There’s a commonly held belief that ultra-light steel hardtails are relics of a more sedate time–that t they can’t keep pace with today’s more aggressive riding styles. Breadwinner Cycles’ Bad Otis turns that notion on its head.
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, […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]