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Photo Gallery III: 2015 Bible of Bike Tests

After nearly two weeks of testing, we’re wrapping up the 2105 Bible of Bike Tests in Central Oregon. Here is one more batch of photos from our annual buyer’s guide test. Keep an eye out for complete print and web coverage in the coming months.

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Bike Test: Turner DHR

10.18.2011

Scroll down for video from a day of testing on the Turner DHR. Tester 1: Joe Parkin Years Riding: 28 Test Locales: Whistler & Southern California One of the greatest benefits to being the editor of this magazine is that whenever I feel a strong desire to review a particular bike, I can add it […]

Homegrown in North Carolina – Frames by Stickel and Industry Nine Wheels

10.12.2011

The Brevard/Asheville area is home to a slew of framebuilders, machinists and innovators—many of which are building innovative product right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Frames By Stickel and Industry Nine Wheels are just two examples of this.

Marin Bikes 2012

09.28.2011

Marin has entered 2012 with some noteworthy changes, the most key being the latest update to their quad-link suspension design. Quad 3.0, as it’s being called, changes the position of the linkage entirely, allowing for more tuneable leverage ratios and rear-wheel arc throughout the bike’s travel. Admittedly though, these improvements weren’t exactly the predominant impetus […]

Updated: A Look at Diamondback’s 29er Future

09.21.2011

Jon Kennedy, Diamondback’s marketing guru and mastermind behind the Dixon, runs through some of this new bike’s features. Diamondback’s view of the 29-inch-wheeled future–a bike tailor-made for aggressive descenders who want to take full advantage of the larger wheel size. Expect a production version of this bike as soon as 2013. You heard about this […]

Moots MX Divide

09.15.2011

Here’s a quick look at the new MX Divide, a race oriented cross-country rig from Moots. Moots has been delivering expertly crafted titanium frames and components since 1981, and the experience shows—the Divide looks to be an eminently capable racer. The MX divide presents a dashing profile—one we wouldn’t mind gracing with our own. Moots […]

Yeti’s New SB95 29er Trail Bike

09.14.2011

Yeti turned quite a few heads with the introduction of the SB66 and their new Switch Technology linkage. Now, the SB95 is drawing attention, which takes the same linkage and applies it to a 29-inch platform. The pedal-friendly linkage, paired with a relatively slack geometry (68.5-degree head angle) should make for a formidable all-day mile-muncher. […]

Preview: GT Zaskar 100 9r Pro

08.10.2011

By: Ryan LaBar GT’s top-end Zaskar 100 9r Pro retials for $5,500. The 100-millimeter bike isn’t adorned with the lightest parts, but still comes in at a reasonable 27 pounds with pedals (size large). GT’s Marketing Manager, Chris Hopwood runs through some of the Zaskar 100 9r Pro’s new features: To better accommodate the characteristics […]

Mason Mashon’s Evil Undead

08.03.2011

During the Monday lull at Crankworx we had a chance to meet up with Mason Mashon and check out his Evil Undead. The carbon reincarnation of Evil’s downhill bike is currently still a prototype, but expect to see production soon enough. Photos by David Peacock Mason’s Undead weighs in well under 40lbs with a relatively […]

Diamondback Unveils its New Line of Full-suspension 29ers

07.27.2011

Words and Photos by: Brice Minnigh Diamondback has officially thrown its hat into the full-suspension 29er ring, unveiling the production version of its new 29-inch Sortie to a conference room full of inquisitive Raleigh/Diamondback dealers. Though Diamondback was among the first companies to produce a 29-inch mountain bike—the Overdrive, a hardtail 29er that is one […]

Preview: Norco’s new Aurum, Revolver and Sight bikes.

07.20.2011

Norco’s new 200-millimeter Aurum DH Race bike. Price range (USD): $3,400 to $7,350. Headtube angle: 63.5 degrees, BB-height about 13.75 inches. The Aurum is available in three sizes, which each use a different bottom bracket forging that has the suspension pivot in a slightly different spot to increase the chainstay length slightly from the small […]

Trek World 2012

07.18.2011

By: Vernon Felton Big changes are afoot at Trek. I’m sitting in the Munich airport, typing this report on a battered PowerBook. My legs are thoroughly roached from two long days of hammering next year’s Treks and I am, in a word, impressed. For 2012, Trek’s key trail and all-mountain models, the Fuel EX and […]

Scott Spark 29 – Details and First Impressions

07.16.2011

By: Ryan LaBar The new Scott Spark 29 Elite. The bike we had here has some upgrades to the components over the production version, but the frame will be the same. The 29er model offers adjustable travel from 100 millimeters to ~70 millimeters to fully locked out. Perhaps the most notable feature for the new […]

Rocky Mountain Launches Three New Bikes

07.08.2011

Source: Rocky Mountain Rocky Mountain announced the launch of its Element alloy in 26 and 29-inch wheel sizes and carbon Vertex RSL. Each of these bikes is packed with some new features. Notably, the wagon wheelers see new geometries for a tight wheelbase and short chainstays. Here is a video from Rocky Mountain introducing the […]

Commencal Launches Meta AM

06.30.2011

In the footsteps of the Supreme DH’s redesign, Commencal has launched its new all-mountain bike–the Meta AM. Taking both aesthetics and linkage-design cues from the new Supreme DH V3, Commencal claims the Meta AM has increased rigidity, a lower bottom bracket and improved pedaling reactivity and efficiency over the previous Meta frames. Commencal’s marketing campaign […]

Kona’s New Entourage and Operator

05.03.2011

Behold the Kona Entrourage–baby brother to the Operator (see bottom of page). No need to take the cranks or chain guide off to tighten up the main pivot. It can be easily tightened from the non-drive side of the bike. The Entourage has short-for-its-class 16.3-inch chainstays. The back end of the Entrouage sports a 150-millimeter […]

Tested: Mountain Cycle Battery

02.02.2011

Mountain Cycle Battery $1,700 ($600 frame and rear shock) By: Vernon Felton One of the first big names in full suspension was Mountain Cycle. It’s hard to convey just how radical this company was back in 1991, when their San Andreas model debuted. At the time, most riders were still arguing that suspension forks were […]

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 […]

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