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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rocky completely redesigned the Altitude line this year. There are five new models in the lineup—three of them bearing carbon somewhere on the frames, two others rocking all-aluminum chassis. The 790 is, in fact, a total carbon fiber dance party (both the front and rear triangles are made of the stuff).
The FS01’s geometry is set somewhere between ‘trail’ and ‘cross-country,’ making it eager to rally through corners and manual through whoops when the track points down. Where other cross-country bikes might start feeling sketchy, this bike just wants to go faster. Our test model broke, but BMC states that this is a first-time failure for this model. Check out the review for more.
Our cross-country test course possessed its share of technical climbs and descents that kept our testers on their toes. Despite that fact, each rider found there was something about the Salsa El Mariachi 2 that made it feel right at home among all the fancier, newfangled rigs.
Santa Cruz's long-travel, carbon 29er was top three in many of our books and took home one Editor's Pick selection. Why did we universally like this bike? Check out the video.
The Wilson has an interesting mix of soft, ground-hugging suspenstion that tracks well in turns and shrugs off square-edged hits, and a stiff, lightweight frame. What did our testers think of it? Check out the video.
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.
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.