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BIKE TEST: Yeti SB5C

IT’S BEEN ONLY A TAD MORE THAN THREE YEARS SINCE YETI introduced its ‘Switch Technology’ suspension platform on its ‘SB’ (Super Bike) line of full-suspension rigs, drawing accolades from longtime Yeti lovers while also converting new members to the tribe. We at Bike were early advocates of the company’s flagship Switch Technology bike–the 6-inch-travel, 26-inch-wheeled SB-66–and we reveled in the countless hours of trail time spent aboard that capable all-rounder.

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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.

Initial Thoughts: Santa Cruz’s Long-Travel Tallboy LT 29ers

04.04.2012

By Brice Minnigh Truth be told, I was sold on the concept before I even got to ride Santa Cruz’s new long-travel 29ers—the aluminum Tallboy LT and carbon Tallboy LTc.

Is there a better option than 29er, 650b or 26?

04.01.2012

As we were putting the final touches on Vernon Felton’s “War of Wheels” story for the March issue of Bike, our edit staff couldn’t help but wonder if we shouldn’t have another mountain-bike standard.

First Look: Orange Gyro 29er

03.29.2012

Orange Gyro Black Gold

Photos: Scott’s New Gambler

03.15.2012

The new Scott Gambler appears to have a single-pivot, linkage-driven suspension design.

A Day on the Kona Satori and a Look at the Honzo

03.01.2012

As evidenced by my previous two "House of the Big Wheel launch" posts (here and here), it's clear that Kona has completely embraced the 29-inch wheel size.

Salad Days Revisited

02.27.2012

My first full-suspension bike was a Santa Cruz Superlight. I bought the spartan grey frame with Fox Float shock third-hand, from a Swiss Frenchman named ‘Fred’ whom I used to ride with on Hong Kong’s mountainous Lantau Island.

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