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Trail Tested: Pivot Cycles Mach 429 Carbon

I got pretty excited about the Pivot Cycles Mach 429 Carbon when I first peeked around its linkage. The stout, snug links connect a front and rear triangle that didn’t skimp on material. The rest of the bike was also applied liberally.

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Morewood’s Split Pivot and Eccentric-Pivot Bikes

01.26.2011

Words: Ryan LaBar Photos: Joseph Espiritu Over the past weekend at the second race in Fontana’s Winter Series Bike got a peak at some new stuff coming out of Morewood’s South African HQ. The Izimu has a neat feature packed into its single pivot suspension. The pivot is actually eccentric, allowing riders to adjust the […]

Bringing the Ruckus Back

02.19.2010

GT’s new 7.4-inch-travel Ruckus will come in two models–the 1.0 and 2.0. The 1.0 is set to retail at $4,500 and comes sprinkled with top-notch components, and the 2.0 costs $3,300 with mid-level components. Both models will share the same frame. The bikes are almost completely adorned with bits from SRAM and Funn. The monocoque […]

Long Term Test: Kona Hei Hei 2-9

02.05.2010

By Vernon Felton Sometime ago, I took possession of Kona’s cross-country, full-suspension 29er, the Hei Hei 2-9. Since then, I’ve ridden the bike through every season and in every possible condition. For 2010, the evolution of this model gets a bit more interesting, but we’ll tackle that later in this review. For now, a long-term […]

Bike Test: Yeti 303 RDH

12.09.2009

The Yeti 303 RDH is an impressive piece of MACHINERY—a slimmer, leaner, single-rail version of its twin-rail big brother, the 303 DH. The bike is the direct result of input from Yeti’s sizeable squad of racers. The bigger bike was overkill for smoother racecourses with more high-speed berms and fast, smooth jumps, so racers asked […]

Bike Test: Specialized SX Trail 1

12.09.2009

Specialized went back to the drawing board in 2009 and heaped a whole lot of engineering love on the already venerable SX Trail. Highlights include a tapered headtube, chainstay-mounted front derailleur, a jungle of reconfigured tubes and all manner of bombproof, forged frame pieces, including the headtube, rear dropouts, bottom-bracket shell and chainstay yoke. The […]

Bike Test: Trek Session 88 DH

12.09.2009

Trek’s mountaitaitain bike development team hashashas been on a tear over the last few years, and the company’s Session big-bike platform was the last of the off-road lineup to be anointed with the company’s technological trifecta. In marketing parlance, this includes Full Floater, ABPBP and EVO Link. In plain English, Full Floater simply means the […]

Bike Test: Norco Shore One

12.08.2009

Calling a bike “The Shore” might seem a bit pretentious, but Vancouver-based Norco was on the scene before the first ladder bridge was ever built on the city’s infamous North Shore, and it cooked up this bike specifically for the technical terrain of its namesake. As one would expect, the Shore One is truly at […]

Bike Test: Rocky Mountain Altitude 70

12.01.2009

When it comes to long rides, at least half the fun is going up. So when Rocky Mountain sought to replace its ETSX series, it set out to design a bike that would climb faster than the rider’s heart rate, but still be able to descend in style. Meet the 5.5-inch-travel Altitude, Rocky’s new XC […]

Bike Test: Jamis XAM II

11.03.2009

Jamis bills the XAM II as an “aggressive all-mountain” bike, a designation this baby blue beauty had no problem living up to. Witness the headtube-downtube junction: a triple-decker-submarine-sandwich-sized mass of 7005-aluminum tubes and gussets. In fact, everything on the frame, from the massive chainstays to the oversized swing-link and shock mounts, is seriously overbuilt. Spec-wise, […]

Bike Test: Ibis Tranny

10.27.2009

“This scale has got to be wrong,” I thought. Sure, this Ibis Tranny was built as a singlespeed, but it’s got a 4-inch-travel fork with a through-axle, and it certainly looks the part of a brawler…. But 20 pounds, complete? Any doubts were erased the first time I rode the Tranny—it felt every bit of […]

Bike Test: Bionicon Golden Willow SC I

10.20.2009

There are Autobots, there are Decepticons, and then there is bike maker Bionicon. While the company’s Golden Willow may lack heavy artillery or the ability to morph into a giant talking robot, several months of riding this bike proved that it’s no less of a transformer. The basic Bionicon concept aims to emulate the natural […]

Bike Test: Mongoose Pinn’R Apprentice

10.13.2009

A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE THAT FAMOUS CHROME MONGOOSE BMX bike dropped into Helltrack in the ’80s cult classic RAD. Fastforward to today, and the mean-looking, matte-black, 7.5-inch Mongoose Pinn’R Apprentice is a good indication of just how much times have changed. A late melt to the snowpack this season provided the Pinn’R with a […]

Bike Test: Kona Minxy

10.06.2009

THE WOMEN’S MINXY IS A FREERIDE-LITE DIRT LOVER THAT HAS been tweaked from the layout of her big brother, the Stinky Six, to deliver a ride that anyone can appreciate, regardless of chromosome combinations. The bike’s custom graphics are just as sexy as her name, and her subtle but strong femininity made the Minxy a […]

Bike Test: Jamis Dakar XCT 2

09.30.2009

THE DAKAR XCT IS JAMIS’ TAKE ON THE 5-INCH, GO-ANYWHERE, do-anything, Downieville-style-of-riding bike. Jamis claims it descends as well as its bigger brother, the 6-inch XAM, and pedals like the company’s cross-country race bikes. The first of those claims proved valid—descending was this bike’s strongest asset. The XCT’s slackish 67.5-degree head angle helped the Jamis […]

Preview: Santa Cruz Blur LTC

04.15.2009

Santa Cruz has announced it is adding a second carbon fiber bike to its collection—the Blur LTC. The new bike keeps its 140 millimeters of travel, but still manages to lose a full “LB” to bring it down to a fighting weight of 5.6 pounds with a RockShox Monarch shock. Even with the weight loss, […]

Niner W.F.O. 9

02.09.2009

An all-mountain bike with 29-inch wheels? No, they didn’t…. Yup, they did, its Niner's W.F.O. 9.

Jamis Dakar XAM II

02.09.2009

Jamis made some welcomed revisions to its popular XAM platform for 2010.

Santa Cruz Nomad

02.09.2009

Santa Cruz's Nomad is the original gangster of the all-mountain movement, but still a formidable option in this ever-growing category.

Mongoose Khyber Super

02.09.2009

Thanks to its white-as-snow color scheme, the 2010 Mongoose Khyber Super stood out among our all-mountain test-bikes line up.

Yeti AS-R 7

02.09.2009

At 32 pounds, the AS-R 7 was one of the lightest aluminum all-mountain bikes in the test.

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