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Review: Specialized Andorra Short

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.

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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.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Giant Glory 0

02.19.2013

Giant’s re-worked Glory is a dyed-in-the-wool World Cup racer—light, stiff, well-equipped and built for speed.

Rocky Mountain Altitude 790 MSL Preview

02.18.2013

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).

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Kona Process DL

02.14.2013

Every feature on the trail felt more doable on the Kona. In the strictest sense of the word, it was certainly the most all-mountain of the bikes we had on test.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – BMC Fourstroke FS01 29

02.11.2013

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.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Salsa El Mariachi 2

02.04.2013

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.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Niner Jet 9 Carbon

02.01.2013

Sure, it’d make a competent race bike, but with a 120-millimeter fork and some 2.4-inch tires thrown in the mix—the frame is designed to accommodate both of these things—the Jet 9 Carbon could also prove a capable trail bike.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review–Scott Genius 720

01.30.2013

If you like mixing it up between cross-country throttling and technical charging, the Scott Genius 720 might be your match.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc

01.28.2013

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.

Exclusive: Video Review – 2013 Diamondback Mason

01.25.2013

Just as Zeppelin left Top 40 to the Bee Gees while they pursued something pure and kick ass, so too has Diamondback steered away from the obvious style of 29er with this model, the Mason.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Devinci Wilson Carbon SL

01.23.2013

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.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Ibis Mojo HD

01.21.2013

The Ibis Mojo HD has received a few key upgrades since we first tested it two years ago and continues to hold its own in the light, yet brawny, superbike category. Here's the video review from our Bible of Bike Test sessions in Fruita.

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.

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