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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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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.

Review: Norco Shinobi 2

12.07.2012

The Shinobi is a fun and capable trail shredder that will efficiently take you to the top of the climb and will charge all the way to the bottom. In the realm of 29er all-mountain bikes, the Norco certainly holds its own.

Video: Specialized’s 2013 Demo 8

11.06.2012

Here's a bit of background on the latest iteration of the Specialized Demo 8 and why Berrecloth chooses to pilot it.

Tested: Converting from 26er to 650B

10.10.2012

Replaceable drop-outs enable you to convert Intense's Carbine into a 650B rig. We give it a go.

Fresh: Specialized S-Works Fate Carbon 29

10.08.2012

Specialized S-Works Fate Carbon 29 specialized.com $7,500 The Fate Carbon is one women’s mountain bike where the phrase “pink it and shrink it” does not apply in the slightest–there is not a bit of pink on this bike (that we could find), it’s frame shape is totally different than the men’s version, and it definitely […]

Fresh: Marin Mount Vision XM

10.04.2012

Marin Mount Vision XM Pro marinbikes.com $5300 While the linkage on the Marin Mount Vision XM may look vastly different than the company’s Quad-Link Suspension designs of a few years ago, the overall suspension characteristics remain very similar. The more “conventionally shaped” frame of this, the third iteration of the Quad-Link design allows for more […]

Fresh: Fezzari Hidden Peak

10.03.2012

Fezzari Hidden Peak X.0 fezzari.com If you are wondering why you’ve never seen a Fezzari in a bike shop, it’s because , unlike most bike companies, the company sells most of its bikes direct to the consumer. Fezzari claims this helps keep the consumer’s costs down, while keeping its product quality high. To help waive […]

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