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Adam Craig’s Prototype Giant Trance X 29er

07.09.2012

Adam Craig defended his U.S. National Super D title yet again in Sun Valley, Idaho. This year he piloted a prototype Giant Trance X 29er to victory. Bike magazine caught up with Craig after the race to talk about his new ride. That said, Giant, and hence Craig, is staying pretty quiet about the Trance […]

Preview: Scott Bike’s 650b Genius 700 and 29er Genius 900

07.08.2012

By Ryan LaBar For its 10th birthday, the Scott Genius received not only a complete frame and suspension redesign, but also a complete wheel-size change. Scott will now offer the Genius in 650b (27.5-inch) and 29-inch wheel sizes–only the Genius LT will have 26-inch wheels. Aside from the original concept of the Genius–having two bikes […]

Giant’s New Trance X 29er

07.03.2012

Giant Bicycles will soon release a 29er version of their popular Trance X model. In the meantime, check it out here.

Cannondale Trigger 1 First Impressions, Plus New Lefty and Trigger 29er Info

06.26.2012

By Ryan LaBar Cannondale recently brought a group of mountain bike journalists to Deer Valley, Utah, to launch a new bike, as well as go over its changes, to the “OverMountain” line. This new bike is the Trigger, a 120-millimeter (adjustable down to 70 millimeters) trail bike to fill the short-travel gap that was in […]

Preview: Niner Bikes S.I.R. 9

06.19.2012

Niner Bikes S.I.R 9 $999 (frame-only) / ninerbikes.com By Kevin Rouse Niner Bikes is looking to prove that steel has a solid spot on the list of modern mountain-bike building materials. Their argument for ferrous fabrication? Look no further than the completely redesigned Niner Bikes S.I.R 9. Centered around a proprietary steel tubeset that includes […]

First Impressions: Yeti SB95

06.04.2012

The all mountain 29er market is growing fast and Yeti's SB95 is one of the handful of bikes you should be paying attention to if you're even remotely interested in anything either "all mountain" or "29er".

First Impressions: 2013 Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL BC Edition

06.01.2012

By Brice Minnigh Photos by Van Swae Rocky Mountain Bicycles is rolling out its 2013 line of carbon 29ers—the Element 29 RSL—and Bike magazine somehow managed to shanghai one for some early-summer shredding. The bike we have is the 970 BC Edition—the only one of the company’s four new Element 970 RSL models that comes […]

First Impressions: One Ghost Industries Musashi

05.29.2012

By Ryan LaBar One Ghost Industries Musashi oneghost.com $2,300 (Frame with shock) My first contact with One Ghost Industries came a while ago through a Facebook comment on a post for one of our stories here on bikemag.com. I looked more into the company based mostly on my fascination of its name. I found that […]

Review: Ventana El Toro Bravo

05.26.2012

By Stevil Kinevil Ventana El Toro Bravo $2600 (as tested) ventanausa.com To begin this review, I will offer you a little history lesson, during which time absolutely no note-taking is required. Despite the fact that Ventana Bicycles is a relatively intimate operation, their name is synonymous with an array of revolutionary suspension advancements and fabrication […]

First Impressions: Niner E.M.D. 9

05.18.2012

By Kevin Rouse Niner E.M.D. 9 $550 (frame only) ninerbikes.com First things first, basketball’s not exactly my forte, I rely on stepstools quite a bit and, freshly shaven with a beanie and sunglasses on, I was able to get youth lift passes well into my late teens. Accordingly, when 29ers hit the scene, I was […]

Preview: Felt Edict Nine LTD

05.17.2012

Felt introduced the all-new Edict in 2011 to some pretty positive reviews. It featured one of the lightest frames in its class and an innovative, updated suspension design—Felt Active Stay Technology (F.A.S.T.).

First Impressions: Yeti SB66C

05.14.2012

Yeti has just released the carbon-fiber version of their popular SB66 all-mountain bruiser. Here are our initial impressions of a bike that, no bones about it, is going to be one of the most sought-after rigs on the market.

First Look: Open Cycles O-1.0

05.05.2012

Industry veterans Gerard Vroomen (Co-founder of Cervélo) and Andy Kessler (Former CEO of BMC), have partnered together in an interesting new venture dubbed Open. With the launch of their O-1.0 hardtail, the nascent brand has already made a name for themselves, claiming the bike to be the lightest 29-inch production hardtail on the market.

First Impressions: Scott Genius LT 20

04.29.2012

Plenty of bikes these days are touted quiver killers—you know, the one bike that you can supposedly ride anywhere.

First Impressions: GT Distortion 2.0

04.24.2012

By Ryan LaBar GT Distortion 2.0 gtbicycles.com $3,300 GT’s Distortion defies conventional bike categorization. The bike has a 66.4-degree head angle, 17-inch chainstays, 13.8-inch high bottom bracket, a 150-millimeter fork, bash guard and wide bars with a short stem. None of these numbers seem out of place together, but what’s unusual is that the Distortion […]

Trail Testing Giant’s Anthem X Advanced 29er

04.22.2012

By Vernon Felton A week ago I posted a quick summary of Giant’s newest addition to its mountain line—the Anthem X Advanced 29er. In a nutshell, Giant took their best-selling, full-suspension bike to date (the Anthem X 29er) and replaced its aluminum front triangle with one made of carbon. The result: a loss of 185 […]

Video Preview: Yeti Cycles 303 Prototype World Cup Carbon

04.22.2012

Here’s a look at what makes Jared Graves’ Yeti Cycles 303 Prototype World Cup Carbon downhill bike tick.

BMC Launches Teamelite TE01 29 Carbon Hardtail

04.18.2012

By Ryan LaBar Just in time for Sea Otter, BMC launched its first carbon 29er hardtail. At first glance, it’s apparent that BMC’s new Teamelite TE01 29 is not a cookie-cutter carbon bike. According to BMC, the TE01 29 was designed from the ground up to be a no-compromise racing machine that was “Fast, efficient […]

Giant Launches Carbon Anthem X Advanced 29er

04.16.2012

While 2012 is just yet groggily stumbling to its feet the bike industry is already opening the door on 2013 product.

Intense Launches Hard Eddie Carbon 29er Hardtail

04.11.2012

Intense Cycles recently announced the launch of its all new Hard Eddie bike--the company's first hard tail 29er.

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