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Tested: Giant Trance Advanced SX–the Dream Build

The best bikes and components of 2014? Each of Bike’s editors gave their spin on the “dream build”. Here’s Vernon Felton’s choice: a hopped-up version of Giant’s Trance Advanced SX. Here’s the review.

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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.

48 Hours on the Kona Hei Hei Supreme and the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo

02.24.2012

Writing a review of a bike during a press camp is like saying you’ll marry someone after the first date. There simply isn’t enough time to get entirely used to a bike after a brief ride or two.

Santa Cruz Shredfest in Sedona

02.22.2012

The international assemblage of irreverent mountain-bike hacks gathered at Santa Cruz Bicycles’ big-wheeled bike launch in Sedona, Arizona, has embarked on its third day of riding—and the fleet of shiny new 29ers has long since been covered in thick layers of Sedona’s famous terracotta-colored dust.

Bike Test: 2011 Trek Top Fuel 9.8

02.02.2012

You’d be hard pressed to find a sub-par bicycle in the over-five-grand category. Heck, you’d be hard pressed to find a questionable bike in the three-grand category these days. Simply put, there are a lot of good bikes out there. Trek’s 2011 Top Fuel, however, is exceptional.

Bike Test: 2011 Felt Virtue Expert

01.30.2012

Felt Bicycles, as a company, has a decidedly XC racer-ish flavor to it. There are more hardtails in the 2012 line up than full suspension bikes, which is sort of a rarity these days in the bike business. And when it comes to the long-travel end of the spectrum, Felt offers their five-model Virtue series.

Bike Test: Specialized Enduro Pro

01.23.2012

The Enduro has been a mainstay of the Specialized line for more than a decade, and in that time it’s morphed from a gangly dualie with an anemic 4.5 inches of rear squish, to the space-age gravity beast you see here.

Bike Test: Kona Abra Cadabra

01.05.2012

Our goal was to design an enduro bike that would climb like an XC bike and descend like an all-mountain bike. The Cadabra is designed to transition between climbing and descending mode intuitively, no switches necessary. Pedal forces keep the Magic Link from engaging for shorter, more linear travel, while speed and bumps engage the linkage for more deeper, progressive travel.

Bike Test: Rocky Mountain Slayer 70

01.03.2012

“Our goal was to create the best all-mountain/enduro bike possible. It needed to be light (sub 30 pounds) and pedal well on long climbs, yet have enough travel (6.5 inches) and burl to tackle the steepest. gnarliest descents. In short, the perfect “one bike” for all terrain.”

Bike Test: Transition TR250

12.28.2011

Aesthetically speaking, Transition’s TR250 stands out from the other big-travel bikes in our test. Out on the trail, the Transition proved just as unique: It’s a nimble-yet-fearless, mini-DH bike.

Bike Test: Cannondale Jekyll Ultimate

12.22.2011

By Joe Parkin Cannondale Jekyll Ultimate $8,000 / cannondale.com Maybe it’s just me, but Cannondale’s new Jekyll is one powerful finalist in the Most Anxiously Awaited New Bike category for 2011. Perhaps it’s the unique and complex Fox Racing Shox DYAD RT2 rear shock that can change the Jekyll’s rear-travel characteristics at the flip of […]

Bike Test: Intense M9-FRO

12.16.2011

By Brice Minnigh Intense M9-FRO $3,150 (frame with Cane Creek Double Barrel shock) / intensecycles.com When we first began riding this blood-red Intense M9-FRO almost a year ago, we were so blown away by its penchant for pure speed that we likened it to Slayer and Sepultura: Fast, uncompromising and relentless. After several months—and many […]

Bike Test: Specialized Safire FSR Pro

12.02.2011

Specialized Safire FSR Pro $4,500 / specialized.com

Bike Test: Jamis Dakar XCT 4

11.21.2011

Before testing the Dakota D29 hardtail for this year’s Bible of Bike Tests, I hadn’t climbed aboard one of Jamis’ offerings for a long time. In fact, the last time I can remember goes all the way back to when this magazine was a toddling two-year old. I enjoyed the company’s hardtail 29er so much that I jumped at the chance to see what they’re capable of in the full-squish department. Jamis did not disappoint.

Bike Test: Tomac Supermatic 120-1

11.18.2011

One of the newest additions to the growing Tomac line is the Supermatic 120. This new trail bike wrangles 4.7 inches of rear suspension out of an all-carbon frame that weighs just five pounds (including rear shock). So, yeah, it’s damn light. The real motivator, however, behind building the Supermatic out of carbon was to boost stiffness. Joel Smith, Tomac Bikes’ owner and principle designer, has said that his goal with the Supermatic 120 was to create “a trail bike with cross-country sensibilities and downhill capabilities.” It took just a few miles of particularly nasty singletrack to confirm that this is more than just idle talk.

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