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.
Raleigh Talus 29 Elite Raleigh deems the Talus 29 series as its versatile trail 29er. The ‘Elite’ model, here, is Raleigh’s top-end aluminum model. Retailing at $1,800, we feel the Raleigh Talus 29 Elite comes with a pretty solid parts spec, complete with a Fox F29 CTD 100-millimeter fork (with a 15-millimeter through axle) and […]
Ritchey built its first 650b bike back in 1977, and now, keeping with the trends and going full circle, it’s producing a frame, tires and wheels in this wheel size. The Ritchey P-650b’s frame takes the successful P-series platform and adopts it to fit medium-sized wheels. This frame is set to retail for $1,100, and […]
Niner’s venerable RIP 9, their self-professed “quiver-killer” has gone carbon for 2013 with the RIP 9 RDO. The 2013 RIP 9 RDO in Rally Blue Featuring a full carbon frame, including linkages, the RIP 9 takes Niner’s patented CVA suspension and squeezes out 125-millimeters of travel designed with anywhere from a 120-millimeter to 140-millimeter fork […]
By Anthony Smith Photos by J.P. Van Swae The Cryptkeeper began as a blank slate for Deity back in 2008. With a rider-owned ethos of making products for riders by riders, their goal was to perfect the deceivingly simple dirt jump hardtail. Making every effort to address even the smallest of details in their quest […]
The matter of street cred is of little consequence when it comes to Niner and 29-inch bikes. Structured entirely around the wheel size—right down to the name of the company—the brand has obviously made an unwavering commitment to big wheels. While it maybe not quite as apparent at first glance, the company has also formed […]
By Kevin Rouse With no less than 30 boxes of pizza being assaulted by nearly as many journalists, marketing staff and the unmatched appetite of Swede sensation Martin Soderstrom (who knew the kid could eat as well as he can bunny hop?), it harked of one’s experience back at the dorm during university. Bikes strewn […]
By Vernon Felton Banshee marketing manager, Jon Hadfield, is standing in line for the chairlift when a rider ahead of Hadfield turns around and fixes Hadfield with an eager grin. “Are you guys from Banshee Bikes,” he asks. It’s as good a guess as any—three of us are wending brand new Banshees through the crowded […]
By Kevin Rouse Photos: Sterling Lorence and Dan Milner Believe it or not, the singletrack trail category makes up a whopping 78-percent of Trek’s sales in the United States. So when the company goes and gives the Fuel, its bread-and-butter trail bike, a complete redesign, there is definitely some pretty decent incentive to make sure […]
Here's the skinny on what sets Trek's new Stache hardtail apart from the company's long line of 29ers.
Diamondback Bicycles unveiled its 2013 line of mountain bikes over the weekend with the perfect blend of new product information and actual time on the trails—as well as on a spectacular composition of backyard dirt jumps.
By Kevin Rouse Felt Compulsion $2900-$6200 / feltbicycles.com It’s been a big year for Felt. One of the smallest ‘big’ companies, Felt has been rather busy since last year’s introduction of its all-new Edict XC whip, and if the company’s new Compulsion is any indication, its time has been far from wasted. Since the company’s […]
Earlier this week in Chatel, France, a select group of journalists gathered for the official launch of Scott Bikes new Gambler. This new downhill race bike was born in Alps on the same trails where we would get an opportunity to ride it for the first time.
By: Ryan LaBar Photos: Scott Sports/Ian Hylands Scott recently had a group of bike journalists come to Sun Valley, Idaho, to cover and ride its redesigned Genius line, which now comes in two wheel sizes: 650b (27-inch) and 29-inch. I got to spend a few days riding each bike on some of Sun Valley’s finest […]
By Vernon Felton Didn’t make it to the latest press launch to ride the latest Cannondale bikes? Well, neither did 99.9 percent of the world. The video below, however, gives you a first-hand glimpse of the bikes that were on display. No suprise, the the Jekyll and Claymore both make appearances, but so does Cannondale’s […]