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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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Preview: Intense Tracer 275 Mountain bike

07.25.2012

Just 24 hours ago, Intense Cycles joined the many companies (Norco, Jamis and Scott, to name just a few) that have rolled out new 650B models. The new bike is called the Tracer 275 and Intense predicts it'll be available in October.

Diamondback 2013 Launch: Sweet Singletrack and Sick Dirt Jumps

07.23.2012

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.

Preview: Felt Compulsion

07.19.2012

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 […]

First Impressions: 2013 Scott Gambler 10

07.13.2012

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.

First Impressions: 2013 Scott Genius 700 and 900

07.11.2012

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 […]

Cannondale’s New Trigger Model Captured Live

07.10.2012

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 […]

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.

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