, and they rarely grab much of a foothold here. But 22-year-old German brand, Ghost, is getting a bit of a leg up from REI.
You hear a lot from us about what Bike's Bible of Bike Tests is all about. But how would our annual bike-testing boot camp strike someone from outside the immediate Bike family? Red Bull Bike visited us on location in Sedona, Arizona, last October and created this behind-the-scenes look at our yearly testing grind.
With as many bells and whistles as the Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned comes equipped with, it's no wonder our testers had such varied thoughts about this capable bike. But while its unbeatable array of high-end components had us in love at first sight, after spending considerable trail time on the bike, some testers questioned whether it was trying to be too many things at once. Check out this video to see it straight from the horses' mouths:
Of the six downhill bikes we tested in this year's Bible of Bike Tests, the Specialized Demo 8 II really stood apart from the rest. All of our testers agreed the geometry was perfect, and they immediately felt at home on the bike. And the traction? Unparalleled. Watch this video to find out why the Demo pushed our testers to charge harder on our DH test track near Flagstaff, Arizona.
I’ve been having dreams about the Spitfire since I sent back the model I picked as my tester’s choice in the 2011 Bible of Bike Tests. That original version was everything I wanted … almost. I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to see if Banshee’s new 2013 Spitfire together with a no-compromise build kit could truly be the bike of my dreams.
The subtle geometry choices in Kona’s new range of Process bikes mark a tipping point for mountain-bike fit and sizing. Despite being very different than road cycling, mountain bikes are still often designed around the supposition that sizing can be appointed by static fit—one built around a seated rider riding on a fixed plane.
Niner's new steel hardtail, the ROS 9, really took our testers by surprise. It comes with geometry and parts that suggest it is more about fun than racing performance, and it had one of our testers forgetting all of her troubles and simply frolicking on the trails of Sedona, Arizona. Watch this Roundtable Reels video to find out why.
Matt Hunter's world-first mountain-bike expedition into Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor last summer with Anthill Films and Bike editor Brice Minnigh required a bike that could handle punishing climbs and fast descents on unforgiving, rugged terrain.
The Evil Uprising is the “Chinese Democracy” of the mountain bike world. Like the Guns 'n Roses album that Axl Rose obsessively fiddled with for decades, the Uprising has spent an eternity in the prototype stage. Turns out, it might have been worth the wait.
The carbon-fiber version of a classic Yeti model embodies the brand's racing spirit, and ignited our testers' inner competitive fires.
Gear editor Ryan Palmer's personalized Specialized Stumpjumper EVO
Devinci’s downhill beast feels comfortable from the first pedal stroke. The short 430-millimeter chainstays paired with the low standover instilled confidence to throw this bike around on rugged terrain. For a downhill bike, the Wilson pedals efficiently, and cranking out of corners was simple and enjoyable in comparison to some of the other DH bikes we tested.
Few bike companies have forged more boldly into the 27.5-inch-wheel market than Giant Bicycles, and the company's new Trance Advanced SX 27.5 certainly ignited the passion of our 2014 Bible of Bike Tests crew. Check out our latest 'Roundtable Reels' video to find out what stoked the flames of this fireside debate.
Of all 34 bikes in the 2014 Bible of Bike Tests, the Santa Cruz Bronson C was definitely one of the most talked-about. Each of our testers was fired up to see how the new 650b bike would compare with the company's tried-and-true Blur LT. Watch this video to find out what we discovered. Be sure to make it to minute marker 6.21 to hear what our gear editor really thinks about press-fit bottom brackets. You'll be glad you did.
Logan Peat and Josh Bryceland rip around Santa Cruz with two classics: the Jackal and a 1949 GM 4101 Union Pacific Streamliner. This will get you stoked to ride this weekend.
In its former life, the Intense 951 was playful, lively and nimble, leaving full-on racing duties to the M9. Not anymore. The 951 EVO has been reincarnated into a focused racer-type, drinking protein shakes and sharing gym time with the Athertons. The trouble is, it lost its sense of humor.
Given a carte blanche opportunity to build my one and only, I opted for a bike that was hopefully an evolution of my own riding philosophy. I chose the Ibis Ripley, hoping it would strike a balance between 100-millimeter-travel, XC-oriented bikes and more burly, but less XC-friendly 140-millimeter-plus bikes I had been alternating back and forth between for the past few years.
Why did the 29-inch-wheeled Turner Czar, the company's first foray into carbon, blur the lines between a trail bike and an XC race whip? And why did it make our testers feel like Superman?
The 2014 Bible of Bike Tests is now on newsstands, and it features straightforward reviews of 34 of this year's most promising bikes. We've created videos with highlights from our candid 'roundtable discussions' of each bike, all against a backdrop of shredding footage from our test trails in Sedona, Arizona. Here's the first: On the all-new GT Sensor Carbon Expert, a bike that totally took our testers by surprise. Be sure to watch until the end to find out what this bike's awesomely low bottom bracket meant for one of our testers....
It’s clear that Turner set out to make a 27.5-inch-wheeled bike that was uniquely its own with the new Burner. the high-speed stability and outstanding cornering prowess are standout ride features. Knowing that the bike climbs as well as it descends makes it an ideal candidate for someone looking for a no-nonsense, do-it-all trail bike.